Poor quality drinking water can be an enormous hazard to human health. News stories in recent years have reported experiences of residents who have unknowingly consumed tainted or otherwise unsafe drinking water that included high levels of lead, calcium, arsenic and other chemicals that can have negative health effects at certain levels.
If you are struggling with impurities in your water, consider turning to a biological water treatment. These types of filtration systems are newer and less conventional methods for addressing concerns with the drinking water supply, especially with water that is derived from a well or other natural ground source. Water from a variety of sources can be improved with biological filtration water treatment methods. The following is a discussion on what these systems entail, how they work, how they can benefit you and how to come by this type of water treatment technology.
A Note About Biological Treatments
First, it should be clarified that the biological treatment of water does not mean relying on natural processes without human intervention. While some natural processes clean water, human intervention is needed to make water pure and safe enough for both drinking and hygienic use. For example, even though plants like water lilies clean algae out of ponds, this natural pond water would still have too many impurities to be consumed safely by people, and an ordinary faucet attachment filter may not be advanced enough to make it safe.
The biological treatment of contaminated water involves taking naturally occurring bacteria and implementing the species in an advanced water filtration process. Rather than cleaning water with chemicals, the biological method pairs reverse osmosis (RO) with bacteria that can remove contaminants from drinking water. These selected species of bacteria can consume or otherwise eliminate organic matter, nitrates, iron, manganese, arsenic and a wide variety of other contaminants. RO then removes the bacteria so that you are left with pure and safe drinking water at the end of the process without a buildup of deposits or the use of harsh chemical additives.
More Than Reverse Osmosis
Why does water need to be treated with both bacteria and RO? This is because reverse osmosis simply removes larger particles and only specific contaminants like iron. RO alone is safe to use in water sourced from a treated and safe public water supply, but the biological system is implemented to destroy a myriad of other, smaller contaminants and organic matter. This paired process is so successful that it is considered the future of water treatment technology, and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) has reported that utility service providers are now implementing biological treatment use nationwide.
How to Get Started
If you want to learn more about how this system works and if it would be a right fit for your property or community, contact us to get started.