Choosing the Best Kitchen Faucets in the Market

February 17th, 2011

In the past, kitchen faucets only served one purpose, which was to provide the supply of water. But in the recent times, they are considered as more than just functional pieces for your kitchen. Modern faucets come in different designs, sizes, finishes, and shapes. You are provided with wonderful selections to help you enhance the interior design of your kitchen. Whatever the design or architecture of your home and kitchen is, you will be able to find the most appropriate faucet design or style. What is more, you will be able to come up with the desired ambiance in this part of your home. With stylish kitchen faucets, your faucet will not only serve as the source of running water but also as aesthetic ornament.

The Factors to Consider During Faucet Buying

When you want to replace your plain-looking kitchen faucet, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of beautiful selections in the market. But with all these choices, it might be hard for you to choose. This is why before you drive out to a hardware or home depot store you have to determine your needs. This way, it will not be difficult for you to choose. One of the factors that you have to consider when buying a kitchen faucet is finding a style or design that is suitable with the faucet connection. You should also check the number of mounting holes on the countertop or sink. You have to ensure that the faucet is easy to use, after it has been mounted to your kitchen sink. Lastly, you have to opt for a faucet that has relative size to the sink.

The market is filled with kitchen faucets that are made from different materials. These include polished, brass, copper, chrome, and stainless steel. Whatever material that you want to for your faucet, you have to make sure that its body is heavy-weight and durable. This will prevent the faucet from getting destroyed easily. On the other hand, you also have to select a faucet that does not require too much maintenance. What is more, it should match your kitchen’s theme design or the color and material of the kitchen countertop. The material of the faucet should not be prone to discolorations, stains, scratches, and corrosions. Brass faucets are resistant to different conditions. Chrome-plated faucets are available in a low price.

When choosing from a lot of kitchen faucets, you also have to consider the safety of your family. Ask from the staff of the home depot store about faucet accessories. These include filters, dispensers, and filter cartridges. This will help you ensure the safety of the water that is coming out from your faucet. It is easier to control the volume and temperature of the water if the faucets consist of a single handle. On the other hand, faucets with double handles permit exact adjustment of water flow or temperature. What is more, there are separate controls for hot or cold water. Double-handled faucets have more advantages than those with single handles. Plus, they provide more style and class.

Lena Kavhovsky

The Importance of Water

February 17th, 2011

Although most people don’t think of it as a nutrient, water is the most vital nutrient in your daily diet. Think of it this way. You can go for weeks without food but you can only go for a few days without water. So it’s very important. It’s even more important when you realize that your body’s composition is 60 to 75% water. So roughly two thirds of our body weight is water. You can break them down even better by looking at the composition of different body parts. Your blood is 83% water; your muscles are about 75% water; your bones are about 23% water; and your brain is 74% water. So you can see why it’s really necessary to drink enough water.

It doesn’t take much dehydration at all to cause problems in your body. You can have as little as 1 or 2% loss of body weight in water and the reaction can be that your energy is sapped and you feel tired.

Not getting enough water can cause other problems such as mild to excessive thirst, fatigue (which we just covered), headaches, dry mouth, muscle weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, and little or no urination. So it’s important to make sure that you drink enough water.

A lot of people have asked “How much water is enough water?” The basic rule of thumb is to take in about half your body weight converted into fluid ounces. So if a person weighs 200 lbs., they should be drinking 100 fluid ounces of water per day.

About 20% of your daily water intake can come from food. If you eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, there’s going to be a lot of water in them. This is particularly true in things like watermelon and citrus fruit are almost 100% water when you figure it out by weight. Beverages like milk and juice are primarily water too.

A lot of people ask me “What about beer, wine, coffee, tea, and soft drinks? Can these drinks be figured into your water intake?” unfortunately, these drinks are all diuretics and will actually leach the water out of your system. So water is still your best bet.

