Charlotte Water Filtration Systems
Did you know chefs cook with filtered water? And that the government actually recommends you filter your water?
Once you install a water filtration system, you will:
- Never have to buy bottled water again
- Waste less (since you won’t be using plastic bottles, which need to be recycled and may be leaking chemicals into your drinking water)
- Have peace of mind, knowing you are drinking, cooking with, and bathing in pure clean water
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Charlotte Water Quality: Is Charlotte’s Water Safe to Drink?
We are fortunate enough to live in an area where public water is treated and monitored. However, there are several factors that affect drinking water quality. As a consumer, it’s important that you understand what those factors are and what you can do to make your drinking water safer.
Identify Your Water Source
In general, well water is much higher risk than city water because it is not being treated. However, even our surface water sources (Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake and the Catawba River) are very susceptible to contaminants.
According to the 2014 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report (Charlotte Water, conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency), you should be aware of the following:
As of June 2014, Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake and the Catawba River were all rated as “higher than average” in both contaminant and susceptibility to contamination ratings (on a national scale, rated by the EPA).
The report explains what sorts of contaminants these water sources are susceptible to, saying, “As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.
“Contaminants that may be present in source water include microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife; inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming; pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses; organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems; and radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.”
Consider the Purification Process
Charlotte water is purified using the following processes: “First we pump the water from Mountain Island Lake and Lake Norman to one of the three water treatment plants – Franklin, Vest or Dukes. We add aluminum sulfate (alum) in the rapid mix phase to cause dirt particles to clump together, where they are removed through settling. The water then flows through filters that trap even smaller particles. We add chlorine to prevent bacterial growth and fluoride to promote dental health.”
These methods of purification are considered effective enough when it comes to removing most contaminants, however, many health specialists tell us that the use of chlorine in particular causes significant health problems.
In fact, the EPA determined that the use of chlorine to purify water indicates that the incidents of cancer are 44% higher among those using chlorinated water. So why does Charlotte use chlorine as a primary purifier? Because it’s economically efficient.
The bottom line: If you don’t filter your water, you are at risk of drinking, cooking with and bathing in chlorine byproducts. Read more about about the CDC’s overview of chlorine byproducts here.
Consider Your Plumbing System
How old is your plumbing system? If it’s 20 years old or newer, you probably have nothing to worry about. However, older plumbing systems begin to corrode and rust, and some even have lead in them. According to the same report mentioned above, “Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Charlotte Water is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the
variety of materials used in plumbing components.”
The EPA recommends one short-term, inexpensive, temporary solution: “When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.” However, lead in your water is very serious problem, leading to a wide variety of health problems. You can learn more about lead in your water here.
In most cases, replacing a portion of or all of your piping is very expensive and time consuming. However, the installation of a water filtration system will remove all lead (and other contaminants) from your water system, protecting your family from health complications.
Protecting Your Health
The EPA says, “Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immunocompromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their healthcare providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).”
You can learn more about contamination testing of water sources from this interactive map recording the discovery of a particularly concerning set of contaminants (in tests conducted by the EPA between 2013-2015) here.
Contact us through our online contact form to get questions answered about water filtration system options. We will never sell you a product you don’t need, and we’ll gladly answer all your questions and explain all your options.
Thinking About a Charlotte Water Filtration System?
Before you rush out and invest in a water purification system, you’ll want to do some research. Read our article comparing water purification systems or give us a call at 704-269-1066 for advice. You can also check out our blog posts about types of water filtration systems (we’re huge fans of Pelican whole house water filtration systems) and can ask us whatever questions you have about types of filters and quality of different levels of filtration systems.
Why Choose Us to Be Your Charlotte Plumber?
We strive to be the best Charlotte plumbers in town.
- Over 100 positive reviews online – dozens from this year alone.
- Our owner, Dave Parker, has over 30 years of plumbing experience. He hires only well-trained, vetted plumbers, and he guarantees their work.
- We’re open 24/7, 365 days a year. There’s no extra charge for evenings or weekends. Don’t take time off work! We work with your schedule.
- Our trucks are well-stocked, meaning we come to your house prepared for anything. Our warehouse is also stocked, so we can quickly access heavy duty equipment and hard-to-find parts.
- Our plumbers are trained to be courteous, respectful and to keep your property clean. We restore the area after the plumbing work is done.
- We are completely committed to your satisfaction. If you’re not pleased, call us and Dave (the owner) will make things right with you.
- We provide Do-It-Yourself advice and suggestions to help you save money and make the best decisions for your plumbing system. Just check out our ASK DAVE question and answer forum or read our blog posts to find out everything you needed to know about plumbing.
Give us a call at 704-269-1066 or use our contact form. We look forward to being of service!
“Simply the best… I first dealt with E.R. at our previous home, where Dave’s team installed a whole-home filtration system and tankless heater. The guys are professional and detail orientated, which is fantastic. We encountered a plumbing emergency recently at our new home and the E.R. Tech showed up at the house within 1.5 hrs. I cannot say enough kudos for Dave and his team. You want a plumber in the Charlotte area – you need to call E.R.!”
~ John Ridgway, May 18, 2015