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April 30, 2024

What’s the Difference Between Purified Water and Filtered Water?

The Importance of Water Quality

Water quality is paramount for maintaining overall health and well-being. High-quality water is essential for drinking, cooking, and hygiene, as it helps prevent waterborne diseases and supports vital bodily functions.

Contaminants such as bacteria, heavy metals, and chemicals in water can lead to serious health issues, including gastrointestinal illnesses and neurological disorders. Therefore, ensuring access to clean and safe water is a critical public health priority, aligning with the global goal of providing sustainable and equitable water for all.

Definition of Purified Water

Purified water has undergone a complex purification process to remove impurities and contaminants. The primary objective is to produce water of a very high purity level, often removing more than 99% of contaminants. This stringent purification ensures the water is devoid of harmful bacteria, viruses, chemical pollutants, and dissolved solids.

Explanation of Purification Processes

  1. Distillation: This process involves heating water to create steam, which is then condensed into liquid form. Evaporation leaves contaminants, including minerals and heavy metals, producing highly pure water. Distillation is particularly effective in removing many impurities, from biological contaminants to chemical substances.
  2. Deionization: Deionization removes mineral ions from water, such as sodium, calcium, iron, copper, chloride, and sulfate. This method uses ion-exchange resins to swap unwanted ions with hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, effectively purifying the water. This process is especially useful in applications requiring minimal mineral content.
  3. Reverse Osmosis (RO): Reverse osmosis uses a semipermeable membrane to separate contaminants from water. Water molecules are forced through the delicate membrane by applying pressure, leaving impurities like salts, bacteria, and organic materials behind. RO systems are highly effective and widely used in residential and industrial settings to produce exceptionally clean water.

How Can An Office Use Purified Water

Integrating purified water into an office can significantly enhance employee health and productivity.

First and foremost, providing access to purified drinking water ensures that staff remain hydrated with high-quality water, free from harmful contaminants. Office kitchens can also use purified water to prepare beverages like coffee and tea, improving taste and reducing the risk of ingesting impurities.

Additionally, purified water can be used in appliances such as water coolers and ice machines, ensuring all water sources within the office maintain a consistent purity level.

Finally, promoting the use of purified water can demonstrate a company’s commitment to the well-being of its employees and environmental sustainability, potentially reducing the reliance on single-use plastic bottles.

Definition of Filtered Water

Filtered water is water that has been passed through a filtration system to remove impurities, particles, and contaminants. Unlike purified water, which undergoes more rigorous treatment processes, filtered water retains some naturally occurring minerals, enhancing its taste and potential health benefits. Filtration methods vary in complexity and effectiveness, catering to different needs and preferences.

Explanation of Filtration Methods

  1. Activated Carbon Filters: These filters use activated carbon, which has a large surface area and is highly effective in absorbing impurities. Activated carbon filters can remove chlorine, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and certain pesticides, as well as improve the taste and odor of water.
  2. Ceramic Filters: Made from porous ceramic material, these filters can effectively block bacteria, protozoa, and other pathogens due to their fine porous structure. Ceramic filters are durable and often used in portable water filtration systems.
  3. UV Filters: Ultraviolet (UV) filters utilize ultraviolet light to kill or inactivate bacteria and viruses in water. This method does not remove physical or chemical contaminants but is highly effective in sterilizing water and ensuring it is free from harmful microorganisms.

How Can An Office Use Filtered Water

A consistent supply of filtered water encourages employees to drink more water, stay hydrated, and maintain optimal cognitive and physical function throughout the workday. Offices can install water filtration systems in communal areas like kitchens or break rooms to ensure that drinking water and water used for making coffee and tea is free from unpleasant tastes and odors. This can enhance the overall workplace experience and contribute to employee satisfaction.

In addition, filtered water can be utilized in office appliances such as water coolers, coffee machines, and ice makers. These appliances benefit from filtered water as it reduces scale buildup and prolongs their lifespan, leading to lower maintenance costs. By providing filtered water, companies can also showcase their commitment to environmental stewardship by reducing the dependency on single-use plastic bottles. This shift supports sustainability efforts and aligns with growing corporate social responsibility trends, making the office a more environmentally friendly and health-conscious workplace.

Consider A PureAquaTek System

The benefits of integrating these dispensers into an office setting are multifaceted, ranging from cost savings and convenience to environmental sustainability and improved employee health by encouraging regular water consumption.

PureAquaTek is an ideal choice when considering a system. With our innovative PureAquaTek systems, you can have peace of mind knowing you are getting the best of both purification and filtration.

  • TEK-12 – Sports a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis purification to produce bullet ice and hot, cold, and ambient water from recessed spigots.
  • TEK-9 – Its compact size, large dispensing area and rate for bottles, multiple water options, and LED Ultraviolet light (UV) to maintain system cleanliness make the Tek-9 our most innovative model.
  • TEK-DMI – The Tek-DMI features the latest LED UV filters and technologies to provide continuous clean-tasting water without bulky 5-gallon or plastic single-use bottles.
  • TEK-4 Sparkling – Its compact size, sizeable dispensing area for bottles, and multiple water options, including sparkling water. Its flexible configuration makes it one of our most popular models.

Contact us for more information on our services. We would love to discuss which of our models would be best suited for your office space.