Now that I’ve given you some of the downside of not drinking enough water, here are some of the benefits. Water works in every system of the body. It aids your digestion; it helps you absorb all your foods; it acts as the transport system for all the nutrients in the bloodstream. Water is necessary for all functions particularly circulation and excretion. For example, you actually blow off water in your breath each time you exhale. Water leaves your system not just to your urine but also through your feces, your sweat, and through respiration. You lose water daily so it’s extremely important to keep putting the water back in.

Water helps you to maintain your body temperature; it does this through the process of sweating and by the opening up of the capillaries in the circulatory system allowing the skin surface to have the proper blood flow that helps to regulate the body temperature.

One of the biggest things the water does is cleansing. Water helps flush the toxins out of your system. It helps keep your kidneys healthy; helps keep your bladder healthy; it gives you better skin because it helps flush out the waste including dead skin cells.

Drinking enough water gives you a decreased chance of kidney stones or urinary tract infections. It can give you more energy because dehydration is one of the biggest causes of fatigue. Not drinking enough water drops your blood volume which makes the heart work harder and you just get more tired, more quickly.

Another thing the water does is revving up your metabolism. There was a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism from a research center in Berlin. It showed that people who consume two liters of water a day can burn up to an extra 150 calories per day. I know that doesn’t seem like much but that converts into about 5 lbs. per year of weight loss that you don’t even have to worry about because it’s being burned off by simply drinking more water.

It was also discovered during the study that when a person drank water their metabolic rate went up within 10 minutes. The researchers think that about 40% of the raised metabolic rate had to do with the fact that the body was warming up the water that the person had drank. That’s one good reason to drink water that’s cold. Another good reason for drinking cold water is that it enters your system more rapidly than warm water.

Water also help suppress your appetite. It helps keep you feeling more full while it helps the body metabolize stored fat. According to studies, if you decrease your water intake, you can actually cause more fat to be deposited. Likewise, if you increase your water intake, you will decrease your existing fat deposits.

Here’s the reason it works that way. Your kidneys can’t work properly if you don’t give the body of water. When the kidneys don’t work properly, some of the load that is usually done by the kidneys gets put off on the liver. The liver’s biggest function is to metabolize the stored fat and to convert that stored fat into usable energy for your body.

If the liver has to do some of the kidneys’ job, it obviously will not be able to work at full capacity. What ends up happening? The liver can’t metabolize as much fat so more fat ends up getting stored in your body.

Because water is so vital in metabolizing fat, it’s a key factor in losing weight. Weight loss is increased by the revved up metabolism supplied by drinking enough water. With this in mind, an overweight person actually needs to drink more water than a thin person. That’s because the more you weigh, the higher your metabolic load is.

Since we know the water does help metabolize the fat and that an overweight person as more fat metabolize, it’s easy to see that overweight person needs to drink more water. In fact, they should drink one extra glass of water for every 25 lbs. of extra weight that they’re carrying.

Water also helps maintain your muscle tone. Since the muscles are over 75% water, it helps give the muscles the ability to contract, prevents dehydration within the muscles, and prevents the soreness.

It also helps prevent sagging skin. This happens because as water is flushing out the toxins, the shrinking cells are actually buoyed up by the water giving it a clean, healthy cell structure. It does this by clearing out all the toxins in the cells.

Water is a universal solvent; water is a cleanser that we use all the time for cleaning our dishes, cleaning our clothes, and cleaning our cars. It does make sense that we should use it to clean our bodies as well.

During weight loss, if you’re working on that, your body will be dumping a whole lot of toxic waste into your system as it burns off the stored fat. You’ll need to drink more water to help flush out all those toxins and to prevent you from feeling anything uncomfortable from the detoxification. So water helps get rid of the waste and flushes it out fast.

Speaking of getting rid of waste, water also helps relieve constipation. When the body doesn’t get enough water, the first place it goes to get water is the lower intestines. What happens then is that you become constipated due to lack of water. If the same person drinks enough water, the bowel movements return.

