Have you heard about the Aquatru water filter yet? The better question might be, “What the heck! Do I even need a water filter at home?”
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released statistics on pollutants in US drinking water.
From 2010 to 2015, 267 contaminants were identified in 50,000 public water utilities across the country.
Chemicals were identified in the water taps of almost 19 million people in New York and nearly 20 million people in Texas, with California having the greatest concentrations.
The EWG database allows anyone to search for contaminants in their local water supply and what type of filter could assist them in removing chemicals from their drinking water.
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Contaminants found in water:
Can disrupt hormones, induce cancer, cause harm to the growing fetus and reproductive system, and alter the nerve system, brain, and behavior.
Can result in hypertension and be damaging to the kidneys, heart, and blood vessels
Can cause cancer and is toxic to the fetus and kidneys
Can induce cancer and is detrimental to prenatal growth and development
Toxic Fluorinated Compounds or PFAS
Can result in cancer, hormonal imbalance, and adverse effects on prenatal growth, child development, the immune system, and the liver.
Causing bladder and skin cancer, as well as impairing prenatal growth and development.
EWG Tap Water
Contaminants in the nation’s tap water include:
- 93 have been associated with a higher risk of cancer. Over 40,000 water systems tested positive for known or potential carcinogens above established federal or state health guidelines—levels that pose minor but real health hazards yet are not legally enforced.
- 78 are related to injury to the brain and nerve system.
- 63 are associated with developmental damage to infants or fetuses.
- 45 are associated with hormonal disturbance.
- 38 that may result in infertility.
According to EWG data, approximately 19,000 public water systems had at least one lead detection at levels that pose a risk to bottle-fed children between 2010 and 2015.
Water Quality Testing
Did you know that physical, chemical, bacteriological, and microscopic testing methodologies and parameters can be classified?
If you want to totally nerd out on water quality testing, it’s all right HERE.
Because you probably won’t want to go through the whole article, here are some main (and basic) points:
- Physical tests indicate properties detectable by the senses.
- Chemical tests determine the amounts of mineral and organic substances that affect water quality.
- Bacteriological tests show the presence of bacteria, characteristic of faecal pollution.
- The pH value indicates the concentration of hydrogen ions in liquids; it also determines the relative acidity or alkalinity of water. Alkalinity levels greater than 9.5 indicate that the water is alkaline, while values less than 3 indicate that the water is acidic. A pH level of 6.5 to 8.5 is typically safe for drinking.
- Chemical analysis determine the concentrations of mineral and organic components that affect the quality of drinking water.
Water quality sampling and testing enable the establishment of baseline values, thereby increasing knowledge and awareness of a water body’s unique concerns.
Alkalinity and conductivity are analogous to the physical characteristics that any lake or pond should have.
Water test results can provide instant value and assist in determining the best course of action for a particular body of water.
Furthermore, they can indicate whether maintenance is required or whether a system/filter should be implemented.
Cloudy Tap Water
Ever looked at your tap water and thought, “Why the heck does it look like cloudy tap water?”
Here are 3 main reasons for cloudy tap water:
- Cloudiness in water can be created by a difference in water pressure between the pipe and the glass, or by microscopic air bubbles in the water. Like any bubble, air rises to the surface of the water and cleans it. White water comes from air bubbles in the water. This is not risky. It happens when it’s very cold because the solubility of air in water increases with water pressure and/or temperature. Cold water holds more life than in the winter; water from a cold and hot tank flows to the faucet.
- Water may appear hazy due to particles such as sand, silt, or rock that do not dissolve. While particle are safe, it can make water appear unclean. Using a private water supply can assist clean and filter drinking water, as well as destroy hazardous germs.
- Limescale forms when hard water heats. These are the white deposits seen after boiling water in a kettle. Hard water is caused by the presence of specific minerals, which can be removed using water filters or other methods.
How to Dechlorinate Tap Water
You can drink chlorine in tap water or breathe it in while bathing.
Either way, it’s unpleasant. It affects skin, hair, and health.
