The presence of certain contaminants in our water can lead to health issues, including gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems, and neurological disorders. Infants, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and immunocompromised persons may be especially at risk for becoming ill after drinking contaminated water. For example, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.
Water that’s safe to drink should ideally be clear with no odor or funny taste. Adding a whole house water softener will remove hardness-causing minerals and contaminants from water, like magnesium and calcium. Softeners also typically use salt as the primary chemical agent in modifying the properties of water, while filtration can encompass many more methods to alter water. The term “water filter” can refer almost equally to systems that filter water throughout your home, smaller products that filter at the point-of-use, reverse osmosis filtration systems, and others in between.