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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!

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!

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!
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!  
I made this video to demonstrate how easy it is to assemble the Sawyer SP191 Point Zero Two water purifier. Unfortunately, Wordpress only allows me to upload videos that are less than 10 MB! So here is the link to my video on youtube: Sawyer .02 Water Purifier Assembly Video Go to Highwater Filters to get the best price on the Sawyer SP191 on the web. This is our most popular product. It's easy to see why. If you want the added protection against viruses, this is the purifier for you. It's lightweight, field cleanable, affordable and Made in the USA. Guaranteed for a million gallons!

On Sale Now!

Thanks for watching!

 
[caption id="attachment_165" align="alignleft" width="225"]The one and only On Sale Now![/caption] Use coupon code PKTSVR for sale price of $259 on Katadyn Pocket! Go here for easy check-out. Due to restrictions on pricing by the manufacturer, Highwater Filters cannot normally mark down our Katadyn water filters. However, if you use this promo code at checkout, you will receive $100 off* the list price of $369.95 of the popular Katadyn Pocket.  PKTDEAL   *Sorry, due to manufacturer's restrictions, this promo code is not available for international orders. I just received a big shipment of Pockets, so take advantage of this great deal, while it lasts. Spread the word about our great selection of portable and home water filters and our great prices. We guarantee satisfaction. Thanks for stopping by!
[caption id="attachment_959" align="alignleft" width="89"] Katadyn Pocket Water Filter on Sale [/caption] Great price on the Katadyn Pocket! Use coupon code PKTSVR for sale price of $259 on Katadyn Pocket! International customers: this promo is not valid on international shipments.  Sorry, this promo cannot be used with any other coupon codes. Announcing a special promotion on the most respected portable water filter on the market: the Katadyn Pocket. We've already got just about the lowest price on the web, but for 3 days only I'm offering a promo code for an additional $10 off! That brings the price of the Pocket down to $264.95!  Manufacturer's Retail Price is $369.95. That's over $100 in savings! To get your additional $10 savings, use this promo code at checkout: PKTSVR  The discount will be subtracted from your total. This promo ends Friday, April 13.  Now is a very good time to buy a Katadyn Pocket water filter at Highwater Filters. It's guaranteed for life! Be sure to check out our other great deals at our Highwater Filters web store. Due to manufacturer's requirements, Highwater Filters cannot ship Katadyn products overseas.  Thanks for stopping by!
[caption id="attachment_1254" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Rainshow'r Dechlorinating Shower, Bath and Garden Filters"][/caption] I've had a few customers ask me about shower filters so I did some research and found a U.S. company that has great filters at reasonable prices. I am excited to add Rainshow'r products to my growing inventory of American made water treatment. I'm so impressed with the construction of these filters. The reviews I've read are glowing so I'm pretty sure you will be happy with one of these products if you live anywhere that chlorinates the water. Chlorine is a toxin but is an effective chemical for treating water and many of our municipal water supplies are treated this way. But it dries out the skin and damages the hair. Here's a great solution. They are easy to install in most showers. They come in an assortment of models with interchangeable shower heads, if you need one. They even make a Chrystal Ball, if you prefer baths.  Rainshow'r also sells an assortment of garden filters and I will be listing these soon. It's time to start planning our gardens, if you haven't already. Winter is still hanging on out here in Washington, but Spring is definitely in the air. I've got all Rainshow'r products marked way down as an Introductory Offer. Some of the items have limited inventory, but I'll order more soon based on interest. Order today so you don't miss out on this great offer. It won't last long! Thanks for stopping by!
It's Leap Year and we all know that doesn't come around too often. So why not celebrate with the most practical purchase you may ever make? It doesn't really take a leap of faith to understand that your water is vulnerable. Whether your source is a well or a municipal water system, your water could be at risk from a multitude of sources. At Highwater Filters, we have the solution for you. A point-of-use water filter is an inexpensive, convenient way to filter your water. There are a variety of choices to match your needs, including counter top and under counter models. There are filters for every need and just about every contaminant. At Highwater Filters, we strive to find the best products that are tested, effective, and reliable. We look for companies that have integrity and reputation. We listen to what consumers are saying. We ask hard questions. We want to provide the best products for our customers. You don't need to worry about what comes out of your tap. You don't need to lug heavy containers with purified water from the store. You don't need to buy water in plastic bottles that have no guarantee of purity and that could leach harmful chemicals into your water. You don't need to take up space on your counter with bulky gravity-drip containers. An attractive filter at the tap or under the counter is really all you need. With a cost of just pennies for each gallon, it makes good sense. Most