Which Water Filter is the Best for You?

Here’s Part 2 of Kevin Gianni’s interview of me about which water filter is the best, minerals in water, total dissolved solids, hydration, types of water filters, how to find your water report.  The following is an excerpt from Part 2:

From Kevin:

“Here are my thoughts:

1. Caffeine found 640 feet deep in Puget Sound.

When Jim said this, I though it was so ridiculous, that I had to look it up to confirm.

It’s true.

2. 43,000,000 Americans may be drinking water with sewage in it.

I didn’t know this, but apparently some states allow city water to be taken from sources that have sewage treatment plants upstream.

3. How to get your city water report.

If you are on municipal water, you can see exactly what’s in your water. Each municipality must present these reports and sometimes it’s as easy as searching “[YOUR CITY] Water Report” in Google.

Once you find this, you can look at total dissolved solids, amount of minerals, additives and more.

4. Different strokes (systems) for different folks.

Jim talks about 4 different types of filters and what they do.

– Carbon Filters are great a removing choline and volatile organics like chloroform. Some of these are by-products of adding chlorine to the water.

– KDF Filters have an affinity to attracting metals by creating a small electric charge. These filters are good to remove heavy metals and other metals you may not want to have in your water.

– Reverse Osmosis Systems are very good at removing just about everything since the water is pushed through a very fine film. This type of filtration is very effective and generally removes 99.9% of contaminants.

– Distillation Systems evaporate water leaving only H2O. This is a great way to eliminate all contaminants, but could leave the water free of minerals as well. (I can’t say this is a negative thing if you’re eating a diet rich in minerals.

5. EPA levels are all part of a great compromise.

Jim doesn’t trust the EPA to tell him if water is safe or not because all the levels are based on compromise.

When change is suggested for water municipalities, there is a significant amount of government interference that happens. The most influential of course is what cost the city municipalities take on to meet the new standards.

6. The world has changed.

We’re not living in a natural, pristine environment any more. Jim states that there is mercury in every fish – and I believe it (or at least believe there is mercury in almost every fish!)

7. Get a test, save some money.

I’m a big proponent of this type of pragmatic approach to water (or health.)

Get your water tested and then get the system that works for your needs. It will save you money. It will save you stress.

8. What if you have to drink bottled water?

It’s inevitable that you’ll have to drink bottled water from time to time. So if you have to, Jim suggests to get local, bottled spring water while you’re traveling.”

And visit my website: Sweetwater’s Home Water Purification Systems and you can learn Which Water Filter is the Best?

Live long and be healthy!

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About James McMahon

Studied ecology at the University of Illinois, mountain survival at Eastern Washing University, Deep Ecology at Naropa, River Ecology with The Nature Conservancy and Luna Leopold
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