3 Lies About Leaking Drinking Water and the Truth Behind the Lies
The drinking water filtration market is large. Companies make a lot of money selling home water filters, and then they make even more money selling replacement filter cartridges to customers who bought their purifiers. And as we all know, whenever and wherever money can be made, a lot of lies will be told. Here are 3 lies often told by sellers who try to get you to buy water filters made or sold by their companies.
the first big lie
Drinking water filtration with carbon technologies and reverse osmosis technologies are only good at removing dirt and chlorine. They do not protect you from bacteria, amoebas, protozoa and other microbes.
Who tells this lie? Usually it is the vendor that sells purifiers that have a UV lamp attached.
What is the truth? All developed nations and even many third world nations use chlorination to kill germs. All microorganisms, except the cysts of certain protozoa, are killed by normal municipal treatment. Any reverse osmosis filter will remove these cysts from your water supply. And any carbon water purifier rated for 1 micron or less will also remove these cysts. UV light just turns off the genes in these cysts so they can’t reproduce. They cannot kill these cysts.
the second big lie
Do not worry Be Happy. It is very easy to change your filter cartridge. Just make sure you change it twice a year.
Who tells this lie: Every single seller when they ask about the cost and frequency of filter replacement. Some of them may also tell this lie when you ask them for a demo.
What is the truth? Changing the cartridge every 6 months is only a manufacturer’s recommendation. Many people who buy home water filters actually have much dirtier than average water supplies. They will probably need to change their filters more often than the recommendation of every 6 months. They may need replacements up to 3 times a year, maybe even 4 times a year. Replacing the purifier cartridge is also not so easy. Most of the better brands have more complicated working parts on the inside, requiring more complex procedures to make sure everything works at peak performance.
the third big lie
Water filter pitchers are the least effective means of purifying water in the home. They only remove chlorine and lead, but let other chemicals and cysts through.
Who Tells This Lie: Any seller who doesn’t sell PUR or Brita pitchers, as long as you’re wondering if buying a water filter pitcher might be a smaller, more affordable commitment.
What is the truth? Like any other type of filtration, manufacturers make different models of jugs with different levels of purification. Just like high-end home filtration systems from any other brand, high-end PUR and Brita pitchers can remove not only chlorine and lead, but also cysts, herbicides, pesticides, nitrites, and nitrates. Of course, that means you should buy the high-end model instead of the cheap model.
Selling drinking water filtration devices is a lot of money, and this leads many sellers to be disingenuous, especially when discussing their competitors’ products. Now that you know three of the biggest lies they tell, it should be easier for you to make a good decision.