Our customers tell us we have, “The greatest tasting water in the world.” The Home Environment Center uses a 10-stage, state-of-the-art, drinking water purification system to process the water using reverse osmosis water filtration, ultraviolet light, and ozone to provide the freshest, purest, best-tasting water possible. Contaminants such as lead, nitrates, chlorine, and VOCs are removed.
Home Environment Center offers reverse osmosis water by the gallon:
We have 8 self-serve filling stations and a 24-hour drinking water vending machine so you can conveniently fill your own water bottles, saving you money and time.
Overview of the Home Environment Center’s 10-Stage Drinking Water Purification Process:
Step 1: Ion Exchange
Ion exchange effectively removes the minerals responsible for “hard water” pipe scaling and deposits. The process also removes various heavy metals such as lead, iron, mercury, and cadmium, many of which have been associated with a number of well-publicized health concerns.
Step 2: Granular Activated Carbon
Once the water passes through the ion exchange system, it moves into the carbon filtration process which removes chlorine, pesticides, herbicides, and other organic contaminants including trihalomethanes (THM)s.
Step 3: Sediment Filter
The five-micron sediment filter traps larger particles such as sand, dirt, or grit. It’s necessary to remove these large particles very early in the process to prevent fouling and clogging of the more sensitive equipment used at the later stages.
Step 4: Reverse Osmosis
Reverse Osmosis (RO) is the centerpiece of the Home Environment Center’s water purification process. In our state-of-the-art reverse osmosis system, height pressure forces water across a membrane, leaving impurities behind. Only pure water crosses the membrane. Even the dissolved impurities which cannot be removed by conventional filtration are captured and eliminated. This produces great-tasting water with a purity level that surpasses spring water, mineral, or home filtered water.
Step 5: Five Micron Carbon Block Filter
This filter is designed to capture particles larger than five millionths of a meter. The filter (composed of an extruded block of carbon) provides an additional measure of adsorptive capacity for removing chlorine and organic contaminants. It also serves as a final polishing vehicle, giving the HEC water its “sweetwater” taste.
Step 6: Ultraviolet Disinfection
During this step, the water passes through a chamber which houses a larger ultraviolet (UV) light. The UV light acts as a powerful sterilization agent. If any bacteria, viruses, or other microbiological contaminants are present, the UV light destroys them. This is the first phase of chemical-free disinfection.
Step 7: Five Micron Sediment Filter
This filter is a protective device designed to maintain system integrity during servicing so that the final product holding tank is not compromised.
Step 8: Ozonation
In this phase of purification and disinfection, ozone (o3) is circulated through the purified water. Ozone is powerful and is capable of oxidizing a range of contaminants, impurities, and organisms – even cryptosporidium. Ozone is not a stable state for oxygen, and over a few minutes, it returns to its natural state. The disinfection system is simple, yet extremely effective. Best of all, it relies on nothing more than natural oxygen – no strange chemicals or additives.
Step 9: Storage and Recirculation
The water now moves into a storage tank of FDA approved food-grade material, where it continuously travels through a recirculation loop. During recirculation, additional ozone is periodically added to maintain the sterile, bacteria-free condition of the system.
Step 10: Purified Water Dispensing
When a bottle is filled at the Home Environment Center, the water is drawn directly from the continuous recirculation loop. For added protection, the water dispensers use stainless steel on all water contact surfaces. As the water passes through the dispenser into the bottle, enough ozone is present in the water to resanitize the container.
Water Bottles, Water Dispensers, and Water Coolers:
Stop in to see our selection of water coolers and water dispensers, including an assortment of beautiful ceramic water dispensers to match your home’s decor.
We carry BPA free water bottles that range from personal size, ½ gallon, 1-gallon, 2-gallon with spigot, 3-gallon and 5-gallon to fit the needs of all family and office sizes. We also have glass and stainless steel personal sized water bottles.
Come try our “Greatest Tasting water in the World!”