Clean Healthy Water and Water Filtration Systems

home water filter systemMost of Sydney’s drinking water is derived from the catchment areas around Sydney's dams. With the Warragamba Dam being one of the biggest suppliers of domestic water in the world, Sydney has its own water filters and water filtration systems. The Warragamba Dam provides approximately 80% of Sydney's water supply.

Once the water from the dam it is sent to one out of the nine water filtration plants. At these filtration pants, the water is cleaned of any contaminants. These water filters ensure that the water meets criteria in regards to health.

The Prospect Water Filtration Plant is the biggest water filter of the nine. Of all the Sydney water filters, it gives about 80% of drinking water to Sydney. Most water from the Warragamba Dam flows into The Process Water Filtration Plant through pipes. The water filter then rids the water of sediments with a process called contact filtration. The contact filtration process consists of the water flowing through a channel. Compounds are added to the water to make the small particles stick together which makes them more easily filtered.

After that, the water flows through sand filters and filtered water comes out. Then fluoride and chlorine are added to the water. Fluoride is added for the purposes of dental health. The chloride is added to prevent microorganisms.

Another type of filtration system is used by the Desalination Plant. These Sydney water filters utilise reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis is a filtration process during which molecules and ions are extracted by adding pressure. The plant uses this system to take out fresh water from sea water. 
Water filtering can also be done at home. Under sink water filters are growing in popularity. They filter the tap water very shortly before it comes out the faucet. These filters extricate impurities and particles. They are placed under the sink. There are two popular types of under sink water filters.

The first is activated carbon. It uses a replaceable filter cartridge that rids impurities with activated carbon. They will usually filter out radon, pesticides, chlorine, and chemicals. These filter cartridges need to be replaced approximately every 6 months. The second type is reverse osmosis. Again, it uses pressure to extract the impurities out of the water. It stores the water away for further use.

Unfiltered water can prove to be very dangerous. The chlorine in the water is said to not be good for the body. Chlorine is also known as bleach and people who drink unfiltered water are more likely to get cancer according to some studies. When the chlorine gets inside your body, it can damage body cells. Filtered water is healthy for the short term and long term. Whether it's through a large, complex system or quietly tucked away under your sink, water that is cleaned is the best way to drink and stay hydrated.