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
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
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
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
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