Water can contain all manner of things unfit for human consumption. There are many ways to treat your water, and each is most effective at removing something specific from your water. When you want to install some sort of system to purify and clean water in your home, you should choose the water treatment based on what exactly it is that you hope to remove from your water.
The Taste of Chlorine
Some water treatment plants tend to add a little too much chlorine to their water supply during the "cleaning" process. As such, the water you get from your tap has a slight aftertaste and smell of chlorine, almost as if you are drinking a pool. If this is the only thing that bothers you about your water, you are in luck. Any type of water pitcher or water faucet purification system can remove the excess chlorine, the chlorine taste, and the smell. Then, all you taste and smell is clean water.
Elevated Levels of Bacteria
Elevated levels of bacteria are common in well water, but they may also occur in city water. Some companies, such as Express Plumbing & Heating Inc, realize that these unpleasant microscopic organisms can cause a lot of stomach upset problems. To eliminate a larger portion of the unpleasant bacteria, you can ask a plumber to install an osmosis system with UV lights under each household sink. The UV lights help kill the bacteria, while the osmosis systems help filter the bacteria from your water supply before it comes out of your taps.
Heavy Metals, Residual Minerals, and Toxins
The worst offenders in this group of unpleasant things in your water include lime, mercury, lead, rust, and botulinum (botulism toxin). There are others, but these five are the ones you definitely do not want to consume in tap water or in your food cooked with tap water. Whole-house water purification systems can help. You will need to purchase these water softeners/water purification units from a reputable business. Then a plumber will install your appliances to the whole-house water supply. Your water should be clean and pleasant to drink after just a few hours of running water through these appliances.
Drink Bottled Water until Your System is Installed
You will need to set up an appointment to buy and install your chosen water treatment system. Since it may take up to two weeks to get a plumber and a sales agent into your home for this project, drink and cook with bottled water until then. It may also be a good idea to hand wash your dishes with bottled water or eat from paper plates and bowls until then.