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9 Common Misunderstandings About Water Filters

Water purifiers and filters are household appliances that are gaining traction, but unfortunately, there are still so many misconceptions spreading about these handy items.  That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves at Kinetico Quality Water to provide you with the facts about water filters and purifiers. With that said, take a look at nine common misunderstandings about water filters!

1. Tap water isn’t safe to drink.

Almost all municipal water systems provide safe drinking water. They must meet EPA guidelines, which some think are outdated and unacceptable levels. Even if it’s safe, that doesn’t mean that it tastes good; it may have a slightly unpleasant taste even though the water quality is up to speed. In other cases, old pipes may leave a weird taste in the water, or worse, leach lead.

2. The only benefit from having a water filter is clean drinking water.

While that may seem like the primary (if only) benefit, using a water filter provides better taste for things you might use when cooking, such as pasta or rice, and recipes that call for water. It can make your coffee, tea and juice taste much better too. With purified water, ice doesn’t leave “floaties” or a weird taste when it melts in your drink.

3. Water filter systems are really expensive.

If you’re going to buy bottled water as the alternative (with prices usually running over a dollar per bottle), then getting a whole house water filter is going to be a cost-effective solution pretty rapidly, especially when compared to the cost (and hassle) of constantly buying bottled water.

4. All filters provide the same kind of features.

While it may seem that all filters treat your water the same, there are different features available depending on what type of filter you get. Activated carbon filters get rid of chlorine and sediment filters remove larger particles such as silt from your water, while reverse osmosis filters get rid of many other various contaminants (purifying your water). It’s worth doing some research, and speaking with experts like Kinetico water consultants, to figure out what’s best for your situation!

5. Bigger houses cancel out the effectivity of water filter systems.

No matter how big your house is, it’s possible to get a whole house water filter that will get the job done. Kinetico Quality Water’s experts can engineer customized systems that will prevent water pressure drops.

6. Bottled water is the safest bet.

Some bottled water is simply filtered tap water. It may or may not be purified. If you filter at home with Kinetico Quality Water, you know the water quality you are getting and don’t have to worry about how often water vending machines or delivery bottles are sanitized.

7. Water filters are a wasteful process.

This is the case with poorly designed water purifiers that have to filter out 15 gallons of water just to get 1 gallon of clean drinking water. Kinetico Quality Water’s systems are some of the most efficient and eco-friendly. We have some carbon filters that don’t waste any water.

8. Bottled water is the most eco-friendly solution.

Besides quickly shooting up in prices, drinking bottled water has a relatively high carbon and plastic footprint. In fact, Americans throw away more than 2 million plastic bottles every hour.  It also runs the risk of rapidly depleting natural resources due to production. Making bottles to meet U.S. Demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually.

9. Just one water filter is enough—you just need clean water to drink!

Absolutely not! The “working water” in your home should be filtered as well to protect your water using appliances, glasses, dishes and plumbing. Hard tap water could have a detrimental effect on your skin and hair. It can also make your laundry look lackluster, so it’s a good idea to invest in more than just a simple water filter. If you have a water filter/softener combination, like Kinetico’s hybrid unit, then you’ll have less spotting on your glasses and silverware. Plus, when taking a shower, the shampoos and soaps will lather up more and you can use less cleaning products.

What’s the best choice?

If you’re considering getting a water purifier or filtration system, we’d be happy to run through the options and services that we provide at Kinetico Quality Water! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling us at 480-497-0488. As Arizona’s leader in water treatment, we’d love to help you out and look forward to hearing from you!




The History of Clean Water: Filtration Systems Through the Years

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Throughout all of time, clean water has been essential to the survival of mankind. With advancements in technology and improvement on it, we’ve now perfected bringing clean water to people and rarely is it hard to find. We may take it for granted nowadays, but the accomplishment of bringing clean water to the masses took a long time to improve. Take a look at how people in history have come up with innovative ways to bring clean water to their communities.


The Earliest Signs of Water Filtration

While it has been speculated that the earliest instances of water purification occurred in prehistoric times, the earliest recorded uses date back to Sanskrit medical texts in approximately 2,000 BC. The texts recommended methods such as boiling water or filtering it through sand and gravel. It is also believed that the ancient Egyptians had methods of water filtration. On the walls of ancient tombs, pictures which appear to depict a water purification apparatus have been discovered. Furthermore, water purification is mentioned in the Bible. Moses found that the water in Marah was bitter; God instructed Moses to place a tree in the water. When he did so, the water was sweetened.


Water Filtration in Ancient Greece

Hippocrates was a Greek physician who is regarded as the originator of modern medicine. He produced what was known as a Hippocrates Sleeve. This was a cloth bag through which boiling water would be filtered. Many years later, Sir Francis Bacon (best known as one the originators of the scientific method) would write about the concept of desalination. He believed that if he made a hole close to the seashore, water would filter through the sand into the hole, resulting in pure water that was suitable for drinking.


