Three Reasons Water Filtration Systems Are a Whole Lot More Important Than You Might Think

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Well water filtration systems are a lot more important than you might think. Here are a few scary facts you should probably know.

Even City Homes Could Use Them.

Sure, well water filter systems were built for homes that use well water, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only houses that have water purification needs. In fact, all the homes built before 1986 could use water filtration systems, because it was around that year that construction companies stopped using lead pipes, which can seriously contaminate a home’s water supply. The kicker is that because it’s in the house, lead doesn’t accurately show up in water quality reports.

Lead Is Only One of Many Different Contaminants.

Even houses built after 1986 could use water filtration systems. Sure, they might not have to worry about lead — which is a pretty big deal — but there could still be tons of other contaminants in their water. Believe it or not, the United States uses more than 60,000 different chemicals, yet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Act only regulates 91 one of them. Without water filtration systems, who knows which of the 59,909 others end up in their water.

Some of the Contaminants Are Downright Horrifying.

Some of the contaminants that can get in through homes that don’t have water filtration systems are downright terrifying. Believe it or not, pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics, sex hormones, anti-depressants, and seizure pills have been found in the tap water of more than 41 million Americans. Water treatment facilities simply don’t have the equipment to test for these pharmaceuticals, so who knows what’s in unfiltered water.

Water filtration systems are a whole lot more important than you might have imagined. If you have any questions about what might have gotten into your water, feel free to share in the comments.