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Victoria’s Got Pristine Water, But You Should Still Filter It

Laurel Point Park, Victoria BC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Victoria’s drinking water is supplied primarily from the Sooke Lake watershed and several smaller water supply sources including the Goldstream catchment. There are several disinfection stations that add chlorine and ammonia for the creation of chloramines, but drinking water is currently not filtered before distribution. The Capital Regional District, or CRD, relies on watershed management to ensure that drinking water quality is maintained.

If Water is Not Filtered, How Safe is it?

The Sooke lake watershed rests in CRD owned land, but is not isolated and therefore the CRD most work in concert with the nearby private and commercial landowners to ensure that the watershed remains pristine. There are several factors that threaten drinking water quality in Victoria. Wildfire and erosion are listed first on the CRD website and note that these can cause an increase in sediment and debris within the water supply. The heavier silt and sediment are removed through the process of settling when the drinking water stands in the many reservoirs throughout the city, but the finer particulates can remain suspended, causing water to sometimes look cloudy.

Waterborne pathogens and algae blooms are also listed as potential threats to consumer health, but maintenance of the watershed and the addition of the disinfectants chlorine and ammonia are felt to be enough to ensure public safety. Algal blooms can cause drinking water to taste or smell slightly earthy or musty, but any health threats are neutralised by the additives introduced in the disinfection plants.

Victoria water is tested according to Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality, and complies with the BC Drinking Water Protection Act and the BC Drinking Water Protection Regulation. Even though it is not required, the CRD complies with many of the rules established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Since the nuclear plant in Fukushima was irrevocably damaged during the earthquake 2012, CRD has also been resting for radioactivity in Greater Victoria drinking water supplies. All reports are available for perusal.

What Can I Do to Ensure There Are No Contaminants in my Drinking Water?

The use of chlorimination is an alternative to the usual chlorination in order to reduce the production of disinfection by-products. This process produces less of the regulated by-products like THM’s. However, unlike chlorine, allowing drinking water to sit and breathe will not cause the chloramine to dissipate as quickly. It can take a number of days for this to occur, so a home water filtration system – especially one with an activated carbon filter, such as a reverse osmosis water filtration system can remove the chloramine faster and more effectively, improving the taste and quality of your drinking water.  A home water filtration system also has the added benefit of removing any trace elements (like lead, from lead pipes in older buildings), particulates and organic matter that may be present in your tap water. Even though they are not considered harmful, if not well within the allowable parameters, why take a risk? Improve the taste and quality of your drinking water today, visit our online store or contact us now for more information on how a reverse osmosis water filtration system can benefit your family.

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Sodium Fluoride In Our Water

Sodium Fluoride is found in toothpastes and 72% of America’s water supply. It is a toxic waste byproduct of many types of heavy industry such as aluminum, steel, fertilizer, glass, fossil fuel, cement and other industries. This is where it comes from and this toxic waste byproduct must be disposed of somewhere… If it were not for fluoride being added to toothpaste and the public water supply of hundreds of millions (if not billions) of people world wide, these manufacturers would have to pay many hundreds of millions of dollars per year to dispose of it properly. As the industries that are producing this toxic by product are some of the most prominent and powerful industries in the world, the political pressures are great to keep fluoride listed as a “healthy additive” and not as a environmental toxin. The negative effects on the general population are both diverse and widespread.

One of the excuses for the Fluoridation of the water supply is to “fight tooth decay” in children. In America, the fluoridation of drinking water agenda started in the 1940′s when “initial studies” were carried out to demonstrate its use as an anti-cavity fighting compound. The studies were conducted in Newburgh, NY in 1945, Grand Rapids, MI in 1945, in Brantford, Ontario in 1945 and finally concluding the study in Evanston, IL in 1947. The study is now being called into question by many doctors as its findings are far from proving anything of benefit. According to Dr. Philip Sutton, author of “The Greatest Fraud: Fluoridation” *A Factual Book, Lorne, Australia, 1996), these above listed studies are actually of dubious scientific quality.

It is notable that the quality of children’s teeth has improved between 1950′s to the present day, however this improvement very much appears to be unrelated to the fluoridation of the country’s drinking water supply. Rather, diet and dental awareness are more likely sources of this marked improvement.

