The Truth About
When it comes
to an in-home water filtration
advocates advise buyers to "beware". Recently, there has
been a huge increase in the demand for home water
purifiers. This has caused an increase in the number of
companies that sell the products. While the top water
filtration system manufacturers are reputable and
ethical, there are some companies that are simply
capitalizing on our need for clean
Those unethical companies will take
advantage of us, if we allow them to. There are several things
that you can do to make sure that you are getting an effective
water filtration system, instead of a worthless piece of
Reputable manufacturers are proud of the technology that goes
into their products. They want you to know what their water
filtration system can do for your family's health. So, they
proudly display their certifications. You may not be worried
about chemicals or bacteria in your water, but some units that
filter all of these things cost no more than inferior products.
If they cost the same, why not get the better system.
Information that you should see on a performance data sheet
includes the following. Will the water filtration system remove
chlorine, lead, cysts, THMs, VOCs, lindane, alachlor, atrazine,
benzene, TCE and MTBE, and, if so, to what extent? The cost of
replacement filters, as well as the estimated lifespan should
also be included.
Avoid companies that make overly broad
The latest advertising gimmick, it seems, is to use words like
"pure". Pure is a broad term that does not really mean
anything. If a company claims to "provide pure water" or
"remove contaminants", they should provide certified test
results and performance data that proves exactly what
"contaminants" and exactly how "pure".
More reputable water filtration
system manufacturers use "specific", not generalized wording.
For example, "removes 99% of chlorine, lead, cysts, THMs and
VOCs from tap water" is a specific claim and companies that
make those statements must be able to provide proof or face
legal charges. Making broad or generalized statements like the
ones mentioned above is usually not enough to get the FTC
Find out where the water filtration system is
sold or manufactured.
In the states of California, Wisconsin and Massachusetts,
companies must have their products certified by an independent
laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratory or UL. All
performance claims must be certified in order to sell a water
filtration system in those states. Obviously, companies that
are selling inferior products avoid them.
Look for a "California Department of Health Certificate". In
order to get one, the water filtration system must have been
tested extensively and certified for each contaminant that it
claims to remove. The certificate also means that the water
filtration company's web site and literature have been reviewed
and that the material contains no false or exaggerated
Avoid under priced or over priced
There are bad filters at both ends of the spectrum. An
inexpensive water filtration system usually has a higher cost
of use, because the filters are expensive and have a short
One company claims to sell a "maintenance free" water
filtration system for about $40. The truth is that the entire
unit has to be replaced. Consumer reviews indicate that it only
lasts about thirty days. And, even though the name indicates
otherwise, it does not purify water. It only removes chlorine
and chlorine odor.
The best water filtration
systems are ones
that remove every contaminant possible with current technology.
Look for them. You may be surprised by the reasonable
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