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Mapping A Contamination Crisis

Friday, June 30, 2017 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety

While the ease and convenience of modern chemical and industrial compounds improve our daily lives, there is a cost to not only to the environment, but also to consumers. Add to that the current US Government’s disengagement with policies and procedures for protecting its’ citizens, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Fortunately, there is still third-party, independent research and reporting that is available to concerned citizens. Recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) posted an online interactive map to help locate those communities that are contaminated with toxic chemicals.  “Mapping A Contamination Crisis” is a collaboration between the EWG and the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northwestern (IL) to provide “federal drinking water data and information on all publicly documented cases of PFAS pollution from manufacturing plants, military air bases, civilian airports and fire training sites.”

“PFCs – highly fluorinated toxic chemicals, also known as PFASs, that have been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, weakened immunity and other health problems  – continues to expand with no end in sight,” states the EWG. In fact, the EPA has established health advisories for these contaminants so that local and state officials can take actions to protect citizens.

According to an article in PRWEB dated September 2, 2016, “the myriad uses of PFCs are major contributors to their widespread danger. Used in both food packaging as well as a large assortment of products designed to be resistant to heat, oil, grease, and water, these chemicals have been found in higher-than-recommended concentrations in 33 of the 50 states in the country. And because it can take years for the human body to dispose of PFCs once ingested, people are prone to PFC accumulation and increased chances of negative health effects. Furthermore, the EHP study finds that young children exposed to these contaminants are more likely to suffer from decreased levels of immunity against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, and influenza, even with prior vaccination.”

The actions taken by your local water authority are necessary and beneficial. Despite this, wouldn’t you want to take any actions yourself that would prevent the ingestion of PFCs? In fact, the Minnesota Department of Health determined in 2008 that “the use of carbon block filters were effective in treating the presence of PFCs (which include the aforementioned perfluoroalkyl substances as well as perfluorooctanoic acids, perfluorooctane sulfanate, perfluorobutanoic acids, and other perfluoro- chemicals) in drinking water. And because carbon block filters treat the presence of PFCs through the action of physiochemical adsorption, increasing the surface area and density of the filter medium dramatically increases its effectiveness while also compensating for some of the drawbacks of granular activated carbon (GAC) and RO filtration methods.”

In simpler terms: Water2Drink believes using a solid carbon block water filtration system such as a Multipure Drinking Water System “offers a vastly greater carbon surface area to filter PFCs, without the propensity for channeling that affects GAC. This makes them an ideal point-of-use filtration method to treat PFCs.” encourages you to visit the link above to the interactive EWG map, and to study the effects of PFCs in your local water supply. Remember, if you don’t filter your water, YOU become the filter! 

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The Million Dollar Club!

Friday, April 28, 2017 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Products, Water Safety

Multipure is pleased to recognize for the extraordinary achievement in reaching $1,000,000 or more in product sales. It is a rare achievement, and those who reach it have proven their dedication and sales ability.

Water2Drink – Ron New and Brian Browning

Hailing from Virginia, Network Director Ron New has been a Multipure Distributor for over 30 years. Although he was introduced to Multipure as a customer in 1983, … it took five years before Ron joined the business opportunity, enticed by the prospects of the compensation plan. While he is well aware of Multipure’s superior quality, and of the benefits of drinking healthy water, he also understands the tremendous value of Multipure’s products and the way Multipure’s business opportunity can help support his family; because of this, he feels it is his responsibility to educate everyone about the need to #filter their water and the benefits of #Multipure.

Under the business name of Water2Drink, Ron and his behind-the-scenes business partner, Brian Browning, have found tremendous success with Multipure; it is through this success and Ron’s decades of experience that they have learned that successful Distributors must possess strong knowledge, belief, and communication ability. Distributors must be knowledgeable about the challenges people face with their water, and about the ways Multipure products address those challenges. Distributors must believe in the power of Multipure’s products, and understand that they are truly helping address real and urgent health concerns. And Distributors must be able to communicate this information effectively, accurately, and frequently in order to build trusted relationships, both with customers and with prospects.

The key to Ron’s – and Water2Drink’s – achievement is his attitude toward the business as a whole. Becoming a Distributor is just the first step. Although the need for clean water is urgent, and the market is growing because of this need, commitment and dedication in time and resources is necessary for true success. He states, “Your only real limit is your own drive to succeed in this business. Success is not easy or automatic, but it’s not hard either. Focused, consistent efforts are what it will take to attain your personal goals for your Multipure business.”

Congratulations to Ron and Brian for this exceptional achievement, the #MillionDollarClub!

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Something You Should Know about TDS (Hint: It's not a cable channel)

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water Safety

You may have heard about water filtration pitchers or filter systems that claim to remove Total Dissolved Solids from drinking water. While this may sound like a benefit and perhaps convince you to purchase that product, let’s take a look at the bigger picture.

