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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 GAC-2060-BC-2Tcontent, 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".

See all our fluoride filters here.

 

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.
TUC3X-BCG-2T  

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:

info@highwaterfilters.com  509-685-0933.

We love to talk about your water treatment needs.

Thanks for stopping by!

Here we demonstrate how to avoid the problem of bucket water warming up too fast by cooling the Vortex coil directly in the river. Worked like a charm.

For more information and to purchase the Vortex, please visit our website.

By Lady Wa Wa

From sea to shining sea, all year long, the news overflowed with stories of catastrophic water pollution events that made people sick, destroyed ecosystems and cost uncalculated billions to clean up. The poisons are many – everything from naturally occurring gases released by mining to dumped dry-cleaning solvents and coal ash used as landfill.

 

2014 started with four states (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia) finally confirming that fracking was responsible for contaminating water wells. Four days later, a disastrous Jan. 9 coal-washing chemical tank leak in West Virginia sickened hundreds of people. Incidentally, the same site was responsible for a similar chemical spill six months later.

By the time it was revealed on Dec. 29 coal ash was the source of water contamination in Wisconsin, so many environmental calamities occurred during the year that it is impossible to list them all here. Unless you’re one of the unfortunate residents affected, these stories are usually quickly forgotten among the stream of assaults against Mother Earth.

Here, briefly, are a few of the hugest water-pollution stories topping the news in 2014:

Winter

  • 4 States Confirm Water Pollution From Drilling  USA Today reported Jan. 5 that an Associated Press investigation revealed water wells in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia have been contaminated by oil or gas drilling, despite industry claims that such problems are rare.
  • Toxic Chemical Leaks into Elk River Upriver from the West Virginia American Water intake source, about 10,000 gallons coal-washing chemical, crude 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol, leaked from a Freedom Industries’ holding tank into the Elk River, leaving 300,000 people without potable water for weeks. It was later uncovered that a second chemical also leaked into the river. Industry executives were charged in December.
Spring
  • Freedom Industries Leaks Chemicals, Again A faulty sump pump was blamed for causing potentially contaminated storm water to overflow into the Elk River from a containment trench at Freedom Industries’ site in Kanawha County, W. Virginia, in June — the same site that leaked chemicals into the river in January, poisoning the drinking water supply downstream.
Summer
  • Toledo Water Contaminated by Algae In early August, in the warm, still waters of Lake Erie, chemicals (likely from fertilizer components) caused a massive algal bloom that polluted the drinking water for hundreds of thousands of residents.
Fall
  • Study Links Water Contamination To Fracking In September, University of Texas researchers found  that levels of arsenic, selenium and strontium were higher than the EPA’s limits in some private wells near natural gas wells. A drinking water study by the National Academy of Sciences determined  fracking was indeed responsible for water contamination in several states. In New Mexico alone, the report states,  chemicals from oil and gas waste pits contaminated water sources at least 421 times. In August, Pennsylvania made 243 cases of contamination of private drinking wells from oil and gas drilling operations public.
 
  • Coal Ash Contaminates Wisconsin Water A decades’ long practice of legally dumping tons of coal ash in lots, waterways, landfills, and even hospital parking lots, has been linked to well contamination, according to a study released in November by Clean Wisconsin, an environmental advocacy group. Government programs, such as “beneficial reuse,” allowed power plants to use coal ash as fill in construction projects. Chemicals leaching from the ash may be responsible for numerous serious health problems. The EPA confirmed 157 cases of proven or potential damage from coal ash, including 14 in Wisconsin.

Winter, again
  • West Wichita Wells Contaminated by Dumped Solvents In December, nearly 200 homes in west Wichita were connected to city water as the result of groundwater contamination caused decades ago by dry-cleaning solvents. Kansas Department of Health and Environment spent more than $2.5 million to pay for water mains, meters and connections to the homes that were within the area of the contamination plume.

