Can Ice Be Contaminated with E.Coli?

Can Ice Be Contaminated with E.Coli?

Packaged ice can become contaminated with heterotrophs, coliforms, and E.Coli a recent study by the University of Georgia shows. Solution for commercial ice machines is the Ice Wand ice water filter.

Have you ever thought that bagged ice you buy at a convince store could be contaminated with heterotrophs, coliforms, and E.Coli? Most of us believe the freezing temperatures would prevent any bacteria and or sanitation issues from find its way into ice cubes. In a recent study by the University of Georgia found stores, fast food restaurants, gas stations, and self-serve vending machines. If you make and bag your own ice or if you own ice vending machines, your customers are at an increased risk of being exposed to contaminated or tainted ice and you may be liable for damages and/or recall expense.


Following a regular commercial ice machine cleaning schedule will prevent the build-up of bacterial and bio-film that causes ice to become contaminated but it can be very costly. A solution to keeping your ice machine clean, preventing ice from becoming contaminated, and reducing your yearly ice product cost is the Ice Wand. The Ice wand is a commercial ice machine water filter that can reduce, or even eliminate, machine cleanings reduce your operating cost all the while protecting the quality of ice being produced.

Ice Wand Ice Machine Water Filter Features

  • Dramatically reduced cleaning and maintenance requirements and costs
  • Improved overall beverage and ice quality
  • Reduces taste and odor concerns
  • Extends life of commercial ice cube machine
  • Compatible with almost all commercial ice cube machines including
  • Long shelf life
  • No chlorine additives, carcinogenic chemicals, or toxic by-products
  • Safe to handle; easy installation after a thorough cleaning
  • Oxidation resistant – safe for ice machine parts
  • Made in the USA

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How an Ice Machine Water Filter can Prevent Packaged Ice Contamination

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Dorm Essentials: Will your college student’s water be safe?

Dorm Essentials: Will your college student’s water be safe?

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Fireworks, picnics, and baseball games–July 4th has come and gone, and summer is almost over. Kids will be going back to school soon, and college freshmen will soon be traveling to their chosen campus. They will meet their new roommates, decide on which classes to take, and learn how to navigate a new town or city.

The shopping list for your student’s new apartment or dorm room probably includes new linens, notebooks, and maybe even a laptop. But, have you thought about whether or not your student will have access to good, clean water?

Colleges and universities usually have two options for student housing: residence halls that are owned and maintained by the university or private apartments selected by the student. Depending on the age of the apartment building or dormitory hall and the source of the tap water, your student may be at risk for exposure to lead, chlorine, bacteria and other contaminants that could be damaging to his or her health. How can you avoid these contaminants and make sure that your newly-minted high school graduate will be safe? Here are a few steps you can take to provide your college student with the best and safest water possible:

Step 1: Find out more about the tap water

The first step to protecting your college student is finding out more about the source of water. For example, if your student is going to college in Los Angeles, CA, he or she might be exposed to high levels of cancer-causing “THMs” and even Arsenic.

  • Contact the college or university and ask them for information. A small amount of colleges and universities have begun to realize the need for filtered water and may already provide it in cafeterias or student lounges.
  • Read the most recent customer confidence reports for the municipality where your college student’s future alma mater is located. This research will provide you with the
    information needed to decide the best water filtration system.

Step 2: Give your college student an easy to use product that will provide great tasting, filtered water.

1. If your student’s new home has water that tastes and smells like chlorine, OmniFilterbut has few other contaminants, the easiest solution is to give him or her an OmniFilter PF500 Water Filter Pitcher. For just $30.98 (not including shipping), this pitcher and  water filter 3 pack will provide the college student with an easy to use solution for filtered water. This product even includes an electronic change indicator, that reminds the user when it is time to change the carbon filter.

