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World Water Day 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety



Water2Drink invites you to celebrate to World Water Day 2015! Today is an opportunity to increase water education and awareness of global water concerns, and to take steps to ensure your family, your community, and the worldwide population has access to safe, clean drinking water.

To celebrate #WorldWaterDay, please watch this short video by #LoveWater2015. It is visually stimulating and full of important facts regarding planet Earth’s fresh water supply. Some powerful quotes from this video…

“78% of the Earth’s surface is water, yet only .01% is fresh and drinkable.”

“We have polluted almost 95% of all fresh water on the planet.”

“More people die every year from waterborne illnesses than from war.”

Water2Drink.com is proud to be an exclusive Multipure International distributor.  With almost 45 years of dedication to water filtration, #Multipure is a pioneer in offering innovative filter technology that provides superior quality and performance.  #Water2Drink offers and supports the entire family of NSF-tested and certified drinking #water systems from Multipure.  Each product comes with a Performance Data Sheet, a Lifetime Warranty (on the stainless and plastic housings), a 1-Year Warranty on all Accessories, and a 90-Day Satisfaction Guarantee. 

As the #LoveWater2015 video says, “Just as water can change course, so can we.”

Contact Water2Drink.com today to begin your journey to Love Water!

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Do You Know Your Neighbors?

Friday, March 6, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Water Safety



The March 5, 2015, issue of The Atlantic online magazine (theatlantic.com) covers a consequential story about the Rice family outside of Asheville, NC. Bob and Dot Rice bought a piece of property in 1974, built a home there, raised children, and planned for the property to be passed along to their two sons and their children.  The home water source was a local spring a few hundred yards behind the family cabin.

According to the article, “after they moved in, the Rices noticed the water coming out of the spring had a salty taste and smelled musty.”  They could smell a distinct #petroleum smell coming from their well and spring, “especially when it rained. ‘I got used to it,’ Terry Rice said. ‘We checked for bacteria. We didn’t check for chemicals.’”  In 1999, a family friend discovered environmental contamination in the spring, along with barrels from a long-closed factory that once bordered the property.

The contamination came from CTS Corporation, which operated a factory plant that closed in 1986.  The company produced electronic components, and workers there used #TCE, a colorless solvent with a sweet odor.  The article states, “Drinking or breathing high levels of TCE may cause nervous system effects, liver and lung damage, abnormal heartbeat, coma, and possibly death, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry website. The EPA investigation found that CTS employees were disposing of TCE and other chemicals by pouring them down the drains and letting the chemicals leach into the ground.”  A year after closing the factory, the company sold the property to developers who had the soil at the site tested, but never had the groundwater sampled or tested.  Adding insult to injury, the EPA “had a chance to clean up the site years ago but didn’t. A memo from 1991 shows that federal regulators knew pollution from the former factory threatened the surrounding community’s water and air. But the agency failed to do more testing or even warn residents of potential dangers.”

This type of contamination can be an environmental nightmare.  A wide range of chemicals can contaminate our water, land, or air, which impacts our environment but also our health.  Some pollutants resist breakdown and can accumulate in the #foodchain, being absorbed by fish or wildlife, and then eaten by residents.  Contamination can also impact coastal areas, waterways, surface water sources, and groundwater.  It can be years or decades before the contamination is identified, and even longer for the sites to be cleaned and the water source becomes healthy again, if ever.

To combat environmental contamination, water consumers and home buyers should educate themselves on the surrounding areas. What businesses or industries are or were nearby? Were there #chemicals used in that industry? Has there been environmental testing in the area? Even if your water source is municipal (provided by your city or county), there are many opportunities for water contamination to occur between a water treatment plant and your home. 

We at Water2Drink.com believe you have the power to protect yourself and your family by using a water filtration device such as a Multipure Drinking Water System. The family of #Multipure Drinking Water Systems are NSF-tested and certified to reduce TCE and dozens of other chemical and organic contaminants, including arsenic, metals and cysts. Each Multipure filter Owner’s Manual comes with a Performance Data Sheet that outlines exactly what contaminants the filters are certified to reduce, and to what degree. Most contaminants are reduced more than 99 percent!

The Multipure lifestyle focuses on improving and maintaining your health. Let Water2Drink help you begin the process. Contact us today and find out how Multipure supports a healthy lifestyle.

