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Water Filtration, Softener & Purification
Do you have concerns about your water? Do you want to know if your concerns align with the majority of the population in America?
In January 2019, The Water Quality Association conducted an independent study. This study, conducted through a third-party entity, reflected American’s concern for water quality. It was the seventh study in the past 15 years in which the WQA commissioned a professional research team. The team found the American population had lost faith in their water quality since 2017!
We have summarized their findings in our article. Let’s review the most significant findings, most pertinent to the general population today!
After their review of the population’s outlook on water quality, many had concerns. Citizens were either concerned or very concerned about water quality in their area. In comparison, the WQA’s 2017 independent study on water quality asked the same questions. At that time, only two years prior, only 18% of Americans were very concerned and 24% concerned.
Concern for water quality in America increased from less than a fifth of the population to over half. An increase to 48% of Americans have become concerned with tap water quality. These significant leaps of concern show something significant. The American people are more aware of the poor water quality in their water supply and their tap water.
The study found that 80% of households received water from a municipal water supplier. They found 12% obtained their water from a well, and 8% did not know the source of their water supply. Among those polled, 54% with a municipal supply, and 52% with well water are not confident that their water is safe. That is a significant amount of people who don’t trust their water supply.
Concerns On The Rise
Public awareness has increased since an increasing number of contaminated water stories spread. News stations around the nation continue to report stories of water contamination findings. Many are familiar with the case of lead in Flint Michigan’s water supply. Of course, Flint is not the only city in the US to have dangerous water contaminants. But, news coverage is shining light on the seriousness of the water quality crisis in America.
The Flint water crisis began in 2014. And many Michigan officials have recently stated the water is safe for consumption. Yet, many Flint residents are aware of the damage done and no longer trust officials. Lead leached into their drinking water from the corroding pipes. Many people are still unwilling to use the water supplied to their homes. And, for good reason.
Public awareness of water quality is on the rise and we are so pleased about that. But, it may take years for some areas to receive government funding to fix their water supply issues. However, there are steps that residents can take to improve their homes’ water quality.
At Home Prevention
Whether for drinking, bathing, or cleaning, the water supplied to your home should be safe. We offer Whole House Reverse Osmosis Systems removing 99% of the chemicals in your water. Arsenic, lead, cyanide, copper, nickel, and other ions are significantly reduced. Our system removes the contaminants from the water supply throughout your entire home. The hardness of the water is also removed. Which eliminates limescale buildup on appliances and water fixtures in your home. Your water becomes softer on your hair and skin. The water will even taste and look purer! Any odors that may have been present before our system, disappear.
We provide a lifetime warranty, and we guarantee the least water usage. With our 100% money-back guarantee, you can breathe easier. You’ll love knowing you have water you can trust for your health and home. Don’t take a chance on the quality of your water supply! Let Crystal Clear Water Purification bring you peace of mind, as well as pure and safe water to your home! Contact us today!
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Could your drinking water be causing serious health effects? In short, the answer is yes! But why is it that drinking water in a first world country can cause severe health conditions such as cancer and infertility? For around 19 million Americans, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (or PFAS) are to blame for weakened immune systems and other bodily harm.
What Are Perfluoroalkyl And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances?
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (or PFAS) are manmade chemicals that have been used in many American and international industries since the 1940s. The primary use of these chemicals are within anti-stick products. Products such as non-stick pans and cookware, water-resistant clothing, firefighting foam, even makeup, and dental floss. Thousands of chemicals fall within the PFAS classification, and several scientific studies link them to serious adverse health problems. When these studies were published, the manufacturing of these chemicals began to phase out. However, you cannot take away past mistakes, and the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances were found not to break down quickly, building up in humans and animals over its time being used. The PFAS was seen as a contaminate among water supplies near manufacturing sites, airports, firefighting training locations, military compounds, and industrial plants. The Environmental Working Group has posted an interactive map on their site for you to explore the affected areas close to you.
