The drinking water provided to Colorado Springs residents tastes so good, you might be wondering why you would ever choose filtered water over tap water. After all, living in Southern Colorado, we have access to some of the best-tasting and natural sources of water anywhere, the beautiful Rocky Mountains. But, even the best tap water can still have trace amounts of bacteria, disinfectants and other compounds that affect the overall taste and purity of the water. Let’s see what some of these contaminants are, and why you should choose filtered water over tap water.
Safe Drinking Water
Access to safe drinking water is a primary concern of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Act and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Safety. Colorado Springs Utilities, where many of us get our tap water for drinking, follows these guidelines and regulations to the letter. But, according to the Colorado Springs Utilities 2020 Water Quality Report, these are a few of the things left in our tap water, even after the filtration process has done its magic.
Lead and Copper
The water coming from Colorado Springs Utilities has been filtered for lead and copper, but the issue arises when it enters your home. If the plumbing pipes in your home are copper or have naturally occurring lead, they can deteriorate in time. This gives the water coming from your tap a metallic taste. If your tap water has this taste, it is highly recommended that you have your water tested. High levels of lead in particular can be extremely hazardous to your health.
Disinfectants, Specifically Chlorine
Disinfectants are added to drinking water to control the growth of microbes that cause disease and illness. Chlorine is the most widely used disinfectant, and the levels are closely monitored in the City of Colorado Springs water distribution centers to ensure the safety of the drinking water. However, people with compromised immune systems, or those on dialysis, need to be especially careful with the levels of disinfectants in their drinking water or home dialysis machines.
These contaminants in drinking water are those that do not yet have a standard for safe usage set by the EPA. In 1996, the EPA amended the Safe Water Drinking Act to monitor over 30 compounds to see if future regulation for these compounds is necessary. According to the amendment, this monitoring must occur no less than every five years. This means that while the EPA may set regulations for a contaminant today, it could have been in your tap water in unsafe levels for up to five years.
How Is Purified, Filtered Water From Clearly Colorado Different?
When water is free from the above contaminants, it tastes better and is better for you. At Clearly Colorado, the health and safety of our community is our top priority, and we pride ourselves on providing water that is virtually 100% pure. So how do we do it?
We start by getting water from the same source that you get your tap water. That is, the beautiful Rocky Mountains. But before being distributed to you, our high-tech water filtration center uses multi-stage filtration, including reverse osmosis, to remove over 99% of inorganic contaminants.
But that is just the beginning. After the inorganic compounds are removed, we use ozone injection and ultraviolet light exposure to eliminate almost all of the organic contaminants and microbes that might remain.
The end result is pure, oxygenated drinking water that does not contain chlorine, lead or organic contaminants.
More And More Homes and Businesses Are Choosing Clearly Colorado’s Filtered Water Over Tap Water
If you are ready to see the difference of pure, filtered water over tap water, contact us today. Our team is ready to meet with you to discuss your home and business drinking water needs.