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Why is Chlorine in Tap Water?

By Tap Water Truth | March 28, 2018

Chlorine in Your Tap Water Have you ever turned the water on and suddenly smelled a swimming pool? The smell of chlorine in your water is a sign that your water is treated. Which means that your water has chemicals in it. Your city is doing what it can to remove harmful bacteria, toxins, and…

WQA Convention News

By Tap Water Truth | March 16, 2018

The water you drink is filtered in one of two places…at the tap or in your body. The Water Quality Association (WQA) promotes the betterment of water quality around the globe. Get to know them here. At this year’s conference, we’ll be hearing from David LaFrance, CEO of the American Water Works Association, who will…

The 5 Most Common Water Treatment Myths

By Tap Water Truth | February 13, 2018

As water service professionals, we hear a number of oft-repeated fallacies that don’t hold up upon closer inspection. What follows are the most common inaccuracies we hear, and the truth behind them. I have a purifier in my refrigerator, that’s all I need – The purifier in your refrigerator works perfectly well to filter large…

Drinking Water Filters: What You Need to Know

By Tap Water Truth | February 13, 2018

Consumers looking to invest in a high-quality, efficient water filter are faced with dozens of choices, all promising great tasting H20 and ease of use. You can buy filters online, over the phone, or in your local department store in all methods of dispensation and all sorts of flashy colors. But what do these products…

Radiation

By Tap Water Truth | February 9, 2018

Ultraviolet radiation is a method of disinfection involving the use of a high concentration of ultraviolet light at a short wavelength. Inside a watertight chamber, water runs underneath a UV lamp. The concentrated UV light alters the nucleic acids within microorganisms to disrupt their DNA, destroying their ability to reproduce and effectively killing them. UV…

Distillation

By Tap Water Truth | February 9, 2018

Distillation has been a mainstay in water treatment for thousands of years, being touted by Aristotle as an effective means of purification as far back as 350 B.C.E. The process begins by heating water to the boiling point, causing it to vaporize and rise into a condenser. Here the water vapor cools and condenses so…

Reverse Osmosis

By Tap Water Truth | February 9, 2018

Reverse Osmosis Natural osmosis occurs when solutions with two different concentrations are separated by a semi-permeable membrane. Osmotic pressure drives water through the membrane, the water dilutes the more concentrated solution, and the end result is equilibrium. In reverse osmosis (RO), carefully applied hydraulic pressure counteracts the natural osmotic pressure and forces the solution back…

Glossary of Water Terms

By Tap Water Truth | February 7, 2018

Clean Water Facts and Information Glossary of Water Terms absolute filter rating Refers to the smallest particle size that a filter will trap 100 percent. For example, a 5-micron absolute filter will trap all particles 5 microns and larger. See nominal filter rating. activated carbon Carbon that has been specially treated to enhance its ability…

Filtration

By Tap Water Truth | February 7, 2018

Water filtration is an expansive topic that can refer to dozens of different processes all designed to remove impurities from water using a chemical process, a biological process, or a physical barrier. Filtration can be used in irrigation, aquariums, swimming pools, and drinking water, as well as for other purposes. Chemical Filtration Chemical filtration changes…

Water Softening

By Tap Water Truth | February 2, 2018

Water softening refers to a method of filtration by which “hard” water is made soft. Hard water is any water containing dissolved hardness minerals above 1 Grain per Gallon or 17.1 Parts per Million. The total dissolved hardness minerals are most often in the form of calcium, magnesium, and certain other metals. The most common…

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