What impurities does your water filter need to deal with?

In the UK we expect the water coming out of the taps in our kitchens to be clean and safe to use. Although the presence of high levels of harmful contaminants is unlikely, the resources can contain impurities such as chlorine, fluorine, nitrates, pesticides, Trihalomethanes (THMs), and salts of various metals. Some of these are added to the water to keep it clean and fresh whilst others find their way in due to the infrastructure.

The presence of the impurities can cause an array of different problems, including giving water a bad taste, smell, or affecting the colour. The best way to address these issues and ensure the resources are clean and free of as many of these unwanted elements as possible is filtration. The most common type of system used in UK households is under sink water filters. They are compact and can effectively remove a large volume of contaminants.

Before you rush in to buying a filter you should make sure you understand what type you need. You can choose a general unit that will effectively reduce the amount of chlorine, heavy metals, herbicides, and pesticides from water. If fluorine is a concern you may need a specific filtration system; it is difficult to remove the element because the ions are tiny. This means they don’t get filtered out when the water flows through a mesh.

Filters to remove fluorine typically use one of three methods; reverse osmosis, distillation, or activated alumina defluoridation. The best ones will use multiple stages of filtration to stand the best chance of getting rid of a high volume of the fluorine.

At Glacier Water Systems we are committed to providing the best selection of products so home owners and businesses can enjoy fresh, filtered water when they turn the tap on. We have different under sink water filters to choose from, including the GWFL specifically for fluorine, the GW1 and GW3 for the kitchen, and the GW5 whole house model.

To find out more about each of the products, or for help choosing the best one for your property, please get in touch.

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