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Old 07-15-2008, 08:06 AM   #16
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I use a Brita or Pur Filter. I think they are good for the money. I don't trust water companies/store filters at all

I'd love what Jodi has!!!
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Just been checking ou local water website and i get this about treatment. Im pret clueless what do you think?

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With such a range of sources, there are also a wide variety of treatment processes in use with each plant designed to tackle the problems encountered or likely to be encountered from its sources. Water from our Mendip sources, including the reservoirs, is generally of a good original quality and requires less treatment than water from the Sharpness Canal, which is fed from the River Severn. Typically, Mendip water is treated with microstrainers, slow sand filtration and chlorination. Click here to see how we treat reservoir water.

Underground sources - boreholes, wells and springs, normally only need chlorination as they start out with the best original raw water quality of the lot.

To deal with the more complex problems encountered from our canal source we have built some of the most advanced treatment plants in the country at Littleton and Purton. Here more sophisticated methods like clarification and ozone disinfection, coupled with granular activated carbon filtration are used
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:14 AM   #18
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Just been checking ou local water website and i get this about treatment. Im pret clueless what do you think?

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With such a range of sources, there are also a wide variety of treatment processes in use with each plant designed to tackle the problems encountered or likely to be encountered from its sources. Water from our Mendip sources, including the reservoirs, is generally of a good original quality and requires less treatment than water from the Sharpness Canal, which is fed from the River Severn. Typically, Mendip water is treated with microstrainers, slow sand filtration and chlorination. Click here to see how we treat reservoir water.

Underground sources - boreholes, wells and springs, normally only need chlorination as they start out with the best original raw water quality of the lot.

To deal with the more complex problems encountered from our canal source we have built some of the most advanced treatment plants in the country at Littleton and Purton. Here more sophisticated methods like clarification and ozone disinfection, coupled with granular activated carbon filtration are used
the filter the water through a fine mesh screen then through sand to catch finer contaminants, and then hit it with some chlorine (same stuff in your pool) to kill microbes before pumping it out to the world.
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:15 AM   #19
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so i should be filtering?
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:18 AM   #21
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so im ok?
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:30 AM   #22
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Hmm. .. I would still filter but that's just me -- here is why .
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Emphasis mine. And most municpal water has flouride added

Our tap water is filtered through Milwaukee and we live right next to one of the main water towers and actually have very good water -- about a decade ago Milwaukee had terrible crytosperidium and deaths related to it. S ince then, they've cleaned up the water significantly and actually have high quality water.

If we couldn't afford our current filter, I would use a cheap sediment filter that advertises chlorine and flouride removal. I won't do reverse osmosis again because it's ph is as acidic as sprite - we tested it . I saw on a website that RO was acidic so I couldn't wait to test it . Our tap water's ph was SIGNIFICANTLY higher than our reverse osmosis water. Our tap water was slightly above neutral (7.5). Our RO water was a 5 or 5.5. Can't test it to find out exactly as we disconnected it


Just my I know every family is different and am not trying to tell people not to use reverse osmosis. I am just being honest and sharing my journey

I will admit that I was near broken hearted to know we were giving a cancer patient acidic water Especially almost the only thing we drink is water.

OUr water filter is now a higher priority than our food budget. I once read 3 most important thingsyou can do for your body
1. breathe right (abdomen)
2. drink GREAT water
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:56 AM   #23
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We buy water in 5 gallon bottles. Our tap water is beyond what typical water filters are designed to treat. I'd actually like to filter the bottled water, because I'm not confident in it even, but I haven't found a really good filter that doesn't hook to the sink or water supply.
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:03 AM   #24
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that is interesting about the RO Jodi....
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:43 AM   #25
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Also, read through this briefly
http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/uscities.asp
I haven't read everything on the site, and don't necessarily agree with the whole political slant, but it makes an interesting point:
The pipes that were laid for the water usage may be old (I read an article once about how the pipes were laid in the 60s and haven't been updated since).
So, even if the water tests clean at the main site, it may still be contaminated after it comes out of the tap.
That, and the fact that the water plants don't test for things like hormones (excreted in large amounts since the birth of the pill), and don't have any practical way to remove them, I choose RO.
I guess what would be best is RO with an alkaline attachment just before the faucet?
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RO w/an ionizer you mean? (that's what makes water alkaline or acidic )

I was looking into this and RO removes the good stuff along with the bad. We decided against this because we concluded that the level of filtering the ionizer does makes RO unnecessary. We chose to eliminate our RO for that reason - we were originally considering leaving the RO but then you have to "add back in" the good stuff. . . . RO removes the good minerals along with the bad that naturally occur in water so if you really feel you want your RO, you can buy something to add to the water. We didn't go this way but there are "alkaline drops" to raise the PH of reverse osmosis. I think a quick google of "alkaline drops" would give you the product you look for.

Not sure I am explaining this correctly but I researched it really heavily so I understand the idea -- it was my original idea as well

Actually we still have our RO under the sink - it needs to be removed - I may resell it but I am not entirely comfortable selling something that I believe is unhealthy So we are taking a loss on something we spent quite a bit of money on only a few years ago Dh likes to mention it to me once in a while I am considering trying to sell it through our buying club but haven't really decided
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There is no way I can talk dh into the unit you now have..I wish I could..sounds cool. Would adding the drops to our RO water be beneficial at all?
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i really worry about the fluoride in our water...we were buying walmart brand spring water and hoping it was ok, but now we don't have any extra money for that. every time i fill dd's cup up, i worry though. and according to dr. mercola, most water filters don't remove the fluoride. also, since we're in an apartment, we can't get any kind of permanent water filter either. so i just worry about it in general.

sonshinemama, so you have any links about the acidic water? my m-i-l tries to make sure my f-i-l doesn't eat/drink acidic stuff b/c he has gout and b/c she knows that an acidic body leads to cancer, i'm sure she would be very interested in learning this!
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First, the ionizer is NOT permanent . We saved the box so we can take it with when we go to camp sunshine (we volunteer and attend camp and have gone 4 times in one 12 month period. It just screws on to the tap

There is a lot of value to adding drops to RO but it is more expensive than we could afford. I figured it out to be VERY costly for us - more than a filter

The truth about water
The science of water
The science of water - Distilled water and RO filtered water
why should I buy a water ionizer

About Ionized water - also lists all the "names" for alkaline water

Several of these are snyder health because I am most familiar with their website. If they want more info, let me know I have dozens of links I spent 6 months choosing this system so I have lots of info.
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We just use tap water here. I absolutely refuse to buy bottled water but thats me. But would like a filter that I can attach to the tap at least. Thanks for all the links
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