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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.

Multipure is introducing new designer water filters. These filters are available for a limited time and each purchase contributes to cancer research foundations. This is really the gift that keeps on giving. Fresh, healthy water and help find a cure.

 

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The Multipure Aquaversa Pink is a special edition of the countertop Aquaversa and was commissioned by Multipure’s Pure Foundation. This stainless steel system features the bright pink housing and a custom black angled acrylic base. $100 of each sale is donated to the Susan G. Komen organization for breast cancer research.

The countertop Aquaversa is generally intended for use where below-sink installation restrictions are present (e.g., apartment use or lack of below-sink space), but it can be converted for below sink use with additional parts. Price: $449.95 Click here to order

 

 

aquabrites-setMultipure’s line of Aquabrites Drinking Water Systems builds off of the Aquamini Compact Travel System to offer a colorful, customizable introduction to cleaner drinking water for children. This stainless steel Aquabrite housing comes in pink and includes a sheet of decals to create a custom face for the system. Commissioned by Multipure’s Pure Foundation, $50 of each sale of an Aquabrite will be donated to the Pure Foundation to help children and the needy obtain cleaner, more healthful water.  Price: $194.95 Click here to order

 

 

 

 

These designer colors are sure to be a hit in anyone’s kitchen! Mulitpure water filters make the perfect family gift!

 


 

jennifer rice multipureAs a mother of two young children, balancing work and family life, Jennifer Rice knows the importance of drinking water, especially when it’s impossible to constantly monitor the family’s water usage. Through Multipure, she already provides better health for her family through better, cleaner water. Through The Pure Foundation, she hopes to provide that same knowledge to families everywhere, so that they can gain the benefits of cleaner, more healthful water, as well.

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Water filtration systems have become a standard fixture in most kitchens today, especially as more and more scientists and health professionals report that most if not all of our drinking water supplies are contaminated with human-made pollutants, including not just municipal systems, but wells, lakes, rives, and glaciers. Unfortunately, bottled water has been shown to have its own host of problems, including serious health and environmental effects. However, while a good water filtration system is the best way to ensure healthy and safe drinking water, it’s not enough to install just any filter in your home. Though the purpose of any water filtration system is to improve the quality and taste of drinking water, there is a wide range of filters available, each with varying costs and effectiveness. The process of planning a kitchen renovation is a perfect time to consider the different water filter options. Some of the most popular filters are explained below to help you choose the best water filter for your home.

aquacompleteReverse Osmosis
Reverse osmosis is one of the most effective filtration methods available today. Even though the process has been known for over 100 years, it wasn’t until the 1950s that the U.S. government developed it as a way for the Marines to desalinate water to make it drinkable. By way of brief explanation, “regular” osmosis occurs when molecules pass through a permeable membrane to equalize the concentration of molecules on both sides. As its name implies, reverse osmosis is when the opposite occurs. Instead of equalizing the concentration of substances on both sides of the membrane, water pressure pushes pure water on one side of a membrane, leaving a concentration of pollutants on the other.

Reverse osmosis typically also employs two carbon filters and/or other pre-filters, which work to remove a wide range of dangerous contaminants, including lead, mercury, and arsenic. Reverse osmosis is also effective at removing virtually all pharmaceutical drugs, coliform bacteria, E. coli, percolate, VOCs, viruses, fluoride, chlorine, chloramines, herbicides, pesticides, cryptosporidium, THMs, and MTBEs. In fact, while typical faucet or counter top filters are 1 stage filters, meaning they have only 1 basic carbon filter, reverse osmosis systems typically offer a 5 stage filtration system. Furthermore, while countertop filters have a 1-5 micron rating, which means contaminates smaller than 1 micron (such as asbestos, insecticides, may not be filter out), a reverse osmosis filter typically holds a micron rating of.0001. While reverse osmosis systems can cost more upfront, their filters only need to be replaced once a year, whereas counter top filters need replacing every couple of months.