There has yet to be a study which addresses whether the fluoridation of water and toothpaste effects the quality of teeth, while at the same time accounting for and controlling other factors which are known to play a part in dental health.\ such as diet and dental awareness.  (Brushing multiple times per day)

A study headed by Dr. John Yiamouyiannis, took the raw data from a very large study conducted by the National Institute for Dental Research (NIDR) in an attempt to verify the effectiveness of the fluoridation of drinking water in connection to dental health. His conclusions found there to be no decay preventing success and also found there to be very little difference in the DMFT values (the mean number of decayed, missing or filled teeth) in approximately 40,000 children. His findings conclude that it does not matter if children grow up in fluoridated, non-fluoridated or partially fluoridated communities when it comes to the health of their teeth. (Yiamouyiannis, J.A. “Water Fluoridation and Tooth Decay: Results from the 1986-87 National Survey of U.S. Schoolchildren”, Fluoride, 23, 55-67, 1990).

The conclusions of Dr. John Yiamouyiannis are greatly supported by a much larger study which has taken place in New Zealand. The study was conducted by the New Zealand National Health Service plan. This study examined virtually every child in certain age groups. The finding concluded to children in cities with non-fluoridated water had slightly better teeth then those children in fluoridated cities. (Colquhoun, J. “Child Dental Health Differences in New Zealand”, Community Healthy Services, XI 85-90, 1987).

What are the negative effects & health Concerns Associated with the Fluoridation of the water supply?

Among the most recognizable impacts caused by the ingestion of Fluoride is Dental Fluorosis. The effects of this range but are most commonly characterized by surface pitting, brittleness of teeth, opaque – chalky blotching and “rust” colored stains, all of which are found on the surface of teeth, which aside from the more serious and sinister consequences, these effects are very much cosmetically displeasing.

According to some researchers, far more serious and sinister impacts are directly attributed to the ingestion of fluoride. Based on the research of Dr. Phyllis Mullenix, fluoride is found to act in a way that lowers the I.Q. of children (“Neurotoxicity of Sodium Fluoride in Rats”, Mullenix, P. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 17 (2), 1995).

A study funded by the National Toxicology Program intended to determine the toxicology effects of Fluoride was carried out by Battelle. Dr. Williams Marcus found that the increases in bone cancer, particularly in male rats, is dose – related. The more Fluoride given the more the incidence and onset of bone cancer.

Perhaps just as disturbing is Dr. Marcus later having to question the removal of his concluding to other cancers developed by the rats due to fluoride ingestion by his peer reviewers from his final peer reviewed published studies. Also notable of this study are the levels of fluoride that caused the cancers in the rats are lower then the average amount humans statistically ingest on a daily basis. Dr. Marcus formerly held the position of chief toxicologist for the EPA’s Office of Drinking Water, until his position was terminated in 1991 after his insistence for an unbiased evaluation of fluoride’s cancer causing potential at the current 1ppm (part per million) standard in the drinking water supply. Dr. Marcus rigorously fought his dismissal in the court of law. He won his benchmark case after being able to prove to the courts that his dismissal was politically motivated. His position was then reinstated with the EPA, however there appears to be no record of the study Dr. Marcus so adamantly requested ever having been carried our by the EPA.

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Drinking Water And Water Filtration in Montreal Quebec

Situated at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers Montreal Quebec has been a site of human habitation for an estimated 4000 years. From the Saint Lawrence Iroquoians, who cultivated maize and build fortified villages, to the bustling metropolis it is now, Montreal is a site rich in history – and in water.

What Is The Source Of Montreal’s Drinking Water?

Water is taken from a few of the many water sources available in the region; lac Saint-Louis, lac des Deux-Montagnes, Rivière des Prairies and the St. Lawrence River and treated in seven water filtration plants. The main water intake is located upstream of the Lachine Rapids, in the centre of the St. Lawrence River.

How Is Drinking Water Treated In Montreal?

The water works of the city have continually changed and improved to supply drinking water to a growing population. Water at the Atwater plant, is routed via the Aqueduct Canal or Canal de l’Aqueduc, an 8 km long open air water artery built in 1853. The treated water is stored in several tanks, a number of which are located right in the heart of Mount Royal.

