Save Money Through Better Water

Save Money Through Better Water
By Mark Timmons
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Save Money Through Better Water

rubinetto banconote dollariPeople are always looking for ways to save money, and surprisingly, water is a subject of many financial debates. You should never have to pay more than necessary for the most basic of items, which is why the cost of tap water itself isn't much. There are varying costs associated with water, and many people pay too much when it comes to those factors.

A reverse osmosis water filtration system offers a viable solution to the increasing costs of water without families having to sacrifice clean drinking fluids at home.   True Costs of Water There are three primary methods of obtaining drinking water at home:
  • Tap water
  • Bottled water
  • Filtered water
Straight tap water is the most affordable, but it is also the least safe. While the government is required to regulate city water, it is often laden with harmful substances. The average tap water contains pollutants, heavy metals, chemicals and even medications. Such substances can be harmful to anyone over the long-term, but they are especially risky for children and pregnant women. Ingesting harmful substances through drinking water is a frightening thought, and is why many families turn to bottled water. In 2011, U.S. bottled water sales were on the rise, topping off at 9.1 billion gallons. The general thought is bottled water is safer than city tap water, but while some water companies bottle water from natural springs, other types of bottled water is nothing more than tap water. Thus, you might be paying significantly more than city water while your bottle of water may be just as dangerous. Filtered water seems to be the middle ground when it comes to finding a solution to safe, clean drinking water. Still, not all processes are made alike. Only reverse osmosis directly removes all impurities by separating harmful substances from the water. This is far more effective than a regular store-bought sink filter. The Savings Reverse osmosis systems come with two primary costs. First, you have to initially install the filtration system and set it up. You will also need to replace the filters once or twice a year. Still, the costs of reverse osmosis filtration are far less than the amount money you would spend on bottled water. Reverse osmosis will save you money in the long run, and your family will enjoy safe drinking water year-round. Considerations While the quality and cost of your drinking water is your primary concern, you should also be worried about the damage regular tap water can create within other areas of the home. Unfiltered water that is laden with minerals can ruin pipes, and it can even cause backups in your major appliances that utilize water. Every home should be equipped with advanced filtration systems as well as a water softener. A water softener helps to reduce mineral buildups that can cause breakage in pipes and appliances. Plus, your appliances won’t need to work nearly as hard when water can flow through freely. This essential water tool will save you money for years to come and you won’t have to worry about making premature repairs within your home.  
April 24, 2013
Comments
Merry Dickens
August 13, 2019 at 11:23 AM
Does one really need a water softener as well as reverse osmosis? ,what is the actual cost of these two, not including yearly filter replacements? I probably need expensive dental work first (and know approximately how much to save for that)..... So, how much should I save for reverse osmosis?
Mark Timmons
August 14, 2019 at 3:37 PM
That's a very subjective question which also depends upon your water quality. However, if you have hard water, nothing will fix it completely except a water softener. Nothing else can provide the benefits of a water softener, such as: 1. Elimination of spots, streaks, scale and scum on fixtures, faucets, showers, dishes, silverware, and everything water touches. 2. Saves up to 30% on hot water heating costs. 3. Provides whiter whites and brighter colors in your laundry. 4. Saves 50% or more on soaps, detergents and cleaning supplies. 5. Provides softer clearer skin and softer fluffier hair. 6. One of the only products that actually saves more than it costs. Here is our typical softener and reverse osmosis system: https://www.uswatersystems.com/galaxy-5-stage-reverse-osmosis-system-gx-5050.html https://www.uswatersystems.com/flexxtm-pro-series-water-softener.html Filters cost about $34.95 a year.