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oldwaterpipesThink Flint, Michigan is the only place in the US with lead in their water? Think again. Lead in many different levels all over our country. There is really no way of knowing exactly where the lead contamination is. The fact is lead in household paint is more tested and regulated than lead in water.

How Many Other States Have a Lead Problem?

The answer to this should be easy to find out, but in fact, there may be more states that have just as bad of a lead contamination problem as Flint, and no one knows. Why? you ask. Well lets see, it is really hard to say for many reasons. But really, should we not know were the contamination is?

  • Lead has no taste or smell. You could very well be ingesting it and not even know it.
  • Not every child is tested for lead poisoning.
  • Not all states are required to track and test for lead.

The data from states that do report high levels of lead in children show some counties have more contamination than that of Flint, Michigan. Nine counties report statistics of ten percent or more children have tested for high levels of lead in their blood. In Louisiana, four Parish’s reported high lead levels in their children. Two Alabama counties also reported high lead levels. Other counties are located in Kentucky, Indiana, West VA and Oklahoma.

The rates of high lead levels in these counties are higher than the reported levels in Flint. Makes one wonder why we don’t hear more about it.

Many counties have programs to help people get lead paint and other building materials out of their home, there is not much that can be done about lead in water. The water contamination can come from anywhere in the labyrinth of pipes that take the water to homes. The infrastructure of many cities water supply is aging and sometimes made from materials that today we would never think of using to transport water. Yet they are still being used. Why? Perhaps the officials don’t have the budget to replace miles of water transporting pipes. Or maybe they don’t think the problem is “that bad”. Still others pawn the problem off on water companies or even residents.

Facts are facts. No amount of lead is safe. Lead causes many health problems. Exposing our children to deadly poisons and not doing anything about it should be a crime.

How Can I Remove Lead From My Water?

The only way to reduce or remove lead from water is by using a high quality home water filter. Look for a solid carbon block and ideally, the filter should be certified to remove the contaminants it claims. There are many water filters on the market today that claim they can remove lead from water, very few are certified for this claim. Multipure is one of the highest quality home water filters that can back its claims up with NSF certification.

Boiling the water will not remove or even reduce lead. The only sure way to reduce this contamination is to filter your water with a good filter.

Drink to Your Health!

Clean, safe drinking water is essential to healthy life. If you are concerned about contaminants in your water, I highly recommend sending a sample to an independent lab for testing. Once you know what is in your water, choose the appropriate filter. Bottled water should not be a log term solution for contaminated tap water. While it is good for an emergency, the goal should be to figure out how to remove what you don’t want and drink your own tap water. Especially if you pay for it.

Flint Water Crisis Could Happen Anywhere, Anytime

Flint water is deemed undrinkable. Are you prepared? Do you think it couldn’t happen in your community? Well the people of Flint, Michigan didn’t think it would happen to them either. But it did.

While the residents are show images of brown, dirty looking water, that doesn’t show the lead. Lead will not be physically visible in your water, you won’t know its there, till it is too late.

What Can You Do If The Flint Water Crisis Worries You?

If you have a Multipure Aquaversa water filter installed, the chances of the lead effecting you and your family is very slim.

There have been reports that the filters that are supplied for free to residents of Flint are not reducing the lead content to a safe level. The supplied filters are NSF certified to handle lead up to 150 parts per billion. Water is testing at over that.

How did the lead get into the water supply in Flint? Well, simply put, in order to save money, the city council of Flint voted to cut ties with the Detroit and stop getting their water supplied by them. To replace it, they were to join a newly formed Karegnondi Water Authority who were building a pipe line to get water from Lake Huron. This pipeline was not built yet. It was slated to be finished in 2017. Detroit found out about their plans and stopped selling water to Flint.

Now the city was left with no public water supply. This is what lead to the rash decision to use the Flint River. At a tremendous cost to the city, the water treatment plant was upgraded to handle treating the river water for distribution to residents and businesses, ultimately saving millions of dollars.

Once the switch to using the Flint River for supplying water to the city, the complaints began. Water was found contaminated with many different things including fecal matter. GM stopped using the water from the river. It was causing corrosion to the engine parts.

The city water authority sent notices that the water was contaminated with trihalomethanes (TTHM) in January, 2015. TTHM is a deadly combo of chemical leftovers created by over processing water. Shortly after this, the Detroit water offered to reconnect Flint and even waived the reconnect fee. Flint turns them down.