Originally, water treatment consisted of a ‘settling pond’ which allowed for all the heavier particulates to settle to the bottom, leaving clear water on the surface. Now, Montreal takes its water purification much more seriously and drinking water is purified in a more thorough fashion. It is first passed through a filter to remove larger debris, and then pumped uphill so that the water can pass through the rest of the water filtration process with the help of gravity. It first passes through siliceous sand to remove organic matter. Then ozone is injected into the water to destroy bacteria and viruses. Afterwards, chlorine is added to keep the filtered water sterile. Drinking water is then distributed throughout the city; to our homes and businesses and parks.

How Safe Is Drinking Water In Montreal?

Montreal is one of the oldest cities in Canada, having been the commercial capital during the early years of Canada’s formation and one of the busiest cities since; there is always construction, renovation and repairs going on within the city. In spite of this there may be higher concentrations of lead in the drinking water that are higher than established ‘safe’ standards. Many buildings erected before 1970 may still have lead pipes either in the home, or within the water distribution system.

What Is The Best Water Filter For Montreal Residents?

A reverse osmosis water filtration system can remove any trace elements, like lead from your drinking water and ensure that your family is safe from lead poisoning. Trihalomethanes may also be a consideration in regards to your drinking water. A natural by-product of chlorine reactions with organic matter, these particles can be considered carcinogenic. Don’t take a risk with the safety of your family.

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Some Interesting Uses For RO Water

Pure water means pure ice.

Most people who are familiar with reverse osmosis know it from their drinking water systems or their aquarium ro/di systems. Whether produced using home reverse osmosis systems, or large-scale desalinization plants, reverse osmosis water filtration is one of the most effective and scalable methods of water purification, removing harmful contaminants and producing fresh drinking water worldwide, as well as keeping aquarium life alive.

However, because reverse osmosis water is so pure, and consistently so, it can also be used in other ways.

Reverse osmosis water is often used to mix paint, especially in automotive applications, where its purity and consistency give automotive painters the exact high-quality paint they require, every time.

It’s also used in metal finishing, both during the process, and also afterwards, to recover minerals such as nickel. It’s an integral part of painting aluminum posts. It’s even been used to recycle engine coolant.

When employed as a part of the concrete mixing process, reverse osmosis water helps developers better control concrete quality through its reliability and consistency, and also removes harmful chemicals, such as chlorides, that can cause persistent dampness in concrete. Since reverse osmosis has virtually no dissolved solids, it also dissolves concrete admixtures, such as concrete waterproofing admixtures, more readily, and is very compatible with crystalline waterproofing systems.

Finally, reverse osmosis water can be found in large amounts at many hockey arenas, where it’s depended upon to de-mineralize the water used to make the ice, which substantially improves ice quality, allows ice rinks to be kept at slightly higher temperatures, permits thinner ice, and ultimately, saves significant money on operating costs!

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Does Your Water Hate Your Cat?

It’s no secret. We love and pamper our cats, to the point that many of us refer to ourselves as cat servants. We alter our homes and our habits to accommodate our feline friends, but are we doing everything we can to ensure our cats’ health?

Why Tap Water May Not Be Safe For Your Cat

Chlorine Can Hurt Cats

Many water treatment facilities throughout the world – perhaps the majority of them – use chlorine as the primary disinfectant for drinking water. This poison kills bacteria and parasites that are harmful to human beings at concentrations that are said to cause minimal damage to humans. Other such contaminants are monitored and kept at levels believed safe for human consumption, but what about our four-footed companions?

Cats have a smaller body mass than humans, even in infancy, and the concentration of chlorine in drinking water can often be much higher than is healthy for them. While chlorine can dissipate after a certain amount of time in open air, it is not guaranteed that it is all removed before our feline companions consume it, and chlorine is especially harmful to pets and people who have glandular imbalances, aggravating allergies and dry coats. This is why cats (and other pets) with compromised immune systems are especially at risk for damage from residual chemicals and trace elements, and they should be given only filtered water to prevent further complications and maintain health.

Chloramine Can, Too

Some water treatment plants now use chloramine in an attempt to combat the production of the possibly carcinogenic THM’s but this seems to have an even more toxic effect on pets than chlorine does. While both are deadly to fish for obvious reasons, one should not discount the effect chloramine, which is a combination of two poisons: chlorine and ammonia, has on our feline friends.