To get an idea of the potential contaminants in your drinking water, see this report by the Environmental Working Group that compiled records from 48,000 public water suppliers, creating the largest drinking water quality database in existence. More than 300 pollutants were detected. To use the database online, simply enter your zip code to see the results of public water sources near you.

EWG also compiled a water filter resource guide to help consumers choose a system.

To find information about the many water filtration products that we carry, please visit the Highwater Filters website.

Sorry, this sale is over.

All Katadyn water filters are on sale during our annual Labor Day celebration. Don't miss out on our low, low prices.

  Katadyn Pocket marked down to $252! Check out the bargains here.  

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:
"When you first hold a Bernoulli shower head in your hand you instantly feel
the quality. The Bernoulli is solid brass — solid, because it is built in America.
Unlike other similar shower heads on the market, the Bernoulli Power Shower is
designed and built with American craftsmanship—quality you can feel.
The only shower head of its type. Beautiful and simple design comes in five
different finishes to match almost any bathroom decor. A wonderful showering
experience with half the water. A 2.5 GPM spray that feels like 5GPM."

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.

 
[caption id="attachment_1640" align="alignleft" width="132"] Happy Holidays from Buckley![/caption] Sorry, this sale is over. To get the same great savings, please contact us at info@highwaterfilters.com for coupon codes. Sorry for the inconvenience. The manufacturer has a strict pricing policy. We're celebrating the holidays with big savings on all Katadyn water filters. This will be our last Katadyn sale of the year and the last one until Memorial Day so take advantage of the low, low prices. [caption id="attachment_1639" align="alignright" width="180"] All Katadyn filters on sale[/caption] Here's a list of the savings: Pocket: $288 Expedition:  $1250 Siphon:  $62 BaseCamp: $62 Hiker:  $59 Hiker Pro:  $69 Vario:  $72 Combi:  $159 Mini:  $80 Gravidyn: $215 Ceradyn:  $232 Katadyn My Bottle Filter Water Bottles: $33 Katadyn My Bottle Purifier Water Bottles: $50 Carbon Cartridge: 40% off with purchase of any filter CCDEAL ($11.97) And make sure you check out our big selection of portable, non-electric water filters and purifiers and home water filter systems. Just in time for the holidays, we've just reduced many of our Sawyer products including the Sawyer Mini ($18) and the Sawyer Mini gift pack ($72). Limited time only! We are adding new products all the time and welcome your inquiries. Email us at info@highwaterfilters.com with questions. We are happy to provide the information you need to make an informed decision about your water treatment. If we can't answer your questions, we will try to find the answers.

Have a happy and safe holiday season!

12/05/13: Christmas Sale going on now! Deep discounts on all Katadyn products. Pockets: $265! Lowest price on the web! Get your’s now. Click here for great values on Katadyn products. [caption id="attachment_959" align="alignleft" width="89"] Katadyn Pocket Water Filter on Sale Now![/caption] Our annual Thanksgiving sale on Katadyn water filters has begun! We've dropped our prices way down to give customers a great opportunity to purchase a quality Katadyn product at an affordable price. The popular Katadyn Pocket is marked down to a low $265. While supplies last! All Katadyn water filters are discounted! (Sorry, Katadyn is back ordered on the Vario so this is not currently part of the sale. Check back closer to Thanksgiving to see if we have them back in stock.) The holidays are coming and there is no better time to buy a filter for someone you love. Or why not spoil yourself? And make sure you check out our many other low-priced water filters, purifers and our many accessories. We strive to keep our prices the lowest on the web. Come check out our webstore at Highwater Filters for great deals on portable and home water treatment system. Sincere condolences to all who have been effected by the recent terrible typhoon in the Philippines.

