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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Here are 10 of the most important reasons to use a shower head water filter in the home. Some of the following facts concerning shower water filters and their effectiveness at reducing or eliminating chlorine may surprise you.

10 Reasons for Using a Shower Head Water Filter:

It has been estimated by the EPA that virtually every household that uses shower heads have elevated levels of airborne chloroform due to chlorine that is released from the shower head.

In most places, municipal tap water will contain as much as, if not more, chlorine than is found in most swimming pools. This same tap water, of course, is what flows out of your shower head.

Did you know that more chlorine enters the body through dermal absorption (through the skin) and inhalation (breathing) while people are showering than is absorbed by drinking tap water?

Chlorine that is found in tap water and that comes out of shower heads has been proven to have a drying effect on both skin and hair. Chlorine, itself, is also a harsh chemical that can affect the luster of hair.

You should know that when you stand under a shower head, the pores of your skin will open wider. This is why dermal absorption of chlorine while showering without an approved shower head water filter is so risky.

Those who may be sensitive to chlorine may also develop a rash or other type of irritation if they bathe without an approved shower filter. An approved shower head filter for this purpose is one that removes chlorine from the tap water before it exits the shower head.

Many people do not realize that chlorine will vaporize faster than water once it exits the shower head. This vaporization is why people breathe in such large quantities of the chemical as well as other types of chemicals while showering. This is especially true during hot water showers.

Once a chemical is inhaled, as is caused by vaporization, the chemical is delivered into the bloodstream almost immediately and there is virtually no way to prevent this from happening except through the use of an approved shower head water filter.

Consumers may not know it but studies show that more water contaminants, including chlorine, are released into the air from the shower than from any other source within the home.

Chlorine has long been a suspected cause of breast cancer in women. Of those women suffering from breast cancer, the vast majority all have 50 to 60 percent more chlorine in their breast tissue than do healthy women.

by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, August 29, 2011

UV stands for ultraviolet and these water filtering systems are some of the most modern means of cleaning and purifying water. They work by killing off bacteria that may be found in water; the same bacteria that can cause illness in humans and animals. In some models, the UV component will be part of an overall water filtering process that may include media filters.

For many consumers, those who do not wish to ingest any form of chlorine, the use of an ultraviolet water filter is the best option as this type of water filter does not use any chemicals at all. Because of its effectiveness, UV water filters are often more effective than most filtration systems.

A UV water filter uses lamps to do its work. These sterilization lamps are often capable of killing 99.99 percent of the bacteria in the water supply. When compared to other types of water filters, the UV water filter is more efficient at killing off bacteria and other harmful organisms.

Ultraviolet water filters can kill different types of microorganisms. These include E. coli, coliform, salmonella, and other harmful bacteria. But UV water filters have some limitations that consumers must be aware of before buying.

For instance, a UV water filter will not remove sediment from the water. It will not remove contaminants such as iron. If you want to use a UV water filter for purification purposes but also need to clean up sediment or other annoying compounds, you will need to purchase a combination system that includes the filters needed to remove sediment, iron, fluoride, etc.

Consumers who are seriously considering the use of an ultraviolet water filtering system should consider installing a whole house system which will disinfect all of the water that comes into the house at one single point. In the long run, this type of installation may be less expensive than installing several point of use UV water filters. For those who only want to disinfect a single outlet, the point of use device will do just fine.

When researching UV water filters make sure you take into account the cost of replacement lamps. The price of lamps vary and consumers may want to spend time researching the brand and model that best fits their overall budget, including replacement parts.

If you have questions about UV water filters, contact a reliable water filter vendor who can answer your questions and help you make the best buying decision.

by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, August 22, 2011
In these modern times, many consumers forget that E. coli is still a clear and present danger, with outbreaks of the microorganism happening all the time. This can be especially dangerous for those who take their drinking water from private wells, which normally are not tested or regulated.

For anyone who uses private well water for consumption, testing the water for bacteria is vital to its safe operation. The simple truth is you simply cannot tell what is in the water without a reliable test. If you draw water from a private well, you can contact your state health department to obtain information on how to have your well tested for total coliforms and E. coli contamination.

