Published: May 28, 2014

    How Is Your City Water Treated?

    In the early 1900s, controlling water-borne diseases was the top priority of water municipalities. Before water disinfection, epidemics of cholera and typhoid were rampant in the US. These problems have mostly disappeared today.

    City-Water-TreatmentToday, city drinking water may be treated in different ways, depending upon the region of the country. The most common method for treating city water is to add chlorine to kill any waterborne contaminants that may be there. In many city systems, fluoride also is added to water to reduce chance of tooth decay. In California, water must be fluoridated in systems with more than 10,000 separate connections. Thirty percent of public water providers in that state fluoridate drinking water.

    But exactly how water is treated will vary from community to community, depending upon the type of contaminants there. To find big city water ratings nearest you, visit the National Drinking Water Database.

    Is City Water ‘Safe’?

    Even with modern water treatment methods, questions remain about safety. One of the reasons is that some of the pipes that deliver drinking water to homes in cities may be very old and unsafe. Water tests conducted at the water treatment plant may have safe readings, but the findings at a home could be quite different.

    In some large cities, water pipes run in the same vicinity as sewer pipes. Old pipes could have small cracks in them. This could allow some water or sewage to leak. Water mains have been known to burst, which can cause contamination problems for many homes. Water lines can lose pressure, and contaminants may enter the system. Then boil alerts must be issued to make the water safe to drink. Imagine the inconvenience of boiling all of your water for drinking, showering and bathing, even after it has been treated by the city!

    How to Assure Drinking Water Really Is ‘Safe’

    For a family who relies on city-treated drinking water, adding a whole house water filter system – such as a Pelican Water Whole House Water Filter System – can greatly decrease the risk of water contamination. This series of water filter system is affordable, long lasting and easy to install. This type of water filter system ensures that everyone in the family can drink, bathe and shower in sparkling, cleaner water, free of chlorine and other chemicals.

    With the addition of a UV disinfection system to the water filter, any need to ever boil water is most likely eliminated. A UV disinfection system will destroy any remaining bacteria that could be present in the water supply. For cleaner, better quality water, follow-up the UV disinfection system with a Pelican RO system to eliminate fluoride from your water.

    A Pelican Water filter system gives families the peace of mind that comes with purer, fresher filtered drinking water.