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A friend was visiting recently and after using my shower asked about getting a shower filter for his home. So I went to my website to show him the different shower filters we offer at Highwater Filters.
We sell Rainshow'r filters for the bath because they are quality products and made in the USA. They range in design, price and capacity. A side by side comparison revealed something that I wasn't aware of. The more expensive filter actually gives you more bang for the buck.
After looking at the CQ1000, the New Century, the RS-502 and Rainshow'r's latest innovation, the Crystal Satellite, we realized that "capacity matters." One can be frugal and go with the lowest priced shower filter, but with a capacity of just 6 months, you will find yourself putting out more money and experiencing more hassle. You also may be tempted by a lower cost alternative with a capacity of a full year. But do you really want to back flush your filter every month? I sure don't.
What surprised me when we did some calculations, and what sold my friend on the Crystal Satellite shower filter was the 18-24 month capacity, with no need for any back flushing. As with all our shower filters, it effectively converts chlorine into a harmless soluble chloride to give you healthier skin. The crystalline quartz provides a better lather. And the stainless steel construction and attractive design will accent your bathroom and add luxury to your shower. Although your initial investment might be slightly higher ($46/yr) than the New Century ($40/yr) or the RS-502 ($35/yr), the rugged construction is sure to give you many years of use at a low cost of only $25 a year (with 24 month replacement)! Compare this to our other models that will run between $35-$52 a year and the math shows the Crystal Satellite the clear winner.
And that doesn't take into consideration the 20% off* store-wide sale we are running right now!
We've got models that include a massage head, water-saving designer head and one with no shower head.
What are you waiting for? Check out the Crystal Satellite for the best shower filter money can buy.
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*Must use discount code 20off at checkout to get discount.
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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:
We love to talk about your water treatment needs.
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Drought conditions in the news coming out of California and other western states started trickling into the rotating news stories a few months ago are a bit startling when considering that California farms generate $45 billion annually, supplying consumers both at home and abroad with many products grown throughout the state. Land is drying up and water sources are slowing to a trickle.Although recent rain has provided a temporary respite, about 10 communities and cities in California face the prospect of running out of water in a matter of weeks. Many are asking how they will be able to manage with water shortages looming so large. Brown lawns and dirty cars can be expected in the near future in some of California's worst hit areas. Water-saving devices are what many turn to when looking for ways to conserve water. At Highwater Filters, we've got you covered in the bathroom with Rainshow'r's signature brand of Bernoulli Power Shower heads, the first water-saving shower head designed to be used with a shower filter. And they are attractive too, influenced by Italian designers. From Rainshow'r:
Rainshow'r carries a great variety of shower filters that are compatible with their water-saving heads to remove the undesirable effects of chlorine on your skin and body. Their USA made quality craftsmanship and affordable prices make their products stand out in the shower filter market.
We are proud to offer these quality products at Highwater Filters. Check out their wide variety of filters and shower heads. We think you will be very pleased.
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