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5 Ways To Wise Up Your Water Usage During National Water Quality Month

Fix Leaky Faucet During National Water Quality MonthFor years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized August as National Water Quality Month, a time for us all to think about both the positive and negative impact we have on this resource.

We love the occasion, for obvious reasons, but oftentimes can find ourselves overwhelmed with seemingly endless ideas for how we can make and encourage positive change. In fact, this post comes at the midway point of the month, as it took just that long to whittle down our original list of 1,000 to a more manageable list of the five items below.

With that, here are five ways you can more effectively use water during the back half of National Water Quality Month:

1. Find & Fix Even The Smallest Leaks
If there has ever been a home immune to leaks, drips, and drops – we have yet to see it. And while the leaks may be small, as little as one drip per minute, from one faucet per day, can waste away more than 100 gallons yearly. To see how quickly this can get out of hand when multiplied by multiple homes, faucets and drips – check out this calculator from the US Geological Survey (USGS.) If we all commit to fixing those tiny leaks in our individual homes, our world as a whole will be in much better shape.

Matt Lauer Takes Ice Bucket Challenge2. Order All The Replacement Air & Fridge Filters You’ll Need In One Fell Swoop
In September, the kids head back to school. October we spend winterizing our yard and home. November and December, of course, are a holiday blur. This makes August the perfect time to buy those air filters and fridge filters you’ll need to carry you through the balance of the year. Get it done now and you won’t need to think about reordering again until we hit 2015!

3. Nominate Someone Close For The Ice Bucket Challenge…With One Caveat
Will the ice bucket challenge ever stop? Probably. But certainly not by the end of National Water Quality Month. While gimmicky, this challenge – launched in support of the ALS Foundation – is also an example of a viral charitable campaign that has unequivocally worked. Through today, this challenge has raised more than $41 million for ALS research, with no signs of stopping. So while the getting’s good, nominate someone close to you, but include one caveat. In addition to accepting the challenge of being covered in freezing cold water, make the nominee share one hot tip for conserving an equal amount of water. A tip, like, fixing a leaky faucet.

Downton Abbey Promotional Shot With Errant Water Bottle4. Keep A Water Bottle Close By…No Matter What…
Whatever you do this month, whether it’s enjoying the final few summer nights, heading out for that one final summer road trip, or even taking promotional photos for that British costume drama from the early 1900s that you’re starring in, always have that bottle of water close-by.

5…But Always Strive For The Most Eco-Friendly Option
We love both pictures of the Downton Abbey cast, including the oopsies with the water bottle to the left and the self-deprecating version below where the cast had a bit of fun while driving awareness for WaterAid UK. But if we could offer just one suggestion, it would be to replace those plastic water bottles with more eco-friendly versions, including those found at our online store.Stars of Downton Abbey Pose With Water Bottles For WaterAid UK  Not only will eco-friendly water bottles pay for themselves almost instantly, they’ll help to reduce the risk of spent plastic bottles winding up in oceans and landfills!

What ideas do you have for wising up water usage during the back half of National Water Quality Month? I invite you to share via a comment below.

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Is There Chloramine In My Fridge Water?

Does Fridge Water Contain Chloramine?Earlier this year, Los Angeles began replacing the chlorine it had used for decades to disinfect its drinking water with chloramine. The reasoning behind the change is two-fold: first, chloramine is more effective as a disinfectant over longer distances; second, chloramine is less likely to be the culprit behind the creation of potentially harmful Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs.)

While its use is becoming more of a discussion point, chloramine, a combination of chlorine and ammonia, has actually been in use throughout several municipalities for decades. If you live in Denver, in fact, chloramine has been used to disinfect your drinking water since 1917.

That said, when more cities and municipalities begin changing how they disinfect their water – especially one of the largest municipalities such as Los Angeles – questions inevitably arise. For our customers, the question typically relates to whether or not chloramine is in their fridge water, or if chloramine is the cause of a funny taste or odor.