The Danger Level
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances are manmade chemicals, which means they do not naturally occur in the environment. The most common, and most dangerous, of the PFAS are called PFOA and PFOS. These two chemicals have been studies rigorously over the years and in 2015 were completely phased out. However, they still contaminate our water supplies.
Health risks associated with these chemicals include:
- Kidney Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Endocrine System Disruption
- Weakened Immune Systems
- Increased Cholesterol
- Increased Risk for Diabetes Development
- Health Concerns of the Thyroid, Liver, and Pancreas
- Hormonal Imbalances Leading to Infertility
- Developmental Stunts in the Behavioral, Physical and Intellectual Growth of Infants and Children
Because the PFOS and PFOA’s are not naturally occurring organisms, they build up in the body. The properties were manufactured for resisting water and oils due to the products they were designed for, such as non-stick cookware. Digesting these chemicals out of the body is a long and almost impossible task, which allows the contaminants to build up in the body until that time. Although more than 200 international scientists have advised against the use of these compounds altogether, many manufacturing companies have replaced the older PFAS with newer chemicals in the same PFAS family, which have the same dangerous chemical properties.
Exposure To PFAS Contaminants
The largest and most common route of exposure to PFAS is through polluted water. Tap water and groundwater are all reported to be contaminated in at least 16 million documents cases within the United States and Puerto Rico. Many scientists believe the documented cases do not include all current or past contaminated cases because of the exclusion of private wells that have the same potential of contamination.
Aside from the exposure in water sources, the human body can also accumulate PFAS through food and food packaging. As recent as 2017, there have been reports of 1/3 of all fast food wrappers testing positive for PFAS, which readily adhere to greasy foods.
Preventing PFAS Exposure
While PFAS can be contaminating you and your loved ones through foods, wrappers, makeup, and floss, documented cases for water pollutants of PFAS greatly outweigh other contaminant routes. Read all labeling carefully for environmental sources of PFAS, and install a complete water purification system.
Crystal Clear Water Purification Systems remove 99% of all contaminants. Through our Whole House Reverse Osmosis Unit, you can rest assured your water will look, taste, and smell its purest form every pipe and faucet in your home. Appliances will last longer, and health risks are significantly diminished. With the Reverse Osmosis system, our membrane filtration process occurs under intense pressure and forces water molecules through tiny pores, allowing only hydrogen and oxygen molecules through the membrane. The chemicals are left on the membrane and out of your tap water. Minimizing your water waste, and electricity use, we pride ourselves with a lifetime warranty and money-back guarantee! Give us a call at 239-599-5762 or Contact Us on our website today!
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What is Reverse Osmosis
Reverse osmosis is one of the most effective methods of filtering the tap water in your home. Reverse osmosis technology is designed to remove a great percentage of the contaminants in your drinking water by filtering the water through a semipermeable membrane.
Reverse osmosis filters are one of the main types of water filters trusted by commercial businesses and private homeowners alike. Reverse osmosis filtration systems are among the most popular options because of the large amount of potential contaminants that the process removes. Other types of popular water filters include UV filters, infrared filters, water ionizers, and carbon filters. Many technologies within these types of filters overlap - for example, our 6-stage reverse osmosis water filter contains a carbon filter, and deionizes tap water in a manner similar to that of other filters.
At its most basic, reverse osmosis is a process through which inorganic solids, like salts, are removed from an aqueous solution, like your tap water. The water in your tap is pushed through a semipermeable membrane, which filters out many contaminants and impurities that can find their way into your drinking water.
“Reverse osmosis” can often sound like scientific jargon, so let’s break down that phrase to demystify the actual process. First, we should outline the natural process of osmosis as it occurs in nature.
Osmosis is one of the most important processes to occur in nature every day. Osmosis occurs when weaker saline solutions migrate to stronger saline solutions. Or, put simply, when water with fewer particles or impurities moves naturally to adjacent water with more particles and impurities. An example of this in the real world is when your kidneys absorb water from your bloodstream - the water in your blood moved to the denser area of your kidneys.