Have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

    We are excited to offer the much anticipated Sawyer Mini water filter, SP128, the latest innovation from the Sawyer family. Weighing in at about 2 oz, with a capacity of 100,000 gallons, this is sure to be a popular item for every home emergency kit or backpacking adventure. Our introductory price of $22 makes this new filter a bargain for even the most thrifty consumer. The Sawyer Mini comes with a 16 oz mylar bag and a backflush syringe. I see this as an addition to every Bug Out Bag or emergency kit. Every backpacker is going to want a Mini as a backup water filter or as their primary means of treating water on the trail. Its versatility is a real plus. Its weight and low price makes this new model something that everyone is going to want. We were just informed that a large shipment of Minis was shipped to us yesterday so we are expecting delivery Monday, Sept 23  Tuesday, Sept 24th. We will ship same day, if possible. You can order now to be one of the first to receive your new Sawyer Mini! Made in USA. Go here to order. Thanks for stopping by!  
[caption id="attachment_959" align="alignleft" width="89"] Katadyn Pocket Water Filter on Sale Now![/caption] Sorry, this sale is over. Please email us at info@highwaterfilters.com for the lowest prices on the web for Katadyn filters. 12/05/13: Christmas Sale going on now! Deep discounts on all Katadyn products. Pockets: $265! Lowest price on the web! Get your’s now. Click here for great values on Katadyn products. It's that time again. Labor Day is one of the 4 sanctioned periods that Katadyn allows for resellers to advertise discounted prices on Katadyn products. So for two weeks we are dropping our prices so cost conscious consumers can take advantage of great deals on all the quality water filter products that Katadyn manufactures. Highwater Filters has one of the best selections of Katadyn products on the web and our prices are hard to beat. Don't take our word for it, go online and compare. [caption id="attachment_1594" align="alignright" width="150"] Katadyn Vario on sale![/caption] We've got a great selection of portable, non-electric water treatment products. We also have home water filter systems that connect to your kitchen tap or can be installed under the counter. If you care about the quality of your drinking water, you owe it to yourself to ensure that your water is safe.

Here's a list of all the savings on Katadyn products:

Pocket  list price $369.95  Sale price $265 Expedition  list price $1499.95  Sale price $1250 Siphon  list price $79.95  Sale price $62 Base Camp  list price $79.95  Sale price $62 Hiker  list price $69.95  Sale price $55 Hiker Pro  list price $84.95  Sale price $69 Vario  list price $94.95  Sale price $69 Combi list price $219.95  Sale price $159 Mini  list price $109.95  Sale price $80 Ceradyn  list price $317.95  Sale price $232 Gravidyn  list price $294.95  Sale price $215 MyBot Purifiers  list price $59.95  Sale price $50 MyBot Filters  list price $39.95  Sale price $33

Enjoy your savings on Katadyn products at Highwater Filters.

Please have a happy and safe Labor Day.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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.   Now is an excellent time to invest in a water filter system for your home. I used to lug 5 gallon jugs home with reverse osmosis water, which was good but cumbersome to handle. Now I just turn on my tap and have great tasting, clean water.

Do yourself a favor and make your life easier and healthier. Start drinking clean, great tasting water straight from your tap. We've got a number of systems to choose from. Check them out here. 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!  