of our products are produced right here in the U.S.A. There is a good reason for this. I am personally committed to supporting American industry and resolute in doing my part in helping the local economy. Several years ago, I lost my job when the economy weakened. My job was outsourced as my company tried to cut costs to compete on the worldwide market. It was a humbling experience, but it only served to motivate me to help make the change I envision for our country. A vision that includes vibrant small businesses competing in the marketplace. A vision that includes pure drinking water for everyone. Just over a year ago, I took a leap of faith as I ventured into the life of a small business entrepreneur. It's been an educational and eye-opening experience. I can't believe how far this business has come already. I look forward to the future. Part of our success so far is our competitive nature and our commitment to customer service. Just yesterday I had a customer email and tell me that if I need a reference, he would be happy to provide one. It's just one more example of how we strive to make every customer 100% satisfied with our products and service. We guarantee it. Please check out our great deals on water filters, purifers, distillers, and more. And check back for new products coming soon, including a complete line of Rainshow'r products for removing chemicals from your bathwater. I am so excited to add these products to my inventory. Look for a celebratory intro sale soon! Thanks for stopping by!  
[caption id="attachment_165" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="On Sale Now!"]The one and only[/caption]       Sorry, the sale is over. Check back on March 11 when we will be having a very special sale in commemoration of the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima.   Highwater Filters is celebrating our very first year of sales on Friday, February 24. We want to invite you to join us in commemorating this milestone by offering you the lowest price on the web for the Katadyn Pocket. $250! I've checked around. The lowest I can find is on ebay for $264.99 (with free shipping) so I am going to set this very special anniversary sale price at $250! [caption id="attachment_1204" align="alignright" width="149" caption="One year and counting..."][/caption]   This sale ends Friday so don't delay! We so appreciate all the folks who helped us make our first year a big success. It's hard to believe it's been a year since our first sale. The memories are vivid as we launched the site that day a year ago and then watched as.... nothing happened. At least not right away. And then the horrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan struck and turned our world upside down. On March 11, I woke in the middle of the night and could not sleep. I then did something I don't normally do in the wee hours. I went online. And it was in the early morning of March 11 (or probably March 12) that I learned of the tragedy in Japan. I didn't realize how catastrophic it was at the time. I didn't realize how it would impact my business. But when people around the world witnessed the devastating aftermath of the tsunami, we collectively realized our vulnerabilities. And access to clean drinking water is a priority for people in a disaster. As the events in the wake of Fukushima unfolded were realized, orders for the Katadyn Pocket soared. The manufacturers in Switzerland could not keep up on orders. Their North American headquarters in Minnesota were backed up with thousands of orders. And I happened to be well stocked with the Pocket. I've continued to keep our inventory well stocked as I watched Katadyn increase their prices over and over again. The manufacturer's retail price was $269 when I first started my business. They list for $369. today. That is a hefty increase and I've begun to notice other resellers dropping the Pocket from their product offerings. I may end up doing the same after my stash is depleted. Look for another sale on the first anniversary of the Japan earthquake. That will be a more somber day, but let us not forget the victims of the terrible tragedy a year ago. So many lives lost and so much damage to the people of Japan. My heart goes out to them. Thanks for stopping by! To purchase the Katadyn Pocket for the low, low price of $250 please visit our Highwater Filters store.        
Happy New Year from Highwater Filters to all our friends on the World Wide Web! To show our appreciation for a great first year in business, we are announcing a Super Sale on all Katadyn and Sawyer products. Use this promo code to get 25% off on all Katadyn and Sawyer products: HWF25OFF Enter the above code at checkout and you will receive 25% off the list price of any Katadyn or Sawyer product you buy. If you are considering buying a Katadyn Pocket, Expedition, or Ceradyn, now is an excellent time to purchase one. If you are looking for a Sawyer Point Zero Two purifier kit or a Sawyer inline filter or a Sawyer Squeeze you will find the best prices here at Highwater Filters. We appreciate your business and thank you for making our first year at Highwater Filters a success! [caption id="attachment_1158" align="alignleft" width="150"] Sawyer Squeeze[/caption] [caption id="attachment_959" align="aligncenter" width="89"] Katadyn Pocket Water Filter[/caption]
We at Highwater Filters feel strongly about helping those in need during these hard economic times. The holiday season can be especially difficult for those who are out of work, or homeless. 5% of all purchases during the month of December at Highwater Filters will be donated to food banks. If you know of a particular food bank that you'd like to suggest, please send us an email (info@highwaterfilters.com), or comment below.

