New Jersey Water Quality & Purification FAQs

 
Doesn’t New Jersey municipal water treatment make my water safe to drink?
All water delivered by your NJ municipality must meet state and federal guidelines for potability and there is no question that most municipalities do their best to provide safe water. However, many New Jersey residents are not aware of what these standards are or what is in the water delivered to their homes and businesses. Water must be treated to eliminate harmful disease-causing pathogens, usually with a form of chlorine, which remains in the water when ingested. Other chemicals may be added, such as fluoride, to retard tooth decay. Other substances in the water source, like many industrial and agricultural chemicals and drugs from disposal or excretion cannot be effectively treated in municipal facilities. This is especially of concern in New Jersey, a state with a long history of industrial development and a dense population.
Is the chlorine used in water treatment harmful?
Most municipal water treatment facilities add chlorine to kill disease-causing pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses, and protozoans, that commonly grow in water supply reservoirs, on the walls of water pipes and in storage tanks. Drinking water chlorination was first used in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1908 and spread rapidly throughout the United States. It helped to virtually eliminate deadly waterborne diseases like cholera and typhoid fever. The amounts of chlorine used are small and not considered harmful. Some studies, however, indicate that prolonged ingestion of chlorine may create a higher risk of cancer for some at-risk populations. Also, some people dislike the bleach-like smell or taste of chlorine in their water, no matter how small.
Is fluoride added during water treatment harmful?
Fluoridation is added to water to inhibit the development of cavities in teeth. Fluoridation water treatment has been a common practice in the USA since the 1960’s. As fluoride is now added to most dental care products many people now feel fluoride is best applied topically and not swallowed due to concern about adverse effects on bones and internal organs.
Why do I need a whole-house or point-of-use water filtration or purification system?
Our water in New Jersey is under ever-increasing contamination from many sources, as indicated above. While your water undoubtedly meets New Jersey and federal guidelines, we ingest and absorb water constantly and so we need to take responsibility for providing ourselves and our families with the best available water for drinking, cooking, showering and bathing. The Jayson Company will design, install and maintain a water treatment system best suited to your needs. Call us for information or to answer any questions you may have. Jayson Company drinking water systems are economical and provide the best quality and most convenient water for all cooking and drinking needs.
Can’t I just use bottled water?
No – bottled water is a terrible product for many reasons. 1) Bottled water is not typically any safer than tap water, with most bottled water brands testing positive for many contaminants, including microplastics. 2) Bottled water is extremely expensive, costing thousands of times more than tap water. 3) Plastic water bottles cause a vast amount of pollution, causing even more water contamination. Single-use plastics, like disposable water bottles, are recognized as a global environmental threat, especially to New Jersey waterways and beaches. 4) Plastic water bottles appear to be convenient but the plastics that leach into the water may be harmful to your health, especially when exposed to light and heat. Refillable stainless steel or glass bottles eliminate this safety hazard and will save you a lot of money.
I would like to consider water treatment, especially for drinking and cooking – what is the best water treatment system?
The Jayson Company features many different systems, but our state-of-the-art Reverse Osmosis water purification combines the best technology to reduce up to 99 percent of unwanted impurities and eliminates bad taste and odors for sparkling clear, cost-effective and convenient water. It is available as a whole-house or point-of-use system. Jayson systems are available to either own or rent, and they all come with the Jayson Company’s commitment to work with you in maintaining the system for many years to come.
What does whole-house or point-of-use water filtration or purification do?
There are different levels of water filtration available depending on the issues found in your water and what you want to accomplish. You may want all the water entering your home treated, which is “whole-house” water treatment to improve the quality of all the water you use, whether for drinking, bathing, or any other use. If you want to treat only the water you drink, then “point-of-use” systems in your kitchen and bathrooms may be for you. Some systems will remove minerals and some other substances while a reverse osmosis system uses an extremely fine membrane of microscopic pores to remove many more substances.
How do I turn off my reverse osmosis system?
It is important to identify both the tank shutoff valve and the valve that supplies water to the system. When shutting down the system, the tank valve must be turned off FIRST and then the water supply valve. When turning the system on, the water supply valve must be opened before turning on the tank valve.
My New Jersey property utilizes a private well. What should I do to ensure the safety and quality of my water supply?
Before any residential property sale, the law in New Jersey requires the water supply to be checked for potability. Well water can change over time, however, and should be tested yearly – it is your responsibility as a homeowner to periodically check the potability and quality of your well water. The Jayson Company can recommend a state certified local lab to test your water, can help analyze the results and will make suggestions for the kind of water treatment system that will meet your individual needs.
Why do I need a whole-house or point-of-use water filtration or purification system?
Our water in New Jersey is under ever-increasing contamination from many sources, as indicated above. While your water undoubtedly meets New Jersey and federal guidelines, we ingest and absorb water constantly and so we need to take responsibility for providing ourselves and our families with the best available water for drinking, cooking, showering and bathing. The Jayson Company will design, install and maintain a water treatment system best suited to your needs. Call us for information or to answer any questions you may have. Jayson Company drinking water systems are economical and provide the best quality and most convenient water for all cooking and drinking needs.
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