Clean water is essential for every human being for the main purposes of hygiene and health. Over the years, Malaysians have been experiencing water cuts that disrupt our daily lives, making it difficult to accomplish simple daily tasks such as bathing, cooking and cleaning.
Recent water cuts in the Klang Valley caused by unidentified odours make us wonder how we can possibly ensure that our water is free from contaminants.
Although the water that reaches our taps at home has already been disinfected, there is always the suspicion that unwanted contaminants are entering the water through old piping that might be rusty and corroded.
A 2007 paper in the Urban Water Journal reported that our treated water, which is considered soft with a hardness level below 100 milligrammes, has a greater tendency to cause corrosion of pipes. This results in the presence of certain heavy metals like cadmium, copper, lead and zinc, in our drinking water.
The study, conducted in the Klang Valley, also found that half of the respondents had water filters fitted into their kitchen supply, while 74% of the households would boil their tap water before consumption.
Meanwhile a survey commissioned by Coway Malaysia and conducted by Kantar Profiles in August, found that 30.4% of respondents in Selangor and 21.1% in Kuala Lumpur think it is unsafe to drink straight from the tap. The survey spoke to 505 respondents from Klang Valley, Johor and Penang.
Need for servicing
Many people who are not confident in the safety of the treated water that reaches our homes, install water purifiers that help remove any remaining contaminants in the water.
However, many might not be aware that it is important to maintain the water purifier properly in order for it to continue functioning efficiently. Like a car that has not been serviced frequently, your water purifier will not run at its best without scheduled maintenance.
According to the survey conducted by Kantar Profiles, 70.1% of respondents strongly believe that it is crucial to service their water purifier. Almost half of respondents from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur believe that they would be causing damage to their health should they not service their water purifier frequently.
According to Coway Malaysia, water purifiers will perform at their best if they are serviced once every two to three months. Here are four reasons your water purifier should be serviced regularly:
• To keep it working efficiently
Replacing your water filter when needed ensures that your water filtration system is working effectively as a defence against any contaminants in your drinking water.
• To prevent failure
Servicing your water purifier regularly can prevent failure of the purifier as minor malfunctions can be detected and attended to early on.
• To maintain quality
The filtering process may decrease in efficiency if not serviced regularly.
• To prolong life
Servicing your water purifier regularly will increase its working life and keep you from having to frequently change to a new water purifier. In the long run, not servicing your water purifier will decrease its efficiency and result in water that is the same as direct from the tap.