Drinking Water Treatment

Published 2014

Summary of key factors in selection of water treatment equipment
* Correctly identify the problem to be addressed using appropriate tests.
* Determine whether whole-house (POE) or single-tap (POU) treatment is needed.
* Determine which type of treatment will effectively remove or reduce the problem contaminant(s).
* Select a reputable dealer and obtain second opinions. Check with others who have used the equipment.
* Check if the equipment has been certified or validated for the targeted contaminants by a third-party organization (NSF or WQA).
* Determine whether the system has adequate capacity to meet household water needs at household pressure and flow rates.
* Consider all costs involved, including purchase price, installation, operating costs, maintenance costs, and re-testing costs.
* Understand maintenance requirements and decide if you are capable of performing routine maintenance operations.
* Understand how to determine if the equipment is functioning properly and targeted contaminants are being removed.
* Determine the expected life of the equipment and its components, and understand the warranty.

Publication Details


Sharon O. Skipton

Bruce I. Dvorak


Natural Resources

Water Management

Publication Date October 01, 2003
Last Revision Date September 22, 2014
Language English


Series NebGuide