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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_1396" align="alignleft" width="180"] for the prepper on a budget[/caption] The popular LifeStraw is now available at Highwater Filters. Originally only available outside the U.S., Danish company Vestergaard Frandsen has now made them available in the US and Canada. The lightweight and inexpensive straw is capable of removing bacteria, cysts and protozoa to EPA standards. It has a capacity of about 250 gallons. While this doesn't stand up to the likes of Sawyer water products, the price can't be beat for only $19.95. And as an introductory offer, Highwater Filters is offering Free Shipping. The LifeStraw was designed for distribution to third world countries to decrease water- borne illnesses. Vestergaard Frandsen consider themselves humanitarian entrepreneurs and describe their business model as "profit for a purpose." But now many in the developed world are seeing the value of this product. We've found that many preppers are purchasing multiple Lifestraws when they order. It makes sense for every individual in your household to have their own means of filtering water in an emergency. If you get separated, isn't it smart to make sure everyone has a safe means to drink water? We've been offering the Lifestraw for less than a month now, and they are selling like hotcakes. For less than $20, this is one very good investment to add to your security in the event that an emergency takes place. Don't you think it would be wise to have a supply in your emergency kit? Thanks for stopping by!  
[caption id="attachment_1386" align="alignleft" width="300"] Frackers experiencing water shortages[/caption] As heat waves have baked much of the US this year, water is becoming more and more scarce as drought grips the nation. Energy companies are faced with obstacles in producing enough power to meet the increased needs of an overheated population. Natural gas frackers have been especially hard hit. It takes millions of gallons of water to extract natural gas from deep underneath the ground. The water is treated with chemicals that form a brine, that when forced at high pressure during extraction, aid in the release of natural gas from fractures in the earth. With farmland in desperate need of all available water, frackers have been eyeing any available water sources. They are offering to buy any excess from farms. They are traveling long distances to truck water back to their extraction sites. Nuclear power plants are also facing obstacles and shutdowns due to the heat. If water temperatures rise too high, they will not cool down the reactors to necessary temperatures and operators are forced to shut down the plants. Other power plants that discharge heated water into rivers and lakes are faced with shut down as well. If discharged water is too warm, it can kill fish. As we've seen recently in the mid-West, the high temperatures have created massive fish kills in some water ways. This prevents the power plants from operating when temperatures get too hot. It's important to assess the future and understand our needs for water. We must use our resources wisely. It's time to get serious about conservation of both water and energy. It's time to ramp up development of clean alternatives and water-wise energy production. Some say we can't afford to. I say we can't afford not to. Some say it won't matter what we do if China, India and other developing countries don't as well. We need to work with other nations and make it a global effort. Nothing else will solve the looming catastrophe. We all depend on water for survival. It's time to protect our future. Real changes must be made soon. Thanks for reading!
[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]  

Katadyn Pocket Water Filter on Sale Now! 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 for other great discounts. Thanks for stopping by!

The looming problem of the continued acidification of our oceans is compounded by the fact that oceanographers don't even understand much about it. That is why the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are proposing increased monitoring of our oceans in order to understand better the implications of the rapid increase in ocean acidity being witnessed recently. It appears there may be a "perfect storm" taking place that does not bode well for our aquatic creatures. Coral reefs, mollusks, crustaceans, sea grasses and even clown fish are being directly threatened right now. We all learned in school how the food chain works. The extinction of these species can have devastating effects on many, many other species. This is not the first time it's happened, either. 55 million years ago, the oceans were this acidic and mass extinction took place. But scientists seem especially alarmed at how quickly the oceans are acidifying today. What is the cause and what can be done about it? Scientists say that the oceans have increased acidity by 30% since the Industrial Revolution. Acidification is caused by a chemical change when sea water absorbs CO2. The same stuff that many scientists believe contribute to our changing climate. Ocean acidification is now being tagged with the name "Climate Change's Evil Twin." This is not good folks. Will aquatic life adapt to the changing acidity in our oceans? That doesn't seem likely. One scientist explained that there is a "saturation point" that when reached could trigger a catastrophic series of events that will change our oceans forever as we know it. What scientists suggest needs to be done is to reduce CO2 emissions. There may not be any other solution. It's going to be a tough pill to swallow. It may simply be too big to be possible to get down our gullets. Drastic reduction of CO2 emissions is possible. It will take a concerted effort of people all around the globe but especially in the US and Canada. We use more than twice the energy per capita that others in the world consume. We have lots of room for saving. And saving life is what this is all about. Read more here: NOAA Research Plan Highlights, AP article: US scientist: Ocean acidity major threat to reefs, Climate Watch, PressRelease from Center for Biological Diversity Thanks for reading!        
Use coupon code PKTSVR for sale price of $259!  This sale is over. Please email for a promo code for the best possible prices on Katadyn water filters. I've just drastically reduced all Katadyn products in our Highwater Filters store. This sale will go on for two weeks. Don't miss out on these rock bottom prices. Beat the heat and the high prices of our competition. Why pay more when you can get great savings at Highwater Filters? What will you do with the money you save? Sale ends July 7. Thanks for stopping by!
[caption id="attachment_1343" align="alignleft" width="219" caption="Highwater Filters is a Solar Champion!"][/caption] Highwater Filters is proud to be a co-producer of the film project "The Solar Champion" by filmmaker Gerry Balasta. I happened across this project when Gerry posted a CNN ireport about it (See video link below). I was hooked by the inspiring message in the film. I communicated with Gerry and learned about his projects in the Philippines to help the scavengers of the huge landfills there. Thousands of people eek out their existence by collecting garbage from the landfills. It's a dangerous and unhealthy existence. Gerry has been helping some of the people living at one of the landfills by featuring them in his films. He gave them acting lessons and directed them in the films. He set up a foundation to help the people living under very primitive conditions to get educated and to get their basic needs filled. He has partnered different organizations and businesses to help these people on the fringe of society. Gerry documents the plight of these people so well in his award-winning film "The Mountain Thief." I was so impressed with his efforts and by this moving film that I am supporting the production of "The Solar Champion." I believe in this movie and hope you will see why I did and be inspired too. Good luck, Gerry! Here's the link to the video trailer and the Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the film: The Solar Champion Here the link to the trailer for The Mountain Thief trailer. Check out the Highwater Filters web store for the best prices on portable and home non-electric water filters. 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!