While scary sounding on a marketing label, total dissolved solids (TDS) bear a little more examination. According to the World Health Organization, “TDS in water supplies originate from natural sources, sewage, urban and agricultural run-off, and industrial #wastewater. Salts used for road de-icing can also contribute to the TDS loading of water supplies.”  Of course, this type of #TDS would certainly be considered harmful.  However, the #WHO also states that the term total dissolved solids, “describe(s) the inorganic salts and small amounts of organic matter present in solution in water. The principal constituents are usually calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium cations and carbonate, hydrogencarbonate, chloride, sulfate, and nitrate anions.” Many of these are actually dissolved minerals that are vital to the health of the human body.

We here at #Water2Drink want to share this short, informative video from Multipure International. In it, Kenton Jones, Vice President of Marketing, demonstrates that, while certain #water samples are shown to contain no TDS, those samples are indeed most harmful to your health!

The Multipure family of Drinking Water Systems is NSF-tested and certified to reduce turbidity and submicron particulate matter.  However, #Multipure Drinking Water Systems do NOT remove the healthful dissolved minerals that your body needs, such as calcium, sodium and magnesium. 

Please be sure to evaluate all health claims of the drinking water system you may be considering. is your resource that is available to help you look past the marketing hype and pinpoint the Multipure filter that is right for you. 

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Simply the Best

Monday, February 13, 2017 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Products, Water Safety

Once again, the Multipure MP750SB has been rated #1 in the “Undersink Water Filter” review category of a major consumer product review and ratings magazine. The Multipure Aquaversa “MP750SB” is listed in a chart at the bottom of Page 33 in the March 2017 edition of the magazine. was founded in 2003 on the basis of providing the absolute best water filtration products. We believed then, and still believe, that the #Multipure Drinking Water Systems family of products is the best available filter on the market. Multipure’s family – the AquaVersa, the AquaPerform, the AquaRO, and the AquaLuxe (the “next generation” of water filtration) – consistently  rank as the highest rated in performance, not only by major news publications, but also by NSF International, an independent 3rd party that certifies the performance claims of manufacturers. #NSF provides clear, concise documentation of what contaminants are reduced, and the percentage of reduction. Multipure products provide industry-leading reductions of the widest range of contaminants at an affordable price. If you are comparing water filtration systems, be sure to look for the NSF performance data sheets for any product you consider for purchase.

We here at #Water2Drink want you to experience clean, fresh water. Once you have purchased a Multipure product, Multipure offers a 90-day, no questions asked, satisfaction guarantee. However, this generous full product price return policy is rarely used! The majority of our customers (99%+) not only keep the Multipure filter, they also will share their positive experience with friends and family. Wouldn’t you want your loved ones to be protected from the onslaught of contaminated water events that are occurring all over the nation? is ready to answer your questions and help guide you to the best Multipure Drinking Water System for your family. We want you to be healthy, happy….. and simply the best!

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Not Everything Should be Bigger in Texas

Sunday, January 15, 2017 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety

A recent News4SA (San Antonio News) report warns nearby residents that for almost a year, they have had #asbestos – a LOT of asbestos – in their drinking water. And regarding asbestos, the familiar #Texas slogan definitely should not apply.

The leaders of Devine, TX, about 40 miles southwest of San Antonio, don’t know how the problem occurred but they are “reassuring residents… that the water is safe.”

According to the News4SA report, the “Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) records reveal one reading in January of 44.3 MFL – more than six times the maximum contamination limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency. In October of last year, two samples contained more than twice the limit.” Officials hope that these numbers reveal it’s a sampling problem, instead of a full contamination of the drinking water.

The general public often assumes that their suppliers of drinking water (either their local government or private companies) are aware of #EPA guidelines, and that the suppliers provide all possible deterrents to water contamination. However, this situation shows that, even while the drinking water supplier (in this case, the city of #Devine) is aware of the EPA regulations, they cannot always know when or how contamination occurs. Often, system-wide drinking water contamination is detected well after the contamination has occurred, and residents are left wondering, “How long have I been drinking contaminated water?”

The only effective way to ensure you are drinking fresh, clean water is to claim responsibility for your water cleanliness. It has been said that, if you are not filtering your water, then YOU become the filter.  You can rely on the Multipure Drinking Water Systems solution. Each #Multipure Drinking Water System is NSF-tested and certified to effectively reduce contaminants nearly 99%, sometimes more, including asbestos.

#Water2Drink provides a personal, professional approach to helping you select the best Multipure Drinking Water System for your family. We can help you learn which contaminants may be a problem in your area, and which Multipure system will serve you best. Contact today for more information. 

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Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Water Safety

Remember the movie, Erin Brockovich? The March, 2000, movie is a biographical film based on the true story of Ms. #Brockovich, a legal crusader who fought Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California for releasing Chromium VI (or, hexavalent chromium), which made its way into the public drinking water system in Hinkley, CA.

