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12-10-2013 11:40 AM
KimPM nukuspot - You might look for a Doulton type ceramic filter, but one for use with a plumbed in filter system (instead of the gravity fed one like the berkey). Since you have well water, I'd also consider a sediment filter as filter #1. Then maybe the Doulton ceramic after that one. There are a bunch of possible places to get these from. You could start at doulton.com but there are also other places.

They also have calcite post filters to increase the pH of your water. Sometimes you can also get a magnesium and calcite filter for further increasing the pH.

You can get a double or triple filter system to take care of those issues.

I think water that is promoted as "alkaline water" is a scam, so if it was me I wouldn't bother looking at alkalizing systems.

HTH!
12-09-2013 03:51 PM
Katoto Hanan

Sorry, I'm not familiar with those companies but the one I posted above is fantastic at answering concerns.  At least they were from my experience.  There is a chat option on the website that is available during business hours which you could try...it was available when I had done it and it was very useful to me....sorry I can't be of more help to you.

12-08-2013 10:05 AM
nukuspot The two websites that I have found that might have what I am looking for are http://www.pure-earth.com/under-counter-water-filters.htm and http://www.livingwatersway.com/under_counter_alkalizers
Does anyone have any thoughts about these companies? I called Aquasana and also Multipure but they do not recommend their filters because they don't filter copper.
12-08-2013 10:03 AM
nukuspot Right now we use a Big Berkey but it takes up so much counter space. I really would like a good under the sink equivalent which would give me on demand water for washing veggies, drinking, boiling pasta, etc, as well as drinking of course.
12-08-2013 10:01 AM
nukuspot I know this is an old thread but I'm bumping it. I am on a private well and for years have been drinking the water. But now I'm getting more concerned about what "could" be in it. We did water testing years ago and I know the main issue is that it has slightly low ph (6.6) which leaches copper from our pipes into our water. Otherwise it normally tests fine. But recently after returning from vacation I noticed a "dirt like" taste in the water. That went away after being home for a day but it made me really wonder what could be in our water that hasn't been tested for. So I contacted our plumber who wanted to put a RO unit in under the sink. After research I know I do NOT want an RO unit. It will strip our minerals, further lower our ph of drinking water, and waste much water in the process. What I am looking for is a unit that will go under the sink but work like a Berkey--filter out the baddies and leave our minerals. If it could alkalize the water or would be a huge bonus too!

I also know we have to address the acidic water at the well house too, so it does not corrode the pipers further. I have been recommended to get a calcite feeder (calcium carbonate) out at the well head which would alkalize the water before it enters the copper pipes in our home. That sounds ok...But is it safe? My kids drink bath water, etc, like kids do.
10-30-2013 04:54 AM
Katoto Hanan

Unfortunately the thing is that Aquasana doesn't remove Fluoride.  They were actually one of the companies I was looking at, but that was a deal breaker for me.  But if Fluoride is not a concern, they do seem pretty good.

10-30-2013 04:45 AM
Katoto Hanan

For water filters, I would suggest this one that I posted in another forum:   http://www.pureeffectfilters.com/#a_aid=Ultrawater

As I've told the story many times in any post about fluoride or just toxins in the water, my son's teeth are very discoloured due to Fluorisis.  I'm holding hope that there is a way to remineralize the teeth over time and that it will improve, but I really urge everyone I know to get yourself a good water filter....and even a shower filter (if you can't afford a whole home one).

I took my time, researched, compared, weighed the pros and cons, and this was the filter I chose.  Mainly because I was able to verify the results that were claimed with the lab that did their tests to ensure that I was getting what I paid for and that the company was a reputable company and hired the lab for an independent test.  It's a small company, but the product and service is excellent....I urge everyone to at least consider them and read everything including the great reviews etc...

 

As far as air goes...from the research I have done on that....I didn't get so much as an air purifier as I did a high density negative ion generator which I place in his bedroom while he is sleeping.  I won't get into the whole background about it all, but if you read up on negative vs positive ions in the air you will understand why I chose to get one.  I can tell you that he sleeps much better and his nose always unclogs and he breathes much better than ever before.  There are quite a few studies with babies etc ....If you want the top of the line best of the best...the company is called Elanra ...but its a very steep price for that ...

01-13-2013 10:11 PM
caglakhan

Anyone know how good Omnifilter CBF3 system might be?  I'm just renting, and there is one at our sink.  I've been meaning to get a new cartridge (CB3) for it under the sink.  Or, is there a good cartidge that would be compatible?  Thanks.

02-14-2011 08:16 PM
BeingMe

Anyone hear of this company http://waterfiltrationtemecula.com/Our-Product.html 

02-07-2011 12:17 PM
LBMarie9

bump.

01-01-2011 07:39 PM
Sieren

I have been thinking about water quality a lot lately, too!  We have the Sprite shower filter (the hand held one) and its been working great.  Probably need to change the filter soon, though!  But they last about 5-6 mo. I think.  My parents have an artesian well, which they run through a softener I believe.  If I filled up a bunch of gallon jugs of water from thier place and just kept them sitting somewhere out of the sun, if they would be OK for like a month? 