Fluoride May Have Poisonous Effects

Small animals, especially cats can be more sensitive to chemicals and other contaminants that may be in tap water than humans, or even dogs can. Fluoride is still added to tap water in many cities as a tool to combat tooth decay in humans, but is harmful to cats (and dogs) as this can be found in certain foods that your pet may be eating (any food that has chicken meal, lamb meal etc. that often contain ground bone which is the source of this excess fluoride) and this can cause fluoride poisoning which damages bones and teeth. Cats require a small amount of fluoride in their diets, just as humans require copper, but it is easily overdone when it is found in everything the cat consumes. Help reduce the risk of fluoride poisoning by giving your cat filtered drinking water.

Your Cat’s Endocrine System Might Be At Risk

Another alarming thing found in drinking water are endocrine disruptors. These can appear as residuals from pesticides or in the form of xenohormones (compounds which show hormone like properties in living organisms) which are not tested for in drinking water treatment facilities. Bisphenol A or BPA is a known endocrine disruptor which is found in plastics, dental materials and receipt paper which is why pet owners are advised to not use plastic dishes for their pet’s water (or food) as it can leach into the contents. Use only glass, ceramic or stainless steel dishes for feeding and watering your cat. These chemical by-products can cause chronic colitis, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, metabolic and hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems and disorders of the pancreas and adrenal glands. Other problems can include infections of the ears and urinary tract.

Filtering Your Water Protects Your Cat – Every Time

Beyond safeguarding your cat from contaminants, pure filtered water can assist in your cat’s digestion, help eliminate toxins and improve coat quality and overall health. So don’t put your cat’s health at risk – or any other pets for that matter. A reverse osmosis water filtration system can remove the majority of contaminants from your drinking water and make it safe not only for you, but for your more sensitive feline family members. You can be sure that they will be purr-fectly grateful!

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Pharmaceutical Drugs: In Your Tap Water

What is found in your tap water may surprise and disturb you.  Virtually all water sources in North America have tested positive for a wide range of pharmaceutical contaminants.

Pharmaceuticals in drinking water aren’t simply present – they’re abundant.

The industrial Revolution has resulted in an exponential growth in technology. The resulting technologies developed have created countless more industries. This unabated growth has resulted in almost complete disregard to the environmental impacts, to which we are only now starting to realize the negative implications on a very personal level. When considering these negative implications being felt on a personal level, what could be more personal then the pollution of the Earths Aquifers, Water Tables, Lakes and streams which are the very waters that we all depend on and consume daily?

Amongst all of the environmental impacts resulting from the industrial age, water contamination is one of its most sever. Many researchers believe contamination of the globes Aquifers and Water Tables will quickly be realized as the primary consequence to our unchecked and irresponsible growths throughout this era.  Aquifers globally (base water tables) are turning up reactive and toxic contaminants in alarming concentrations. Many of these contaminants do not break down for eons.

Perhaps the most concerning of all contaminants found in tap water is the ever increasing presence of pharmaceutical drugs & over the counter medications in virtually every water source tested throughout North America. This has created so much concern that the Associate Press picked up the trail and conducted their own full spectrum independent study, the results of which are very alarming Indeed. The Associated Press poured over hundreds of scientific reports, the Federal Drinking Water Databases were intricately reviewed, more than 230 Officials, Academics and Scientists were interviewed and the Nation’s 50 largest cities and twelve other major water sources were surveyed across North America.

Before we move on, you might be asking yourself; “how do the drugs people take get into the water I drink”? The answer; when an individual takes medication some is absorbed and the rest gets flushed down the toilet after being excreted from the body. This has been relentlessly repeated thousands (if not millions) of times each day in every city around the world for the past 15+ years. All of that “discharge” continually gathers and accumulates into reservoirs, rivers, lakes and Aquifers. The water then re-enters the drinking water system after being taken from the water gathering points (Aquifers) for consumption purposes and is then mildly treated at “drinking water treatment plants” and piped to the homes of every citizen it connects to. The major problem is that virtually none of these “drinking water treatment plants” are designed to remove Pharmaceutical contamination.

