Purification FAQ

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Is my water safe to drink? How do I find out if it is?

Whether or not your water is safe to drink depends on the level and type of contaminants in it. If you are on city water, the city should already have regulated the level of these contaminants to bring it down to a safe level. Regardless, knowing what is in your water is always a good idea. Our company can conduct numerous tests at no cost to tell you what is in your water. For a more thorough analysis, water samples are sent to a lab for further testing.   
What types of bacterial / viral contaminants are found in city water?

There are many different types of bacteria and viruses that can enter our water supply. On city water, disinfection procedures including the addition of chlorine and/or chloramines are in place to kill bacteria to keep you from getting sick. 

What sorts of pharmaceuticals are being found in the water? Are they harmful (levels)?

A recent CBS Evening news segment listed 26 trace pharmaceuticals found in United States drinking water supplies. The list included caffeine, ibuprofen, codeine, prednisone, and amoxicillin, to name a few. The levels detected have been identified as far below levels that are of health risk to humans, however it is still a potential threat and protecting your drinking water is always a good idea. Reverse osmosis has been found to be one of the most effective ways to remove pharmaceuticals and many other contaminants from your water. 

Why should I buy a Kinetico system over your competition?

Kinetico systems are built to last a lifetime. They are entirely non-electric, and have been engineered to eliminate almost all the problems and headaches associated with water softeners. Our backwashing systems have a twin tank design, so that you never run out of soft, conditioned water, no matter how much you use. We have some of the most efficient products on the market, and we have an on-demand system, which means that the system only functions when you need it: when the water is running. It won’t regenerate in the middle of the night and disrupt your sleep. Plus, you can go on vacation and never have to worry about wasted water and salt. And once it’s installed, there is only one step to upkeep: add salt. Simple. Our reverse osmosis systems are also unique, carrying several patents that give us a longer lasting, more efficient product. Cartridge changes are as easy as a twist of the wrist and you never have to guess when they need to be changed. To top it all off, we have some of the best warranties on the market and we back them up.

Aren’t minerals in my water good for me?

Minerals are an important part of your daily diet. However, the level of beneficial minerals in your water is small, and removing them should have very little effect on your health. If you are avoiding treating your water just because you don’t want to lose minerals, Kinetico has a wonderful alternative for you. Our new reverse osmosis system, called the K5, has options for adding additional benefits to our already outstanding product. One of the additional cartridge options you can add to the system is called the “mineral plus”, which adds calcium and magnesium back into your treated drinking water supply just before it comes out your tap. Other add on cartridges include bacteria and virus protection, arsenic guard, volatile organic compound guard, and perchlorate guard.

Why do I want fluoride taken out of my water? Isn’t fluoride good for my teeth?

Fluoride is good for your teeth; however it is a heavy metal and is not good for the rest of your body. If you feel you have a fluoride deficiency, there are other alternatives that you can talk to your dentist about, like fluoride toothpaste, drops and tablets. Dr. Arvid Carlsson, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Medicine, writes in the statement, Professionals' Statement Calling for an End to Water Fluoridation, “Fluoridation is against all principles of modern pharmacology. It's really obsolete." Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog organization, states, "It is time for the US to recognize that fluoridation has serious risks that far outweigh any minor benefits, and unlike many other environmental issues, it's as easy to end as turning off a valve at the water plant."  

What do you test for in your free-in-home tests?

We test for hardness, iron, pH, total dissolved solids, and chlorine. If you have problem water, or water with additional concerns, we test for nitrates, hydrogen sulfide, and other contaminants. Additionally, when needed, we send water samples to an EPA approved laboratory for many other more involved tests.