Q: The primary question I get asked is whether Reverse Osmosis can be used for the whole house.
A: The answer is no for the following reasons:
- Reverse Osmosis water is not in a state normally found in nature - it is devoid of electrical charge and minerals. This creates a detrimental issue in that the water is "hungry" and so attempts to right itself and leeches from hot water tanks and pipes and will actually cause damage to your heater and pipes.
- Due to the need for the holding tank for RO water, water pressure is greatly reduced and cannot support a full household need for water.
Q: Can Reverse Osmosis be a countertop unit?
A: Multi-Pure does not sell these but I have seen them available on the internet. The RO process does make noise as the water back washes through membranes. Having a countertop RO will create a noisier living space and you now also will have a holding tank on your countertop.
Q: What are endocrine disruptors and how do they effect us?
A: An endocrine disruptor is a synthetic chemical that when absorbed into the body either mimics or blocks hormones and disrupts the body's normal functions. This disruption can happen through altering normal hormone levels, halting or stimulating the production of hormones, or changing the way hormones travel through the body, thus affecting the functions that these hormones control. Chemicals that are known human endocrine disruptors include diethylstilbesterol (the drug DES), dioxin, PCBs, DDT, and some other pesticides. Many chemicals, particularly pesticides and plasticizers, are suspected endocrine disruptors based on limited animal studies.
Researchers in Japan have discovered that endocrine disrupters not only delay the development of the nervous system and cognitive functions of mammals, but also cause abnormal behavior. Chemicals that disturb the endocrine system of humans and other animals are known to be capable of reducing fertility, creating birth defects and/or affecting the unborn child, or delaying or inducing hormonal changes.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are among the most complex environmental health threats known today. By mimicking natural hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, these chemicals can interact with the body's endocrine system and exert toxic effects that may lead to reproductive and developmental abnormalities or cancer.
What can I do to reduce my risk of exposure?
- Educate yourself about endocrine disruptors, and educate your family and friends.
- Buy organic food whenever possible.
- Avoid using pesticides in your home or yard, or on your pet -- use baits or traps instead, keeping your home especially clean to prevent ant or roach infestations.
- Find out if pesticides are used in your child's school or day care center and campaign for non-toxic alternatives.
- Avoid fatty foods such as cheese and meat whenever possible.
- If you eat fish from lakes, rivers, or bays, check with your state to see if they are contaminated.
- Avoid heating food in plastic containers, or storing fatty foods in plastic containers or plastic wrap.
- Do not give young children soft plastic teethers or toys, since these leach potential endocrine disrupting chemicals.
- Support efforts to get strong government regulation of and increased research on endocrine disrupting chemicals.
- And, of course, Filter Your Drinking Water!
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Q: How do you know if you need a water (H2O) filter? What's in tap water?
A: Everyone can benefit from a home water filtration system. A child with a gold fish knows that chlorine can kill; chlorine's sole purpose as a pesticide is to kill living cells and organisms. When we consume chlorine, it kills some part of us. It has been linked to cancer, heart disease, birth defects and many serious illnesses.
However, chlorine is not the only harmful substance in tap water. Over 90% of all U.S. water systems contain traces of at least 10 synthetic chemicals and lead. A recent report stated "after reviewing over 10,000 pages of EPA documents acquired through the Freedom Of Information Act... over 2300 chemicals that can cause cancer have been detected in U.S. tap water." Water utilities only test for about 75, so no one knows for sure the extent of contamination. The risk is real and the solution is easy: quality in-home water filtration.
Multi-Pure Drinking Water Systems have been tested and certified according to ANSI/NSF Standards and certified by UL to reduce a wide range of health concerns.
Q: What is cloudy water and how can I get rid of it? Other than that, my water tastes and smells fine.
A: Cloudy water can be caused several ways.
The simplest cause is that your water pressure is too high and turning down the pressure will reduce and remove the cloudy effect.
It could also be caused by turbidity, which is particulate &/or colloidal (sediment) matter in the water. Filtering the water will take remove turbidity and using a filter will also reduce water flow and water pressure, thereby resolving both these first two potential causes.
A third possible reason is �hard water�, which is caused by a high level of mineral content in your water. Using Reverse Osmosis filtration will remove the mineral content of water.
Getting back to what's in tap water, even though your water tastes and smells ok, it is often what we can't see and taste that is equally as important for us to consider treating by purification, filtration, reduction and removal (i.e. agro & petro chemicals, etc.).
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Q: What is a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification System?
A: Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment (RO) is a process where water (H2O) is demineralized using a semi-permeable membrane at high pressure. Pressure is applied continuously to the feedwater, forcing water molecules through the semi-permeable membrane. Water that passes through the membrane leaves the unit as product water; most of the dissolved impurities remain behind and are discharged in a waste stream. Typically, it takes several gallons of feedwater to make 1 gallon of Reverse Osmosis purified water.
In a reverse osmosis drinking water system (often misspelled reverse asmosses), the idea is to use the membrane to act like an extremely fine filter to create drinkable water from salt water and otherwise contaminated water. The contaminated (or salt) water is put on one side of the membrane and pressure is applied to reverse the osmotic process.
