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Water is the staple of all life. Without water, we will not survive. Today many people sadly believe they are doing a good thing when they buy bottled water from the store. It's a sad truth that many times this water is not even regulated and can even just be plain old tap water. Shocking right? As well, these bottles may have sat in a hot truck being shipped from one end of the country to another and the unstable plastics still used in bottles can leach toxins into our bodies. If we put the planet first, we will be putting ourselves first. Things need to change drastically if we don't want the entire ocean to be full of plastic by 2050. This is where the prediction stands right now. 

So what can you do about it? Stop buying plastic bottles of water, period. Water filters and eco re-useable water bottles,  present the best solution right now.

Your body and your planet will thank you. 

The Best Water Filters Of 2016

by Justin Thomas 


Water Sustains All Life

In A Nutshell

I’ve been reviewing water filters for about 12 years. During that time, I’ve become convinced that gravity-fed filters are the best filter you can buy for under $500.

I recommend ProPur or Big Berkey filters. These filters use a combination of ceramic and carbon block filtration. Overall, they are the least expensive type of filters to maintain.

If you are able to spend $1500 to $3000, “whole house” filters are the way to go. These filters are installed where the water main enter yours home. In the long run, they are an inexpensive option. I recommend the whole house at Pure Effect Filters.

The Details

Typically, you want to remove these contaminants from your water:

  1. Toxic metals (Lead, Mercury, Aluminium, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, etc.)
  2. Additives (Chlorine, Chloramines, Fluoride)
  3. Chlorination By-Products (Trihalomethanes or THMs)
  4. VOCs and other Organic Compounds (Pesticides, Herbicides, Pharmaceuticals, Fuels)
  5. Bacteria and viruses (Giardia, Cryptosporidium, etc.)
  6. Radioactive substances (Radon and Uranium, etc.)

The Effectiveness Of Different Types Of Water Filters

If you use municipal water, these are the most common contaminants you’ll find:

  • chlorine
  • chloramines
  • fluoride
  • THMs
  • VOCs / organic compounds

If you use well water or other non-municipal water, these are the most common contaminants you’ll find:

  • particulate matter
  • bacteria and viruses
  • VOCs / organic compounds
  • radioactive substances

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