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Helping the Environment by Using a Water Filtration System
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 02:26 PM
The environment has been drastically affected by waste over the past few decades to the point that it has become a problem. The landfills in the U.S. have continued to grow to enormous size and the rates for recycling have remained dismally lower than one would like. This problem is largely due to the number of plastic bottles and containers that are not properly disposed of every day. The fact that thousands of consumers dispose of these bottles improperly only adds to the problem for the environment and creates more trash than we know what to do with.
In a 2001 report of the WWF (or World Wildlife Fund), there were over 1.5 million tons of plastic distributed for the bottling of 89 billion liters of water that year. This has increased every year since. This staggering amount exacerbates the waste problem by adding to the number of unused plastic bottles that are thrown into landfills and never recycled. Not only are there too many bottles produced and discarded each year, but the amount of energy that is needed to manufacture them is overwhelming. Bottled water companies use a large number of unregulated resources in their production of the billions of bottles, and this has had a serious impact on the environment. It has been suggested by the WWF that bottled water companies use local bottling facilities in an effort to lessen the fuel expenditures for transporting the bottles. 

How you can help

There are things that consumers can do to help reduce their impact on the environment. One of the best ways, of course, is to always recycle your plastic bottles and containers, and assure that they are taken to a recycling facility and prepared for future use. Another way is to wash your water bottles out and reuse them. This is a great way to reduce the number of bottles being thrown away improperly, although it is recommended that you only reuse your bottles once due to slow contamination of the water from the bottle over time. Besides all these other good ideas, there is one major way you can have an impact, and that is with a water filtration system.
By using a water filtration system you are not only helping the environment by reducing the disposal of plastic bottles, but you are also helping yourself. Water filtration systems are ideal for homes as well as businesses. They remove as many or more dangerous contaminants than the large-scale industrial purification methods out there. Remember, the large water treatment facilities cannot always control dangerous outbreaks of certain bacteria. The water that the home filtration systems produce is not subject to phthalate contaminants, and the systems can remove cryptosporidium, a chemical that neither the water treatment facilities nor bottled water companies can completely filter out. Tap water is not anywhere close to being clear of contamination. Sickness and even death from certain contaminants are what initially began the bottled water revolution and sparked controversy over harmful chemicals in the tap water used throughout the United States.
Drinking home filtration system water is also very economical and reduces the cost of constantly purchasing bottled water. Although you need to replace your filter for your system every so often, if you added up the cost to replace these compared to how much and how often you actually buy bottled water you would probably be very shocked. Water filters are also more energy efficient since they use no more energy than is already required to propel the water through a home’s plumbing system. They can also circumvent many of the environmental problems that the bottled water industry causes.
Purchasing water filters can also help the environment by putting more money back into the economy instead of into the cost of recycling and cleaning up the mess from improper disposal of bottles. This extra money could help aid in other environmental efforts like helping endangered species, protecting the rain forests and defending other of Earth's natural habitats.
Water filters are cost-efficient, good for your overall health and safe for the environment, as well. Helping to reduce the waste from unrecycled plastic bottles will allow the environment a chance to clean up and begin to change for the better. Reducing, reusing and recycling are important ways to begin your personal environmental turnaround, but putting a good water filtration system in your home is one of the best ways to make a powerful impact in one move.

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Filtered Water Versus Bottled Water
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 02:22 PM
Many people have become concerned with the quality of drinking water and for good reason. Even with city water filtration centers, the trace contaminants contained in tap water can be significant. For those who get their home water supply from a well, they need to be concerned with the contaminants that make their way into the ground water system as well as into the well itself.
Water is the essence of life but contaminated water can result in any number of health issues and complications. The quality of the water that you consume, cook with, use to wash clothing, and bathe in is important to your overall well-being. Directly consuming contaminated water is, of course, the strongest concern. Bathing with and washing clothing in contaminated water can also have consequences for your health.
While bottled water can allow you to have clean drinking water that is free from most of the contaminants and chemicals that are found in tap water, it doesn’t allow you to have the same quality of clean water available for other essential tasks like cleaning your home, washing your clothes and dishes, cooking, and bathing. Filtering your home water does make it possible to accomplish all of these things without concern for the quality of the water you use.
Many of those who have concerns about the quality of their drinking water are also concerned with the environment in general. For these individuals, bottled water is a poor choice. Bottled water certainly has its place. It makes it possible for you to have a healthy alternative to purchase from machines while out and about. It also makes it easy to carry water with you but there are other ways to have fresh water available when not at home. You can carry your own water bottle with you and fill that bottle with filtered water from your own home.
For those who are truly concerned with the environment, bottled water is actually among the common contributors to the problems we all face. Many of the companies that produce bottled water actually use chemically-treated water from city water plants as their source water. This process does not remove the potential that you are consuming the same chemicals that are contained in your own home tap water.
Additionally, you have to think of the environmental impact of the bottling process. Bottled water companies have large plants that use extensive energy. They are a drain on the world’s natural resources. Not only do these plants use a lot of electricity, natural gas and other resources but it also takes almost three times as much source water to produce a single bottle of water. Using a home filtration system is a more efficient process. It allows you to have clean water with the least amount of negative impact on the environment.
You should also keep in mind that bottled water requires the use of plastic in the bottling process. Millions of bottles are produced for bottled water every day in the United States. Some of these bottles are recycled. Still more are among the contents of landfills across the country. Plastic takes hundreds of years to degrade, leaving landfills full of materials that will contaminate the Earth for generations.
The negative impact of bottled water doesn’t end in the production process or in the discarding of empty bottles. The transportation required in the bottled water industry also contributes to the negatives associated with bottled water. Water is transported in vehicles that use fuel and produce harmful effects for the environment.
There’s no doubt that filtering your own home water is a more environmentally sound option than purchasing bottled water. Clean drinking water is better obtained through the use of a home filtration system. Not only do the producers of bottled water use chemically treated water to create bottled water but you should also realize that pure drinking water can’t be obtained from a bottle. The bottle itself leaves trace chemicals in the water, especially when you consider that the bottles are often stored for months at a time. The bottles go through various temperatures before the water is sold and consumed which only increases the process of chemical contamination.
Bottled water can also be expensive. Purchasing enough water for drinking alone can be a financial drain for a family. Having clean, pure water for all your other needs is financially infeasible through the purchase of bottled water. The use of in-home water filtration makes it possible to have clean water for all your needs for a reasonable amount of money.

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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.

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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.

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