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
When we wash our clothes, particularly those made from polyester, it turns out that tiny pieces of the plastic break off and end up going down the drain. These end up in rivers and lakes and are now another source of pollution. Fish eat them and you may be drinking them in your water.
Please read this recent news release:
Of course this makes perfect sense. We’ve known for some time that there are pharmaceuticals and other contaminants from caffeine to cocaine in water sources containing treated city sewage.
How will this affect humans? That remains to be seen. Apparently the fibers are accumulating in fish, which we eat, but this may also suggest that the fibers will accumulate in our bodies.
It is my perspective that your only option is to protect yourself at your home by installing an effective kitchen water filter. And the best water filter is the one that removes the contaminants that actually exist in your water. To learn what you need start by looking at your local water quality report.
Seriously. Newborn rats raised on filtered tap water showed greater learning and memory ability than those drinking untreated tap water or bottled water.
A study by Chinese researchers published just this month, October 2014, shows a correlation between learning and memory abilities in new born rats and filtered or untreated tap water. The rats who drank the filtered tap water and whose parents were also drinking filtered tap water showed an increased ability to learn and solve problems than those drinking unfiltered tap water or bottled water. Continue reading
Ever wonder what water makes the perfect cup of coffee?
Ever wonder why Starbucks coffee taste sharp, bitter?
Turns out there is an ideal set of characteristics in water that contribute to great tasting coffee.
A study by Christopher Hendon at the University of Bath, with who I have communicated, found that the flavor of the coffee bean is enhanced by the presence of certain ions in the water. Turns out that what I would define as healthy drinking water also makes great coffee.
First, start with fresh cold water. Of course you want to remove chorine or chloramine from your water no matter what. Either will harm the taste of coffee.
Herdon’s study concluded that the following composition makes the ideal coffee: Continue reading
A number of water companies, particularly those who do not use KDF Media®, suggest to consumers that KDF is dangerous because it adds copper and zinc to drinking water. This concern was brought up in a conversation recently and so that customer and I looked at several water samples to see if it is valid.
I compared water tests of incoming city water before treatment with tests after my Urban Defender whole house water filter, which contains 3.6 lbs of KDF Media, and/or sometimes my Kitchen Defender, which contains 1 lb of KDF Media. Flow rates in the two systems are very different. Here are those results: Continue reading
There’s some interesting news from NSF, the outfit that certifies water treatment devices for removal of certain contaminants. In a press release issued on August 26, 2014, NSF said the following:
“NSF has certified 56 products to NSF/ANSI 401 at varying levels, providing home water treatment options to consumers concerned about these contaminants. NSF International has developed the first American National Standard that validates the effectiveness of water treatment devices that are designed to reduce trace levels of emerging contaminants in drinking water. The standard, named NSF/ANSI 401: Drinking Water Treatment Units – Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants, addresses the ability of a water treatment device to remove up to 15 contaminants from drinking water. Types of contaminants include some pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medications, herbicides, pesticides and chemicals used in manufacturing such as bisphenol A (BPA).” Continue reading
Certainly farmers are major users of water in California, but do you know how you contribute? Look at this graphic which describes how it requires 800 gallons of water to produce just one bacon cheeseburger:
You can learn more about the water footprint of various products here:
Here is an excellent article with an info graphic on the severity of the California drought and the impact of pumping on aquifers. This only stands to get worse if it doesn’t start raining:
I thought I would share this interesting article on the chemicals used as alternatives to Bis-phenyl A (aka BPA). BPA is used to manufacture polycarbonate water bottles and baby bottles. Once it was discovered that BPA leaches into the fluids in the bottle and then into people’s bodies companies began substituting other chemicals to perform the same function in making polycarbonate bottles. One of these is BPS. A recent study shows that nearly 81 per cent of Americans have traces of BPS in their bodies.
You may read more here: Continue reading
Water tests have shown the presence of the toxin microcystin, which is produced by a blue green algae called microcystis, in Toledo’s water supply.
Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2014/08/03/Water-crisis-grips-area.html#03J28PeYGPhMfbgR.99
Here’s a study by Jung Ju Lee, M.S., E.I. at The Ohio State University in 2009 that shows the complexity of removing this poison from the water: Continue reading
One issue with pesticide use on farms is that these chemicals can end up in water that is the drinking water supply for people downstream.
Here’s an excerpt from an article on two recent studies about the impact of pesticides on natural systems (meaning rivers, insects, birds, etc):
‘Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey tracked the toxins called neonicotinoids in six states and nine Midwestern rivers, including the portion of the Mississippi that drains southern Minnesota, and found that they were universally present throughout the growing season in every watershed tested. Continue reading