While some of the events of the movie may be dramatized for effect, chromium-6 is a very real contaminant with serious side effects. It is a human #carcinogen when inhaled, and can increase the risk of lung cancer. Skin irritation, asthma, perforated nasal septa, nosebleed, nasal cancer, sinus cancer, eye damage, kidney and liver damage, pulmonary congestion and edema, gastric pain, and erosion/discoloration of one’s teeth are all health effects associated with exposure to chromium-6.

You may believe this problem was limited to just California, but a recent report from the Environmental Working Group (#EWG) states that “Under an Environmental Protection Agency program, from 2013 to 2015, local water utilities took more than 60,000 water samples and found chromium-6 in more than 75 percent of samples” (emphasis added). Furthermore, while certain large cities such as Phoenix, Houston, and Los Angeles have the highest levels of contamination, the EWG reports, “every U.S. water system serving more than 1 million people has chromium-6 concentrations that could be harmful.”

Water2Drink is proud to exclusively offer Multipure International’s family of Drinking Water Filtration Systems. With the recent prevalence of news stories regarding #chromium-6, Multipure has released a statement which specifically addresses the solutions offered by Multipure systems. Specifically:
  • “Multipure’s AquaRO Reverse Osmosis system is NSF-certified under Standard 58 for the reduction of Chromium VI.
  • Additionally, Multipure has performed independent testing on the CB6 filter cartridge for the reduction of Chromium VI, and the filter was able to meet Standard 53 performance for reduction of Chromium VI for a capacity of 600 gallons. However, because the published capacity of the CB6 filter is 750 gallons, we are unable to add an NSF-certified claim at that rated capacity.” (Note: the CB6 filter is for the Aquaversa family of drinking water systems. – Water2Drink)
  • “Multipure is in the process of full NSF certification for the Aqualuxe Drinking Water System for the reduction of Chromium VI, which will meet Standard 53 performance for its certified capacity of 500 gallons. We look forward to adding this claim to the Aqualuxe in the near future.”
If you would like more information, EWG has produced an interactive map to see if your county was included in the recent chromium-6 testing, and whether tap water systems in your area are affected. You can also contact with questions, and we can help you determine the best Multipure Drinking Water System for your specific filtration needs.

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Is Your Community the Next Headline?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety

As you probably have heard, the community of Flint, MI, is dealing with the repercussions of poor city management decisions that resulted in a massive contamination of the city’s water supply. While this community was fortunate to have researchers from #VirginiaTech discover the crisis, just who is looking out for the health of YOUR community’s water?

A recent Washington Post article highlights a report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the organization whose members continue to fight for safe, clean drinking water across the country. Founded in 1970, today the NRDC’s leadership team “makes sure the organization continues to work to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.” The not-for-profit #NRDC partners with local communities and their representatives, businesses and citizens to work on environmental issues facing their community.

This NRDC report, dated June 28, 2016, discusses the shortcomings and violations of the Environmental Protection Agency’s policies, and illustrates “the extraordinary geographic scope of America’s lead crisis. In 2015, 18 million people were served by water systems with lead violations. These violations were recorded because the systems were not doing everything that they are required to do to protect the public from lead issues….” Surprisingly (and frighteningly), #Flint, MI didn’t show up in the EPA database as having violations of EPA requirements. The Washington Post article goes on, "In almost 90 percent of cases, neither the states nor the #EPA takes any formal enforcement action," said co-author Erik Olson, who directs the [NRDC] advocacy group's health programs."  Thankfully, local water customers and communities nationwide have organizations such as the NRDC to help alert and advocate for them.

So how can you and your neighbors protect your health? By installing an effective point-of-use drinking water filter, such as a Multipure Drinking Water System.  Only the #Multipure family of drinking water systems provide you with a solid carbon block filter that is NSF-tested and certified for high-level reduction of #lead contamination.  The inexpensive faucet-attached or pitcher type filters sold in retail stores may advertise a carbon filter; however, these filters are often nothing more than granulated charcoal. While granulated charcoal may help reduce chlorine taste and odor, they are not NSF-certified to reduce contaminants such as lead, mercury, BPA’s, arsenic, and emerging compounds.  Every Multipure Drinking Water System sold by comes with certified NSF Performance Data, which clearly shows the contaminant reduction capacity.

#Water2Drink highly recommends that you take a moment to read these informative articles to determine if your local water source is at risk of contamination through its delivery process.  Then, contact us so that we can help you select the Multipure Drinking Water System that is right for you and your family. 

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It's Not Just the Chlorine

Friday, June 3, 2016 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety

With the nation’s attention focused on the ongoing lead poisoning of Flint, Michigan’s drinking water, you may be re-examining your own local water source and the ways in which your municipality disinfects it.