Although reverse osmosis effectively removes an impressive array of unhealthy contaminants, it can also remove important minerals that contribute to taste and health of water, including magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Some researchers suggest these important minerals are also found in common foods and are therefore not needed in drinking water. Other health professionals, however, report that long-term intake of de-mineralized water can be unhealthy and can lead to mineral deficiency and/or an unhealthy level of acidity in the body. Additionally, reverse osmosis generally requires between two to three gallons of water to produce one gallon of purified water, which some experts consider wasteful.

Other Popular Water Filters
Other popular filters include water filter pitchers, which are very easy to use and have a low initial cost. Water pitcher filters typically can reduce lead, copper, chlorine, and chlorine by-products. However, while any filter is better than no filter, pitcher filters are probably the least effective filters for their cost, especially considering that filters will need to be replaced every few months. Some pitcher filters may also be slow and prone to clog. Because pitcher filters have such a short life, they may not be practical for a family of four or more who might consume a couple of gallons of water a day.

Filter faucets or filters installed directly on the faucets are also popular because, like pitcher filters, they are very easy to use. Filter faucets are usually easily placed onto the head of a faucet, and they conveniently allow a person to switch from filtered to unfiltered water. Most filter faucets effectively remove lead, pesticides, sediments, and chlorine. However, because they typically use a similar type of filter as a water pitcher, the filter needs replacing often and filtering can be slow.

Another popular type of filter are counter-top water filters, which hook directly to the faucet after the aerator is removed. Counter-top filters provide a level of filtration higher than a water pitcher or filter faucet because it uses a combination of carbon filters and other filters. Counter-top filters are also less likely to clog than a pitcher filter or a filter faucet. They also allow a large amount of water to be filtered without having to alter any plumbing.

Similar to counter-top water filter, under sink filters can filter large amounts of water. However, unlike counter top filters, they don’t take up valuable counter space and instead attach to pipes under the sink. They are also typically more effective than pitcher types of water filters because under sink filters offer a two-step filtering process. However, under sink filters require modification to the plumbing (sometimes by a professional) and drilling a hole through the sink or countertop for the dispenser, which may mean longer installation time than other filters. They also take up room under the sink.

Kitchen renovation can be an exciting and creative time. As you consider which type of water filtration system would work best in your kitchen keep in the mind the following tips. First, you may want to either have your water tested or you may want to refer to your local annual quality report to ensure your water filter is removing contaminants specific to your drinking water supply. Second, your water filter should be certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), and, third, to ensure the life and quality of your filter, your filter needs to be maintained according to manufacture recommendations.

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Lake Erie is not the only Great Lake with algae problems. Lake Ontario is facing a similar problem, according to the experts.

The water quality director of the Alliance for the Great Lakes in Chicago, Lyman Welch says the algae blooms are a real threat to the entire Great Lakes region. The blue-green toxic phytoplankton made the Toledo, Ohio drinking water quite toxic.

While the shallow waters and the extensive farming industry along the shores of Lake Erie makes it the most susceptible to these toxic algae blooms. Scientists see that there is a direct relation to these toxic blooms and increased farm pollution in the form of fertilizers and phosphorous.

Farmers fertilize their fields with phosphorous. These toxins run off into the watershed of Lake Erie in a process known as non-point source pollution. Point source pollution happens as well. The contaminates flow from a single source like a sewage plant.

What happened in Toledo should be a wakeup call that the Great Lakes must be concerned with and address.

What is happening with Lake Ontario is a bit different. Scott Higgins, a scientist from the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Canada is studying the algal blooms. According to Higgins, the phytoplankton blooms in Lake Ontario are confined to shallower embayment regions where the coast forms a bay that is shallower.

Lake Ontario has additional problems with benthic algae. This algae grows on the bottom of the lake. They are non-toxic, but contain a high microbial count that is potentially dangerous to humans and animals. As the summer season progresses, these blooms will deteriorate and detach from the bottom floating up to the shore, typically on beaches.

