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Ensuring Pure Drinking Water in Calgary

Ensure Clean Drinking Water in Calgary

With frightening news coming out of Flint, MI, recently of lead-contaminated drinking water, the purity of our drinking water is on everyone’s minds.

In Calgary, we are lucky to have clean, uncontaminated drinking water on tap, but our water, whether from a well or the municipal supply, can continually be improved upon.

What Happened In Flint?

The short version is that in April 2014, Flint switched its tap water source to the Flint River, while it had previously come from the city of Detroit.

Because the river water was more corrosive than the water from Detroit, the water leached more lead from city pipes than the Detroit water had, and before long, high levels of lead were detected in blood samples from the city’s children. (See this Yahoo! News story for more information.)

Though it’s unlikely that this would happen in a major Canadian city, thanks to preventive actions being taken, it’s not out of the question.

Is Calgary Water Safe to Drink?

Yes, tap water in Calgary is generally considered safe to drink.

The city of Calgary has a well-established water treatment process that ensures the water meets or exceeds all health and safety standards. The water is regularly tested for various contaminants and is treated to remove impurities, making it safe for consumption.

However, if you have specific concerns about water quality or live in an area with older plumbing, you might want to use a water filter or have your water tested.

Filters and Water Softeners

The great news is that with the filtration options that exist in the home, any question of consistently safe drinking water can be put to rest. We stress the importance of drinking purified water and why drinking demineralized water is not a concern.

Our favorite option is a reverse osmosis system, giving you 99.9% pure drinking water.

By pushing your water through a semi-permeable membrane, these systems remove calcium and all other minerals, bacteria, and viruses. To compare reverse osmosis water to alternatives, municipally treated water has a level of 140-160 Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). Most bottled waters have around 60 TDS, while reverse osmosis has just 8-10 TDS.

If you’d like to remove the chlorine from your water, a carbon filter will do so. This can be used with a reverse osmosis system or, our last option, a water softener.

Water softeners also remove calcium and other minerals, offering multiple benefits for both the people and the pets in a home and any appliance in the house that uses water.

Over time, a good water purification system will pay for itself in your cost savings on bottled water, the health benefits, and, in the case of a water softener, the prolonged life of appliances in the home.

Water is at the core of a home and of family life. We drink it, bathe in it, cook with it, and use it for countless daily home chores. If you’d like to learn more about ensuring clean, pure water for yourself and your family, call us; we would be happy to walk you through the options!

George Pinel
George Pinel

Master Plumber

I have been involved in this family owned business for 33 years now.

It has always been and will continue to be the core focus of Instant Plumbing & Heating to provide a long lasting relationship with our customers based on trust and integrity of our service and products.

This achieved by using the best quality materials. I as a business owner continue to mentor and treat my staff with the highest regard and respect, this interns helps them deliver to the client great quality workmanship and service.

It is our professional goal to leave a situation better than when we arrived both in how we do our work and in how you feel for having chosen us to do your work, we are in the anxiety reduction business using plumbing and heating service work to do it.

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