What Do Water Filters Remove from Tap Water?

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As a business owner, you want to ensure that your customers and staff are drinking the cleanest, safest water. But did you know that the water you serve can contain a slew of chemicals and contaminants even after it’s purified? There is a distinct difference between purified and filtered water, and if you aren’t using a commercial water filtration system to remove impurities from your tap water, the water you offer could pose certain health risks to those who drink it.

If your city is like most, water treatment plants treat the water found in your taps by adding chemicals. This means that the water you serve isn’t at its purest form when it comes right out of the tap. Even if you serve bottled water, it’s not necessarily safer as many types are usually just unfiltered tap water in disguise. Installing a commercial water filtration system can remove these chemicals, contaminants, and other impurities all while retaining healthy minerals.

How Do Commercial Water Filtration Systems Work?

While every commercial water filtration system is different, water filter machines typically connect to your business’s water line and use active carbon to filter out tap water impurities. This carbon attracts and then absorbs chemicals and other contaminants that have been linked to cancer and other health problems.

What Types of Contaminants are Found in Water?

Commercial water filtration systems can greatly reduce or eliminate these common and harmful drinking water contaminants:    

  • Heavy Metals

Lead, mercury, and arsenic are all heavy metals that can be found in your drinking water if left unfiltered. If ingested in large quantities, these metals and others can be very harmful to your health. Some severe issues that can result from drinking water contaminated with heavy metals are nervous system or organ damage, certain cancers, reduced growth and development in children, and even death if ingested for a long period of time.

  • Pesticides

When toxic pesticides are sprayed on crops and plants to kill weeds, fungus, or insects, these chemicals often flow into our streams and seep through soil into groundwater. This means that your customers and staff are drinking these pesticides if you don’t offer filtered water. A slew of health problems can result from guzzling down these chemicals such as cardiovascular disease, intestinal problems, anemia, autism, ADHD, reproductive defects, and more. Certain pesticides can even play a role in the development of childhood cancer.

  • Nitrates

If you don’t filter your business’s water, nitrates may appear due to the erosion of natural deposits in the ground, fertilizer use, and manure applications. When nitrates in your city’s water supply are elevated to unsafe levels and consumed, they can be incredibly harmful. This is especially true when it comes to babies, children, pregnant women, and the elderly who can all become seriously ill from drinking water that is contaminated past the maximum contaminant level. Too much nitrate in the body in these individuals (or anyone) makes it much harder for red blood cells to carry oxygen.

  • Chlorine

Chlorine is used in municipal water supplies to ward off disease. While it has been proven to drastically reduce health risks associated with drinking public water, chlorine can also give your water a “chemical” taste and smell. Plus, there are health risks associated with drinking chlorinated water that range from minor issues (e.g. dry skin and hair, eczema, bronchial irritation) to serious conditions (e.g. increased cancer risk). Commercial water filtration systems that use activated carbon effectively absorb chlorine resulting in pure-tasting, healthy drinking water.

  • Bacteria

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), E. coli in tap water is okay as long as it doesn’t appear in more than five percent of city water samples each month. Let that sink in. If your city tests water 100 times per month, the water can have E. coli present five times during that month and still be considered “safe” enough to serve to staff and customers. The result? Stomach and digestive problems -- including severe bacterial infections of the gut that can ward off patrons from ever coming back to dine in your restaurant or stay in your hotel. This is just another important reason to install a commercial water filtration system since they can safely remove E. coli, salmonella, and other bacteria from tap water even after it has run through your city’s water purification system.  

Commercial Water Filters Offer the Cleanest, Safest Drinking Water

The best way to ensure that you are offering your customers and staff clean, safe, drinking water is to install a commercial water filtration system that removes contaminants found in tap water. Not only will the water you serve taste fresh and pure, it will also keep your staff healthy and customers returning.

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