RSS Feed
Does Your Garden Need Filtered Water?
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 02:12 PM

You have heard about the importance of drinking filtered water, but what about your garden? Does it need to have the contaminants removed just as much as you do? The answer to that depends on the quality of your water and the type of garden you have.

How Good is your Water?

The quality of your water depends on where you live. Some cities invest a lot of time and money into providing their inhabitants with clean water, but others do not. Some have taken the time replace old piping and research new filtration methods, but others simply haven’t made an effort. A visit to your city’s  water department website or a call to their office should give you some preliminary information about the quality of your water.  Find out about their testing methods and what they found in those tests.  You can also look up comparative studies of water quality by state or city. If you find that your city’s water is good, you may not need a filter.

What Type of Garden Do you Have?

Gardens can be divided into two main groups: flowers and food. Flower gardens are for beauty, and they may not need filtered water if your flowers are already thriving on your current water. However, if you feel your flowers aren’t reaching their full potential, it could be that the poor water quality is preventing them from blooming fully. Flowers are living. They may not be able to walk and talk, but they need water, air and nutrients just like a human. If the water they are getting is poor, they can get sick.
Food gardens are live too, and high quality water is even more important for them because you will be eating the products. The best way to decide if your garden needs filtered water is to ask yourself the following question:  Would I drink the water from my tap? If the answer is no, then you do need a filter. The water in your tap is the same water that comes out of your hose, so it makes no sense to water your plants (which you will be consuming) with water that you wouldn’t dare drink.  Any contaminants in that water will end up in your food.

How Much Have You Invested in Your Garden?

Are you a beginning gardener or have you been doing this for quite a while? Is it a new hobby you’re trying out or a genuine part of your lifestyle? The answers to these questions can help you decided whether or not you need filtered water for your garden. Obviously, filtered water is going to be more expensive, you so have to ask yourself if you are willing to make the investment. If you use organic soil and plant organic seeds and do you use fertilizer, it would seem counter intuitive to ruin all those organic ingredients with non filtered water. However, if you are just getting started out and don’t know much about gardening and aren’t will to invest much money, you would probably be better off just using the water you already have. If you later find that filtered water is what you prefer and think it would benefit your garden, you will not have a problem paying extra for a filter. People are more likely to be satisfied with their filters when they genuinely wanted to make the purchase and see filtered water as an asset. If a person feels guilted into buying it, they are less likely to maintain it and less likely to feel like they have made a good investment.

Read more »

How to Find Out What’s in Your Drinking Water
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 02:09 PM
Dirty water has a certain look, smell and taste, right? Well, not always. Water can sometimes look and taste fine despite the fact that it has other substances dissolved within it. So how can you tell what is in your drinking water, and does it even matter as long as it tastes fine?

The taste of water is a subjective matter that changes from person to person. The minerals in mineral water, for instance, give it a distinct taste that some dislike. In this case, the “bad” taste is not a sign that the water a polluted, but simply that it has a high concentration of minerals. Other times, though, the bad taste (often described as “pool water” or “like metal”) is a sign of something potentially harmful.

With all the chemicals in our environment, it would be foolish to think that none of those chemicals make their way into the water supply. Many water supply companies combat these pollutants by treating the water with high amounts of chlorine bleach. This kills any germ and irritants, but it also leave the water full of chlorine—hence the pool water taste.

There have been studies that have shown everything from dissolved pharmaceutical medication to arsenic in tap water.  These same chemicals and others have been found in the water from some bottled water companies. Though it seems store-bought bottled water would have more stringent regulations regarding its sourcing and filtration, the truth is that tap water is the more regulated of the two. Some bottled water companies self regulate (and do a great job of it) but others simple use a fancy label and sell the idea of fresher, cleaner water. Sadly, the two can sometimes be hard to tell apart.

To know what’s in your tap water, you can contact your local water department to gain more information about their testing methods and findings, but these answers will likely give you a general, composite description of the drinking water in your whole city. It won’t give you clarity about the water coming out of your faucets. Though your city may have generally good water, the piping in your house may greatly affect the quality of the water you and your family members end up drinking. They may be contaminating the water by leaching harmful debris.

