The human body is approximately 70% water, as is planet Earth. In chemistry lab water was impressed upon us as the “Universal Solvent”, i.e. without it, life cannot exist, and polluting it makes life challenging. It is essential for every aspect of life, bar none. No water, no life; poor water quality, poor quality of life.
It is critical that every person should be hydrating their body with the purest water available to them. Drinking water pollution comes from many sources:
- Surface water can become contaminated with agricultural runoff, community landfills, hazardous waste from manufacturing by-products and from the current exposure of fracking.
- Ground water can become tainted from gasoline and MTBE (Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether) leaks from underground storage tanks, or from the injection of hazardous waste into deep wells.
Another factor is significant growth of municipality drinking water treatment plants in fast-growth areas of the country. This accelerates consumer demand for protection from potentially harmful contaminants in their drinking water and improves the aesthetics of drinking water.
Water Treatment Devices
The effectiveness of any drinking water treatment device is measured by the performance of its filter.
Solid Carbon Block (SBC)
Close reviews of drinking water treatment purifiers show that SBC filters are the most effective for reducing a wide range of contaminants, including those found in groundwater and wells. Certain drinking water treatment purifiers using SBC have been repeatedly tested and NSF Certified to reduce upwards of 65 contaminants at 97-99+% removal.
Activated carbon is the primary raw material used in SBC filters. These activated carbon filters can filter out particles as small as 0.5 micron. They are extremely effective in reducing disinfection by-products (DBP’s), volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), MTBE, PCB’s, arsenic, pesticides, herbicides, numerous carcinogenic chemicals, bacteria, heavy metals and other inorganics.
The most efficient of all the SBC filters are currently capable of removing the latest threat of toxicity into our drinking water; a wide spectrum of contaminants referred to as PharmaWater. This term includes antibiotics, drugs and other personal care products. Stop for a moment and think of all the people in the country taking all the different types of medications and all the shampoos, soaps, etc. being used. They too end up down the drain and in the municipal water treatment plants, which simply do not have the technology or capacity to remove them. SBC filters are the only type of filter which have earned certification in removing PharmaWater toxins.
Reverse Osmosis (RO)
RO filters force water through a semi-permeable membrane–a thin, pliable sheet that allows some molecules through but not others. RO removes 95-99% of all dissolved salts, bacteria and heavy metals as small as 0.001 microns. But only about 30-50% of all the water used by RO actually becomes drinking water. The rest is used to flush the membrane and becomes waste. It’s necessary to keep the membrane from being clogged. RO filters also have difficulty removing SOC’s, VOC’s and chlorine. RO filters also cannot remove PharmaWater. Although RO filters do a good job when it comes to removing harmful chemicals, some argue that RO removes too much, including the natural vitamins and minerals in water that are beneficial.
Distilled Water (DW)
DW filters heat water until it evaporates, then captures the steam and condenses it back into liquid in a separate container. Because inorganic materials don’t boil away with the water vapor, they get left behind where they are disposed of. DW is effective at removing arsenic, asbestos, chlorine, lead, mercury, nitrates, pesticides and salts. Boiling water also kills bacteria and viruses, and produces some of the purest water imaginable, leaving nothing but H2O.
Be aware that DW filters will upset your water’s and body’s chemistry. Besides removing harmful minerals, DW filters also remove necessary vitamins and minerals including magnesium and calcium, which are essential for a variety of health concerns. DW also absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, making it slightly acidic. As a defense mechanism from bodily harm, the body will pull calcium and magnesium from your teeth and bones. DW in small doses is harmless, however, those drinking DW for an extended period of time may begin to experience mineral deficiencies and increase their risk of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease and high blood pressure.
The Bottom Line
For most, a carbon filter is the filter of choice for water purification compared to reverse osmosis or a distilled water filter. Not only are they extremely efficient at removing chlorine, sediment, VOC’S and PharmaWater, but they’re also less expensive, faster and more efficient.
Reverse osmosis filters are not only expensive to install but are also extremely wasteful. Less than half the water it uses actually becomes drinking water and the rest goes down the drain. And while distilled water might technically be pure, it removes too many of the vital minerals and nutrients that are required for long term health.
A household filter needs to remove the chemicals, metals and sediment that your local water plant can’t, which varies greatly depending on where you live. The bottom line: No single filter can remove ALL pollutants from your drinking water. But you can do your part and find the perfect water filtration system to ensure that you and your family have the safest drinking water available to you in your home.