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Although most drinking water in the United States is considered safe, there is increasing concern about the quality of drinking water as more and more pollutants are found in groundwater supplies. Worry about the possible health problems resulting from these contaminants is causing consumers to wonder what they can do to ensure the quality of their own water supply. One viable alternative for people with contaminated drinking water may be to install a home water treatment system. Treatment systems require regular monitoring and maintenance, and no one system can be used for all contaminants. This provides a guide for consumers who want to know about home water treatment systems. The first step for homeowners or renters with suspected water quality problems is to have their water chemically analyzed by someone that can help interpret the results. It is important to remember that the presence of a contaminant does not always mean that the water needs to be treated. A water quality professional will use the chemical analysis to determine which, if any, water treatment system is appropriate. Many water quality problems - ex., bad odor or taste - are aesthetic- rather than health-related. Although these types of problems are important and may also be resolved using home water treatment systems, the information in this bulletin focuses on contaminants that may lead to adverse health effects. A variety of water treatment processes are available to Minnesota homeowners. The systems differ in the types of chemicals removed, location within the home, and operating and maintenance requirements. Two broad categories of home water treatment units are point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) systems. POU systems are installed near the point of use, normally in the kitchen at the end of a faucet, plumbed in-line under the sink, or placed on a countertop. These systems typically treat the 3 to 5 gallons per day that the average family uses for drinking and cooking. POE units are larger, more expensive, and usually placed in the basement. They treat water as it enters the home, generally excluding water to outdoor taps. POU or POE treatment systems are most economical if they are sized and operated to supply treated water only in quantities needed. POE devices offer the best protection from both aesthetic- and health-related contaminants. However, POU devices are generally cheaper. POE devices are often preferable when water is hard or contains iron. These compounds can discolor fixtures and clothes, or lead to excessive buildup of scale in water piping. Several processes are available for home water purification. These include activated carbon, ion exchange, reverse osmosis, distillation, chemical oxidation and ultraviolet radiation treatment. These processes purify water by removing contaminants or transforming them into less objectionable compounds. All Ways Plumbing, a Minnesota plumber, is a leader and an expert in water treatment and we would be more than happy to test your water to make certain it is not only safe for you and your family to drink, but we would also like to present you with a plan for making it more acceptable and useful for your other needs as well. A major consideration of all the processes is that verification of performance can usually only be determined by chemical analysis. Therefore, filter replacement or maintenance may not take place when it is really needed. If the filter is not functioning properly, the water may contain unacceptable levels of contaminants. It is also not possible to know for sure the degree to which contaminants have been removed from the water unless the water has been appropriately tested.