Metro Vancouver flows in from three watersheds, Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam. For us down here in Delta, we also source water from 3 Artesian wells near Watershed Park in North Delta. Metro Vancouver and our municipalities do an excellent job of keeping our water safe from diseases and contaminants. However, there is one set back, they must use chlorine to disinfect the water as it passes through the system and at any time that it comes into contact with the atmosphere.
Although a small amount of chlorine is present (approximately 0.4 to 0.7 milligram per litre (mg/L), it still has potentially carcinogenic by-products. Our water also has metals and vinyl chloride that leach into the water from the distribution pipes. Chlorine can also produce an odour and taste that could be very unpleasant and even prevent people from enjoying a refreshing glass.
The water coming in through your taps is full of metals and added chemicals and they also come in contact with any undesirable gunk living in your pipes. When you pour yourself a glass of unfiltered water, you’re also pouring in all those impurities that are toxic for your body. A purification system is the best way to remove impurities from your water and make it a healthier choice for your whole family. You will notice the different in taste, smell, and colour when you upgrade your household water. We have even seen clients increase their water intake because it tastes so much better.
To start, we gather as much information as possible to ensure we understand your needs. We can filter your kitchen tap or the entire home, it just depends on
We happily educate you on how our water filters work, provide options, and then we make a plan for installation. You can expect a water filter installation to take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the filter you choose. You will be happy to know that we take pride in cleaning up any area that we work in, leaving a delightfully clean and fresh smelling space for you to enjoy.
If you have any questions along the way, we’re always happy to answer them. We will change out your filters -every 6 months or so to ensure that your water is clean and clear throughout the year.
Most Popular Use: Getting rid of chlorine taste/odour and sediment from Municipal water
Drawbacks: Not the best stand-alone filter if you have well-water, you will need additional filtration
A carbon filter can remove these impurities down to .5 microns which means that they will purify just about everything. Inside the filter you will find a bed of activated carbon, which is a very porous material that is able to catch and trap contaminants in a process called Adsorption. Carbon filters can be used to filter the whole house, or it can be used to filter a point of source, for example a kitchen tap, water cooler, or a fridge line. A great example of a point of source filter is the commonly used Brita filter.
They are the more practical and economic choice when it comes to filtration, as it tends to clean the water instantly, without any wasted water in the process.
A whole house filter will be bigger and will protect your whole plumbing system from unwanted contaminants. It will require some reconfiguration of your plumbing, so you do not end up washing your car or watering the lawn with filtered water. A whole house carbon filter can filter water down to about 5 microns, which clears most particles but we always suggest to add a point of source in specific areas in your home.
A point of source filter can be much smaller as it’s not working through large quantities of water, these types of filters are more compact and can get down to .5 microns. These types of filters are designed to fit under your kitchen sink and can have multiple cartridges allowing you to choose what level of filtration you want. Choose everything from taste and odour, micron measurement, and even a pre-filter to catch the larger particles to increase the life expectancy of your filter.
We can also install a carbon filter on your showerheads to remove the chlorine for the water and provide a healthier shower experience.
Best Feature: It does everything the Carbon Filter does plus more, it gets down to the molecular level
Drawbacks: Wastes a lot of water and removes naturally occurring minerals (but it can be added back via an alkaline filter)
Reverse osmosis is more common than you may think, and it’s often used for bottled water. It’s a very effective way to remove most contaminants from your drinking water such as arsenic, nitrates, sodium, copper, lead, fluoride, and some organic chemicals. These systems are more compact and designed as point of use that can fit under your kitchen sink and come with their own faucet.
The process of reverse osmosis removes contaminants in the water by passing the water through a semipermeable membrane. This membrane requires pressure to be applied to it to force the water through it and remove ions, molecules and other larger particles from your drinking water.
Although reverses osmosis removes most harmful contaminants from your drinking water it is not capable of completely removing all of them. It does not remove chlorine, chloramines, volatile organic chemicals, and other synthetic chemicals found in your tap water. The water that a reverse osmosis system provides is also acidic and has a low ph balance due to the removal of minerals during the process, so we add a re-mineralizing filter to rebalance the water ph levels.
One major downside to a reverse osmosis system is the amount of wastewater it produces. During the process only 5 – 15% of drinking water will be produced while the rest will be wastewater.
We believe that both options are great, and they work wonders for your water and health, but the choice will ultimately depend on your preference. Here’s a detailed example of how we could go about filtering your household water.
Step One: Install a whole house filter – to remove the chlorine and other chemicals from your home water system to help save your plumbing system and your skin from drying up.
Step Two: Install a point of use system to source your drinking water. You can use a multistage carbon filter system or a reverse osmosis to remove the other impurities and then follow that with a re-mineralizing filter to rebalance your waters ph levels.
Anyone of these options will not only have a significant impact on the environment by reducing the use of plastic water bottles but it will save you money in the long-run. You never run out and you don’t need to keep any pitchers on your shelf or in the fridge, you will have fresh clean and cold drinking water straight from your tap. Bottoms up!