Chloramine has gotten a bad reputation. If you’re like most people you think chemicals in your water is a bad thing. But what most people don’t realize is that water must be treated chemically otherwise it is simply unsafe for humans to ingest. Among the many chemicals used to “treat” water is Chloramine. Chloramine or NH2CL is used in very low concentrations as a disinfectant and is safer and more stable than chlorine. Chlorine is more likely to dissipate from the water before it reaches you, totally negating it’s purpose of disinfecting water. For these reasons Chloramine is normallly considered a safe way to treat water by municipalities.
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Fluoride is an element derived from natural water sources that has many different health effects. Some of these effects are beneficial and some not so beneficial according to who you ask. About 2/3 of the water sources in America have been fluoridated by water treatment facilities since the 1940’s. According to the government and some dental professionals, the addition of fluoride to drinking water is to promote healthy growing teeth in children and to prevent tooth decay and cavities over time by strengthening the tooth enamel. According to the American Dental Health Association (ADHA), the fluoridation of water along with the use of fluoride toothpaste twice a day has shown a reduction in tooth decay by 50-60%. Some other countries do not agree with these findings.
The majority of Europe has either banned or rejected the fluoridation of public water. In May 2007 a study was conducted by the health, water, and environment authorities as to the opinions of Europeans concerning fluoride. Many people responded stating that fluoridation should be a choice of the individual and that water should be kept as pure as possible.
When fluoride was first added to drinking water, it was believed that ingestion was most beneficial. More recently, dental researchers have shown that fluoride is only effective when applied topically or directly to the teeth such as when using toothpastes or mouthwashes that contain fluoride. Some researchers have shown that fluoride causes staining of the teeth, or dental fluorosis, if too much fluoride is ingested and that it can have harmful effects on the body. Because not all of the fluoridated water is ingested, and is also used for washing dishes and clothes, showering, and lawn care, most of the fluoride is wasted. These recent findings have caused a shift of opinion in Americans and have emphasized the importance of freedom of choice for fluoridated community water.
The ADHA states that “water fluoridation costs, on average, 72 cents per person per year in U.S. communities (1999 dollars)”. There are much more economical water filters that we offer that will remove the fluoride and that will retain the fluoride. If you have children and are concerned with their dental hygiene and would prefer to have fluoridated water, you may use a variety of water filters that will reduce other harmful contaminants while retaining the essential minerals and fluoride such as the Aquasana AQ-4000 countertop unit, the Omnifilter CBF3, or the Aqua-Pure Easy Complete System. If you decide that neither you nor your family should consume fluoridated water, we do offer reverse osmosis systems that will remove fluoride from your drinking water along with a variety of other harmful contaminants for the purest drinking water quality. We offer such systems as the Watts WQC4 Kwik Change System, and the Hydrotech 4VTFC75GPB for fluoride removal.
America is the number one consumer of bottled water in the world according to James Owen from National Geographic News. The Energy Information Administration states that the average annual price for gasoline in the U.S. is $3.02 while some bottled water companies charge up to $6.40 per gallon! Imagine 30 years or more from now with the combined amount of money spent on supposedly pure bottled water and also the amount of waste produced from the un-recycled bottles that destroy the Earth. Some bottled water when tested reflects no difference in quality than the actual tap water as it began. From an environmental, frugal, and forward-thinking point of view, having an in-home filtration system is advantageous.
With an in-home filtration system, the consumer can have confidence that their drinking water is safe and clean and can enjoy the convenience of not lugging cases of bottled water home each week. One of the major bottled water companies actually states on their website that the water is filtered by reverse osmosis but is then “enhanced” with special minerals. Why not purchase an in-home reverse osmosis system that will truly offer freshly filtered water? An in-home system provides the consumer with bottled water quality water or better because it is filtered at the source of the consumer’s faucet. The reverse osmosis process involves high water pressure through microscopic pores of the filter that will reduce the contaminants to virtually pure water free of contaminants such as chlorine, sediment, and cysts that are commonly found in drinking water. A popular system by Pentek is the RO-3500 which has 3 different stages of filtration for $280.00. The pre-filter should be changed every 3 months while the post-filter lasts one year. Total price for system maintenance per year is around $35.00. The thin film membrane change is signaled by the indicator light which can be anywhere between 2 and 5 years depending upon water quality. The membrane unit is $87.95. Another reverse osmosis system by Hydrotech is the 4VTFC75GPB which has 4 stages of filtration and is only $298.99. Replacement filters should be changed every 6 months which means about $70.00 a year to maintain this system’s high filtering ability. Another type of advanced filtration system is the 3M WV-B3 which is a single stage system for $268.00. This system will reduce 99.99% of chlorine, sediment, cysts, bacteria.
Filters Fast is a great company to purchase such filtration systems because of their reliability and wide selection based on each individuals’ needs. For competitive pricing, remarkable customer service, and clean water, let Filters Fast serve all of your water filtration needs. Not sure about your water quality or what to purchase? Call the experts to find out what is best at 866-438-3458 or visit our website at www.FiltersFast.com.