Element of Life: How a Reverse Osmosis Filter System Keeps Water Safe

An average adult human body is composed of about 60% water, and among all the five elements, water is considered as the “element of life”. However, contaminated or polluted water can’t be of any benefit to living things—but rather the exact opposite. When it comes to the hazards of contaminated water, a recent incident in Toledo, Ohio serves as a good example. Here’s an excerpt from the news article by Emma G. Fitzsimmons for The New York Times:

Residents of Toledo, Ohio’s fourth-largest city, spent the weekend under a water advisory after tests revealed toxins in the city’s water supply, likely caused by algae growing in Lake Erie.

Tens of thousands of people kept faucets turned off and left their homes in search of clean water. They waited in lines at fire stations for bottled water, crossed state lines in search of stores with supplies after local outlets ran dry, and drove to friends’ homes miles away to fill containers.


Toledo, the “Glass City”, temporarily became an empty glass during the said algae bloom with polluted water beckoning at the mouth of every faucet. The people of Toledo scavenged for reliable clean drinking water until the ban was lifted in August 4. However, the NRDC.org reports that there are about 19 U.S. cities whose tap water quality is being threatened by outdated treatment methods, and pollution.

tap water ban for toledo residents

Under the Safe Water Drinking Act through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), public water should be standardized for drinking and consumption. The EPA is responsible for regulating contaminants such as arsenic, e-coli, cryptosporidia, chlorine, and lead. Though 90% of public water meets the EPA’s standards, most organizations recommend using a filter to further ensure water safety. In fact, installation of a quality reverse osmosis filter system from trusted companies like AXEON Water Technologies is recommended.

How Quality Filters Help

When water is carried through old pipes, lead particles are likewise brought along. Fortunately, efficient filters used in reverse osmosis filter systems can effectively remove lead and other similar toxic compounds. Filters also remove natural sediments that come from the ocean or the sea, along with dirt, silt, and clay. Though sediments don’t pose a serious health risk, they give water an unpleasant taste.

Pesticide and pathogen removal are also reasons to have a water filter installed. Pathogens or harmful microorganisms invisible to the naked eye can cause diseases to humans and other living things.

There is more to water filtration systems than the benefits mentioned above. Therefore, if you want to protect your family’s health and wellness, it wouldn’t hurt to take precautionary measures—that is to say, investing in an effective water filter system.

(Source: Tap Water Ban for Toledo Residents, The New York Times, August 3, 2014)