Our area suffers from a severely aging water system infrastructure that requires frequent repairs. The following, taken from the August 12, 2002 issue of U. S. News and World Report, shows the severity of Atlanta’s water problems.
“The tap water was so dark in Atlanta some days this summer that Meg Evans couldn’t see the bottom of the tub when she filled the bath. Elsewhere in her neighborhood, Gregg Goldenberg puts his infant daughter, Kasey, to bed unbathed rather than lower her into a brew “the color of iced tea.” Tom Crowley is gratified that the Publix supermarket seems to be keeping extra bottled water on hand; his housekeeper frequently leaves notes saying, “Don’t drink from the faucet today.” All try to keep tuned to local radio, TV, or the neighborhood Web site to catch “boil water” advisories, four of which have been issued in the city since May to protect against pathogens.”
Just about anything can be in your municipal water. As water passes through the vast municipal system of mains, pumps and pipes, it can pick up many contaminants. Any break in a line sucks up soil and surrounding contaminants. Pathogens, from sewage discharges and farm runoff, can enter the water when municipal pipes or water systems break down and are repaired.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified 129 different chemicals that may be hazardous to your health. Our granular activated carbon filter effectively removes over 100 of these pollutants.
Other adverse effects of municipal water
- Your water has a bleach-like odor
- You primarily taste the chlorine, not the water
- Colored clothes will fade faster due to chlorine
- Your body absorbs chlorine, a known carcinogen
- The natural flavor of foods and beverages is reduced
The problem with chlorine
Chlorine is used in every municipal water supply in the United States to kill bacteria and other harmful elements. Recently, studies have shown that the chlorine in our water is harming us. Research at Oak Ridge Associated Universities found that people who drink chlorinated water over 15 years or more are conducive to a high rate of colon cancer.
The following quote comes from a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
“Long-term drinking of chlorinated water appears to increase a person’s risk of developing bladder cancer as much as 80%,”
A report from Harvard found people who drink chlorinated water over several years have a 21% increased risk to contract bladder cancer and a 38% increased risk to contract rectal cancer.
“I am quite convinced, based on this study, that there is an association between cancer and chlorinated water.”
We breathe in chlorine vapors when we shower. It’s absorbed through the skin when we bathe, wash our hands, brush our teeth, etc. We ingest chlorine when we drink.
Have you noticed days when your water had a particularly strong chlorine smell? Did you know municipal water systems can have surges of chlorine that raise the levels to three times of that found in swimming pools!
Benefits of an Activated Carbon Filter
- Removes all chlorine
- Filters all water coming into your home
- Removes some minerals, chemicals and sediment
- Removes odors
- Fabric colors do not fade
- Improved tastes in foods and drinks – the true taste comes through
How does our Carbon Filter work?
Our Carbon Filter is filled with tiny, granular, activated carbon filings. Water enters the top of the unit and flows through the carbon bed. As the water passes through the carbon bed, the carbon attracts, traps and neutralizes the harmful chemicals that might be present in your water. In addition, any sediment or other things that might impart a bad taste to your water, is trapped in the carbon bed. Only clean, clear water is passed from the filter and into your water system.
About every 6 days the filter removes accumulated impurities that have been trapped inside. This is done by an automatic self-cleaning cycle called backwashing. This backwash cycle cleans the media bed, flushing any sediment and contaminants out of the filter. Once the backwash cycle has ended, the filter returns itself to normal operation.
Our backwashing process extends the life of the carbon filings by keeping their effectiveness at their maximum. Many manufactures don’t use a backwash process. This means their carbon filter won’t last as long and it’s effectiveness at removing chemicals will diminish greatly over time. Also, trapped sediments and contaminants will not be flushed out resulting in steadily decreasing water pressure.
Over years of use, the carbon media inside the filter eventually becomes loaded and ineffective. At this time, usually every 5 years or so, the media must be removed and replenished to maintain proper and efficient operation.
A simple water test, that only takes a few minutes, can determine the level of chlorine in your water. Metro Water Filter International offers a free test of your water without obligation. Please give us a call and we’ll set up an appointment to test your water on site.