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Do I really need a water filter?

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Water filtration is not a luxury, it is a necessity and is an essential part of ensuring that the water you consume is clean and safe for you and your family. With the increasing amount of pollutants and chemicals in our environment, it has become more important than ever to filter the water that comes into our homes.


There are two main types of water filtration systems: point of use (like under-sink, counter top or filter jugs) and point of entry/ whole of home.


POINT OF USE

Point of use systems are usually an under sink solution or bench-top that is easy to install and are typically more affordable than whole home systems. They are a good option if you live in an apartment or rental or don't have the budget for a whole home system. The downside to these systems is they only filter the water at the tap they are installed on, which means that you would need to install multiple systems if you want to filter all the water in your home.


Under sink systems are quite versatile and can range from 1-7 stages. They are usually custom to the types of contaminants you are looking to remove. I always suggest my clients do a water quality test before selecting a water filter so they know what they are trying to remove!


Other options include bench-top water filters, countertop taps, ceramic and gravity water filter systems, bench-top purifiers and simple jug dispensers. There is a lot to choose from here so it is best to speak to a professional water filter supplier, as well as know what you are trying to filter (from a water test).


POINT OF ENTRY (POE)

Whole home systems, on the other hand, filter all the water that comes into your home, including water for washing dishes, doing laundry, and taking showers. This means that you don't need to install multiple systems, and you can be confident that all the water in your home is clean and safe to use.


I personally use a POE system and I love knowing that every tap, shower & bath faucet is filtered. It makes it suuuuuuper convenient when I need to refill a kids drink bottle in the middle of the night when I am upstairs and nowhere near the kitchen!

When it comes to choosing a water filtration system, it's important to consider factors such as the type of contaminants you want to filter, the size of your home, and your budget. Some of the water filtration systems I like are


Point of Entry / Whole of home

  1. Delos 3 stage whole home water filtration system: this system uses a dual-gradient filtration process to remove sediment, chemical additives like chlorine and microscopic particles including dissolved metals (lead, aluminium and copper) down to 1 micron in size.

  2. Home Master Whole House Three Stage Water Filtration System: This whole home system removes up to 95% of chlorine, sediment, and other contaminants and uses a 1-inch port to maintain high water flow rates throughout your home.


Point of Use:

  1. Aquasana 3-Stage Max Flow Claryum Under Sink Water Filter System -Removes up to 99% of 77 contaminants while leaving healthy minerals so you can drink with confidence. This system will NOT reduce Total Dissolved Solids (TDS).

  2. iSpring RCC7AK 6-Stage Under Sink Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtration System: This under sink system uses reverse osmosis to remove up to 99% of contaminants, including lead, chlorine, fluoride, and arsenic.

  3. Waters Co. Biomax, under sink 4-stage water filter. Removing up to 99% of common contaminants including chemicals, heavy metals, bacteria, fluoride etc. The BioMax filter system has a flow rate of approximately 1.2 L per minute

  4. Aquasafe (many options depending on your needs)

Bench-top

  1. Berkey BK4X2-BB Big Berkey Stainless Steel Water Filtration System: This countertop system uses gravity to filter water and removes up to 99.999% of contaminants, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

  2. Filteroo gravity fed stoneware with ULTRACERAM Filtration

  3. Ecobud Gentoo Glass 1.5L, Uses energised ceramic, activated carbon and calcium ionised clay, the Gentoo’s breakthrough filters with 6 Stages of Highly Effective Filtration Process remove all the nasty extras from your water.

  4. Waters Co. Filters BIO 1000 Grey 10 Litre Bench Top Water Filter: Filtering out up to 99% of: Sediment, rust, bacteria, cysts, chlorine, chemicals, heavy metals, fluoride and unpleasant odours


Water filtration is an essential process that ensures the safety and quality of the water we consume. In Australia, water filtration is particularly important due to the vulnerability of its water sources to contamination. Investing in a good water filtration system can help protect your health and that of your loved ones by removing harmful contaminants from your drinking water

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