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Your Water Cycle

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety



When you think about it, all water on the planet is recycled. The water cycle that we learned about in elementary school (evaporation; condensation; precipitation; collection) shows that the Earth’s water is always in movement on, above, and below Earth’s surface.  Of the world’s total water supply (about 332.5 million cubic miles), over 96% is saline, or salt water.  Of the total freshwater available to us, over 68% is unavailable, frozen into ice and glaciers.  Within the #watercycle, the fresh water sources we use (surface and ground waters) are the only waters available to sustain life.

So how do we treat this water? Once we use water, it is gathered by sewer or septic field, treated, and released back into the environment.  Most of us know generally that water treatment plants collect surface or ground #water, treat it to remove contaminants, and then distribute it to our homes, fire hydrants, and water fountains.  Would you like to know a little more about that process?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a virtual tour of a water treatment plant so consumers can see step by step what actions are taken in the treatment and delivery of drinking water.  The #EPA video explains the difference between surface and ground water, points out potential sources of #contamination, and describes the disinfection process.  It is yet another source of information for water consumers as they decide whether this process is enough to protect your health, or if they would like to use a final barrier solution, such as a home-installed #Multipure Drinking Water System.

Having fresh, clean water to drink is a basic human necessity.  Water2Drink.com believes every person has the right to choose the quality of the water you drink.  The solid carbon block filter of a Multipure Drinking Water System can help you achieve superior water filtration to deliver healthier water to your family.  Contact Water2Drink today to find out how!

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Does Your Local School Serve Toxic Water?

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Products, Water Safety



California has myriad water woes, and here’s another one to consider. Seven years ago, the local NBC4 I-Team investigated Los Angeles area schools that had children drinking from potentially unsafe water fountains.  The schools had old fountains and pipes made with lead that leached into the drinking water.   Today, thousands of schoolchildren in L.A. are still drinking from these fountains.
 
The NBC4 story states the Los Angeles Unified School District (#LAUSD) would solve the problem by having the water lines to each fountain flushed daily, running the water for a minimum of 30 seconds at the beginning of each school day.  The schools were to keep logs for proof that the lines were flushed.  But a 2013 audit report says one #school was found to have falsified the logs, and an additional six schools claimed they had followed the policy but in fact hadn’t.

Lead leaching from older pipes and fixtures is a chronic problem in older buildings like schools, and this problem can occur in any school district in the country. The problem is exacerbated when communities use chloramine to disinfect their water, which accelerates #lead leaching.  Chloramine is a disinfectant that is formed by mixing chlorine with ammonia.  It is a less effective disinfectant than chlorine, but is longer lasting and stays in the water system as it is transported to the point of use.

The solution? Carry fresh, filtered water from home, using a Multipure Drinking Water System from Water2Drink.  The #Multipure family of drinking water systems are all tested and certified to reduce #chloramine, along with dozens of other contaminants, metals, PCBs, and cysts.  Using a Multipure system for your drinking water costs just $.09 cents a gallon, and provides assurance that you are using a superior water filter in removing or reducing the highest number of contaminants. Water2Drink.com is happy to answer your questions about choosing the best #waterfilter for your family’s needs.

Give your kids a head start by giving them clean, Multipure-filtered water. 

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What Are Your Drinking Water Standards?

Friday, February 13, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Water Safety



If your community water system violates drinking water standards, do you trust them when they say “there is nothing you need to do?”

Recently, the town of Wrightsville Beach, NC, experienced a violation of the drinking water standard for #trihalomethanes. While the public notice indicates this is not an emergency, it goes on to list the possible health risks associated with the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system, including #cancer.

The town is working with the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) to bring the contaminant concentration down and into compliance, and that they “anticipate improvements within three months.” The notice also says the public doesn’t need to boil water or take other corrective actions.  But during that three-month period, and for potentially longer, the public is still exposed to trihalomethanes in their drinking water.  If this happened to your water supply, are you willing to risk your health for three months? 

The only way to ensure your health and the safety of your drinking water is to be proactive.  Using a Multipure Drinking Water System allows you to be in control of the quality of your water source.   The Multipure family of filtration products are NSF-certified to reduce trihalomethanes, the offending contaminant, along with dozens of other #contaminants, cysts, and heavy metals. 

Water2Drink believes the consumer should know exactly what contaminants are reduced by using a #Multipure product.  On our website, Water2Drink.com, we have provided links on each product page to the description, features, documentation, specifications, and “What’s in the Box.”  Simply click on the Products link on our homepage, then click the drinking water system you are researching.  You will find the Performance Data Sheet listed under the “Documentation” tab.

