If you own a waterfront property that's not on a municipal water source, you’re probably relying on bottled water for cooking and drinking. Did you know there's another option?
The environmental impact of bottled water is real.
In Ontario, approximately one billion bottles end up in landfills or littering the environment. And the global environmental impact of bottled water is enormous. Besides the actual bottles, tremendous amounts of energy and oil are required to process the water, produce the bottles, in addition to cleaning, filling, sealing, labelling, and transporting the finished product. The entire process produces tons of carbon dioxide that is then released into the atmosphere.
The alternative to bottled water is simple, effective, and environmentally-friendly.
You may not realize that, with the right water treatment system, you can use your private water source to provide drinking water for your cottage. In fact, with the right water treatment system, you can make almost any water supply taste like bottled water!
Consult a professional!
Before choosing a water treatment system, whether it's for your cottage or your home, it's important to talk to a water treatment professional. They'll know the important things you need to consider, including levels of turbidity (the water looks murky), tannins (the water looks discoloured and smells or tastes musty), and coliform count (bacteria that you can’t see, taste, or smell).
Total coliform count indicates potential microbial contamination in your water; in other words, your water could contain bacteria, which is why it’s important to properly disinfect your water.
The best continuous disinfection solution is an ultraviolet (UV) system, which works by inactivating disease-causing microbes. Unlike chlorine, UV is extremely effective against both Giardia (which causes Beaver Fever) and Cryptosporidium, and don't add chemicals to the water.