Announcing our Holiday Store-wide Sale! 

Two weeks only. Everything at Highwater Filters is on sale during the first two weeks of December. So not only will you be helping hungry families this holiday season, but you will enjoy some phenomenal deals during this limited sale. Please consider supporting local businesses during the holidays.

Stay safe!

[caption id="attachment_959" align="alignleft" width="89" caption="Katadyn Pocket Water Filter"][/caption] Now is the best time to purchase a Katadyn water filter at Highwater Filters. I've just reduced all my Katadyn products by a whopping 25%! You probably won't find a Katadyn Pocket for less than this rock-bottom price of $263. This is probably the last time you will see the Katadyn Expedition priced at less than $900. All accessories are reduced as well. Katadyn prices have been steadily increasing in the past year. Since I took over this website less than a year ago (it was previously katadynwaterfilter.com) the price of the Katadyn Pocket has jumped by $100! Although it is the gold standard of portable water filters, a price increase to $369 starting in January will price this rugged and dependable water filter out of reach for many consumers. So here's your opportunity to get one at a very reasonable price. [caption id="attachment_137" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Katadyn Expedition Water Filter"]Katadyn Expedition Water Filter[/caption] I've got other items on sale at Highwater Filters and a growing inventory of high quality water treatment products. Most of my products are made in the U.S.A. Please check out the great deals today.
[caption id="attachment_1046" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="The popular Sawyer Squeeze "][/caption]  

Sawyer Water Treatment Products On Sale

I've just marked down all Sawyer water filters and purifiers for a limited time only. Check out these great bargains on one of the most popular portable water filters and purifiers on the market. What makes them so popular?
  • They are super light-weight [caption id="attachment_1047" align="alignright" width="275" caption="Sawyer Inline Filter"][/caption]
  • They are super affordable
  • They carry a "million gallon guarantee"
  • They are made in the U.S.A.
What more can you ask from your water treatment? I've been reading survivalist and backpacking forums for months now and the buzz about Sawyer just continues to grow. I've heard a lot of positive feedback and it has convinced me that Sawyer water treatment products will continue to increase their loyal followers. As a loyal distributor, I am happy to see Sawyer grow into an industry leader. What makes the Sawyer filters and purifiers different? From the company's website:
The Sawyer Water Filters feature a 0.1 Micron Absolute Hollow Fiber Membrane, which uses medical technology developed from kidney dialysis. When the water is drawn through the filter, it flows through the side walls of the Hollow Fiber tubes. Sediment, bacteria, protozoa, cysts, and other contaminants are filtered out exceeding all applicable EPA recommendations. NO CHEMICALS, NO WAITING, NO PUMPING, NO WORRIES!
The Sawyer Point Zero Two Purifiers features a 0.02 Micron Absolute Hollow Fiber Membrane. To use the Sawyer Point Zero Purifier simply follow the instructions enclosed and affix the purifier to any bucket or pail to yield bacteria-free water in remote locations. The only external force required for the system to function is gravity. The flow rate of a purifier is determined by a combination of head pressure, altitude, and how clean the filter is. Absoulty no chemicals needed and is rated for One Million Gallons. Sawyer is confident in their one million gallon claim because you can continually clean the filter by backwashing it with clean water. Backwashing is not required often unless you are filtering very turbid water. Backwashing is as simple as reversing the filter flow with clean water. Forcing the clean water back through the filter flushes out all of the contaminants and only takes a few seconds. NO REPLACEMENT FILTERS OR CARTRIDGES ARE NECESSARY.
Check out Highwater Filter's webstore to get the best deals on Sawyer water treatment products.
[caption id="attachment_895" align="aligncenter" width="203" caption="Sawyer Water Purifier"][/caption]

A recent study released by the USGS shows 13% of private wells in the U.S.  are contaminated with levels of metals and other elements above the set safety standards for health. Contaminants of particular concern include arsenic, uranium, manganese, radon, lithium and boron.