Many cities, towns, and smaller water associations may use chorine as a primary disinfectant. But recently, the use of chloramines as a secondary disinfectant has increased since chloramines can help reduce the regrowth of microorganisms during the transport of water between the treatment plant and consumers. However, there is an increasing cause for concern regarding the use of chloramines in addition to chlorine as a disinfection agent.

A recent article on the Water Technology website states that, “Inorganic chloramines are increasingly chosen as secondary disinfectant treatments for drinking water in municipal water systems because they are less chemically reactive than free #chlorine. They produce fewer disinfection byproducts than chlorine, and they survive longer during drinking water distribution to consumers.” The article by Dr. Joseph Cotruvo, Technical Editor and former director of the EPA Drinking Water Standards Division, goes on to say that updated Environmental Protection Agency regulations regarding total trihalomethanes (TTHM), “tightened compliance computation requirement in 2006. All of these [updated regulations] increased the numbers of water systems likely to be out of compliance with TTHMs or HAAs and led many to change to the chloramine approach.”

Do you wonder why Water2Drink worries about chloramines, and why you should too? As with chlorine, the disinfection qualities of #chloramines can be quite beneficial, right up until the point of ingesting them in your water. Chloramines are harmful to kidneys and can negatively affect kidney dialysis patients. Swimming pools, enclosed fountains, and other indoor treated water sources will release chloramines, which must then be vented properly so as to avoid respiratory irritation. This too can negatively affect citizens with asthma and other respiratory illness.

And in addition, the use of chloramines results in changes to the treated water chemistry which in turn disintegrates old #lead water lines, releasing lead into the treated water as it travels into your home or business. That is exactly what happened in #Flint.

There is a highly effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones. Install a point-of-use, solid carbon block Multipure Drinking Water System! A Multipure Drinking Water System will become the final barrier to the increasing hazards of municipally treated water. exclusively sells the Multipure family of Drinking Water Systems which are NSF-tested and certified to reduce not only chlorine, but also chloramines to NSF/ANSI Standard 42 (>98.3% reduction), and TTHMs to NSF/ANSI Standard 53 (>99.8% reduction). Multipure Drinking Water Systems also reduce lead, mercury, radon, and a multitude of other contaminants.  Contact today and let us help you make the best selection of a Multipure Drinking Water System for your family.

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Helping the Children

Friday, May 6, 2016 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Water Safety

Recently, a quote came across the desk here at

“There is no such thing as ‘other people’s children.’” (Glennon Doyle Melton/#Momastery blog) and Multipure International are family-based businesses. Together, we believe that everyone should be able to drink high quality, clean, healthy water at an affordable price. The recent events of water-based #lead poisoning in Flint, MI, highlight the obligation we have to provide clean, fresh water, the most basic of human needs, to children that are affected by this disaster.

Multipure has announced that through its Pure Foundation, it will be providing up to 1,800 children and families in #Flint with Multipure’s certified lead-reducing (up to 99.9%) water filters.  The Pure Foundation is collaborating with the Flint Boys and Girls Club to install and maintain Multipure Drinking Water Systems at no charge.  These Multipure Drinking Water Systems will provide these children and families safe and clean drinking water, both in their homes and at the Boys and Girls Club location.

We invite you to view this video, where Multipure’s Executive Vice President, Jennifer Rice, speaks about the Flint crisis and how the Pure Foundation has an action plan in place to help these families. 

You can be a part of this movement as well!  Please contact Water2Drink if you’d like to purchase and donate a #Multipure Drinking Water System for the children of Flint.  You can also donate your used Multipure Drinking Water System, if you are planning to upgrade your existing system.  There is no such thing as other people’s children. The crises that happen to children eventually affect all of us.  Getting involved on behalf of these children will make an enormous difference in their lives.  Thank you.

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Small Community, Big Problem

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Water Safety

Would you want your water source to contain diesel fuel? How about having an unlined wastewater pond nearby that contains chemicals like benzene and xylene? Fracking fluids in your morning beverage?