Water Filtration in the 18th Century

By the 18th century, water filtration was beginning to become more widespread. Many town officials were interested in providing filtered drinking water to all of their residents. In France, the scientist La Hire proposed that every household in the nation should have a rainwater cistern and a sand filter.

In the following century, we began to see water purification systems which resemble the technology of today. The first municipal water purification plant on the planet was constructed in the town of Paisley in Scotland in 1804. This plant used both gravel and sand filters in order to purify the water. At this point, the water was delivered using a horse and cart rather than a system of pipes. In 1827, what are known as slow sand filters were invented in Scotland by a civil engineer named Robert Thom. Two years later, a civil engineer known as James Simpson developed a similar filter which was adapted for use around the world.

Unfortunately, the slow sand filtration method took up a lot of space, and due to population growth, it began to be less viable. In the 1880s, a rapid sand filtration method was created in the U.S. It involved filtering the water through charcoal to improve the taste and color.


Water Filtration in the 19th Century

In the 19th century, people began to realize that the quality of drinking water had a significant effect on the health of the population. In London, it became apparent that those who were drinking water sourced from a water treatment system were significantly less likely to die from diseases such as cholera. This fact was discovered by British scientist John Snow after he found that water pumps in London had been contaminated by sewer water. Upon realizing this, the establishment passed the Metropolitan water act of 1852. The act made it illegal for any company to extract water from the tidal reaches of the Thames and required that all water supplied in the city of London would be filtered. Adding chlorine to water was experimented with to prevent deaths from cholera. This technique was found to be significantly flawed due to the fact that the added chlorine could cause health problems such as repository disease.


Modern Water Filtration

In the 1940s, the drinking water standards that we are accustomed to today began to be implemented. By the 1970s, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act was passed in the United States. By this point, the consensus in most of the developed world was that all humans should have the right to clean and safe drinking water.

Despite all of our progress, there is still significant work to be done. In many countries around the world, people rely on bottled water over water from a tap. For example, the country Malta is a small island in the Mediterranean. While the water from the tap in Malta is technically safe to drink, many people find the taste unpalatable and consequently, most people on the island prefer to purchase bottled water that is imported into the country. Furthermore, citizens in less economically developed countries still lack a reliable source of safe drinking water.


Call now for your free in-home consultation and to learn which type of water filtration is best for you: 480-497-0488

The Science Behind Water Softeners

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What Is Hard Water?

Water is considered “hard” when it contains a high amount of calcium, magnesium and other minerals. These can be absorbed by groundwater as it travels through pipes and surrounding soil. Water hardness is measured in terms of grains per gallon (GPG); one GPG is equal to one grain (64.8 milligrams) of calcium carbonate dissolved in one U.S. gallon of water. It translates into 1 part in 70,000 parts of water or roughly 14 parts per million (PPM). The U.S. Department of the Interior established the standardized description of water hardness levels:

  • Soft water contains less than 1.0 GPG.
  • Slightly Hard water contains 1.0 – 3.5 GPG.
  • Moderately Hard water contains 3.5 – 7.0 GPG.
  • Hard water contains 7.0 – 10.5 GPG.
  • Very Hard water contains over 10.5 GOG.

What’s Inside a Water Softener?

Water softeners are mechanical appliances that usually plug in near your home’s main water supply system. Inside the softener is a mineral tank which contains small plastic beads, commonly referred to as resin or zeolite. The beads hold a negative electrical charge, meaning they attract positively charged ions such as those found in calcium, magnesium, and sodium.

The Softening Process

As hard water flows through your water softening system, it comes into contact with the plastic resin. The resin is normally covered in sodium ions but, as the water passes over the resin and into your home, calcium and magnesium ions knock the sodium loose and stick to the resin instead. The sodium ions are then released into the water to maintain a balance of electrical charge. The sodium ion water is soft and is then carried into your home for regular use.

Over time the water softener resin loses all of its sodium ions and is covered in calcium or magnesium. The system renews its supply every few days by rinsing the resin with a heavily concentrated solution of salt water. The excess water, full of calcium and magnesium ions, is then flushed down the drain before the softener resumes normal operations.

Benefits of Soft Water

Hard water isn’t bad for your health but can cause a number of complications for you and your home over time. When doing laundry with hard water the calcium bonds to the detergent, forming a coagulated soap scum. Because less soap is dissolved into your clothing, more is required to keep everything clean. Similarly, hard water can leave stains on your dishes and a residue on your skin and shower doors when showering.

Over time, hard water can also cause severe damage to your home’s pipes, faucets, and fixtures. The calcium and magnesium deposits can quickly build up and create blockages that result in dangerously high pressure. Water softeners are necessary to keep you comfortable and your home working properly!

Quality Water in Maricopa and Pinal County

Kinetico Quality Water is your local source for home and commercial water treatment. We understand how difficult it can be to stay hydrated in the Valley of the Sun and how important it is to conserve such a precious resource. Kinetico systems are some of the most efficient available, using less water than traditional water softeners and no electricity since they work off the moving pressure of the water. Contact us today for more information or a free water analysis.