Monthly Archives: July 2009

Why We Should All Drink More Tap Water

1)    Tap water is treated to kill bacteria so it really is safe to drink
2)    Drinking tap water is much cheaper than buying expensive bottled water
3)    75% of survey participants in New York City actually preferred the taste of tap water
4)    City water systems are required to report to consumers what is in their water
5)    If you don’t like the taste of tap water try using a water filter to add that extra step of purification and remove the chlorine taste and any odors.

Tips to help you get the most out of your drinking water:

Use the money you would have used to buy bottled water to purchase a water filtration system and a few reusable containers.

Odds are that you are on the go for most of the day so try filling re-usable containers with filtered drinking water instead of using bottled water. Keep a couple of canteens or other reusable containers full of filtered water in your refrigerator so you can always have easy access to a supply of fresh, clean drinking water. This is better for the environment and will save you a lot of money.

Filtered water tastes great and is highly inexpensive compared to the cost of bottled water, with most water filters only needing to be replaced about once every six months. If you have a source of fresh water (i.e. a faucet, refrigerator water dispenser, etc) there is a water filtration system that will work for you.

Troubleshooting Common Refrigerator Problems

Before you call a repairman to come out and take a look at your refrigerator you might try these quick fixes for many common problems.

How to Troubleshoot Common Refrigerator Problems

Maintaining your appliances is important and may seem like a bit of a hassle, but your refrigerator is one appliance you can't afford to neglect. If your refrigerator comes with a built in water and/or ice dispenser it needs to have the filter cartridge replaced about every 6 months. For more information on water filter replacement cartridges please use our online guide to locate the correct part, we've got the right filter for your fridge!

What’s in your water?

No matter where you get your drinking water from the odds
are that at some point it contained some contaminants. Some of these contaminants, such
as radon and arsenic, occur naturally while others, such as microorganisms and pesticides, are introduced into the
water supply from outside contact with people and animals. At low levels most contaminants are not harmful
to people, but that does not mean we should have to drink them.

The easiest way to be sure that your drinking water contains
as few contaminants as possible is to filter your water.

Your home may have a refrigerator with a water and ice dispenser that has a built in refrigerator filter, or you might be using another filtration system such as an
under sink or whole house filter. Below is a list of popular filters and the
contaminants that they remove. For more information on the common contaminants
found in your drinking water please feel free to consult our Drinking Water
Contaminant Glossary
.

Filter Type Chlorine Particulates (Class I) Cysts Turbidity  Lead (pH 6.5) Atrazine
OmniFilter CB-3 Undersink 97.50% n/a 99.90% n/a 98.60% n/a
GE
FXULC SmartWater
Undersink 97.00% n/a 99.90% 99.00% 98.00% 89.00%
Brita
On-Tap FR-200
Faucet 99.00% 99.90% 99.99% 99.10% 98.70% 76.20%
GE MWF
SmartWater
Refrigerator 96.00% 99.10% 99.99% 98.00% 99.00% 94.00%
LG LT600P Refrigerator 97.60% 99.90% 99.99% 99.30% 99.35% 95.90%
Samsung
DA29-0003G
Refrigerator 97.60% 98.40% 99.99% 98.60% 99.30% n/a
Whirlpool
4396508
Refrigerator 99.00% 95.10% n/a n/a 99.35% n/a
Whirlpool 4396510 Refrigerator 97.60% 99.90% 99.99% 99.30% 99.35% 85.60%
Whirlpool
4396710
Refrigerator 97.40% 99.70% 99.99% 99.30% 99.35% 85.60%


Could tap water actually be safer than bottled water?

A Congressional investigation found that the FDA’s
regulations for bottled water are significantly lower and have less oversight
than the EPA’s requirements for the water that comes from the faucet in your
home.

So what does that mean for me?  

Bottled water is often thought to be cleaner and better for
your health than ordinary tap water, but current legislation does not require
companies that produce bottled water to provide any proof that their water is
coming from a cleaner source, such as a natural spring or filtration plant. Further,
there is a potential health risk to consumers drinking bottled water if DEHP, a
chemical used in the plastic, leaches into the water.

But I like bottled water; it is convenient and tastes better
than tap water.

Having clean, cool water to drink is great, but there are
other ways to get your hands on a convenient and refreshing drink of water. Water
filters can remove many particles from tap water and will even eliminate
chlorine taste and any odors.  Using canteens
and other reusable bottles is a cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to buying
plastic water bottles.

Where can I get filtered water?

Water filters are available for any home with running water.
Many popular refrigerator models come with a built in water dispenser that uses
a filter to help purify your drinking water. Some examples of common fridge
filters are: the GE MWF, Whirlpool 4396710, and the Frigidaire WF2CB. If you do not have a
refrigerator with a built in filtration system you can always try an under sink
of whole house filter to remove contaminates from your drinking water.  Water filters should be replaced about every 6
months to maintain the best quality drinking water. For more information on
replacement filters please feel free to use our water filter guide to find the
right filter for your home or refrigerator.

So what is the bottom line?

Bottled water is not guaranteed to be any cleaner than tap
water, but if you filter your own water you can be sure that it is cleaner and
safer to drink. Refilling canteens and other reusable containers is better for
the environment and cheaper than purchasing bottled water.