You can always take your water to an independent lab and have it tested, but that can be inconvenient and costly. The best way to handle this problem is to purchase a high quality water filter. They are cheaper than buying bottled water (which may or may not be filtered) and they come in convenient variations that allow you to filter water as it comes through the faucet. Many skeptics may think that filters are just a waste of money, but the proof is in the product. Satisfied filter users can tell a significant difference in the taste of their water, but more importantly, tested filter water reads much lower on contaminants that could potentially be harmful.

Water filters use various methods to clean the water. A very popular and simple method is to use granulated charcoal as a drain that allow the water to pass whiling catching dissolved solids. The more drains the water has to pass through, the cleaner the water is in the end. Other, more advanced, filters use a mixture of charcoal and carbon-based media to break down the bonds of chemicals like chlorine, allowing it to detach from the water molecules. 

Water is supposed to be the purest substance on earth. It is what our bodies are made of, the one thing (besides air) we need more than anything else. Our bodies use it to cleanse and detox, so we can’t afford to drink contaminated water that can actually end up doing more harm than good.

Read more »

Understanding How a Water Filter Deals with Bacteria In the Water
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 02:06 PM

One of the most essential things for the human body is clean water. While we need clean water to rinse the filth from our bodies as well as to remove any bacteria or viruses that may be clinging onto the skin, clean drinking water is even more important than clean washing water. A large majority of people are now realizing how important clean water is to the human body, and are purchasing water filtration systems in order to ensure that they get clean drinking water from their taps. Many are also investing in smaller filtration systems so that they can have clean water to drink no matter where they may be.

While it makes sense that a water filtration system can easily remove things like minerals from your water, understanding how this type of filtration system is able to remove bacteria is a bit more complex. For large water treatment centers, the easiest way to remove pesky bacteria is to introduce chemicals into the water that are designed to kill the bacteria. Most homeowners, however, find that they do not want to be responsible for introducing chemicals into their drinking water, which may be the reason why they purchase the filtration systems to begin with. But what types of bacteria may actually be in your drinking water, and how can a common household filtration water system work to move bacteria and viruses from your water?

Pesky Bacteria

There are actually a number of different types of bacteria that may currently be residing in your household water, unfortunately the only way to know exactly what types of bacteria and viruses are in your water is to have it professionally tested. There are a number of different types of commonly found bacteria that may be lurking in your water, starting with giardia lamplia. This pesky microscopic parasite is easily spread through both animal and human feces. It is most often carried downstream through rivers and streams and can cause such symptoms as abdominal cramps, diarrhea, weight loss, and nausea. Most who are affected by this bacteria retain the symptoms for least a week.

Another pesky bacterium is Cryptosporidium. This bacteria is also spread through feces and can also be found in contaminated water. For 2 to 10 days, those who are infected deal with symptoms such as headaches, diarrhea, nausea, low-grade fever, and vomiting. E. coli can also be found in contaminated water and while most people are affected by E. coli only have symptoms for a week or so, there are some people who may be prone to more serious damage from this bacteria.

Removing Bacteria From Drinking Water

While there are many water filtration systems that promise to remove bacteria from water and yet do not, there are also a number of filtering systems that are perfectly capable of removing these types of bacteria. When you're shopping for a new water filtration system you should learn the difference between a water filter and a water purifier. While both types of systems may remove bacteria from water particles, ultraviolet water filters tend to have a better success rate than your typical water filtration system.

You should look for a system that has a pore size of 0.2 microns. This type of system is recognized in the industry as having the smallest filtering capability possible. This means that no bacteria that is larger than 0.2 microns is able to get through the filtration system, and because most common bacteria is larger than this, a filtration system that has a pore size that small should do a more than decent job of removing any pesky bacteria from your household water supply. It is also important, to make sure that you maintain your water filter system properly and regularly in order to ensure that it is working the way that it should be.

Read more »

3 Water Conservation Tips You Need Now
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 02:00 PM

One thing that almost every parent who has children who are in school today will notice rather quickly is that caring for the environment has become a much more important topic in school than it ever was before. Now children are learning all about how to save electricity and how to make sure that they conserve water. But while young children are learning all about why it is important to conserve water, many adults do not realize why that is important, and they also do not know any of the best tips that exist to help them to conserve water easily.

Why Conserve Water?

