Water Treatment 101: Filters, Conditioners, and More

In Water Tech by The LeverEdge

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Water may seem like a simple substance. It’s all around us, and we’re taught from an early age that water is simply H2O. Two atoms of hydrogen bound to a single atom of oxygen. It’s that simple, isn’t it?

Not exactly.

The reality is that the way we use water is complex, and the substance itself involves a lot more than just hydrogen and oxygen. There’s mineralized water, hard water, soft water, contaminated water, filtered water, distilled water…the list goes on and on. Suffice it to say that there’s a lot to know about water and the treatment of it, which is why we’re spending this weeks blog post defining some common water treatment terms.

Water Filters

So, what’s a water filter, exactly? Generally speaking, a water filter is a porous membrane that removes particulate material from water as it passes through the filter. You might be familiar with the integrated water filter pitchers that you can buy at the grocery store—these products require ongoing replacement of the filters as they collect more and more material in them from use.

Some filters, like those available from Iron Boss, use an air-charged chamber to remove substances like hydrogen sulfide and iron. Water filters are often the first line of defense against contaminated water.


Water Refiners/Conditioners

Water refiners and conditioners are the next ‘level’ of water treatment. This kind of water treatment makes use of highly advanced equipment that is able to extract undesirable minerals from water, leaving you with water that doesn’t leave residues or gunk up appliances. Refined and conditioned water is better for fabrics, skin, hot water efficiency, and more.


Water Sterilizers

For water sterilization, an entirely different class of technology is required. Sterilized water is free of pathogens, which makes it safer to consume. To achieve this, many water sterilizers use ultraviolet (UV) technology to kill harmful pathogens on the spot. Devices like the UV Light SL-E are great examples of this. Sterilized water is useful in environments where bacteria can be problematic.


For Ideal Water, Contact The LeverEdge

No matter how you use water or how frequently, there’s a water treatment solution that can be tailored to your needs. Want to learn more? Contact us today, and let’s start the conversation.


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