Since we are talking about excretions and eliminating waste, a good way to tell if you’re drinking enough water is the color of your urine. If it’s a dark orangey color or like the color of apple juice, you’re not drinking enough water. The color of your urine should be more like lemonade. If your urine is clear like water, that’s even better. That way you know that you are fully hydrated.

When you finally get to the point where you are fully hydrated, all of your systems are going to work better. There won’t be any fluid retention because your body only retains fluid when it thinks that it is running short on fluid. So when you get enough water, the fluid retention will stop, your stored fat cells will be used as fuel, the liver will be freed up to do the work that it is supposed to be doing, there won’t be as much stress placed on your kidneys, your regular thirst will return, and there won’t be as much hunger.

Some people have asked about sources of water other than fruits and vegetables. Tap Water is not all that good to drink. A study done by Tufts University on tap water in different parts of United States showed contamination ranging from E. coli to pharmacy drugs. That’s not unusual when you think that roughly 80% of all medications that people take is eliminated in their urine or feces. Currently, there are no wastewater treatment facilities that have pharmaceutical screens to filter out and clean the water before sending it back out into the community for use. The biggest concentration of a drug was found to be the cholesterol reducing drugs like Lipitor. The second largest concentration was hormone replacement drugs like Premarin and birth-control pills. So all of these things can be found in your tapwater. It’s best to get your own filters for your home. There are several different types of water filters available including reverse osmosis and charcoal filtering.

Bottled water is another way to go. Try to stay away from plastic bottles because of the plastic can leach into the water over time. Bottled waters will have an expiration date. This is done to reduce the risk of any plastic being in the water if it were stored for a long period of time or in a heated environment. The plastic contains neurotoxins that can attack the nervous system and reproductive system. Try to get your water in glass if possible.

Alkaline water is the best of all for you. It’s important that the body be kept at a more alkaline pH because studies have shown that the more acidic a body is, the more prone it is to disease, particularly cancer. Try to keep your body’s pH at 7. This can be measured by your urine; it should also have a 7 pH which will be that very clear color that I spoke about earlier. By the way, the pH of water is 7.

The majority of people the United States have acidic bodies directly caused by their high consumption of meat and generally poor diets that contain foods that will cause the body to be acidic. For example, soft drinks contain phosphoric acid which will cause the body to become acidic.

To sum it up, drink plenty of water and try to get it in a glass container.

Jerry Ryan, Ph.D.

Spa Cartridge Cleaning Instructions

February 14th, 2011

Spa Cartridge Cleaning Instructions


Cartridge Cleaning Instructions for Bromine & Chlorine Users




When should a cartridge element be cleaned?




For spas, establish a routine cartridge cleaning schedule based on the amount of spa usage.

We recommend a rotation pattern, moving the cartridges clockwise every week or two. Start by setting your routine. My hot tub has 3 cartridges, I have labeled the positions 1-3 and every week I rotate clockwise, adding a clean cartridge to the #1 location and removing the #3 cartridge for cleaning.


If Baquaspa® is used as a sanitizer, the filter element must be cleaned with Baqua Clean® before any cartridge cleaner is used. Please refer to “Cartridge Cleaning Supplement for Baquaspa® Users.”




What is the procedure to clean my cartridge?




  1. Remove the cartridge from the housing following the manufacture’s instructions.
  2. Use a garden hose with a straight flow nozzle to wash down the filter element. Work from the top down, holding the nozzle at a 45 degree angle, and wash all the pleats with emphasis between pleats.
  3. Rinse until all dirt and debris is gone.
  4. Where perspiration and other oils are present, soak the element for at least one hour (over night is more effective) in a commercial filter cleaner, like Bear Strip.
  5. Rinse the cartridge again to remove oils and cleaning solution.
  6. If the filter has a coating of algae, calcium carbonate (residue from calcium hypochlorite), iron, or other minerals, soak the cartridge in a solution of one part muriatic acid to twenty parts water until all bubbling stops. WARNING: Failure to remove all oils and cleaning solution before acid soaking will result in a permanent restriction of water flow and cause premature cartridge failure.
  7. Rinse the cartridge clean and store or reassemble into the housing.