12-15-2010 10:05 AM
folkymom

What do you think about this countertop one? Living in an agricultural area (literally in the middle of ag fields) I am mostly concerned about pesticides (since we have to prioritize what to freak out about, right? heh)

 

http://www.equinox-products.com/EquinoxEQ-10CountertopWaterFiltrationSystem.htm#Q: How does the EQ-10 Countertop work?

 

I am thinking I will go with the Aquasana countertop model, but then found this one. .. it's just two carbon filters, looks like?

It's so hard to "filter" through all this information!

12-11-2010 11:57 AM
KimPM

How about these RO tanks for BPA-free:

http://www.wetterwater.com/reverse-osmosis-systems/reverse-osmosis-tanks.html

polypropylene (#5) and rubber. 

 

Not sure I'm crazy about the rubber being in there.

10-26-2010 10:38 PM
WuWei
07-18-2010 06:43 PM
KimPM
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Originally Posted by mombh View Post
Yeah, I think it is great for back up emergency, etc; I have the Pur jug filter, which I picked up at target and have'nt used yet. I just thought it was good enough for the bacteria from a rain barrel , since I didn't think there would be much chemicals there...?
A ceramic filter, do you mean a doulton? THat's what we have under the kitchen sink, have used it for years.
The Pur doesn't filter out bacteria or cysts, so you run a pretty good risk of illness if you filter rainwater through that. Ceramic filter pore sizes are so small they won't let the bacteria through. A doulton is one type of ceramic, and berkey is another. You can get them standalone or like you have, plumbed in under your sink. The plumbed in one won't be of any use during an emergency. I was referring to a standalone system with a ceramic filter of some type.
07-18-2010 12:07 PM
crunchy_mama I just bought a Big Berkey for emergency use. We have good well water( we have tested it) and it tastes absolutely delicious. However, we are kind of rural(although not surrounded by farms) and have a well so deep that hand pumping isn't a good emergency option. We do have relative close access to a few creeks though. My friend arranged a big bulk order and it was $203 total for the Big Berkey and 4 filters.
07-18-2010 10:39 AM
mombh
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Originally Posted by KimPM View Post
All you'd need is either a ceramic filter or a black berkey filter; either of those would ensure that bacteria are filtered out. I've thought of having that as a backup water supply in an emergency, but haven't yet done it.
Yeah, I think it is great for back up emergency, etc; I have the Pur jug filter, which I picked up at target and have'nt used yet. I just thought it was good enough for the bacteria from a rain barrel , since I didn't think there would be much chemicals there...?
A ceramic filter, do you mean a doulton? THat's what we have under the kitchen sink, have used it for years. Only problem is the regular filter and the fluoride one both look exactly the same....and dh can't remember which one he replaced, so I'm going to have to get both replacements now
I was wondering if the Aquasana is as good or better, it seems that their replacement filters are definitely less $$$ than the doulton.

I saw someone mentioned fridge/icemaker filters before and I just checked ours, it is a Pur, which I had thought was supposed to be o.k. besides not filtering fluoride. Are their any others out there? Anywhere I can find out what is compatible with my fridge?
I just cannot stop thinking about meds in the water now , it's not enough we have to deal with everything else and now meds....
btw, how do they get into our water? I know that people (and probably, institutions too) throw meds down the toilet etc; but we don't drink recycled toilet/waste water....... how has it gotten into our water...
07-17-2010 09:24 PM
highlandmum Fantastic. I'm in Ohio.
07-16-2010 11:12 PM
mom61508
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Originally Posted by momster View Post
The Pure and Clear filter sounds really good to me. I'm interested in others' feedback.

http://waterfilters.mercola.com/prod...erfilters.aspx

1st filtration is for fluoride, then a KDF filter, then a coconut carbon filter.

Let me know what you all think. I called the company and they do expect it to come back into stock.
I've looked at this one before and it does look promising BUT I'm just so unsure you know If It does what it really says.....I think looking for a water filter is the most frustrating thing!!!
07-16-2010 05:57 PM
momster The Pure and Clear filter sounds really good to me. I'm interested in others' feedback.

http://waterfilters.mercola.com/prod...erfilters.aspx

1st filtration is for fluoride, then a KDF filter, then a coconut carbon filter.

Let me know what you all think. I called the company and they do expect it to come back into stock.
07-16-2010 12:00 AM
KimPM
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Originally Posted by mombh View Post
Does anyone here use their rainbarrel water for drinking? I have friends who use it for drinking, they live in another country and say it is better than their local water. They use a filter too and have been doing this for years. It is free, has some contaminants, due to acid rain etc; but not nearly as much as our city water, shouldn't contain all the medicines and chlorine etc; So why do so many people not use rainwater for drinking? anyone have any ideas?
All you'd need is either a ceramic filter or a black berkey filter; either of those would ensure that bacteria are filtered out. I've thought of having that as a backup water supply in an emergency, but haven't yet done it.
07-15-2010 11:13 PM
mombh Does anyone here use their rainbarrel water for drinking? I have friends who use it for drinking, they live in another country and say it is better than their local water. They use a filter too and have been doing this for years. It is free, has some contaminants, due to acid rain etc; but not nearly as much as our city water, shouldn't contain all the medicines and chlorine etc; So why do so many people not use rainwater for drinking? anyone have any ideas?
07-15-2010 12:07 PM
momster I called the PUR company. They say that the pitcher filter is #5 plastic and the dispenser is #7 with #6 lid. They say there is no BPA in either of these filters. I know 7 can, but does not always have BPA. Should I believe them? They also said their filters do not remove manganese. They couldn't tell me what kind of plastic the faucet-mounted filters are made from.

