No element on earth is more essential to living things than water. Whether or not you drink the eight glasses a day that health professionals recommend, the fact is that your body can't survive long without H2O. For many years, most people got the water they needed directly from their taps, but is it still the cool, clear and pure water that it used to be? Lots of people worry about the quality of their water and turn to water filters to be sure. PUR water filters and Brita water filters are among the most popular products. If you aren't sure what they do or whether you need a filter, it may be time to read up on these filters.
Why Use a Water Filter?
Everyone knows what dirty water looks like in a rain-swollen river or a mud puddle. However, sometimes water is dirty without being visibly dirty. One way this can happen is with lead contamination. Many of our water pipes and pipe solders are made of lead. The pipes were phased out when doctors linked them to illness, but lead solder was used until the 1980s. When lead leaches into the water, it is called lead contamination. It can cause delays in physical and mental development, reduced IQs and damage to the nervous system.
Unfortunately, that's not the only drinking water contaminant about which to worry. You can also get ill from mercury in drinking water, total trihalomethanes or TTHMs, industrial pollutants like the tetrachloroethylene in dry-cleaning fluids, and benzene.
How Does PUR Filter Work?
None of these contaminants in waterare visible to the naked eye. That's why so many people have started to worry about their drinking water and are turning to water filters to help them. One type of filter available on the market is the PUR filter. It removes up to 99 percent of the toxic elements from water.
There are several types of PUR water filters. You can attach one type of PUR water filtration system directly to a water faucet.The more common type of PUR water filter is attached to the PUR water pitchers. As water from the tap passes through a PUR filter, most of the contaminants are removed from the water.
How Does PUR Filter Indicator Work?
If you opt for the PUR water pitcher, there is an indicator on the lid of the pitcher. To get it started, press the "Reset" button on the indicator for five seconds. At that point, the indicator light will flash green, telling you thta the filter is still working well. Each time you pour water from the pitcher, the light will flash. As long as it is green, your filter is working. If it flashes yellow, you'll need to think about changing the filter in the near future. If it blinks red, it is time to replace the filter.
What Are Brita Longlast Filters?
Brita is another brand of water filter that is extremely popular. Brita offers faucet filters as well as pitchers with filters. You can replace the filter system in an ordinary Brita with Brita Longlast filters. These have useful lives that are three times longer than ordinary ones, lasting up to six months. The Brita Longlast filter is certified to reduce chlorine (taste and odor), particulate class one, cadmium, mercury, lead, asbestos and benzene.
From Alaska to California, from France's Basque Country to Mexico's Pacific Coast, Teo Spengler has dug the soil, planted seeds and helped trees, flowers and veggies thrive. A professional writer and consummate gardener, Spengler has written about home and garden for Gardening Know How, San Francisco Chronicle, Gardening Guide and Go Banking Rates. She earned a BA from U.C. Santa Cruz, a law degree from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall, and an MA and MFA from San Francisco State. She currently divides her life between San Francisco and southwestern France.