This unprecedented contamination from pharmaceutical drugs is not confined to the surface waters of the U.S. All surface water will eventually find its way into the natural Aquifers. If the surface water is contaminated, those same contaminants will permeate the aquifers deep underground. Its important to note that Aquifers are the estimated source of 40% of the U.S water supply. When Federal scientists tested the water in 24 states from aquifers in relative proximity to contaminant sources such as animal feed lots and landfills, findings of hormones, antibiotics and a wide range of other drugs were detected.  Testing of water sources far removed from contaminant sources also resulted in findings of a wide range of hormones and drugs.

This is just the start of what will be a huge problem in the near future as people keep taking more and more drugs. The Pharmaceutical usage of the U.S is rapidly rising. Over the past five years, the number of U.S. prescriptions rose 12% to a record 3.7 billion, while non-prescription drug purchases held steady around 3.3 billion, according to IMS Health and The Nielsen Co. It must also be taken into consideration that many medications will expire before ever being metabolized within the body. The majority of these “extra” pills will simply get flushed.

“People think that if they take a medication, their body absorbs it and it disappears, but of course that’s not the case,” said EPA scientist Christian Daughton, one of the first to draw attention to the issue of pharmaceuticals in water in the United States.

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Unbelievably, the Federal Government doesn’t require any testing for pharmaceuticals in drinking water and has set absolutely NO safety limits for drugs in water. So the “option” is then upon the individual treatment plant. Some drinking water filtration providers screen only for one or two pharmaceuticals, which lets all others pass through that are not removed. For example, in Canada, a study of 20 Ontario drinking water treatment plants by a national research institute found nine different drugs in water samples. Japanese health officials in December called for human health impact studies after detecting prescription drugs in drinking water at seven different sites.

“We recognize it is a growing concern and we’re taking it very seriously,” said Benjamin H. Grumbles, assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Associated Press Investigation also found that virtually all watersheds, which are the natural sources for the majority of the nation’s water supply, are also contaminated. The report indicated that in several cases, officials of residential water filtration providers claimed that pharmaceuticals had not been detected when they tested the water themselves.  The Associated Press then obtained the Test results from independent researchers that showed otherwise. For example, Published studies from Tulane University in New Orleans found the pain reliever naproxen, the sex hormone estrone and the anti-cholesterol drug by-product clofibric acid in treated drinking water. Contamination is not confined to the United States by any means. 100 + different pharmaceuticals were found in rivers, lakes, streams and reservoirs throughout the world. Studies have detected pharmaceuticals in waters throughout Asia, Australia, Canada and Europe and even in Swiss lakes and the North Sea.

Users of bottled water are far from safe from these contaminants as bottlers, some of which simply repackage tap water, do not typically treat or test for pharmaceuticals, according to the industry’s main trade group.

Here are some of the key test results obtained by the Associated Press:

• Testing in Philadelphia uncovered a reported 56 pharmaceuticals or its by-products in treated drinking water, including medicines for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness and heart problems. Sixty-three pharmaceuticals or byproducts were found in the city’s watersheds.

• Anti-epileptic and anti-anxiety medications were detected in a portion of the treated drinking water for 18.5 million people in Southern California.

• Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey analyzed a Passaic Valley Water Commission drinking water treatment plant, which serves 850,000 people in Northern New Jersey, and found a metabolized angina medicine and the mood-stabilizing carbamazepine in drinking water.

• A sex hormone was detected in San Francisco’s drinking water.

• The drinking water for Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas tested positive for six pharmaceuticals.

• Three medications, including an antibiotic, were found in drinking water supplied to Tucson.

The important thing to understand is that Pharmaceuticals are arguably more dangerous then other sources of water contamination simply because Pharmaceuticals are specifically“designed” to act on the human body and therefore this type of contaminant poses a unique and immanent danger to all persons consuming even very small amounts from tap water. Also our bodies may shrug off a big time dose of medication, the body and mind will surely suffer from smaller amounts delivered over a lifetime.

“These are chemicals that are designed to have very specific effects at very low concentrations. That’s what pharmaceuticals do. So when they get out to the environment, it should not be a shock to people that they have effects,” says John Sumpter at Brunel University in London, who has studied trace hormones, heart medicine and other drugs.

