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Make your own bottled water at home

Friday, March 04, 2011

Everywhere I go I see some sort of bottled water and the waste it leaves behind.
When I meet people and tell them I make water filters for homes and offices for a living I always get the same old “that’s a great idea”; and that’s because it is! I’m not sure if I would call it “pride”, but filtering my own kind of gives me the feeling I’m doing something good. And not for 1 thing in particular, but depending on my mood, I can find different reasons why I do it.
I would say I’m just as busy as the next person and anything I can do to make my life easier is a good thing. Even better if I can do it without some kind of extra expense or strain on something or someone. Filtering my own lifts one more thing off my back, literally and figuratively. I never have to worry if I am taking the last bottle out of the fridge or the last sip out of the jug. It’s always there. I never have to squish my other groceries with cases of those little “landfill horrors” and make extra trips from the garage to “grab the water” and then worry about tripping over them when I have to keep them on my kitchen floor next to the fridge. All I do for my water is change my filters twice a year and I’m done.
None of this was ever a consideration for me as I grew up in a “make your own” household. But the question is, when are you going to start?

Posted by Mark Sutera

Chromium-6

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I recently received an email regarding chromium-6 (aka hexavalent chromium) and its’ removal from drinking water.
To begin, chromium-6 is a form of chromium. Chromium is a naturally occurring element found in rocks, plants, soil as well as us humans. Not sure if you remember your high school chemistry but chromium is on the periodic table of elements, Cr. Chromium can be either solid, liquid or a gas and is tasteless and odorless.
The most common forms of chromium in our environment are chromium-3 (trivalent chromium), chromium-6 (hexavalent chromium) and metallic chromium-0. Chromium-3 occurs naturally in the foods we eat and helps regulate your glucose metabolism. Chromium-6 and Chromium-0 come from discharge from steel and pulp mills, metal platers and leather tanning facilities and is being considered an addition to the EPA’s “likely to be carcinogenic” list.
The US EPA has established a legally enforceable MCL for chromium (total) at 0.1 mg/L or 100 ppb (parts per billion). Chromium (total) is all the combined forms of chromium and not one specific variation. MCL stands for “maximum contaminant level”. In 2009, the California EPA went one step further to propose its’ own MCL for just chromium-6 which is 0.06 ppb. Currently the AWWA(American Water Works Association) has expressed their opposition to recent action taken by the US EPA on chromium-6.
The US EPA recommends the following for removing chromium (total) to below its MCL of 100 ppb: coagulation/filtration, ion exchange, reverse osmosis and lime softening.
Coagulation/filtration and lime softening are typically for municipal systems. It takes large tanks, timers, chemical injectors, etc. to do this. Ion exchange is great but the media needs to be checked for usable life, it needs to be back-washed and needs several other steps to be a complete filtration system. In my opinion, this leaves reverse osmosis as the only viable solution for the home or office.
There are under sink reverse osmosis systems for the home that are installed below your kitchen sink and has a dedicated, non-refrigerated faucet. For your office, there are reverse osmosis systems for self-filling water coolers (bottleless water coolers). What is so nice about reverse osmosis is that it removes many different contaminants and with a system in good working order, there are very few instances in which you wouldn’t be protected.
For more information on chromium you can visit the US EPAs website: http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/chromium.cfm#one

Posted by Mark Sutera

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Monday, December 20, 2010

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Posted by Mark Sutera