Debunking 4 Common Myths About Water Filtration Systems

Debunking 4 Common Myths About Water Filtration Systems

According to the Water Quality Association, more than four out of 10 Americans use a home water treatment unit. Despite the increasing rates, there are still a surprising number of misconceptions that many people take for fact. Here are just a few common myths about home water treatment.

  1. Myth: Bottled water is cheaper than home water purification systems.While this is obviously true in the short run, the cost of consistently having to buy bottled water adds up faster than one might think, not to mention the harmful effects bottled water has on the environment. Whole home water purification systems are a one-time investment that will actually make your water cleaner than any bottled water you could buy at the store. Plus, you’ll no longer have to worry about making pesky bottle returns or losing your deposit. It’s a win-win.
  2. Myth: Whole home water treatments are high-maintenance.While water treatment systems do require a certain level of maintenance, it’s a very small amount. The only real maintenance required is changing the filters, which only has to be done once every few months. The filter changing process is incredibly easy and can be performed by almost anyone. Plus, it’s still less maintenance than having to go buy a pack of heavy water bottles every week and return the empties.
  3. Myth: Only an expert can install a water filtration system.This myth is more understandable, because water filtration technology has grown to become quite advanced over the years. However, the majority of systems certainly don’t require an expert to install. In fact, many UV water filtration systems come with instructions to help you install the system with ease.
  4. Myth: Isn’t a water softener enough?Another common misconception, water softeners only deal with issues having to do with water hardness. They’re installed very similarly to water filtration systems, but unfortunately, they won’t do a thing against other contaminants present in tap water, such as chlorine. However, if the water source is trustworthy and water hardness is the only issue, a water softener may be ideal. But, if your tap water smells or tastes funny, it should be thoroughly tested to determine the issue before buying a suitable water filter.

Ultimately, having a good, clean source of water is essential for living a healthy life. For more information about UV water filtration systems, contact Freshwater Systems.

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Water Disinfection: UV Or Chlorine? Which Is Better?

Water Disinfection: UV Or Chlorine? Which Is Better?

Because you can’t see, smell or taste harmful microbes in your water, it is important to properly disinfect your water supply. So which is better? UV light or chlorine?

Both constant chlorination and UV disinfection are recognized by authorities like the EPA and Health Canada as effective means of disinfection. UV adoption, though, is on the rise because it is effective against a broader range of microorganisms, including protozoa, like Cryptosporidium and Giardia. It is also a chemical-free, environmentally-friendly solution.

While Chlorine has been used since the early 1900s, UV disinfection (in more primitive terms) has been used for centuries. Once it was discovered that UV wavelengths had germicidal characteristics, that technology was harnessed and turned into the UV water disinfection that we have today.

Ultraviolet light is a sophisticated disinfection solution, but it doesn’t require an overly technical explanation. Light of a specific wavelength is passed through the water, inactivating any pathogens that are present. Because they are inactivated, microbes can no longer multiply, which means they can’t cause infection.

For the best results and minimal maintenance, UV systems do require some pre-treatment. At the least, this includes a sediment filter, which is often included with the newer, high quality systems. But for the most part, UV systems require less maintenance than a chlorinator, so you won’t be making countless nuisance service calls that take you away from the business of selling. However, depending on the quality of the water, the quartz sleeve will require periodic cleaning.
This can often be coincided with the annual lamp change. With a managed service schedule, it’s possible to balance service satisfaction and customer loyalty.

For more information on Fresh Water Systems’ UV products, and for an informative video on UV disinfection, click here.


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Where Can UV Water Be Used?

Where Can UV Water Be Used?

UV disinfection of drinking water can be used everywhere!


Schools, daycare, eldercare and healthcare facilities are perfect locations to use a UV system.

Children, older adults, and those with compromised immune systems are among those most susceptible to infection for contaminated water. Many jurisdictions’ water quality is subject to regulation, and there really is no way to be 100% certain that the water did not get contaminated after it was treated at the water plant. 


Dental Practices

Dental offices are a prime location for a UV system because they need to ensure the quality of water in order to minimize the possibility of infection during dental procedures. UV systems enhance the efficiency and quality of infection-control practices by delaying the formation of bio-films with the plastic tubing that transports water to the dental equipment.


Cottages, Camps, RVs, and Boats

Whether the water source is a lake, a well or an on-board supply, poor water quality can ruin your recreation experience. UV is a chemical-free solution to protect all outdoor enthusiasts.


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UV – Shedding Some Light On An Effective Decontamination System

UV – Shedding Some Light On An Effective Decontamination System

There is a dangerous misconception in America that the drinking water is always safe, and it is impossible to contract a waterborne illness in the States. This is not always true. Recent flooding in Illinois and Missouri caused health professionals to warn about the presence of Giardia in the drinking water, and a boil alert was issued in late January in Lake Hawea after E. Coli was detected. The drinking water in America is not always safe, and dangerous levels of harmful bacteria and viruses in drinking water cannot always been seen. So what is one way you can protect yourself and your family?

Ultraviolet Light eliminate 99.99% of all dangerous contaminants (like E. Coli and Giardia) that some filters cannot remove, and it is low-cost and environmentally-friendly.


How does UV work?

Ultraviolet or UV energy is essentially “invisible radiation.” In order to render microorganisms harmless, the UV rays penetrate the outer cell membrane, pass through the cell body and disrupt the organisms’ DNA, preventing reproduction.

UV treatment does not alter water chemically, and nothing is being added except energy. The sterilized microorganisms are not removed from the water, but they are rendered completely harmless.


UV Light Is Effective

UV disinfection is the only chemical-free, environmentally-friendly way of effectively inactivating 99.99% of microorganisms found in drinking water. Disinfection through a UV system is immediate, with no chlorination by-products created.

UV Light Is Simple

If you purchase a UV system, you only need to replace the lamp once a year and ensure that the quartz sleeve is kept clean. Installation is simple with two water connections and one electrical connection.



Watch this video provided by Fresh Water Systems for more information on why UV is right for you.



UV Light Will Make Boil Advisories A Worry Of The Past

Municipal water is disinfected at the water treatment plant but what happens the water gets contaminated while traveling to your home? Municipal infrastructure is aging, and water main breaks and leaks are becoming more common. If water can get out of those pipes, contaminants can get in.

Whether you don’t trust your town or city’s infrastructure, you have your own private source of well water, or your town or city issues a boil advisory, having a UV system installed in your home will protect you and your family from harmful bacteria in your drinking water.

UV Light Is Safer Than Chemicals

Chlorine to clean your drinking water? That just doesn’t seem safe or healthy. Chlorine has been widely used for public water treatment in the USA since the early 1900’s, which speaks to the fundamental need for disinfection to protect health. But in recent years, Americans have become increasingly concerned about residual chlorine finding its way into their drinking water, and more and more consumers are seeking chemical-free solutions like UV Light. It is just as effective as chlorine in removing (or rendering useless) harmful contaminates, and it does not use harsh chemicals.

Fresh Water Systems Offers UV Systems

Go on the website today and see what product is best for your lifestyle.

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Organization Hacks You Will Actually Use

Organization Hacks You Will Actually Use

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.

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Make Your Water 99.99% Pure

Make Your Water 99.99% Pure

BoilingwaterWhen 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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