A Point-of-Use Water Filter Provides Fresh, Clean Water for your Home

Point-of-Use (also called “undersink”) water filters can give you extra clean drinking water AND add value to your home.

As they name implies, the filter hooks up to the pipes under your sink and connects to a separate countertop tap.

Here are more benefits of a point-of-use filter.

  • Water filters provide better tasting and better smelling drinking water by removing chlorine and bacterial contaminants.
  • Point-of-use water filters remove lead from drinking water immediately prior to consumption, thus preventing this harmful substance from entering the body.
  • Filtered water from a tap costs much less than bottled water.
  • Water filters greatly reduce the risk of rectal cancer, colon cancer, and bladder cancer by removing chlorine and chlorine byproducts from drinking water.
  • A water filter provides clean, healthy water for cooking, as well as drinking, at the convenience of tap water.
  • Water filters reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disease by more than 33 percent.
  • Drinking pure water is especially important for children. Water filters provide the healthiest water for children’s developing immune systems.
  • Water filters offer the last line of defense between the body and the over 2,100 known toxins that may be present in drinking water.


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World Water Day!

What is World Water Day?

World Water Day is celebrated annually on March 22nd.  The United Nations General Assembly established World Water day in 1993 with the hopes of creating awareness about a natural resource that is crucial to every person’s life.  Often taken for granted, water access and purification create daily threats to the health, education system, and economic situation of communities throughout the world.  Every year, UN-Water – the entity responsible for the UN’s work on sanitation and water – creates an engagement campaign for World Water Day that relates to a specific global challenge.  This year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is coordinating the campaign.  Therefore, World Water Day 2016 has focus on the issues surrounding labor and water related sectors.

World Water Day is an opportunity to take action, create awareness, and address areas of the world where water has never been taken for granted.  For those fortunate enough to have consistent access to clean water, we should also use this day as a reminder to seek out ways to limit water waste in our own daily lives.


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Point of Use (POU) or Point of Entry (POE)?

A Point-of-Entry water treatment system is installed on your side of the meter with the express purpose of treating all of the incoming water before it goes into the individual supply lines that feed your laundry, bathrooms (including toilets), dedicated outside faucets and others as well as your kitchen. POE systems often include softeners, large bed carbon filters, and some systems which are specifically designed to remove (or trap) sediment, foul tastes and odors. POE systems are sometimes considered pre-filters.

A Point-of-Use water treatment system is installed in an individual source line ahead of any or all of the building’s taps, faucets or other dedicated outlets used to dispense water for drinking, cooking or bathing. Good POU systems are often expected to capture whatever escapes the POE system.

So once you figure out if you want a POU system or a POE system, the next step is getting a water test done. We can help you with this! After we test your water and once we receive the test results back we then recommend a course of action and what water filtration would best benefit you.


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Many Chemicals Found in Municipal Water Are Unregulated

Clean, pure water is essential for health, and I strongly encourage you to filter the water you use both for drinking and bathing.

In fact, immersing yourself in contaminated water may be even more hazardous to your health than drinking it, as the chemicals absorbed through your skin go directly into your blood stream, bypassing your digestive and internal filtration systems.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates tap water in the U.S., but while there are legal limits on many of the contaminants permitted in municipal water supplies, more than half of the 300+ chemicals detected in U.S. drinking water are not regulated at all.4

According to Paul Pestano, a research analyst with the Environmental Working Group (EWG), some of the legal limits may also be too lenient for safety.

For several years, the EWG has argued that the federal government needs to perform a nationwide assessment of drinking water quality, and invest more to protect against water pollution in the first place.

So far, it has done neither, which led the EWG to create its own drinking water quality database,5 covering 48,000 communities in the U.S.


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The Sad Truth: You MUST Filter Your Water These Days (Here’s Why)

If you care about your health, filtering your household water is more a necessity than an option these days. Water pollution has become a very significant problem that simply cannot be ignored any longer.

It doesn’t matter where you live, as many of the most dangerous chemicals find their way into the ecosystem and food chain, spreading from one continent to another, as described in a recent article by Prevent Disease.1

Fish and other wildlife are demonstrating the ramifications of out of control water pollution, and there’s cause to believe chemical pollution may be affecting human health as well, even if the effects are not always as directly traceable.

Related Article: Medications & Other Pollutants Found In Water Are Changing the Sex of Fish!

The sources of pollution are many, ranging from agricultural runoff and industrial releases, outworn pipes, firefighting foam and pharmaceutical drugs, and even the chemicals used during water treatment themselves.