Its also very important to understand that when drugs are tested to be safe on humans, the time-frame for the test is usually over a matter of months, not over a lifetime. The span of human complications that can very realistically arise from this are staggering and should be of grave concern. Hormones can hamper development of our children through their pubescent years and impede upon reproduction capabilities later in life. Medicines for epilepsy and depression have been shown to cause behavioural changes and can cause damage to the brain. Antibiotics allow for germs to mutate to become “Super Bugs” etc…

“We know we are being exposed to other people’s drugs through our drinking water, and that can’t be good,” says Dr. David Carpenter, who directs the Institute for Health and the Environment of the State University of New York at Albany.

Drugs in Drinking Water – References:

Associated Press, 5 month Comprehensive Case Study.

“The presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health…”

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ‘Environmental Sciences Division, ORD/NERL, Las Vegas, Nevada USA; 2ESWE-lnstitute for Water Research and Water Technology, Wiesbaden-Schierstein, Germany Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: Agents of Subtle Change? Christian G. Daughton1 and Thomas A. Ternes2

“This spectrum of chemicals, however, is only one piece of the larger puzzle in “holistic” risk assessment. Another diverse group of bioactive chemicals receiving comparatively little attention as potential environmental pollutants includes the pharmaceuticals and active ingredients in personal care products…”

Pawlowski Sascha, Ternes Thomas, Bonerz Martin, et al.: Combined in Situ and in Vitro Assessment of the Estrogenic Activity Sewage and Surface Water Samples. Toxicological Sciences 2003, 75:57-65.

“These so-called endocrine disruptors have been linked to changes in sex ratio, embryonic damage, and reduced fecundity in various vertebrate species, as well as to an increase in breast and testicular cancers in humans…”

Rahman SZ: Impact of Human Medicines on Environment – A New Emerging Problem. Population Envis 2006, 3(2):3-4.

“We are living in an environment that is polluted not only by heavy metals, pesticides, and emissions from gasoline engines, but also with pharmaceutical chemicals…”

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What is the best way to filter well water?

As with anything these days, there are always many options available when you are looking for ways to treat or filter well water. There are some things to consider before you choose one method over another. First, is your well water already treated? Is the well managed by a municipality and how is it treated? Often “treated” merely means that it is chlorinated in order to kill bacteria and viral contaminants that might be present in your water supply. Unfortunately, chlorine is the cheapest way to neutralize bacteria that can cause terrible, if not fatal diseases in humans. The other method is UV treatment which is still expensive and not terribly easy to maintain.

Another thing to consider is how much turbidity your well water has. By this we mean how cloudy is the water; how large are the particulates of organic, or inorganic matter floating in it? You might need to use a pre-filter of some kind before the water reaches the house if this is the case.

With this in mind, there are ways to treat your water after these important steps that can also remove chlorine. One of these is distillation and the other is reverse osmosis. Paired with a good carbon filter, these can both produce safe drinking water.

Distillation is a process where heat is used to separate water from anything in the water: and what is left is purely water. This method is most effective in removing inorganic compounds (metals like iron and lead) and removing magnesium and calcium that cause water hardness. Because it uses heat to separate water from contaminants, bacteria is also neutralized. However organic chemicals that may be in the source water have a lower boiling point than water which means it is transferred with the steam. This is why it is important to also use a carbon filter. A downside to distilled water is that here are also no useful minerals left in it and is sometimes described as tasteless or flat. Some claim that the continual consumption of distilled water can throw the body’s natural pH out of balance and affect mineral deficiencies.

Reverse osmosis systems remove contaminants using a series of membrane filters. Harmful contaminants (both organic and inorganic) are unable to pass through these membranes but pure water will. Aquasafe incorporates a carbon filter in this series which ensures that all contaminants, including the chlorine used to kill bacteria, are removed. Aquasafe also offers a re-mineralisation package that will help balance your water’s pH as well as improve the taste.

Both systems require regular maintenance to perform well an both produce some waste water that must be flushed out on a regular basis. Reviews of both kinds of products tend to show that reverse osmosis systems are more energy efficient and produce better tasting water. Have more questions? Contact us now for more information!