Q: Is Filtered water better than Distilled or Reverse Osmosis water? What are the effects of drinking water's pH?
A: The human body was designed to run on water (H2O) that exists naturally on our planet, water that contains traces of inorganic minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. Nowhere on Earth does de-mineralized water occur naturally. Distillation and Reverse Osmosis Systems produce de-mineralized water with an acidic pH. Many recent reports claim �prolonged consumption of distilled or de-mineralized water can only lead to some form of mineral deficiency�. Water by nature has to balance itself and when minerals are stripped from water, it causes the pH to drop and water to become acidic. It then seeks to balance itself (a basic law of nature) and does so by taking on minerals, primarily calcium. If we consume de-mineralized water, it will actually pull its �balancing minerals� from our own body.
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Q: If chlorine in our water (H2O)is so unhealthy, why is it used?
A: Our public water utilities are governed by Federal agencies; we do have government controlled water purification standards. While chlorine, and its by-products, are known to have significant adverse health effects on humans, we choose it over water borne disease outbreaks from bacterial water contaminants (like typhoid and cholera which plagued most countries prior to the introduction of chlorine in the late 1800s). We don�t use chlorine because it�s the most effective means of disinfecting water - we use it because it�s the cheapest. With all the technology possessed today, we still essentially pour bleach in our drinking water to kill bacterial water contaminants.
There are more healthful methods of disinfecting public water supplies, and some other countries have turned to alternative methods because of recent findings about chlorine risks. The problem is that they are much more costly, and therefore less practical. The fact that less than 1% of the water supplied to our homes is used for consumption, it�s just not practical to produce �healthy water� from a central supplier. Most people are not willing (or able) to pay the price for alternative disinfection methods, which would more than triple water costs. The solution, therefore, is to keep chlorine in our public water systems, right up to the point-of-use and then remove it from our drinking and consumption with home water filtration, which in reality is the only way to ensure healthy water.
Q: How much chlorine in tap water (H2O)is too much?
A: Any chlorine in our drinking water is too much, however the EPA guidelines (water quality specks) allow up to 4 parts-per-million (ppm) in municipal tap water. This is alarming as a standard pool test kit shows that levels above 3 ppm are not safe to swim in. Common sense tells us that if it is not safe to swim in, it is most likely not safe to drink! The evidence that chlorine is linked to cancer, heart disease and many other health problems is overwhelming. We need chlorine in water to kill bacteria, but it should definitely be removed prior to consumption.
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Q: What is bottled water (H2O)? How does bottled water compare to tap water?
A: Bottled vs. tap water. Municipal water is used as a source for approximately 25% of the bottled water sold in the United States. However most of this processed water has gone through significant processing such as reverse osmosis, deionization, activated carbon filtration and other treatments. Often it is packaged as "purified" or "drinking water". If the water has not been substantially altered, then it must state on the label that the water comes from a municipal water source.
Images on labels may be misleading. Design work on the label, which eludes to mountains and snow, may cause a consumer to subconsciously conclude that a particular bottled water is from a natural mountain spring. Aquafina is bottled at Pepsi plants using processed municipal water. Coke has entered the bottled water business with Dasani, a processed municipal water with added minerals. Recently the FDA has approached Dasani about improper labeling with the wording "purified water" in that minerals have been added to the water and thereby does not meet the USP standards for purified water.
Bottled Water labeling has come a long way in the United States, but there still is more work to be done. For example, when it comes to bottled water, the Nutrition Facts panel has a lot of zeros for fat, carbohydrates, and proteins. Wouldn't the panel space be of more use to the consumer with an analysis of what is in (not what's not in) a serving of water? European brands carry a general mineral analysis and with this data consumers can see how different brands have different values for calcium, magnesium, potassium and other nutrients. Most consumers would like to know where the water actually comes from. Consumers should be given the information about each spring and it's location. After all, springs are an important point of difference between the brands. Source disclosure and location should be a requirement on all bottled water products.
If a label has the word "spring" on it, then the water must come from a spring. A spring is an orifice in the earth in which the water flows from naturally. Where controversy exists is over boreholes (or wells) which some bottlers use by drilling nearby springs. This is usually done in order to extract the water in a more hygienic manner. The water from the borehole must have identical chemistry to the spring water.
The National Spring Water Association is lobbying in both the US and Europe for the term "spring" to only be allowed for use in bottled water products using water that flows from a natural orifice. The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) endorses the use of boreholes as an acceptable method of spring water extraction. In either case, bottled water products cannot use the term "spring" if the water is substantially processed water or water from a municipal source.
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Q: Are there water filtration sales jobs or dealerships?
A: Anyone can become a Multi-Pure Distributor. It is a Multi Level Marketing (MLM) Water Filtration Manufacturer with both stainless steel and plastic models, 25 year housing warrantee, excellent solid carbon block and reverse osmosis water filtration products, and a wonderful self-employment sales dealership job earning opportunity.
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