At Highwater Filters we are always looking for the best products that we think our customers will find value in. We look for quality, affordability, ease of use, durability and size. We value efficiency and portability. We favor American-made products because we believe in supporting local economies and American workers. We believe no other manufacturer exemplifies the qualities we look for in water treatment better than Sawyer. Sawyer products are based on technology used in kidney dialysis. Sawyer worked with a fiber manufacturer to improve the technology so that Sawyer products can withstand a decade or more of use. They wanted to make sure that Sawyer filters and purifiers could be back-flushed again and again without causing damage to the micropores. The results are impressive. So much so that Sawyer offers a "million gallon guarantee" on all their filters and purifiers. Some call that a gimmick as there is no way to really know how much water has flowed through your Sawyer product. It may seem gimmicky but it's just another way to say their products carry a lifetime guarantee. From Sawyer's website: "The proprietary water filters are comprised of tiny "U" shaped micro-tubes that allow water to enter into their core through tiny micro-pores. The high number of those tiny tubes and their surface area allows the filter to have one of the fastest flow rates in the world. This high flow rate eliminates the need to store water, reducing the possibility of water contamination after the filtration process. Each filter is certified for ABSOLUTE microns; that means there is no pore size larger than 0.1 or 0.02 micron in size. This makes it impossible for harmful bacteria, protozoa, or cysts like E. coli, Giradia, Vibrio cholerae and Salmonella typhi (which cause Cholera and Typhoid) to pass through the Sawyer PointONE™ biological filter. At 7 log (99.99999%) the filter attains the highest level of filtration available today. If viruses are an issue, we offer the Point ZeroTWO Purifier (0.02 micron absolute pores), the first and thus far only portable purification device to physically remove viruses, which it does at a >5.5 log (99.9997%) rate, exceeding EPA and NSF recommendations." Sawyer products are used all over the world to treat contaminated water. They are very effective for the removal of biological contaminants such as bacteria, protozoa and cysts. Their products are a favorite with backpackers, campers, travelers, relief workers, survivalists, missionaries and everyday people who want to be ready for any emergency where drinking water could be compromised or unavailable. Their light weight and fast flow rate is hard to beat. The fact that they have an unlimited capacity saves consumers money by avoiding the cost of replacement filters. And, despite the fact that they are made here in the USA, their prices are hard to beat. If you are looking for the best value in water treatment, you will be very happy with the products that Sawyer has to offer. Check out our website at Highwater Filters to find the best prices on all Sawyer water filters and purifiers. Thanks for stopping by!
12/05/13: Christmas Sale going on now! Deep discounts on all Katadyn products. Pockets: $265! Lowest price on the web! Get your’s now. Click here for great values on Katadyn products. All Katadyn filters and replacement cartridges on sale! Two weeks only ~ Sale ends June 3. Katadyn Pocket marked down to $249!!! Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to buy a Katadyn product for rock bottom prices. Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter Katadyn has a strict pricing policy and resellers are not authorized to advertise below the list price except for 4 times a year for a 2 week period. Memorial Day is one of those times!      

Win a Free Lifestraw!

We are giving away a LifeStraw to 5 lucky winners. To enter, all you have to do is go to the Highwater Filters' facebook page and like us. If you share our page on your timeline, we'll enter you twice! Drawing will be held June 30.

We are poor self-promoters on social media and with your help we can up our game a notch and get more people to be aware of the great prices, exceptional customer service, and super fast shipping at Highwater Filters. And make sure you check out our fantastic deals on our many other portable, non-electric water treatment products for camping, hiking, survival, disasters, travel, relief and emergency preps. Thanks for stopping by!  

