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Clean drinking water for health – The difference between the water filtration process and water purification process
It’s common knowledge that drinking clean water is beneficial- arguably essential- to one’s health. Tap water can have over 2,100 contaminants and toxins in it which can adversely affect ones health over time. (Not to mention it can taste and look quite unpleasant too). To enjoy clean, great tasting water at home, installing a home water filtration or water purification system is recommended. Continue reading for details on the water filtration process and water purification process.
So what’s the difference between the water filtration process and water purification process?
Put simply, the water filtration process prevents unwanted particles from entering the water, whereas water purification removes unwanted particles from the water. Water filtration acts like a sieve to catch unwanted particles from the water. On the other hand, pure water (i.e. water with no impurities) is created when unwanted particles are taken out. Certainly, there is a bit of overlap between the water filtration and water purification process so the difference may still seem a bit unclear.
One way to remember the difference, is that the water purification process removes 100% of impurities including normal minerals which may be beneficial for health. However, water filtration leaves those minerals behind. This difference in water types is often a source of debate but ultimately it comes down to a personal preference for taste.
Most water filtration systems use carbon block. Carbon block provides tremendous capacity to remove and/or reduce impurities and sediment. It has millions of active sites on its surface to absorb and hold impurities like a magnet, and its inside structure which absorbs impurities like a sponge. Premiere Sales also features coconut shell carbon block in their systems and replacement water filters (for example, this 3M Aqua Pure AP117 replacement water filter cartridge) which improves taste and filtration capacity over just carbon block.
Reverse osmosis (RO) is a very popular water purification system. Reverse osmosis is a purification system because it removes unwanted contaminants from the water. It is such an effective process, that the water it produces may need to have minerals added back into it. Again, it comes down to taste preference though as some people prefer RO water even if it may not have the benefits of minerals as found in filtered water.