Drinking healthy water is necessary because water directly affects our health. However, water purification is more than merely the removal of disease-causing and harmful microorganisms. The quality of water we drink ranges from having dirt-free and germs-free water to having healthy minerals to help our bodies. Modern technology such as water purification systems has been applied to improve the quality of water in these aspects.
Natural water flows down rocky streams and picks up alkaline minerals from rocks. Water purification systems can help create natural water because the end-result is alkaline water full of minerals. Water ionizers, for instance, can produce water with a pH alkalinity range of 8.5 to 9.5. Indeed, the goal of water purification systems and water ionizers is making the water as natural as possible, in quality.
Types of Water Purification Systems
There are many alternatives concerning water purification systems. Water purification systems are selected based on the situations at hand, since some are ideal for some situations than others. Below are some of the water purification systems and their benefits.
Water ionizers dissociate the water molecule into OH- and H+ions (oxygen and hydrogen), so that they exist individually. Electrolysis refers to passage of current in water to separate the ions. Basically, a water ionizer has an ionization chamber that uses electrolysis to separate the ions.
Certain types of ionizers may also carry a membrane that traps contaminants and mineral deposits such as iron and limescale. Water ionizers are also fitted with special electrolytic cells to enhance separating of alkaline and acid water. For drinking water ionization, chlorine is filtered out prior to ionization.
Water Ionization Process Explained
Alkaline Drinking Water Ionizers micro-cluster water molecule complexes into units that are smaller, thus increasing intake of water into the ionization cells so the water is a good hydrating agent and also a good detoxifying agent. Ionizers separate alkaline and acidic water to be used for different purposes including ionized alkaline drinking water.
Using water ionizers is advantageous for use in filtration because, if it is high quality, a water ionizer produces alkaline drinking water that is necessary for balancing dietary pH consumption. In addition, this water is rich in antioxidant value (negative ORP — oxidation reduction potential). This is because of its predominance of OH- ions. Antioxidants help prevent oxidation of cells in the body, and thus help reduce risk of diseases and illnesses. Antioxidant value also helps reduce the rate of aging.
Ionized water is also rich in minerals, and thus helps the body stay healthy. Ionized water has a delicious taste. Alkaline water neutralizes acidity in the stomach and upper bowels. Thus, it can help reduce or prevent the side effects of acidity. Food industries also use electrolyzed water to sanitize food.
Reverse Osmosis and the Benefits
Developed more than 40 years ago, the water purification system was formerly a desalination technique. Its application in drinking water purification begun after its decontaminating capabilities were realized. Indeed, it is one of the water purification systems produced commercially for that purpose and has been installed in homes since 1970s. It was preferred due to its being more cost effective than use of distillation units. In reverse osmosis, water is forced into a lesser saline, and thus the name. In osmosis, water moves to more saline region through a semi-permeable membrane.
Through the use of a semi-permeable membrane, salt and other particles in pressurized water are eliminated in reverse osmosis, leading to water purification. This is due to the fact that they are larger than water molecules. The size of pores in the membrane determines the molecules of contaminants to be removed and can be varied as desired. In order to filter molecules smaller than that of water, better methods such as water ionization are recommended. Reverse osmosis can produce mineral-free water because most minerals are physically larger than water. For this reason, of producing water void of healthy minerals, reverse osmosis is discouraged as a solution for healthy drinking water.
Water flows through a media and contaminants are blocked from passing the media through physical obstruction and/or chemical adsorption. This results in water purification. Media used depends on contaminants to be removed from water, but are mainly carbon (e.g the solid block filters) and combinations of carbon. Contaminants are also removed in stages and water flows at a slow rate. In adsorption, contaminants are forced to separate with water molecules and then adhere to the filter media. This technique is also applied in filtration of drinking water. Water filters can be used to remove lead and chlorine in water, as well as bacterial contaminants. They can help reduce the risk of cancer infections, bladder infections and colon infections.
A slow flow rate is necessary in order to filter drinking water adequately and efficiently. This means the volume of the water supplied after filtration is lower. Thus, filtration of drinking water should always be at the point of use and not for the entire house because the volume would not be adequate for use in the toilets, washing hands, baths, showers and laundry. That does not mean that whole house filtration is not advantageous or worthy. Indeed, it is necessary to consider whole house filter in order to protect plumbing. For instance, this can help lower plumbing re-installation and maintenance costs, since the water pressure is lowered by reduction of the volume at filtration point. Homeowners can also consider whole house filters since it helps remove sediments that would accumulate and block pipes, necessitating repairs. It would also help eliminate sediments and soft in the water.
Although formerly employed as a technique of alcoholic beverage production, it also works as a method for purifying drinking water. In this water purification system, water is vaporized through heating to boiling point. The temperature of the water is kept constant once water begins to evaporate. Since water has a known boiling point, the evaporated media will be pure water. It is collected in a separate container. Distillation is valued as one of the water purification systems because it eliminates any contaminants with a higher boiling point than water, and it can therefore eliminate most viruses and bacteria. However, it is not practical for most drinking water filtration purposes and has the same shortcoming as reverse osmosis in that it produces water that is void of healthy minerals naturally found in water.
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