The problem with Tap water
A 2009 study by the Environmental Working Group, ranked Las Vegas and North Las Vegas water among the worst in the nation. Las Vegas water contained 30 pollutants, including small amounts of radium, arsenic and lead; a dozen exceeded the EPA’s health guidelines. North Las Vegas water contained 11 chemicals that exceeded health guidelines and had traces of 26 contaminants including uranium.
The purpose of adding chlorine to the water is to kill living organisms like cholera, dysentery, legionnaires disease, and other micro-organisms. This is the least expensive way to treat water, and is the reason other methods are not used. While this is great for humanity, chlorine does not come with a clean bill of health. Even though chlorinated water decreases water born illness, disinfection by-products are created when chlorine reacts with organic materials. These by-products include trihalomethanes(THMs), haloacetic acid and chloroform’s. Long term exposure to these chemicals may increase cancer risks when injested, absorbed through the skin, or inhaled from the steam during long hot showers or baths. The amount of chlorine in the water is enough to strip essential oils from your skin and causes brittle hair. This also contributes to wrinkling, itches and rashes. You can absorb 100 times more chlorine in a 10 minute shower (from unfiltered tap water) than you would from drinking a gallon of the same water.
The good news is, we fix that.
Our whole house water filters are perfect for removing the harmful chemicals and contaminates in your water. Chlorine, pharmaceuticals, PFOS, pesticides, trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids don’t stand a chance with our systems. The key to this is proper contact time of the water and filtering media. Las Vegas does not use chloramines for water disinfection, just chlorine. This alone eliminates the need for overly expensive media’s used in other systems. The heart of our filter system starts with kdf-55. This media converts chlorine into harmless chloride ions through a process called redox which also removes 98% of the heavy metals like lead, chromium and mercury. The greatest advantage to using kdf process media is it’s ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria (bacteriostatic). Since kdf effectively strips chlorine and heavy metals before the water reaches our 2nd stage granular activated carbon (GAC), the carbon is able to handle the task of removing VOC’s, pesticides, pharmaceuticals trihalomethanes and other chemicals with ease. Kdf pretreatment also protects the carbon bed against fouling from the chlorine and bacterial growth which significantly extends the carbons service life. What does all of this mean for you? A simple cost effective system that will give you many years of cleaner water with no worries of health complications from tap water.
What about arsenic and uranium?
Fortunately these contaminants only become troublesome when ingested and are not absorbed through the skin when bathing. They can be tricky to remove from water and this becomes very expensive and not practical in a whole house filter. Reverse osmosis is a very effective method that removes 97-98% of these and other contaminants which is why we recommend R.O. systems for drinking water.