Canadian drinking water is usually of high quality, but silt, minerals, and agricultural run-off sometimes set it off balance. Even the most stringent governmental guidelines can’t keep water pure 100% of the time. Water filtration is the only way to achieve consistent results. Filters can enhance the taste of your water and remove contaminants, but it can be expensive and impractical to attach individual filters to every tap in the home. A whole house filter system can manage hundreds to thousands of gallons of water efficiently without requiring much maintenance.

The Right Filter Must Account For:

Point of Entry vs. Point of Use Filters

Filters can broadly be divided into point of use and point of entry systems. POU filters treat water as it exits the tap while POE filters treat it at its point of entry. The latter don’t allow for accidental contamination, but in areas where microbial infection isn’t a risk, such thoroughness is rarely necessary. POE filters let you cover your entire house, including your laundry, toilet, and shower. In hard water areas, they’re the only intelligent choice for home improvements.

How to Choose a Filtration System

Every filtration system has its own benefits and applications.

If your area provides potable, soft water, a basic distiller or carbon filter should suit you. Canada’s tap water is generally free of microbes, so UV disinfection is only needed in homes that use grey or other unpotable water.

The Problem with Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis and distillers remove valuable compounds like fluoride, and their most dramatic effects will be felt most by children. Fluoride deficiency causes tooth decay, especially while adult teeth are forming. It reduces bone density, causing fragile joints and breakages. It may also have knock-on effects on iron levels, causing tiredness, chest pain, and headaches. Since most westerners get their daily intake of fluoride from their drinking water, reverse osmosis should always be combined with a solid supplementation regimen.

Water Challenges

The water in Maple Ridge is sometimes affected by fertilizers and garden run-off. Filtration priorities here are the removal of corrosives, chemicals, and hardness. Its high nitrogen and low oxygen levels may indicate the growth of algae, which can make water taste slightly muddy, so a thorough filtration strategy is an important part of your home improvements. Whole house systems will prevent contamination, keeping all your water clear, soft, and pure.