Water Filter for Drinking Water

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Due to changes in our environment, tap water is not as safe as what we once believed it to be.

We have flooded our environment with so many chemicals that, even after the sewer water or other water source has been processed through a treatment plant, numerous chemicals still remain: weed killers such as atrazine, insecticides such as lindane, drugs such as birth control pills, heavy metal toxins such as lead and mercury. Even the chlorine which was added to kill outbreaks of bacteria can be toxic to us. Here are 2 research quotes on drinking water contaminates:

A 2003 study by the nonprofit Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) found that due to a combination of pollution and deteriorating equipment and pipes, the public water supplies in 19 of America’s largest cities delivered drinking water that contained contaminant levels exceeding EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] limits (either legal limits or unenforceable suggested limits).*

“Exposure to the contaminants [sometimes found in public and private drinking water] can cause a number of health problems, ranging from nausea and stomach pain to developmental problems and cancer,” notes Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in its booklet, Drinking Water: What Health Care Providers Should Know. PSR estimates that up to 900,000 people get sick and 900 die in the US per year from contaminated public and private drinking water.*

A small, under-the-sink water filter is an inexpensive way to greatly improve the safety of your home drinking water.

These are the prices and model numbers of the ones carried at our local home improvement center. You will first need to purchase the case that the filter goes in. The case screws onto the inside of your cabinet under the sink using a small bracket which comes in the package. The case does NOT need to be replaced; it is a one time purchase. The GE filter case, model GX1501C runs $32.99 at our local store. The single filter case like we use are for small families. They sell cases that holds 2 filters for larger families. Here is a link to GE’s site listing how to choose the right type of filter case for your water use. Culligan also carries a similar version of the single case filter for about the same price; their model number is US-600. I believe the filters may be interchangeable between brands. Home Depot had book hanging on the self with the filters showing which ones are interchangeable.

Next, I need to draw your attention to the 2 different types of filters.

The first one is the type most people buy, and the one we used to buy before I studied more on this subject. The cheapest filter, model FXUTC is $13.49 and only filters out chlorine, cysts, asbestos, sediment, and rust. Though this sound good, and is better than nothing if it is all you can afford, putting out about fifteen more dollars to get the next step up in a filter will go a long way to decreasing future health problems from toxins. In other words, you pay one way or the other with your health-take small steps and pay now to avoid future health issues or pay the doctors later in addition to “paying” for not being watchful over your health.

The best under-the-sink filter in the GE models at our local Home Depot is FXULC for $28.99. I read before that it filters out 99% of the chlorine, lead, cysts, mercury, atrazine, asbestos, sediment, and rust, though I couldn’t find a web link for it today.

Evidently, GE carries one higher step filter that our Home Depot does not carry, a FXUVC for $34.99. I found it online here. It also filters out MTBE and VOC’s,

It is suggested that you change the filter about once every 6 months, which, after the initial cost of the case, means you are paying about $5.00 per month for clean drinking water-a small price to pay for an effective step to better health!

I trust that this info blesses your family by empowering you to easily implement health and healing in another area of your life.

* Source of Quotes http://idealistdc.wordpress.com/2007/09/04/bottle-vs-tap-vs-filter-sustainable-hydration/

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3 Responses to “Water Filter for Drinking Water”

  1. showerob Says:

    My family and I have been using a GE undersink water filter for almost 10 years now. We change the filters once every six months as recommended by the manufacture.

    But there are various other types of water filters that are as good. All NSF-certified filters are better; GE is NSF-certified.

    The most important thint is not to look for the cheapest filter but one with high performance, certified, and one that requires less frequency to replace filter cartridges.

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