For tap water that contains more hard to remove contaminants like pesticides, bacteria, or lead, a different water filtration system is needed. Here are three options that will work nicely in a dormroom or apartment:

2. Culligan FM-15A Faucet Filter    Culligan FM15A

  •  Reduces lead, cysts, and other contaminants.
  •  Easy to install, only $19.99  (before shipping).
  • Filter must be changed every 2-3 months.

3. AquaCera HCP Countertop Ceramic Drinking Water Filter SystemHCP-AquaCera

  • Reduces 99.99% of pathogenic organisms (including E. Coli, etc.).
  • Reduces chlorine, lead, arsenic, and other contaminants.
  • Easy installation that requires no under the sink plumbing.
  • Costs $99.99 (not including shipping).
  • Ceramic filter candle will only need replacing after 6 months to a 1 year.

4. Nimbus Water Maker Mini RO System Watermakermini

  • Reduces 96% of Total Dissolved Solids (includes nitrates and other chemicals).
  • Fits simply and easily over the faucet.
  • Costs $98.99 (not including shipping).
  • Interior membrane filter cartridge lasts for about 1 year.

NeoVas water bottle

Don’t forget to get a reusable, stainless-steel water bottle with a Neo-Tote that will let your college student carry along this great tasting, filtered water!



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Why Choose Grooved Over Smooth Sediment Water Filters?

Why Choose Grooved Over Smooth Sediment Water Filters?

Why choose a grooved sediment water filter over a smooth one. See why replacing a UV water purification or reverse osmosis system’s sediment filter with a Neo-Pure grooved depth filter can save you money while getting greater water filtering. it’s time to get your Neo Pure groove on.

Many people believe bigger is better. AT&T even has an advertising campaign wrapped around this idea. What if you could also get more for less in your water filter? That is exactly what you get with the Neo-Pure grooved sediment depth filters.


To highlight the benefits of the grooved water filter design, we can look to human anatomy. When comparing the human brain to a simpler animal’s brain, such as a frog, one of the most noticeable things is the wrinkles of the human brain. Scientist have explained that these wrinkles exist because “as the human brain evolved, it grew in size.” To accommodate this growth without increasing the size of the skull, the brain developed “wrinkles, so more brain surface can fit into our skulls. More cerebral cortex equals more intelligence.” (

This is the same principle that’s involved in making many types of machines or a car radiator. This technology is now offered in the Neo-Pure grooved sediment water filter. Just like the brain fitting inside the skull, sediment water filters have to fit into a filter housing that is a very specific size. So how do you get more surface area, thus more filtering ability? Add grooves to the filter!

The Neo-Pure sediment grooved water filter cartridges increase the surface area for longer cartridge life when compared to non-grooved polypropylene filters. Sediment grooved cartridges are commonly utilized for pre-filtration in commercial beverage systems and both home and business in reverse osmosis systems, and UV water purification systems. These filters are designed to be compatible with many brands such as Culligan, Cuno, Aqua-Pure, and many others.

Less expensive, better filtering, and works with many different filter system brands: Just a few reason it’s time to get your groove on.

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Save $600 a Year: If You Change Your Clock, Change Your Refrigerator Water Filter

March 10th 2013 is Daylight Savings. reminds you to “Change your Clock, Change your Refrigerator Water Filter” and you could save $600 a year by not buying bottled water. See the Eco-Friendly Swift Green Refrigerator Water Filters that can save you and additional 30% over OEM refrigerator filters. Plus use coupon code Tritandeal for 40% off BPA-free sport water bottles to solve the issue of convenience that bottled water offers.

Over the past 6 months there have been numerous major news stories that have put the spotlight on our drinking water supply. Just recently a report indicated that a large number of California residents rely on contaminated drinking water. states that 680 of 3000 facilities tested depend on contaminated ground well water, affecting about 21 million people. In another example, a study conducted by the Research National Center for Health Statistics concluded that tap water could be linked to food allergies in children. An 18% increase in reported food allergies and food allergy related hospitalizations doubled when exposed to higher levels of levels of dichlorophenol. Dichlorophenol (DCP) is not a chemical added to the water during treatment, but is defined as a byproduct of chlorination during the water disinfection stage.

