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Is Your Drinking Water Really Safe To Drink?

(ARA) - Did you ever wonder why tap water might taste a little different from home to home or why you might sense a slight odor when drinking tap water? Most public water treatment facilities add chlorine to the water to assure its healthiness by killing bacteria and other microorganisms.

Generally, public and private water supplies in the United States are safe to drink, yet many people are concerned about the additives in their drinking water. In fact, according to a recent Water Quality Association Survey, 86 percent of Americans are concerned about their water quality. As a result, the bottled water industry has quickly grown to a $6 billion a year industry. But the cost and inconvenience has led many homeowners to consider water filtration systems.

Drinking water filtration systems can be easily installed in new or existing homes right at the kitchen or bathroom sinks to deliver clear, clean, great tasting water. "Over 41 percent of homes in the United States have some type of water filtration equipment and when homeowners decide to renovate, about 20 percent add a filtration system" notes Mark Laucella, marketing manager for Aqua-Pure, a leader in the water purification industry. "Not only are water filtration systems able to reduce the amount of chlorine in your drinking water, they can also reduce the amount of lead, cysts, volatile organic contaminants (VOCs) like benzene, toluene and styrene, as well as MTBE -- found in natural gas -- and total dissolved solids (TDS) like minerals, salts and metals," adds Laucella.

An added benefit of installing a drinking water system is reducing your overall costs compared to bottled water. Filtered water in the home can cost between 3 cents and 21 cents per gallon, depending on the system, compared to $1 or more per gallon jug or up to $8 per gallon for sports bottles.

To find out what is added to your home's drinking water, check with your local municipal water department for the latest water analysis in your area. Web sites such as the EPA's also provide information on local water supplies. You can also have your water tested on your own. Several drinking water filtration system manufacturers, like Aqua-Pure, will test your water for free. Along with their detailed report, they also make recommendations as to what system would be best for your specific situation.

When choosing a drinking water filtration system, Laucella suggests you answer these questions before making a selection:

*Have you had your water tested by a professional?

*Are you on a municipal or well water system?

*Does your drinking water have a distinct chlorine or musty taste and odor?

*Are your water and ice cubes cloudy in color?

*Are there dirt, rust or sediment particles in your water?

*Do you want to filter all water at the sink or do you want a dedicated drinking faucet?

*How many family members are in the home?

*What is the average amount of drinking water consumed per family member per day, week or month?

The answers to these questions will help you decide what level of filtration you need and what type of system is necessary, but Laucella recommends consulting with a professional who can advise you on the system that is most appropriate for your home.

Cuno Incorporated has been a leader in premium water filtration systems for more than 90 years. The company's patented and proprietary products are used by major restaurant chains, cruise ships and pharmaceutical companies and can be found in millions of residential homes across the United States and the world. They are available to homeowners through plumbing contractors and wholesalers; to find an Aqua-Pure dealer near you, visit or call (800) 222-7880.

Courtesy of ARA Content

For more information on Aqua-Pure products and services, contact Mark V. Laucella, Marketing Manager, at 203-238-8966, or 400 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450.

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