A case study of a small Wyoming town reveals that practices common in the fracking industry may have widespread impacts on drinking water resources.  Residents of Pavillion, WY, had concerns when their drinking water became fouled in both taste and odor. So they complained, and in 2011 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a report that put the 231 residents directly in the middle of the expanding debate over hydraulic fracturing, or as it is commonly known, “fracking.”
“The EPA report, which linked shallow fracking to toxic compounds in aquifers, was met with heavy criticism from the drilling industry as well as state oil and gas regulators. Three years later, having never finalized its findings, #EPA turned its investigation over to Wyoming. The state released a series of reports without firm conclusions, and, as of last month, has said it has no firm plans to take further action. In the meantime, the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has advised area residents to avoid bathing, cooking or drinking with water from their taps,” says an article in the Stanford News. On March 29, 2016, Stanford University published a new study in Environmental Science & Technology that finds the Pavillion #fracking operations “have had clear impact to underground sources of drinking water.”
While this is only one community’s story, there are myriad news articles and information indicating that fracking creates widespread impact to our underground water supply. As Rob Jackson, Co-author of the #Stanford study, states, “There are no rules that would stop a company from doing this anywhere else.”  Jackson also states, “The EPA has consistently walked away from investigations where people and the environment appear to have been harmed" by fracking's impact on groundwater.”  And lead author Dominic DiGiulio adds, "This is a wake-up call.  It's perfectly legal to inject stimulation fluids into underground drinking water resources. This may be causing widespread impacts on drinking water resources."
The only way to ensure your water source is protected against fracking fluids that are a toxic mix of chemicals, fuels, and acids, is to use a point-of-use water filter such as a Multipure Drinking Water System.  Each member of the Multipure family of Drinking Water Systems employs submicron (0.5 micron) solid carbon block technology that uses mechanical filtration, electrokinetic adsorption and chemical/physical adsorption processes.  The #carbon filtration performance is independently tested and certified by NSF International. Every #Multipure Drinking Water System also comes with its own Performance Data Sheet, which lists contaminants and the percent of reduction of each. can help you understand how your local water source may be affected by chemical, metals, and other contaminants.  Learn why #Water2Drink and millions of satisfied people worldwide have selected Multipure products as a better way to support healthy lifestyle efforts.

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Lessons from Flint, Michigan

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety

Nearly every news source recently has been reporting about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Many Americans are now concerned, and rightfully so, about the decisions that are made in their communities and cities regarding the quality of their local water source.

The Flint crisis began long before the water contamination, when the community drastically declined after the auto industry shut their doors. Many residents left the area, and of those that stayed behind, about 40% of residents are below the poverty line. The city was declared to be in a financial state of emergency in 2011, and the state took control of the budget. During that time, the state made crucial life-changing decisions that have now affected every resident of #Flint. “’When the governor appointed an emergency financial manager (in 2011), that person came here ... to simply do one thing and one thing only, and that's cut the budget, at any cost,’” said Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee,” according to an online article posted on CNN. So, the state switched the water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River, notorious for its contamination.

Once residents began to notice the change in their water, they began to ask questions. Initially thought to be sewage by some residents, in fact the brown water was found to be iron. “The Flint River is highly corrosive: 19 times more so than the Lake Huron supply, according to researchers from Virginia Tech,” says the CNN article. The problems began when the #FlintRiver water was provided to consumers without an anti-corrosive treatment, so the water eroded the iron water mains, turning the water brown. Additionally, “About half of the service lines to homes in Flint are made of lead and because the water wasn't properly treated, #lead began leaching into the water supply, in addition to the iron.” Now, Flint residents realize they have been drinking water filled with lead contamination.

This scenario played out for nearly two years, with city and state officials telling residents that “everything was fine.” But in August, 2015, a group of #VirginiaTech researchers conducted in-home testing. They discovered elevated lead levels in the water and went public with the information.

While this has happened in an impoverished city, it also highlights how quickly one single action taken by a government or municipal agency can affect hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of residents of both small towns and large cities alike. There are questions about why the state and local officials denied the problem for almost two years before residents were informed of the lead contamination. And if your local water source is being properly treated with disinfectants and federally mandated anti-corrosion agents, are those chemicals and by-products something you want in YOUR water supply?

The only effective way to know for certain that your water is clean, fresh, and free of contamination and water treatment chemicals is to own a high quality point-of-use water filtration system. The system that you choose should be NSF-tested and certified to reduce the greatest number of contaminants, such as the Multipure family of water filtration systems. can provide you with information regarding the certification of Multipure Drinking Water Systems and help you select the best system for you and your family’s needs.

Education is powerful. Take control of your own health and your water supply by using a Multipure Drinking Water System. Contact Water2Drink for help buying the best system for your family, and know that your decision will protect you and your health for years to come.

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H. Allen Rice

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Products, Water Safety shares the sad news of the passing of H. Allen Rice, Co-Founder of Multipure International.

As shared by the Rice family, “Allen worked tirelessly throughout his life to help others achieve success.  As many of you know, his passion for Multipure knew no bounds.  He was completely dedicated to the success of the Multipure family of distributors and staff members.  His loss is one that will no doubt be felt by many given the thousands of lives he has touched over the years.   The love and pride Allen had for the Multipure family was clearly evident on his face whenever he spoke.  He ultimately created a legacy that we are confident will continue for years to come… a legacy that can be seen in the love and passion embodied in our Multipure family that we hold near and dear to our hearts.”

Allen passed peacefully on November 14, 2015. He was 78 years old.

You can read the full obituary for H. Allen Rice on Multipure’s website, here

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Toxic Heavy Metals

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Water Safety

We hear a lot about the dangers of lead exposure and poisoning, but there are other metals that can cause damage to the human body. Mercury is another contaminant against which you want to protect yourself.