You can’t always trust the water source, but you can trust your Multipure Drinking Water System.

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Your Pet: Merely a Companion, or a Member of the Family?

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water Safety



For many of us, our pets are not just a companion to us. Pet owners often consider their pets to be an actual family member.  Whether four-legged and #furry, or two-legged and feathery, we want to give our family pets the very best lives we can.
 
Pet industry expenditures have skyrocketed more than 200% in the past 20 years. Pet owners spare no expense on nutritious food, high quality #veterinary care, holiday presents, and necessary pharmaceuticals or surgeries.  We devote ourselves to ensuring our pets have a quality of life at least as high as our children or other family members.

When providing for the health, safety and comfort of your pet, have you considered the quality of water you are providing?  Using water from the tap or from a garden hose can expose your #pets to contaminants that pose a threat to their health.  These can include arsenic, cysts, lead, PCBs, and radon.  Tap water may be treated in your community, but your pet will ingest the chemicals used in the water treatment process, such as chlorine and chloramine.  Filling up their outdoor water bowl from the garden hose poses an entirely new level of contamination, as garden hoses can contain hazardous chemicals and metals such as parasites, lead, cadmium, bromine, and bisphenol A. Also, keep in mind that unlike residential fixtures, #gardenhoses and fittings are not regulated under the Safe Water Drinking Act.

You wouldn’t knowingly expose your children or other family members to contaminated water.  Your pet’s health is important as well.  Just as we’d recommend using a drinking water system for your entire family, we strongly advocate giving fresh, filtered water to your furry friends too.  Water2Drink.com can help you choose the filter that will reduce the greatest range of contaminants for all of your family members.

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Raising Awareness of Asbestos

Monday, January 5, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water Safety



Most Americans know the dangers of asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral. Asbestos was heavily used from the 1930’s to the 1970’s as insulation on water or steam pipes, and in floor, ceiling and siding tiles, textured paint and soundproofing materials.  Many people believe asbestos was banned from use in the 1970’s, but a complete ban was decided against by the U.S. #Congress, allowing numerous asbestos-containing products to remain on the market.  Some of these include construction materials, automotive products such as gaskets and brake pads, and asbestos clothing such as gloves and welder’s blankets. 

If you suspect your home contains asbestos, don’t panic.  Older homes often do contain it, but if the material is in good condition and not deteriorating, the best solution is to leave it alone.   Material that is crumbling, or if it has been scraped or sanded, is more likely to create a health hazard.  However, even if your home does not contain #asbestos, it is possible that because asbestos is still in our environment, you are at risk for exposure.

A recent blog post by Adam Lee, who writes for The #Mesothelioma Center, describes how asbestos can be found in our tap water via its use in the cement pipes of water distribution systems around the country.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) screens for and regulates the levels of acceptable contaminant levels, and in 1992 the EPA added asbestos to the list of #contaminants often found in tap water.

Of course the only way to know you are not ingesting asbestos is to filter your drinking water, using a high-quality filter that specifically addresses asbestos as a contaminant.  The Multipure family of water filters are all tested and certified by NSF International, the independent third party that is widely recognized around the world for its expertise in testing and certifying consumer goods for health and safety.  All Multipure Drinking Water Systems are NSF certified to reduce asbestos.

We at Water2Drink.com hope to educate you on the dangers of asbestos, and to reassure you that a simple solution is available.  Contact us today and we can assist you in determining the right Multipure system for your environment.

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Improving America's Drinking Water Systems

Monday, December 29, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety



While many citizens may see the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a “watchdog” agency for American waterways, the EPA also researches ways to improve our national drinking water systems.

An EPA news release in September, 2014 announced the #EPA is providing funding to create “Drinking Water Innovation Centers.” According to the release, “These centers will help to develop innovative and practical solutions for challenges faced by smaller drinking water systems, which make up the majority of public water systems in the United States.”

Of the nation’s approximate 160,000 public water systems, about 97% of them service fewer than 10,000 people each. These water systems face many obstacles, such as limited funding, aging structures, and the cost of complying with new regulations.  The newly funded centers will help bolster these systems’ capacities and capabilities to provide #water throughout the country.

