Gordon P. Hall
An affordable sink water filter can improve the quality of your tap water dramatically. You might not realize it, but the major bottling companies do not use wells or springs.
They use the same waterlines that run into your home.
Estimates from environmental groups indicate that the average family of four could save over $1500 per year by giving up the bottled beverage habit.
The best filters on the market cost no more than $150 annually; still you have a substantial yearly savings.
The main concern of the environmentalists has to do with freshwater shortages.
Due to population growth, as well as other factors, communities around the world have already started to see shortages.
While the bottled beverage industry maintains that their freshwater usage is less than what goes to agricultural and other industries, the usage is still significant.
Of even greater concern is that bottling companies waste a great deal of freshwater. According to one estimate, three bottles of freshwater are wasted during the manufacturing process for every one that is packaged and sold.
So the environmental groups have asked their members to drink from the tap more often, buy bottled less.
But, without an effective sink water filter, that's a risky suggestion.
There are known contaminants with known risks that appear on every community's customer confidence report.
There are hazardous contaminants known to scientists, but not listed on the reports.
Only the contaminants that have an MCL (maximum contaminant level) set by the US Environmental Protection Agency are listed on the reports.
In recent years we have learned that drugs (both prescription and non-prescription) and a compound called perchlorate are among the contaminants that do not have an established MCL.
Not every sink water filter on the market will remove the drugs or the perchlorate.
The drugs are present in very low quantities, probably not enough to cause anyone to have a severe immediate reaction, although that's hard to say with any sense of surety.
What concerns scientists is that there were in some cases a large number of different drugs. How those drugs would interact with compounds like chlorine and what effect they could have on children (born and unborn) is a major concern, too.
Perchlorate is a VOC, a volatile organic compound naturally present in some rocks and geological formations. It is also an element of rocket fuel.
The highest contaminant levels have been found in areas where rockets were tested by the government.
If a sink water filter is equipped to remove VOCs, the contaminants will be listed in the manufacturer's product performance data. Not all companies provide the data. The better ones do.
Drugs are not something you will find listed on the data sheets, because the category includes a wide array of compounds.
If you are concerned about pharmaceutical contaminants, you can check with the product manufacturer. They should know whether or not their products will work for that purpose.
To sum it up, a sink water filter can save you money, conserve freshwater and protect your health.
But in order to get the biggest savings and the most protection, you should do some comparative shopping before you buy.
Gordon Hall is fervent about enabling you and everyone to live a healthy lifestyle, and is an ardent reviewer of Water Purification Systems. Visit his website now at Water-Safe-And-Pure.com to discover which Water Purification Systems Gordon recommends after far ranging comparisons.