Mercury (Hg) is a silvery metal that is liquid under normal conditions. It forms a variety of organic and inorganic compounds, including Hg+1 and Hg+2 salts, oxides and sulfides, as well as organometallic compounds like dimethylmercury and methylmercuric chloride. You may remember playing with mercury as a child in science class or, if you broke an old-fashioned thermometer, pushing mercury droplets around and watching them join up with the others. Today, #mercury and its compounds have many commercial and industrial uses. The metal has been used in #thermometers, barometers, other scientific instruments, and as a seal in some electrical switches. Mercury vapor is used in streetlights and florescent lamps. The salts, which are poisonous, have been used as biocides. Until 1991, interior latex paints commonly contained mercuric fungicides. It is also used in dental amalgams, alloys that are formed with other metals such as gold or silver.

While mercury has many useful applications, it is poisonous and can enter the body through inhalation, ingestion, or directly through the skin. It is an accumulating contaminant that can build up in the kidneys, and causes severe illness and death.

While you may be able to avoid direct inhalation or skin contact with mercury, mercury contamination is common in #water sources. The Environmental Protection Agency (#EPA) lists the major sources of mercury contamination are discharges from factories/refineries, erosion of natural deposits, and runoff from croplands and landfills.  According to Water Technology, “In the article, [Dr.] Cotruvo lists the following water treatment options for mercury: Conventional coagulation, sedimentation and filtration can remove about 80 percent of inorganic mercury and about 30 percent of organic mercury.” (emphasis added).

The entire family of Multipure Drinking Water Systems are NSF-tested and certified to reduce mercury from your drinking water source by 99%, along with other many other contaminants such as lead, radon, and PCBs. Since 1970, #Multipure has been an industry leader in the manufacture of compressed solid-carbon filters that address new and existing contaminants. Contact today and let us help you choose the best Multipure Drinking Water System for your home and family.

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Corrosive Contaminants

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Water Safety

A recent statement by the Environmental Protection Agency says it will help Flint, Michigan develop plans to implement lead and corrosion reduction in the city’s service lines.

“The EPA said that while city water is within allowable levels for lead, it has ‘recommended that Flint implement corrosion control treatment as soon as possible since the city’s lead service lines can leach lead into the drinking water if left untreated,’” says the Sept. 9th statement to The Flint Journal-MLive website.

This statement was issued a day after Virginia Tech University warned Flint residents not to use the tap water for drinking or cooking without flushing the lines before using. The #VirginiaTech researchers also recommended using a water filter to remove lead.

Lead contaminated service lines are common across the U.S., and #lead contamination of drinking water occurs with regularity as these lines age and deteriorate underground. “Even at low levels, lead may cause a range of health effects, including behavioral problems and learning disabilities, according to the #EPA,” which also highlights these effects pose the most risk to children 6 years old and younger.

If you are not using a water filter, your internal organs become the filter. To protect your vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, and endocrine system from corrosive contaminants, #Water2Drink believes everyone should use an effective, point-of-use water filtration system such as a Multipure Drinking Water System. The #Multipure family of Drinking Water Systems address contaminants such as lead, #arsenic, mercury, PCBs, and emerging contaminants such as prescription drugs, #pesticides, and flame retardants. The reduction of these contaminants is tested and certified by NSF International, the public health and safety organization.

Contact today and let us help you determine if your local water is at risk for lead or other corrosion contaminants. If it is, we are here to explain the Multipure solution and how you can protect your health.

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Are Your Elected Officials Working For You?

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety

This summer, Maine Governor Paul LePage vetoed bipartisan legislation in that state that had been proposed to improve testing and treatment of private residential drinking wells. Some areas in Maine are hotspots for arsenic: “In Gorham, an overwhelming 57 percent of our private wells are contaminated with too-high arsenic levels, while arsenic contaminates 47.5 percent of Scarborough’s private drinking water and 41.2 percent of wells in Buxton,” says an article by state Senator Amy Volk in the #Portland Press Harold.

Additionally, other representatives felt the health hazards presented by the ongoing #arsenic contamination warranted no concern. According to the Maine Beacon, “conservative ideologues led by Rep. Deb Sanderson (R-Chelsea) and Sen. Eric Brakey (R-Auburn) argued that government has no useful role in protecting public health, and that people should be left alone to use the Yellow Pages to find private sector solutions.”

Arsenic is a naturally occurring mineral that is dissolved from weathered rock and soil. Arsenic occurs in ground water not only in #Maine, New Hampshire and New England, but there are also widespread concentrations in the west, mid-west, and Texas. While it is a naturally occurring substance, the Environmental Protection Agency has set the maximum contaminant level at 10 parts per billion. Arsenic contamination, along with other elements such as uranium, manganese, and #radon, can adversely affect IQ scores and developmental milestones in children. Arsenic exposure can be seen in skin issues, such as pigmentation changes, while long-term exposure can cause skin, lung, bladder and kidney #cancers. Arsenic contamination is a serious threat to the public health, and it is surprising that some of those elected to represent and protect their citizens are not more proactive in providing funding for education, testing, and treatment.

