It seems that you may have to make a choice. Water Technology Magazine released information today which publishes the results of a new study recently pre-published in Environmental Health Perspectives which strongly suggests that exposure to fluoride may lower children’s intelligence. In this study, 512 children aged 8-13 years in two Chinese villages were studied and tested — Wamaio with an average of 2.47 mg/L water fluoride and Xinhuai averaging 0.36 mg/L….
Nitrates are often found in water supplies which are in areas where there is moderate to heavy use of fertilizers. Nitrates can cause Methemoglobinemia, which is also known as “Blue Baby Syndrome”. This is a serious condition occurring in infants and newborn animals, whereby the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood is reduced. The EPA has an excellent INFORMATION PAGE ON NITRATE. The EPA has approved Ion Exchange and Reverse Osmosis as treatment…
” What is your opinion of the “new” no-salt water softeners? Is there real science behind their operation?” Here is The Water Doctor’s Response: First of all, there is no such thing as a “no-salt water softener.” By definition, a water softener removes hard minerals (calcium and magnesium) and replaces them with soft minerals (sodium or potassium). That is the only way to “soften” water. The term “salt-free water softener” is…
The buzz for iron and sulfur (rotten-egg odor) removal these days seems to be the word “chemical-free.” However, let me remind you that things that sound too good to be true, usually are. The newest way many water treatment companies are trying to remove iron is with the use of oxygen or air. They simply use a water softener valve on a backwashing filter, and during the “brine” cycle, instead…
The nextScaleStop media is much softer and seems to over-expand with use, causing it to turn to mush. I was very disappointed in the nextScaleStop meda which is also used in the Watts One-Flow system. I personally know of many failures of these systems – up to the current time.
Rarely does one product solve multiple problems (I’m not saying “never” but usually not). It like buying a furnace and expecting it to cool your house too.
If the water quality were the same or better, why should you spend $500 per year for filters when you can spend $39.95 for the same quality water?
WAKE UP, PEOPLE!
This is a classic case of over-hyping a new product by a large company. After millions of dollars of development costs GE was determined to recoup some of these expenses and went to market with a product known to have a high failure rate. After the Pentair merger, the product became a liability and Pentair was loathe to continue marketing a product prone to such high failure rates (we estimate up to 27% of the units fail within the first year.
A number of water treatment companies claim to use a “catalyst” of some kind to “soften” water or at least to prevent scale formation. In many of these instances, the use of the term “catalytic” has less to do with catalysts than with giving what amounts to “magic fairy dust” a scientific-sounding cloak.
After reading the literature on Pelican, Purhome and Next Filtration, I find them all very similar in technology. In fact, the Next Filtration website literature data sheet looks almost identical to the data on the Pelican system and how they claim it works, yet you seem to think there system is unproven (and I would not disagree with you on that).