A Drinking Water Purifier Can Eliminate the Need For Pitchers and Filters

A drinking water purifier can eliminate the need for plastic pitchers, carafes and faucet mount filters. These systems remove harmful elements such as lead, chlorine and rust sediment as well as bacteria that can cause illness such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium.


Most importantly, they help maintain safe levels of contamination by reducing the concentration of harmful substances such as toxins, chemicals, oils, bacteria, viruses and dissolved and particulate matter.

Water Source

The quality of a person’s drinking water is dependent on where the water comes from and what is in it. It’s also important to know if the water has been treated by a public system and if so, what protocol is used.

Most drinking water is sourced from surface or ground water. Surface water sources are usually lakes, rivers or ponds which may contain a high level of sediment (sand, clay, silt and other soil particles), germs, chemicals and toxins. Public drinking water treatment plants use filters and other filtration processes to purify the water.

Ground water may be extracted from wells or springs. This water is generally of good bacteriological quality but it can be rich in dissolved solids. Ground water that emerges as ground water has often been filtered by the rock and soil layers. It is typically clear in appearance and has a pleasant taste.

During the past few centuries, various methods of finding and generating pure water have been developed to improve the aesthetics and health of drinking water. Some of these techniques include boiling, soaking in salt water and passing the water through crude sand or charcoal filters. Today’s Kinetico drinking water systems, like the Reverse Osmosis units and water filtration pitchers, offer an at-home solution for purified water. These systems eliminate harmful chlorine, organic pesticides, dissolved metals and other harmful substances that are commonly found in drinking water.

Purification Process

Water purification removes unhealthy substances, organic and inorganic chemicals and heavy metals from drinking water. It eliminates the bacteria and pathogens that make people sick, too. The most natural way to purify water is boiling it. It’s effective because the high temperatures cause the microorganisms to dissipate. But it’s not as thorough as other methods of purification because it doesn’t sterilize the water completely. Boiling also doesn’t eliminate all impurities because it leaves some minerals behind, such as iron and manganese.

Another method of water purification is distillation. This process involves boiling the water and collecting the vapor. The vapor is then condensed into distilled water, which eliminates all unwanted contaminants in the water. The downside to this method is that it takes a long time and it doesn’t eliminate all mineral content.

Chlorine is a common form of disinfection used in drinking water purification. However, it creates potentially harmful chemical byproducts when it reacts with natural organic compounds in the water. The two most dangerous of these are trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids, which can be carcinogenic in large quantities. Chlorine also doesn’t kill Giardia lamblia cysts, which can be present in drinking water.

Water filtration is one of the most popular methods of water purification. Filters use various types of membranes to filter out particles from the water. The type of pore size in the membrane determines what kind of particles are removed. The most common pore sizes are: microfiltration, which removes bacteria and suspended solids; ultrafiltration, which removes viruses and other organic molecules; nanofiltration, which removes polyvalent ions from hard water; and reverse osmosis, which removes all organic material, dissolved inorganic minerals and heavy metals from drinking water.

Purification Methods

Water purification methods remove biological contaminants and inorganic chemicals that make water unhealthy to drink. They also filter out dissolved solids, such as heavy metals like lead and mercury. Processes such as distillation and UV treatment are powerful ways to eliminate toxins and bacteria from water.

Boiling is one of the simplest and most effective methods for purifying drinking water. The boiling process kills bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens by increasing the temperature of water to over 212 degrees Fahrenheit. However, some impurities such as calcium and magnesium will remain in the water after it boils. Chemicals such as iodine can be added to the water to help remove these minerals. It is important to note that iodine should not be used by pregnant women, people with thyroid problems, and those who are allergic to shellfish as it can cause a variety of health issues.

UV treatment works by passing the water through a special tube that allows the UV light to penetrate and destroy the genetic material of viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms. This method is quick and effective, but it should not be used on discolored or cloudy water as the UV can be absorbed by organic materials in the water. Other forms of mechanical filtration can also be used to remove inorganic contaminants from water. For instance, Long’s EcoWater Reverse Osmosis Systems use a pre-filter to remove chlorine, sediment, and other inorganic particles from the water before it is forced through a semipermeable membrane. The water then goes into a storage tank where an activated carbon filter removes remaining organic impurities such as lead and Giardia cysts.

Purification Technologies

Many different technologies are used to purify water. These include filtration, distillation, and disinfection. Filtration is widely considered to be the best purification technology because it does not deplete the beneficial minerals that make water healthy. Various membranes can be used to filter water, including those with small pore sizes that remove sand, silt, and clay, as well as Giardia lamblia and Crypotosporidium cysts, algae, bacteria, and some viruses.

Distillation is a heat-driven process that collects condensed water from vapor to ensure water is free of disease-causing pathogens and contaminants. However, this method is time-consuming and expensive, and it requires a constant energy source.

Photocatalytic water treatment uses titanium dioxide as a photocatalyst to bind pollutants and remove them from drinking water. This technology can treat a wide range of contaminants, including agrochemical residue and arsenic.

Microfiltration (MF) uses a semipermeable membrane to separate suspended solids and solutes with high molecular weight, as well as disease-causing pathogens. It is often employed in conjunction with reverse osmosis, and can achieve almost complete pathogen removal without the use of chemicals.