We all know water is a key element to healthy living, and in turn, recognize the importance of having clean water to drink. This acknowledgment of the need for clean, pure water has turned into a billion dollar industry, as well as created an ecological nightmare as plastic bottles are taking over landfills and beyond. But do overflowing landfills have to be the result of clean water? Absolutely not!

Rather than spending hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars per household per year on bottled water there is a better, more practical solution-the installation of a home or office water purifier system. Just a quick online perusal will result in a myriad of options – from simple pitchers with water purifiers to countertop or under the sink systems. However, if your goal is to have clean water for every water-using system in your home, then the only choice is to have a full water purification system installed by a professional who understands how to implement a product that works with your existing set up .

Thankfully, many such companies exist who can do just that. But how do you determine what company to call and what system will meet your needs and your budget? As you research local water purification companies, chances are they will all have similar products, so when choosing one you will want to check their BBB status, talk to their clients, be sure you are comparing like with like on the available systems and, sometimes most important, work with one with the longest established company.

When it comes to type of system, there are 3 from which to choose – reverse osmosis, distillation and solid block activated carbon (SBAC) – and each of them have their pros and cons. To help you determine what you think will best suit your needs, consider the features of each.

· Reverse Osmosis – This type of system is most effective against organic contaminants (bacteria, viruses and some chemicals) but must be used with carbon to reduce some of the organic elements. It must also be used with moderate to high water pressure. Negatives are that RO is slower than the other options and will waste water.

· Distillation – This is the most expensive option, but it is also the most effective choice. It works on electricity.

· SBAC – This is the least expensive option, is easily maintained and does not require electric or high water pressure. It will reduce the taste of chlorine, and can be designed to reduce levels of some inorganic matter such as lead and arsenic. However, it is ineffective with inorganic contaminants like salt, iron, fluoride, aluminum, calcium and others.

Choosing a water purifier system can seem daunting, but by bringing in a professional, you can be sure to have a system that meets your needs and often your wants, too.