Recently a disturbing report about our local drinking water popped across my Facebook timeline. The post shared how cancer-causing Chromium-6 is in 140 Chicago area water systems and posed the question, “Is Yours One?”
If you saw the movie Erin Brockovich, you might remember the horrors of Chromium-6. Liver damage, reproductive problems and developmental damage are just the tip of the iceberg.
And while none of the systems came close to the U.S. Environmental Protection’s maximum number of 100 parts per billions of Chromium-6, only 22 of the systems tested showed no trace of it.
Ours wasn’t one of them.
According to the article, “California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, however, set 0.02 parts per billion as a public health goal. At that level, the Environmental Working Group maintains, just one out of a million people is likely to develop cancer after 70 years of drinking the water.”
Of the eight times our town was tested, we averaged a .20 – not a .02. While I’ve hated the taste of our water since we moved here – and used a Brita filtration system – I didn’t realize that it could be harming us.
I love the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) and have used them as a reference for years. So when I needed to check out whether my current water filtration system was getting rid of the Chromium-6 in our water, I knew where to go. Turns out, my Brita was a decent filter. But it was only getting 25-50% of the junk out of my water, and not the Chromium-6. While spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on an under-the-sink system was not feasible – lets face it we still have to bathe and do laundry – I looked in to getting a better counter top system.
That’s when ZeroWater entered my life.
ZeroWater products are:
- Only Filter Pitcher Certified by the NSF to Reduce Lead
- 5-Stage Filtration removes 99.6% of Dissolved Solids
- BPA Free
- One-handed push to dispense spout to fill any bottle or cup
- TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) meter that provides a digital reading so you know when it is time to change your filter
Look at everything the ZeroWater pitchers get rid of!
Then I used the TDS Meter to see what the water out of the Brita pitcher was registering at.
It took all of two minutes to set up the dispenser and install the filter. After following the directions, we poured our first pitcher of water in and waited.
Yes, FIVE LAYERS OF WAITING.
This is not fast for a reason. It’s getting all the crap out of your water (not literally crap, but you know what I mean).
Here is the first cup of water out of the ZeroWater Dispenser:
I’m excited that we’ve taken this small step to eliminate one more toxin from our bodies – or as much as we can of it anyway! I encourage you all to check EWG.org to find out where your city ranks in the Chromium-6 testing (here is the specific link for the Chicagoland area), and take a look at ZeroWater pitchers and dispensers. There are coupons that came with my first purchase, and they have a filter recycling program that offers coupons as well. It will cost me about $15 per 4-6 weeks (depending on testing) for filters, but that price will be reduced once I get a better idea of how long the filters will last and catching sales with coupons.
Are you concerned about your drinking water? What are you doing to reduce any concerns you have? I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!
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