The first question then becomes: why conserve water? If you look at our planet from space you will notice quickly that a vast majority of it is covered by water. The water that covers the earth, however, is not water that can be used easily. This is because salt water will kill most plants, and it will also actually encourage dehydration. It can only be used after it has been thoroughly treated to remove all of the salt. But this process is not only a long one, and also a fairly expensive one, which is why it is so vital to conserve water. Only three percent of water on the earth is fresh water, and of that only one percent is easily available. The other two percent is locked away in glaciers and ice caps. When you pollute water, you are quickly destroying your only water supply, which is why conserving water is so important. The more we conserve it, the more fresh water we will have to be able to drink but also the more fresh water we will have for recreational activities. But since conserving water can be tricky, here are a few water conservation tips that are easy to do and that can help you to do your part in saving the environment.

Tip 1: Check Your Pipes and Faucets

Did you know that a small drip in a faucet or in a pipe can actually waste around 20 gallons of water a year? And that is only a small leak. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons of water. If you have a small leak it can not only cause problems with wasting water, it can also cause you to have to deal with problems like mold. It is a good idea to check all of your faucets and exposed pipes at least twice a year. You can even make a game of it with your children! This will help you to find any problems when they first occur, so that you can take care of them just as quickly.

Tip 2: Water Saving Items

The government even realizes that it’s important to conserve water, and that is one reason why things like low-flow shower heads have become so affordable. You can find low-flow shower heads and faucets available at most hardware stores and they are very easy to install. You can also fit every household faucet with an aerator to help conserve water as well.

Tip 3: Only Use Full Loads

Dishwashers and washing machines make life much easier for us now a days, but they’re not great on saving water. If you want to use a dishwasher or you wash your clothes in an automatic washing machine, make sure that you only use the machine when it has reached a full load. Avoid the press cycle on your clothing washer, as this can use an additional 5 gallons of water, and if you have an old washer, replace it with an energy saver version.

Conserving water is not difficult, and the best tip that you can ever take seriously is to educate yourself. The more you are educated, the more likely you will be to be able to conserve water, which will not only help the environment but may also help you to save money as well.

Read more »

3 Essential Reasons Your Body Needs A Supply of Clean Water
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 01:51 PM

We are constantly urged by doctors and nutritionists to drink enough water on a daily basis, but most people do not realize just how important having access to clean water truly is.

Water and oxygen are the two most essential elements that our bodies need in order to survive for even a short period of time. There have even been studies that have shown that if a 175 pound man would lose only 2.5% of the water in his body, which equals about 2 quarts, his body would be 25% less likely to survive. There are many symptoms that can tell you that your body is beginning to dehydrate, and most experts say that if you are feeling thirsty, then you're likely already dehydrated and should seek out clean water immediately. Depending on the circumstances, a person can die within 24 hours if they do not have access to water, although that is generally only true if someone is laboring over a hot summer. Most people may live up to three days without water, but while that seems like a long time, remember that your body can survive for weeks without food. There are three very essential reasons that you should always have access to good, clean, healthy, water.

Losing Water

Most people don't realize that they actually lose water every day, whether they are indulging in a strenuous workout or simply going about their daily business. The smallest amount of water that you will lose in a day is about two liters. In order to avoid dehydration, most people need to have access to clean water on a daily basis and need to drink at least a gallon of water a day. The more of a workout you are putting your body through, or the hotter the day, the more you need to have clean water. Dehydration is a very serious condition that can cause a number of different symptoms and can even lead to a fatal conclusion. When your body is dehydrated, your blood becomes thicker, and your muscles must work harder in order to pump it through the circulatory system. The dehydrated person will begin to lose their ability to think straight and, as stated, can die in just a few days.

Lymphatic System

Water is also very important because it helps to remove wastes and toxins from your body through the lymphatic system. You may notice that you are getting ill if one of your lymph nodes are swollen. The lymphatic system carries the clear lymph fluid through various organs in your body, including the digestive system and your tonsils. It is responsible for transporting and absorbing fatty acids, but more importantly it is also responsible for transporting white blood cells around the lymph node system and into the bones. Water helps to flush the lymph nodes out making your work much more efficiently.

