Which water to drink

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July 20, 2012, 12:33 a.m. | Ukraine — by Oksana Faryna, Oksana Grytsenko

People consume water more than anything else. So it’s important for everyone to know that the water they are drinking is pure and healthy – or at least will cause them no long-term harm.

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cedrik July 20, 2012, 9:15 a.m.    

The only way to really purify the local water supply is to install a membrane filtration system, recommended for the kitchen. That way the water is quite pure and drinkable. However, these systems are quite expensive. The upside is the primary filters for the system are not expensive, and the last, most stringent, filter, the membrane itself, rarely needs changing. However, the membrane filter is NOT cheap.

We have installed a large particulate filter on our water feed. This one is listed as 'for a small or medium business that uses in excess of 1500 cubic meters of water a year'. Suggested filter change interval is once a year. We certainly do not use 1500 cubic meters of water a year, very far from it, but the filter is so full of rust etc that it must be changed every 3 months. Within 3 days a new filter is tinted orange with rust. So much for 'water purity' in our little city.

The upside of the primary filter is the appliances using water and the toilets are now much cleaner, no rust anywhere in the systems, and the shower and bath water is no longer a pleasing dark colour when the tub is filled for the children.

With the age and deterioration of not only the water systems but gas and electric systems, I doubt any of us will live long enough to see the entire country brought up to sanitary and safe conditions for utilities. The cost will be staggering to do so. Of course then you have the other systems that are falling apart, as in roads, bridges, rail systems, etc., which need attention also and with again a huge cost. Not going to happen.

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