Less concentrated solutions will always migrate to more concentrated solutions if possible. A semipermeable membrane allows small particles like water to pass through, so if you separated a solution with low salt content and a solution with high salt content by placing a semipermeable membrane between them, the solution with low salt content would pass through the membrane and fill the solution with high salt content until their densities were equal.
What, exactly, is a semipermeable membrane? The technical definition is a barrier through which some particles can pass through, but others cannot. Some great examples in real life would be a sponge, a fisher’s net, or a screen door. While air can flow through your screen door, a bird certainly could not.
So, then, reverse osmosis is exactly that: reversing the process of osmosis to push solutions with a higher concentration of particles through a semipermeable membrane to remove unwanted particles and contaminants. Because of the way the process works, a particle’s size determines whether or not it will remain in your tap water once it’s pushed through. Some reverse osmosis filters can remove particles that are as small as .001 microns.
How can the process of osmosis be reversed? By applying concentrated energy to the solution (in this case, the tap water being directed into the filter). Reverse osmosis filters like those sold by Pelican Water apply a great deal of energy to your tap water to pass the water through a semipermeable membrane and remove the contaminants within. This process will desalinate the water and block many contaminants from remaining in your water. The process of desalinization (removal of salt) can also be referred to as demineralization or deionization (removing minerals or certain ions from your water).
Multiple processes occur within a reverse osmosis filter that leave you with crisp, refreshing drinking water with most impurities removed in a matter of moments.
What Is a Shower Filter?
When it comes to water filtration, most consumers automatically associate filters and water treatment products with drinking water. This connection is natural - the water we drink every day should be properly filtered and free of contaminants so we drink pure, refreshing water without any unwanted side effects or health problems.
But did you know your body also absorbs water while you shower? The water you bathe in affects the overall quality of your skin and hair. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and if you shower for 10 minutes per day the potential chemicals in your shower water could irritate your skin and damage your hair.
Most homeowners aren’t aware of the dangerous chemicals present in their shower water. Quite frankly, our drinking water tends to get all of the attention! But in order to fully filter the water in your home, you should consider investing in a shower filter. A shower filter is installed right at the shower head, so the water is treated before it reaches your skin. Most shower filter systems come with their own shower head, but some systems only include the filters.
How Does a Shower Filter Work?
Shower filters are similar to drinking water filters in their core mechanics: they are comprised of a series of filters, or stages, where the water passes through various substances in order to remove or convert chemicals like chlorine into non-harmful alternatives. Shower filters often contain multiple stages. Let’s explore the inner-workings of a shower filter further:
Stage 1 - Copper and Zinc Oxidation Media
The first stage, indicated in the goldish hue in the diagram, Includes a patented blend of media like copper and zinc to filter chlorine and other contaminants from your shower water. Removing chlorine, as we’ll discuss below, benefits your hair and skin in numerous ways.
Stage 2 - GAC Carbon Media
The second stage, illustrated in the diagram as the blackish-grey section, incorporates a special blend of steam activated carbon media. You may have heard of carbon filters in relation to drinking water filters, and in fact many brands of shower filters are solely carbon filtration systems. The carbon media in this stage is designed to filter out chloramines and synthetic chemicals as well as unpleasant odors. Your water will smell fresh and clean after passing through the carbon media. Only some brands of shower filters include carbon filtering: check specific products for more details.
Stage 3 - Far-Infrared Balls
The third stage, indicated in red in the diagram, consists of far-infrared emitting volcanic media that induces reduced or negative ions into the water. This results in a lower surface tension in the water allowing for better hydration. Changing the surface tension in the water also makes the water feel softer on your hair and skin, leaving you with a feeling of having just left a spa.
Like all systems, as more and more water is filtered through your shower filter it will require minimal maintenance. Some shower filters have individual cartridges that require replacing. With shower filters like the Pelican Premium Shower Filter, users replace the self-contained filter system approximately once every 9 months.
What Are the Benefits of a Shower Filter?
Shower filters reduces several contaminants, and treat the water in numerous ways.