Although refrigerator water filters are not a total solution for disinfecting and purifying your home’s drinking water, they do offer some measure of protection from common water contaminates. has a long-running semi-annual campaign that’s tied to daylight savings time as a reminder to replace the water filter in your refrigerator. Our slogan “Change your clock, change your filter” takes the guess work out of when you should change your filter. It also provides an easy to remember schedule that’s based on manufacturer’s minimum change frequency. “Change your clock, change your filter”. So for about as much time as it takes to change your smoke alarm battery, which is also done at the daylight savings time change, you can have clean great tasting water.

As a special offer and solution for the convenience of bottled water, is offering 40% off our Tritan BPA Free Sports Water Bottles. To take advantage of this offer add a 27 oz. Tritan water bottle to your cart and enter coupon code “Tritandeal” during checkout.

Virtually all refrigerators sold in the past 10 years offer an indoor ice and water dispensing system. These dispenser systems offer clearer ice and cleaner better tasting drinking water without having to have a separate water filter appliance. At the heart of having this cleaner and better ice and water from your refrigerator is the water filter cartridge. The second most frequently ask question we get about refrigerator filters at is why should it be changed? Refrigerator water filters use a carbon based filter media that absorbs contaminants. Over time the media becomes exhausted and needs replacing. Here are some benefits of regularly replacing the filter:


1. It greatly reduces the levels of chlorine in your water. 97% of city water supplies use chlorine to disinfect drinking water.

2. It provides a more polished taste to the water and reduces bad smells.

3. Prevents unabsorbed water contaminants and newly formed bacteria from being reintroduced into your drinking water.

4. Prevents a drop in water pressure and slow flow rate from the water dispenser.

5. Instead of buying bottled water, if you drink water from your refrigerator you can save about $600 a year from and stop lugging home those heavy boxes of bottled water or plastic bags of ice.

And don’t worry, replacing your refrigerator water filter is easy and now there is an eco-friendly replacement water filter brand. We have added a full line of Swift Green Water Filters, that’s a greener alternative to conventional fridge filters. There are 18 different Swift refrigerator water filters that have been fully tested and are compatible with leading brands such as Samsung, Maytag, Whirlpool, and LG. Not only are these replacement refrigerator water filters eco-friendly and carry the Water Quality Association’s (WQA) Gold Seal, but they offer a considerable cost savings over the original manufactures’ replacement filters.

On March 10th, 2013 Fresh Water Systems would like to remind you to “Change Your Clock, Change Your Filter.”


Note: The Tritan Bottle Coupon has now expired (April 7, 2014).

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World Water Wonder #2 The Beppu Hells of Japan

World Water Wonder #2 The Beppu Hells of Japan

Unfortunately, many of the same minerals that give the Beppu pools their stunning color are not so pleasant when they are found in our home’s water supply. Higher concentrations of calcium lead to hard water, while too much iron can give your water a metallic taste and a reddish-brown tint. has started, on our Facebook and Google Plus pages, a new series of post that highlight some of the most interesting bodies of water on the planet. As a follow up to our most recent post “What’s the Name of the World Water Wonder” here is the answer to that question. Be sure to check back regularly for new world water wonders.

The name of this world water wonder is the Beppu Hells. These pools of uniquely colored water are located in Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan. Beppu is a small city that was founded in 1924 and is home to a little over 100,000 residents.

Beppu actually contains over 2800 hot water springs, which form the world’s second largest naturally used resource for geothermal energy. Although there are 2800 springs, the springs are most commonly referred to as the “Nine Hells of Beppu”. The unique red coloring of the pool shown above, Chinoike Jigoku, is a result of high concentrations of ferrous minerals that contain iron (Fe). Below is a list of just 9 of the named pools, with a little information about their defining characteristics.