The recipients of the funding are the University of #Colorado Boulder’s Design of Risk Reducing, Innovative Implementable Small System Knowledge (DeRISK) Center, and the University of #Massachusetts Amherst’s Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS) Center.  “These organizations are leading the way in developing cutting-edge technologies,” according to the EPA news release.

While waiting for these smaller public water systems to implement innovative technology, consumers can ensure their personal drinking water supply is protected by using a high-quality, point-of-use #waterfilter, such as a Multipure Drinking Water System.  For pennies a gallon, you can have clean, fresh water at your sink.  Call Water2Drink.com today to find out more about how to protect your water supply at home.

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How Does Your Water Taste?

Friday, December 5, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety



Recently, residents of Abilene, #Texas, have noticed an unusual taste and/or odor in their drinking water. KTXS12 News reports that, in the city’s news release, the City of Abilene says, “the water is safe to drink.”  If you noticed an unusual taste or odor in your local drinking water, would you be reassured by that statement?
 
According to the news release from the City of #Abilene, the Water Department staff is experimenting with various solutions to solve the problem, including using “additional treatment chemicals to address the issue.”  While we all have heard that Everything Is Bigger In Texas, is putting more chemicals into the water supply a good thing for consumer health?
 
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets water quality standards for consumer protection.  These standards are for a minimum of public safety, and as a consumer you need to ask yourself if minimum EPA standards are good enough for you and your family.  It should also be noted that the EPA does not enforce #waterquality standards for taste or odor compounds that do not pose a health risk to the public.
 
The safest, easiest solution is to use a high quality point-of-use Multipure Drinking Water System.  Water2Drink.com sells only #Multipure Drinking Water Systems.  We have found that Multipure’s unique solid carbon block filter provides a wide range of #contaminant reduction that affects both the healthfulness and the aesthetic properties (taste and odor) of water.  Multipure is one of the few companies whose products are tested and certified by NSF International to reduce such a wide array of drinking water contaminants. 
 
Bigger is not always better.  A small investment in a Multipure Drinking Water System will assure you of cleaner, tastier, and more healthful water. Contact Water2Drink.com today and let us help you choose the right system for your family.

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Is Your Filtered Water Cloudy?

Friday, November 21, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Products, Water Safety



It’s that time of year again, when the snow is blowing, the wind is howling, and your water is… cloudy?

Probably the single most asked question we get in the wintertime from our customers is, “Why is my filtered water cloudy?”  Water can be cloudy for two reasons, one that is benign and one that can be very bad.
 
The benign answer is:  it’s just air.  If you are using a high quality point-of-use water filter, such as a Multipure Drinking Water System, you may be surprised to see cloudy or milky-looking water coming from your filter.  This most often occurs when the water is cold (coming from cold ground water or being transported underground through cold pipes).  One of the properties of water is its ability to dissolve gasses, including #air.  Cold water is denser than warm water, and therefore it is capable of holding more dissolved gasses.  The cloudiness or milkiness is simply dissolved air.  You can test this by filtering a glass of water and letting it set on the counter for a moment or two. The cloudiness (air) will dissipate upwards from the bottom of the glass, leaving a glass of clear filtered water.
 
Why is this not considered turbidity?  Turbidity is the measure of relative clarity of a liquid, or of how much material may be suspended in water and how that material decreases the passage of light through the water.  Turbidity refers to how clear water is, and indicates the presence of total suspended solids.  When solids are present in water, this indicates the water is not clear of particulate matter, and these solids may also be contaminants of great health concern.   An article on Waterontheweb.org states, “turbidity adds real costs to the treatment of surface water supplies used for drinking water since the #turbidity must be virtually eliminated for effective disinfection (usually by chlorine in a variety of forms) to occur.  Particulates may also provide attachment sites for heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead, and many toxic organic contaminants such as PCBs, PAHs and many pesticides.”
 
Of course, you must use a quality water filtration system such as a #Multipure filter to remove particulates and contaminants.  But just how does this filtration work?  For contaminants having a physical size, the solid carbon block filter provides mechanical filtration on a submicron level to remove particulates and bad tastes.  It also employs electrokinetic adsorption to attract and control charged particles.  Almost any carbon filter can reduce chlorine and address taste and odor problems.  The Multipure solid carbon block technology goes well beyond aesthetic improvements to remove the broadest array of #contaminants, including turbidity.  Each product in the Multipure family is provided with a Performance Data Sheet that details NSF’s product certification data and contaminant reduction test results.
 