WARNING: Wear rubber gloves and safety glasses when using acid and chorine. Do not add water to acid, always add acid to water. Do not mix chlorine and acid.


If  you feel an acid bath is warranted, we recommend this be done by one of our trained professionals.


Cartridge Cleaning Supplement for Biguanide® Users




What should I know about cleaning my cartridge element if I use a biguanide system such as Baqua Spa®?




Unlike chlorine, which oxidizes the bacteria in the water, the active ingredient in biguanide systems, polyhexamethylene biqunaide (PHMB), destroys the bacterial cells. PHMB locates and binds to the bacterial surfaces, and then attacks the outer bacterial wall. Once this wall has been compromised, the inner cell membrane (the cytoplasmic membrane) is destroyed. This destruction allows the cell contents to disperse into their surroundings where they are further broken down into their elemental parts by a non-chlorine oxidizer such as Leisure Time BoostTM or Baqua Shock®.


In addition, Baqua Spa Shock® is a coagulant which combines bacterial cells and other small particles in the environment into particles large enough to be trapped by the filter. The resulting deposit is a gray sticky film on the media which can only be removed with Baqua Spa Filter Cleaner®. If trisodium phosphate (TSP) or any TSP type cleaner is used prior to stripping the film, the cleaner and the gray film will combine to form a gum-like substance. Once this occurs, the substance cannot be removed from the media and the filter cartridge must be replaced.


WARNING: Follow all manufacturer’s instructions, warnings and cautions when using Baqua Spa® products.


If you have any further questions about how to clean you Spa Cartridge Please call or email one of our Teddy Bear Pools & Spa Trained Professionals, We would be happy to assist you.

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Don’t Let Bottled Water or Water Filters Fool you

February 14th, 2011

Industry, agriculture and the general public use over 70,000 different chemicals. Many of which can be found in our environment today, polluting the air we breathe, the soil in which we produce our crops, our lakes, rivers and streams. Many of these toxic contaminants are finding their way to our drinking water sources.

Amazing as it may seem, municipal water treatment facilities are only required to test for 68 of these contaminants. 51% of the U.S. population do not believe that federal laws governing drinking water quality are strict enough. Many people today drink bottled water or use drinking water filters.

Bottled water is heavy to handle, inconvenient and expensive to buy. Most bottled water is of good quality. Some is not as “pure” as they would like us to believe. The Natural Resources Defense Council studied a number of bottled waters and found the vast majority of the waters tested to be good quality drinking water. Approximately 25% was actually nothing but tap water. A few of the waters tested were found to contain contaminants of health concern.

The source of bottled water can be misleading at times. Just because the label displays a picture of a mountain stream, this doesn’t mean it was the source of the water. Read the label and the cap of the bottle, usually the actual source will be indicated. If your intention is to use bottled water as an alternative to tap water, purchase the high quality waters.

The other option is a water filter. There are over 400 companies that manufacture and sell water filtration products that treat contaminants found in our drinking water. Most of these products only reduce chlorine to some degree. Only a few companies produce filters that actually reduce pesticides, herbicides and other chemical contaminants of health concern.

NSF International (National Science Foundation) tests and certifies water purification filters to meet certain standards and all claims of performance the manufacturer makes. Any manufacturer of water filtration products that meet the NSF standards are proud to advertise that fact. NSF certifies what the filtration device can reduce, this does not mean the contaminants listed are in your water supply.

Choosing a water filtration system can be tricky to say the least. There are a number of factors to consider in comparing drinking water filters. The first consideration should be the NSF Certification. Always review the NSF Certification of the product to verify that it will meet your needs. Manufacturer’s certifications can be viewed on the NSF website.

Quality is a key factor in choosing any drinking water filtration system. A quality system will last for years, saving replacement cost. Quality systems do not come cheap, but in the long run they are definitely the best buy and offer more value in contaminant reduction. Most high quality systems are very efficient, and reduce contaminants to the highest degree. Always look for a system that is certified to reduce Bacterial Cysts, Chlorine, Heavy Metals, Herbicides, Pesticides and a vast array of other contaminants.

Also check the lifespan of the filter itself, as replacement filters can be very costly. If the filter has a high capacity rating it will last longer, requiring fewer filter changes, therefore reducing costs.

Loose carbon filters should not even be considered as they are a breeding ground for bacterial growth, have a very short filter lifespan and are very ineffective.

Solid carbon block filters are highly effective, do not remove the healthy minerals from water, doesn’t require electricity and generally have a high capacity rating. Check the micron rating, 0.5 is is very good. A 0.5 micron filter will effectively reduce particulate matter and bacterial cysts. The NSF certification will tell you which contaminants the filter will reduce and to what degree.

Some people prefer reverse osmosis which can reduce additional contaminants. Please note: reverse osmosis removes minerals from the water. It’s a good idea to take a vitamin/mineral supplement when using this type of filter on a regular basis to replace the healthy minerals removed from the water. Reverse Osmosis also reduces fluoride, which is a good thing. There is no need for fluoride in your drinking water.

Determine what technology is used in the pre-filters and the after filter. Many reverse osmosis units use solid carbon block technology in addition to the RO membrane. An additional filter, such as a solid carbon block, is recommended just prior to the faucet. Again, check the NSF Certification and take into consideration the filter life capacities..

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Drinking Water Filtration See The

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Patti Wilson

The Importance of Proper Water Quality in Aquariums

February 11th, 2011

Nothing is more important in aquarium keeping than water quality management. There are many excellent products available out there to assist in water quality management, but in my opinion, there is still no replacement for water changes, good filtration, and good feeding habits.

Water Changes; changing water in more frequent, smaller amounts is preferable to larger less frequent changes. Make sure the water going in has the right chemistry (PH, ect.) and temperature. I like to use reverse osmosis water, then add the elements I need back in (especially for saltwater or soft water aquariums such as discus). Well or spring water is also usually excellent. Otherwise use a de-chlorinator (sodium thiosulfate), if chlorine or chloramines are present (Wonder shells remove chlorine, stabilize KH, and add electrolytes). Water changes are important for Nitrate removal and buildup of toxic organic and inorganic material.

Good filtration consists of biological, chemical, mechanical, and germicidal.

-Biological: Sponge Filters are excellent bio filters (generally used in smaller aquariums, but there are larger ones now available, as well a sponge pre-filters for intakes of other filters, such as canister and HOB filters), wet/dry on a larger scale, fluidized bed, and under gravel filters (Your canister filter, power filter, ect also can be biological filters- just make sure to not change all media during cleanings. You want to wash some of the media out in used aquarium water. Ceramic bio rings are excellent in canister filters for bio filtration). Live rock in marine aquariums also acts as bio filters. Biological filtration removes ammonia and nitrite from your water (anaerobic bacterial can remove nitrates in limited quantities in saltwater). Nitrates are best removed by plants such as Hornwort in freshwater. There is much more information available about Bio-Filtration here: “The Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle”

-Chemical filtration is achieved by carbon, zeolite (freshwater only for zeolite), and many other inorganic filter media such as resins.

-Mechanical filtration is the removal of debris from the aquarium via filter floss, cartridges, ECT. Canister filters excel at mechanical filtration. HOB (Hang on the back- power filters) are also reasonable mechanical filters (The Aqua Clears are not very good mechanical filters, but generally good bio-filters)

-Germicidal filtration is the use of uvc radiation or ozone to kill disease pathogens in the water. I highly recommend UV sterilization in ANY aquarium, especially fish tanks with high disease risk rates for disease such as goldfish or discus.

Good feeding habits simply means feeding what the fish will consume in 2-3 minutes (very general rule), twice per day. Also using a quality food that is highly digestible is very important for less waste (Spirulina 20 flake, HBH, Omega, Sanyu, Hikari, and Ocean Nutrition are excellent, TetraMin in my opinion has too much cereal and indigestible amino acids). Most fish foods available have too high of a cereal content and not enough fats and fish proteins.

This is a VERY general discussion about water quality; See our full Aquarium Information site below.

Carl Strohmeyer

Whole House Water Treatment – Covering All Your Clean Water Bases

February 11th, 2011

Let’s face it. Safe, clean water shouldn’t just come out of the faucet in your kitchen. It should be available to your family in every part of the house. If you’re shopping for water treatment equipment, then covering all your clean water bases with whole house water treatment is something you should seriously consider.

Now before you disagree with me, just hear me out. The importance of having purified water doesn’t end with drinking. You also need safe, clean water for cooking, bathing and showering. And still, it doesn’t end there.

Quality water treatment equipment should be able to remove corrosive chemicals that come into contact with your home plumbing. This means protecting your family from lead, copper and other heavy metals that can be leached from your pipes into your water. Whole house water treatment addresses this critical issue.

And there’s one more thing I’d like to bring to your attention. There is also an environmental consideration to water treatment equipment: after the water is used, it returns into the city sewer line. Effective whole house water treatment ensures that your used water is free of harmful chemicals and bacteria. So in the long run, you are providing extra protection to your family, as well as your community.

Whole house water treatment also makes sense in terms of cost and convenience. It costs less than 50 cents a day to have safe, clean water delivered to your family through faucets, showers, baths, toilets, washers, etc. The upkeep for this type of water treatment equipment is fairly minimal. If you ever have to move, this system is easy to disconnect and take with you to your new location.

I’ve done extensive research into whole house water treatment and have found a system that adds a HEALTHY component to their method of water purification. This water treatment equipment uses a method called multi-stage filtration, which comprehensively purifies water while leaving healthful minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium untouched. Easily getting your daily mineral intake from drinking water is such a great way to support the health of your teeth, bones and other important bodily functions.

This is a bonus that is not included with the more common water treatment equipment, such as distillation and reverse osmosis.

Make no mistake. Whole house water treatment based on multi-stage filtration is the best way to cover all your clean water bases. I’d like to invite you to read more about this comprehensive water treatment equipment at my web site. I’ve done a lot of research so that you don’t have to.

Olivia Romero

How Can You Improve Your Drinking Water Quality?

February 8th, 2011

You are right if you think that something should be done about your drinking water. But how can you improve your drinking water quality? It is easy to feel somewhat overwhelmed by too much and contrasting information.

Let us set some order in the matter. The drinking water distributed by municipal services is supposed to be safe because it has passed a thorough treatment, designed to remove, in a sequence of steps, one contaminant at a time.

Water Contamination however has many forms, as you can easily find if you are inclined to, and it is practically impossible to get pure water at the exit of the treatment plant. They will not even try.

In fact all services add chlorine or equivalent substances for disinfection, to make sure that pathogens and other harmful microbial parasites, viruses, bacteria and the like are killed or inactivated.

Nothing to brag about, if we think of purity. It is true that the treated water you get at your tap will not harm, generally, healthy adults.

It may still be quite dangerous to the health of children, babies, elderly or weakling persons and pregnant women, but it may be hard to prove the link.

Still odor, color and taste leave much to be desired, while  additional undefined contaminants, not treated by the public service, may be coming from old piping systems.

You might decide, out of dismay, to depend on bottled water for drinking, hoping to have improved quality by a courageous leap. Unfortunately more often than not, bottled water is uncertain, inconstant, not better than plain tap water, as research has demonstrated.

Moreover the cost is prohibitive, if you care to sum up the expenses for a month or for a year, and if you consider transport and storage of the bottles. Moreover you should add the disposal of the empty plastic containers which are a nuisance for you and a scourge for the environment.

It is commonly agreed, and even recommended by official professionals, that a filtering system installed at the point of use, usually your kitchen faucet, will greatly improve the quality of the water you will drink, if you properly select, install and maintain (by periodic change) the home filter cartridges.

Many types of filters are available on the market. To select what will satisfy your needs you should probably check guaranteed performance and independent testing certifications, long time costs or economy of operation, and supplier’s reliability and commitment to the customers.

That is the kind of research that I tried to do in my website that you are invited to review.

Elia E. Levi

A1 Filtration System

February 8th, 2011

Water is known to be the prime substance needed by the human body. And by marking its importance many poets have written famous poems on it too. Such as “Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink”! This poem was written by Coleridge and sarcastically it is very true, irrespective of your residence. These days, pure drinking water has become a point of concern that requires the attention and commitment of everyone who wants to live a healthy life. That’s the reason you can find certain boom in the filtration system and now water Filters are certain solution to this problem.

Market is flooded with various water filters coming having array of benefits and features. But it’s A1 filtration system which are heading the list. Literally, filtration system is the process which seals complete safety and purity of water and making it fit for consuming. Now A1 filtration system has become so advanced that they can be mounted on the faucet so that the consumer can get instant clean and pure drinking water. According to the experts installation and its maintenance is the prime priority and also the points kept in mind while installing and using A1 water filtration system.

Broadly, there are two types of A1 water filtration systems. First, Point-of-Entry A1 filtration system and second is the A1 Point-of-Use filtration system. Point-of-Entry A1 filtration system normally filters the tap water when it first enters in your house through plumbing lines. The report is that the water in your house is completely filtered and made safe for drinking. But, it is safe and healthy option to filter the water before its consumption. POE A1 water filters are powerful in eliminating impurities, chlorine and chemical toxins from the water.

The second category of A1 filtration system is known as Point-of-Use A1 water filters. A1 filtration system provides pure drinking water which can be further used for cooking, irrigation and shower too. POU A1 filtration system removes all varieties of small or dissolved water impurities and chemicals, along with microbes. It is equipped with one or more of the basic water filtration system, such as filtration, reverse osmosis, and distillation. Thus, if you are health freak and want to live a healthy life then simply install A1 filtration system and get only clean water.

For more information about aquasana water filtration system, please visit:

Nancy Desuja

Well Water Filtration Systems – Solving Well Water Problems

February 5th, 2011

For private well owner, the well water is known to have an abundance of dissolved minerals including calcium, magnesium and iron, as well as iron bacteria. This iron bacteria, can form a gel-like slime or biofilm that captures chemicals, minerals and other particles such as sand, clays and silts which will seriously degrade the quality of well water. Improper well design or construction can cause more contamination which can be visually seen. When water appear to be cloudy, it is due the formation of more sediment, usually are the scum formation caused by excessive Calcium or Magnesium salts. Green stains on walls and well fixtures are the indication of high acidity, brown-red stain is showing the high presence of dissolved iron due to corrosion.

The taste of the well water is an indicative measure of the quality of water. Salty or brackish normally mean the content sodium is high in water, soapy taste is due to dissolved alkaline minerals, metallic taste is indicating acidity or high iron content, and chemical taste is caused by the chemicals or pesticides presence in it.

Sometimes we do sense some foul smell or bad odor from well water and this is another indicative measure of the quality of water as well. Hydrogen sulfide gas resulted from the use of sulfate in reducing bacteria will give you rotten egg odor, if detergent smell is sensed, it could be the contamination from leakage of septic tank where the chemicals used in treatment will cause foaming in the water. Decaying organic matter like body of animals that is decomposing will emit the earthy or musty odor.

A good well water filtration system is extremely important in getting rid of the above mentioned harmful contaminants, not only which can be seen, tasted and smelled by human, but more crucially the types that which are not able to be perceived or traced by human’s five senses before consuming it. There are seriously a series of effective removal need to be done before we can safely consume the contaminated well water; namely organic and chemical contaminants, bad odor and taste.

Well water filtration systems should have selective filter that removes chemical and metal contaminants while leaving in good, healthy minerals for pH balanced, great tasting water. Unlike reverse osmosis system, it will practically remove every element that is bigger than 0.001 microns, which is slightly larger than the molecule of water itself. Ideally, mechanical filtration down to .5 microns will be effective in eliminating most harmful sediments and unwanted heavy minerals.