  1. Umi Jigoku: Its meaning is “sea hell”. The water in this pool is a turquoise blue in color, and it’s temperature is hot enough boil eggs.
  2. Oniishibou: Its meaning is “shaven head hell”, which comes from its boiling gray-colored mud that resembles the shaved head of Buddhist monks.
  3. Shiraike Jigoku: Its meaning is “white pond hell”. This pool is filled with boiling white-colored water; the hue comes from a high concentration of calcium.
  4. Yama Jigoku: Its meaning is “mountain hell”. This pool was created from the eruptions of a now extinct volcano, whose forces were so great that it created a small mountain surrounded by small pools.
  5. Kamado Jigoku: Its meaning is “cooking pot hell”. This is a collection of boiling hot springs flanked by a red devil statue that is featured as the “cook”.
  6. Oniyama Jigoku: Its meaning is “devil’s mountain hell”. It is difficult to get any meaning from its characteristics, but the unique features found in this pool are its crocodiles and a very strong water current.
  7. Kinryu Jigoku: Its meaning is “golden dragon hell”. This spring is featured with a “steaming dragon”, where the steam is supplied by the spring itself and is directed out of the dragon’s nostrils. The dragon gives the illusion of flying when the steam spouts out at sunrise.
  8. Chinoike Jigoku: Its meaning is “blood pond hell”. Chinoike gets its name from the bright reddish colored water, which is caused by high concentrations of iron and other ferrous minerals.
  9. Tatsumaki Jigoku: Its meaning is “spout hell”. Tatsumaki is a hot water geyser that erupts about every 30 minutes, at an approximate temperature of 221 degrees Fahrenheit.

Unfortunately, many of the same minerals that give the Beppu pools their stunning color are not so pleasant when they are found in our home’s water supply. Higher concentrations of calcium lead to hard water, while too much iron can give your water a metallic taste and a reddish-brown tint. If you suspect elevated levels of these minerals or other substances in your water supply, it is always good practice to have your water tested, or check with your local municipal water supply. You can search the EPA’s website for a local water quality report.

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Neti-Pot Users: You Think You have Boogers Now?

The best way to protect against this brain eating amoeba , and any others that may be lurking in your home’s plumbing, is to use only disinfected, boiled or distilled water in a Neti pot. Water can be easily sanitized at the point-of-use with an Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system, handheld UV sterilizer, or countertop water distiller.

Brain-killing-amoeba-water-treatment This past summer we’ve seen three deaths attributed to the Naegleria amoeba. Known as the “brain eating parasite,” this organism conjures images of tiny zombies eating away at your brain! While the reality is not quite as dramatic as those images might imply, the results of infection by this organism are just as deadly. Of all the documented cases found in the U.S., only one person has survived.

This parasitic amoeba thrives in the water in warm climates, and can survive in water as warm as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. This amoeba usually infects humans by entering the nasal cavity and then using the brain as “food.” You would think that the best method to avoid infection by this amoeba would be to simply avoid swimming in warm, stagnant waters, right? Well, a recent incident suggests even tap water may be a risk.

In June of 2011, a man died of the infection (Naegleria meningoencephalitis) after using his home’s tap water to fill his Neti pot. Although municipal water is treated and disinfected at the plant, it is still possible for contamination to enter downstream. In this case, health officials found the amoeba in the home’s plumbing, even though no traces were found in the city’s water samples.

Now that the amoeba has been discovered in someone’s home water supply, how can you protect yourself from this deadly parasitic organism?

The best way to protect against this organism, and any others that may be lurking in your home’s plumbing, is to use only disinfected, boiled or distilled water in a Neti pot. Water can be easily sanitized at the point-of-use with an Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system, handheld UV sterilizer, or countertop water distiller. Simple carbon or sediment filtration devices, like countertop filters or faucet/pitcher filters are not enough to combat these organisms.

Ultimately, we are all responsible for ensuring the quality of water in our homes for ourselves and our families. Visit Fresh Water Systems today and discover the right water treatment solutions to fit your family’s needs.



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