Water2Drink.com sells only Multipure Drinking Water Systems, the highest performance water filtration systems, which lead the industry in innovation and improving filter performance.  We at Water2Drink.com are here to answer all your water questions and help you select the right filter for your needs.

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Chloramine and Your Health

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety



In the United States, Canada, and other first-world countries, we are fortunate to have national and state regulations enacted to protect our public water supplies. These agencies, along with your local water provider, are tasked with delivering to the public clean, disinfected water in order to prevent the spread of disease.  The most common disinfectants used today are chlorine and chloramine.  While these disinfectants are entirely necessary, even when used within federal regulation guidelines, there still are serious health issues associated with routinely ingesting such substances. 

Chlorine is highly effective for the disinfection of water.  However, challenges occur in the disinfection process because chlorine can react with organic materials in the water, especially from surface water sources.  This results in what is called “disinfection byproducts,” and these byproducts, such as Trihalomethanes (TTHM), have been identified as #carcinogens and can lead to serious illness. 

Some water supply companies have made the switch from #chlorine to chloramine.  Chloramine (also referred to as monochloramine) is a combination of chlorine and ammonia. While chloramine is less likely to produce disinfection byproducts, it is a less effective disinfectant than chlorine.  It can also change the chemical properties of water, which can foster corrosion and cause pipes to leach lead and copper into the water.

Both chlorine and #chloramine are toxic to fish, aquatic animals, reptiles, and amphibians.  While chlorine may dissipate from water if left to sit out for a few days, chloramine cannot be removed in this manner.  Chloramine cannot be removed by either boiling or by the #distillation process. In addition, chloramine vapors and disinfection byproducts can accumulate in indoor air.  The only effective way of removing these disinfectants from your water is through point-of-use filtration with a high quality carbon filter.

The Multipure family of water filtration systems reduces chlorine and chloramine to the lowest possible levels, and these reductions are tested and certified according to NSF/ANSI Standards.  While many water filters on the market make claims as to the reduction of disinfection chemicals and by-products, many are not effective in reducing chloramine. You must insist on seeing #NSF testing and certification of these claims.  #Multipure drinking water systems lead the industry in contaminant reduction, and this includes the harsh chemicals used to disinfect your water. 

Water2drink.com is pleased to help you choose the proper filter system to meet the needs of your family and home. 

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Transmittable Viruses and Pathogens

Friday, October 17, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water Safety


Cryptosporidium

It’s impossible to ignore the news about the first-ever emergence of the Ebola virus here in the United States. Citizens are quite concerned with the potential to be infected with this rare and deadly virus.

While #Ebola is certainly a grave illness, at this time it is unlikely that the majority of people in the U.S. will come into contact with the virus.  However, there are numerous other non-viral, waterborne parasites that can infect all citizens, even within a treated municipal water delivery system.

For example, the Cryptosporidium pathogen can cause the diarrheal illness cryptosporidiosis. Cryptosporidium is not passed along by insects, but is transmitted by hardy cysts that can be ingested and that result in gastrointestinal infection and illness.  Cryptosporidium can survive for long periods outside a host, and is resistant to common disinfectants including chlorine-based disinfectants.  High concentrations of chlorine disinfection is required to inactivate #Cryptosporidium.  Generally, the required levels of chlorine preclude the use of this #disinfection method as a reliable method to control it in drinking water.

Other microbial pathogens (microorganisms capable of causing disease) such as Giardia, Entamoeba, and Toxoplasma can be transmitted by fecal contamination of surface waters used as drinking water sources, or by other exposures such as touching contaminated soil or eating unwashed fruits and vegetables.

The good news is you can easily protect yourself.  All #Multipure Water Filtration Systems have been NSF tested and certified for 99.95 and over reduction percentage levels of these waterborne microbial cysts.  In addition, a Multipure system will also reduce the chlorine-based disinfectants that are used by municipal water treatment plants. You can check the reduction levels of all contaminants on our Water2Drink website.  The Product Page for each water filtration system contains a link to the Performance Data Sheet which contains that information.  Use your Multipure filtered water for drinking, washing foods, ice cubes, boiling foods, or for any ingestible use.

While #viral and bacterial filtering is still being developed and may be available in the future, you can be assured today that your water is the freshest, cleanest water possible by using a Multipure Water Filtration System. 