If your elected officials are not supporting clean water efforts, you can provide your family with healthful water by using a point-of-use water filtration system that is NSF-tested and certified to reduce arsenic and other contaminants. The Multipure Aquaperform (MP880) Drinking Water System is one of the most technologically advanced water treatment devices available. It reduces a wide range of contaminants of health concern, INCLUDING arsenic. Contact today to learn more about arsenic and how the #Multipure Aquaperform MP880 family of Drinking Water Systems can protect your family.

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The Animas River Spill

Friday, August 14, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Water Safety

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By now you’ve probably seen the news of the recent pollution at the Gold King Mine near #Durango, Colorado. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), tasked with monitoring and assessing abandoned mines, accidentally destroyed a dam that contained heavy metals used in gold mining. About three million gallons of contaminated waste water spilled into a tributary of the Animas River.

Just last week, #Water2Drink blogged our belief that the EPA is a reliable resource of information regarding the laws and regulations for clean water, air, and land issues. We stand by that position and believe the #EPA has been forthcoming about the scope of the damage. The EPA is working with the local agencies and state officials to respond to citizen’s concerns and ensure the health and safety of the river and surrounding environment, and of those citizens whose water source has been impacted.

As a result of this accident, CBS News reports that “the plume of heavy metals, including arsenic and lead, flowed into southwest Colorado’s #Animas River and also into the San Juan River in New Mexico.” As the cleanup continues, these #heavymetals will be present in aquifers and other water sources unless removed by water utility companies. According to the CBS News website, “The EPA said it will be Monday at least, but perhaps take weeks more, before test results can help show what hazardous materials are in the water. The higher the concentrations, the higher the cost of removing heavy metals.”

If you have been impacted by the Animas River spill in #Colorado or #NewMexico, you can protect your health and the health of your family by using a point-of-use water filtration system in your home. The Multipure Aquaperform Drinking Water System (MP880 series) is one of the most technologically advanced water treatment systems available for the home. It effectively reduces heavy metal contaminants such as lead to 99.3%, mercury to 99%, and arsenic up to 99.9%. These reductions are tested and certified independently by NSF International, a noted authority. The #Multipure MP880 series is also economical to own, as its’ long filter life provides up to a year’s capacity of heavy metal reduction for just pennies a gallon.

Contact today to learn more about the Multipure Aquaperform MP880 and how it can reduce the greatest number of contaminants, providing you with peace of mind during an uncertain water event such as this.

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More Lead in the Water?

Friday, July 24, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety

Lead contamination in drinking water is still a concern to some U.S. citizens, and if it’s not, it should be. A new study, “Lead Release to Drinking Water from Galvanized Steel Pipe Coatings,” (Brandi Clark, Sheldon Vaughn Masters, and Marc Edwards, #VirginiaTech, Blacksburg, VA,) reveals that galvanized steel pipe is being demonstrated as a source of lead contamination in drinking water. The study can be accessed for free until Aug. 22, 2015, on the Environmental Engineering Science website.

Galvanized pipe is a steel pipe that is covered with a protective layer of zinc. This type of pipe was installed as water lines in many homes built in the last century. Over time, zinc erodes from the galvanized pipe, allowing corrosion to build up on the inside of the pipe, resulting in the potential for lead accumulation and contamination.

While consumers may have had water lines replaced in their home, #galvanizedpipes may still exist outside the home; therefore, consumers are susceptible to lead contamination between the municipal water source and their home.

The only way to prevent lead contamination in your drinking water is to use a point-of-use drinking water filter that is NSF-tested and certified for lead reduction. Boiling water does not reduce lead levels, nor do pitcher/drip #waterfilters that you fill with tap water. Filtered water should be used for all food and drink preparation, including infant formula, concentrated juices, ice cubes, and washing fruits and vegetables.

All Multipure Drinking Water Systems lead the industry in contaminant reduction, including lead. Multipure’s exclusive compressed, activated solid carbon block filter reduces the widest range of health-concerning contaminants. However, it does not remove healthful minerals needed by the body, requires no electricity, and adds no #salt or #silver to the water.

Think of it this way: if you’re not using a water filter, you become the filter.  Contact #Water2Drink today and let us help you select a #Multipure Drinking Water System that best meets your needs.

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Parasites in the Pool?

Friday, June 19, 2015, in Health, Water Safety

While splashing around in a chlorinated pool or drinking water from a backyard hose are common summer activities, you may not consider the potential problems of the Cryptosporidium and Giardia parasites. These microorganisms are the most common of parasites in U.S. drinking water and can make you miserable if ingested.