It all boils down to Flint was totally unprepared to treat polluted river water. In February, 2015 it was announced that the water may be discolored, but it was safe to drink. The TTHM levels were down and all is good with the safety of the water.

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Diagram of how lead leaches into the Flint water supply

All this time, the corrosive contaminants in the river were allowing lead from the plumbing to be leached into the water supply. Very high levels of lead. In September, 2015, lead was found in more than 10% of homes and babies and children were testing for high levels in their blood. By October 1st, the water in Flint was deemed undrinkable and residents should stop drinking it.

Finally, the city reconnected with Detroit, but it was too little, too late. At this point, the only logical answer to fixing the problem is to totally re plumb the entire system in. The current plumbing is too damaged to be used for safe drinking water.

 

The Best Christmas Gift Ever- Water

Shopping lists are organized. Water may be a common thread. Ideas are jotted down. Let the shopping begin. The Holidays are here.

Water filter for christmasWho is on your list?

While you are making your shopping list, think of the many ways water can play a role in unique gift giving. Yes, I said water.

It is wonderful! Some people on your list may think it is necessary for the most fun. They love to swim, sail or catch the ultimate wave.

Others are extremely health conscious and are always sure to get their 8 to 10 glasses per day. And still more may be conservative and environmental, fighting to clean up life essential agua.

Water for the Holidays

No matter how, there is a good chance that it is part of everyone on your list’s lives.

Of course those who enjoy playing in water will absolutely love a gift of new goggles, flippers, or other accessory.

For the health conscious,  perhaps they would enjoy the benefits of a bottle with its own filter? Or if they travel a lot and frequent different cities with questionable contaminated, how about a portable filter that they can take with them where every they go.

For the environmental aware, donating to a charity that supplies clean water to third world countries or resources to clean a polluted supply.

No matter how big your list or who is on it, chances are the gift of water will fit nicely and be a gift that they will treasure for many years.

Consider gift giving for an entire family. A countertop filter or an under counter one would make a perfect family gift of health. Not only does a family gift make sense, it makes perfect cents. Giving a gift to the entire family, rather than each one their own will save your gift giving budget.

2015squaredistributorbigIt is a proven fact that installation of kitchen faucet filter helps you attaining a good health. Consuming clean water will prevent diseases like asthma, ulcers, arthritis, and other common forms of headaches. Usually multi block purification systems are considered to be the best.

These filters use a combination of different filtration methods like ion exchange, micron filtration and carbon filtration which does away with various impurities from the water. Natural water posses important minerals like potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium etc .

These minerals are essential for the proper functioning of the body. Therefore these units help in retaining the important minerals and remove all the impurities. Often these filters come with a convenient custom made option like installing the filtration system either over or under the counter. Moreover this unit requires minimal plumbing and can be used and maintained easily.

A good Kitchen Faucet Filter comes at a reasonable and fair price. So all you need to do is to discover the unit that meets the needs of your family. Besides, the costs of these filters vary based on the technology adopted and the brand that makes the sales.

You can even purchase dual filtration units at an affordable price. It is important to check the certifications obtained from the Government Health Departments by the manufacturer. The most important advantage of these units is its quality. There are lots of products available in the markets who strive to keep up their promises. One can be assured to have the purest form of water using the kitchen faucet filter.

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site-aquasourceWhole house water filters have taken center stage as concerns over the purity of municipal water supplies rise. If you want to ensure that the water your family uses on a daily basis for drinking, washing and cooking is as healthy as possible, then whole house filters are definitely the way to go. Nothing provides more thorough and effective coverage, no matter the size of the home or the specific contamination concerns.

The reasons for filtering water are obvious, but what makes whole house units so important? The answer is simple…the average house has dozens of water outlets and nothing else covers them all. While most filters can provide elimination of contaminants such as lead, chlorine and VOCs (volatile organic chemicals), only a whole house water filter can ensure purification from every faucet and shower head in the home.

The need to cover all the water outlets in your home is crucial. Most of us realize how important it is to purify the water we drink and cook with, but the fact is that most of the contaminants we are exposed to on a regular basis are absorbed through the skin and hair or breathed directly into the lungs while showering. Only whole house water filters can provide coverage for showers as well as faucets.

There is a broad range of filter systems available for the home. A whole house water filter can do everything from remove chlorine to balance ph levels to assure that water is pure and healthy. Reducing contaminants in the water supply can help to prevent respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis, and even lower cancer risk.