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Are You Exposed to PCE?

Friday, October 10, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Water Safety



A recent article in The Washington Post brings to light a new example of neurotoxin exposure in the environment.

Tetrachloroethylene, or PCE, was used by New England’s water utilities to line the insides of water pipes in the late 1960’s.  PCE has been linked to increased risk for stillbirths and other pregnancy complications. PCE is widely used in the dry cleaning industry also, so it may be of concern for many other citizens as well.  The toxin has been linked to mental illness, breast cancer risks, and some birth defects.
 
Unfortunately, PCE was not only found in the New England area.  Contamination has been found on military bases across the country as well, along with water systems in Pennsylvania and California.
 
There is a simple solution to address this problem:  use a Multipure Drinking Water System at your sink or point-of-use water supply to filter your drinking water.  Multipure filters are NSF tested and certified under NSF/ANSI Standard 53 Health Effects to reduce the widest array of water contaminants of health concern of any filter on the market, including PCE. You can find a confirming Performance Data Sheet on our Water2Drink website that will give you the list of all contaminants that are addressed by using a Multipure water filter.
 
If you would like to learn more about PCE, the Environmental Protection Agency has information on their website as well.  Click here for more information about health effects and the EPA’s drinking water regulations.
 
#stillbirth #pregnancy #contamination #Water2Drink #Multipure #PCE #EPA

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Small Community, Big Problem

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety


Recently, an article came across our desk about the water quality in the small community of Wake Forest, NC. The 100+ homes in the neighborhood must contend with discolored water that often contains sediment as well.
 
According to neighbor Wendy Callahan, “Some days we’ll get relatively clear water, but you just don’t know until you turn on the tap.”  President Tom Roberts of the water provider, Aqua North Carolina, calls it an “aesthetic issue” that is not health-based.
 
"We try to treat the most sufficient way we can," Roberts said. "A lot of times that's by adding a sequestrant, which is an additive that keeps it in suspension so it's invisible to the customers."
 
Sequestrant? Invisible? We looked up “sequestrant” and it does not look very appetizing.  Chemical #sequestrants are often used in treatment projects to remove contaminants that adversely affect taste, odor, and color of drinking water.  They do not remove, reduce, or solve the problem; sequestrants appear to just mask the underlying contamination.
 
Obviously, this is a small water treatment facility serving just over 100 homes, much like many smaller communities and towns across the nation.  Typically, small community water utilities are inspected at some regular interval, but they simply do not have funding to provide the optimal water filtration solution for you, their customer. Adding a Multipure Drinking Water Filtration System would provide a buffer to help protect consumers from ingesting many of the “irregularities” that occur between inspections and maintenance cycles.
 
Water2Drink has had personal experience working with small community water users.  Please contact us for more information about how a Multipure system can serve as a final barrier to your water source quality problems.

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The 411 on NSF 401

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety



If you have done any research on water filtration systems, you most likely know that the highest quality systems not only rely on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, but also are tested to, and certified against, NSF International standards. While there are myriad contaminants that are reduced or eliminated by a certified filter, you may not know that currently there is no EPA standard for emerging contaminants in drinking water.

What are emerging contaminants? They are chemicals being discovered that previously have not been detected, or are being detected at significantly different levels than previously acceptable.  These include #pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pathogens, #hormones, #antimicrobials, veterinary drugs and feed additives.  These chemicals can accumulate in human tissue or blood, and are associated with health effects such as endocrine disruption.  The EPA has not been able to create drinking water standards for these emerging compounds, as only recently chemists have been able to measure trace amounts of the #contaminants present in public water supplies.

But now the issue has been identified and #NSF is working to develop a testing standard for emerging contaminants.  A recent issue of Scientific American describes the issue in depth.

The new testing standard is identified as NSF Standard 401: Drinking Water Treatment Units – Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants. Since this is a new unpublished standard and testing protocols have not been finalized, no drinking water filter system can honestly promote that they are in compliance with the new standard, including Multipure’s. However, Dr. Andrew Fenwick, PhD, of Multipure International is actively working on NSF standards committees to help finalize testing protocols. #Multipure will continue to be on the forefront of product testing and standards compliance certification when the new NSF Standard 401 is published.

Keep in touch with us, and we will provide follow up information at Water2Drink.com as it becomes available. 

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Water, Water, Everywhere!