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Use coupon code PKTSVR for sale price of $259 on Katadyn Pocket! Please honor and remember all the fallen soldiers who have sacrificed their lives during military service. This is a time to reflect on our losses. At Highwater Filters, we are commemorating Memorial Day with a blowout sale on all Katadyn Products. Check out the incredible savings. These low prices are only good until Monday, so hurry. Please be safe this weekend. Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers!  
[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!
  In honor of Earth Day 2012, Highwater Filters is having a 3-day sale to celebrate our beautiful Earth. Check out our rock-bottom prices on Katadyn, Sawyer, TRAP Radiation filters, LifeSaver Portable Distiller kits, PurestOne Purifiers, Rainshow'r Dechlorinating Filters and more. We only have one Earth and water is a finite resource. Please do what you can to prevent contamination of our water resources. Thanks for caring.    
[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!
In case you've heard about the major breach of credit card processor Global Payments, please be assured that if you are a Highwater Filters customer, your credit card information was not processed through Global Payments. I just called my merchant services representative and was assured that they do not have any affiliation with Global Payments. It's always a good idea to watch your credit card statements vigilantly and report any strange activity. Thieves are getting more and more sophisticated. This latest cyber-crime is suspected of originating in the Dominican Republic with possible Central American links. It can sometimes be impossible to catch crooks involved with organized crime in foreign countries. It's a growing problem. At Highwater Filters, we have taken extra steps to guarantee a risk-free transaction. Our website is scanned by TrustWave every month. We are working on meeting all the necessary requirements to become PCI compliant and look forward to better security measures from the credit card processing industry to avoid any other breaches like the one we are seeing unfold. This article from CNN Money  states that business accounts are the most vulnerable. Any merchant that you purchased from whose data was breached is now obligated to contact you to tell you as soon as possible. But do check your statements! Thanks for reading!
[caption id="attachment_1269" align="alignleft" width="203" caption="For a chlorine-free garden"][/caption] The latest addition to Highwater Filter's growing inventory comes just in time for Spring. Rainshow'r Dechlorinating Hydroponic and Garden water filters. Gardening is gaining popularity all over and many gardeners are concerned about chemically-treated water from their outdoor taps. Here's an easy solution to give you peace of mind and to keep your garden safe from chlorine. Soil is a living thing. Chlorine is designed to kill bacteria, which healthy soil depends on. It just makes sense to remove a chemical that can harm your garden soil. [caption id="attachment_1270" align="alignright" width="210" caption="Green Knight for Hydroponic Gardens"][/caption] I've got all Rainshow'r Garden products marked way down during this Introductory Sale. Get a start on your growing season with a Gard'n Gro filter and give your soil an added boost. Check out our Green Knight filters for hydroponic gardens, too. Please visit our Highwater Filter's webstore for a complete line of Rainshow'r bath and shower filters which are on sale now at rock bottom prices. Don't miss out on the incredible bargains. Happy Gardening!
[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!
I just found out that the Sawyer SP181 Emergency Water Filter Bucket Kit has been improved and now includes the adaptable Squeeze bottle for lightweight carrying. So you can use this with a bucket or pack it into the bush. It also includes a faucet adaptor, so you can use it with your tap water, too. I spoke with Sawyer today and found that the SP181 was originally designed for disaster relief but so many survivalists have embraced this product that they've upgraded for those on the go. I'm so excited about this new development that I've priced the Sawyer All-in-One filters at a rock bottom introductory price of $42.99. That's considerable less than you will find in stores at $69.99 or on the web where they are selling for $59.99 at most outlets. I can only offer this price for a day or two, or until my current supplies last. I just put in a big order for more. I think this product is going to sell fast. Don't miss out on this great price at Highwater Filters! Thanks for stopping by!
Let us never forget the tragedy following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan a year ago.  On March 11, 2011, life changed irreversibly for many people living in proximity to the nuclear power plant at Fukushima. From now until Monday, I will donate 10% of all purchases to the victims of Fukushima. Proceeds will be donated to Architecture for Humanity, who have been working courageously to provide housing to those who lost everything a year ago. Visit our Highwater Filters web store to get the best prices on Katadyn, Sawyer, TRAP radiation filters, LifeSaver portable distiller kits, PurestOne, and more. Thanks for caring.
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.