Ask A Question: TDS Creep

March 7, 2018

Question: Hi. I have well water. The TDS in the tap water is 700. I have a 3 stage RO system. Number 1 is the sediment filter. Number 2 is the TFC membrane. Number 3 is the carbon post filter. I have added a permeate pump. The water coming out of the RO is 200 ppm. Is this too high? Is there anything else that I can add to the…

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Should I get my water tested?

January 13, 2018

No, you should never get your water tested – you might find out that something in there is bad for you or you might learn how to treat it properly and who wants to do that?  What are you – Crazy?  Treating your water should be hit and miss proposition.  What good is it to do it scientifically and get it right?  Just mess around with it… try this… try…

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5 Problems With Installing a UV Under Your Sink

October 16, 2017

First of all, why do you want an ultraviolet light on your reverse osmosis system?  Likely you will say that you want UV so that you can make sure your water is pure and free of bacteria.  A reverse osmosis system filters down to below .001 microns, but the smallest bacteria is larger than .01 microns, so theoretically, a RO system should not allow any bacteria to pass through.  However,…

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Fluoride: Panacea or Poison?

August 8, 2017

The American Dental Association (ADA) says this on their website: More than 70 years of scientific research has consistently shown that an optimal level of fluoride in community water is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults. Simply by drinking water, Americans can benefit from fluoride’s cavity protection whether they are at home, work or school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation one of…

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Does Reverse Osmosis Strip Out Minerals?

July 30, 2017

QUESTION: We are customers of an RO System from US Water.  Speaking with a long time plumber familiar with these systems he stated ours is a very good unit but RO would strip the water of important minerals?  Is this true or false? Our unit is: http://www.uswatersystems.com/5-stage-usa-made-arsenic-reverse-osmosis-filter-pack-fp5a-usa.html If above is true, what is your recommendation for adding this stripped minerals back into the water prior to reaching the drinking faucet?…

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Water Deionization 101

July 25, 2017

Years ago, high purity water was used only in limited applications. Today, deionized (or “DI”) high purity water has become an essential ingredient in hundreds of applications. Just a few include the following: Medical offices Laboratories Pharmaceutical companies Cosmetics companies Large aquariums,fish tanks,and reefkeeping facilities Electronics manufacturing plants Food processing plants Plating and anodizing And even the final rinse at the local car wash! DI or deionized water is simply…

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Removing GenX and 1,4 – Dioxane From Water

July 24, 2017

Chemical contamination or water pollution is something nearly every individual is aware of unless they have been living under a rock. Two chemical contaminants that have been in the news recently have been discovered in an area of Southeastern North Carolina around Cape Fear, Wilmington and surrounding areas.  These are what we call  “emerging contaminants” because they are currently unregulated as scientists are trying to gather more definitive evidence about their…

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Toxic Algae Blooms in Water

May 13, 2017

Many people have never heard of microcystin, but what you don’t know can harm, or even kill you.  This issue first arose when the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich has declared a state of emergency in Toledo, Ohio  in 2014, after the water treatment plant testing results showed the water contains microcystin.  Also, on May 8, 2017, residents of Summit Lake near Olympia, Washington were advised not to drink or…

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Is RO Water Good for You?

Question: I am looking for an under the sink water filter/purifier. I have well water in upstate NY. I also would like to have the water tested (it was tested for bacteria but not anything else). Do you have a water test the would check for chemicals, pesticides…etc? Also radon? We currently have an RO filter under our kitchen sink but I think RO removes too many minerals and since…

March 31, 2017
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Question About Drinking Soft Water

A reader recently asked: “Have you guys ever tested how much salt is actually put into the water supply with a salt-based water softener? How do salt-free conditioners prevent calcium and other minerals from coming out of solution? Does this prevent the body from absorbing such minerals? There are so many videos out there that say one thing or the other, but they’re all sales pitches which leaves me not…

February 23, 2017
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