There are multiple different uses for water ranging from various industrial uses to the sustaining of all life on our planet. Within the a residential setting, water either enters the home plumbing from the city water supply or from a well, and it can be used for various functions. Since some of these functions can affect health and quality of life, it’s important to know what the level of treatment each type of water use requires. This will help to preserve the home in better condition and make the people who live in it happier. The following are the 3 types of water use and their appropriate treatment:
Utility Grade Water
Utility Grade water is used for watering your lawn and garden. It’s only a step down from industrial grade water which is used in labs and factories. Since this water it not intended to be consumed by people and since it doesn’t negatively affect any of the objects it touches, it does not necessarily need any type of treatment, unless there is a high concentration of hazardous chemicals in the water that can pass through to vegetables in your garden. For the most part, nature can do the job of absorbing the water and not be affected by normal water contaminants.
Working Grade Water
Working Grade water is used for bathing, washing clothes and cleaning. This is the type of water that comes out of non-drinking taps or faucets in your home and it’s the water that runs through water-using appliances, such as the water heater, dishwasher, refrigerator, clothes washer, and any appliance with its own water line. In the Phoenix area we have some of the hardest and most contaminated water in the country.
“Hard” water means that the water has too much calcium and magnesium, which is primarily responsible for soap scum and scale. Soap scum is created when calcium and magnesium deposits mix with soap to form an insoluble curd. Scale is when calcium and magnesium mix with other elements to form deposits or blockage on the inside of pipes, plumbing and water compartments of water-using appliances. Calcium and magnesium deposits may also be seen on fridge water dispensers and the shower head, causing blockage and spraying. When you wash your hands and body with hard water, the water leaves behind these and other contaminants which dry the skin and clogs pores. Homes that have well water commonly have too much iron, which leads to rust-colored rings and staining on bathroom fixtures. If you see rust-colored stains and you have city water, then it’s because the contaminants in the water are causing your plumbing to deteriorate.
Working Grade water requires water softening and whole home filtration. Water softeners remove the calcium and magnesium from the water and filtration does the rest. There are water softeners that are not whole home water filters, but any device that is labeled a whole home filter includes softening as well as the filtering out of other contaminants besides calcium and magnesium. It’s called a whole home water filter because it’s installed at the point where the water supply enters the home plumbing. (Also called a point of entry or POE filter). Get the Water Max by Hague for water softening and whole home filtration in the Phoenix area. It’s the best product on the market for Phoenix water problems.
Life Support Water
Life Support water is used for drinking and cooking and requires the highest quality water treatment. Reverse Osmosis systems are used to accomplish this. A Reverse Osmosis (RO) system is installed just before the water dispenser, most commonly in the kitchen. It is also called a point of use or POU filter to distinguish it from whole home filtration (described above). While a whole home filtration device can filter out contaminants that are 10-30 microns in size, a Reverse Osmosis system will filter out anything down to 0.0001 microns, meaning the water is practically pure, which is what you want it to be when you’re drinking it or preparing food with it.
Phoenix and other cities in the Valley of the Sun have water that tastes dirty because of the amount of sediment. You may have noticed how dirty it tastes or you’ve become too used to it; but it should have no taste at all, and once you try treated water, you’ll never go back. Your options for getting life support water include bottled water or home water treatment. The most economical of the two, and the best option for planet Earth is home water treatment.
Learn more about the Max Pack, which combines the WaterMax and H6000 Reverse Osmosis system. The WaterMax is both a softener and whole home filtration device, so when it is combined with the H6000 RO, you get complete water treatment, suitable for all types of water use.