Water Filter Consumers Mislead
There are over 400 drinking water filter manufacturers. Most water filters manufactured today reduce chlorine and improve the aesthetic value meaning the appearance, taste, and smell of drinking water. Only a few companies produce drinking water filters that will reduce a wide range of contaminants.
Please note, I said reduce. The simple truth is no water filter removes all of anything.
Many make false claims of producing PURE water. I have yet to find such an animal.
These false claims make it hard for even the most savvy consumer to choose a drinking water filtration system.
My goal in writing this article is to educate my fellow consumers so they can make a wise choice when purchasing a water filter.
Water filters are like everything else, quality costs money. Quality drinking water filtration systems usually cost a few hundred dollars to purchase, but save money in the long run because they produce drinking water for a fraction of the cost as compared to cheap filters. Cheap filters do little or nothing as far as purifying drinking water. One thing they are good for is costing the consumer a lot of money in purchasing replacement filters.
One of the main things to look for when shopping for a water filter is the filter life capacity and replacement filter cost. If the filter will not last at least 6 months, why buy it? The replacement filter cost for a cheap system will easily pay for a quality system that will actually improve your water by reducing not only chlorine, taste, and odor, but also various contaminants of health concern.
Performance is another important thing to look for in a water filter. Which contaminants can the filter reduce? The label on the product package should state exactly which contaminants it is capable of reducing based on standards set by NSF International.
So how do you know if the claims made on the label are correct? If the filter is not certified by the National Sanitation Foundation, put it back on the shelf. Quality water filter manufacturers put their filters through rigorous testing by NSF and are proud to advertise their certification.
NSF International tests and certifies drinking water treatment devices to the standard appropriate for the technology of the product. For filtration devices, NSF may certify the product to improve the aesthetics of the water to Standard 42, the health effects of the water to Standard 53 or both. In addition, NSF has developed an additional testing standard for Reverse Osmosis units, Standard 58.
Only if a product is NSF Certified can the consumer be certain that the product meets strict standards for design and performance. Many products claim they are Tested To NSF Standards, however, these products have not passed the rigorous NSF testing and certification process. The labeling on the package should strictly state NSF Certified to Standard 42, Standard 53 or both.
Consumers can go to the following NSF International website: www.nsf.org/Certified/DWTU/, locate the certification for any certified drinking water purification system, and then compare the certification of one product to another.
Any water purification system that is NSF Certified to Standard 42 and 53, will not only improve the aesthetic value of the water, but will reduce specific contaminants. The NSF Certification will specify each contaminant the water filter has been tested and proven to reduce and to what degree.
Most companies that sell quality water purification systems offer under sink filtration systems which save counter space. Sure is a lot nicer than having a monster sitting on your kitchen counter that you have to manually fill on a daily basis. Under sink systems have their own faucet which will mount on your sink and are more convenient than the faucet mount type water filters.
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