For our customers and readers alike, see answers to some of the more common chloramine questions our FridgeFilters.com team receives:

Will My Fridge Filter Reduce Chloramine?
The most popular fridge filters used by our customers make up a significant percentage of those used by hundreds of refrigerator models in use today. In no particular order, these filters are the Maytag UKF8001, the Whirlpool 4396710, 4396841 and 4396508, and the Frigidaire WF2CB.

All of the filters above help to significantly improve the taste and quality of water served by your fridge by reducing everything from chlorine odor to lead. But neither are able to state that they effectively reduce chloramine. The reason has to do with surface area. The unique make-up of chloramine that allows it to retain greater disinfection power over time and distance also make it remarkably difficult to filter with a standard carbon or charcoal filter that offers a rather small amount of filtration surface area.

Is There Chloramine In My Water, And If So, Is It An Issue?
The answer as to whether or not chloramine is used as a disinfectant in your city’s drinking water is a definite ‘maybe.’ If your municipality makes the switch, it is required to ensure that you are informed. If your city has long used chloramine, information will be found on its website or by calling a representative.

Whether or not chloramine is causing an issue comes down primarily to aesthetics. Much like chlorine, chloramine will cause an unpleasant taste and odor, similar to a swimming pool. But at safe levels (ie below the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 4 milligrams per liter, per the EPA) any negative health effects are extremely unlikely. Those that do need to be wary of chloramine, such as kidney dialysis patients or keepers of aquatic pets, will face the same health issues as they would with widely used chlorine.

Aqua-Pure AP5500RM Reverse Osmosis MembraneMy Water Has Chloramine In It & I Can’t Stand The Taste. What Do I Do?
Our first recommendation is to ensure that what you are tasting is chloramine and not chlorine. The reason is that chlorine is rather simple and affordable to reduce. Filters needed to reduce chloramine are typically far more expensive.

At FridgeFilters.com, some of the products we offer that can be of help include our selection of reverse osmosis filters and some of our whole house system housings, when loaded with the right type of filter.

Reverse osmosis filtration products, found here and pictured above, help reduce chloramines through the use of multiple carbon filters that pass water more slowly than other types of systems.  This allows for far greater impurity reduction. On our site, we offer several types of reverse osmosis membranes and filter sets that fit into systems from Aqua-Pure to GE.

A select number of our whole house filtration system housings, including the affordable Culligan HD-950, can help to ensure your water is virtually free of chloramine if loaded with a filter with more surface area (oftentimes, you’ll see these filters listed as ‘catalytic.’)

If you are considering a reverse osmosis or whole house system to reduce chloramine, our customer service team can help ensure you find the right system, filter or housing for your needs. You are invited to call with any questions at 1-800-683-8353. You may also call our team if you have any additional questions on how to reduce chloramine or any other impurity or contaminant from the water served by your fridge or by any other tap in your home.

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3 Ways To Guarantee Great Tasting Drinking Water On The Road!

Plan For Clean Drinking Water When Vacation PlanningAt FridgeFilters.com, we take pride in the fact that our filters keep the drinking water in your home tasting clean, fresh and cool. But like you, we occasionally like to get out of our homes, especially as we get into the tail end of summer – dangerously close to back to school season.

We suspect we are also similar in the sense that when you leave your home, whether for a quick hike, camp or cross-country road trip, you want to be able to enjoy the same great tasting drinking water you get at home. Fortunately, our online store specializes in more than just fridge filters. Below, find three products that we proudly offer, each of which will ensure you only drink great tasting drinking water while out and about:

Filtered Water Bottle 2-Pack From Brita1. Brita Filtered Water Bottles – the fact that we are drinking a record amount of bottled water in this country is great from a hydration stand-point, but not so great when that eco-unfriendly bottle needs to be disposed of. That said, if you’re just off on a quick walk, hike or drive, a plastic bottle of water seems like an ideal companion. Until, of course, you meet the Brita filtered water bottles we offer.