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Help Your Cat Beat the Heat this Summer

It’s that time again! Summer is here and temperatures are rising which means that we start looking for ways to beat the heat. We wear shorts, go swimming and drink plenty of pure water to stay hydrated. But what about your cat? Kitty can’t take off his fur coat and because of this can be susceptible to heat stroke just as much as humans Cats, however, are masters of looking the cool cucumber, so how can you tell if your cat is suffering from the heat? While their coat can regulate their body temperature through most median temperatures, it is important to know the signs of hyperthermia, or heat stroke. The most obvious is panting. Cat’s don’t normally pant, so when you see this behaviour you know that your cat is definitely having a hard time with the heat. Another sign is anxiety, often demonstrated through pacing as they hunt for a cool place to lay down. Increased heart rate,  drooling, excessive grooming, and increased internal body temperature.  Dark red gums, lethargy, vomiting, staggering around and hyperventilation or respiratory distress are other more serious symptoms. (Breeds with flat noses may exhibit respiratory distress earlier because of compromised airways.) If your cat exhibits any of these symptoms it is best to take you cat to the vet in order to help your cat regulate his body temperature and prevent organ damage. Before you go though, there are a few things you can do to ease his distress: soak him in cool water (not cold) to bring his temperature down. This is especially necessary if your cat is found unconscious. Use a bag of frozen peas or ice to put between his legs and take him to the vet immediately. You want to prevent your cat from having seizures or slipping into a coma and the vet can administer IV fluids to assist your cat to recover. If your cat has not exhibited any of the more alarming symptoms you can help regulate his temperature and prevent heat stroke in several ways. Cats sweat through their feet, so if you cannot take him to a cooler environment, it is important to give your cat options for cooling himself off. Employ the bag of frozen peas or ice wrapped in a towel in his favourite sleeping spot. If he is hot he will make use of this to cool down. Soak his feet in a tub of cool water. And of course, provide plenty of fresh cool water; if you do not have the benefit of a cat fountain, place several bowls of cool water around the home and it doesn’t hurt to put ice cubes in the water to keep it cool. This may pique kitty’s interest in drinking. You can immerse his feet in a tub of cool water, rub him down with a damp towel or use a cool compress around his neck. He may resist, but may also appreciate it in the hottest part of the day.

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THMs: Poison in Your Drinking Water?

Known properly as trihalomethanes, THM’s are produced when the chlorine that is used to “purify” drinking water reacts to with the organic matter it targets. While chlorine does kill harmful bacteria, the THM’s produced in the process are confirmed class b carcinogens and include such substances as chloroform, which is a poison that can cause respiratory or cardiac arrest and death.

What are THMs and How Do They Affect Us?

THMs are toxic chemical compounds that are essentially different forms of methanes, where three of the four hydrogen atoms on the methane molecule are replaced by halogen atoms: fluorine, bromine, chlorine, iodine or astatine. The Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality allows for just 0.1mg THM’s as a group per Litre based on the health effects of chloroform, since 2006 – though the recommended level is none at all. Groundwater sources of raw water are more likely to have higher levels of THMs because there must be organic matter present for these chemical poisons to be created. The kinds of THM’s that may be in your drinking water depend on the pH levels, humic acid concentration, temperature, pH, and bromide ion concentration (when bromide is present, chloroform concentration is reduced).

Bromoform

Bromoform is produced naturally by phytoplankton, but it is a known carcinogen in animals. It is found frequently in public swimming pools. This poison can be absorbed through the skin or via inhalation when showering. It can irritate the respiratory tract, the eyes, skin and may cause impaired functions of the liver and central nervous system. Bromoform is not commercially produced as much as it used to be due to its multiple health effects, but was once used as a solvent, sedative and flame retardant.

Bromodichloromethane

Bromodichloromethane was used as a solvent for fats and waxes and mineral separation. Now it is only used in organic chemistry. It is an irritant to eyes and skin and can cause damage to liver and kidneys through prolonged or repeated exposure. Studies in animals have produced significant evidence that this may be carcinogenic to human beings as well. Chlorodibromomethane is also considered to be a possible carcinogen.