Friday, August 1, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety



By now you have probably seen the news reports about the water main break in Los Angeles, CA, on Wednesday, July 30th. TWENTY MILLION GALLONS were released into the streets of the #UCLA campus.  Sadly, those 20 million gallons of water were lost during the midst of California’s worst #drought in decades.  What the headlines didn’t shout was that the aging #watermain that burst was 93 years old.  Warren G. Harding was inaugurated as the 29th U.S. President in 1921 when that water line was laid and the U.S. formally ended World War I in August of that same year.  That’s ancient!

In fact, most of the pipes that supply drinking water across the country were laid in during the first half of the 20th century.  For many cities, the greatest population growth and urban expansion occurred from the late 1800’s into the 1920’s.  As our water supply infrastructure ages, ruptures like this will occur with increasing regularity.  The concerning thing to note is that the rupture occurred in the water line after the water left the treatment facility. Why is this important to you? 

Breaks like this happen all the time, anywhere between the plant and our homes.  There are 240,000 breaks a year, according to the National Association of Water Companies.  These breaks can allow dirt and contaminants into your #water supply after it has been treated but before it reaches your home. 

Fortunately, there is a solution.  Citizens can protect themselves by using a high quality “final barrier” point-of-use water filtration system like the Multipure Aquaversa.  The Aquaversa, with its solid #carbon block filter technology, is considered to be the most effective method in reducing a wide range of water contaminants of aesthetic and health concern.  To find out how to protect your health and your family, contact #Water2Drink and we will help you determine the right water filtration system for your needs.

Be prepared to protect yourself and your water supply!

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Three Reasons to Skip Bottled Water

Friday, July 11, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Products, Water Safety


The bottled water industry has exploded over the last decade. The effectiveness of the bottled water marketing campaigns has led the general public to believe buying their product is the safer, more convenient way to consume purified water. But you can’t believe all the marketing hype.  Thanks to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), here are some reasons to skip bottled water and find another solution.

1.       1.  What’s in the Bottle? No, not the contents, but within the plastic used to make the bottle. The FDA has disclosed which chemicals are used to make PET plastic (marked with a #1 code), but do you know how many chemicals may be leaching into the water?  An EWG investigation found these plastics contain “dozens of chemical additives, manufacturing impurities and breakdown byproducts – a total of more than 80 potential contaminants that can leach into the water.”

2.       2.  What’s in the Water? In 2008, the EWG found 38 pollutants in 10 brands of bottled water. The bottled water industry, unlike water utility companies, rarely discloses the results of contamination testing on its product.  Yet they claim that bottled water is as safe as tap water. “Given the industry’s refusal to make available data to support its claims, consumers have little reason to be confident in the purity of bottled water,” says the EWG.

3.       3.  Plastic Pollution.  As consumption continues to rise, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that only 29% of plastic bottles were recycled in 2011. This leaves 71% of plastic pollution to pollute waterways, clog landfills, and threaten marine life.

So what is the solution? Filter your tap water and use a reusable bottle.  There is a wide range of water filtration products to fit every budget and each water concern.  A Multipure solid carbon filter, tested and certified to NSF/ANSI standards, provides consumers superior water filtration to deliver healthier water. At Water2Drink.com, we can provide you with affordable, effective alternatives to bottled water.  Our Resource Center has product information, performance data and warranty information to help you select the most effective water filter to fit your needs. Call or visit us online today to explore the hidden costs of bottled water.

Let’s begin eliminating harmful bottles from our world and the planet!

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Making Your Drinking Water Safe in an Emergency

Friday, July 4, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Products, Water Safety



Oh, no! Your community just issued a boil water alert due to a water main break, and the authorities don’t know how long it will last. What will you do to protect your family?

If you own a Multipure Water Emergency Treatment (WET) System, the answer is relatively simple: treat and filter your tap water to make it safe to drink. The WET System comes with everything you will need to produce safe, clean drinking water. Here’s how it works:
1.       1.  Fill the collapsible bucket included in the WET System with tap water to the designated level.
2.       2.  Add the disinfection tablets that are included in the WET system, stir until dissolved, and then let the water stand for a few minutes.
3.       3.  Screw the provided plastic fitting into one of the two Multipure EF8 emergency carbon block filters included in the WET System.
4.       4.  Attach to the fitting the plastic tubing provided in the WET System, and make sure the shutoff valve on the plastic tubing is closed.
5.       5.  Place the bucket on a tabletop or other raised surface and put the EF8 filter inside the bucket, letting the other end of the plastic tubing extend well below the bucket.
6.       6.  Place the open end of the plastic tubing into a suitable container to collect filtered water.
7.       7.  Let the filter soak for a few minutes and then open the shutoff valve on the plastic tubing.
8.       8.  Let gravity pressure do the rest. In very little time, fresh clean water will begin flowing through the EF8 filter and out the plastic tubing into the drinking water container.
9.       9.  When the source water bucket is empty, refill and repeat the process as often as needed until safe water service has been restored.

