Throughout the world, there are children that have never had even a sip of clean drinking water.  With every water filter purchase you make from our site, you are partnering with us to help us change this shocking reality.

In the video above, you’ll see priceless reactions as Zambian children taste clean drinking water for the very first time.  After watching this video, remember that together we are helping to bring this type of happiness to every last part of the world.

Learn more about the children in the video above in this article by RYOT.  We also encourage you to read this post, showing the results of our partnership with charity: water – an organization that helped build two wells in Ethiopia – funded in part with revenue from your water filters purchases.

In Other Drinking Water News:

Delivering Clean Drinking Water to West VirginiaWest Virginia American Water Detects No MCHM As Community Delivers On Clean Water Promise
For several weeks earlier this year, 200K – 300K residents in West Virginia were without clean drinking water after an unprecedented spill of MCHM into the community’s water supply.  While this story may have fallen out of the news cycle, the impact of this event can still be felt.  Now, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel as West Virginia American Water has detected zero MCHM in several samples of water collected.

Another definitive light can be seen with the group WV Clean Water Hub.  Originally just a few friends buying bottled water to bring down to their impacted neighbors, this group could now qualify as a major relief organization, having delivered 17,000 gallons of clean drinking water to those in need.

Erin Brockovich Sounds Off On Chromium-6 In California Drinking WaterLandmark Decision In California To Regulate Chromium-6 Does Not Go Far Enough
Late last week, the California Department of Public Health submitted its final decision to regulate chromium-6, a cancer causing chemical made famous in the film Erin Brockovich.  While this decision may be considered a landmark, it does not go nearly far enough, states Brockovich herself as the new standard is far less than one proposed long ago by the state.

“It’s bittersweet,” Brockovich. “I certainly feel disappointed that they did not set the (maximum contaminant level) closer to the public health goal of .02 parts per billion.”

Also weighing in on this issue is Andria Ventura of the Clean Water Blog, who writes, “This is a disappointing end to the 10 year wait for a limit that was supposed to be established by legislative mandate in 2004. While California is now the only place in the US to regulate hexavalent chromium in drinking water, this standard is 500 times higher than the public health goal of .02 ppb.”

How Will Florida’s Water Crisis Be Solved?
The Orlando Weekly reports on the potentially ‘devastating water shortage staring down the entire state.’  Despite this troubling fact, state Rep. Linda Stewart shares that not one legislative conversation this year was held attempting to solve this crisis.  What is making Florida procrastinate on such a critical issue?  Find out in the story above.

Kate Sullivan Interviews OneResponse Founder Tricia Compas-MarkmanDayOne Response Founder Shares More On Need To Treat Drinking Water After Disasters
From the chemical spill in West Virginia to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, there seems to be no shortage of disasters cropping up in this world.  And nearly every time they do, access to clean drinking water is impacted.  In the interview linked to above, CBS 2 Chicago co-Anchor Kate Sullivan speaks with Tricia Compas-Markman, founder of DayOne Response.  Tricia and her company have created a cutting-edge bag filter system that can purify nearly any water and make it potable.  Learn more about DayOne Response, and the products they are developing, in the interview above.

Clean Water Key To Success of New Belgium Brewing
“For centuries, brewers have depended on clean, plentiful water supplies to craft great beers,” writes Jenn Vervier, Director of Sustainability and Strategy at New Belgium Brewing.  “Our water supplies depend on responsible regulations that limit pollution and protect drinking water at its source by keeping small streams and wetlands healthy. Simply put, craft brewers like New Belgium depend on a clean and abundant water supply.”

We’ve posted interviews and articles on this site talking about the importance of clean water for home and commercial brewing.  In the post above, hear more about this importance directly from a leader at one of America’s most notable craft breweries.

Cape Cod Students Commit To Clean WaterCape Cod Students Commit To Water Purification Project
Cape Cod is quickly becoming a hotbed for the clean water movement. (See this recent news post for more information on a presentation by Mark Ruffalo on behalf of his organization, Water Defense.)  That passion is now trickling down to some of the region’s younger residents, as 11th graders at Sturgis Charter Public School taught some younger students about the importance of preserving our clean drinking water.  Read more about this impressive project above.

See Proctor & Gamble Water Purification Project In Action!
As part of the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, Proctor & Gamble is distributing single-use water purification packets to those truly in need.  These incredible packets quickly help to purify even the most foul water in minutes.  In the post above, published by Rage Against The Minivan, you can see one of these packets in action – and in real-time!

