These questions and answers about your drinking water will help you to understand the benefits of having a Doulton Drinking Water Filter / Treatment System installed in your home.
National newspapers, magazines and hundreds of Government and private web sites are dedicated to educating us on the valid precautions we must take to protect the quality of our drinking water. They warn us about chemicals leaching from land fills, untreated runoff entering our rivers, acid rain, rotting storage tanks, lead, aluminium, excessive chlorination, bacteria outbreaks, deadly cysts in rural supplies and even fluoride concerns. Many articles call out to our local governments to do something. But do what and why?
Did you know that 98% of the water that enters a home is used for something other than drinking or cooking? Toilets, baths, dishwashers, laundry, and watering are the big ticket users. Government control of contaminant levels has become a fine balance between the taxes we are willing to pay and the cost of the technology required to achieve a higher standard. But then, does the toilet need a higher standard?
Bottled water is now the rage! Gallon jugs on our shopping lists, refill your own bottles and save! Better still, get home delivery of heavy, clumsy, five gallon jugs that require a dedicated dispenser. Where do we fit it all in our ever shrinking kitchens? We have even accepted paying more for a small bottle of water than a can of pop. Interestingly, the water used for that can of pop was purified to standards that may in many countries exceeds the standards for bottled water! Everything considered, bottled water is a very limited supply at a very high cost.
Q. WHY ALL THE FUSS ABOUT DRINKING TAP WATER?
A. In case after case around the world, more and more is being discovered about the insidious, invisible presence of contaminants in our drinking water supplies. "Is my tap water really safe to drink?" This question became the riddle of the 90's and now in this new century we accept that our water sources are suspect all over the world. Global pollution is the curse of this century. Fear of global pollution far outweighs the fear of NUCLEAR WAR!
Q. WHERE ARE THESE CONTAMINANTS COMING FROM?
A. Since World War II and the chemical boom, scientists have unleashed approximately 65,000 new chemicals into the market place. Many of these chemicals have now been found in sufficient concentrations in North American water supplies to be considered health threatening.
Q. HOW DO THESE TOXIC CHEMICALS GET INTO OUR DRINKING WATER?
A. For years, chemicals have entered our water system as waste from the manufacturing industry, leaching from the thousands of landfill dump sites and directly from untreated sewage disposal. Pesticides, herbicides and insecticides used in agriculture enter through seepage and normal drainage. Acid Rain, which now affects us globally, continually contaminates our polar caps and surface water supplies. Contaminants are now in an ever repeating cycle being helped along by the natural cycles of Mother Nature.
Q. BUT ISN'T THAT WHY WE HAVE MUNICIPAL WATER TREATMENT PLANTS?
A. Unfortunately the water treatment methods developed more than forty years ago to combat water-borne problems such as bacteria are virtually useless in screening out the chemical threat. The costs of dealing with the chemical threat on a large scale basis are staggering.
Q. AREN'T THESE SMALL AMOUNTS OF TOXIC CHEMICALS INSIGNIFICANT?
A. Unfortunately the long term effects of many of these chemicals are not known and the decisions taken on "safe" limits have been made with the cost factors of municipalities and major cities having to deal with the limits set. Perhaps the most troubling of all is that many substances such as arsenic, mercury and lead are known to accumulate in the fat cells of the body, starting out in minute amounts hardly detectable but over time the accumulation causes serious health problems. Lead has become one of the demons of the 90's, but that is only because we have finally nailed down a link between it and health problems. How many of the other "safe" limits will be proven false in the future?
Q. WHY ISN'T OUR GOVERNMENT DOING MORE TO MAKE OUR DRINKING WATER SAFER?
A. In America, the EPA. has enacted stricter legislation to improve the quality and standards of drinking water. The high cost of research; coupled with the fact that scientists are still unsure of what chemicals, at what levels, are life threatening undermines the regulations. Canada to date has no laws on water quality, only guidelines.
Q. IF THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T SOLVE THE PROBLEM, HOW CAN I?
A. You have little personal control over the quality of water as it enters your home, but you do have a choice once it is at your tap. You can't stop drinking water, nor should you. To ask the government to provide high quality drinking water to your home when 98% of your water usage ends up in the sewer would be a tax burden none of us would like to face. The answer is an in-home treatment system.
Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PURIFIER AND A FILTER?
A. Simply put, a filter is designed to be effective on selected impurities (customized) while a purifier treats water for a wide spectrum of contaminants. Potable water supplies (municipal) rarely require the high cost of a purifier. Conversely, cheap water filters may appear appropriate at time of purchase but the long term operating costs are generally far greater than a quality fully certified drinking water filter and you will be buying a lifetime item versus a disposable.
Q. HOW WILL A DOULTON Drinking water filter / treatment system MAKE MY WATER "SAFER"?
A. DOULTON treats your tap water for the removal of incoming bacteria and sediment first, then it treats the water for other contaminants. The First Element is a three stage sub-micron ceramic filter, which eliminates the harmful pathogenic bacteria and common particulate matter, effectively reduces chemical contaminants while improving the taste, odour and color of your drinking water.
Q. WHY BUY DOULTON AND NOT SOME OTHER SYSTEM?
A. First and foremost, DOULTON products are the world leaders in filtration technology. Their systems supply unlimited quantities of water through a dedicated faucet. They do not have to "cook" the water or "make" the water (as in distillation or reverse osmosis systems), thereby eliminating any energy, storage or refrigeration requirements. Their units are designed to be a one time purchase, something that you will own for the rest of your life. Their ceramic candles are cleanable, fool proof, and cost effective. If you have a multi-cartridge system, then the follow on cartridges are disposable, and very inexpensive. These features make DOULTON the most economical water treatment systems on the market today.
Doulton holds Certification, Accreditation, or Membership with the following Agencies:
|ISO 9002 Quality Standard|
|National Sanitation Foundation standards 42 and 53|
|Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)|
|Water Quality Association|
|Department of Health (Toronto, Canada)|
|Spectrum Labs (Minneapolis, USA)|
|Water Research Council (UK)|
|British 5750 Quality Standard|
|England's Water Research council (WRc) Performance Standards|
|California Department of Health|
|Over 50 Independent Laboratories Worldwide|
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