Still thinking about PUR and looking at Mercola's Pure and Clear filter.
07-15-2010 11:20 AM
momster We are about to move to a rental apartment and the city water there is actually pretty good, but there are levels of chlorine byproducts and slightly elevated manganese according to EWG's report. I haven't found out yet about flouride.

I'm thinking of getting a PUR filter. Had looked at the faucet-mounted model and liked the 3-stage filtration system until I saw the product reviews on Amazon. Many folks were complaining that the unit had cracks or broke. Maybe a PUR pitcher unit? Does anyone have one of these? Seems the pitcher units do clean chlorination byproducts, but don't know about pharmaceuticals.

I had also looked into Watts. They have one they say removes pharmaceuticals, but the customer reviews for installation were not so good. Some people had flooding.

We will only be in this apartment for 2-3 months, so maybe I'd be ok with the faucet-mounted PUR system. Any opinions?

Also, I don't know how to tell if a filter system will reduce the levels of Manganese. If it doesn't remove zinc, is it likely it won't remove manganese?
06-29-2010 06:47 PM
mom61508 good info on water and air quality in your city

http://www.scorecard.org/
05-08-2010 07:51 PM
WuWei
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Originally Posted by SleeplessMommy View Post
Unfortunately, 3rd party chemical analysis of "Himalayan" salts has found contaminants including lead, arsenic, antimony, aluminum, fluoride at 7.2ppm, Strontium (Sr) at 6.98 ppm and various radioactives.

http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21534
http://www.biodistributors.com.au/ProdInfFiles/hcs.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayan_salt
Did you read the whole first thread you linked? There is a difference between calcium fluoride and sodium fluoride.

We discussed this at length in the thread I linked above. It is very interesting! Here it is: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...t#post14677900

I am comfortable with the Himalayan salts (and I don't sell them).

Pat
05-08-2010 07:35 PM
quelindo
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Originally Posted by SuburbanHippie View Post
We came in 2nd. Dh wants to buy a reverse osmosis system for the kitchen and a shower head with a filter already. My only issue with the reverse osmosis is it takes 9 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of drinking water. He said he would run a line out so we could "keep" that water for flushing toilets, but I don't think we flush quite that much in a day. I wonder if I could somehow use it for the washing machine... DH may have a new project on his hands.
We do this! Our RO filter is in the basement, right under our kitchen sink, and I have the waste-water hose drain into a rain barrel we have up on cement blocks near our washing machine. The overflow hose for the rain barrel drains into the laundry tub, and then when we do laundry I manually fill our top-loader with a hose attached to the spigot. We've been doing this for years and it works great!
05-08-2010 07:25 PM
SleeplessMommy
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Originally Posted by WuWei View Post
I like a whole-food, natural approach. I am going to order Himalayan Sole.
Unfortunately, 3rd party chemical analysis of "Himalayan" salts has found contaminants including lead, arsenic, antimony, aluminum, fluoride at 7.2ppm, Strontium (Sr) at 6.98 ppm and various radioactives.

http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21534
http://www.biodistributors.com.au/ProdInfFiles/hcs.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayan_salt
05-08-2010 09:37 AM
WuWei
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Originally Posted by anechka View Post
You can add liquid minerals into your water. That is what I am doing. We purchased good quality distiller that is designed to remove VOC's (volatile organics) along with other staff. With the added minerals, the water's taste is amazing!
I like a whole-food, natural approach. I am going to order Himalayan Sole.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l00p-...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUmepo4mtjI
http://www.natural-salt-lamps.com/sole.html
http://www.himalayansalt.info/himala..._benefits.html
http://www.prleap.com/pr/21464/
http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/pinksalt.php

We've been using it as a table salt along with our Celtic sea salt. http://www.natural-salt-lamps.com/salt.html

Here is more about salt choices for mineral supplementation.


Pat
05-07-2010 11:16 PM
anechka
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Originally Posted by WuWei View Post
We have an UV light on our well water because "they" found some type of "pathogen" when we had the water tested before we moved in. We also have RO and copper pipes. I'm not sure I like the idea of the UV light and am going to have the water retested. Killing all microbials in the water coming from the ground doesn't SOUND like a good idea to me (microbial lover that I am).

Taking all minerals out of water (RO) doesn't SOUND like a good idea to me (nutrient lover that I am).

Pat
You can add liquid minerals into your water. That is what I am doing. We purchased good quality distiller that is designed to remove VOC's (volatile organics) along with other staff. With the added minerals, the water's taste is amazing!
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