While there are multiple filter types that are able to remove lead from drinking water, some are more effective than others. Knowing which ones are more reliable than others can mean getting the best value for money when you buy the filter, as well as adding peace of mind that you will be getting a clean glass of water every time. Filters that are certified safe are always going to be the best option, but which types in particular should you be looking at when it comes to filtering lead from the supply?
How Lead Interacts with Water
Lead comes into contact with drinking water during a process referred to as corrosion. This happens when metal from fixtures and pipes start to dissolve or wear away over time, which instantly compromises the quality of the water flowing through them. A chemical reaction occurs and at high levels, the water is immediately deemed unsafe for consumption. The side effects of consuming this water are even worse when the water has high acidity to begin with. Having the right filter to reduce or eliminate lead levels is all the more important for this reason.
Reverse Osmosis Water Filters
One of the best ways to remove lead from the water supply is to use a reverse osmosis system. A popular choice in homes and offices, these filters can remove up to 97% of lead from water. That’s not to say that the water will be safe for consumption as a result. It may need to go through additional processes in order to create water that is 100% pure. It does however create a good base to work from, with some more advanced filters working in the additional processes needed to clear the lead and other contaminants completely.
Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Filters
Some basic water filters utilise granular activated carbon to reduce the levels of lead and other harmful substances in the water itself. This is a low-cost, energy efficient way to ensure you have a steady supply of water that won’t end up making you ill. Water filter pitchers that utilise this process can clear up to 99% of contaminants if they are well maintained. Problems start to creep in when they aren’t cleaner, or replaced in a timeous manner. Sticking to a good routine for this means always having access to clean, lead-free water.
A Bespoke Purified Water Solution
The Aquazania team has spent years refining a multi-step water purification process that involves both of the filters and methods mentioned here today. Our bottled and bottleless solutions, used by over 20 000 customers in South Africa, benefit from each of these stages and can make a purified water solution a part of your everyday life. If you’d like to learn more about our other offerings too, specifically those that can be tailored to your needs and budget, get in touch with us and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction. You’ll be sipping on sparkling clean water in no time.