Filtered vs. Tap Water

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Water from the tap here in grand junction is clean and safe. Dale Tooker of Clifton Water says, "the water that leaves our water treatment plant that's delivered to our customers meets and here in the grand valley its really easy to say exceeds water quality standards."
So why would anyone need a home water filtration system?
"It purifies the water, takes all the contaminates that can be in the water even the contaminates that are approved by the EPA," says Bert Whittenberg of Culligan water.

Hard water is a measure of the calcium and magnesium found in water. Tooker says you can't see the difference in hard water, just the effects. "It could be water spots on your dishes it could be the white flaky material in your hot water heater or even in your air conditioner," says Tooker.

Bert Whittenberg of Culligan water says filters can reverse the effects of hard water. "With soft water your skin and hair will be a lot cleaner and better." Whittenberg says the calcium carbonate left by hard water can damage household appliances.

"The hot water heater actually builds up a calcium and magnesium rock in the bottom and you have to heat that rock before you heat the water," says Whittenberg.

Whittenberg says hard water can also effect dish washers, shower heads, sinks, and swamp cooler.
One way to soften water is through an ionic exchange unit.
"So if you are using an ionic exchange unit we typically tell people that that's probably not a very good thing to be drinking because it has a very high concentration of sodium in it," says Tooker. That's why Culligan offers an under the sink mounted reverse osmosis filter for drinking water.

Whether you prefer filtered water with the calcium, magnesium and chlorine removed or like water from the tap, experts say the health benefits are the same, its all a matter of taste.