Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ewwww! I Just Changed My Grodie Water Filter

I have a countertop water filtration unit that I use tirelessly, for both drinking and cooking water. With normal use, one filter should last about a year, but I just changed mine after eight months since the water flow had slowed to a trickle.

The reason? Take a look at the photo; that's the new, pristine filter on the left next to the used filter with its collected detritus.

Below, copied from the filter's replacement manual, are some of the contaminants the filter reduces (I wonder what isn't caught!). And, by the way, I live in a municipality with a water supply that is generally considered to be excellent. Ever wonder where all that pesticide run-off goes?

Also, it is sobering to think about people who walk hours to fill a jug or two of potable water.

Contaminants possibly contained in the darkened filter:
Aesthetic Chlorine
Aesthetic Chloramine
Asbestos
Chlordane
Cysts
Lead
Mercury
MTBE
Nominal Particulate Reduction (Class 1)
PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)
Taste & Odors
Toxaphene
Turbidity
VOCs (volatile organic compounds)

6 comments:

Warner Carter said...

These bacteria may be present one day and gone the next – you never know. It all depends on what is going on upstream or perhaps runoff from a recent rain. Most good quality consumer water filters will be capable of filtering down to 0.2 or 0.3 microns. Read this review

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Groundwater will typically look clear and clean on the grounds that the ground commonly filters out particulate matter.At the same time,common and human-instigated chemicals can be found in groundwater.Lead Enters environment from industry,mining,pipes,gas,coal, and as a water additive.Affects red blood cell science; delays ordinary physical and mental advancement in infants and adolescent kids.Reasons slight shortfalls in consideration compass,hearing, and adapting in children.Can result in slight increment in blood pressure in a few grown-ups.
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Verna Griffin said...
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Verna Griffin said...

Just seeing how many contaminants are present in the water is already terrifying! And I think it doesn’t end there. Anyway, it’s great that you change and maintain your water filter regularly. Regardless of how effective the product can be, the dirt and other contaminants might wear it off quickly, especially if it has accumulated too much in a short period of time. It's better to replace it early, rather than wait for the full year on those regard. Cheers!

Verna Griffin @ Axeon Water Technologies

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