These eco-friendly water bottles, pictured to the right, are free of BPA and offer you the same great tasting water you’ve come to expect from your fridge – whether you serve water from a dispenser or a pitcher. Even better, at less than $20 for a 2-pack, these bottles will pay for themselves almost immediately! Order Brita filtered water bottles from us online.

2. Katadyn Camping Filters – As great as a filtered water bottle is, sometimes a longer trip will require a filtration solution with just a bit more capacity. Fortunately, with our selection of products from Katadyn, we’ve got you covered for these lengthier excursions.

Katadyn Vario MicrofilterKatadyn is one of the most well-known providers of camping filters and filtration systems, and their products include the Vario microfilter to the left, featuring a filter life of 530 gallons. Katadyn camping filters are lightweight, easy to pack and effective at removing up to 99% of bacteria and viruses that can lurk in untreated water. A must-have for any serious outdoorsman or outdoorswoman! Order Katadyn camping filters from us online.

3. Culligan RV Water Filters – Whether you are a cross-country road tripper or a ‘glamper,’ there’s absolutely no reason your recreational vehicle should leave your driveway unless it’s ready to serve great tasting drinking water.

Before driving off, check out our selection of RV filters from Culligan. Our offerings include both exterior and inline filters, ensuring water is clean both when it fills your tank and pours from your faucet. Order Culligan RV filters from us online.

Just in case you’re leaving for that late summer trip in the next week, these and all products available at our online store ship same day, if ordered by 4pm CST.

If you have more ways to ensure you always have great tasting drinking water on the road, I invite you to share your story via a comment below. I also invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or +1 us on Google+ to stay up to date on our latest water filter sales and discounts.

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Stay Hydrated For These Late Summer Happenings

Summer Dehydration DoldrumsIt’s that time of year.

We look forward to the fall, while summer temperatures continue to increase.

Every last trip we plan, whether to the beach or the deep into the Great Outdoors, may just be the last of the year.

And while we may be thirsty, the seasonal doldrums make it more difficult to focus on what we need to do in order to stay hydrated.

If we’ve made it past Independence Day, but are still too far away to consider ourselves in the ‘dog days,’ it’s safe to say that many of us may find ourselves in the summer doldrums.

While this is a great time of year to give ourselves an excuse to be a little lazy, we never want this peaceful malaise to get in the way of all-important hydration.

After all, we still have a lot to look forward to, including:

2014 All Star Game1. MLB All-Star Game – the one All-Star Game in all four major professional sports that matters, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played tonight (July 15th) in our home base of Minneapolis, MN.

Whether you plan to attend the game in person, or watch it from the comfort of your clean air-conditioned home, drinking enough water throughout the day will ensure you can stay awake through the inevitable late end without feeling like a zombie the next day.

2. That Last Camping Trip of the Season – that last camping trip of the season is a great time to create memories that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, it’s also a great time for Mother Nature to create harmful algae blooms in major waterways found around campsites, including the Great Lakes.

Algae bloom or no algae bloom, you can never be sure what type of water quality conditions or shortages you may run into when leaving the comfort of your home. To ensure you stay hydrated in even the most unexpected and inhospitable outdoors conditions, we would highly recommend browsing our selection of camping or RV filters, prior to your trip.

Stay Hydrated For Football Practice3. Football Camp – in late summer, football players at nearly every level – from high school to pro – will have reported to their respective camps. A sport more suited to be played in brisker fall temperatures, there have been far too many unfortunate and tragic incidents related to dehydration of players simply not accustomed to the summer conditions. (Our own Korey Stringer comes immediately to mind.)

If you are reporting to camp, or know someone that is, remember to always have or insist upon having a source of hydration close by. We can even help with our robust selection of eco-friendly water bottles, found here.