These cladophora mats contains high microbial counts. Some of the microbes are human pathogens like Ecoli 157 and shigella. These mats might contain avian botulism that is responsible for killing fish and waterfowl.

The water program manager at the Toronto based Environmental Defense, an environmental advocacy group, Nancy Goucher says these blooms are a sign of things to come within the Great Lakes.

Higgins says, “There are only so many farms in these watersheds,” he said, and while it’s theoretically possible to address the phosphorus issue, “the question is, in practice, is it politically palatable?”

Non-point source phosphorous pollution needs heavier regulation. This would be the simpler solution. A more complicated solution that would be better for the environment is to address the disappearance of North American wet lands. The wetlands purify the water before it flows into lakes and rivers. The wetlands serve a purpose and must be protected to insure the safety of the Great Lakes. Wetland protection and restoration is a costly venture and many government agencies will not consider this as a choice.

Goucher on the other side is optimistic that this problem is solvable. “In the 1960s and 1970s, we saw blooms take over large parts of lakes, and this inspired businesses, governments and communities to come together to solve it and they did — blooms decreased for a number of years,” she said.

“The lakes today are different but the solutions are the same. It’s a big problem but we have solved it before and I think we can solve it again.”

 

cali-drought6Back in August, I blogged about the reality of the catastrophic water events that are happening right now around the country. The rains have yet to come and remedy this situation. In fact, it is getting worse. Currently fourteen communities are in danger of running out of water. I repeat, fourteen communities are running out of water! Over 30 million residents are affected by this catastrophic water shortage. If rains do not fall soon, many more communities will be in the same boat.

The Water Resources Control Board reported a few months ago that twenty eight communities were in danger of having a major water crisis. Since then, a few have come up with viable plans to get water to their community, but the other fourteen have yet to see the light of a solution. What are these residents to do when the water runs dry? Moving is an option, but what about their current residents? How will they be able to sell their current property and fund a move? Who would purchase property in a dry community? These are many questions that will need answers sooner rather than later.

Faced with a complete loss of water is a situation that many California communities are not familiar with. There is no protocol on what to do when the water completely dries up and millions of people are left with dry wells and nothing coming out of the faucet. What will happen to the residents, the businesses? The simple fact is nothing can live without water. Water is life essential for communities and their residents to survive and thrive.

The New York Times once described the now desolate area in California the “food basket” of America. Eating a healthy salad in mid winter will be a thing of the past in parts of the country that freeze over during cold months. The price of a salad will increase as the ingredients will be difficult to find if these communities dry up and stop producing produce.

Some Communities Find Solutions

A few communities that boarder with Oregon are finding short term and long term solutions to water woes. The city of Montague constructed an irrigation ditch that is bringing water from a lake 25 miles away though a once dry ditch. Currently, smaller communities are the ones hit the hardest with the water shortage. But, if the drought continues, many more larger cities and locations will suffer the same fate. Tom Quinn, the executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies stated to the New York Times; “If this drought keeps on going, some larger, more sophisticated communities are going to be in trouble next year.”

What Happens to Mountains During a Severe Drought?

What happens to the landscape, including the mountains when the water runs dry? Good question. Where are the answers? Since 2013 the Science journal reports that the Western portion of the US has lost over 240 gigatons or one billion tons of water. That is literally enough water to cover 75,000 football stadiums. This is causing major geographical shifts. Mountains are rising out of the ground, and it is having a negative effect on the gravitational field for the entire state. “100 percent of the state is in drought, with 82 percent of the land designated as in ‘extreme’ or ‘exceptional’ drought, the highest levels on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale,” explains the National Journal. “Thirty-seven million people are affected by the drought.”

Drought and its Effect on Water Quality

As I mentioned in the August post on Catastrophic Water Events-Ohio and Lake Mead the lack of water brings forth a rainbow of water contamination problems to every area faced with losing their entire water supply. Certainly residents affected by these catastrophic water events will need to purchase a high quality home water filtration system to combat the contaminants that will no doubt infiltrate their water supply with a vengeance.

 

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