Water filtration is something that many people think is very expensive, so they would rather buy water at the store. Well, let's break that down. You drive to the store, using gas. You lift and carry a case of water to your car, then have to carry into the house and store it somewhere. There is not usually a lot of extra storage space in Florida, (Being from up north I sure do miss my basement!). Then you have all the empty plastic bottles that you have to recycle. They may end up in a landfill and can stay there literally for over a hundred years that is a long time!
Now you can install a simple filter system and never have to worry about running out of bottled water. There are a few types of systems, such as a canister that sits under the sink, or a reverse osmosis system. The difference is as follows:
The carbon system will remove the chlorine taste & odor, dirt & cloudiness, mold & algae, oxidized iron, oxidized manganese, oxidized sulfides,
and particles ½ micron and larger in size. It allows a reduction in lime and scale build pin appliances that use that water, fresh water on demand, and a lower operating cost that is below the price of bottled water.
The Reverse osmosis system removes everything and I mean everything. However you also use 4-6 gallons of regular water to make one gallon of reverse osmosis water. So you will see an increase
in your water bill, and water down here is expensive. Some people have it for medical reasons, since it is so pure.
Another option is a whole house water filtration system; these will remove most particles from the water, showers, dishwasher, washing machine, etc. These systems are not very difficult to install and people who have them love them. It helps to preserve the appliances, since there is
little or no lime or calcium build-up.
It is usually recommended to also install a drinking unit at the sink, even with a whole house system. This is to remove those extra-fine particles the whole house system does not get.