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Alkaline Water Ionizer Machines Compared to Bottled Alkaline Water

Cost

Regularly purchasing bottled alkaline water can get expensive really fast. The Natural Resources Defense Council has said that "bottled water costs 240 to 10,000 times more per gallon than your cities municipal tap water."(NRDC , Banthebottle).

Lack of Purity

The bottled water industry is very loosely regulated and nearly "40% of all bottled water starts out as tap water" (Businessinsider) and "studies have found bottled water to be no purer than tap water, and in some cases even harmful, with one out of every three containing harmful chemicals such as cancer-causing contaminants, bacteria, and carcinogens"(NRDC , EWG). With many of these contaminants being a direct result of the plastic bottle that is made from petroleum and the lack of regulation in bottling the water. Recent studies have discovered nearly 25,000 different chemicals inside a given single bottle of bottled water. Researchers tested 18 samples of commercially sold bottled water from around the world and discovered them to contain chemicals which interfered with hormone receptors in the human body. Tap water was tested as well, and no hormone interference was found. This lead the researches to look at the plastic in which the bottled water was packaged. Two classes of chemicals, maleates and fumarates used to manufacture plastic bottles, and known potent endocrine disruptors, were discovered in most of the bottled waters tested. Some of the harmful effects of endocrine disruptors (chemicals which interfere with hormones inside the body) are stunted growth, premature birth, infertility, early menopause, and early puberty - to name a few. Medical research also indicates that consuming these chemicals can trigger diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer. In other words, you may be taking a health risk just by drinking bottled water.

Environmental Impact



According to the EPI Worldwide "2.7 million tons (2.4 million metric tons) of plastic are used to bottle water each year. The plastic most commonly used is polyethylene terepthalate (PET), which is derived from crude oil. Making bottles to meet Americans demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000 U.S. cars for a year, while transporting these bottles burns even more oil. Most of the bottles, about 86 percent become garbage or litter, according to the Container Recycling Institute in Washington, D.C. Plastic debris in the environment can take between 400 and 1,000 years to degrade"(National Geographic). Pollution from the production, transportation, and use of plastic water bottles has become so pervasive cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle have attempted to ban the sale of bottled water.



It is estimated that since the 1950's over 1 billion tons of plastic have entered the world's oceans. Today, in vast areas of the oceans known as gyres, where ocean currents deposit anything that floats, there are regions greater than the size of Texas, such as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" or "North Pacific Ocean Gyre" where plastic outweighs surface zooplankton 6 to 1. Since in the United States 93% of plastics are not recycled, we all must do everything we can to reduce and/or deny our use of one time throw away plastics whenever possible. Purchasing bottled alkaline water for use in the home is not only very expensive and unsafe, it contributes to this epidemic of plastic pollution that will last for thousands of years.

Scientific Study

In a study conducted by "the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory on 10 brands of bottled water revealed a wide range of pollutants, including not only disinfection by products, but also common urban waste water pollutants like caffeine and pharmaceuticals (Tylenol); heavy metals and minerals including arsenic and radioactive isotopes; fertilizer residue (nitrate and ammonia); and a broad range of other, tentatively identified industrial chemicals used as solvents, plasticizers, viscosity decreasing agents, and propellants"(EWG). Another study conducted by the National Resources Defense Council found that "after testing more than 1,000 bottles that about one fourth of the bottled water brands (23 of 103 waters, or 22 percent) were contaminated at levels violating strict enforceable state (California) limits for the state in which they were purchased, in at least one sample. The NRDC also found that almost one fifth of the waters tested (18 of 103, or 17 percent) exceeded unenforceable sanitary guidelines for microbiological purity in at least one test. In all, at least one sample of one third of the waters we tested (34 of 103, or 33 percent) exceeded a state enforceable standard for bacterial or chemical contamination, a nonenforceable microbiological-purity (HPC) guideline, or both"(NRDC). In other words, because the regulations around bottled water are so loose, you never really know what you are getting in your bottle.



