You only have to Google search ‘drinking water quality in the USA’ to reveal nearly 2,000,000 search results, many of them uncovering some seriously alarming statistics about our drinking water.
A study from Harvard this year found that a widely known class of chemicals, known as PFASs, exceeds federally recommended safety levels for drinking water supplies in the US for 6 million people.
At first I thought, its not too bad considering 6 million is a small percentage of the population, until I read on to discover “The actual number of people exposed may be even higher than our study found, because government data for levels of these compounds in drinking water is lacking for almost a third of the U.S. population — about 100 million people.”
This is a very scary statistic, because PFASs are known to cause cancer, hormone disruption, obesity and diabetes, and may be affecting up to a 3rd of the US population!
National Geographic reported about the dangers of burning coal has on our water supplies. "When you burn coal you leave behind metals and radioactivity, The ash is quite toxic” said Robert B. Jackson, an environmental scientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Coal ash contains numerous harmful heavy metals such as mercury, lead and arsenic.
And its not just man-made issues affecting our drinking water, natural disasters such as drought, flood and hurricane can leave our water source contaminated with bacteria, animal fecal matter, and nitrates from fertilizers used in farming.
To top it off MotherNatutreNetwork.com highlights, that to treat water making it ‘safe’ to drink, disinfectants, chlorine and fluoride are added – all of these proven to be harmful to humans.
If you’re not investing in ways to clean and purify your water, you could be harming yourself and your loved one’s.
Here at Invigorated Water our focus initially was delivering high alkaline ionized water. While this is still very much a focus for us, we are now equally as focussed on water purification. Hardly surprising after reading the studies above.
Over the past couple of years we’ve been looking for new technologies to provide our customers with effective and affordable solutions to achieve high alkaline, clean purified water at home, in the office or while on the go.
Polyethersulfone Ultrafiltration (UF) Membrane
About a year ago we discovered Polyethersulfone Ultrafiltration (UF) Membrane. UF Membrane is an absolutely amazing material.
UF Membrane filters tiny particles from our water as small as 0.01 micron. Such particles include 99% of bacteria and heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and mercury.
UF Membrane also removes organic matter including rust, sand and silt, as well as removing the vast majority of chlorine and fluoride.
Like I said, UF Membrane is an absolutely amazing material!
Knowing the huge ability of UF Membrane we were determined to include it in our water purification range.
We found that there were many commercial water purification solutions using UF Membrane, and a few domestic solutions as well.
The domestic solutions available were under-sink plumbed in units, where UF Membrane was one of a number of stages, which also included stages of Coconut Shell Activated Carbon, Activated Alumina, and Ceramic and Stone Ball blends.
The only other domestic systems that could compete with the water purification ability of a UF system, is multi-stage systems that include Reverse Osmosis (RO).
RO is extremely popular, however there is a downside...
The thing you need to understand about Reverse Osmosis is that the process wastes a huge amount of water. In fact, for every 1 gallon of water that is filtered via RO, 4 gallons is wasted. That is a HUGE amount of wastage!!
As a company who is passionate about sustainability and our environment, we don’t see RO as a sustainable solution, especially for many countries where water supplies are extremely limited.
Sellers of RO systems will claim that RO is superior to UF, and in some ways they are correct. RO is capable of removing even smaller particles than UF, however we’re talking about a very small increase in what is removed when comparing RO to UF.
In our eyes, due to the wastage of RO, and the small increase in what RO can remove, our choice is UF Membrane.
We do have plans to launch an under-sink multi-stage filter, including UF Membrane, soon. However, under-sink systems typically cost a few hundred dollars, so we wanted to be able to offer a sub-$100 product that many people could afford.
Introducing our PH002 UF Membrane Filter
In October 2016 we launched our solution – the affordable, efficient, and long lasting PH002 UF Membrane Filter.
You can read more about our PH001 filter on our website and in other blog posts, however what I will say is that the combination of our PH001 filter, and PH002 UF Membrane filter, is awesome.
PH001 includes particle-catching micro-nets, KDF to remove heavy metals, NSF Certified Coconut Shell Activated Carbon to remove chemicals, pesticides and pollutants, as well as a Ceramic & Stone ball blend to increase the pH level and negative ORP, while adding in essential minerals.
Once water has filtered through our PH001 filter it is already highly alkaline, ionized, purified and clean – hence why this is the only filter we include with our products.
Then, as the PH001 filtered water passes through our PH002 UF Membrane filter the smallest of particles, including organic materials, heavy metals, and chlorine and fluoride are removed – taking your water to a whole new level.
To top it off, because the water passes slowly through our PH002 UF Membrane, the pH level is increased even further.
While the state of our water sources is far from ideal, and potentially dangerous, there are new innovative technologies being developed all the time.
Like with many new technologies, as they reach the masses their price comes down dramatically (UF is a great example of this), making them within reach for the majority of people – which in our eyes is a beautiful thing.