November 3: Change Your Clock, and Change Your Filter

Do you know if you have a water filter?

If your refrigerator dispenses ice or water from the door, then you have a refrigerator filter. Your manufacturer likely recommends changing your filter every six months. Some refrigerator owners may have never even changed their filter!

This weekend you will change your clock back an hour. Maybe you will change the batteries in your smoke alarm as well, or perhaps your air filter. So why not get into the habit of changing your refrigerator filter as well?

What are the benefits of changing a refrigerator’s filter?

             1. Better tasting water and ice.

If your filter is clogged or not working properly, chlorine may be getting into your glass of water. Chlorine can give your water and ice a bleach smell and taste. Most refrigerator filters will reduce chlorine by a significant percentage.

            2. Filtered, safe water for your home or business

 Many refrigerator filters will remove not only chlorine but also other dangerous contaminants, including lead and even certain dangerous pesticides. An old filter can “get full,” allowing bacteria and other contaminants to bypass the filter and get into your glass of water.

            3. $900 in savings!

That’s right, if you drink filtered tap water instead of bottled water, you can save almost $1,000 per year.

GE replacement Filter

GE MWF Refrigerator Filter

Fresh Water Systems offers many name-brand replacement filters that are sure to match your refrigerator needs. We also offer the eco-friendly, compatible (and money saving!) Swift Green filter. Swift Green filters offer the exact same specifications as the OEM filter, but often with even better filtration and up to a 30% savings off the OEM price.

So what are you waiting for?

Come check out our wide selection of replacement fridge filters

 But, don’t forget to change your clock too!

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New Study Shows Contaminated Water is a Concern for Pregnant Women

Pregnant woman drinking waterA study recently published in the Canadian Journal of Economics, done in conjunction with Princeton University, found that contaminated water can be even more dangerous to unborn babies than previously thought.

The study examined the birth records and drinking water quality tests over ten years in New Jersey. Researchers looked at statistics regarding infants' health, date of birth, and maternal characteristics. They then compared that to water violation information from almost 500 water districts across New Jersey.

Water municipalities and suppliers are required by the Environmental Protection Agency and their state to do specific tests for contaminants. If contaminant levels are above set standards, they are required to notify customers. However, these notifications can often be overly technical or may get lost in the mail–the usual method of notification.

This study is the first of its kind to look at the effects of water contamination and pollution on pregnant women and babies in utero. The scientists found that women who consumed contaminated water were more likely to have premature births or to have babies with low birth weights. These low birth weights affect not only the infant's immediate health, but can have lasting effects as the infant struggles to catch up both intellectually and physically. The study argued that low birth weight babies could even have developmental cognative problems that do not apply to other infants.  

But what contaminants were in the water? The study found that everything from dangerous pesticides to chemicals and even fecal bacteria could be present in the women's tap water. While researchers are not sure precisely which contaminants had a larger effect, they do warn that pregnant women should be aware of the risks of drinking tap water. Each water source can have different contaminants that will be affected by the water source, the treatment methods, and even the condition of the delivery pipes.

How can you find out what's in your water? There are several ways to find out what contaminants may be in your water, whether municipal or well water. Each region, county, and state may have different water contaminants. There are a few ways to ascertain what is in your water. First, you can contact the EPA for regional information. Purdex is another new resource for city specific information. However, a well is not under any state or federal regulations. The owner of the well is the one responsible for the quality of the water. Second, you can test the water. This can be done by sending a sample off to a lab or testing the water at home. If you are concerned about the quality of your water, contact our water experts, who would be happy to help you select the best water solution for your family's needs.

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Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer: Go BPA-Free!

Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer: Go BPA-Free!

10-1-national-breast-cancer-awarenessOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a great reminder for you or someone you love to take the time to reduce the risks of breast cancer. writes that “1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer at sometime in their lives.” To promote early detection, women should practice regular self-check programs and get recommended mammograms. The  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website features a list of locations where women can get low cost screenings for both breast and cervical cancers.

There are many factors that can contribute to a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Family history can be a contributing factor, but other things can raise a woman’s risk of cancer. These variable factors are ones that women (and the men who love them) can work to reduce. Exercise and healthy habits like not smoking can decrease the risk of breast cancer.

But scientists have been discovering that environmental factors can also contribute to a person’s cancer risk, including exposure to toxic chemicals, like pesticides. One chemical has been proven in numerous studies to increase cancer is bisphenol A, known as BPA.

This chemical is used in making polycarbonate plastic. This plastic is used in many household products including plastic food storage containers, baby bottles, and in the linings of food cans. BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that can cause abnormal development of cells in babies and children, which can continue into adulthood. As shown in the booklet put out by Breast Cancer, BPA has even been proven to inhibit the efficacy of chemotherapy treatment after breast cancer has been found.

BPA is in many things in your home, but one way to begin to eliminate its presence while reducing the risk of breast cancer for women and young girls, is to replace water,  juice bottles, and baby bottles with glass, stainless steel or BPA-free plastic. Baby bottles should be BPA-free as they are often heated, which can cause the dangerous chemical to leach out into the liquid. Many versions of commercially bottled water are also packaged in BPA bottles. Replace these disposable water bottles with a stainless steel water bottle. These are refillable, cost-saving, and BPA-free.

