Poor-quality drinking water can be an enormous hazard to your health. News stories in recent years have reported experiences of unfortunate individuals who have unknowingly consumed tainted or otherwise unsafe drinking water that included high levels of lead, calcium, arsenic, and other chemicals that have serious negative health effects. Before you take another sip of your water supply, consider turning to a biological water treatment to remove impurities that may be in your water. The biological water filtration system is a new and unconventional method for addressing concerns with your drinking water supply, especially with water that is derived from a well or other natural ground source, as opposed to a municipal water supply. Water from a variety of sources can be improved with biological filtration water treatment methods. The following is a discussion on what this system entails, how it works, how it can benefit you, and how to come by this innovative water treatment technology.

A Note About Biological Treatments

First, it should be clarified that the biological treatment of water does not mean relying on natural processes without human intervention. While some natural processes clean water, human intervention is needed to make water pure and safe enough for both drinking and hygienic use. For example, even though plants like water lilies clean algae out of ponds, this natural pond water would still have too many impurities to be consumed safely by people, and an ordinary faucet attachment filter may not be advanced enough to make it safe.

Beneficial Bacteria

The biological treatment of water pollution actually involves taking naturally occurring bacteria and implementing the species in an advanced water filtration process. Rather than cleaning water with chemicals, the biological method pairs reverse osmosis with bacteria that can remove contaminants from drinking water. How? By taking selected species of bacteria that consume or otherwise eliminate organic matter, nitrates, iron, manganese, arsenic, and a wide variety of other contaminants. Don’t worry—reverse osmosis then removes the bacteria so that you are left with pure and safe drinking water at the end of the process without a buildup of deposits or the use of harsh chemical additives.

More Than Reverse Osmosis

Why does water need to be treated with both bacteria and RO? This is because RO simply removes larger particles and only specific contaminants, like iron. RO alone is safe to use in water sourced from a well-treated and safe public water supply, but the biological system is implemented to destroy a myriad of other, smaller contaminants and organic matter. This paired process is so successful that it is now being considered the future of water treatment technology, and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) has reported that utility service providers are now implementing its use nationwide.

How to Get Started

If you want to learn more about how this system works and if it would be a right fit for your property or community, reach out to water treatment and filtration professionals in your area. They are accessible online and can help you learn more about the contaminants in your area’s water supply, as well as how the biological water treatment methods can keep your water supply safe of toxins and contaminants.