How to clean tap water… Without a filter!?
Drinking water is one of the basic human needs, but access to clean and healthy water is not always easy. Although tap water is regulated by health authorities, it can contain impurities such as bacteria, viruses and chemicals.
To improve the quality of tap water, many consumers turn to various water purification systems.
Common methods of cleaning tap water
To ensure clean drinking water, many consumers rely on traditional filtration methods such as reverse osmosis, ion exchange, or the use of activated carbon filters.
Filter cartridges typically used in water filter bowls are generally made from a mixture of different materials. One of these materials is an ion exchange resin. This resin can replace ions in water to improve its quality. It is mainly used to reduce minerals such as lime and magnesium that can cause stains and deposits on appliances.
In addition to ion exchange resin, the cartridge also contains activated carbon. Activated carbon is known for its adsorbent properties that allow it to capture organic contaminants such as pesticides, herbicides, and drugs.
These filters have a limited filtration capacity, so they must be changed regularly (about every 4 weeks) to maintain the effectiveness of the purification, which requires a regular cost in addition to the purchase of a decanter.
If some carafes are not effective enough to remove all impurities from the water, they can all become breeding grounds for bacteria if they are not cleaned very regularly!
Another popular system is the reverse osmosis unit, which uses a water filtration system called reverse osmosis. This water purification technique involves using a semi-permeable membrane to separate water molecules from impurities and unwanted minerals. The filtered water is then collected on one side of the membrane, while impurities and unwanted minerals are discharged on the other side.
As a result of a survey conducted by 60 million consumers in 2018, it was found that reverse osmosis devices have a negative effect on the presence of minerals useful for the body in water. The association also highlighted another weakness of osmosis plants: their high water consumption. According to research, the reverse osmosis process results in a minimum of 3 liters of water loss for every liter of water treated, which is significant!
In addition, reverse osmosis units can be expensive to purchase and maintain. Indeed, the price of reverse osmosis units is between 200 and 2000 euros, depending on the model, flow rate and brand. Installation costs vary depending on the work, location and service required, but can range from €600 to €1,200. Maintenance costs include changing filters (every 6 or 12 months, depending on the model), costing between 10 and 30 euros.
Clean tap water without filtering!
There is an innovative alternative to traditional water filtration solutions and buying plastic bottles: the LaVie water purifier. LaVie uses a patented and exclusive technology: photolysis of chlorine with UV-A radiation. This cleaning method involves using UV-A rays to break down chlorine molecules in tap water. This decomposition destroys existing bacteria and viruses, making tap water even healthier.
Unlike the cartridges of filter bowls, there is no need for filters that need to be changed regularly. Moreover, the cleaning process only takes 15 minutes, which is much faster than other methods. Finally, the LaVie purifier removes unwanted odors and tastes from tap water often caused by chlorine.
By using a LaVie water purifier, you will reduce your plastic consumption. Indeed, by having access to clean and healthy water straight from the tap, you will no longer need to buy bottled water, thus reducing your impact on the environment.
If you’re looking for an effective and cost-effective alternative to traditional tap water purification methods, the LaVie Water Purifier is a great option to consider.
Environmental disaster of plastic water bottles
Let’s conclude this article by talking about the bottled water market.
Often faced with what appears to be mistrust, even distrust, of the quality of tap water, many consumers turn to plastic water bottles.
The first observation is economic: remember that bottled water costs 65 times more than tap water, as noted in this article by Que Choisir.
In addition, the use of plastic water bottles is an environmental disaster, as they cause environmental pollution, excessive energy consumption and overuse of natural resources, not to mention human health risks.
The following video from the French info site from 2018 tells us that France consumes 9.3 billion liters of bottled water every year, which is enough to fill a French stadium 14 times!
Why? It seems that water brands have succeeded in their communication campaign and have managed to convince the French that bottled water is better than tap water, although studies show that this is not the case.
If we don’t take action to change this situation, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050!