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Aquasana Now Offers Arsenic Filter Cartridges

Update – Aquasana does not currently offer arsenic filters.

It’s no wonder that Aquasana is considered the best water filter company in the industry. They are constantly looking for ways to improve their filters.

The latest major development is their arsenic filter replacement cartridges. Pentavalent arsenic is becoming a considerable threat to many cities’ water supplies. This toxin has been linked to reproductive problems and cancer.

Anyone who is seriously concerned with disease and illness prevention is of the mind to do all that is necessary. It is definitely comforting to know that there are companies like Aquasana that are helping assist people with their efforts to stay healthy. As our world seems to become more and more toxic, it is obviously vital to keep up with newer technologies that help us avoid these toxins. This is especially true with poisons like arsenic which are becoming more prevalent.
arsenic map
A quick glance at the map to the right will show that most of the country’s water supplies have potentially dangerous levels of arsenic. Twenty-five percent of the groundwater samples in most cities contain at least one microgram of arsenic per liter. Now a microgram might sound like a very small amount, but when the subject is health, no amount of poison is safe.

In addition to the many contaminants and toxins that Aquasana filters are already known to filter out, their arsenic cartridges remove approximately 99% of pentavalent arsenic. A perfect 100% filtration is always the goal. Future advancements in filtration technologies may yet make this possible. The following bullet points will highlight the benefits of this new replacement filter –
aquasana arsenic replacement cartridges

  • Filters 99% of pentavalent arsenic
  • Fits the company’s current drinking water filter housings
  • Also helps eliminate lead, chlorine, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and herbicides
  • Lasts for 3 months or 250 gallons
  • This filter is also available on the company’s Water For Life program

If you have yet to protect your health and your family’s with a home water filter, now is a great time to start. Good health is definitely not something to take for granted. Being proactive is the key, so choosing a proactive company like Aquasana just makes it that much easier.

A recent article from the Huffington Post’s “green” section described important, but lesser-known evils of the bottled water industry.
basic water rights
While the word is getting out that bottled water is an extremely large environmental hazard, not much is usually mentioned about the social and economic pitfalls of this source of drinking water. As reported in the previously mentioned HP article, many poor families and member of minority communities pay a much higher percentage of their income for bottled water. Some of these families live in areas where their tap water should pose no health risks. However, they are needlessly adding the cost of water to a list of things they can’t afford but are convinced that they need. Many of these families do live in areas where public water supplies are not as clean as they should be. Unfortunately, there is not enough awareness to any alternative to the enormously overpriced plastic-contained water. As with many social injustice issues, this is another example of issues related to a lack of education. There should be more publicly sponsored initiatives that focus on increased consumer knowledge. People will start to make smarter purchases when they have more information presented to them.

As bottled water purchases slowly decline in developed nations like the U.S. and many in Europe, companies have started to look elsewhere. The article mentions that there is a water industry boom in parts of India, China, and Mexico. Each of these countries are failing to provide millions of people access to clean water. Money that could be spent on a clean water infrastructure is being used by major water bottlers to expand their business. Such a basic necessity to life as pure water should not only be made available to those that can afford it.

Greater awareness needs to be made for home water filters like Aquasana. The amount of money that is spent on bottled water in a few months could be used to buy a water filtration system that can provide a year’s worth of clean water. The HP article misrepresented home water filtration as being too expensive. The fact is that it is many times cheaper than bottled water. Another fact that most consumers of bottled water do not know is that the water that they are buying is not necessarily any cleaner than the tap water that they have access to. Filtering your own water at the source of consumption is one of the only ways to guarantee that you are drinking pure water.

As the public in general starts to become more aware of all of the many negatives associated with store bought water, there will be a greater public demand for more stringent tap water regulations. People will also become more aware of smarter alternatives, such as home water filtration. You can do your part by choosing not to buy bottled water. Spreading the word to your friends and family members will also go a long way to stopping this considerable problem from spreading. It is simply the right thing to do.

Can We Afford Clean Water?

The profit motive is seemingly involved with a never-ending tug of war with environmental responsibility.

Does it really need to be this way? Why can’t we have profitable businesses and clean water as well? We must eventually find ways to produce the things we want and need while having a very minimal impact on the environment.

There are obviously many challenges and roadblocks that must be faced to have these two concepts working together. It’s definitely possible. Environmental groups know that it is. Businesses are becoming aware of this idea. You can see marketing campaigns reflecting this knowledge everywhere you look. Being “green” seems to have caught on in a big way.
phosphorus runoff pollution
However, it is not hard to conclude that this is a very superficial reaction for most companies to this green movement. It’s most likely just seen as just a fad by many.

I’d like to believe that real, positive change is on the way. It must be only a matter of time before everyone eventually realizes that making the choice to make your business as sustainable as possible, in relation to the environment, is the only way to guarantee longevity.

There are plenty of examples that can be shown to prove that we still have a long way to go. A recent one comes from a delay in water pollution rules near Green Bay. The Fox River, that carries water into Lake Michigan, is the subject of a recent water pollution debate. Last year, the Natural Resources Board approved of rules that would require local communities to decrease sediment runoff by 40% by 2013.

The main pollutant in this case is Phosphorus. It produces an algae that is harmful to fish, wildlife, and people swimming in affected waters. Although there are many different types of companies contributing to this problem, the agriculture industry accounts for 80%.

Opposition to this clean water ruling is certainly widespread. Understandably, anything that cuts into a business’ bottom line is something that any company wants to avoid. Governor Scott Walker is most likely acting on behalf of many industries in his attempt to delay this ruling by two years. Some claim that efforts to curtail runoff will cost as much as 3 to 4 billion dollars over ten years.

So apparently we are confronted with the same response from industries and the politicians that represent them – It’s too expensive to do the right thing. We simply can’t afford things like clean water.

Of course, the opposite is true. We can’t afford not to have clean water, air, land, etc.

How long will it take before our corporate and governmental leaders to realize that the right thing must be done at any cost. It’s either we make that decision or we might not have much to preserve in the not too distant future.