Bottled water companies say they provide high-quality water, but do you really trust that? To start with, half of them are just selling you the same tap water you get for free at home. The other half misleads consumers about the sources of their spring water. Not only that, but companies often skimp on water treatment and aren’t strictly regulated. With a track record like that, don’t buy into bottled—rest easy with a water purifier from Angel Water!
Did you know the government says you can’t eat fish high in mercury, but lets you drink the water that fills these fish with mercury in the first place? That’s crazy! Lake Michigan contains mercury from coal-fired power plants lining its shore, and this lake supplies most of Chicagoland’s drinking water. Mercury ingestion can cause liver failure and neurological disorders. Yet, the EPA’s standards still haven’t been updated since the 70s. Protect your health by removing the mercury with a water purifier from Angel Water.
How does a reverse osmosis (RO) system work? First you need to understand diffusion and osmosis. Diffusion is the quality water has where it always tries to spread out evenly in all directions. Osmosis is when it’s kept from being able to do that by solutes, such as minerals or other dissolved materials, whose charges pull water together on the more concentrated side of a semipermeable membrane. Reverse osmosis, then, is forcing the water back through the membrane, leaving behind solutes that include contaminants like lead, mercury, volatile organic compounds, and more. You don’t want to be drinking those—which is what makes an RO system so valuable for purifying your water.
When you buy a car, do you expect it to last forever even if you don’t perform any maintenance? Of course not! Every piece of machinery needs to have some work done every once in a while to keep it running smoothly, and the same goes for your drinking water system. That’s why you should schedule an annual service visit from an Angel Water representative. We’ll change your water filters, make sure everything is working properly, and test for changes in your water quality. Keep your system in order, and your water clean!
Did you know there’s an island of garbage the size of Texas floating off the coast of California? It’s true! Of that garbage, 90% of it is plastic. This plastic waste threatens our environment and our health, so how do we reduce it? There are lots of ways to get started, like using canvas grocery bags, organizing beach cleanups, and replacing bottled water with a drinking water system from Angel Water! After all, there’s already two million tons of water bottle waste in our landfills. Here’s how to cut back!
Chromium-6 is a metallic element which, when consumed in even small amounts, causes cancer, kidney and liver failure, ulcers, anemia, reproductive damage, and more. It’s produced by industrial facilities like steel and paper mills, and is found in the water supplies of over 218 million Americans in every state.
Research has shown that drinking more water can help you lose weight in several ways. First of all, drinking water raises your resting energy expenditure—increased water consumption can burn about 17,000 calories per year, which equates to about 4.4 pounds lost in a year with no other changes. In addition to helping you burn calories faster, water can also help you reduce calorie intake, both by replacing high-calorie beverages like soda and by suppressing your appetite so you eat less in one sitting.
Bottled water harms both you and the environment. It’s bad for the earth because it depletes sensitive water sheds, produces massive amounts of pollution during bottling and distribution, and leaves behind tons of plastic waste. It’s bad for you because it doesn’t have to meet state and local regulations, is less frequently tested, and is proven to contain pathogens as frequently as unfiltered tap water. Not only that, but it’s far more expensive than tap water.
A drinking water system from Angel Water will provide you healthier water, reduce your impact on the environment, and cost you less on an annual basis.
Do you know what reverse osmosis is? There are lots of different filtration techniques out there, including carbon, ion exchange, and ozone, but an RO system beats them all. Osmosis is when water passes through a membrane to reach a solute like salt. Reverse osmosis forces water the opposite direction, leaving behind toxic solutes and producing clean water. An RO system removes all sorts of contaminants that other systems leave behind, including lead, arsenic, chromium, and more. So, call Angel Water today and ask about installing a reverse osmosis system in your home!
We’ve all heard of the dangers of lead poisoning, if not from the warnings about lead paint on old homes and children’s toys then from the widely-covered crisis unfolding in Flint, Michigan. Drinking water especially is now known to be a leading risk for lead poisoning, with water supplies across the nation potentially containing hazardous amounts of the dangerous metal. As a result, many who previously had never thought about the issue are now asking—do I need a water filter to keep my family safe?
The repercussions of lead poisoning are deeply damaging and often irreversible. It affects multiple bodily systems, inflicting neurological damage, gastrointestinal issues, and impaired reproductive health. Symptoms range from subtle psychological issues like irritability and fatigue, to hearing loss and seizures, to nausea and constipation, to miscarriages and stillbirths.
So where does this threat come from and how can it be stopped? Here’s a breakdown of where the lead is coming from and how to keep it out of your drinking water.
Where Does Lead Come From?
While lead is a naturally occurring element, it isn’t normally found in natural bodies of water, and isn’t in your water when it leaves the treatment plant. Instead, the water often picks up lead on the way to your home.
Before the 80s, most of the nation’s water systems used lead piping. Lead was eventually banned from use in plumbing, but the ban only restricted newly installed products, and didn’t require the removal of all old lead-based plumbing. As a result, much of the piping in water systems across the U.S. still have a lot of lead pipes. Since Chicago had even required that all plumbing use lead, today about 80% of Chicago properties are hooked up to service lines with lead in them.
But lead pipes aren’t the only problem. Even if your pipes aren’t lead, your water could still be picking up lead from other parts of the plumbing. The water main on your street could be lead, or your copper pipes might have lead solder. Your faucet might be made of brass (even if it isn’t a “brass” color), and these often contain trace amounts of lead as well. As these parts chip and age, lead leaches into your water.
A Water Filter and Other Removal Methods
There are a few different precautions you can take in order to minimize your exposure to lead in your drinking water.
The most basic method of removing lead from your water is letting it run for a while, so that the standing water that has been sitting and absorbing lead can be cleared out before you start drinking. The Center for Disease Control recommends you run your kitchen tap for at least two minutes before filling up with water, and to run your shower or other high-volume tap for at least five minutes before that if you suspect your header pipe has lead. The CDC also recommends you only ever use cold tap water for drinking and cooking, never warm or hot water.
However, this should only be the baseline for the precautions you take. A water filter is a far better method of removing lead from your water. But not all filters are equal. First, you should make sure that the product is approved by the NSF for lead removal. Next, you want to consider what sort of filter you want. While there are many models out there that attach to your faucet, the reality is that the water doesn’t spend much time passing through these filters and so not as much lead is removed. Models that attach under the sink, such as the PurAsure that we offer, filter more lead than faucet-attachment models. You need to make sure you ask how many gallons the filters are rated to remove lead.
Hands-down the best thing you can do though is get a whole-house filtration system. We recommend the PurAsure WHRO, a reverse osmosis drinking water system that provides the best filtration for people who want the cleanest, safest drinking water. In addition to lead, these filtration systems also filter all the other contaminants found in both well water and Lake Michigan water: chromium-6, chlorine, mercury, fluoride, and pharmaceuticals. And with filtered water running from every faucet in your home, you won’t have to bother with flushing your tap every day.
If you’re still unsure what sort of filtration system is right for your home, or if you want to get your water tested to see how much you’re at risk, Angel Water is here to help. Simply contact us with your information or give us a call at (847) 382-7800 and we’ll be happy to discuss testing and filtration with you. We’ll help make things crystal clear—including your water.
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