I don’t know about you, but the storage in the cabinet under my kitchen sink is the most dysfunctional and frustrating space in my house for me to organize. The under-sink cabinet is a pretty large area and has the potential to store a lot of my kitchen supplies, but I always had trouble fitting my filter in with the rest of the supplies that that I wanted to store.
To further add to the issue, most plumbing pipes don’t nicely tuck away in the back. Instead the elbow joints and different pipes jut out and make the space awkward and uneven. I live in an area that uses the city’s water source (and I am not fond of all of the chlorine and bacteria is the water), so it is important for me to keep my water filtration system and tank installed under my sink so that I can use filtered water for cooking and drinking. I can’t move or get rid of the filtration system, so I finally decided to make organizing my cabinet under the sink a priority.
Use Tension Rods To Hang Spray Bottles
I set up a tension rod along my under-sink cabinet so that I could hang my spray bottles, and any other cleaning supplies that could fit. This way, I can just grab them and go and they are not just cluttered together in a corner.
Use Containers To Hold Sponges
I put all of the sponges and other cleaning supplies that I had in stackable containers. I like this because when I am ready for a new sponge, I can just throw out the old one and grab a new one.
Use a Paper Organizer To Hold Foils And Wraps
I mounted a paper holder to the door of my under-sink cabinet and put all of my foils, plastic wraps, and wax paper containers in it. This way, I can just open the cabinet and grab what I need.
As for a water filter, I use Fresh Water System’s Watts Premier RO Water Filtration System. I use this filter because it doesn’t take up as much space as some other under-sink filters do. The filter itself lines up again the wall of my cabinet and the size of the tank (to store a few gallons of water so that it doesn’t just trickle out at the faucet when I turn it on) is manageable. I bought this filter also because it filters out a lot of the contaminates that are in my water supply like pesticides, herbicides, and lead.
Our water used to have a funny taste to it too, but the system filters out any bad taste or smell. There is also a 3-gallon filter that gets installed with the system. This is basically because the process of properly filtering the water takes a long time, so the storage system lets us just turn on the faucet and pour a glass of water, rather than having to wait a 10 or 20 minutes for a cup.
When disaster strikes, boiling water is not enough
Across the country “Boil Water Advisories” have been popping up with an alarming frequency. Their sources are crumbling water infrastructure, chemical spills, and effects of local fracking, causing thousands of people a year to boil water in an attempt to sanitize it.
The main benefit of boiling water is killing viruses and bacteria that have found their way into the water supply, though this does not remove them or any chemicals within. If complete purity is desired, the only method is water distillation. When water is distilled it is evaporated into steam and then separated from its original location, leaving behind all bacteria, viruses, chemicals, and sediments. This steam is then condensed in a new clean location where it is ready for drinking. Is it possible you are at risk of a water contamination?
Even as you read this, people are suffering from sporadic water contaminations in every state. As of this writing, there were 6 counties that went on a “Boil Water Advisory” within a 24 hour period. Without proper distillation equipment, these people will be forced to drink improperly treated boiled water or pay hundreds of dollars for disposable bottles of water.
In 2014, West Virginia was home to a horrible chemical spill that left 300,000 people without clean drinking water for days. Since this was a chemical spill, simply boiling the water was not advisable. The relatively few people who owned home water distillers were able use their water without concern for contamination.
With the number of contaminated water incidents on the rise, having a reliable water distillation system is a smart move to keep your family safe.
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Is rainwater safe to drink? Using ultraviolet, UV light, can be used to design your very own rain water harvesting system that disinfection drinking water for your home or business.
The gathering of rain water for human needs is as old as civilization itself. With the current trend towards sustainability, you may be interested in the ways that rain water might be “harvested” as an alternative to relying solely on municipal resources. For the homeowner, rainwater harvesting can range from simply collecting water in a barrel for taking care of plants to a full-fledged independent water supply for washing and even drinking. But is water from the heavens safe to drink?
In general terms, rainwater is distilled by nature in the evaporation cycle and so it comes down free of most contaminants and additives like chlorine. But as it travels through the air and comes in contact with surfaces such as roof tops and gutters it will pick debris and biological contaminants. In most cases these are minimal and can easily be managed. For example, you can use a first-flush diverter that catches debris from the roof in a trap before the clearer water flows into your barrel.