The WET System becomes your backup drinking water source in case of emergency. The Multipure WET System requires no electricity, hand tools, or anything else except water. Everything you will need is included in the kit.

How do you obtain a Multipure WET System? This product currently is not offered for sale, however, it’s available for FREE when you purchase a new Multipure Drinking Water System for your home or office. Click here for more information about this limited time offer, available from Water2Drink.com.

Prepare now, and be ready when a water emergency strikes in your neighborhood!

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Is Chlorine Good for Your Health?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water Safety



The answer is both yes and no. There is little doubt that adding chlorine to public drinking water supplies to serve as an affordable disinfectant has had the very positive health effect of eliminating a host of water-borne diseases such as cholera. Many people who have become accustomed to drinking tap water even associate the smell of chlorine in their water with it being “safe” to drink. The fact is that chlorine offers health benefits right up to the point where you ingest it. But what then?

The chlorine in treated water is essentially bleach, and it’s unlikely that most people would consider drinking bleach to be good for their health. Medical studies have linked chlorine consumption and associated chlorine byproducts to cancer, heart trouble, premature senility, hardening of the arteries, and a host of other ills. And while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established “safe” levels of chlorine in drinking water supplies, most rational people would prefer to consume none of it. So, what’s the answer?
 
Rather than expect any governmental agency to intervene and change your water treatment process in the near term, individuals can take matters into their own hands and simply begin filtering their drinking water at the point of use. Chlorine is fairly easy to filter out, while at the same time a variety of other potential contaminants that may be present (e.g., cryptosporidium, giardia, MTBE, lead, mercury, arsenic, asbestos, etc.) will be eliminated or significantly reduced as well. The simplest and most cost-effective solution is to filter water through a high quality compressed carbon block filter.
 
Would you like to see a demonstration of how such a filter effectively strips chlorine out of tap water?
 
Then click on the link below to see a short 1-minute video on YouTube.com. Most swimming pool owners are familiar with a chemical solution called OTO that is used to test the concentration of chlorine in pool water – the darker the water color after adding OTO, the more chlorine is present. The video shows a simple OTO test of tap water and a comparison to water drawn from the same source but pushed through a compressed carbon block drinking water filter.
 
You can try this test yourself at home or work. Even if you don’t own a drinking water filter yet, you can use OTO solution (obtainable from any pool supply store) to measure how much chlorine is in your tap water. Be warned, however, that once you begin filtering your tap water, you will be amazed at how quickly you and your family become “water snobs” and refuse to drink or cook with unfiltered water!


                                                          

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The Final Barrier

Monday, June 2, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety



You may believe that the water coming out of your tap is safe to drink, especially if you live in or near a metropolitan area with water supplied by a municipal treatment facility. But it may not be as safe as you think.

There are numerous potential points of failure between the treatment facility and your water glass.  The Water Quality Association has provided information on how to Protect Your Family that describes the “Final Barrier” concept.

The best way to control the quality of your water is by using what is known as a Final Barrier Solution, such as a quality drinking water filtration system.  Installed at the point of use (typically, your kitchen sink), a high-performance, low maintenance water filtration system will provide you peace of mind. This is the #finalbarrier between the municipal delivery system and your water glass.

But not all water filtration systems are equal.  The water quality is improved only if you can identify the contaminants that are present in your #water, and you have the ability to certify that these contaminants are reduced or eliminated. The simplest way to provide such verification is if the filter has been submitted for independent performance testing and certification, such as that provided by NSF International.

The #Multipure line of drinking water filtration systems have all been NSF tested and certified.  In this era of transparency, Water2Drink.com provides Product Performance information so you can understand the product design and determine which filter is right for your home.

You can build your Final Barrier with information, education, and a certified Multipure Water Filtration System from Water2Drink.  Please contact us if you need assistance in determining your needs.

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