Having access to clean water is essential. Unfortunately, studies, including those conducted at the Simple Lab water testing laboratory at Berkeley, have repeatedly shown that Fresno has some of the country’s poorest water quality.

Without a water filtration system, you risk exposing yourself and your family to many carcinogens, chemicals, and other contaminants. In this article, we’ll explain why water quality is such a concern in the Fresno area and how installing a water filtration system can address these issues and ensure your home’s drinking water is safe and clean.

Understanding Fresno’s Water Quality Issues

Most experts agree that the federal water quality standards are outdated. They do not even come close to matching what modern-day researchers suggest as acceptable criteria for drinking water. Although Fresno’s water quality meets all relevant federal standards, the levels of many contaminants in the area’s municipal water are much higher than scientists and water quality experts recommend or consider safe.

For instance, arsenic is a known carcinogen that is present in most municipal water supplies. However, the level of arsenic in the water in Fresno is nearly 200 times higher than what most experts consider a safe level. Similarly, the area’s water contains almost 40 times the recommended amount of nitrates, another group of carcinogens.

This contamination happens because nitrates that are commonly used in fertilizer get into the water supply as a result of agricultural runoff. This runoff is also why the area’s water has much higher levels of pesticides and herbicides, most of which contain carcinogens.

Surprisingly, improper disposal of prescription drugs is another source of water contamination affecting Fresno residents. The municipal water is also contaminated with many other chemicals and carcinogens found in industrial byproducts that eventually make their way into the water supply. The fact that Fresno’s water is contaminated and full of so many different chemicals and impurities means that water quality is something every home and business should take seriously.

A Water Filtration System Eliminates Water Quality Issues

If you want to overcome water quality issues and ensure your water is clean, safe, and tastes great, Allbritten offers leading water filtration options. Our systems feature separate levels of filtration and are designed to remove almost all pollutants, contaminants, and impurities.

In many filtration systems, water first passes through a granular activated carbon filter that effectively removes chlorine and most other contaminants. This includes pesticides, fuels, dyes, disinfectants, heavy metals, and volatile organic compounds. Not only does this stage help to purify and cleanse the water, but it also removes any unpleasant odors and smells. The next stage can be a high-activity carbon filter that works to remove any leftover chlorine molecules and further improves the smell and taste of the water.

The next filtration stages work to eliminate both larger and smaller particles suspended in the water. This filtration includes things like silt, rust, sand, and sediment. Filtering out these suspended particles ensures your water is crystal clear.

While not all whole-home water filtration systems use the same steps or filtration, most of them do have several stages of filtration to remove unwanted contaminants and sediment from your residential water supply.

Some Water Filtration Systems Can Also Treat Hard Water!

While hard water isn’t an issue in terms of causing health issues, it can significantly affect your plumbing system. The water in the Fresno area is considered moderately hard to hard, which means it has a higher concentration of dissolved calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. The problem with hard water is that some of these minerals get left behind in the form of limescale or mineral deposits that collect inside pipes, plumbing fixtures, and appliances.

As mineral deposits build up inside pipes, they slowly reduce how much water can flow and lead to a decrease in the water pressure. Over time, the deposits can choke the pipes off to the point where they need to be replaced. Mineral deposits can also cause lots of damage to appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.

They are especially hard on water heaters and make them work less effectively, which will result in higher energy bills. Additionally, mineral deposits due to hard water are one of the main issues that will cause water heaters and appliances to fail prematurely.

If you’re dealing with hard water issues and limescale, we have water filtration systems that are highly effective options in ridding of that issue. Traditional water softeners work using ion exchange and essentially replace all of the minerals with sodium molecules. The problem is that this sodium eventually makes its way into rivers, streams, and lakes, where it then causes damage to the environment. This issue is why California has banned the use of all salt-based water softeners.

Instead of using salt, we offer systems that use magnetic fields that alter the structure of minerals like calcium and magnesium. This process leads to all the minerals that would normally be left behind as limescale remaining suspended in the water so that no mineral deposits can form. Not only does the conditioned water prevent limescale, but over time, the treated water will wash away any mineral deposits already in your plumbing system. The process is also completely safe and doesn’t contribute to any environmental issues.

Eliminate the Need for Bottled Water

Installing our water filtration systems in your home is a great way to save on the high cost of purchasing bottled water. In the US, the average family spends more than $1,300 on bottled water in just a single year, which shows you how much you could save by filtering the water in your home. The savings you realize from not buying bottled water will help justify the expense of installing and maintaining your water filtration system!

Another thing to consider is that most bottled water still contains some harmful chemicals that leach out from the plastic they are made from. Water filtered by a water filtration system may be better for you and your family than what you can purchase in a store. Additionally, your household will not be contributing to the environmental issues caused by disposable water bottles.

Contact the Professionals

At Allbritten, we’re the number one choice for water filtration and water conditioning in the Fresno area. We install a variety of water filtration systems for residential customers, and we also carry commercial filtration products. We’ve been providing expert plumbing services to Fresno residents since 1932, and our team can take care of all your water filtration repair, installation, and maintenance needs.

We are offering a free water test through April 15, 2024. Contact us today to schedule your free water test service today!

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