|What's in Your Water?
The United States has some of the best drinking water in the world, however, the findings of a recent new report revealed that one in ten Americans or more are exposed to drinking water
that contains dangerous chemicals such as Lead, MTBE, Chlorinated Hydrocarbons, VOC's.and other possible carcinogens in the tap
water of major cities. The Clean Water Act and
the Safe Drinking Water Act, our water laws to ensure and protect our water supplies are not being well enforced. Barely 3 percent of violations resulted in fines or
other significant penalties. State officials responsible for enforcing
the law and testing of municipal water supplies lack testing for many contaminants that may possibly be in your drinking water, such as pharmaceuticals, estrogen compounds, etc.What Should You Do If Your Water is Contaminated?
If you found that there are contaminants in your water and that a professional water filter system
will get rid of them, use this guide to help you select the right water filter
system for your home. Household water filters generally fall into one of two categories:
point-of-entry units (whole house water filters), which treat water before it gets distributed
throughout the whole house; and point-of-use units, which include countertop
filters (e.g. filter pitchers), faucet filters, and under sink
units. Some filters use more than one kind of filtration technology.
choosing a filter, make sure it is certified as meeting NSF/ANSI
standards 42 and 53. NSF-certified filters have been independently tested to
show that they can reduce levels of certain pollutants. Those that meet standard 53 are geared toward treating water
for health, not just for aesthetic qualities.
Consult the list below to determine which type of filtering system will remove the contaminants in your water:
Activated Carbon Solid Block Filter
bad tastes and odors, including chlorine. An activated carbon filter meeting both NSF Standards 42 and 53 will filter out most pollutants of
concern, including heavy metals such as copper, lead and mercury; chlorine
disinfection byproducts; parasites such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium;
pesticides; radon; and volatile organic chemicals such as
methyl-tert-butyl ether (MTBE), dichlorobenzene and trichloroethylene
(TCE). But be advised, there are contaminants, for example perchlorate, a
rocket fuel ingredient, which a simple countertop or under sink water filter will not be
able to remove. In which case Reverse Osmosis may be the solution. Used in countertop water filters, faucet filters and under-the-sink water filter units.
- How it works: Positively charged and highly adsorbent carbon in the filter attracts and traps impurities.
- Reduces: Most contaminants, including certain parasites such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia;
heavy metals such as cadmium, copper, lead and mercury; and other
pollutants, including arsenic, barium, nitrate/nitrite, perchlorate and
selenium. Used in under-the-sink units; often in combination with a carbon filter and a UV disinfection unit.
- How it works:
A semi-permeable membrane separates impurities from water, unfortunately it also removes beneficial minerals from the water and some users think the water tastes a little flat. Many bottled waters are made using the RO process and most add some minerals back into the water for added taste. This
filtration method may waste a substantial amount of water during the
- Reduces: Bacteria and parasites; class A systems protect against harmful bacteria and viruses, including Cryptosporidium and Giardia, while class B systems are designed to make non-disease-causing bacteria inactive.
- Used in: Under-the-sink units, most often in combination with a carbon filter, reverse osmosis and a sediment filter.
A note about maintaining your filter properly:
- How it works: Ultraviolet light kills bacteria and other microorganisms.
filter will give you good performance over the long term unless it
receives regular maintenance. As contaminants build up, a filter can not
only become less effective, but may actually make your water worse, by
starting to release harmful bacteria or chemicals back into your
filtered water. To keep your filter working properly, follow the
manufacturer's maintenance directions. Most water filters only require a
periodic water filter cartridge change. We offer annual replacement auto-ship programs for most of our water filter products. Before buying any water treatment system,
compare not only filter prices, but also operating and maintenance costs
for the different units.Our water filter selections reduce a very wide range of contaminants such as Chlorine,
Chloramine, Lead, PCBs, MTBE, Mercury, Asbestos, Pharmaceuticals,
Pesticides, Fertilizers, VOC's, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Oocysts and many, many more contaminants.Many brands are unable to remove Chloramine, the Chlorine substitute that many municipal water systems are switching to as a cost cutting measure. Multipure and Bestfilters are NSF and California Certified for Chloramine removal.
We also offer the top-selling camping, traveling, emergency and outdoor water filtration and purification products by Katadyn and SteriPEN.Incredibly, if a mere ten percent of North America's bottled water
intake were reduced by switching to home-filtered water in reusable
containers, we could eliminate:
- 133,000 trucks driving an average of 500 miles--saving nearly 12 million gallons of diesel fuel
- Over 100 million pounds of greenhouse gasses--equal to taking 1,100 cars off the road annually
- 213 million pounds of PET--equal to 1.5 million barrels of crude oil or improving the PET recycling rate by 10%
- That's why we include a Stainless Steel Water Bottle FREE with each water filter purchase