That’s all well and good for garden-use or washing cars, but protecting your family from harmful microorganisms requires proper disinfection of the rainwater. Long-used by well-water owners, an ultraviolet (UV) water disinfection system is a chemical-free way to ensure that your water is safe from biological contaminants.
The water is disinfected by light of a specific wavelength as it passes through a stainless steel chamber. Nothing is added to the water, but any microorganisms present will be rendered harmless. Rainwater is naturally soft and so will not require a softener, although some “polishing,” or added filtering, may be desirable for taste and ultimate particle removal. In fact, the newer, high-quality UV systems often come equipped with both a sediment and carbon filter for just that purpose, which makes installation all the easier.
Maintenance is also easy – just an annual lamp change. It is very important to note that UV lamps do not “burn out” before they lose disinfecting properties, so changing them on schedule is critical to maintain water safety.
Drinking plenty of clean water every day can bring big improvements to your health. Unfortunately, even well-treated municipal water may still contain too many dangerous contaminants. If you’re a big user of bottled water, you should know that reverse osmosis is actually one of the main methods used by big-brand bottlers to purify their water.
Drinking plenty of clean water every day can bring big improvements to your health. Unfortunately, even well-treated municipal water may still contain too many dangerous contaminants. These can include dissolved metals and toxic chemicals. An inexpensive reverse osmosis (RO) filtration system will significantly reduce water contamination and completely filter out all natural and synthetic toxins, microbes, debris and minerals, as well as chemicals like arsenic, chlorine and THM’s.
If you’re a big user of bottled water, you should know that reverse osmosis is actually one of the main methods used by big-brand bottlers to purify their water. A home RO system will give you high-quality purified water that tastes great, and you can stop wasting money on water in plastic bottles that contribute to environmental problems.
This month Fresh Water Systems is having a special purchase promotion on one of our most popular complete 4-stage RO Systems.It’s easy to install and filter change is literally a snap.
Water Distillers work on basic, natural principles. A hot coil turns water into steam, leaving the impurities behind. The steam then condenses, turning back into water. The purified water will then exit the machine into some type of container. Here is a typical countertop water distillers.
These machines are popular with people who have especially contaminated tap or well water, as a water distiller reduces many impurities including heavy metals, pesticides, viruses, bacteria, and many other impurities.
Where is distilled water used?
Distilled water is often used not only for drinking water but in home medical devices like CPAP and dialysis machines to avoid any introduction of germs or bacteria. Distilled water should also be used in humidifiers and clothes irons to reduce the scale and deposits left behind after the water has been evaporated into steam. Using this water will also prolong the life of the machine. Distilled water can be used in many other places, including dentist offices and in aquariums.
But doesn’t distilled water taste “flat” or “bland”?
Many who drink distilled water may describe it as flat or bland. This description often comes from those who are used to tap water, which has chlorine or chloramine in it. These disinfectents will give the tap water a distinct after-taste. Others who drink well water are likely not aware that their water is high in iron and other minerals that will also taint the taste of the water. Some may buy plastic jugs of distilled water from the health food store, not realizing that the plastic can actually leach chemicals into the water tainting the taste.
If you own a home steam water distiller machine, one way to avoid these taste complaints is to use a granular activated carbon postfilter. These handy little filters can be easily fitted into your machine. They will reduce any left over VOCs that have escaped in the steam distilled water, but they will also polish off the water, giving it a great taste.
Today’s gift solution is the SteriPen Portable UV system. This handheld sterilizer is a perfect gift for the hiker, traveler, or explorer on your list.
Dangerous microbes and cysts can live in river and spring water that has been untreated. Hikers can often experience severe cramping and diarrhea after drinking untreated surface water, as most rivers and streams may have fecal contaminants from animals or humans. Travelers may also be at risk for sickness when traveling to developing countries that may not have necessary infrastructure to treat water.
The SteriPen uses UV light technology to zap dangerous microbes and cysts. The UV light alters the DNA of the microbes, which prevents them from reproducing and thus making a person sick.
The SteriPen freedom is easy to use. Simply remove the cap and immerse the uv lamp into the water. 48 seconds later, the water will be ready to drink.
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