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Terms to Know About Water Retail Stores
Having fresh drinking water available for your family, friends or company employees is necessary for health and energy. Water retail stores have everything you need to stay hydrated with the best water possible. Here are some terms to know about water that is sold at retail stores.
Reverse Osmosis – Reverse osmosis is a way to filter water. The process works by applying pressure to the water forcing out molecules and ions which make the water polluted leaving only fresh water behind. Home water systems will typically feature a filter to ensure clean water is available at all time.
Ultraviolet Filtration – Ultraviolet rays can kill bacteria, viruses, mold, algae, yeast and more from water. Because ultraviolet rays cannot remove chlorine from water these filters typically include another type of filter for this reason.
Contaminants – Contaminants and pollutants enter water in the environment from agricultural, industrial and other industries operating near springs, lakes and wells. Filters are used to disinfect and purify water. Once properly treated, water is safe for drinking and using for everyday activities such as laundry and dishwashing in your home.
Hard Ions – Magnesium, calcium and other ions are known as hard ions and can be found in water. By treating your water to remove these hard ions your water becomes softer and better for drinking and more.
Analysis – Water retail stores often offer a water analysis. During this process, a professional will test your water for contaminants and suggest a filter that will improve your water and ice. Additionally, they may suggest that a large delivered jug dispenser they fill regularly is the best way to get clean water.
Every home, store, and office needs drinking water of some type. While the public system serves up treated product for consumption, many prefer a more filtered version. Retail water stores help supply folks with the equipment, supplies, installation, and general upkeep for their purification systems.
Treating water has been in practice since at least 2000 B.C. Ancient Egyptians boiled and filtered their water through sand and coarse gravel or charcoal in order to purify it. The Greeks sought to make the drink even more pure by removing hardness and smell while the English later figured out how to remove the salt from sea liquid to make it potable. Over time, methods have been improved to filter drinkable water from an aqua resource. Water from natural springs get collected and disinfected with ultraviolet light by companies, while sea water is either distilled or put through reverse osmosis before being bottled and dispensed. Reverse osmosis is widely considered the most thorough method for purification.
For coolers and dispensers, water can be kept clean in large jugs containing several gallons. For more intricate water systems, sealed tanks are kept to hold the liquid in storage until it is pumped through the faucet attached. Ice dispensers can also be attached to purification systems to generate cleaner product, but you can also fill your own trays and freeze if you wish to save on energy. Any retail water store should be able to help you pick the filtration system that's right for you and your specific needs.