Households these days are spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting drinks from the refrigerator. For parents or carers educating children and young people about the benefits of good nutrition, the frustration is that often the drink of choice is one full of sugar, flavouring and preservatives. Keeping bottled water in the fridge, directing the household to drink water, and limiting the number of juices or soft drinks can start a conflagration on the same scale as the Gulf War. This pits siblings against each other as they hope to gain favours by dobbing on each other and counting drinks. Meanwhile, bottled water languishes at the back of the fridge.
Contrast that scenario with any location where there is a water cooler and visiting children. Like flies to a honey pot, they all want to drink the water from the cooler, and there is no reason to believe this would change if this type of water was available in the home environment, and now it is. Home water filters are now available in a range of product options that will suit both the small household with limited space and the large, rambling residence with room for more than one.
Water filters provide an extra layer of protection by applying additional processes to our mains water supply. While we can be confident that the water coming into our homes from a water utility is clean, free of contaminants and safe for human consumption, this additional filter at the point of consumption provides additional peace of mind. There are a couple of ways householders can access filtered water in the home.
Installing a mains connected filtration system allows the householder to choose between cool and cold on the one hand and hot and cold on the other, in a system that requires no manual filling from heavy bottles. This eliminates the need to store bottled water, which is bulky and takes up a lot of space. The hot water taps have a child-resistant safety feature and for those who are concerned about the levels of State-added fluoride in our mains water, a fluoride filter is available as an optional extra. The mains connected water filters are available in a range of sizes, and in both free-standing and bench-top models.
If the householder prefers their home water filter to be independent of the mains connection, there are a range of self-filling systems that are just as efficient. These are also available in free-standing and bench-top models, so every effort has been made by the manufacturers to cater for a number of space and access options.
The ease of use of home water filtering systems encourage family members to go for the water option before they even think of heading for the sugary drinks in the fridge. The appeal of having cool or cold water on hand just by turning on a tap will appeal to those household members who find even opening the fridge door to be chore too hard to bear.