Chlorine can dry out skin and hair. This can cause asthma episodes and eczema flare-ups. Furthermore, chlorine can harm the bladder.
Here are 5 methods for dechlorinating your water
- Passive Method or Letting Water “Breathe: Allowing the water to sit in a container or pond until the chlorine disintegrates from exposure to air and sunlight. This procedure is helpful for aquariums because the chlorine evaporates.
- Boiling Water and Letting it Cool: Boiling the water for 15–20 minutes degasses it and evaporates the chlorine. This procedure is faster than adding chloramine to the water; however, it does not function when you add chloramine because it is more active than chlorine.
- Chemical Method: Passive dechlorination takes longer than chemical dechlorination. Water purifiers can use sulfur compounds to dechlorinate water. However, to properly neutralize chlorinated water, operators need to use sulfur-based compounds with caution.
- Vitamin C Dechlorination: Neutralizing chlorine with vitamin C is a recent chemistry ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate are both chlorine neutralizers. Vitamin C is commonly used to eliminate chlorine and chloramines from large volumes of water, including swimming pools, hot tubs, and baths. Cons: requires vitamin C tablets or powder, lowers pH of water; however in tiny doses is good for fermentation.
- Installing a Water Filter System: Filtering water removes chlorine and chloramines. Any water outlet can provide filtered water, but a full house water filter is required. Reverse osmosis filters also provide clean drinking water.
So all of this talk about water and making sure it’s as high quality as possible brings me to the Aquatru.
After we got the AirDoctor, I wrote a huge post on it and why air filters are beneficial.
That’s what this post is about, too.
I got an Aquatru, so here I am with a huge post on water filters and why we got one.
With AquaTru, it’s more than a filter. It’s pure.
AquaTru’s patented 4-Stage Ultra Reverse Osmosis Technology is certified to NSF standards to remove 83 contaminants, including Lead, Chlorine, Fluoride, Nitrates, PFAs and many more.
Reverse Osmosis Countertop Water Filter
To reverse osmosis, you must add energy to the more saline fluid.
A reverse osmosis membrane is semi-permeable to water molecules but not to dissolved salts, organics, bacteria, or pyrogens.
Since its introduction as residential water purification devices in the 1970s, reverse osmosis water purifiers have increased in popularity. A RO (= reverse osmosis) system is now highly desirable for home use due to its superior filtration process.
A semi-permeable membrane separates impurities from water, leaving it clean and safe to drink. Its high-pressure system aids in purification.
Some Advantages of Reverse Osmosis for Water Filtration Systems
- Reverse osmosis purifies water and makes it safe to drink. It eliminates water contaminants like lead and arsenic.
- The water will taste better than ever without the chemicals and dirt. Reverse osmosis water softeners are usually superior to tap water.
- Reverse osmosis systems use less energy than other similar systems. This productivity makes these systems perfect for individuals looking to save energy.
- Easy maintenance. For the most part, all you have to do to keep your RO system running at its peak capabilities is to change the filters every 6 or so months.
- Safe for those with medical conditions. Yes! I’m looking at you, in this lovely Gutsy community.
Unhealthy or contaminated water can cause further infections resulting in deterioration of health.
Fluoride Water Filter
Fluoride is controversial. I won’t argue that point.
Around 67 percent of public water systems in the US have fluoridated water. Your water is probably contains two-thirds fluoride.
The American Dental Association, the American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all support adding fluoride to public water sources.
The US Department of Health and Human Services proposed reducing the level of fluoride to 0.7 milligrams per liter in 2015.
Years of scientific studies have demonstrated that fluoride reduces tooth decay and cavities, saving you thousands of dollars in dental expenditures.
However, many people believe fluoride is harmful to our overall health.
While fluoride is effective for topical use for teeth, consuming fluoride at unsafe levels can cause skeletal fluorosis, making bones more brittle.
And many do not want fluoride in their daily routine. I’m one of them. And that’s okay.
Regardless, the Aquatru contains a fluoride water filter.
How to Use the AquaTru
Now, here’s how easy it is to use the Aquatru water filter.
Just like that.
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