Filters Remove chlorine
Most homeowners invest in a shower filter because of its ability to reduce chlorine from shower water.
If you’re a swimmer or have simply gone to a water park, you’re probably familiar with the drying effect that chlorine has on your skin. Without knowing it, the vast majority of Americans expose themselves to some levels of chlorine on a daily basis, when they take a shower.
Besides irritating the skin and drying out the hair, chlorine also poses potential health risks, which have raised concern among medical professionals. Like other disinfectants, chlorine reacts with naturally-occurring materials within water to form haloacetic acids and trihalomethanes, which have been linked to liver, kidney, central nervous system problems and an increased risk of cancer. Because chlorine has a much lower boiling point than water, it can vaporize in the shower and enter a person’s lungs. This is a noteworthy problem, since this type of absorption allows the chemical to bypass the body’s filtration organs.
By eliminating the chlorine in your shower water by 96%, the Pelican Premium Shower Filter:
Softens your hair
Moisturizes your skin
Reduces redness and flakiness
Reduces risk of nervous system damage and cancer
Filters Remove Chloramine
Chlorine is not the only chemical that shower filters effectively reduce: chloramines are filtered out as well. Chloramine is essentially a synthetic combination of chlorine and ammonia. Appropriately, chloramines give off a distinct and unpleasant odor that can greatly affect the overall smell of your shower water in large amounts.
Water that is treated with monochloramine can potentially have high concentrations of chemical byproducts. It’s better to shower in water that can not cause any long term health problems. Thankfully, the Pelican Premium Shower Filter greatly reduces the amount of chloramines in your shower water, keeping you safe and ensuring that your showers are odor-free.
By eliminating the chloramine in your shower water, the Pelican Premium Shower Filter:
Eliminates unpleasant odors from your water
Reduces your exposure to synthetic chemicals
Transforms your shower into a spa experiences
Filters Remove THMs
As illustrated with chloramines, there are many byproducts of chlorine treatment that can prove just as (or more) dangerous than chlorine itself. THMs, or trihalomethanes, are associated with many health risks. At elevated levels they are linked to an increased risk of cancer and adverse reproductive outcomes like birth defects.
According to the Environ Health Prespect, “a study by government and academic researchers adds to previous evidence that dermal absorption and inhalation of THMs associated with everyday tap water use can result in significantly higher blood THM concentrations than simply drinking the water does.” Thus, THMs absorbed in the shower are even more dangerous than those in your tap water.
Luckily, shower filters remove many chlorine byproducts, including THMs. Choose a shower filter that protects your family from harmful byproducts.
By eliminating the THMs in your shower water, the Pelican Premium Shower Filter:
Protects your children from unwanted birth defects
Limits your risk of developing certain types of cancer
A high-quality water filtration system is the best and maybe the only solution to protect your family from harmful water contaminants. A professional water purification system will remove chemicals to ensure the water delivered to your home is free of contaminants.
By installing a water purifying filtration system, you will limit your exposure to harmful chemicals, save money, protect the environment and provide healthier drinking water for your family.
What is a Whole House Water Filter?
A water purification system utilizes a process that is meant to remove unwanted contaminants from water. The purification process has a variety of standard requirements to meet that allow water to be used for drinking. A whole house filter connects to the main water line entering your house so that all of the water dispensers in your house dispense treated water.
Types of Common Contaminants
Sediments. Visible particles in the watersuch as dirt, dust, rust and sand. Water supplies with high amounts of sediment should consider multiple stages of sediment filtration, with the stages gradually becoming finer.
Chemicals. Most chemical contaminants can be removed using carbon filtration. The most common chemical disinfectant is chlorine, which can be removed with a carbon filter.
Iron. There are 2 types of iron found in water supplies, ferrous and ferric. Water iron and rust particles can be removed with a sediment filter, whereas clear water iron can be removed via oxidation or ion exchange.
The water in our homes is an important resource that we often take for granted. We bathe in the water our home provides, clean our vegetables with it, cook with it and drink it. Something that provides so much to us should be the cleanest and healthiest it can be.