Water can contain unwanted contaminants. Purification of water removes contaminants that can affect the usability of the water. Purification of water is often associated only with the installation of filtration systems. However, there is more to it than that. In fact, it is similar to how doctors treat diseases. Before prescribing medication, the condition must first be diagnosed.
In the purification of water, it all starts with water sample testing and risk analysis to help predict or diagnose the water problem. A water sample is sent to a laboratory to be analyzed for presence of contaminants and checked for quality indicators. Water quality indicators include pH levels and presence of fecal and total coliforms.
Risk analysis involves investigation of human activities and geological conditions nearby that can have an effect on the water source. Mining, manufacturing and agriculture are some examples of human activities that can lead to contamination of water sources. Improperly disposed waste and byproducts used in these activities can sip through the soil and lead to underground water or get carried off by water from the rain or melted snow into rivers, lakes and other bodies of water.
By knowing potential and actual water problems, it is now possible to identify the ideal water filtration system to install. There are plenty of types of filtration systems that feature treatment processes that are designed to deal with certain types of contaminants.
Home water filter systems are popular amongst those who have private wells. The filter system not only keeps the water safe but also improves its taste. Some households also use filter systems for public water sources to remove the disinfectants that are added in the water by water suppliers.