4. Month Three of Dry Air Conditioned Air – this time of year, it can be difficult to stay hydrated, even if you forgo those last outings in favor of the Great Indoors. The reason why is that air conditioned air can be very dry, despite being quite comfortable temperature-wise. If you prefer to be a homebody this time of the summer, be sure that you have what you need on hand – from water bottles to those replacement fridge filters you need – to help you stay hydrated in the face of dry indoor air.

Stay Hydrated When You Go Back To School5. Back to School! – while the official calendar may still say it’s summertime, the school calendar says it’s time to come back. Whether you are a parent breathing a sigh of relief, or a student getting prepped, remember that one of the keys to staying smart is to stay hydrated. But don’t just take our slightly biased word for it.  Dr. Philippa Norman shares how hydration is key to brain health on her site, here.

To help ensure your whole family is able to stay hydrated during back to school season, check out our selection of water bottles (linked here, once again) – or simply ensure that all filters in your home are ready to handle back to school hydration duties by finding the entire range of filters you need at our online store.

What else do you do to ensure you stay hydrated in late summer, and just as importantly, what late summer events do you ensure you stay hydrated for? I invite you to share, via a comment below.

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How We Ensure You Have The Cleanest Drinking Water In Every Room & Wherever You Roam

Clean Water EverywhereLooking at the name of our store, you could assume that we are in the refrigerator water filters business.  Your assumption would be both right AND wrong.

While we do offer one of the largest online selections of refrigerator filters, we are happy to offer so much more, ensuring you have clean drinking water (and clean air) in nearly every room of your home and in the faraway destinations you may travel.

To celebrate this week’s distinction as Drinking Water Week, see how we help ensure you have the cleanest drinking water everywhere – not just from your fridge.

[As a Drinking Water Week bonus, take 10% off any order on our site through Monday, May 12th – either on the products below or on the replacement fridge filters you need - by using the code ‘WaterWeek’ at checkout.]

We Help You Test Your Drinking Water:
Whether they live in the country and drink well water, or the city and drink municipal water, our customers care deeply about the quality and the safety of their source of hydration.WellSafe Well Water Test Kit

We are happy to help ensure our customers are always at ease when it comes to the safety of their drinking water by offering a variety of water test kits on our site, including the well water test kit pictured.  Check out our full selection here.

We Help You Serve Clean Drinking Water From Anywhere In Your Kitchen:
Your refrigerator water dispenser is just one point-of-use where we ensure you serve the cleanest tasting drinking water.  On our site, we are happy to offer water filters that can be attached to your faucet, installed beneath your sink or fitted onto your water line.

We are even happy to offer replacement filters for the whole house systems that ensure clean water is served from every faucet in your home, rather than just the kitchen!

Katadyn Vario Microfilter Water FilterWe Help Ensure You Have Clean Water On The Road & In The Great Outdoors:
How relaxing can getting away from it all truly be if you can’t depend on the clean drinking water we’ve helped you become accustomed to?  Fortunately, whether your vacation involves a journey into the unknown in your boat or RV, or a night sleeping under the stars surrounded only by the gentle sounds of nature, we can ensure you can still count on the cleanest tasting water imaginable!

Check out our selection of RV water filters and camping water filters, here and here.

Are there other types of water filters you’ve always had trouble finding?  If so, we invite you to leave a comment below or call our customer service team at 800-683-8353 and we’ll help you find it!  And once we do, remember to use the code ‘WaterWeek’ (before May 12th) to get it for 10% off!

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What Pete Seeger Meant To Clean Water

Pete Seeger At Farm Aid 2013This week marked the passing of Pete Seeger, a folk-singer and activist, that reached the impressive age of 94.

In an obituary published by Bloomberg, Seeger’s influence on artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Bob Dylan – along with his overwhelming role in the emergence of folk music – are prominently cited.  Seeger’s life and accomplishments could, and have, stretched across several volumes – with his voice booming through more than 100 albums and thousands of concerts & hootenannies.  Seeger even performed at President Obama’s 2009 inauguration where he was joined in a performance of This Land Is Your Land by Bruce Springsteen.