[caption id="attachment_1493" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Vortex Non-electric Water Distiller with drain assembly[/caption] The best non-electric water distiller just got better. The Vortex Non-electric Water Distiller Kit by Highwater Filters now comes with a drain assembly to facilitate the draining of the cooling water inside the bucket. We have yet to see another distiller of its kind with all the features of the Vortex. What makes the Vortex better than other water distillers? For one, it doesn't depend on electricity, so when your power goes out, you will still have a way to purify your water. The Vortex is used with a pressure cooker, which is the boiling container for your contaminated water. Any heating source can be used including a camp fire, gas, wood, dung etc. The Vortex is also portable and can be easily disassembled and transported along with your pressure cooker. The Vortex is made of quality parts, 100% U.S.A made. We searched for hoses, post filters, clamps, grommets, buckets and drain assembly components and made sure they meet or exceed standards for safety. We guarantee satisfaction and offer a 10 year warranty. The Vortex adaptor that is installed on our pressure cookers increases the flow rate of the distiller. By increasing the size of the vent hole in the pressure cooker lid, the Vortex adaptor allows more steam to be released for a faster flow. We factory install the Vortex adaptor to ensure professional quality and your safety. The Vortex is the most affordable water distiller of its kind available. We went to great lengths to keep our costs down without compromising the quality of the materials. We couldn't find any stainless steel pressure cookers made in the USA, but we found a great quality cooker made in Spain by Magefesa. We've kept the price competitive and offer a number of different sizes for your convenience. [caption id="attachment_1494" align="alignleft" width="72"] 4 qt Magefesa with Vortex adaptor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1495" align="alignleft" width="72"] 8 qt Magefesa with Vortex adaptor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1500" align="alignleft" width="72"] 10qt Magefesa with Vortex adaptor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1496" align="alignleft" width="72"] 12qt Magefesa with Vortex adaptor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1497" align="alignleft" width="59"] 14qt Magefesa with Vortex adaptor[/caption]           What is the advantage of distilled water over other methods of water treatment? In an emergency when the power goes out, distillation is one of the best ways to remove contaminants from water. Microbial filters that remove bacteria, protozoa and cysts are great for backpacking and camping in the mountains, but when clean water sources are not readily accessible, distilling is an effective method for removing chemical and heavy metal contamination, in addition to microbes. It will even make sea water drinkable! What will distilling remove? Fluoride, arsenic, radioactive particles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, salts...the list is extensive. Distilling is one of the most highly recommended and oldest methods of water purification available. In an emergency, the Vortex Non-electric Water Distiller really is a smart system to have on hand. Have questions? Don't hesitate to contact us below or at info@highwaterfilters.com. You can even call me at 509-685-0933. I love talking about the Vortex. Give me a ring! [caption id="attachment_1504" align="alignleft" width="150"] The Vortex hooked to a Magefesa pressure cooker[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1506" align="alignleft" width="150"] Vortex coil installed in bucket.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1507" align="alignleft" width="150"] The Vortex shown with Grover Rocket Stove[/caption]           Here's the video we made of our first two tests of the Vortex: Vortex test 1 and 2 Please visit Highwater Filters for all your water treatment needs. Thanks for stopping by!      
Announcing the new Sawyer Squeeze SP129 now available at Highwater Filters. We are one of the first resellers to get our hands on this brand new product. This is the same great Sawyer Squeeze water filter that is so popular with those who like a lightweight, effective, affordable filter but this one comes with just one 1L pouch. And best of all is the price! With a list price of only $49.99, this is sure to be a big hit with Sawyer fans. Introductory Offer: Sawyer SP129 Squeeze filter for only $36.99! Don't miss out on this fantastic price for what is sure to be a very popular filter. Make sure you check out our wide selection of portable, non-electric water treatment at Highwater Filters. We've got the best selection of Sawyer products, Katadyn, LifeStraw, Rainshow'r, PurestOne, NuWaterUSA home water filter systems and more! Thanks for stopping by!

Introducing the Vortex Non-electric Water Distiller Kit by Highwater Filters.

We are so excited to add our very own product to the water treatment market.

We think we have designed the best water distiller of its kind. We strove to make this distiller kit affordable, unlike most of our competition. We went to great lengths to source parts from USA manufacturers. The Vortex is 100% USA made.

As our test video demonstrates, the Vortex really works.

The Vortex is designed to be used with a pressure cooker that has an external stem valve on the lid. Not all pressure cookers have this type these days. Most older models do.

Any heat source that can boil water can be used with the Vortex including camp fires, gas stoves, electric stoves, rocket stoves, wood stove etc. We tested the Vortex on a Grover Rocket Stove (made in Utah) and were so impressed we have them available for sale.

We tried to find a stainless steel pressure cooker made in America, but found that none exist. So we found a great quality cooker made in Spain by Magefesa. We've modified the lids with our exclusive Vortex adaptor to increase the flow rate and to make connection a snap. We have several different sizes to choose from. If you want to use your own cooker, just make sure it has the external valve that used to be standard on most pressure cookers but now are much harder to find. The Magefesa Star R has the right kind of valve. Vintage Presto stainless steel pressure cookers, made in the USA, have a compatible valve. We will try to compile a list of other brands that can be used in tandem with the Vortex system.

