Is a home water filtration system worth it?

Is a home water filtration system worth it?

Is a home water filtration system worth it?

Did you know that the water we drink has a direct relation with our health? Over the years, the quality of our drinking water has changed dramatically. Even though most household water supply consists of treated water, it may still contain dirt, chemicals, and other contaminants. Consuming such contaminated and unfiltered water can be extremely hazardous to your well-being. To ensure safe, clean, good quality drinking water that tastes good, many homeowners install suitable water filtration systems.

Are you considering the benefits vs. price of installing a water filtration system at home? Read on to know more.

Protect yourself and your loved ones

At water treatment plants, the water is treated by removing the debris and killing the bacteria using chlorine. However, this water then travels through pipes to reach our homes. During this time, bacteria and other contaminants can enter the water again, making the tap water unsafe. Excess chlorine in the water can have an adverse effect on your and your loved ones’ health, in addition to damaging your appliances and plumbing fixtures. The contaminated water is unsafe not only for drinking purposes but also for other uses, such as bathing where it can harm your skin. Installing an effective water filtration system can help you address this issue by filtering and ensuring clean and pure water in your house.


Most people assume that installing water filtration systems will cost them a fortune and end up spending even more on bottled water. However, if you do the math, the expenses incurred on bottled water would be significantly higher than installing a water filtration system, which is a one-time cost.

Environment friendly

Plastic is a non-biodegradable substance that is harmful to the environment. The bottled water often comes in single-use plastic bottles, adding to more non-biodegradable, toxic waste. You can contribute to protecting your planet from further damage by switching from bottled water to water purification systems.

Durability of appliances

Unclean, contaminated water may contain metals and chemicals, which not only damage your health but also fixtures and appliances around the house. Water filters make the water softer and safer to use by removing contaminants and hard metals. That way, it prevents clogging of plumbing and scaling on the appliances, increasing their lifespan.

Are you looking for water filtration systems for your household? Whidbey Water Filters offers the best and most affordable home water purification in Oak Harbor and Whidbey Island. Get in touch with the experts and find a suitable filter by calling on (206) 324-5055.

25 Methods to Purify Water

25 Methods to Purify Water


SEDIMENTATION gravitationally settles heavy suspended material.
BOILING WATER for 15 to 20 minutes kills 99.9% of all living things and vaporizes most chemicals.  Minerals, metals, solids and the contamination from the cooking container become more concentrated.
DISTILLATION boils and recondenses the water, but many chemicals vaporize and recondense in concentration in the output water.  It is also expensive to boil & cool water.
ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT is a good bactericide, but has no residual kill, and works only in clearly filtered water.   Still in its infancy stage is a new technology involving super white light.


CHLORINE is common, cheap, but extremely toxic.  It does not decrease physical or chemical contamination, it does increase cholesterol formations, is a carcinogen, and causes heart disease.
BROMINE, used in pools and spas, doesn’t smell or taste as bad and doesn’t kill bacteria very well.
IODINE is not practical and is mostly used by campers.
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE kills bacteria with oxygen, is chemically made and is very toxic.  It is used in emergencies.
SILVER is an effective bactericide but a cumulative poison which concentrates and doesn’t evaporate.
NONTOXIC ORGANIC ACIDS should be used with caution in large water plants only.
LIME AND MILD ALKALINE AGENTS should also be used with caution only by large water plants, or only for laundry.
NEUTRALIZING CHEMICALS react with the unwanted chemicals and produce outgases and a sediment, but levels of need vary.
COAGULATION-FLOCCULATION adds chemicals which lump together suspended particles for filtration or separation.
ION EXCHANGE exchanges sodium from salt for calcium or magnesium, using either glauconite (greensand), precipitated synthetic organic resins, or gel zeolite, thus softening the water.  Minerals, metals, chemicals or odors are not affected, and the water is salty to drink.


SLOW SAND of 1 cubic meter passes about 2 liters/minute and does a limited bacteria removal.
PRESSURE SAND of 1 cubic meter passes about 40gpm and must be backwashed daily.
DIATOMACEOUS EARTH removes small, suspended particles at high flow rates, must be daily backwashed and is expensive.
POROUS STONE/CERAMIC filters are small but expensive, and do not affect chemicals, bacteria or odors.
PAPER or CLOTH filters are disposable and filter to one micron, but do not have much capacity.
-COMPRESSED CHARCOAL/CARBON BLOCK is the best type of charcoal filter, can remove chemicals and lead, but is easily clogged,  so  should be used with a sediment prefilter.
-GRANULAR CHARCOAL is cheaper, but water can flow around the granules without being treated.
-POWDERED CHARCOAL is a very fine dust useful for spot cleaning larger bodies of water but is messy and can pass through some filters and be consumed.
REVERSE OSMOSIS uses a membrane with microscopic holes that require 4 to 8 times the volume of water processed to wash it in order to remove minerals and salt, but not necessarily chemicals and bacteria.
ENZYMES &BACTERIA combined can remove contaminants, reduce sludge, and even digest oil. See recent article on enzymes & bacteria.
PLANTS There are numerous plants, animals and organisms that are quite effective in filtering water.


AERATION sprays water into the air to raise the oxygen content, to break down odors, and to balance the dissolved gases.  However, it takes space, is expensive, and picks up contaminants from the air.
OZONE is a very good bactericide, using highly charged oxygen molecules to kill microorganisms on contact, and to ozidize and flocculate iron, manganese and other dissolved minerals for post-filtration and backwashing.
ELECTRONIC PURIFICATION and DISSOLVED OXYGEN GENERATION creates super oxygenated water in a dissolved state that lowers the surface tension of the water and effectively treats all three types of contamination: physical, chemical and biological.