If your well water tests positive for E. coli, there are several steps that you should take:

The first step is to begin boiling all water intended for use and consumption. Boiling the water will kill off the bacteria until you have had the well disinfected properly. Boiling is normally a short-term solution.

The next step is to have the well disinfected according to the procedures recommended by your local health department. Once the well has been disinfected it is important to continue to monitor the quality of the water as reintroduction of the bacteria is still possible, and will remain possible until you find out how the contamination took place.

If you discover that contamination is a recurring problem, you should seriously investigate drilling a new well or install a point-of-entry disinfection water filtering unit, which can use chlorine, ultraviolet light, or ozone to keep the water free of harmful bacteria.

If you are not sure how or where to get your well water tested, you can contact your state laboratory certification officer to find out which laboratories have been certified for conducting total coliform analyses. You can also contact the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 for the address and phone number of these entities.

In many cases, the lab will first test for total coliforms. If the sample is positive for total coliforms, the lab will then determine whether E. coli is also present. If a well is E. coli-positive, you should not drink the water unless it is disinfected.

As mentioned above, installing a point of entry disinfection water filtering system is one of the best ways to protect against harmful microorganisms in private well water.

by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, August 19, 2011
Here are 10 of the most important reasons for installing a whole house water filter system. Some of these facts may surprise you as most consumers believe that tap water is perfectly safe at all times.

10 Reasons for Using a Whole House Water Filter:

Many consumers do not realize that harmful chemicals are constantly escaping into the air from sources such as the shower, dishwasher, sink, and toilet.

This release of contaminants into the home's air results in poor, and sometimes unhealthy, air quality. Studies have shown that poor air quality is one of the leading causes of bronchitis and asthma. Chemicals released through the shower head often have a harsh, drying effect on both skin and hair.

The use of an undersink, countertop, or shower head water filter will not entirely protect your family from harmful water contaminants as these devices are point-of-use devices, treating only the water at that one source.

While shower head water filters are important to health, they must filter water at extreme temperatures, and are therefore not 100 percent effective at removing all of the dangerous contaminants found in tap water.

Certain types of skin rashes and other irritations are known to be a result of chlorine and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) becoming embedded in clothing that was washed in chlorinated water.

Aside from the shower, the home dishwasher will release more chlorine into the air than any other water source in the home.

To protect the home from all of the above hazards, the use of a whole house water filter is recommended. A whole house water filter system is the best way to protect all of the sources of water in the home, including the shower and toilet.

A good-quality whole house water filtering system will purify water affordably and efficiently. This makes it one of the best values when it comes to protecting the whole home at once.

There are an estimated 2100 known water contaminants that can enter the body. Entry can be made via drinking, skin absorption, and inhalation.

Remember: switching over to bottled water for drinking purposes will not protect you and your family from all contaminants found in water. A whole house water filter system will!

by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Water filters can do more than remove bacteria, they can also remove sediment. Sediment is often a problem in some locales as well as in some older homes. Generally, sediment is not harmful if ingested, but it does give tap water an unsightly appearance that many consumers do not like. A good-quality sediment water filter will take care of this problem.

The types of sediment one might find in tap water vary. Sand, dirt, and rust are three of the most common types of sediment that can travel in water and end up in your drinking glass.

It is important to understand the limitations of a sediment water filter before buying one. For instance, a sediment filter does not remove bacteria from the water. The filter media that is used in a sediment filter is too porous to remove material as small as bacteria or cyst. The filter media for a sediment filter has to be large pored in order to catch the sediment itself without clogging up too rapidly.

Likewise, a normal sediment water filter will not remove chlorine or fluoride or any other chemical from the water. There are filters that will certainly do that for you, but sediment water filters will not. However, if you need to remove particles from your water, then sediment filters are the solution.

As you may already know, particle size can vary depending on what the material is made of. For this reason, consumers should buy the filter that matches the material they wish to remove. Some consumers will do fine with a general purpose sediment filter while others would do better customizing the filter to the material that is in the water.

The best sediment filters will remove the tiniest particles but will cost more. Each water sediment filter will present consumers with its information about the efficiency of the model. This information is provided by the manufacturer.