Both parasites are fecal intestinal parasites of warm blooded animals and there are several species of each, some of which can infect humans. The most vulnerable victims are infants, children, or people with compromised immune systems, but healthy people can also suffer symptoms for a few days up to several weeks. You might think that the disinfectant chlorine used in pools and drinking water treatment would kill these parasites, but in fact they are more resistant to chlorine than bacteria, and Cryptosporidium is completely resistant to chlorination.

While you may not be able to avoid all exposure while using public spaces such as pools or water parks, you can greatly reduce or remove these and other microorganisms from your drinking water using microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and reverse osmosis. The entire family of Multipure Drinking Water Systems are NSF-tested and certified for 99.95% reduction of not only Cryptosporidium and Giardia, but also Entamoeba and Toxoplasma as well.

Reduce your exposure by always using a Multipure Drinking Water System. Contact to learn how the solid carbon block filter can filter particles to the submicron level, including cysts.

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Down the Drain

Monday, May 25, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Products, Water Safety

The decision to purchase and use a water filtration system is hopefully the beginning of consumer awareness of the quality of and care for our fresh water sources. By the time a consumer makes that choice to invest in their health, he or she has typically uncovered the poor quality of not only their local water supply, but may have also uncovered larger, farther-reaching concerns regarding the impact of purchasing choices on the global water supply.

An article in this week’s New York Times online introduces us to Stiv Wilson, an environmental advocate who has taken on the battle against microbeads. Microbeads (or, #microplastics) are those miniscule colorful dots contained in toothpaste, hand sanitizers, facial cleansers, and other cosmetic products. But once the product is rinsed away, the beads rinse away with it and end up into our water sources. “By the billions,” according to Rachel Abrams' article. “‘The effect is similar to grinding up plastic water bottles, other products of concern to environmentalists, and pumping them into oceans and lakes. But because microbeads are small enough to be ingested by fish and other marine life, they can carry other pollutants into the food chain.’”

While four states (IL, ME, NJ, and CO) have restricted the use of #microbeads, there is no federal mandate at this time to restrict or ban synthetic particles, or even to require the development and use of biodegradable beads. But consumers can make responsible personal choices, deciding not to purchase or use products that contain microbeads. “Consumers have more outlets than ever to voice concerns about products, particularly online, where a whisper of danger can turn into a roar. Seeing the effect on their sales, manufacturers have increasingly faced pressure to respond to those concerns,” says Ms. Abrams. The only way we can prevent this microscopic plastic pollution in our waters is by insisting the products we buy are responsibly produced.

In the meantime, the use of a solid carbon block filter, such as a Multipure Drinking Water System from #Water2Drink, will effectively remove these particles from your drinking water. All Multipure systems are NSF tested and certified to the submicron level, using both mechanical filtration and electrokinetic adsorption to capture particulate matter. As the water passes through its densely compacted #solidcarbon block filter, particles as small as 0.5 micron are removed.

Look around your house today to see if you can replace or eliminate any products containing microbeads. And we encourage you to contact us at if you need help evaluating the best drinking water system.

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Proceed with Caution

Friday, May 15, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Water News, Water Safety

Trying to reduce our country’s dependence on overseas oil has led to the development of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The fracking process blasts a cocktail of chemicals and huge amounts of water into shale deposits, which releases natural gas and oil from the rock. Fracking creates concern on two fronts: one, the contamination of surface, ground, and drinking water; and two, the loss of millions of gallons of fresh water from the water cycle.

Recently, the drinking water of three Pennsylvania homes was found to contain trace amounts of fracking fluid. While the amounts of contamination at these home were under levels that would cause health effects, “‘These findings are important because we show that chemicals traveled from shale gas wells more than 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) in the subsurface to drinking water wells,’ says Susan Brantley, a Penn State University professor of geosciences.” This raises the question, how far can fracking contamination migrate into aquifers and other #freshwater sources?

Fracking wastewater management is our second concern. #Fracking wells use between one and five million gallons of local fresh water. These amounts stress the surface and groundwater supplies available. “Up to 60% of the water injected into a wellhead during the fracking process will discharge back out of the well shortly thereafter, as flowback wastewater. Thereafter, and for the life of the wellhead, it will discharge up to 100,000 gallons (378 m3/day) of wastewater. This wastewater needs to be captured, and disposed of or recycled,” according to an article by Jeff Easton on the Waterworld website (emphasis added). This significant increase of contaminated #hydraulicfracturing wastewater requires a long term solution for its treatment, recycle, or reuse.

Until long-term effects of fracking contamination can be identified and resolved, we at #Water2Drink encourage you to protect your health by using a point-of-use drinking water system. While many water filters claim to remove harmful #contaminants, be sure you know which contaminants may be affecting your water supply, and insist on an NSF tested and certified water filter.  The entire family of Multipure Drinking Water Systems meets or exceeds testing standards.  Visit to learn more about Multipure, the industry leader in water filtration innovation.

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