Since buying a filter system for your home is such an important decision, you’ll want to go about it carefully. Pay attention to the manufacturer’s specifications on various whole house water filters so you know exactly what you’re getting. Generally, a multi-step system will ensure maximum elimination of contaminants and provide the most healthful water.

Not only do you want water that is safe to clean and cook with, you also want water that tastes good. Not every whole house water filter is created equal, so be sure to check all the specifications for each model. Charcoal enhances taste and clarity, so choosing a system which uses charcoal at some point in the filtering process is important if you’re concerned about the taste of your water.

While there are effective models which attach at the point of use, generally a point of entry system will provide maximum coverage at minimum cost. Whole house water filters which attach at a home’s main water source (point of entry) allow you to address all of the outlets in your home with one product, lowering overhead costs.

Having clean, pure water for daily use is essential to maintaining your family’s health. With the variety of water filtration systems available today, that is an easily attainable goal. Just take a few minutes to educate yourself about the choices available and you’ll be able to find the product which best fits your needs. A clean home is a happy home, and cleaning house begins with purifying your water supply.

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wellMany who live in rural areas have well water. Well water can be the best water you have ever tasted, or the worst tasting and smelling thing you will ever drink. Private wells do not have laws governing the treatment and safety.

Well water may become contaminated with any number of things, from heavy minerals to poisonous pesticides; the water you drink in your rural paradise may not be healthy to drink.

Common Causes Of Well Water Contamination

Microorganisms

Microorganisms are the number one cause of private well contamination. The most forms found include viruses and bacteria. Shallow wells are most susceptible to microorganisms. Heavy rains or flooding are common causes of bacteria or even chemicals contaminating the well. Shallow wells should be tested often for excess microorganisms.

Heavy Metals

Heavy metals including arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and selenium are just a few of the dangerous metals that can contaminate well water. These metals are linked to many chronic and fatal illnesses in humans and animals. Young children and the elderly are most susceptible to the adverse effects of these heavy metals in well water.

Farming

Most well water users live in places where farming is prevalent. Modern farming requires the use of fertilizers, nitrates and pesticides. These soak into the ground and will eventually end up in the ground water, which leads to your well. Animal waste from live stalk and even septic tank run off can also contaminate well water. Water contaminated with pesticides and nitrates is harmful to everyone, but is even more so to unborn children, pregnant women and children.

Industrial Waste

While the government has implemented laws to reduce industrial waste contamination from factories is not as high on the list as it once was. Just like other laws, these too are broken and are a cause of well water contamination. Underground storage tanks and pipelines can become damaged and leach poison contaminants into the ground water straight into well water.

There are any number of things that can contaminate well water. Just as there are many things that contaminate public water. Whether your tap water comes from public water supply or a well on your own property, using a high quality home water filtration product is a must. Some contaminants are visible, but most are never seen by the naked eye. Most water contaminants pose health hazards by either drinking or even bathing in it. Solid carbon block water filtration is reputed to reduce the most contaminants than other types of filters.

 

Fracking-threatens-us-All1So, for quite a few years, many people have been saying that hydraulic fracturing is contaminating the water supply. For as many years, the EPA has been denying that this is the case. Now, after studying the situation for 5 years, the EPA has put out a report stating the fracking has indeed contaminated drinking water. Well I’ll be damned! I wonder how much money was spent to do this study? Are the results anything that we didn’t expect? I think not!

What a shame that the entity given the job to protect the environment has been the very one that let all this happen? Way to go EPA! Thanks for protecting our precious water supply and listening to the little people who can clearly see how bad fracking is for the environment. Just what did they find? Widespread and systemic contamination from fracking.

They had many chances to look into the damage fracking is doing to the environment and to the health of those who live near fracking operations. Since 2009, they have given their half assed efforts and for whatever reasons, pulled back when they got close to proving this process is unsafe for the environment. EPA, Environmental Protection Agency. Seriously? I do not think they are doing their job if they let big oil and rich politicians direct their investigations.

So, what’s next EPA? Monsanto?

Drugs-in-drinking-waterIs your tap water drugged? Many states are reporting finding many types of drugs in public water supplies. How does water become contaminated with pharmaceuticals? You and your family could be ingesting any number of antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones every time you take a drink of your tap water.

In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas — from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit to Louisville

How these drugs get into the water supply is fairly simple, and “natural”. Patients take these drugs, the drugs go through the body and any unused or byproduct of these drugs goes into the waste water supply. While waste water is treated, the treatment does not remove these toxins from the water supply.Other ways of removing drug residue from water supply can do more harm than good.

