After you've Got informed about what can compromise your drinking water quality, and you've Got Tested to confirmed that your drinking water may be contaminated, your home may be adversely effected, or you have an illness or higher than normal levels of contaminants in your body, the next step is to Get Treatment.
In this section, you'll learn about the Types of water treatment systems you can use and determine how to implement the best water treatment solution or environmental treatment solution to protect the long-term health and safety of yourself, your family, your home, and in some cases your community.
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There are a variety of water treatment systems, but the first step is not the installation of a water treatment system. The first step is an assessment of your system or source to attempt to identify any weaknesses or problems that may be contributing to a water-quality-related problem. Therefore, the initial questions are:
1. Is my source or problem caused by a natural or ambient condition?
2. Is my problem caused by a problem with how my system was constructed or situated?
3. Is my problem caused by some man-made or influenced activity or an activity for which a permit has been issued by a federal government or state agency?
4. Is my problem related to a bacteria, a disease-causing organism, a toxic metal, a volatile organic, a gas, or a semi-volatile organic, or a man-made substance and does this "contaminant" pose a health risk or does it just impact the aesthetic quality of the water?
5. What is my baseline water quality? You must understand the cause of a water quality or environmental problem before you can fix the problem or concern.
After you KnowYourH2O, then the most common water treatment systems or modifications may include: Disinfection (Chlorination / UV Treatment/ Ozonation), Water Softening (Ion Exchange Softeners, Chelating Exchange Systems, Ionic Resins), Oxidation/Filtration (control of iron, manganese, and possibly hydrogen sulfide), Reverse Osmosis, Distillation, Deionization, Anion or Cation Exchange Resins, Neutralization / Corrosion Control, or particle reduction/ filtration/ Granular-Activated-Carbon. Water treatment systems come in a number of approaches that may include a whole-house water treatment system or point-of-entry treatment system and then there are a series of point-of-use systems or "polishing" water treatment systems.