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Water Treatment Methods
The traditional media used in cleaning toxins from water is carbon. Carbon or "charcoal" is charred organic matter that has a tremendous ability to adsorb (draw) impurities to it, particularly organic chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers, as well as the toxic chlorine added by almost every city water treatment plant to kill bacteria and algae.
As great as it is, carbon is limited in what it can do. Granular carbon is not a "purification" media. A purifier is supposed to eliminate bacteria, and granular carbon does not do that. One common downfall of "carbon only" filters is that, being organic in make up, bacteria thrive and feed on the carbon and organic matter trapped in it. This makes it necessary to replace a carbon filter quite frequently.
Another problem with carbon is that chlorinated water, almost universally found in cities, saturates the carbon with chlorine. This also greatly reduces its useful life, as it becomes less and less capable of adsorbing organic chemicals and additional chlorine.
Reverse Osmosis forces pure water through a membrane with the pressure from the water line. It is so fine that nearly all contaminants, including chemicals, dissolved solids, many of the minerals, and most microbes are screened out.
Although there is some concern about the minerals removed, foods and supplements are more dependable sources than water for nutritional minerals.
Reverse osmosis membranes, which are fairly expensive, can be ruined by sediment, chlorine or bacteria. A sediment pre-filter plus redox and carbon in advance of the membrane will protect it from the wear and tear of sediment and chlorine.
Reverse osmosis is a slow process. The water produced is collected in a container. An under counter RO system has a holding tank with its own separate faucet for drawing the water as needed. The tank should be emptied every week or so and freshly filled. Over time, bacteria, mold and algae can develop in the tank. It is recommended to peridically purify the tank by running a hydrogen peroxide solution through it.
It is important to maintain an RO unit with timely replacement of the various filters, and less frequently the RO membrane itself. A poorly maintained system will result in low quality water.
RO water is lacking in minerals and too acid to be healthy for long term consumption. For best health, drinking water should be neutral or slightly alkaline in pH. We recommend adding a remineralizing alkalizer unit to "correct" the reverse osmosis water.
Distillation involves boiling water, then cooling and capturing the pure condensed steam. It is the most thorough purification method, but there can be a problem of crossover of volatile chemicals, such as chlorine gas from chlorinated source water, into the distilled water collected. A carbon pre-filter or post-filter is often used to minimize this problem. Some units "double distill" the water, giving a purer product.
Well-distilled water is thought of as "pure H2O". Nonetheless, it is also more acidifying than drinking water should be ideally.
A ceramic filter is a microscopic screening agent, made from a fine clay material. It removes any particles as small as 1/2 micron in size. This includes bacteria and parasites, which no one wants to consume.
"Kinetic Degradation Fluxion" is the full name of "KDF" the original redox media. This phrase indicates how what is generically called "redox" works.
Redox is a unique media, an alloy of copper & zinc developed over twenty years ago. The movement of water through these dissimilar metals produces a minute temporary electrical charge that accomplishes much.
KDF effectively destroys bacteria, most parasites and some viruses; it removes lead, iron, mercury and other heavy metals, and some fluoride; and it changes chlorine into harmless compounds.
REDOX & CARBON
Redox & carbon together make a great team. When redox media precedes carbon, taking care of bacteria and chlorine, this extends carbon's useful life and frees it to be more effective in removing organic compounds of concern such as pesticides and other petrochemicals. If a compound called "Alumina" is also added, it will enhance the removal of fluoride from city water, and arsenic that may be present.
Deionization removes ionically-charged dissolved solids using a resin which must periodically be renewed. Similarly, electrolysis draws ion-charged minerals to positive and negative poles. Neither is effective enough on bacteria.
Ultra-violet light applied to water destroys various microbes, as does ozone treatment of water.
These are all lesser used methods because other purification processes achieve similar results more conveniently and economically.
For more thorough purification, a redox and carbon cartridge can be accompanied by a solid carbon block filter cartridge, which will screen out particulate matter, including bacteria & parasites.
Redox and carbon can also be used for pre-filtration of water before a Reverse Osmosis membrane to prolong the life of the more expensive RO membrane, and to produce better water for an extended time.
There is another good reason to use redox and carbon instead of or in conjunction with other methods. These media are very economical.
Redox and carbon are much longer-lasting than the usual carbon pre-filter, so a redox-carbon pre-filter would not need changed as often. The periodic replacement of a redox and carbon filter cartridge is less of an expense than replacing an RO membrane more frequently.
Redox and carbon together with reverse osmosis corrected with a remineralizing alkalizer will provide excellent chemical free, bacteria and parasite free, drinking and cooking water at a very economical cost with a minimum of maintenance. Overall, this method is superior to any other choice.
A PROBLEM WITH PURIFICATION
The main problem with purification is the extended use of purifying media beyond its thorough effectiveness. Carbon becomes saturated, redox can wear out, alumina becomes exhausted, reverse osmosis membranes deteriorate, solid block or ceramic filters get dirty.
Any of these need replaced periodically depending on the amount and quality of water that pass through them. Many people overlook timely replacement, and water quality could become worse than without the purifier.
Redox media maintains effectiveness longer than other media, and protects and extends the life of media that it precedes. For example, using redox media and carbon in combination before a reverse osmosis membrane protects it and lengthens its useful life.
Purifiers From Waterama.com
We offer several choices for good water purification. Most of these involve redox media, because of its unique properties, effectiveness and affordability.
We have point-of-use kitchen purifiers, both flow through units and reverse osmosis systems, as well as whole house water treatment.
Our cartridges with redox and carbon do a great job for up to two years depending on the volume and type of water processed. The larger the family, or the dirtier the water, the sooner you would change the cartridge.
We also have a carbon block cartridge, which is a pure, high-pressure block of solid carbon that will remove very small particles, eliminating even the bacteria that can get through granular carbon, as well as chlorine and organic pesticides, etc.
An ultra-filtration membrane has an even finer screening capability, removing to .2 microns in size. This membrane allows the water to flow through for immediate collection, unlike a Reverse Osmosis unit with which water is collected for later use.
NOTE: For those on fluoridated city water, we have special cartridges with the special media "Alumina" added, which more thoroughly eliminates fluoride.
Our counter top RO system attaches directly to the faucet, or there is an under counter system with a holding tank and a separate faucet mounted by the sink.
We also make available a unique "corrected water" remineralizing alkalizer cartridge to raise pH and restore minerals for any of our systems.
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