Do I Really Need a Whole House Water Filter in Long Island?

November 10, 2020

Choosing a whole house water filter is one of the best ways to ensure convenient access to safe drinking water. An analysis of EPA data by the New York Public Interest Research Group revealed that Long Island has the most contaminated drinking water in New York. The report outlined the presence of high levels of harmful contaminants like 1,4-dioxane, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). These pollutants are linked to liver cancer, chronic kidney conditions, and six other diseases.

Whole house water filters can remove these and other common contaminants such as:

  • Arsenic, a powerful carcinogenic that is linked to the development of several kinds of cancer
  • Aluminum, a metal that is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, hyperactivity, learning disabilities, and skin conditions
  • Cryptosporidium and Giardia, which are responsible for gastrointestinal disease
  • Fluoride and chloride, which commonly are used to cleanse municipal tap water of contaminants

Filtered vs. Bottled Water

Some people turn to bottled water for their clean water needs. While it is true you can cook with and drink bottled water, it is a lot less convenient than being able to access it directly from your tap. There also is the issue of all the plastic waste that bottled water creates.

Bottled water manufacturers are not required to disclose as much information about the source of their water as public water authorities, so there is no guarantee it is free of contaminants. Commercially-bottled water can be filled with plastic particles; 93 percent of brands sell bottled water that contains microplastic synthetic polymer particles according to this study. Bottled water also is not ideal for bathing, and contaminants in water can enter our system through the skin under the right conditions.

For these and other reasons, installing a whole house water filter is the best solution for clean water access throughout the home.

How Do I Choose the Right Filter?

There are several things to consider when opting to install a water filter for the whole house.

  • The type of filter depends on the contaminants in your water. Have your water supply – whether it is from a municipal water company or well – tested to analyze and identify contaminants. With those results, our team of water filtration technicians can help determine which water filtration system meets your needs.
  • Measure the flow rate for faucets and water dispensers. Our technicians will ensure the filtration system you select has holes with a higher flow rate than the filters to decrease the chance of a burst or leaking pipe. Ideally, the water filter should have a 1-2gpm higher flow rate.
  • Carefully consider the filter size. As a rule, larger filters are best because they allow for increased water supply. Service intervals are longer as well. Our team can help determine the right size to meet your needs.
  • The type of water affects the filtration system you choose. While most homes in Suffolk, Nassau County, and Long Island are served by public water, there still are a few properties with wells. Well water can have more sediment than public water, which will affect the life of the filter and the entire system.

Call the Whole-House Filtration Pros

Aqua Doctor’s team of water filtration professionals has healed sick water in Suffolk, Nassau County, and Long Islandfor over 12 years. Public drinking water can contain unhealthy compounds such as benzene, trichloroethylene, and pesticides. Our custom-designed water purification systems provide convenient and affordable access to safe drinking water right from any tap in your home. Give us a call at 631-767-1294 or get in touch online to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

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