Many people who are otherwise unaware will use the terms filtered water and purified water interchangeably. While they are similar, there are some important differences that you should be aware of if you are looking for a home drinking water system. It is also important to understand the difference between legally safe drinking water and totally safe drinking water. Here, we will help clarify some of these terms to help you better understand what you and your family are drinking as it compares to what you would like to be drinking.

Legally Safe Drinking Water

Legally safe drinking water is water that meets federal and local standards for limits on more than 90 water contaminants. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the tolerable contaminant levels in addition to allowing states to set their own levels that must be stricter than federal levels. Many people don’t think much about the water that comes into their homes until a major water incident like that of Flint, Michigan or Onslow County, North Carolina come to light. However, each year the EPA releases reports to the public about what is contained in the drinking water for each area and many places exceed the federal standard.

New Jersey boasts some of the purest, safest drinking water in the nation, but according to studies 45 New Jersey towns were still found to have harmful pollutants in the drinking water, including those contaminants made famous by Erin Brockovich. To help combat the questionable safety of tap water and provide safe drinking water to families and communities, many people invest in home water filters and commercial water filtration systems.

Filtered Water

Filtered water uses a filtration system, usually activated charcoal, to remove impurities such as heavy metals, pesticides, mercury, lead, and arsenic, from drinking water. Water filters also help reduce the amount of chlorine, bacteria, and other chemicals which helps to improve the taste and smell of the water. Filtered water, however, retains most minerals such as calcium, zinc, and magnesium, which are good for you.

Purified Water

Purified water is similar to filtered water in that it removes contaminants from water. However, water purification uses different processes and can remove more contaminants. Some water purification methods use iodine or chlorine to neutralize the contaminants rather than eliminating them. Other purification methods, such as reverse osmosis are effective at removing all contaminants but also strips the water of beneficial minerals like magnesium and calcium.

Reverse Osmosis with Deionisation

At Aquathin NJ, we are dedicated to helping the residents of New Jersey with safe, clean, delicious drinking water. Our home water purification systems use the process of reverse osmosis with deionisation to remove 99.99 percent of contaminants from tap or well water to ensure that the water flowing from your faucets is safe to use in any situation in your home. Our clean water is safe for pets, families, and communities to enjoy without worrying about what they are being exposed to.

Feel confident in what your family is exposed to. For all of your home water purification needs, contact the water experts at Aquathin NJ today!

For more information:

Federal Drinking Water Regulations

New Jersey State Health Water Assessment

New Jersey Safe Water Drinking Act

New Jersey State Standards for Safe Drinking Water