Consumers should also look at how long the filter media will last before it must be changed. Many models use easy to replace cartridges that the consumer simply removes and replaces with a new cartridge as needed. Keep in mind, though, that water that is more contaminated with particles will need replacement more often than water that has less particulate material in it.

You can learn much more about sediment water filters by visiting a reliable online water filter vendor. Don't forget to match the filter with the material that you want to remove.

by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, August 15, 2011
All across the world, consumers are turning to water filters to help clean and purify their incoming water. Good-quality water filters can treat a variety of water problems including removing chemicals, odors, colors, and microorganisms. As a result of their effectiveness, many consumers want to know what is the best water filter on the market today?

The answer to this question is that there is no one single answer to this question. The best water filter on the market today for you is the one that most effectively treats the type of water that you have! Let's look at this a little closer as it is an important issue for those wishing to install a quality water filter.

Water filters are designed to perform certain tasks. For instance, some water filters are designed to remove chemicals from the water such as chlorine or fluoride. Other water filters are amazingly good at removing annoying materials such as iron or copper. Other filters are designed to only remove sediment from the water and do not remove microbes or chemicals at all.

The type of water filter that will best suit your needs is the one that will address the problems that you have at your home or office.

For many consumers, the right option in water filters is one that is general purpose in nature. These water filters can handle a variety of common problems and are relatively inexpensive. This option is good for those who want to clean their water above and beyond what their local water company is already doing. Consumers have several choices when it comes to these general purpose water filters and finding the one that meets your desires is often as simple as doing a quick online search.

Consumers who have a particular problem to address, such as iron or hardness in the water, will find that there are many models available today to handle these custom types of problems. The trick, of course, is to buy the water filter that best addresses your individual needs. Again, a simple online search will help to reveal the best models and brands that are capable of handling your problem.

Consumers will also find that today's modern water filters come in a variety of sizes, ranging from small devices that are attached directly to the faucet to large whole house systems that treat all of the water as it enters the building. In addition, consumers can find specialty water filters such as shower head water filters that can dramatically reduce the amount of chlorine that is expelled from the average shower head.

As you can see, finding the best water filter starts by learning what issues you want to address and then matching those needs to any of the many available models. It really is that simple.

by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, August 12, 2011
While most households get their drinking water from municipal water facilities, others get their water from private wells. Private wells are generally not regulated or monitored by anyone other than the property owners themselves. For this reason, well owners should know the common causes of well pollution.

One of the most common cause for private well water contamination is the household septic tank. Septic tanks are designed with a “leach field” around them. This is usually an area where wastewater flows out of the tank and is absorbed into the soil. This wastewater can also migrate into the well water.

Bacteria and nitrates are pollutants found in both human and animal wastes. While septic tanks can cause contamination into the well water, so can having large numbers of animals living or grazing near the well. Children are at an extra risk when exposed to water-born bacteria. Some adults, those who are elderly or have weakened immune systems, are also at greater risk. Fertilizers can add to nitrate levels in groundwater and are known to cause the syndrome called “blue babies”.

Heavy metals can also find their way into the groundwater and pollute private wells. High levels of certain heavy metals can cause health problems.

Industrial discharges and waste material is also known to leach into the soil and make their way into groundwater sources. The type of pollutants discharged will vary depending on the industry. Some of these discharges can be very harmful to humans if ingested via drinking water.

Leaking underground tanks as well as leaking pipes can cause private well contamination. Again, depending on the type of discharge coming out of the tank or pipe, health problems can arise. Some common types of pollutants include petroleum products, industrial chemicals, and wastes. Steel tanks and piping are known to corrode with age thus resulting in leaks.

Modern landfills are now built and designed to contain leaking liquids, but during heavy rains or flooding, pollutants can leak into the soil and into the groundwater.

Lastly, household wastes when improperly disposed can pollute private wells. Some of the most common products include motor oil, cleaning solvents, paint, and soaps and detergents.

