The process of having clean water at the cottage can be annoyingly tiresome: go to the store, buy water jugs, use them, bring back the empties to be refilled, then carry the full jugs back.
While getting exercise isn’t a bad thing, frequently having to lug full and empty water jugs to and from the vehicle all spring, summer and fall quickly wears thin.
Plus, considering the price of gas, the wear-and-tear on the vehicle, and the time away from the dock… it’s enough to drive a person mad.
However, there is an easy fix to the dilemma: have professionals install a quality water treatment system. These systems can also be installed at island cottage properties, which require even more work when transporting jugs.
“Wouldn’t it be better to have clean, potable water in your residence that only requires turning on the taps as opposed to using jugs?” asks Eric Dube. He and Nicole Blanchet own Water Depot locations in Bracebridge, Barrie and Parry Sound.
For most people, the answer is “yes!” Especially when they factor into the equation reducing their environmental impact by no longer contributing to the creation and waste of plastic materials.
“It’s a no-brainer,” says Eric. “Eliminate the plastic, alleviate the stress, free up time and save money. Installing a filtration system that provides potable water makes sense any way you look at it.”
It’s a stunning comparison when one sees the difference between unfiltered water drawn from lakes and wells versus what flows from the taps when the filter is active.
One would never drink, or even bathe, in the yellow water that comes from unfiltered taps.
“It’s not just the off-putting colour that is the issue,” explains Eric.
Tannins, which cause the yellow tinge, can build up in your system. They will absorb and block UV light from reaching and treating the water, which could allow microorganisms and pathogens to pass through to your taps.
It’s also essential to know that each property has its own filtration needs. Some homes or cottages have iron-rich water, while others are more susceptible to tannins and sediments, as well as microorganisms and pathogens.
“Many properties should be concerned with a combination of these potential issues,” says Eric. “It’s why we do thorough inspections and tests of your water before making recommendations based on the results. You’ll feel good knowing your filtration system is treating your water properly.”
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN