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     The following information highlights the reasons for wanting or, in some severe cases, needing to filter your water.

"Water quality is not getting any better. Water problems will continue to plague all parts of the world."

     Because water is the universal solvent, it picks up some of everything it touches, according to the Water Quality Association. In more than a third of the United States, mineral deposits create "hard water" that may turn laundry gray, leave soap scum on bathroom tile and produce soap residue that irritates the family's skin. Other minerals create red, brown, green and black staining and "rotten egg" odors in drinking water.

     Unpleasant taste and odor are other common water problems. Many cities chlorinate drinking water, which controls bacteria but often leaves a powerful, almost swimming pool-like taste and odor. Because homeowners do not like the taste and smell of their tap water, many have been turning elsewhere for their drinking water. This includes the billion dollar bottled water industry (much of which is simply carbon filtered) as well as substitutes such as soda, tea or coffee. These people would be healthier if they drank more water and they would drink more if it tasted better.

     Ninety-nine percent of water used by the consumer in his/her home is not ingested but is used for dishes, baths, toilets, lawn, etc. In order to insure perfectly safe water for the 1% that is actually consumed, it could cost the US Water Districts billions of dollars.

     The growth in sales of the bottled water industry has demonstrated that the end user is dissatisfied with his/her drinking water for some reason and has accepted the fact that the local water district will not cure the problem. At this point in time, the consumer is not as worried about contaminants as he/she is about taste, but there is a shift to worry about both concerns.

     Acids and dissolved gasses can corrode enamel on bathroom fixtures, leaving green or rusty-looking stains. While these are largely aesthetic problems, some water can pose a health hazard if it is contaminated with lead and other metals that have leached from corroded pipes or pollutants from other sources.

     We encourage you to read about the water situation. The two books that we recommend are "The Drinking Water Book: A Complete Guide to Safe Drinking Water" by Colin Ingram (ISBN 0898154367) and "But Not a Drop to Drink: The Lifesaving Guide to Good Water" by Steve Coffel (ISBN 0804108110). These two books are a good start to your understanding of water problems.

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Feb 3rd 2009
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