When we at FridgeFilters.com remember Seeger, what will resonate most strongly is what he meant to the clean water movement.

In 1966, Seeger and his wife founded the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, an organization dedicated to protecting the Hudson River and surrounding wetlands.  Clearwater, known for its hard-to-miss boat and impromptu concerts by Seeger and his banjo, was instrumental in supporting the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972.  Seeger was named a Clean Water Hero in 2002, in fact, for his efforts in support of this major initiative.

Seeger’s influence on the cleanliness of the Hudson River is difficult to sum up in just a few words, but this quote from writer Michelle Nijhuis perhaps comes the closest:

The river was dirty, and now it’s cleaner. What’s wrong is being righted. What’s impossible is possible.

As recently as this year, Seeger took on another clean water issue by becoming a vocal opponent against fracking – a controversial practice where thousands of gallons of highly pressured water are pumped into the ground to extract natural gas.  Seeger joined the likes of Neil Young and Dave Matthews to protest this practice at Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid just this September.

When we think of Pete Seeger going forward, we’ll remember the lifetime of music and activism dedicated to the well-being of so many that depend on clean drinking water.  Fortunately, the video below that will play out this post – a clip of Seeger well into his 90’s playing This Land Is Your Land at an anti-fracking protest – allow us to remember everything this man encompassed all at once.

An RIP and a thank you to Pete Seeger, a true clean water hero, on behalf of all of us at FridgeFilters.com.

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Free Refrigerator Water Filters Are Being Sent To Our West Virginia Customers

Maytag UKF8001 - Comparable Refrigerator Water Filter by Tier1

Maytag UKF8001 – Comparable Refrigerator Water Filter by Tier1

On January 10th, residents of Charleston, West Virginia awoke to find that their tap water was undrinkable and unusable.

An unprecedented chemical spill from a storage facility managed by Freedom Enterprises leaked up to 7,500 gallons of MCHM (4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol) – an industrial chemical used to separate coal from rock – into the Elk River, just under two miles from the area’s water treatment plant.

This week, residents are striving to get back to normal as tap water has been declared safe again in most areas.  But after-effects, from odor to discoloration present in drinking water, persist in many homes.  In addition to dealing with these after-effects, residents are also instructed, by the CDC and West Virginia American Water authorities, to flush their lines and replace all water filters – including refrigerator water filters.

This type of event robs us of our peace of mind.  While we at FridgeFilters.com may not be able to help our customers in the Charleston, West Virginia area fully regain this peace of mind, we do want to do our small part to help.

West Virginia American Water Map Providing The All Clear

West Virginia American Water Map. All Blue = All Tap Water Has Been Declared Safe

This week, we will be sending all of our customers in the Charleston, West Virginia area a free replacement from our Tier1 line of refrigerator water filters*. Tier1 refrigerator water filters are built to fit all major fridge brands and provide the same great tasting water, virtually free of stated contaminants. We are happy to be one of the exclusive distributors of this new line of filters.

If you live in West Virginia and have ordered a refrigerator water filter from us in the last three months, no action is required from you – your filter is already on the way.

We hope this helps to bring some normalcy back into your routine.

If you have friends or family in the Charleston, West Virginia area that have been impacted by the recent chemical spill, we encourage you to refer them to us.  Provide them with the code ‘Facebook10’ to use at check-out, and we’d be happy to offer them 10% off on your behalf.

If you have any questions, please feel free to connect with our customer service department at 1-800-683-8353.

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*Important note: refrigerator water filters from Tier1, or from any brand, are not designed to reduce MCHM, primarily because not enough is known about this chemical. Replacing refrigerator water filters is a necessary reactive step after MCHM has been cleared from the water source.

A Low Cost Filtration System for Africa

Children collecting water

Two students at Penn State’s School of International Affairs developed a low-cost water filtration system which can be used in many parts of Africa. Kory Hansen and Jin Ju Kim are part of the school’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program. Their challenge was to use no more than 2 people and no more than $200 in just 2 days to create a water filter based on resources available in Africa.

