Water Purification & Reverse Osmosis Systems

Water Purification Systems 

Whether you are considering a new whole home water filtration system as part of your water purification for city water, a water softener for well water or a reverse osmosis system (RO system) for the cleanest drinking water – we’ve got you covered and more.

Why do people in Southeastern Ontario need water purification?

 Aging pipes delivering water are leaching chemicals into our water supply. In addition tap water is treated with a large number of chemicals in order to kill bacteria and other microorganisms. This is in addition to other potential undesirable contaminants like toxic metal salts, hormones and pesticides, or it may become contaminated by chemicals or microbes within pipes (e.g. lead, bacteria, protozoa).

 A few of the most common issues with our water:

  • Aging lead pipes and lead solder joints (Lead has been proven to cause long-term health problems including increased risk of high blood pressure and kidney damage)

  • Chlorine used to treat the water (Drinking chlorinated water puts users at a higher risk of bladder cancer)

  • Nitrates, Pesticides and fertilizers (during heavy rains fertilizers, pesticides and nitrates end up in our water system although most is filtered during the water treatment process it is still linked to methemoglobinemia, or “blue baby” disease where the blood cannot deliver enough oxygen to the body).

  • Fluorine compounds. (Fluoride is a poison in large doses but toxic levels cannot be achieved by drinking fluoridated water. But it does accumulate over time and may be related to osteoporosis, more frequent hip fractures, and bone density loss in elderly people).

  • Salts of: arsenic, radium, aluminium, mercury, cadmium, barium and more… (Examples of these chronic effects include cancer, liver or kidney problems, or reproductive difficulties) Did you know that your body absorbs 2/3 of these heavy metals through your skin when you shower or take a bath – its not just in your drinking water.

What kind of water purification system is best?

 

When it comes to water purification you have many options:

  • Water softeners

  • Whole home water purification system

  • Reverse osmosis (drinking water)

  • UV lights

  • Various filtration add ons such as:

    • Particulate filtration

    • VOC filtration

    • Heavy metal filtration

    • Chlorine filtration

    • Tanin and uranium filtration

 

If you live in Southeastern Ontario and are using tap water we recommend the following:

  • Reverse Osmosis for your drinking water only. This is installed under your kitchen sink and gives you a separate tap just for your drinking and cooking water.  Please note charcoal filtration (like Brita) is NOT the same – charcoal only reduces some chemicals but it does not remove heavy metals it simply makes the water “taste” better. A RO system actually purifies the water to 99.9%

  • Whole Home Premium Filtration System. The whole home premium filtration system will remove chemicals and heavy metals from your water system before it ever reaches your faucets or showers meaning no more absorbing these toxins when you shower, shave, wash hands, etc… If you are a couple planning for children in the future we highly recommend getting a whole home premium filtration system.

 

If you are on well water:

Water testing is critical before any recommendations are made when it comes to well water (no two wells have the same level of contaminants or types of contaminants so they have to be tested before recommendations can be made).

Once we have the test results we can provide you with customized water filtration that fits your specific needs without over spending on filtration you don’t need.  Recommendations can include Water Softeners, Water Filtration Systems specific for your water type, UV lights, RO system and whole home premium filtration systems.

Reverse Osmosis 

What is reverse osmosis? Reverse osmosis (RO) is a water purification system which installs under your kitchen sink providing you with clean drinking water. Here are the two main reasons why these have become so popular in the last few years.

 

Environmental impacts

With so many people sharing concern for our planet the use of plastic water bottles has become a serious concern. One of the biggest ways you can reduce plastic waste is by having a professional RO (reverse osmosis) system installed in your home and refill re-usable water bottles (ideally stainless steel or glass). More people are already bringing water bottles with them to the gym and to work.

 

Health impacts

Even BPA free plastic bottles can still leach chemicals. These chemicals work their way into your bloodstream which can cause a host of health problems including liver and kidney damage. The medical community is still researching the possible link between cancer and plastics and the latest research shows that in mice BPA causes decreased sperm counts and less-viable eggs which may contribute to the increase in infertility problems.

But in addition to avoiding those disposable plastic bottles there are other health benefits to switching to a RO system for your drinking water.

A Reverse Osmosis system removes:

  • Silt

  • Dirt

  • Rust

  • Iron

  • Chlorine

  • THM/s

  • Volatile industrial chemicals

  • Sodium

  • Pesticides

  • Turbidity (cloudiness in the water due to particles)