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[caption id="attachment_1583" align="alignleft" width="300"] This?[/caption] Do you lug bottles or jugs from the store with purified or "natural" water because you don't trust the water coming from your tap? What makes you trust the water in those bottles? Did you know that bottled water is not regulated and has no real guarantees for quality? Could what is in those bottles be making you sick? An old friend of mine recently asked me for a suggestion for an alternative to bottled water because she is concerned about BPA in the bottles she buys from the store. I told her she has good reason to be worried. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is an industrial chemical used in some plastics, including many water bottles. Studies have shown that it can seep from plastic into food and beverages. Although the FDA currently considers it safe in small amounts, evidence is building that it could have negative effects on children and fetuses, even in small doses. BPA is an endocrine disruptor. It mimics estrogen. In 2006, the US gathered 38 experts to review studies and they concluded that: "BPA at concentrations found in the human body is associated with organizational changes in the prostate, breast, testis, mammary glands, body size, brain structure and chemistry, and behavior of laboratory animals." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A) The FDA is continuing to study the effects of BPA but has yet to recommend a total ban. Does this make you feel more secure? Not me. Besides possible negative health effects from bottled water, the problem of plastic trash littering our roadways, water bodies and landfills just makes filtered tap water all the more practical. Add to that significant costs and inconvenience of buying water from the store and a filter at your tap becomes that much more attractive. [caption id="attachment_1584" align="alignleft" width="300"] or This?[/caption] Now is an excellent time to invest in a water filter system for your home. Highwater Filters has just reduced all our NuWaterUSA water filters so it's more affordable than ever to start drinking delicious-tasting, pure water straight from the tap. I used to lug 5 gallon jugs home with reverse osmosis water, which was good but cumbersome to handle. Now I have an attractive counter top housing with a T.R.A.P. radiation filter. The water tastes great and it removes a long list of contaminants that are a concern in many municipalities. Since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, I've been concerned about radiation and was very happy to discover this great product that includes zeolite in the media for removal of radioactive particles. Here's a list of what the TRAP removes: ▪ Iodine -131 , Radium-226, Strontium-90, Cesium-137 ▪ Uranium-238, Ionic contaminants, Hexavalent Chromium ▪ Lead, Copper, Cadmium, Zinc, Perchlorate, Chlorine, Ammonia ▪ Organic compounds, Trihalomethane, MTBE, Pesticides, Hormones ▪ Pharmaceutical residuals, Suspended Materials, Sediment, Algae Molds, Odor Since my friend lives on the East coast and is less concerned about radiation, I suggested she consider the PureStar filter. It removes volatile organic compounds (VOC), as well as chlorine, chloramine, and disinfection residuals such as trihalomethanes (THM). The special blend of pH neutralizer media delivers a non-acidic water. This results in a great tasting drinking water that is also wonderful for cooking, coffee and tea. The Purstar filter works to reduce or remove chlorine, iron, hydrogen sulfide, lead, mercury, calcium carbonate, magnesium, chromium, bacteria, algae, and fungi. Redox media removes up to 98% of water-soluble cations (positively-charged ions) of lead, mercury, copper, nickel, chromium, and other dissolved metals. In most cases, more than 98% of chlorine is removed if operated within recommended flow rates. Remove chlorine, iron, hydrogen sulfide and heavy metals from water Controls scale, bacteria and algae. She reported back that she and her husband did a side by side test with filtered and unfiltered tap water and the PureStar won hands down. We've got a number of countertop and under counter systems to choose from and several different filters for different needs. You can choose from single, double or even triple filter system to target multiple contaminants of concern including fluoride, arsenic and VOC chemicals including chlorine. Complete systems start at only $69. The countertop models are a cinch to install. The undercounter models may require the assistance of a plumber. You can check them out here. Do yourself a favor and make your life easier and healthier. Start drinking clean, great tasting water straight from your tap. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com for any questions you have about our home water filtration systems. And if you are looking for something portable to treat water, we've got a great inventory of affordable and effective products for camping, backpacking, travel and emergency use at Highwater Filters. Thanks for stopping by!