In our most recent articles, we have mentioned several ways water filtration systems can benefit you and your family. And of course, water filtration systems improve the quality of your drinking water, but another benefit of a water filtration system is that they help save the environment.
Here are some of the environmental benefits of using a whole house water filter:
Less water bottle usage
If everyone ditched bottled water, the world would be a better place. Unfortunately, this is unlikely, as many American’s do not have access to clean, quality drinking water or they simply prefer the taste of bottled water over tap. As a result, National Geographic reports that 29 billion bottles of water are bought by Americans annually. More than any other nation.
However, by installing a water filtration system, you will no longer need to purchase water bottles because you will have clean, palatable water coming straight from your tap. Again, many people choose bottled water over tap water due to taste, but what most people don’t understand though, is that by filtering their home water they can enjoy a much better tasting refreshment with tap or well water.
The most obvious environmental impact of bottled water is the plastic waste it creates. In recent years we have seen American’s try several things in an effort to reduce plastic waste. For instance, many American’s use reusable shopping bags rather than plastic bags at grocery stores. What most people don’t know is that it takes 300 years for a plastic bottle to decompose in a landfill. This means we should be doing everything we can to reduce plastic waste.
Saving the Ocean
Plastic debris, such as plastic water bottles, harms the ocean more than anything. Plastic debris is the primary cause of the death of fish, seabirds and marine mammals. In fact, plastic pollution, specifically in the ocean, has impacted 267 species worldwide, including 86% of all turtle species, 44% of all seabird species, and 43% of all marine mammal species.
Keeping the human food chain safe
Plastic debris, such as water bottles, also harms the food chain. In a 2008 Pacific Gyre voyage, Algalita researchers began finding that fish are ingesting plastic materials and debris. Of the 672 fish caught during that voyage, 35% of them had ingested plastic pieces.
Now it’s time to dive a bit deeper and look past the more obvious reasons why water bottles are so harmful to our environment. Water bottles are created and then sent to a distribution center, but how do you think these water bottles make their way onto shelves all across the country? Water bottles are transported to just about every grocery store around the United States, but many people fail to consider the astronomical amount of fossil fuels it takes to transport those water bottles.
As if there was not enough petroleum used, it doesn’t stop there in the water bottle process. Once the water bottle is used and disposed of, it takes more oil to recycle the plastic waste. Now, think about how much better off the world would be without all of that carbon being used throughout the life of even a single plastic bottle!
We understand that some people use water bottles simply for convenience when they are on the go, but in this case we recommend finding a refillable, BPA-free plastic bottle to stay hydrated when you are out and about. When you have a water bottle that you enjoy using, you might be even more likely to drink more water!
More efficient appliances
In 2020, our world revolves around energy-efficient appliances, and if you look at any new home, there is a good chance that it has energy-efficient appliances installed. The good news here is that with a water filtration system as part of your appliance installation you can rest assured knowing you’re doing your part to save the environment. That’s because with a filtration system, you won’t have a layer of sediment forming on and in your appliances, and as a result your appliances that require water usage, such as your dishwasher and washing machine can become as much as 20-30% more efficient when hooked up to a filtration system.
Filtered water with reverse osmosis
Here at The Science of Water, we help our customers get palatable, clean water through a process called reverse osmosis. You might remember the term from science class back in the day, but this process is also effective when it comes to purifying water. Reverse osmosis forces contaminated water through a membrane at pressure so that the water is able to pass through, as the contaminants are left behind. During this process, water forces contaminants out of a water supply. Thanks to reverse osmosis and the clean water it supplies, homeowners no longer have to buy water bottles because they will have clean water coming straight from the tap.
Science of Water: Providing you with clean water
The Science of Water is dedicated to providing America with clean water, one home at a time. By providing American’s with clean water, we reduce the need for plastic water bottles and help appliances to work efficiently. Our company serves the Jacksonville and Gainesville, Florida area.
We are a proud authorized dealer of Puronics. Puronics has been providing pure water solutions since 1947. Puronics also offers a line of whole-house water treatment systems that utilize green technology to deliver crystal clear water while reducing scale caused by hard water without the use of salt, potassium, or chemicals.
Additionally, Puronics uses technology that was adapted from NASA’s silver ion technology that was developed to purify water for the astronauts aboard the space shuttle orbiters. Needless to say, Puronics delivers the best quality water out there.
If you find yourself purchasing tons of water bottles each month or you don’t like how your water tastes or smells, we recommend having a free water test done. At that point, we will determine if your home needs a water filtration system. Want to learn more about the ways you can benefit from a whole house water filtration system? Check out our recent blogs!