Chloroform

Chloroform, probably the most recognizable THM, is often used as a solvent in organic chemistry because of its ability to dissolve organic compounds. It is produced naturally by some seaweeds and algae. Chloroform was used in cough syrups, ointments and toothpaste, but has since been banned as a consumer substance. It was once widely used as an anesthetic due to its ability to depress the central nervous system, but was abandoned when it was found to cause fatal cardiac arrhythmia. A fatal oral dose of chloroform may be as small as 10 mL. Chloroform can cause dizziness, fatigue, headache, sores, and in prolonged cases of exposure, liver and kidney damage. Studies in animals have shown that miscarriages and birth defects occur when the animal is exposed to chloroform. If these effects weren’t bad enough these same studies show that it is possibly also a carcinogen.

Only these, the most common THM’s, appear on the guidelines for water treatment. But there are other THMs that can also have a detrimental effect on health. Iodoform can irritate the eyes and skin, cause dizziness and nausea and damage the heart, liver, kidneys and respiratory system. It occurs rarely in drinking water, but can cause a slightly medicinal odour if it is present. Fluoroform‘s main hazards are listed as ‘nervous system depression’, which refers to a decreased rate of breathing, heartbeat, and loss of consciousness which can lead to coma or death. Chlorodifluoromethane and can cause cardiac disorders and depression of the nervous system. Dibromochloromethane can cause a slowing of normal brain activities in low doses, causing sleepiness, and in higher doses, death. Exposure over time can cause liver or kidney damage. All of these THMs can be absorbed through the skin while showering or bathing, by inhalation when released as a gas or orally when you drink contaminated water.

Do Water Treatment Plants Test for THMs if They’re so Dangerous?

While most municipal water treatment plants must test for THMs as per the drinking water guidelines, many do not have the budget to implement the appropriate measures to minimize or eliminate the production of THMs during the disinfection process. An alarming example of this is in Newfoundland and Labrador. The use of a volatile poison to eradicate bacteria and parasites that causes disease in humans seemed like a good idea at the time but the long term health effects of using such a noxious chemical are rapidly becoming clear.

So what can you do in the meantime? Government officials and health professionals alike agree that the use of a home water filtration system can reduce the risk of exposure to these harmful chemicals. Please don’t wait for these dangerous byproducts to damage your family, visit our store now, or contact us for more information on reverse osmosis water filtration systems and how they can help remove THM’s from your drinking water.

If you’re at all concerned about the quality of your water, or you simply want to be certain, you should choose an Aquasafe Home Reverse Osmosis System. An Aquasafe Home Reverse Osmosis system will remove all contaminants from water, including THM’s and HAA’s, producing guaranteed safe water you can count on every time. And it’s only a few cents per liter! Shop online and save today.


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What Effect Does Drinking Water Have On Your Body?

This statement alone is indicative of the incredible impact water has on our health and well being. Depending upon your age, your body may be composed of up to 75% water.  Even a slight decline in hydration can have a negative effect on the metabolic processes of the body.

Water is involved in almost every bodily process from digestion, to nutrient use and transport, to body temperature regulation and elimination of waste.  If too little water is consumed, toxins can accumulate in the body causing various health problems. Inadequate water consumption contributes to an increase in body fat, poor muscle tone, decreased concentration and cognitive function, weakened immune system and poor digestive health, to name a few.

Child enjoying clean and safe drinking water from a newly built well, funded by charity: water (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Consuming quality water can help us slow the aging process and prevent or improve many illnesses.

This  is including diabetes, obesity, chronic pain and arthritis.  Unfortunately, not all accessible drinking water can be considered quality.We often assume the water that comes from our tap (be it city water or well) is clean and safe to drink.

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What we may not realize is how damaged our Earth has become and as a result how contaminated our water may be.

Fluoride, arsenic, iron and heavy metals such as copper and lead can naturally be found in our water supply.  Substances such as fertilizers, pesticides and chemicals enter our drinking water through the soil. Chlorine, PH balancers and other potentially harmful products are intentionally added to city water to help rid it of bacteria, cloudiness and discolouration.  All of these substances can have ill effects on the human body.  To ensure the cleanliness and safety of the water you drink, use a water filtration system to purify your water. You can reap the health benefits of water and avoid the dangerous pollutants.

If you’re at all concerned about the quality of your tap water, you should choose an Aquasafe Home Reverse Osmosis System. An Aquasafe Home Reverse Osmosis system will remove all contaminants from water, including everything mentioned in this article, producing guaranteed safe water you can count on every time. And it’s only a few cents per liter! Shop online and save today.


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