Tannin Removal and Your Drinking Water
Found in many species of plants and often released into the soil and water when vegetation decomposes, tannins in water can be difficult to remove. Tannins are decaying organic vegetation (leaves, grass, moss, etc.) that are too small to be filtered and are introduced through shallow wells or surface water, although deep wells can have tannins as well. Tannins are visible and can be mistaken for iron. Tannins can be easily removed with an ion exchange system utilizing tannin-specific resin. If you have tannins in your water, let Quality Water Northwest help you with your tannin removal with our certified water filtration systems.
What are the health risks of consuming tannins in water?
While drinking water affected by small amounts of tannins does not pose a health risk when consumed, large amounts can cause side effects such as stomach irritation, nausea, vomiting, and liver damage. Regular consumption with high tannin concentrations seems to be associated with an increased chance of developing nose or throat cancer. Other noticeable effects are in the appearance and taste of water from the yellow-brown color, msty odor and unpleasant tangy aftertaste when consumed.
Tannin Removal Solutions
Kinetico has developed a suite of certified whole house water filtration systems that help with the removal of tannins and numerous other contaminants. At Kinetico we are always making improvements that make our water filters more efficient and effective. Kinetico Premier Series softeners are ideal for homes with challenging water conditions like tannin removal. Contact Quality Water Northwest, Spokane’s authorized Kinetico Water Specialist to ensure you get the proper model for your tannin removal.