Benefits of Filtration: Reasons Filtration Matter to You and Your Family

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There are many reasons why you need to be drinking clean, healthy, filtered water and also using HEPA air filters in your home. The most important reason is you are making sure you are doing everything possible to keep you and your family safe and in overall good health!

Filtering your water is the only way to ensure that you are drinking clean water. Your body weight is made up of approximately 60% water. So staying hydrated is extremely important! Water keeps your tissues and other organs moist and regulates your body’s temperature. By doing everyday things like breathing, sweating, and even digestion of the food you eat, you are losing water. There are so many contaminants that you have to worry about in the water source going in to your home today. Chemicals, lead, bacteria and so much more can be found in different water sources. Municipal water treatment facilities sometimes experience outbreaks of bacterial contaminants in the tap water. You have probably heard on your local news at one time or another giving the public a warning to “boil your water”.

Did you know that there are over 2000 known drinking water contaminants that can be present in tap water? Not only that, there are several different types of cancer that can be attributed when certain toxic materials are found in water. The EPA has even gone on to state that lead in drinking water contributes to 480,000 cases of learning disorders each year in children here in the U.S. Lead also has been found to cause birth defects in pregnant women. The unpleasant facts just seem to go on and on!  If you aren’t using any type of water filtration in your home, now is the time to research what will work for you and your family. Find a filtration system that removes the bad things without removing the beneficial minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Air filtration is something else to important for your family’s health. If you aren’t using a HEPA filter in your furnace or air conditioner unit, you should be!  These filters are truly fabulous for trapping irritating airborne particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust, dust mites, and tobacco smoke. If you or a family member suffers with allergies or other breathing conditions, HEPA filters are highly recommended. Also, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter will capture and trap particles in carpets and rugs that can cause allergy symptoms.

If you are filtering your water and using HEPA filters in your home’s furnace and air conditioning unit, you are taking important steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Keep up the great work! If you aren’t using any type of filtration (whether water or air), it’s time to start!  Visit and start enjoying clean living!

How Filtration Plays an Important Role in Allergy Defense

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Let’s talk indoor allergies. Most of us think that people with allergies suffer mostly during the spring and summer months. That’s not necessarily true. They also suffer during the winter months as well. Did you know that there is an estimated 50 million people who suffer with either indoor or outdoor allergies? Some suffer with both. If you suffer with indoor allergies, there are steps that you can take to help relieve the symptoms. The biggest challenge of course is in identifying the allergens that trigger the symptoms. Using proper filtration in your home is the first step in finding relief from whatever indoor allergen (dust, dust mites, molds, pet dander) that is making you miserable!

Whether you are stuck inside your home during the cold winter months or getting ready to start enjoying flowers blooming in the spring, having a high-efficiency media filter with a MERV rating of 11 or 12 in your furnace or air conditioning unit is a must! You want to be using an air filter that captures at least 99.97% of all particles that are 0.3 microns in diameter, or larger.

One major trigger for indoor allergies is dust. If dust is your enemy, having a great media filter that will help remove particulates floating around in your home is the way to go.  Remember to use a damp cloth when dusting so that you aren’t just spreading the dust around, sending it airborne. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter also helps to capture the dust that has settled on your floors or carpets after dusting furniture. Also, keep those air vents and air returns clean. If you change your air filter at least every three months, you will help keep the air clean year round in your home. Another thing to consider is to have your heating and air conditioner units inspected and serviced every six months.

If you are having problems with humidity in your home, using a hygrometer to measure the humidity is helpful. You want the humidity level below 55%. If you live in a state where it is humid and sticky (like Florida), a dehumidifier might give you some relief.

Whatever indoor allergies you may suffer with, know that relief is just a filter away!  Defend yourself by finding out what will work best for you by visiting and start getting that well deserved good night sleep!

