Three Ways to Get
better-tasting, purer drinking water
This is the third article in a three-part series. We’re discussing three ways to get better-tasting, purer drinking water for your home or office. We also want to protect the environment. We will list all three, then deal with the third option, a Reverse Osmosis (OS) filtering system. The three ways are
- pitcher filter, such as Brita offers;
- faucet-mounted filter, such as PUR offers;
- Reverse Osmosis (OS) filtering system, such as Crescent Hills Water offers.
If you missed the second article, which was on faucet-mounted filters, you can go back to it here.
Option 3: Reverse Osmosis Filtering System
The third way to filter water is with a Reverse Osmosis (OS) filtering system, such as Crescent Hills Water offers.
Reverse Osmosis is the most effective way to make water safe, pure and better tasting. According to the Crescent Hills web site,
“Reverse Osmosis (RO) has the ability to remove 99% of minerals and chemicals that make water unsafe to drink. It also removes the bad-tasting elements. So RO makes water both safe to drink and good-tasting. An RO Unit can remove poisons such as arsenic, asbestos, atrazine (e.g., herbicides and pesticides), lead, mercury, radium and nitrates. It can also remove fluoride and excess sodium that affect water’s purity and taste. It does not remove minerals that are vital for good health.”
One of the elements that Reverse Osmosis removes from water is fluoride. According to fluoridealert.org,
“Not all water filters… remove fluoride. The three types of filters that can remove fluoride are reverse osmosis, deionizers (which use ion-exchange resins), and activated alumina… By contrast, ‘activated carbon’ filters (e.g., Brita & Pur) do not remove fluoride.”
Some people would prefer that fluoride not be removed from water, because of the protection it gives to teeth. But here is what Crescent Hills Water has to say about that:
“Recent studies indicate that fluoridation of public water may not be as healthful as originally thought. It may have little benefit for teeth after childhood. Humans only consume about 2% of all fluoridated water. So, there are more effective alternatives than fluoridating an entire water supply. For example, the application of fluoride tablets and vitamins may provide a safer, more precise dose to your children. Also, most toothpastes today contain fluoride. Fluoride can also be added to salt in the same way it is added to water. But, unlike public water, salt intake can be monitored individually.”
So, there are better alternatives than fluoridating an entire water supply, such as supplements and toothpaste. That is a small price to pay for the superior filtering ability of Reverse Osmosis.