In Minnesota for example, pharmaceuticals are found in four rivers and 11 lakes. The amounts of contamination are alarming and officials are working hard to find the cause and a way to filter these contaminants from the water supply. A total of 27 chemicals were found in the lakes they studied. In the rivers, they found 56 chemicals downstream of four wastewater treatment plants, and 33 chemicals upstream of those plants.

States are not required to report the drugs found in their water supplies. They rarely just supply this information without an official request.

So how do you know if there are drugs in your tap water? Well the simple answer is you really don’t. The best way to insure the safety of our drinking water is to use a high quality home water filter.

 

Sources: AP: Drugs Found In Drinking Water

MPR News, Study of Minnesota Lakes Finds wide spread drug contamination.

I would like to share Multipure Founder, Alvin Rice’s message to distributors and anyone concerned about the water they drink. Water is truly life essential. Every day we hear about how our water quality is compromised. Take action for you and your families health! Kick the bottled habit and filter your own tap water. Multipure is the highest quality, most affordable home water filter.

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Let me start off by telling you how important you are to Multipure and how important Multipure is to good health.

Every day, people purchase a drinking water filter simply because they do not like the taste of tap water or do not like the inconvenience of purchasing bottled water. Unfortunately, these people may not truly understand just how beneficial drinking filtered water can be to their health.

In 2009, the President of the United States created the “President’s Cancer Panel” to identify why 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year and why over 562,000 of these cases are terminal. They focused on identifying substances in the environment that could contribute to a person developing cancer. After several years of research, and after identifying many environmental exposures that could lead to cancer, they determined that the contaminants in tap water are one of the contributing factors to people developing cancer. They identified many substances in tap water that have been linked to the development of cancer, including chlorine byproducts. Their recommendation? “Do not drink tap water.” “Drink filtered water.”

 

In 2014, The Silent Spring Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health released the results of a study, entitled, “Biomarkers for Suspected Breast Carcinogens.” This study identified the highest priority toxic chemicals to target for breast cancer prevention, many of which were identified in tap water. Their recommendation? “Do not drink tap water.” Instead, they recommend that people should drink filtered water from a CARBON BLOCK FILTER.

 

Every day, thousands of people purchase some kind of drinking water filter. Unfortunately, in many of these cases these people end up with systems of poor or marginal quality.

 

When looking for an effective Carbon Block Filter, or any filter, the consumer can go to several sources to identify the product that is best for them.

 

•  NSF is an independent testing agency that tests and certifies product
claims and performance. Of the over 9,000 NSF listings for drinking water
treatment products, you will find that only the Multipure product is certified
to remove the widest range of contaminants of health concern under
NSF/ANSI Standard 53 (health related contaminants).
•  A major consumer interest magazine gave Multipure its highest rating in
2013 for below-sink drinking water systems.
•  A second major consumer interest magazine rated Multipure as their
best buy in 2012 for countertop drinking water systems.

Unfortunately, not all consumers do their homework. They don’t realize the differences in performance and quality among different water filters, and many end up purchasing water filters based solely on price, or what they see on TV, or what’s currently being promoted at the nearest hardware store.

But at Multipure, we know that having a water filter is about more than just making the water taste better – it is about making your water safe and healthy to drink.

Thank you for your continued support. Let’s make 2015 the year that everyone you meet has an opportunity for better health by drinking water from a Multipure Drinking Water System.

Here is to a prosperous 2015,

Alvin E. Rice
Co-Founder

We all know that in order to frack fuel from the ground, loads of ugly chemicals have to be mixed with water to fracture the earth and extract the natural gas. Did you ever think about where the water goes when they are finished with it?

Watch this video and open your eyes. They are putting fracking waste into the water supply!  They are injecting the toxic waste into the water we drink. Once protected water aquifers are turning into toxic soup. This is devastating for well water users. Many of the frack waste disposal areas are contaminating neighboring communities.

Billions of gallons of toxic fracking waste has been dumped into the US drinking water supply. It is almost impossible to know how many water ways are contaminated because “big oil” is not required to publicize what they do with their waste. If this keeps up, there will not be anywhere  a person will be able to get safe drinking water.

An estimated 30% to 70% of the fluid used in fracking will resurface, requiring treatment. Fracking also releases “produced water” from underground that also rises to the surface, and can be anywhere from two to 200 times as much water, depending on the oil/gas/water concentrations in the shale formation.[2]

Listening to this I wonder how our government allows the careless disposal of fracking waste happen. Really, everyone needs water. It is not a right, its a requirement for sustaining life.

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