The Importance of Water
Water makes up approximately 70% of a human’s body weight, with approximately 80% of brain tissue being made of water. The average amount of water you need per day is about 3 liters (13 cups) for men and 2.2 liters (9 cups) for women. By the time you feel thirsty, your body has lost more than 1 percent of its total water. Drinking water can help prevent or reduce arthritis, heart disease, cancer, cavities and tooth decay. Water can help you lose weight by increasing your metabolism, which helps burn calories faster. Since water is so important, maybe its time you invest in clean, refreshing water.
What is a Water Filtration System?
Although most sources of drinking water are generally safe, the use of a filter system helps remove many organic compounds that may give rise to illness. Unfiltered water may also contain heavy metals, low levels of pharmaceuticals, fecal matter and other potentially dangerous pathogens, this is especially evident when flooding occurs. Call Mighty Mike to have your water tested!
Types of Filtration Systems
Nearly 85% of US homes have hard water. While rainwater is “soft” when it falls from the sky, as groundwater it flows and can absorb minerals such as calcium, magnesium and trace metals. While safe to drink, hard water can reduce the effectiveness of soaps and detergents, which can result in bathtub rings, spots on dishes, less effective clothes washing and less effective rinsing of soaps and shampoos. Deposits from hard water can leave scale deposits and mineral build-up in coffee makers, water supply pipes, ceramic tile and water heaters. This can reduce the water flow, shorten the lifespan of a water heater and cause long-term damage to plumbing and fixtures. Water softeners are devices designed to reduce the amount or effects of minerals in your home’s water system.
Water softeners are typically installed inside a home near the entry point of the water supply. They have the following primary parts:
- The softener tank (mineral tank) is connected to the household water supply line and contains resin beads (plastic beads usually made from polystyrene) that draw the mineral from the water.
- The brine tank is connected by a fill tube to the softener tank and is used to regenerate the resin beads. The brine tank has a removable lid for refilling the water softener salt.
- The discharge hose runs from the tank to a drainpipe or drywell.
- The control valve includes a meter that measures the amount of water entering the tank and passing through to the house.
Reverse Osmosis water filters are the perfect solution if you’re looking to improve the taste, odor and appearance of your water. A small RO filtration system can be installed at the kitchen tap to provide top-quality drinking water. This is called a “point of use” (POU) water filtration system and can also connect to your fridge and ice machine.
Mighty Mike prefers the Nimbus WaterMaker Five. Designed with hygienically sealed filter cartridges the WaterMaker Five delivers 30% higher flow from the faucet while reducing water waste by 50%. The WaterMaker Five has been certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to NSF/ANSI Standard 58 for reducing lead, fluoride, cysts and more in your family’s drinking water.
What’s in Your Water? Find Out Here!
Each city is required by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to release a yearly report. If your curious on finding out what’s in your water, click here! Alternatively you can search, your city + water quality. For example if you live in Mcallen, search Mcallen TX water quality. Each city is required by the EPA to release a yearly report.