The exclusive Vortex coil and adaptor fitting are manufactured in house from US-made 316L Stainless Steel.

The Vortex is designed to be installed in a 5 gallon bucket, or other suitable container. Assembly is easy but does require drilling two holes in the bucket. For a limited time, we have pre-installed bucket kits available, for your convenience.

We think you'll agree with us that the Vortex is the best non-electric water distiller available anywhere.

Go here for more information and to purchase a Vortex Water Distiller Kit.

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Diarrhea is the leading cause of death among children in undeveloped countries and the sad thing is that these deaths can be prevented. Contaminated drinking water is the leading cause of diarrhea and the LifeStraw by Vestergaard Frandsen is a low cost and effective way to remove contaminants at the point of use. Treating water at the source is not sufficient in many areas of the world. Contaminants can easily infect water that is transported for miles in unsanitary conditions. The LifeStraw is a personal use water filter that can provide up to 1000 liters of clean drinking water to many who live at risk of water borne diseases. Not only that: it eliminates the need to boil water which saves valuable resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The benefits go way beyond simply saving young lives. The implications are global. Vestergaard Frandsen are the creators of the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter and the LifeStraw Family water purifiers that can provide up to 18,000 liters of purified water for a village. They operate on a "profit for purpose" business model and are guided by their humanitarian goals. They are committed to the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals and they have designed several products that help to eradicate disease in undeveloped countries. They are a European-based company with headquarters all over the world. My research shows them to be an admirable company with an outstanding business ethic and model. I am finding more and more companies who follow similar models of social entrepreneurship. It's inspiring to see. The LifeStraw has only recently been introduced to the US and Canadian markets. They have become an instant favorite with many survivalists, preppers, humanitarian workers, missionaries, emergency relief workers and world travelers. Their low cost and light weight are big selling points. No emergency kit should be without one. The LifeStraw is available at Highwater Filters for the low price of $19.95. As a special incentive, we are currently offering free shipping on all LifeStraw orders. You probably won't find a deal like this anywhere on the web. The LifeStraw comes packaged in poly wrap with instructions included. Many purchase one for each member of the family. It makes sense at only $19.95 a person. All of our water treatment products come with our guarantee for your complete satisfaction. We stand by our products and our customers. We know you'll be glad with your shopping experience at Highwater Filters.   Read more here about Vestergaard Frandsen and the LifeStraw. Thanks for stopping by!  
  Sorry, this sale is over. Check back soon for more great deals on Katadyn and other water treatment products. All Katadyn water filters and accessories have been deeply discounted to help usher in the Fall Season here at Highwater Filters. You won't find lower prices anywhere on the web during this two week blowout sale. Katadyn sets the standard in portable water filtration. Rugged construction, reliability and easy portability make it a must in many backpacker's, prepper's or relief worker's gear. With the holiday seasons just around the corner, it's a good time to get prepared and make sure you are protected when the need strikes. Check out all our Katadyn products and make sure you peruse our great selection of portable, non-electric water treatment including Sawyer water products, the LifeSaver portable water distiller kit, the LifeStraw, and a variety of home water treatment products. Just visit us at highwaterfilters.com for all your water treatment needs. Thanks for supporting Highwater Filters and other small and local businesses!   

Few debates are as divided as the arguments over whether  fluoride should be added to our water supplies to prevent tooth decay. Studies show that in the 3/4 of the country that fluoridate their water, tooth decay is lower. But rural areas where fluoridation doesn't occur also have higher poverty rates, which tend to have higher rates of dental neglect. It's easy to spin the data to justify fluoridating the water. But is it really a good idea?