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Shower filters head off water contaminants

Shower filters – Zeolite, Kinetic Degradation Fluxion (KDF), Carbon or Vitamin C – filter destructive particles from shower water and remove harmful vapors in shower stalls by electrochemically charging and converting dangerous particles to harmless ones and/or by neutralizing harmful molecules. Once shower water contaminants are neutralized, people generally see an improvement in skin, hair, lungs and heart health.

Skin disorders, such as eczema or excessively dry/sensitive skin; respiratory disorders, such as asthma and other lung disorders; eye irritation; and dry, brittle hair can all be caused or exacerbated by shower water which is contaminated. Depending upon geographic location and type of water system, shower water may contain fluoride, chlorine, bacteria, arsenic, heavy metals, iron, hydrogen sulfide, VOCs, chloramines, sodium, nitrates and/or other harmful microorganisms. Different types of filters absorb different types of particles, last longer than others, and cost more or less than others.


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Ways to Purify Water

Carbon Filters:

  • Great for removing pesticides and chlorine
  • Inexpensive

Filters come in all shapes and sizes. They’re one of the oldest and least expensive options for purifying water. Carbon has always been the most popular filtering medium, and probably more work has been done on tweaking and adapting carbon for filtration purposes than on any other medium.

Most carbon filters utilize a special form of carbon called activated carbon. Water easily passes through an activated carbon filter, which provides an almost unbelievably large surface area (125 acres per pound). Activated carbon is used in both the solid block and granular forms. It takes water longer to pass through block carbon, which makes this form more effective at absorbing contaminants.

Activated carbon filters are best suited for removing organic pollutants like insecticides, herbicides and PCB’s. They can also remove many industrial chemicals and chlorine. Activated carbon will not remove most inorganic chemicals, dissolved heavy metals (like lead) or biological contaminants. To help overcome these weaknesses, many manufacturers use activated carbon in conjunction with other processes, such as ceramic filters or ultraviolet light, as I’ll discuss later on. Even with these additions, however, carbon filtration systems have their limitations and drawbacks.


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How to remove Chlorine from drinking water

Why you should remove chlorine from your water

Many household now use water purifying systems to filter their tap water before use. Why is this necessary? It’s become a popular addition to many homes because of the concern about chlorinated water and the possible negative effects it can have on health. While chlorinated water is nothing new; it is common in many parts of the world, the need to remove chlorine particles or residue from drinking water and water used for cleaning our bodies has now been firmly established as being beneficial in the long term.

Why is water chlorinated?

Public water supplies have been delivering chlorinated water for many years now in various parts of the world. The process of chlorinating water supplies began in the early 20th century as a means of combating water-borne health risks such as cholera and also typhoid bacteria, among others. Treating water with chlorine was successful in reducing these common sources of illness. However, it gave rise to a new set of health problems which research has now shown to be related to the chlorinating of water.

These new health risks included cancer and heart disease which spurned people on to find a quick, easy and yet effective method to remove chlorine content in the water after it arrived at their home from the public water supply system. A number of different methods have been established over the years, some more successful than other, depending on the amount of chlorine present in the water supply.


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KDF & Water Filtration

Unless you live high up on some remote mountain, your water is probably full of impurities. Even water coming out of the tap, after it has been treated by chlorine, still contains a number of contaminants. Unfortunately, chlorine is one of them. Some of the contaminants are metal or mineral particles, others are alive, such as bacteria or fungi. All can be dangerous and affect your health in a bad way. There are number of highly effective filters and, ideally, you should use more than one in combination to ensure that your drinking water is pure and healthy to drink.

KDF or Kinetic Degradation Fluxion Media is relatively new, but highly effective first step in the water purification process. It is normally used as a ‘first line of defense’, a first filtration step before other methods are used, such as activated carbon or reverse osmosis.

What is KDF made of?

KDF consists of highly purified granules or flakes of copper and zinc alloy. It is very effective in the removal of a large number of common water impurities, such a bacteria, chlorine, pesticides, rust, hydrogen, algae, fungi, iron, nickel, lead, sulphides, calcium, cadmium, mercury, aluminum and arsenic. KDF also removes bad odor and unpleasant taste of water.


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Activated Carbon Filters

Activated carbon (AC) consists of particles of carbon that have been treated to increase their surface area and increase their ability to adsorb a wide range of contaminants – activated carbon is particularly good at adsorbing organic compounds.  You will find two basic kinds of carbon filters Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) and Solid Block Activated Carbon (SBAC).

Contaminant reduction in AC filters takes place by two processes, physical removal of contaminant particles, blocking any that are too large to pass through the pores (obviously, filters with smaller pores are more effective), and a process calledadsorption by which a variety of dissolved contaminants are attracted to and held (adsorbed) on the surface of the carbon particles. The characteristics of the carbon material (particle and pore size, surface area, surface chemistry, density, and hardness) influence the efficiency of adsorption.


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