Which Water Filtration Types Improve The Taste of Water?
Buying bottled water sounds like the perfect solution to anyone seeking improved taste and quality of their drinking water, but there is a flaw in this; not all bottled water tastes better than tap water! Yes, it’s a bold statement, but it’s true. In a blind taste test, many people could not differentiate (based solely on taste) the difference between a leading brand of bottled water and tap water. This made us realise that as humans, we preconceive the notion that water that has been processed will taste infinitely better than water that comes out our taps.
For this reason, we’ve decided to get to the root cause of taste and quality: filtration types.
We discuss the most effective way to have the best-tasting, high quality water in your glass every day, and which filtration systems to avoid.
Water Filtration Types
- Activated Carbon Filters
These are also known as carbon filters or pre-filters and are generally responsible for removing larger particles like sediment and silt from your water. They work by attracting and absorbing these particles so they’re no longer present in the liquid that comes out of your faucet.
An activated carbon filter will also make sure the end result has less in the way of odor and tastes much better. This is because they reduce the amount of chlorine and other contaminants that can make your water smelly or just darn right unpleasant to drink.
- Reverse Osmosis
This type of filter is incredibly popular mainly because it has the ability to remove all sorts of contaminants that can be a danger to your health, as well as making sure the end result is clear and odour free.
- Alkaline/Water Ionizers
These filters use a process known as electrolysis. What this means is the water is passed over plates which are electrically charged, and it’s separated into two streams. One is alkaline and the other is acidic. Not only do you get softer water as a result, water that’s low in acidity is much better for your skin as well.
- UV Filters
These types of filters are possibly one of the newest technologies on the market. When ultraviolet radiation is used to treat water, it has the ability to destroy various bacteria that can be damaging to your health. If you want a more environmentally friendly way of purifying your water, this filter may well be the answer because it doesn’t need any chemicals or additional heat to be effective.
- Infrared Filters
As with alkaline filters, this technology is used to help soften your water, so if you live in a hard water area, infrared technology will help. Much like alkaline filters, infrared uses heat and light to negatively charge the water, and give it a softer feel.
- Fibre Filters
These filters contain cellulose, rayon or some other material spun into a mesh with small pores. It is just like pouring water containing sand through a piece of cloth. Unlike slow sand filter, pressure is applied to force water through tightly wrapped fibres. There are many kinds of fibre filters in the market that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes from fine to coarse meshes. Go for fibre filters with micron ratings lower than 1 to efficiently trap particles.
O3 is an unstable molecule which readily gives up one atom of oxygen providing a powerful oxidizing agent which is toxic to most waterborne organisms. Ozone is made by passing oxygen through ultraviolet light or a ‘cold’ electrical discharge. To use ozone as a disinfectant, it must be created on-site and added to the water by bubble contact.
In short, anything which removes odour will typically improve the taste of the water – which makes sense, considering our sense of smell is so closely related to our sense of taste. The most important thing to remember is that there is no single-step solution to guarantee purification and tat improvement of your water.
Multi-stage filtration, purification and sterilisation technology has not yet been developed to be a condensed technology, so if you are looking for a solution to foul-tasting water, opt for a plumbed-in water cooler that does the hard work for you. Pro tip: decreasing the temperature of the water to chilled will improve taste as well, our senses do not pick up on poor tastes when the temperature of liquids is that low.
However, for a guaranteed pure-tasting water which has already had all the above steps (and more) performed, why not get a taste for Aquazania water? Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!