When the students tested the filters on campus, it removed 99.9% of bacteria and would drastically help a communty’s water burden if the system could be recreated in Africa. An integral part of the design of the filter was its commitment to local African resources in order to ensure sustainablilty in the future.

Naturally, Kim and Hansen hit obstacles during their quest for clean water, especially once they arrived in Africa. Other than the language barriers, they said the people were warm, welcoming, and very eager to help them with their project. They have both decided to continue their work with this project and other non-profit groups to help those in Africa. Nearly 3.4 million people die each year from lack of access to clean water. Millions more have to walk miles to retrieve water for their family or community, but more often than not, the water is not fit for drinking. Luckily, many people in Africa may have the opportunity to begin filtering their water thanks to these two students from Penn State’s HESE program!

The Global Water Crisis

You've probably been hearing more and more about the growing concern for the global water crisis. Frequently, countries like India, China, and many African nations are mentioned when discussing the need for clean drinking water. Many people don't realize that the water crisis also hits us at home and our neighbor, Canada.

Love the Earth

Climate change and population explosion are just two factors in the global water crisis. Nearly 800 million people worldwide don't have access to clean drinking water and another 2.5 billion are without sanitation. It's expected by the year 2030, the worldwide demand for water will outweigh supply by 40%.

Many people think Canada has one of the most abundant fresh water supplies in the world, however it only has about 2.5% of the world's supply. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts and reduced spending, the Canadian government has done very little to enact federal regulations on conservation and water quality for its citizens. What regulations and standards the Canadian government does have, many people feel it is old and outdated.

 

In America, many regions used to face water restrictions in the hottest parts of the summer. Now, those restrictions are lasting most, if not all of the year. Due to farm waste runoff, septic system discharge, and pesticide residue, one in three US lakes are not fit for swimming. In addition to gross stuff in our lakes and rivers, there are signs on the piers of the San Francisco Bay warning those who fish that the fish eaten from that bay may be hazardous to your health.

 

There are many ways you can do your part to help the global water crisis. It's important to conserve as much water as you can by using filtered water instead of bottled, taking shorter showers, and planting water-saving plants in your yard. Every step you take, no matter how small, will help ensure we have enough fresh water for the world in the future.

Are You Ready for Spring?

Even though Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and New Years were a short time ago, spring is quietly sneaking up on us. Whether you're ready or not, it will be time to beautify your lawn and yard in just a short time. When you're planting this year, take time to plant water-conserving species to help you save water.

Plants

As more and more states are affected by droughts each year, many cities and towns impose water restrictions on its residents. Because water used for irrigation is good enough to be drinking water in many areas, we are only contributing to the clean water crisis. Two key components in water conservation is planning and management.

 

If your soil has high organic matter, like all the good stuff that comes from compost, it will help keep the soil fluffy rather than compacting. When soil is fluffy, water can travel more easily to the roots of plants to help keep them hydrated. Using mulch,even in the summer,is a great way to help your plants. Mulch keeps soil from losing water during evaporation. 

PRO TIP: Use a two to four inch layer of mulch around the base of your plants. It will also help reduce the amount of weeds that may pop up. 

 

When planning your landscape, stick to native plants which require infrequent waterings. Many plants can still be beautiful, but have evolved and adapted to live in your home's climate. Another characteristic of water-conserving plants are deep roots. Many home and garden centers are now labeling plants as native or water-saving, so be sure to look for these when shopping. Keep in mind that the native plants your cousins grow in Maine probably won't work if you live in Kansas.

 

To further maximize your landscaping efforts, be sure to know your area's hardiness zone and to get plants that can withstand the winters. The last thing you want is have a beautiful, water-conserving landcape in the spring, summer, and fall, only to lose it during the cold winter. 

PRO TIP: Check out the US National Arboretum's Hardiness Zone Map to help. 

 

Now, go start planning and planting!