Activated carbon blocks with Anamorphous Titanium Silicate (ATS) ion exchange resin, widely used in industrial sector, but seldom marketed in household product, is proven in its ability to remove lead and other heavy metals. It doesn’t release organic or inorganic residues such as aluminum into your water, but replaces heavy metals with potassium so your water is healthy and great tasting.

Sulfur is the main cause of most faulty odor and unbearable nuisance in the water, and the content of sulfur varies depending on the location of water source. Well water filtration systems that comprise of activated carbon and KDF, a high-purity copper-zinc granules, can remove hydrogen sulfide, iron, chlorine, heavy metals, and bacteria from water. To deal with well water that has high content of sulfur, a more dedicated filtration that cater for removing bad odor should be used instead.

The well water filtration systems must be effectively capable of removing harmful contaminants, organic or inorganic, bacteria and other Volatile Organic Compounds, not compromising on the awful taste and bad odor as well. It should not comes in separate components which make the installation a difficult task and take up more space. Compact well water filtration systems should be easy to install and always make sure the cartridges are conveniently available for replacement as this will determine the actual efficiency in its performance.

Alvyn Khoo

Portable Water Purification System – a One Time Investment for a Lifetime of Clean Water

February 5th, 2011

Have you put off purchasing a home water filter system because you’re worried that you would lose your investment if you had to move? Well I’m here to tell you that its possible to purchase a portable water purification system, guaranteed to easily and conveniently move with you. This means that you make a one-time investment for a lifetime of clean water for your and family.

Let’s face it. With all the environmental toxins that experts are telling us are in our water, owning a water purification system is no longer a luxury. It’s is a necessity. Just doing some simple research online will yield dozens of companies that specialize in home water treatment. However, there are only a few that provide portable water purification products.

Heavy duty systems like reverse osmosis and distillation tend to be more appropriate for commercial use. When adapted for residential use, these water purification systems are still unwieldy and maintenance-intensive. Even if you weren’t looking for a portable water purification system, reverse osmosis and distillation have other drawbacks that may make you rethink the hefty investment. Both require the addition of a carbon filter that must be regularly changed, to catch synthetic chemical contaminants and parasites and bacteria that the main filters are incapable of removing. Both systems also strip out health-enhancing minerals like calcium and magnesium. The end result is expensive water that is clean, but not necessarily healthy.

Bottled water could be considered portable water purification, if it wasn’t for the fact that there is no guarantee that the water is actually pure. There are no government regulations that require bottled water to be any cleaner than tap water. The U.S. FDA has publicly stated that, “Companies that market bottled water as being safer than tap water are defrauding the American public.”

For my money, the best portable water purification system is one that uses multi-stage filtration technology. This comprehensive approach to water purification means that everything I don’t want in my water is removed and everything that I do want in my water remains untouched. I no longer have to worry about high levels of chlorine leaching heavy metals from my plumbing or creating an irritating gas in the steam from my shower.

I can also feel confident knowing that synthetic chemicals like pesticides, herbicides and agricultural runoff are not in my little girl’s glass of water. She can enjoy a safe, pure, great tasting drink of water that contains essential minerals important for the health of her teeth and bones.

You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that multi-stage filtration products come in a variety of forms designed to suit your personal needs. Over and under the counter water dispensers, shower filters and whole house filters can provide water when and where you want it. Each of these products is a portable water purification system in itself, as they are just as easy to remove as they are to install. If you need to relocate or just want to purchase a new home, your portable water purification system easily goes with you.

Make no mistake about it. A home water treatment system is an important investment that deserves serious consideration. Why not spend your hard-earned money on a system that delivers the cleanest, healthiest, best-tasting water WHEREEVER you may be. A one-time investment in portable water purification will yield a lifetime of healthy returns for you and your family.

Olivia Romero