Water Quality Goes Beyond Taste
Even with the impressive testing and control standards upheld by most municipal water treatment plants across Canada, water quality remains a concern. Just think about all the media coverage in recent years about outbreaks of waterborne illnesses, reports of dangerous levels of heavy metals and chemicals in water sources, the frequency of boil water advisories, and overall water infrastructure issues. It’s enough to make anyone think twice about drinking from their tap. With the right home treatment system, though, you can take control of the quality of the water in your home.
Better water at your fingertips
Most people install water treatment equipment because they’ve noticed something off about their water – taste, colour, odour, and mineral buildup are the most common complaints. But did you know that by only addressing the obvious concerns, you’re not giving your water the full treatment it – and your family – deserves?
A complete whole home water treatment solution
The VIQUA Beyond Taste complete home water treatment system features everything you need to transform the water coming into your home. Not only does it address the aesthetic issues (taste, smell, appearance), but it also treats microbiological contaminants and heavy metals and minerals that may be present.
VIQUA Beyound Taste includes 5 different treatment solutions, each one addressing a different water quality concern.
- Carbon Filtration
- Water softener
- Sediment filtration
- Ultraviolet disinfection
- Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter
Chlorine and chlorine byproducts are a common concern, both in terms of the taste and smell, and in terms of perceived risks to your health. Although municipalities do a great job at managing chlorine levels within the distribution system, the interaction between the chemicals and old aging infrastructure can lead to unwanted tastes and odors in the water, as well as common byproducts like chloramines that give you that swimming pool smell. Activated carbon is a powerful adsorbent used to remove the unwanted chlorine and chlorine byproducts from your water.
Hard water is terrible water. It’s as simple as that. Hardness minerals will coat your faucets in white flakes, leave a dirty film on your dishes, keep soap from lathering properly, and create concrete-like buildup in your plumbing and hot water appliances (which can also cost you a lot of money to fix or replace). An added benefit, the removal of residual chlorine from your water is known to prolong the life of your water softener!
To address both the chlorine in your water and the hardness, the first part of the VIQUA Beyond Taste system is a dual-purpose water softener. Not only does the media in the bottom of the tank soften your water by absorbing the calcium and magnesium that makes it hard to begin with, but the carbon in the upper part of the tank removes chlorine taste and odour that’s so common in city water. No more crusty plumbing fixtures and no more swimming pool water!
Next comes the sediment filter, which is a pretty straightforward piece of equipment. It removes dirt or rust particles in your water, making sure the water is nice and clear. Depending on the age of the infrastructure where you live, sediment can be a significant challenge, especially when municipal work is occurring in the area. The filter isn’t fine enough to screen out other contaminants, though, like bacteria, viruses, minerals, and chemicals.
This is an often-overlooked process in residential water treatment, but one of the most critical. The removal of chlorine leaves a home with no method of disinfection, UV disinfection is a chemical-free solution that inactivates harmful biological contaminants, including viruses, bacteria, and even chlorine-resistant organisms like Cryptosporidium and Giardia. It’s the same technology that many bottled water companies use to sterilize their product, and that many large cities around the world (including New York, Paris, and Rotterdam) use to treat municipal water supplies.
How does UV disinfection work? It’s actually a fairly straightforward process. Water is disinfected as it runs through the stainless steel chamber containing the UV lamp. As water flows past the lamp, illness-causing microorganisms receive a lethal dose of UV light that attacks their DNA and eliminates their ability to reproduce, inactivating them. Inactivated is as good as dead. When they can’t multiply, they can’t cause infection, so they’re harmless.
And because the first three stages of the VIQUA Beyond Taste system treats all the water entering your house, you’ll get the same high-quality water at every tap — and even your shower! But that’s not all the VIQUA Beyond Taste offers.
The final stage of this complete home water treatment system is a reverse osmosis system, to remove dissolved solids, like heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium) pesticides, pharmaceuticals, radium, fluoride and sodium, a byproduct of water softening processes. The RO system is installed under the sink, usually in the kitchen, or in the basement connected to a single faucet, to provide this additional treatment barrier at the tap most often used for drinking water.
Your water should be great water
With the VIQUA Beyond Taste complete home water treatment system, you can transform the water in your home into better-than-bottled-water quality by:
- removing hardness minerals, saving your appliances and plumbing fixtures;
- eliminating chlorine taste and odour, so no more swimming pool tap water;
- filtering out dirt and rust that could come from your pipes;
- disinfecting your water against illness-causing microbiological contaminants; and
- eradicating potentially harmful heavy metals, minerals, and chemicals.
Talk to your water treatment professional today about whether the VIQUA Beyond Taste is right for your home!
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