Alkalinity, aluminum, arsenic, barium, boron, cadmium, calcium, total organic carbon, chloride, chromium, cobalt, true color, apparent color, conductivity, copper, fluoride, hardness, iron, lead, magnesium, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, ammonia, Nitrate, nitrite, nitrogen, pH, potassium, total dissolved residue, selenium, silver, sodium, sulphate, turbidity, zinc, Total and fecal coliforms (Escherichia coli).
There are acceptable levels of these toxins that are allowed to remain in our water supply, plus the distance between the water plant and your tap is not tested or monitored.
Also not tested for - all those other microbes: bacterium, viruses, and parasites???? Plus – who’s testing for all those drugs we’ve been hearing about getting into our water like estrogens and antibiotics? Yuck!
So that’s why so many people choose to filter their water.
How can you filter your own water? There’s a lot of options here!
Store bought: Well there’s a lot of options but you can really boil it down to tap water or natural spring water that’s been filtered and bottled in a plant, and then transported in plastic to you. Big carbon foot print! Plus if those plastic bottles have been heated in any way during transport – that plastic is leaching into your water – cancer alert!!!
At home you have a lot more control over what happens and its impact on yourself, your family and your environment.
You have the options of the Brita-type System (activated carbon filters), the Santevia - type System (imitates nature’s filtering via layers of rock and sand - http://www.santevia.com/ ), or Kinetic Degradation Fluxion (KDF) with Carbon Block Systems (http://www.aquasmart.com/aboutus.html). The last two are my favourite options.
Activated carbon filters do not kill all bacteria, viruses or parasites and they aren’t great at filtering out chlorine. But – if they are your only option I’d at least start here. You can boil your water for 10 minutes to kill any microbes that may be in the water after you’ve filtered it – this will also boil off the added chemicals – but it’s a lot of work. In the long run this is also your most expensive method since you need to replace the filters at least every 2 months (more often than recommended by the manufacturers please!!!), plus it creates a lot of garbage.
Solid Carbon block filtration is a very effective filtering system, and the most cost effective – you only need to replace the block every 6 – 8 months. Solid carbon block filters effectively treat age-old contaminants such as lead, TCE, chlorine, benzene and several contaminants found in drinking water supplies today like MTBE, chloramines and PCBs. They also likely will be proven capable of significantly reducing contaminants that may be found in drinking water supplies in the future such as antibiotics and other drugs.
Kinetic Degradation Fluxion process medias are patented high purity copper-zinc formulations which eliminate or reduce contaminants from water by using electrochemical oxidation reduction. These mediums were designed for removing and reducing chlorine and water-soluble heavy metals, to control scale, bacteria and algae even in hot water. KDF 55 and KDF 85 process media can remove up to 99% of water-soluble lead, mercury, nickel, chromium, and other dissolved metals. They are ideal for use in granular activated carbon (GAC) beds, ion exchange resins, carbon block filters and in-line filters. Basically this is an additive used with carbon – based filters to further reduce the contaminants in your water.
While water filtration is important to yield clean, contaminant reduced water – it is merely one element of organically complete water. Unlike many high-tech water filters, Gravity Water Systems clean your water without using chemicals, artificial filter media, water pressure, or electricity. These systems use all-natural compounds including earthenware ceramic, coconut carbon charcoal, volcanic Zeolite, and silica sand.
Gravity Water Systems recreate the Earth’s process of purifying, mineralizing, alkalinizing and vitalizing water with out the use of electricity. Each drop of ordinary tap water is gravity dripped, resulting in long-contact exposure to earth-derived elements transforming it into vital and complete pure water. Because this system naturally alkalizes the water, microbes are not able to survive in the water – so any that do get through are unable to get you sick.
With all this in mind - I hope that you’ll consider filtering your water for a healthier, happier you! We have a Santevia Gravity System in our home and we use it to drink, cook, water our plants and feed our pets - we love it!