Reverse Osmosis System
The Annual San Antonio Water Report is Out and It's a Doozy
The 2016 Water Quality Report for San Antonio was recently released , and it contains a few interesting observations. First, the SAWS (San Antonio Water System) admits that “…all drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.” It then goes on to describe how to “minimize the potential for lead exposure” by running your tap for a couple of minutes before filling your glass or cooking utensil.
Nice. That sounds wasteful and unsafe.
The report lists a bunch of contaminants that may be present in source water, including microbial (“such as viruses and bacteria which may come from sewage treatment plants”), inorganic (“such as salts and metals … from oil and gas production”), pesticides, herbicides, organic chemicals (“including synthetic and volatile chemicals … from gas station runoff”), and radioactive contaminants.
This thing reads like a Stephen King best seller. Sewage treatment plants? Gas station runoff? Radioactive contaminants? [deep shudder]
Here’s a paragraph that stands out: “You may be more vulnerable than the general population to certain microbial contaminants, such as Cryptosporidium, in your drinking water.” The CDC has this to say about that little guy:
"Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis. Both the parasite and the disease are commonly known as 'Crypto.' There are many species of Cryptosporidium that infect animals, some of which also infect humans. The parasite is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods of time and makes it very tolerant to chlorine disinfection.
While this parasite can be spread in several different ways, water (drinking water and recreational water) is the most common way to spread the parasite. Cryptosporidium is a leading cause of waterborne disease among humans in the United States."
So, the SAWS admits that the water is more vulnerable to Cryptosporidium, which is "very tolerant to chlorine disinfection". That’s wonderful. It's a superbug, and San Antonio's water sources are lousy with it.
Let’s take a peek at the actual report. The first thing that jumps out is the chlorine level. Chlorine, of course, is used to try to kill off all the gas station runoff, sewage, and radioactive material, in the city of San Antonio’s water. So it’s no real surprise to see that the average concentration found is 1.14 ppm. But look at the minimum (0.11) and especially the maximum (4.5 ppm). Wow, that’s a lot of chlorine running through the tap! The EPA allows up to 4 ppm, so the SAWS is within those parameters, but the EPA also admits that drinking water filters and reverse osmosis systems are a better solution.
What else shows up in San Antonio’s water? Copper, lead, barium, fluoride, nitrate, radium 226 and radium 228 (honestly, that can’t be good, right?), and a cute little chemical named Tetrachloroethylene. This guy is manufactured for dry cleaning and metal degreasing. I’m sure it tastes wonderful, also…
One last thing. The report doesn’t mention this, but the SAWS was fined by the TCEQ last year for too much coliform bacteria in the water. You probably received a letter about this.
Of course, San Antonio doesn’t have to take this laying down. Dupure has been working with quality homebuilders around the area for many years now, and plenty of your neighbors are reading this report with total confidence. Why not join them and enjoy clean and clear water today? Dupure offers a single-stage activated carbon filter system, a dual-stage pre- and post-filter system, and a reverse osmosis drinking water purification system. Any one of these filters out Chlorine, Chloramines, heavy metals (such as that lead we mentioned above), pharmaceuticals, chemicals, organics, and many more. Check out each page for more information.
Dupure and San Antonio, Texas – eliminating sewage and superbugs in your water, one family at a time.
Just What is Reverse Osmosis, Anyways?
Spend any amount of time researching a clean drinking water solution for your home and you'll inevitably run into the term reverse osmosis (or RO for short). If you're a normal individual and not a scientist or a water engineer, the phrase should give you pause. Sure, you could google "Reverse Osmosis" and get temporarily lost in jargon, or you could read on and get a fuller understanding of the best system for your home's drinking water.
Reverse osmosis is simply the process by which the water is purified. Inorganic materials such as ions, molecules, particles, bacteria and other things that you really don't want to consume are flushed out through a semi-permeable membrane, leaving only pure, filtered drinking water. The membrane is filled with tiny pores that allow the hydrogen and oxygen molecules to pass through, as long as they aren't attached to anything else. In other words, while H2O is small enough to pass through the pores, C8H14ClN5 (Atrazine, an herbicide commonly found in tap water) isn't coming through because it's too big for the membrane's pore. C6H4(CH3)2 (Xylene, a solvent also found in your water) isn't making it out either. And there are many, many more.
The one thing you don't want to forget is this: H7O57 is too big to make it...that's E. coli.
How does the system work? There are three (and an optional fourth) components involved: A pre-filter, which takes in the tap water andfilters out heavy metals such as rust and mercury and large sediments like calcium carbonate, up to 5 microns.
The remaining fluid is shot through the membrane at high pressure. Constructed of several layers of polypropylene mesh, the membrane's tiny pores stop virtually all elements other than H2O, leaving purified water. The list of contaminants the RO sends to waste is quite long, but here's a sampling:
Then the water passes through the last carbon filter, called a post-filter, which filters out anything the other filters somehow missed. The purified water then goes into a 2.2 gallon (or an optional 3.2 gallon) tank, where it is stored until the spigot is activated.
The result is pure, clean, healthy water in your glass or pan
Turns Out Changing The Water Filter in Your Home Purifier is a Pretty Good Idea
Many, many owners of home water filtration systems, either an under-the-sink drinking water purifier or a whole home water softening system, are stunned to find out that the filters are meant to be changed out on a consistent basis. At Dupure, our customer service representatives call each of our clients to remind them that the filter is due for a change, and more times than you would think we are met with utter and complete disbelief that a filter needs to be changed. Why, then, is it a good idea to change a water filter?
The only real job of a filter is to filter out impurities. A filter does just that - stops bad stuff from continuing through the circuit. The filter simply stands there in the center of the line, blocking all the hard metals, sediments, harmful bacteria, algae, minerals, and other debris. Of course, the only way a filter can do this effectively is to trap it inside itself, which eventually will clog it. Your water, with a dirty filter, will run slower and eventually the clogged particles will deteriorate the filter completely and wind up in your glass anyway.
Not changing the water filter reduces the quality of your water. As a filter gets clogged up it's less efficient at being a filter. It's like a bouncer at a club on a busy Saturday night - some under-21s are getting in there. Believe that. By the same ridiculous analogy, an old, clogged filter can't be held responsible if some microbes, minerals, or other chemicals sneak through. It's doing the best it can do - it's just old and worn out.
Reduction of water flow isn't fun for anyone. In an age of Wi-Fi, microwaves, and instant messaging, standing at the sink waiting for a trickle of water to fill your receptacle is pure torture. It's sad, but it's true. And not changing your water filter practically ensures you a bloated, clogged system that will reduce your flow more every day.
You deserve to have clean water. Having a water filtration system without changing the filter is like buying a Ferrari and never changing the air filter. It's a beautiful investment ... until it breaks down in front of a high school and all the kids snicker at you while you pop the hood and wave the white smoke away. "You should have changed the filter!" they chant and laugh as you curse under your breath. In your heart, though, you know they are right. It's exactly like that with your water filter.
Now, I hope that explains why a water filter replacement is a brilliant idea. It's only once a year or so, depending on the system. Call us at 877-534-5837 to order yours today!