To protect against these problems, private well owners should consider installing a high-quality water filter system. In addition to water filtering, owners should also consider routine testing of the well water.

by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Did you know that nearly 90 percent of all Americans get their water from municipal water systems that meet all health-based standards? This is good news for those who get their drinking water because public water systems are required to notify you if, for any reason, your drinking water is not safe. But what about that other 10 percent of Americans? And what about those who get their water from municipal sources but are warned against possible E. coli outbreaks?

To begin, fecal coliform and E. coli are bacteria whose presence in the water indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. These disease-causing pathogens can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms if they are ingested either through the water itself or through foods that have become contaminated. These dangerous microbes pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems. They can, at times, lead to death.

If you suspect that your drinking water (and water that is used in the preparation of food) is contaminated with E. coli, the EPA suggests that you boil the water for at least one full minute. If you live at a higher altitude, you should boil the water longer. Boiling water will destroy the microbes and is one of the most effective ways of disinfecting suspect water.

For those who get their drinking water from private wells, which can easily become contaminated, installing a good-quality point of entry disinfection system is the best option. These devices use a variety of means to disinfect the water before it reaches the tap. Chlorine, ozone and ultraviolet light are all options for these types of disinfection units.

In an emergency situation, you can add a few drops of non-scented bleach to a gallon of water and this, too, will kill off the harmful bacteria. The treated water should have a slight taste of chlorine to it as an indication that you have used enough bleach to destroy the microorganisms. This is known as free chlorine and indicates that enough chemical was used to kill the bacteria, leaving a little bit left over.

Outbreaks of E. coli still happen. You only have to read the news to know this is true. People are still becoming sick, and some are dying, because of this dangerous microbe. But you can protect yourself and your family by following the above advice as well as installing quality water filters in your home or office.

by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, August 8, 2011
Many consumers are drinking water to lose weight. There are many benefits to drinking water while losing weight, but there are also some cautions that consumers should be aware of if they are ingesting large amounts of water.

As for some of the benefits, Water certainly hydrates your body and helps it to work more efficiently. In addition, water boosts the body's metabolic rate, giving it more energy which leads to burning more calories. Water is also an essential fluid for good health in general, and has to added bonus of making us feel less hungry.

A well-hydrated body is known to help muscles and organs work more efficiently. This leads to the second benefit in that water also increases the metabolic rate, which makes us feel more energetic and peppy. An increased metabolic rate can burn up to three percent more calories faster. When it comes to losing weight, metabolism plays a huge role in dropping those pounds.

One of the best ways to add water to your diet without having to actually drink more water is to add more fruits and vegetables to your daily food intake. Tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, and oranges all contain high levels of water. Fruits and vegetables are a great way to get hydrated while adding nutrients to your daily diet.

Many of those who are drinking water to lose weight will take a large glass of water about 10 minutes before they plan to eat. The ingestion of the water helps to reduce the appetite level which can lead to eating less food during the meal. Drinking water during the meal is also a good way to suppress appetite.

Most experts recommend that healthy adults drink eight cups of water a day at a minimum. And this is where one of the precautions comes into play.

Tap water can contain large amounts of contaminants and, because of this, people drinking large quantities of water should consider using a good-quality water filter. Point of use water filters are a good option for most consumers who want to use drinking water to lose weight.

by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, August 5, 2011
Did you know that about 70 percent of the average adult’s body is made up of water?

Water accounts for nearly 80 percent of a newborn's body weight.

By the time you begin to feel thirsty, your body has lost over 1 percent of its total amount of water.

The weight we lose directly after intense physical activity is not fat but rather from water loss.

The daily recommended amount of water for the average adult is at least eight cups per day.

Keep in mind that coffee, soft drinks, and tea contain caffeine. Caffeine acts as a mild diuretic, which means it prevents water from going to the necessary parts of the body.

Water can dissolve more substances than any other known liquid. It can do this because it contains a variety of chemicals, minerals, and nutrients.

Nearly 70 to 75 percent of the earth’s surface is underneath water.

More of the earth's fresh water is located underground than is found in surface sources. Underground water sources are known as aquifers.

Did you know that the same water that existed on planet earth some millions of years ago is still on earth today.