Water Crisis: Seeking Answers to our Sewage Problem

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How appealing does drinking poop water sound? Your answer is not very likely, and if offered a glass you would say no. But for 750 million people in the world today, that is a question answered every day as communities collect their water from rivers or streams where sewage has contaminated the water. The cause of this problem is 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. Additionally, 2 billion people use toilets connected to septic tanks which are improperly emptied into areas where water contamination can occur. The World Economic Forum ranks the water crisis as being the number 1 risk currently facing society. Its apparent in all our lives that clean water is important which is why Bill Gates, one of the world’s most widely recognized innovators and philanthropists, wants us to say yes to the poop water question.

In emergency preparedness literature, they explain that if your home is connected to a municipal water source you could drink from the water tank (not from the bowl) on your toilet if absolutely necessary. After all, the water entering your toilet is the same water you get from your faucet. Think about that for a moment. Our toilet water is cleaner than the waterways that 750 million people access to drink. If those people had the same quality water going into our bathrooms, we could prevent an estimated 700,000 child deaths every year.

When thinking about where we get our drinking water it is important to know that 2.5% of total water on Earth is freshwater, with less than 1% of that being readily accessible to humans.  With news reports focused on lingering droughts and ever increasing demand for resources, safe water becomes all the more important. For many countries who can’t afford the infrastructure to control the flow of waste and fresh water, a need for new solutions are required using practical technologies that are both cost effective and efficient.

Fueling the Future of Sanitation

Sewage contains 20% biomass and about 80% water. Now imagine a machine that burns biomass as fuel. In this machine raw sewage is dried. The resulting sludge is boiled to separate out the water. As the process continues, an incinerator burns the remaining solids to produce high-temperatures and high-pressure steam which drives an engine to generates electricity which in turn runs the machine. The resulting water vapor is then filtered to remove additional substances. The by-product of this entire process is purified drinking water, excess power for use in local communities, and ash that can be used as fertilizer. That is exactly how Janicki Bioenergy’s Omni Processor works, and it is being pioneered by Microsoft creator Bill Gates. You might have seen Bill’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon where he challenged the Tonight Show host to pick and drink one of two glasses of water then guess whether it came from a bottle or was poop water, a term coined to bring attention to the concept of converting sewage to safe drinking water in about 5 minutes. After Bill and Jimmy each downed a glass it was revealed both were filled with water sourced from the omni processor located in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, where the prototype is currently located.

For Bill Gates, the pursuit to reinvent how we deal with waste began in 2011 when the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation challenged eight universities to the Toilet Challenge. Each university was given $400,000 to develop a toilet that: Removes harmful waste and recovers resources such as energy, water and nutrients; operates ‘off the grid'; costs less than 5 cents per day; promotes sustainable and financially profitable sanitation services; and is a next-generation product that both the wealthy and developing nations want to use. Each university approached the challenge in unique ways. For example, The California Institute of Technology (who won the top prize) used solar panels to power an electro-chemical reaction that breaks down waste and stores excess energy for night-time operation.

While new toilet technology can reduce the harmful effects of waste, it didn’t solve the infrastructure problem many countries face. Bill Gates and his team at Janicki Bioenergy are betting on the success of the omni processor as it aims to meet the needs in both rural and urban environments. The first prototype, the S100, is a proof of concept that costs about $1.5 million, significantly less than sewer lines and processing plants. The machine is capable of handling sewage for a community of 100,000 people and produces 2,800 gallons of drinking water and between 100 and 250 Kw net electricity per day. Each machine requires only one or two operators at any given time and could pay for itself by selling excess electricity and fertilizer. A second prototype, the S200, will processes around 7 times more sewage while only being 20% bigger in size.

The Clean Water Conclusion

It is said that for every $1 invested into better sanitation, $5 in social and economic benefits are created through the reduction of healthcare costs and increased productivity. This is especially true for women and children who spend an estimated 140 million hours a day searching for and collecting water. Economic benefits are great but saving lives is better. Cutting down on disease and making clean water less scarce presents new opportunities to parts of the world struggling to meet their most basic needs.

The goal is to roll out thousands of omni processors in the near future combined with newer toilet technology to drive community entrepreneurship and innovate the way we currently deal with sewage. Not only in developing countries but within all communities regardless of region or socio-economic status as we look to a sustainable future.

Would I drink poo water? Yes.