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Is your water treated with chloramine? You might be surprised to find that it is. According to the EPA, one in five Americans has chloramine in their drinking water.
There’s a lot of information out there on chloramine but I’ll try to 'distill' it down to some basic information. (Bad pun intended.)
Chloramine is formed when ammonia is added to chlorine to prolong the effectiveness of water treatment as it passes through pipes to individual households. It’s been used since the 30’s and has grown in popularity in recent decades as municipalities look for ways to “meet disinfectant byproduct regulations.”
Many cities located in hot climates use chloramine because heat can render chlorine less effective by the time it reaches homes. The ammonia that is added keeps the water free from bacteria and other microbial contaminants. That may be reassuring to some, but to others it is of great concern. Regardless of the concern for personal health, it just smells and tastes funny.
For those who would rather not taste, smell or ingest these disinfectants in their drinking water, there are specifically designed water filter systems to treat chloramine.
Los Angeles is one city that uses chloramine widely for secondary treatment. You can call your water utility office or check the water report that utilities are required to send out on a regular basis. You should be able to find out if your water is treated with chloramine. If you have trouble, feel free to call us at 509-685-0933. We can help you find out.
At Highwater Filters, we carry several different water filter systems that treat chloramine, including filters for counter tops, under counter, refrigerators and even the shower. CuZn Water Filtration Systems is a US manufacturer who are leaders in the treatment of chloramine. We are proud to carry a wide selection of high quality CuZn products. They carry great guarantees and are priced reasonably.
If you want to learn much more about chloramines in drinking water, the EPA website is a good start. Go here to read more.
Go here to see all of our water filter products for chloramine treated water.
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by Lorraine Marie
You’re way ahead of the curve if you’ve decided to remove fluoride from your water. After all, there are still municipalities thinking “hey, let’s be smart and fluoridate the water!” When we peek back at history, the rush to fluoridate public water involved very little thought, just some circumstantial evidence regarding dental health, combined with the too-hasty social fervor to jump on the bandwagon of “science has a solution for everything.”
The science showing how questionable fluoridated water is came later, but too late. The brainwashing had begun. There is reluctance to loosen the grip on tightly held beliefs, apparently…even half a century later.
Now we have a different scenario: when we decide to de-fluoridate, it seems we still don’t have enough answers to make a 100 percent sure choice about the filter we should use to accomplish the task. There are too many variables, such as the level of pollutants in the pre-treated water, pH level, how quickly the water passes through a particular filter system, etc, to allow us to find nice neat little test results that provide an obvious answer.
For example, some will point to activated alumina for fluoridation removal. It is said to be 98 to 100% effective, as long as you get the flow rate just right. There is an additional bonus of also removing arsenic and lead. The fluoride is mostly gone, but now there can be activated alumina to get out of the water.
Reverse osmosis sounds like alumina déjà vu: 90 to 95% of the fluoride can be removed, but it takes two to four gallons of water to capture one fluoride-free gallon. That gallon is basically devoid of life force, requiring the addition of other ingredients to boost it back up to life-supporting status.
Then there is bone char. It is said to be the oldest method of freeing water of fluoride content, with up to a 90% removal rate. How bone char and activated carbon differ may be pertinent to your search for the best water filtering method. Bone char is made with animal bones that are heated to 1,292 degrees F., in low oxygen conditions, which enhances the product’s adsorption abilities. For vegans, it may not be an option. In contrast, activated carbon is similarly processed, and can be derived from animal or vegetable sources.
Dr. Richard Sauerheber, professor of chemistry with University of California, has looked extensively at the fluoride issue, and believes bone char filters are the most effective.
Getting rid of fluoride in your drinking water can also boost your health, since other unhealthy contaminants can be removed via filtering. Activated carbon filter methods can, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (consulted since they are not sellers or promoters of any particular filter brand), rid water of chlorine, disinfecting products, heavy metals [think arsenic, cadmium, copper, iron, lead, mercury, zinc], parasites, pesticides, radon and volatile organic chemicals, such as dichlorobenzene, methyl tert butyl ether and tricholoroethylene. The Environmental Protection Agency says radio-nuclides can be removed with granular activated carbon. I could not determine for sure if thallium is removed with activated charcoal filtering, but it is used in hospitals for internal poisoning from thallium.
So yes, take action to avoid poisoning yourself. The bone char filters may be the best route. I think about the village in Alaska, Hooper Bay, where the town’s fluoridated water system malfunctioned and 296 residents were poisoned. It was 1992. Most of the victims had severe GI pain as well as symptoms associated with heart malfunction. One person died. Fluoride can be nasty stuff, obviously, and there is evidence it may bio-accumulate in the body.
It’s clear that treated carbon products have an impressive history of service to health and well-being.
Just one more example: if you are dealing with an algae issue, Ohio State University reports using activated carbon, combined with a membrane filter, for “significantly” reducing algae toxins. To truly make the best water filtration choice, it’s wise to invest in a thorough water test and determine what is in your water to start with.
Click here to read our latest blog post: "Fluoride Opponents Win Court Decision".
We now carry Bone Char filters, GAC for Chlorine removal and GAC for Chloramine removal. We also sell bulk Bone Char and GAC by the lb. Bundle up and get added protection from fluoride
and heavy metals.
See all our GAC products here. We've got a variety of counter top and under counter combinations to choose from. Feel free to contact us for more information:
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