Without proper regulation, adding fluoride to drinking water supplies can cause physical damage to developing teeth. Fluorosis is a disfigurement of the tooth enamel caused by high concentrations of fluoride given to children ages 3 months to 8 years. For some it is a minor cosmetic blemish. For others it is more pronounced. Fluoride in small doses may be effective in preventing tooth decay, but what are the down sides? Aren't there always down sides? 

Part of this debate centers around whether citizens have a right to determine whether their water should be treated. In Portland, OR it seems the city council and the mayor think they know what is best for the people. They don't want to put the decision whether to fluoridate the water to a referendum. They think they know best. They claim they are protecting the poor, who they feel are the ones who suffer from the lack of fluoridation. But couldn't the $5 million dollars they plan to spend, plus almost $600,000 annually for maintenance, be spent of educating everyone on good dental care? How about helping the poor to get dental coverage so they can see a dentist regularly? It just doesn't seem right to impose a mandate to add a known toxin to the water supply.

The only consolation we have is that for those of us who don't want to drink toxins in our water, we can filter most of the bad stuff out. If I had fluoride in my water, I would get a double countertop or undercounter filtering system with a bone char filter and a GAC filter.

Dentists and health advocates may have good intentions, but it's important to put the issue in perspective. Without better research, we really don't know all the possible risks to health that fluoridating our water could pose. Some studies have raised questions about lower IQ's in places where water is fluoridated. This is disconcerting.

I encourage research to make an informed decision about your drinking water.

Check out our bone char filters for fluoride removal here.

 Read more here: Oregonlive.com

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[caption id="attachment_1378" align="alignleft" width="372"] Derailment in Montana with shipment of Sawyer Filters. Photo by Patti Kern-Parcel[/caption] Announcing a Train Wreck Sale at Highwater Filters! We are seriously over-stocked on some of our Sawyer products after a train derailment in Montana on July 18th delayed a big order en route from Florida. With little information about the fate of our shipment, we were forced to request an identical order for more of the same. It apparently took over a week to clean up the mess but by last Friday, the derailed shipment was on its way. Both the delayed shipment and the replacement shipment arrived this week. There was no damage to any of the products that were on the wrecked train! We need to move the excess inventory this unfortunate event caused. For a limited time, we are reducing prices on the SP131 Sawyer Squeeze, the SP181 Sawyer All in One Filter and the SP191 Point Zero Two Purifier Kit. These prices will probably never be this low again. And check out our new promotional deal: Our 40/40 Special. Buy any water treatment product of $40 or more and get a Katadyn Carbon Cartridge for 40% off! You need to use the coupon code CCDEAL to get your discount. Highwater Filters now sells the LifeStraw and Watersafe City Water and Well Water Test Kits! Thank you for supporting small and local businesses. [caption id="attachment_1335" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sawyer SP191 Point Zero Two Bucket kit[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1250" align="alignleft" width="200"] Sawyer SP181 All in One Filter with bucket adpator[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1158" align="alignleft" width="150"] Sawyer SP131 Squeeze Filter[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_959" align="alignleft" width="89"] Katadyn Pocket Water Filter on Sale Now![/caption] December 2014: On Sale Now! Only $251.99! 12/05/13: Christmas Sale going on now! Deep discounts on all Katadyn products. Pockets: $265! Lowest price on the web! Get your's now. Click here for great values on Katadyn products. We just got in a brand new shipment of Katadyn Pocket water filters. We want to move these fast so we are providing a super great deal at$250! That's a discount of $119.95. You'll be hard pressed to find a better price anywhere on the web. You'll need the coupon code PKTSVR in order to take advantage of this low, low price. We realize that times are hard now for a lot of folks everywhere. Please take advantage of this great deal if you are looking to get the best quality product to keep your water resources free on harmful contaminants during emergencies, disasters, travel, and camping. There are a lot of choices out there for you as a consumer. Thank you for considering Highwater Filters for your water treatment needs. Go to our webstore at www.highwaterfilters.com for other great discounts. Thanks for stopping by!