Water Filter Taps
If you're one of the many British people who fill their supermarket trolleys with bottled water each week then stop! These filter taps allow you to filter standard tap water to make it much more drinkable, and given that you won't be buying plastic bottles, they're the environmentally friendly option too. The filter unit sits underneath the sink so is hidden from view, and many of the taps feature additional options such as providing boiling water or the ability to switch between filtered and non-filtered water at the touch of the button.
Our range of filter taps features the big brands such as Grohe, Bristan and Astracast, and the range of styles ensures there's the perfect tap for any kitchen or utility room. Ditch the expensive shop-bought mineral water and install one of these taps to cut your costs and carbon footprint, and ensure you'll never run out of fresh and tasty water again.
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Water Filter Tap
We're constantly being told that an important part of being healthy is drinking plenty of water, at least 2 litres a day. It's also part of the reason why we've seen such a rapid rise in the number of people buying plastic bottles of mineral water to drink on the go. There's no denying that water is good for you, but could water filtered at home be just as healthy as the expensive stuff in the plastic bottles?
How Water Is Filtered
It would be wrong to suggest that the water which comes out of British taps is in some way dirty or not up to scratch, because it's not. Although water in all parts of the UK comes out of the taps at the same standard, the composition of that water varies enormously. This is mainly due to the type of rocks across the country. Water in the south-east of England is considered â€œhardâ€ due to the minerals dissolved in the water as it flows through limestone. In Scotland, where there are very few limestone rocks, water is softer. Furthermore, in some parts of the country, local Councils add things to the water, such as fluoride and chlorine for health reasons. So although all British water is perfect for drinking, it's not all the same.
Filtration works in the same way whether you're dealing with huge quantities in a water processing plant, or using a small water jug filter at home. The water flows through layers of granules which trap and remove some of the minerals in the water, allowing a purer water to flow out. The type of filter will determine what sort of granules are used, with large water treatment plants using a range of different filtration beds with gradually finer and finer particles. In your jug filter at home, the granules will be carbon but the theory is the same. A water filter tap works in a similar way to a jug filter, but the water is filtered before it comes out of the tap, and the filter section is hidden under your kitchen worksurface.
Should I Bother With Filtered Water?
Although it's often a question of personal preference, there are a few good reasons why having a water filter tap could be of benefit to you and your home.
Limescale is a consequence of hard water, and is an issue across most of Southern England. High levels of minerals in water can cause problems when heated, as the chemical reaction caused by the heat leaves solid deposits around the element of your kettle, inside your shower head or on the sole plate of your iron. Limescale isn't dangerous, but it can shorten the life of your kitchen appliances, or cause irons or showers to become clogged up. You can remove limescale using an acid-based solution such as vinegar or lemon juice but this is time consuming and can be expensive if you're constantly replacing kettles. Wouldn't it be better to filter out the limescale before you fill the kettle or the iron?
Chlorine is added to water for hygiene reasons as it's a very effective way of killing off any bacteria which get into the water system after filtration is complete. Many people dislike the smell of chlorine though, and wold prefer not to drink chlorine added to their water. Carbon filtering is effective at removing chlorine from your water, making it smell and taste a lot more natural.
Water filters may initially appear expensive, and there is the ongoing cost of replacing the filter regularly too. But this cost has to be weighed up against the cost of bottled water you are buying for you and your family. If you're drinking just bottled water, then the cost of the water will far outweigh the cost of the filters. And with a growing awareness of the implications of single use plastic packaging for the environment, installing a water filter tap at home is the eco-friendly option too.
Buying Water Filter Taps
Our wide selection of water filter taps has something to suit every home. When trying to choose a water filter tap, consider factors such as your budget, whether you have a preference for one manufacturer over another, your personal style, and how much water you expect to use each day given the number of members in your family.