What You Need to Know About Whole House Carbon Filters

Finally a good article for consumers about the pros and cons of various types of whole house carbon filters.

This article is so good I decided to share it with you right away.

Please note:

There is a brief discussion of chloramine and its disinfection byproducts, which differ from those of chlorine yet are also toxic to humans.
This is useful information if you have chloramine in your water.

Next the article talks about the pro and cons of various whole house carbon filters.
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Las Vegas Drinking Water

Is Las Vegas water safe to drink?

Here’s an aricle by the Las Vegas Review Journal in response to the Las Vegas Valley Water District releasing its annual Water Quality Report about drinking water in Las Vegas.

Bascially the article says that Las Vegas drinking water is safe in spite of the presence of uranium. Read more here: Continue reading

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Nitrates in Drinking Water Can Cause Bladder Cancer In Women

I’ve been saying for quite some time now that I am not comfortable with USEPA’s maximum allowable level of nitrates in drinking water. This amount is known as the Maximum Contaminant Level or MCL in your water report.

Yet another study has come out which finds a causal relationship between nitrates in drinking water at just half of the MCL and bladder cancer in post menopausal women.

You can read a synopsis of that study here: Continue reading

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City Water Contains Known Carcinogens

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City water contains carcinogens

What follows is a brief discussion of some of the common carcinogens in city water:

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Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water

Yet another study of pharmaceuticals in streams has disturbing results.

‘A team of researchers, led by hydrologist Paul Bradley, recently collected water samples from 59 small streams in the Southeast…  All 59 streams tested positive for at least one of compounds and the overall average was six different compounds per stream.

“Pharmaceutical contaminants are growing aquatic-health concerns and largely attributed to wastewater treatment facility discharges,” the study says. But only 17 of the 59 streams have any reported wastewater discharges.’ You can find information on the study here:

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Is Drinking Chlorinated Water Healthy

The notion of whether or not your chlorinated tap water is ‘healthy’ for you to drink is an intriguing question. USEPA regulates the level of contaminants which can be present in tap water. As long as those contaminants fall below the EPA Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL), the water is deemed to be acceptable. But what does acceptable mean? Does it mean the water is generally safe for healthy individuals? Does it mean the water is healthy to drink?

I don’t think there is a clear answer to this question. My opinion was reinforced recently when I came across this article: Chloramines in Water. The author, a former head of USEPA drinking water standards division says this in the article, Continue reading

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PFOA In Drinking Water

I’ve been getting a lot of calls lately about PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid, an ingredient in Teflon. Apparently DuPont used this toxic ingredient and it has ended up in the water supplies of a number of cities. Most of my calls are coming from Montclair, NJ.

This is an interesting article about how a local farmer discovered the toxicity of this chemical and DuPont’s disposal methods when his cattle started dying: Continue reading

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Round Up in Drinking Water Linked To…

Round Up in Drinking Water Linked To…

Kidney and liver damage.

Do you live near fields of corn and beans? If so you may be drinking glyphosphate, aka Roundup. A tecent study performed on rats resulted in kidney and liver damage.

‘Long-term exposure to tiny amounts of Roundup—thousands of times lower than what is permitted in U.S. drinking water—may lead to serious problems in the liver and kidneys, according to a new study.’ Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between Water Purification and Water Filtration?

The other day a woman wrote me and said she wanted the purest water possible at every faucet in her house. “No you don’t”, I said.

What’s the difference between purified water vs filtered water? Words have certain technical meanings in the water treatment world but of course consumers don’t know this. And not knowing you can be asking for the wrong things when you start your search for a water treatment system for your home. This can cost you money. More importantly it can simply lead you astray as you waste time searching for the wrong thing. Continue reading

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Does Your Drinking Water Contain Pharmaceuticals

When people call me about buying the appropriate water purification system for their home I always look at their local water quality report (aka consumer confidence report) to see what contaminants are in their water. It is my opinion that this is the only way to determine the water filtration system they need. Some contaminants, like chlorine, can be removed with a whole house filtration system, like my Urban Defender, but other contaminants, such as nitrates, radioactive metals, arsenic and some other metals require a kitchen water filter also.

The first thing I look at when reviewing a water report is the source of the water. There are several reasons for this. Continue reading

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