As a society, water is our number one resource. Without clean water at our fingertips, we wouldn’t be able to take baths, drink, cook, or even brew our favorite cups of coffee every morning. No matter where you live, you expect your drinking water to be clean and free of germs, pesticides, and chemicals. For many businesses and residents throughout New York City, water filtration and purification systems are often the answer.

At HYDR8, our bottleless water coolers use the best, state-of-the-art filtration and purification systems money can buy. We ensure we provide a variety of systems for businesses and homes, meeting the drinking needs of everyone who installs a water cooler. Here is what you need to know about water filtration and purification.

Water Filtration

Water filtration involves the process of separating pollutants from the water by forcing the molecules through various filters. These physical barriers house different-sized pores that trap contaminants while still allowing water to pass through. Many systems, including HYDR8 filters, utilize activated carbon to pull or block unwanted microscopic impurities from your water. Because most toxins are carbon-based, these filters are efficient and effective in cleaning your tap water.

However, it’s important to note that not all water filtration systems effectively clean out chemical pollutants. Most of these chemicals enter our water systems through farmland run-off or manufacturing that pollutes our rivers, streams, and underground aquifers. Thankfully, HYDR8’s multi-step filtration systems remove these impurities, protecting you, your employees, and your family from harmful chemicals lingering in your water.

Water Purification

Water purification systems are similar to filtration systems in that they both remove impurities. The major difference is how these two systems go about cleaning your water. Instead of filters, purification systems utilize cleaning agents like iodine or chlorine, as well as ozonation, UV, distillation, deionization, and reverse osmosis treatments. One way to remember the difference between these two systems is that water filters remove larger organic impurities, while purifiers remove even smaller chemical compounds that are destructive to human health.


Ozonation involves the use of ozone (O3), a pale blue gas that naturally forms in the atmosphere. When it comes to purifying your water, ozone works as a powerful oxidizing agent that produces a broad-spectrum biocide to destroy all bacteria and pathogens in your water. Ozone has been used as an effective water purification process since 1904 and is known as one of the most effective, according to the EPA.

UV Treatments

Ultraviolet, or UV, technology is used in purification systems since it destroys the DNA of living organisms. This means that living cells, viruses, spores, and bacteria cannot survive a UV treatment.


In the distillation process, water is converted into steam and then condensed back into a liquid in a different container. This method is effective in separating chemicals, viruses, and bacteria from drinking water.


The deionization process is a multi-stage purification system that works to remove solids based on their ionic charge.

Reverse Osmosis

RO systems are typically a three-stage process all in one and work like a filter by forcing water through small semi-permeable membranes meant to remove a list of heavy metals, chloramine, chlorine, pesticides, and herbicides. This process utilizes a carbon filtration stage to finalize the cleaning process.

Which System is Best?

Choosing the right system depends on your needs and what you’re aiming to filter out of your water. Each system will leave you with clean, fresh drinking water. With today’s technology, many systems combine the benefits of both water filtration and purification to give you the best in clean water. Filters work on large-scale elements while purification works on reducing chemicals and giving you great-tasting water.

Get Your HDYR8 System Today!

HYDR8 bottleless water coolers utilize advanced technologies in both filtration and purification processes. Our water coolers come with RO membranes, as well as two carbon-block filters for clean, great-tasting water. Many of our water coolers also have self-sanitizing holding tanks to keep your water clean while it sits waiting to be dispensed. To get started, sign-up for our free 8-day trial when you call (718) 313-0113 today.

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