Some of the contaminants come from natural sources and therefore can be overshadowed by anthropogenic contamination (human-sourced). But regardless of the source, owners of private wells should test their water to determine the extent of contamination so they know what contaminants they are at risk for.

A good water test may cost $200 or more in a laboratory, but there are also home test kits available that can be bought for as little as $15. It's imperative that you find out what is in your water to determine if you should take measures to protect you and your family.

Filtering water at the tap is an inexpensive and effective fix for many elemental and chemical contaminants. There are water filters available for just about every contaminant and many of them are effective against multiple pollutants. To be extra protected, some even opt to purify their water with one of the many water purifiers on the market. Once you discover the crystal clarity and great taste of your filtered well water, you will wonder why there are so many others who are lugging big jugs from the grocery store, or stock-piling cases of plastic bottled water. You just can't beat the convenience and cost of your home-filtered water.

At Highwater Filters, we have a solution available to help you remove metals and other contaminants from your well water. A recent addition to our inventory is a ceramic counter top filter that is made specifically for well water by New Wave Enviro. It's got a cleanable ceramic filter that's designed to remove suspended solids, pathogenic bacteria, hydrogen sulfide, Chlorine, Mercury, Lead and VOC's.  

 

Check out the Premium Ceramic system here.

Investing in a water test may be the best decision you ever make. Don't put it off. There are a number of water test products available on the web.

And please visit the Highwater Filters webstore for the best quality, U.S. made home water filters.

Special offer for readers of this blog! Take 5% off the already low price of any Premium water filter product by New Wave Enviro. You must use discount code NWDIS at checkout to get your discount.

Read more here about the USGS survey: Environmental Health News

Thanks for stopping by!

Sale Held Over until Tuesday! Announcing a 3-day ~ Super Sale on all Sawyer products. 20% Off! Made in U.S.A. Sawyer water filters and purifiers have become a popular brand among backpackers, campers, and preppers. There's a good reason for that. They are super lightweight, affordable and made in the U.S.A. Sawyer is a leader in pump-less portable, non-electric water treatment. They make inline filters for your hydration pack or drip filters with storage and dispensing vessels (pouches) to make water treatment almost effortless. Their latest Squeeze bottles are the lightest water filters on the market. They also make water purifiers if you are planning to go overseas or preparing for disaster. At Highwater Filters, we have a complete inventory of Sawyer products ready to ship to you today! Please check out our great selection. Did I mention that Sawyer filters and purifiers have a one million gallon guarantee? You can't beat that. Water filters make great gifts and it's not too early to shop for those loved ones who is difficult to please. A Sawyer water treatment product is sure to put a smile on their faces. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your savings. But hurry. Sale ends Sunday.

Phthalates. Don't ask me to pronounce it but do be aware that this chemical, used to soften plastic and used extensively in the bottled water industry and for many toys, food containers, and medical tubing, has been shown to affect baby boys who were exposed pre-natally to phthalates.  A new study by a team of South Korean scientists shows that prenatal exposure to phthalates adversely affects the mental and psychomotor development of six-month old boys. That girls do not seem to be affected suggests that phthalates may somehow block or otherwise thwart male hormones. This is very disconcerting and every couple or woman who plans to start a family should be very aware of this danger.

The good news is that phthalates do not accumulate in the body. Simple avoidance of soft plastic items, including water bottles, is the best defense.

Filtering water is a cost effective and safe way to protect you and your family from harmful contaminants that may exist in your water. Although municipal tap water is tested and treated for a variety of contaminants, there are some very  concerning toxins, like hexavalent chromium, that have not been prioritized by the EPA and have yet to be listed as contaminants of concern. Don't trust your tap water to protect you from all contaminants. Well water is also subject to contamination and should be tested to ensure that you are not putting yourselves at risk.

The best way to test your water is to have a certified lab analyze it. It may be costly, but it is important that you know exactly what is in your water. Once you get the results, you can assess which water filter is best for you.

At Highwater Filters we have a variety of water filters and purifiers for many different needs. We are always adding new products to our inventory with emphasis on non-electric, US-made water treatment. Coming soon: arsenic and fluoride filter cartridges for home water filters.

If you know any women who are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant, do share this information and advise them to avoid soft plastic products that may contain phthalates. I can't think of a better wedding gift for couples planning to start a family than a water filter. Check out our great selection and give our future generation a fighting chance.

Read more in the Environmental Health News.

For more information on the study see  Environmental Health Perspectives.

Thanks for reading!

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