Alkaline Water Ionizer Filtration Systems

Bawell Water Ionizer Filter Systems are built to last with the level of quality you expect in a product that last for many years to come. That is why our machines are covered by a lifetime warranty however changing the filters on time each year is important to keep your machine working properly over its lifetime. Our systems feature an internal filter which can handle on average 6,000 liters or 1,585 gallons of clean water before it needs to be changed. In other words, if you were to produce four to five gallons a day, you would get about a year of service from our filters. Our internal filters do not disinfect or sanitize your source water, they should only be used with clean potable municipal tap water. Our internal filters also do not remove sediments - dirt and other small particles which may or may not be visible to the naked eye. Users living in large older cities like New York City will need to purchase and use an external sediment filter with their machine, to prevent clogging of their machines and the filters inside their machines with sediments. If your tap water has high sediment count measured in TDS total dissolved solids, you need to use a 3rd party external sediment filter such as those sold at Home Depot to purify and remove sediments in your water before it enters your machine. Tap water high in sediments can clog your filters and reduce their lifespan. Tap water quality is not uniform and some users will require more filtration than others based upon their local water quality. It is important to note that you should change your filter at one years time or when the filter life counter on your machine expires (whichever comes first), or if your water begins to taste bad, whichever comes first.

Users concerned about Fluoride should know that Fluoride is a naturally occurring acidic mineral and most Fluoride is actually obtained from fruits and vegetables, not from Fluoridated tap water. Tea has the highest concentration of Fluoride due to its high concentration in tea leaves. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in many fruits and vegetables. Depending on your age and body weight your daily requirement of Fluoride to maintain bone health will vary. While you will get most of your daily Fluoride intake from fruits and vegetables, if you are concerned about Fluoride in your drinking water you can use an external activated alumina filter or reverse osmosis system in conjuction with your water ionizer machine to remove Fluoride. For an in depth list on how much Fluoride is present in the foods you eat, visit the United States Department of Agriculture.

Since the Safe Drinking Water Act requires the EPA to strictly regulate contaminants in municipal city tap drinking water systems chemical contamination of city tap water does not pose a threat to human health. Chemical contamination is more likely in bottled water due to lack of testing and Safe Drinking Water Act loopholes which exclude bottled waters from regulation by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Since bottled water companies have managed to avoid regulation by the Safe Drinking Water Act they are not subject to government water quality testing. The fact is that your municipal city tap water supply is tested at least 3 times daily to be in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. This makes filtering your tap water the best way to obtain clean drinking water that you know is purified. You can obtain your cities water quality report for free from the Environmental Protection Agency. You will find no such free publicly accessible water quality testing report for any brands of bottled water. Filtering your tap water for drinking is your best bet for drinking the cleanest and purest water possible. It's good for you, your wallet, and the environment.




Filter 1

  • Activated Carbon filter composed of high quality activated carbon.

  • Filter Life of 5000 Liters: 1320 Gallons

  • Reduces chlorine, chlorine by products, taste and odor.

  • This product is intended for use with potable municipal city tap water. Do not use this product with water of unknown quality or water which is microbiologically unsafe without adequate disinfection before or after the system. This product does not kill bacteria, virus, or other organisms. This product does not remove bacteria, virus, or other organisms. This product does not disinfect or sanitize your source water. This product is for use with potable municipal city tap water.

  • 1st Stage Filter Replacement: $99.95



Filter #2

  • Activated Carbon filter composed of high quality activated carbon.

  • Filter Life of 5000 Liters: 1320 Gallons

  • Reduces chlorine, chlorine by products, taste and odor.

  • This product is intended for use with potable municipal city tap water. Do not use this product with water of unknown quality or water which is microbiologically unsafe without adequate disinfection before or after the system. This product does not kill bacteria, virus, or other organisms. This product does not remove bacteria, virus, or other organisms. This product does not disinfect or sanitize your source water. This product is for use with potable municipal city tap water.

  • 2nd Stage Filter Replacement: $99.95



Filter Wrench

Filter wrench tool: $30.0

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