Category Archives: Whole House Water Filtration and Purification

the use of a whole house filter or filters using internal media intended to remove contaminants to make incoming water from a public source or private well healthy for both bathing and drinking, if possible

Whole House Water Filter – Backwash Filters Are Better Than Upflow

This article is intended to clarify the difference between my Urban Defender, a backwashing whole house water filter and cheaper whole house carbon systems that do not backwash. Upflow filters cost less but also deliver less. Backwash filters are more effective at … Continue reading

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Lead in Drinking Water at any level is Unsafe

No amount of lead in drinking water is safe. I have been saying for many years that USEPA standards for contaminants in water are a political compromise. Just because your water meets EPA standards (MCL) does not mean the water is … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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What Water Makes the Perfect Cup of Coffee

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 … Continue reading

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Does KDF Media add copper and zinc to water?

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 … Continue reading

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How To Remove the Insecticides Found in Midwest Rivers and Anywhere that Crop Farming is Present

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 … Continue reading

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The Health Effects of Chloramine…and how to remove it

When chlorine is added to water it interacts with organic material to form a variety of cancer causing byproducts. Up to 17% of bladder cancers in the US are thought to be caused by these carcinogens, also known as disingection … Continue reading

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Nitrates in Drinking Water May Cause Birth Defects

A report released on July 15 confirms what I’ve been suggesting for a long time: nitrates far below the USEPA of 10 parts per million (ppm or mg/l). People who live in farming communities (particularly in California, Illinois, Iowa, and … Continue reading

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Did Fukushima Affect Newborns in the United States?

We talked about Fukishima as the radiation was spreading across the U.S. on the trade winds. Traces of the fallout were found in U.S. water supplies on both East and West Coasts. If I recall correctly EPA told us that the levels were safe. Turns out that may not be true. In recent news is word that babies born on the West Coast during the months of April and May 2011 are 28% more likely to suffer from congenital hypothyroidism. Continue reading

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