Water Filtration Systems
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Author:  chickenfarmers [ Fri Jul 18, 2003 5:40 pm ]
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Does anyone have an opinion on what the best water filtration systems are? We plan to purchase a kitchen sink filter, an ice maker filter and a shower filter. I have been doing a lot of research on the internet but there are so many options out there that it really becomes mind boggling. We have been purchasing reverse osmosis bottled water so was wondering if we should get an RO filter for the kitchen sink. One filter I have found so far that sounds pretty good is made by Aquasauna. They have a point of use filter with an under sink attachment, as well as the ice maker and shower filters. I just don't know when it comes to the actual filtering system which one is best. There are so many options - coconut fiber, RO, charcoal, rocks, etc. etc. Just wanted to see if anyone out there had any first hand experience with these different ones and what, in there opion, the best one might be. I just returned from a week in Mexico. I couldn't believe the incredible difference I felt in my hair and skin from showering in the untreated water down there!

Author:  Robert D Bard [ Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:06 pm ]
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www.hightechhealth.com is probably the best Both positive and negative water have advantages. Negative internally and positive is externally.
Their FIR saunas are the best.
You can get info from Sherry Rogers MD website and her books. She highly recommends their water system.
Robert Bard

Author:  Mr. Clean [ Sat Jul 19, 2003 7:27 am ]
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I have also spent some time investigating air/water filtration products. There seem to be several good products out there. RO systems are extremely wasteful with your water, so I have ruled them out for my use. Solid carbon block systems at the kitchen sink and GAC shower heads have been the best options I have come up with.

I am interested in hearing from others on this as well.

Author:  Nadine [ Tue Jul 29, 2003 8:21 pm ]
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I have a four stage filter under the sink. I like it a lot.

Author:  user_48634 [ Tue Aug 19, 2003 1:43 pm ]
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Are you interested in a do-it-yourself project?

I always thought I could make one for the whole house with $20 worth of 6 inch diameter PVC pipe. Put the right fittings on it to screw into the current water coming into the house; fill that sucker with 30 pounds of zeolite (H-E-B's generic kittylitter), 10 pounds of activated carbon, and 6 inches of coco fiber; and turn on the water. The first 100 gallons might be full of grit but after that I would think it would work fine. Plus if you make it yourself, you can use screw-on fittings so you can recharge it every year.

Author:  Nadine [ Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:38 pm ]
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:shock: 100 gallons of water is nothing to sneeze at. Are you serious? I suppose you could water with it, but what consequences would this have on the plumbing and the water heater?

Author:  Mr. Clean [ Tue Aug 19, 2003 4:27 pm ]
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organic1 wrote:
:shock: 100 gallons of water is nothing to sneeze at. Are you serious? I suppose you could water with it, but what consequences would this have on the plumbing and the water heater?

Valid concerns expressed. I believe I'll await Dchall_San_Antonio's results.

Author:  Nadine [ Wed Nov 26, 2003 4:52 pm ]
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Last Wednesday at the Denton Organic Society meeting our speaker was an ecotoxicologist. (He called himself a dirty water scientist). :lol: One thing he pointed out about carbon was that it is a great filter, but it must be changed often or it will not do any good. He said it is great for grabbing impurities and removing them from the water, but it can only hold so much. If something comes along and binds with it better, it may let go of all the other things it had been holding. :shock: Something to think about.

Author:  Mr. Clean [ Wed Nov 26, 2003 11:19 pm ]
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Was the speaker referring to carbon media in general or specifically about solid carbon block or GAC?

If he was disenchanted with all carbon filters, what was his preferred or recommended method of filtration? Reverse osmosis or other?

Author:  Enzyme11 [ Thu Nov 27, 2003 7:14 am ]
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organic1 wrote:
:shock: 100 gallons of water is nothing to sneeze at. Are you serious? I suppose you could water with it, but what consequences would this have on the plumbing and the water heater?

The common practice would be to purge the filter before allowing the filter output to flow into the intermal plumbing. One would use a bypass valve between the filter and the house plumbing to allow purging of the filter and to divert the initial post-recharge flow out of the system. That one-time 100-gallon post recharge purge, if that's all it would require, wouldn't go very far on the lawn or garden. The overall amount of purge "waste" would depend in part on how often the filter would have to be recharged. A person might rig it to accept a garden hose connection on the filter's output side so that the purge water could be delivered to the lawn/garden easily. Pouring that amount of purge water down the drain would be a waste, though.

Author:  Cicely [ Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:27 am ]
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I know I'm responding to an old post, but just wanted to add that I had a whole house filtration unit (carbon) installed on my house before we moved in. One thing I didn't know at the time, is that it is not a good idea if your plumbing is copper instead of PVC. The resulting softer water will slowly degrade the pipes and leach too much copper into your water. Happened to me. We caught it before it did real damage to the pipes, but it sure wasn't healthy for us to be drinking. We had noticed that the copper staining in our tubs and showers was more than it should be. We turned the filter off -- it stopped. Man, I sure miss drinking from any faucet and the way the shower water felt. Now looking into shower filters.

Author:  Nadine [ Wed Mar 17, 2004 11:13 am ]
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Thank you for the information. This is an important fact to keep in mind.

Author:  Mr. Clean [ Wed Mar 17, 2004 2:54 pm ]
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From what I've been able to determine from searching the internet, there are a couple of companies which utilize GAC (granulated activated carbon) for their shower filters which reportedly work quite efficiently. For sink tap water, filters which use solid carbon block media appear to have an advantage. The point of use filtering apporach seems to make the most sense to me right now. I wish we had an industry expert which could filter (yes, pun intended) some of the information and give us the real low down.

Author:  Cicely [ Wed Mar 17, 2004 6:33 pm ]
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Thanks Mr. Clean. I was kind of wondering exactly what a point of use for shower would entail. Chlorine is my main problem. Smells like a swimming pool in there.

Author:  Nadine [ Wed Feb 15, 2006 2:35 pm ]
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http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/home ... atings.htm
Consumer reports compares several types of water purification devices and systems. There are companies who sell, install, and service them too. I use such a service and my mom uses the same company as well. My mom has a whole house water softener. We both have the same kind of four-stage water filter under the sink. The company we use also has a whole house system that is impressive. It removes most harmful contaminants and other nasty stuff that causes the water to be hard. Skin irritations and many other problems can result from hard water. From what I understand, this system maintains itself. I plan to get one in the not too distant future!

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