Water Filters Scam Alerts:

Massachusetts Company Tricks Consumers Into Buying Overpriced Water Filtration Systems
If you are a Massachusetts resident, be on the lookout for Basement Technologies, Inc., and McMahon Plumbing & Heating LLC.  Both companies have reached a settlement with stage Attorney General Martha Coakley after misleading customers into buying water filtration systems as expensive as $7,000 through deceptive and high pressure sales tactics.  To ensure you don’t fall victim to a similar scam, we would encourage you to read the following article by Andy Koebel, where he lays out the red flags that scream ‘scam.’  We would also encourage you to read a recent post we published in the wake of several water filters scams last fall, found here.

WaterFilters.NET In The News:

WaterFilters.NET CEO Jamin Arvig Accepts Progress MN AwardWaterFilters.NET Honored With Progress MN Award
Another thank you goes out to our customers for helping us to achieve a 2014 Progress MN Award, presented by Finance & Commerce magazine.  In achieving this award, we are officially recognized as a driver of industrial growth and economic development in our region.  Learn more about the mission this award helps us to continue reaching for in the post above.

Water Filtration Product of the Week: Garden Hose Water Filters & Dechlorinators

Garden Hose DechlorinatorIf it’s the top of spring, there’s a very good chance that you’ll find yourself outside checking that first round of yard work off your to-do list.  And there’s a very good chance that this project will involve watering your long neglected lawn.

Unfortunately, the same contaminants that can pour through your faucets inside – including chlorine and sediment – can pour through your garden hose before seeping into your lawn and your community’s ecosystem.

With Earth Day still fresh in our minds, now would be the perfect time to ensure your yardwork does not result in any contaminants making their way into your environment.  Garden hose filters and dechlorinators  found on our site  are an affordable way to ensure your lawn gets the water and nutrients it needs, without any of the additional impurities it doesn’t.

If you need help finding a garden hose water filter or dechlorinator, we would encourage you to call our customer service department at 1-888-801-PURE (7873.)

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If you are a veteran, currently serving in the Armed Forces, or are buying a gift for a veteran or soldier, use the discount code ‘VETERAN’ at checkout to take 10% off your entire order!

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What Is The Cost of Bottled Water?

[Did you know that, by the gallon, bottled water costs more than gasoline?

To celebrate Earth Day, we're revisiting the post below sharing just how much you can save when you cut back on plastic water bottles.  This doesn't mean you should give up on clean drinking water, just that maybe there's an alternative to get the same great tasting water in a way that's better for the environment and more affordable!

Check out the post below and be sure to come back tomorrow for a mid-week edition of our Drinking Water News!]

Let’s say that a 20 ounce bottle of water costs about $1.50.  One gallon contains 128 ounces, or 6.4 bottles of water.  6.4 multiplied by $1.50 equals $9.60.  For comparison, cost for a gallon of gasoline is about half that amount.

As you do the math in your head to make sure that I’m right, here’s one more fact that is sure to bug you if you’re unaware:  most bottled water is just from the tap.

Does this mean that the water you are drinking from a plastic bottle is of subpar quality?  Not necessarily.  Most tap water in this country is very drinkable, though there are some contaminants – from chlorine to lead – that we would recommend filtering out to avoid long-term health issues.  Does this mean you are getting ripped off?  Well, remember, that plastic bottle is yours for keeps after you buy it.  As long as you use that bottle to its full potential, using and reusing it dozens of times, you’re getting a great deal.

If you are still reading, you must be one of the millions that just throw away a plastic water bottle when you’re done with it.  This means that yes, depending on how much bottled water you buy, you are probably getting ripped off.

Being ripped off by bottled water is nothing to be ashamed of.  Who isn’t sucked in by the bright blue colors and refreshing looking water droplets common in your typical Aquafina ad?  (And don’t even get me started on bottled water with flavor shots!)  Bottled water companies do a great job of selling a product that looks crisp and clean.  But fundamentally, not all bottled water is created equal.

For example, if the bottle does not explicitly state it is reverse osmosis (RO) or distilled water (DI), it is likely nothing more than water run through a standard carbon filter. Carbon filters are not a bad thing, of course.  We sell a lot of them, some for as low as eleven bucks, or the cost of about seven bottles of water.

But a basic carbon filter, while solid, will still leave behind some impurities – which many incorrectly assume are being filtered out from the plastic water bottle they buy.  I suspect that many also assume that serving the cleanest possible filtered water in their home is simply too large of an investment.

Let’s get math-heavy now and talk pricing per gallon to get better filtered water into your home, from a low to a high price point:

Zero Water Filter PitcherLow Price Point:
A ZeroWater filter pitcher will reduce levels of contaminants, including lead, chlorine and mercury, by 99.9%.  The pitcher itself goes for $40 while ZeroWater replacement filter four packs run $63, as of September 2013.  An initial $40 investment will get you 30 gallons of clean, filtered water shown to reduce more impurities than the 192 plastic bottles of water (or $288 worth) you could be buying.