The total amount of water on the earth is estimated to be about 326 million cubic miles of water.
While the earth has a lot of water on it, we humans can only use an estimated three-tenths of one percent of this water. This water that humans can actually get to and use is located aquifers, rivers, and freshwater lakes.

A little known fact is that the United States uses almost 80 percent of its available water for either irrigation or thermoelectric power.

Flushing the toilet takes up the largest amount of water the average person uses on a daily basis.

Nearly 85 percent of residents receive their household water from public water treatment facilities. The remaining 15 percent are supplied by their own water that comes from private wells or other sources.

by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
In a recent report posted in the Journal of Urology, it was suggested that persons with elevated levels of arsenic in the urine may also be at risk of developing kidney cancer. The risk increases if the person also has high blood pressure or any other form of kidney disease.

Researchers say the cancer may be brought on because of the kidney's inability to effectively filter waste, which in turns leads to arsenic building up in the urine.

Arsenic is found in soil, rock, air and water. It is also released through industrial activities, and may be found in many products like paints, dyes and fertilizers.

Exposure to high arsenic levels can lead to cancer. Some studies have linked even moderate levels of arsenic within the body to high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. In general, however, the potential health effects of long-term, low-level arsenic exposure still remain uncertain.

In this new study, researchers studied the relationship between urinary arsenic levels and the risk of kidney cancer within persons living in an area with low arsenic concentrations in the drinking water. Arsenic levels within the study locale ranged from undetectable to 4 micrograms per liter.

In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set an allowable maximum limit of 10 micrograms per liter, and most U.S. drinking-water supplies have levels below that.

The study recruited 132 patients with kidney cancer and compared those people with 260 cancer-free adults who were in the same age range.

The findings suggest that there was an association between higher levels of urinary arsenic and higher odds of kidney cancer, according to Dr. Yu-Mei Hsueh of Taipei Medical University and his colleagues.

The connection seems strongest for people who had either high blood pressure or impaired kidney function. These have both been established as risk factors for kidney cancer.

For study participants who had both of these conditions plus high arsenic levels in their urine, their odds of kidney cancer were six times higher than those who had none of the three risk factors.

Those with any two of the risk factors had a four-fold increase in risk for kidney cancer.

According to Hsueh's team, the exposure to arsenic in the drinking water may have led to high blood pressure or kidney disease which in turn contributed to their kidney cancer.

It is estimated that over 12 million Americans live in areas where the public water supply routinely exceeds the maximum limit of 10 micrograms per liter. Private water wells might also contain too much arsenic, and this may be especially true in areas of the West, Midwest and New England where water from aquifers and wells often contain high concentrations of arsenic.

SOURCE: Journal of Urology, June 2011.

by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, August 1, 2011
Did you know that U.S. bottled water consumption increased by over 3 percent in 2010? This is on top of the 24 percent increase of bottled water use from 2004 to 2009. In the last 20 years, the sales of bottled water have more than quadrupled.


Much of the hype about bottled water is just that—hype. It is no secret that while plastic water bottles can be recycled, most of those bottles are not recycled. The majority of these bottles will wind up in landfills or as litter.

In the US alone, the production and transportation of bottled water consumes 30 million barrels of oil every year and this can result in as much carbon dioxide released into the air as two million cars.

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization, estimates that nearly half of all bottled water is simply taken from municipal tap water. It is then filtered, or not, and marketed as something wonderfully better than the tap water it came from.

It is a simple fact that the human body needs clean water in order to stay healthy. In healthy adults, water accounts for about 60 percent of the body's content and this water has to be replenished.

When humans do not replenish the water they need, they suffer from a variety of problems including dry mouth and joint stiffness. Ingesting clean water, at adequate levels, keeps joints lubricated, staves off thirst, increases the healthiness of blood and hydrates the organs. So, drinking clean water is vital to health, but that water does not have to come from bottled water sources.

The fact is a good quality water filter can provide homes and offices with all the clean water they need. These filters can be installed as point of use devices or they can filter the whole house as the water enters the house, delivering clean water to all outlets. Unlike bottled water, there are no plastic containers to dispose of and the quality of the water itself can be monitored by the homeowner. This guarantees the very best quality of water, delivered at only pennies a day.

by: Chris Tracey

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