Another way to reduce exposure to BPA is to use products that are BPA-free. offers the innovative, Swift Green Refrigerator Filters that are the only replacement refrigerator water filter that offers BPA-free and eco-friendly construction. So, do yourself or the women you love a favor and go beyond the pink this month. Help to reduce the risk of breast cancer by going BPA-free.


Oct. 14, 2013: RECENT UPDATE:

Not only has BPA been linked to cancer, but now it seems to be very dangerous to unborn babies. A study recently released has also shown that women with higher BPA levels in their blood are more likely to miscarry.

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What is a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System?


Many people have heard of "reverse osmosis" or even "reverse osmosis water,"  but most don't know what "reverse osmosis" actually is.

In the 1950's, reverse osmosis was employed in the quest to desalinate saltwater in an effort to make potable drinking water. Since then reverse osmosis systems have been used in homes where water is less palatable due to a high mineral content or other contaminant levels.

Reverse osmosis (RO) systems are also used in manufacturing processes to provide water that can be used in clean rooms or sterile environments. They are also used in bakeries and restaurants to provide water for steam ovens. Pharmacies and dialysis systems utilize water filtered by a reverse osmosis system for patients who may be particularly susceptible to contaminants, bacteria, and cysts in unfiltered water.

Are you wondering if an RO system is the best choice for your water filtration needs? If you have questions, we have answers!

Click here and check out our Reverse Osmosis Frequently Asked Questions page. It answers many questions often asked about RO water filtration systems, including installation and maintenance questions.  Here are some featured questions:

  • How does a reverse osmosis system work?
  • Does a reverse osmosis system remove impurities like bacteria and cysts?
  • Where do I install the reverse osmosis system? Does it always need to be mounted under the kitchen sink?
  • Does RO remove parasites such as bacteria, cysts or cryptosporidium?

One advantage to shopping with is our staff. We have eight staff members who are Certified Water Specialists. If we can help you select the perfect RO system for your needs or if you have questions about an existing one, contact us. We would be happy to help.

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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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Daylight Savings Time Ends 11-6-11, Change Your Clock Change Your Fridge Filter Reminds You That Daylight Savings Time Ends November 6th, 2011, Change Your Clock Change Your Refrigerator Filter Plus Get Free Water Bottle with Any Purchase Over $50. Use Coupon Code FWSCC.

Daylight-savings-change-water-filterDuring the past 6 months there have been numerous reports about the quality of drinking water that include Chromium-6 water contamination in the United States to radiation contaminating water in Japan. Although something that we do not think about in or daily lives, water quality is a major concern for people. In a recent report highlights the fact the worlds water use is rising faster than the population putting us on a collision course where in the 21st century water could be the essential commodity that this century will pivot around. Not only is fresh water, drinking water, in very limited supply but since the industrial revolution we have to continued to contaminate water supplies by many of the processes used in the manufacturing of products.

To help provide some measure of protection for our drinking water in your homes, has been running a campaign over the past few years that is tied to daylight savings time. Our slogan provides an easy reminder that it is time to change the refrigerator water filters – which only takes about as much time as it takes to change the smoke alarm battery, another household task associated with the changing of the clock – and that slogan is simple: “Change your clock, change your filter”. As a special offer is offering a FREE Stainless steel water bottle with purchase over $50. Simply add a 18oz Neo Vas Steel water bottle to your cart and with your $50 purchase and enter coupon code FWSCC.

The quality of drinking water varies greatly depending on where you live in the United States. There are certain regions in the United States where residents must use whole-house water filter systems and water purification systems such as reverse osmosis, [url= ]ceramic filter systems, and water distillers to ensure that they are removing potentially harmful water contaminants from their water. There are other regions where the general water quality is good, but it is prone to the occasional water contamination. We sometimes fail to remember that the journey our water takes is through many miles of plastic and steel piping in order to reach our homes. Although the water was treated at some type of water treatment facility (if you do not use well water), moving through these pipes allows this water the potential to pick up various impurities along the way.

One of the most common ways many of us get filtered water is from an indoor refrigerator water dispenser. These dispenser systems do not just connect to your water line, but instead have complex filtration systems built right into them for ice and drinking water. And as with any water filter, the filter media will become depleted and you will need to replace it. One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to refrigerator water filters is, “How often do I need to change my refrigerator water filter?” You need to change your refrigerator water filter cartridge every six months, as:

  1. It provides better tasting and smelling water
  2. It helps remove fine particles and sediment from the water
  3. It prevents unabsorbed water contaminants and newly formed bacteria from being reintroduced into your drinking water
  4. Prevents drop in water pressure from dispenser
  5. Drinking fresh drinking water from your refrigerator can save you over $600 a year over using bottled water.

And don’t worry, changing your refrigerator water filter is easy and now even more Eco-friendly. We have added a new line of refrigerator water filters, Swift Green filters, that’s a greener alternative to conventional fridge filters. In place of commonly used of carbon, Swift filters use active carbon that gives the same great tasting water. Active carbon is made from a process of carbonizing dried coconut shells which is a renewable and sustainable filter media source. There are 18 different swift refrigerator water filters that have been tested and are compatible with leading brands such as Samsung, Maytag, Whirlpool, and LG. Not only are these replacement refrigerator water filters eco friendly, has the Water Quality Associations (WQA) Gold Seal, but it offer a considerable cost savings over original manufactures replacement filters.

So on November 6th, 2011 Fresh Water Systems would like to remind you remember Change your clock Change your Filter.

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