Medium Price Point:
The US-1500 Under Sink Water Filter comes complete with cartridges, faucet and standard installation hardware for about $180.  Filters will need to be replaced about every six months and the P-250A replacement filter cartridge set sells for about $28.  This initial investment will serve 500 gallons of clean, filtered water, compared to just over 21 gallons if this same amount was to be purchased in the form of bottled water.  Prices as of September 2013.

Pentek BBFS-22 Big Blue Whole House Water Filter SystemHigh Price Point:
The Pentek BBFS-22 Big Blue Whole House Water Filter System will filter every single drop of water in your entire home. Initial cost of the system is just over $200, which includes all the peripheral products required for maintenance including spare O-rings, spanner wrench for changing cartridges and silicone grease. Our highest current price point for Pentek Big Blue replacement filters is just under $70, though most are in the $20 to $30 range.

An initial investment in the system and the highest price point filters, as of September 2013, is about $270.  That would get you about 28 gallons of water from the bottle.  Assuming 8,000 gallons filtered by the Big Blue on each filter change, the plastic water bottle represents a pretty crazy markup.

I’m not saying that we completely vilify bottled water companies or shout ‘sucker’ at everyone we see with an Aquafina.  A bottled water here and there will not break your bank – and if properly recycled – will not break the world.  Just know that with a small to moderate initial investment, you will save an incredible amount of money in the long run.  And you’ll have so much more to spend for flavor shots.

I invite you to subscribe to this blog or our YouTube channel, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on all the latest water news and hydration tips.  I also invite you to +1 us on Google+ to be the first to learn about exclusive deals and new products.

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How Your Water Filters Purchases Help To Support Our Community

April 18, 2014

The Progress Minnesota awards, presented by Finance & Commerce magazine, was established – in the words of the publication – to “recognize those individuals and companies who are driving business and industrial growth and economic development in Minnesota in unique and innovative ways.” Those companies that are lucky enough to win this award have proof […]

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Drinking Water News You Need: Fluoridation & Chlorine Burnout Continue To Raise Questions, Small Efforts Are Big Help Towards Solving The World Water Crisis and West Virginia Residents Reflect On How MCHM Contamination Impacted Pets

April 15, 2014

KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana As municipal water supplies become more subject to spring contamination (think – snow runoff, decaying organic matter) you may hear more news stories using the phrase ‘chlorine burnout.’  So what exactly is chlorine burnout and what do you need to know about it? Essentially, this refers simply to a […]

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How To Prepare Clean Food & Clean Water For The Masses: 5 Questions With Chef Sarah Bogan

April 8, 2014

Last year, we were lucky enough to interview Chef Sarah Bogan of Whisking Apprentice – a culinary school dedicated to fighting obesity in America.  In addition to her work at the school, Bogan is working to launch the television series Surviving on Stamps, where she will help families on food stamps learn how to eat […]

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Drinking Water News You Need: Celebrate National Beer Day With Water, See The Latest Solutions Bringing Clean Drinking Water To Those In Need & Fluoridation Battle Rages On

April 7, 2014

Beer is 90% water.  The balance of its ingredients, specifically hops and barley, are at constant supply risk in the event of any water shortage.  And those water shortages are becoming more common.  As such, the beer and brewing industry has long been out-front on issues related to water sustainability. In honor of today being […]

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5 Reasons My Dog Drinks Filtered Water

April 3, 2014

[With all sorts of spring nasties seeping out there, it seemed like a good time to revisit the post below, to help ensure we provide the same clean drinking water to our four-legged family members that the rest of us enjoy! If you are looking for the best water filtration products to help ensure everyone […]

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Drinking Water News You Need: The Daily Show Takes on Fracking, Underwater Shots of Keira Knightley, A 12-Year Old Uses Legos To Bring Clean Water To Africa, and Well Water Contamination Warnings in Wisconsin

March 28, 2014

The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook “Because the average person doesn’t understand fracking, environmentalists are able to put ideas into people’s heads,” says Marita Noon, Executive Director of Energy Makes America Great, Inc. In the video above, The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi adds some much needed […]

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When Should Water Filtration Equipment Be Part Of Your Home Brew Equipment?

March 27, 2014

I’ve been a home brewer for going on seven years.  That’s my wife and I (and the back end of our dog) to the left. In that time, I’ve spoken with dozens of other home brewers about controlling what we can control, from external temperature (see photo), to fermentation temperature to airtight hop storage.  So […]

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Drinking Water News You Need: World Water Day ’14 Kicks Off, Reverse Osmosis Leads to 33% Reduction In Energy Costs and Indiana High Schoolers Team With The Thirst Project To Bring Clean Water To Millions

March 21, 2014

Tomorrow marks another World Water Day, a day of action by world leaders and the general public on behalf of the millions throughout the world without clean drinking water. Established in 1993, World Water Day initiatives have exploded in the past several years, supported and amplified in large part by social media.  [In fact, if […]

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