Digestive Problems

Someone who is not drinking enough water will quickly find that they are having a problem even removing the waste from the body. Constipation is not only a frustrating condition to deal with, but it can also be one that can cause a host of other problems, including toxic overload syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and loss of appetite. Water helps to push the food through the intestines and bowels and makes eliminating much easier and more comfortable.

There are a great many reasons why it is important to include not only water in your daily activities, but clean water. After all there is no point in drinking a gallon of water a day, if you are only going to be putting things like parasites and bacteria into your body. So make sure that you're not only getting your daily recommended amount of water, but that the water that you’re drinking is clean.

Read more »

Why You Need A Water Filtration System
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 01:12 PM

A frighteningly wide variety of contaminants, ranging from toxic metals and synthetic chemicals to biological parasites can be found in American tap water. According to a recent EPA report, the United States’ water supply is home to over 2,000 kinds of potentially cancer-causing agents. While this information might prompt you to pick up bottled water the next time you’re thirsty, the solution isn’t that simple. Studies have indicated that bottled water is also home to many invisible contaminants, making it just a more expensive version of the same old problem. This data alone supports the broad benefits of water filtration systems but let’s take a closer look at the specific benefits of filtered water.

The benefits of an in-home water filtration system are vast. Purifying your own water supply is, in most circumstances, the most affordable and convenient means of insuring clean water for you and your family.

As a society that produces 80,000 toxic chemical byproducts on a daily basis, we live in a near-constant cycle of pollution. A large percentage of those pollutants eventually find their way into the water. Because the planet’s water supply is constantly reused and recycled, many of those contaminants are omnipresent in our water supply and, what’s worse, steadily growing. Although we have water treatment plants tasked with cleansing the water supply, the truth is that our current water treatment facilities are not equipped to handle the most potentially harmful toxins.

Municipal water treatment technology has been basically unchanged for over a century. In these plants, water is treated by being filtered through sand beds. The intent of this process is to eliminate visible pollutants to give the water a clean appearance. Afterwards, the water is chlorinated in an effort to purge organic bacteria. However, this process does nothing to combat synthetic chemicals which can be among the most detrimental of pollutants.

A home water filtration system is an easy and economical way to guarantee fresh, healthy water and avoid risking exposure to contaminants. Consider that at the turn of the 20th century, none of these pollutants were in our environment and cancer was only found in one out of every 50 American citizens. Now, just over 100 later, in a time when we’ve since been introduced to thousands of environmental toxins, one-third of Americans are diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. In the last 25 years alone, the rate of childhood cancer has ballooned by 300 percent.

Because cancer is largely the result of accumulated chemicals in the human body, a water filtration system can be a good first line of defense against future health problems, including cancer and other degenerative diseases. Water is the primary means through which our bodies purify themselves. If the water we drink isn’t pure, we’re never effectively purifying ourselves.

And let’s not forget taste. Water filtration systems eliminate a number of factors that can have an adverse effect on the way water tastes. Most filtration systems eliminate traces of lead, radon, radium, pesticides, and even byproducts of municipal water treatment that can seriously diminish the drinking quality of water in your home. With a home water filtration system, you’re guaranteed a refreshing drink every time.

So now that we know about the necessity of water filtration, what’s the best way to implement a system in your home? Water filtration systems can be broadly divided into two categories: Point of Use versus Point of Entry.

Point of Use systems filter the water a certain location, such as a sink or a shower. This can include anything from a simple filtered water pitcher to a small, faucet-mounted unit to a more complex reverse-osmosis unit. A reverse osmosis water filtration system cleanses water via a pressurized membrane that pulls out all chemicals and other microbes. Although these systems use a considerable amount of water to get the job done, they are highly effective in providing the cleanest water possible.

Point of Entry systems are a bit more involved. This kind of system filters an entire home’s water supply at the source, meaning the water dispensed at every faucet in the house is filtered. This includes things like water softeners and the less-familiar aerators. Aerators are filtration devices that utilize jets of air to remove pollutants.

Of course, there are many options within these two categories, and you’ll get the best results by determining your particular water filtration needs. Everything from a single faucet to a washing machine to an entire home can be outfitted with a water filtration system. In an age when the risks of unfiltered water are so rampant and the solution so relatively simple, it’s time to seriously consider a filtration system of your own.

Read more »