Don't buy pure water systems until you compare actual performance. There are many companies that claim to provide a pure water system, but when you look at their performance data, you will see that what they provide is not really “pure".
You have to realize that using words like “clean" and “pure" are advertising gimmicks. People in advertising know that certain words attract customers and they use those words frequently.
While the use of any purifier may be a little better than drinking straight from the tap or buying bottled, many people have ordered what they think are pure water systems, only to find that they are not purifiers at all. Read some product reviews and you'll see what I mean.
There are many choices for purification. Since kitchen countertop units are the most popular and can remove the widest range of contaminants, let's compare a few of the major brands, starting with the Ever Pure Water System.
Ever Pure water systems remove 96% of the chlorine, 97% of the lead and 99% of cysts. The list of things that they do not remove is much longer; THMs, VOCs, lindane, alachlor, Atrazine, benzene, TCE and MTBE.
THMs, benzene, alachlor and TCE are known carcinogens. THMs are byproducts of chlorination, so they are found wherever chlorine is used. Benzene and TCE are commonly used in industrial settings and have been found in groundwater. Alachlor is commonly used in weed killers.
The other contaminants are either suspected of causing cancer or known to cause illness. Some are only considered “slightly toxic" to the human body. But, if you are going to invest in a purifier, why not get something that removes them all.
The Aqua Pure water system is better than the Ever Pure water systems. The Aqua pure water system removes all of the contaminants mentioned above, at least to some degree, except for MTBE. But, the price is three times higher than what you would pay for another product that does a better job.
Then there is the highly advertised “PUR" unit. It does not remove THMS, VOCs, TCE or MTBE. Nor does it remove alachlor or benzene. It is very inexpensive to purchase, but the cost of use is high, because replacement filters have a very short lifespan. It is only effective for 100 gallons, as opposed to the 500 that you would get in a better system.
The best pure water system removes at least 97% of every contaminant mentioned here. They are not highly advertised, which explains the reasonable price. Whenever a company elects to forego television and print advertising, they can charge less for their products, so the consumer gets a better deal.
The cost of use is less than a dime a gallon, so it is much more economical than buying bottled. The replacement filters last for 500 gallons. For the average family of four, that's about three months.
There many purifiers on the market, but now you see that there are “really" pure water systems and others that are not really that good. Shop for the best and you'll be safer and happier in the long run.
Laurel Tevolitz is a dedicated researcher of critical issues that affect health and well-being. Visit her water purification blog now at http://www.safewaterpurifier.com to discover which water purification system she recommends after extensive research.