In yesterday’s post I gave you a lot of information showing that the drinking water coming out of your tap may not be as safe as you thought.
Today I am going to talk about water filtration choices and will share my recommendation for purifying your drinking water and doing so on a budget.
Our history with water filtration is a long one. It started years ago (too long :-)) when my husband and I first married.
I recall phoning the manufacturers of the different pitcher-type and faucet-mount water filtration systems to determine which type to buy. We were renting at the time, so the cost of installing a large filtration unit either on top or under-the-counter just didn’t make sense.
1. THE FAUCET MOUNT: We were living in Evanston, Illinois, and my research eventually led me to purchase PUR brand’s faucet mount filter. It brought with it a nice set of credentials as it apparently had been endorsed and was used at the time by the U.S. Navy, if memory serves me correctly. My husband was a part time youth minister at the time and one of the youth volunteers was married to a man who was a chemical engineer. When I shared with him the conclusion that I had come to about purchasing our PUR filter, he echoed with enthusiasm what a great filter it was, stating that he had seen the research and thought it was the best filter on the market.
2. THE COUNTER TOP: When my husband and I lived with his parents for a two year period just before our oldest son was born, we recommended that they buy PUR’s counter-top model. The faucet-mount filter unit had proven itself to be heavy for some faucets, causing problems with leakage and other issues and additionally the counter-top model was less expensive to use. So PUR seemed to be quite the favorite in our family.
3. MULTI-PURE CARBON: However, after moving to Oklahoma for my husband’s first tenure-track job as a professor, I became aware of Multi-Pure carbon filters. They were more expensive initially, but the cost per gallon analysis showed that the Multi-Pure was a clear winner.
So, after again doing extensive research into the amount of and types of contaminants that various filters on the market, we made a change.
And Multi-Pure had a great deal at the time wherein one pre-purchases 10 filters (10 years’ worth) and the filter housing is then provided for free, resulting in a significant savings. We were then locked in for 10 years, but I felt confident in our choice.
Fast forward three years.
Our eldest had then been diagnosed with autism and I was having some physical symptoms that were quite worrisome. I had been reading on and off about reverse osmosis, distillation and alkaline water, but was quite confused and could just not come down on one side of the issue or the other.
However, it came to the point where I felt that in order to do the best for our family, I simply needed to make the best decision that I could.
So I got on the phone again and spoke with a few “experts” in field and perused the internet looking for answers. I interviewed experts on the phone regarding the pros and cons of distillation versus reverse osmosis and additionally read articles and spoke with several people regarding alkalinized water. I truly agonized over this decision for a long time.
I already felt that I was a bit excessive in taking my super-duper carbon-filtered water with me everywhere, but I really wanted to get the fluoride and other “undesirables” out of my family’s water.
There are many articles and resources that I could point you to, but here is the “distilled version” (pun intended).
Now, all of this information can get a bit murky, so here are some more articles to read if you would like.
1. The first is on mercola.com and is on the dangers of drinking distilled water. In a nutshell, the article shows that distillation removes all minerals from the water and since minerals are crucial to ones health, this method of purification is not healthy.
2. The second article is written by Gene Franks, the owner of Pure Water Products. He discusses reverse osmosis technology and compares it with distilled water in a no-nonsense manner that is very typical of his business style. To avoid keeping you in suspense any longer, our family chose to go with Pure Water Products and a reverse osmosis system that they recommended.
4. REVERSE OSMOSIS: To be fair, even once the decision to get a reverse osmosis was made, we still had to decide which type. They are sold all over the place and there are different types and different prices. But if you read Mr. Franks’ article, you will see part of what made going with his company an easy decision to make. He took a good bit of time on the phone with me to walk me through the pros and cons of his system versus the others that I had been contemplating and well, his reasoning was easy to follow, he made a lot of sense and he was not pressuring me into anything. In fact, I was considering a water softener as well, but he talked me out of it!
We purchased a reverse osmosis system that uses our multi-pure carbon filter as one of its filters (we had already pre-paid for these and Gene said that they were a great filter and we should save money and keep them) and then we put a remineralizing cartridge on the filter as well. We additionally purchased a whole house filter to remove chlorine and sediment as the negative health effects of chlorine in water are something that I wanted to avoid.
Now, I do not receive any financial compensation from Mr. Franks for referring people to his company. I just think he does a great job and would like to help others “wade through” the deep murky waters of making your drinking water safe. It took us a lot of time and stress and I hope that I have helped to reduce both of these for you.
Oh, and did I mention that Pure Water Products’ prices are really good? Besides the information available on alkalinized water units being sketchy at best, they cost approximately $1,200 on the low end. That’s a lot of money to put down for something that may or may not be beneficial to your health. I think we paid about $250 for our unit from Pure Water Products. And that included free shipping!
Costco also carries some reverse osmosis units that Mr. Franks said were worth considering, but some of those have expensive replacement cartridges. Typically I drive a pretty hard bargain and go for the lowest price, but in this case, I considered Mr. Frank’s expertise really something worth paying for. If you call him I think you will too :-).
In a post in the near future we will discuss selecting water bottles so that you can carry your clean pure water around with you in a healthy and fun way. See you then!
How have you chosen to purify your water? Or if you haven’t already, what do you think you will do?