Do you have filters for lead in drinking water?

By | February 20, 2018

This morning we received an inquiry from ‘Jeenah’ who asked, ”
Do y’all sell filters for lead?  Our city says we have lead in our water so we want it gone cuz of our kids.

Whether the news that you have a contaminant in your drinking water comes from your local water company, a lab report from a water quality testing laboratory or an at-home water test, the news still stinks and more than likely you want to remedy the situation as quickly, easily and affordably as possible.

Different classifications of water filtration units: POE vs. POU

When it comes to filtering your water, you may choose to do so at the point of entry (POE) so that all water outlets in your home or building have the same filtered water coming out of them.  Whole house water filtration systems fall into this category and work best for folks who routinely consume water from more than one faucet in their dwelling.

Whole house filters typically require professional installation and may perform tasks as simple as softening water (reducing water hardness caused by calcium and magnesium) and as difficult as reducing unwanted levels of arsenic, lead, volatile organic contaminants (VOC’s), disinfection byproducts (such as THM’S), etc.

For examples of whole house point of entry water filters, check out 
budget (smaller) whole house water filterslarge whole house water filters and whole house water filters designed specifically for well water on FilterWater.Com.

In situations like renting an apartment where installing a whole building system simply cannot happen, point of use water (POU) filters work quite well.  Options for point of use water filtration systems include filtering at the tap with a 
counter top water filter or under counter water filter, at the shower head or with a water pitcher filter.

OK, but what about filtering out lead?

Companies like 
Propur have their water filtration devices tested against NSF standards and publicize the results to make it easier for consumers to decide whether or not they should buy from them.  As an example, below you will find links to several of the test results for Propur water filters and yes, the results do include data for the reduction of dissolved lead in water.

For the 
ProPur Inline Connect FS10 Under Counter Water Filter

For the 
ProPur ProMax PMC-4000 Undercounter Water Filter

For the 
ProPur ProMax PMC-3000 Countertop Water Filter

For the 
ProPur ProMax PM-9000H Chrome Shower Filter w/ Massage Wand

Propur PMC-3000 Countertop Water Filter
Propur PMC-3000
Countertop Water Filter

Propur PMC-4000 Undercounter Water Filter
Propur PMC-4000
Undercounter Water Filter

Propur ProMax PM-9000H Chrome Shower Filter w/ Massage Wand
Propur ProMax PM-9000H
Chrome Shower Filter
with Massage Wand

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Which Water Test Kit is Better?

By | February 20, 2018

Today we heard from ‘Dennis’ who asked, “Which test would be better? COMPLETE Water Quality Test Kit or WaterSafe Well Water Test Kit?
We have a well near a semi-dry canal in Florida. I need to get a new/better whole house filtering system (2 or 3 …

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Testing for Chloramines and Disinfection Byproducts

By | February 13, 2018

We recently received an email from ‘WendyS’ asking, “I’d like to make sure I order the appropriate testing kit. I am mostly concerned about the chloramine and byproduct levels in my home from the municipal water supply. Should I get the Waterworks…

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Minimum Detection Limit for Arsenic Test by National Testing Laboratories

By | February 6, 2018

We recently heard from ‘Fred’ who asked,
“What is the detection limit for your ‘Arsenic in Water Test by National Testing Laboratories’ product? Is there any discount for ordering multiple tests? I want to test my incoming city water and water af…

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Does This Iron Test Give a Value in ppb or Just Presence/Absence?

By | February 6, 2018

We received an email from ”Weindell’ who asked, “I’m looking at your watersafe well test kit and want to know if the included iron test will measure levels of iron in ppm or simply tell me presence/absence?”The WaterSafe Well Water Test Kit me…

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Do You Offer a ‘Complete’ Kit with Arsenic Test?

By | February 5, 2018

This morning’s inquiry came from ‘Toby’ who asked, “Do you have a test that is the “complete” test and includes arsenic? Or is that two separate kits that need to be purchased? I would like to test the well water at the barn we board at. Thank you!”…

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Which Water Do I Test? Source or Filtered?

By | January 25, 2018

Today we received an inquiry from ‘Nathaniel’ who asked, ”
If I use a basic Brita sink attachment, would you suggest I get the water tested after or before the filter?  I wash my food and my body without the filter so knowing what is in the t…

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Does the WaterSafe Well Water Test Kit Detect Soap in Greywater?

By | January 24, 2018

Earlier this week we received an inquiry from ‘EarlEbirdE’ who asked, “Hi, can I use your well water test kits from watersafe to test for soap in grey water?”For those unfamiliar with the term greywater, it refers to water from bathroom sinks, sho…

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Older Homes with Copper Plumbing… Could Mean Lead in Your Drinking Water

By | January 24, 2018

Older homes used copper plumbing and the solder used to join the copper pipes together sometimes contained lead which over time tended to find its way into buildings’ water supplies. While the amount of leaching depended heavily upon the amount of s…

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What’s the Best Way to REALLY Know What’s in My Drinking Water?

By | January 23, 2018

Question: “What’s the best way to REALLY know what’s in my drinking water?”

Answer: “To get a full water quality picture, you may want to consider having your water tested by a local water testing lab but be CAREFUL who you select and avoid those who also, and foremost, sell water treatment systems. Independent labs give independent results whereas a filter company wants to sell you a filter and uses the testing as bait to get you interested in their products. If you cannot locate a reputable independent local lab, companies like 
National Testing Laboratories offer reasonably priced mail in water testing services with a range of packages that test for basic water quality parameters all the way up through comprehensive packages that include tests for literally hundreds of potential drinking water contaminants.”

Find information regarding National Testing Labs’ mail-in water test kit packages 
here.

National Testing Labs 30 Parameter Test Kit
National Testing Labs
30 Parameter Test Kit

National Testing Labs 83 Parameter Test Kit
National Testing Labs
83 Parameter Test Kit

National Testing Labs 103 Parameter Test Kit
National Testing Labs
103 Parameter Test Kit

What do I do if testing reveals a ‘problem’ in my water?

While no one WANTS to find out their water supply contains unwanted and potentially harmful contaminants, it does happen from time-to-time and when it does action needs to get taken right away to remedy the situation.  Regardless of whether the water’s problem involves aesthetics (taste, color, odor, etc.) or something far more sinister sinister like higher levels of lead, mercury or chemical remnants, the longer you wait to correct the problem, the longer you expose your family and yourself to all of those problems.

Once you have identified the problem through testing you can set about the task of determining which type of filtration method will work best for your unique water quality situation.

Not all filters are created equal!

When considering INVESTING in a water filtration system, make certain the company whose product(s) you select has an established reputation and that their products not only will meet your filtration requirements, but also that their products meet NSF/ANSI performance requirements for the contaminants you would like reduced/removed.

If the company whose water filter you consider does not make the independent test results from testing of its water filters publicly and readily available, you may want to consider another company’s water filtration products.

As an example, the test results for Propur‘s more popular water filters can easily be accessed:

Propur PMC-3000 Countertop Water Filter
Propur PMC-3000
Countertop Water Filter
Propur PMC-4000 Undercounter Water Filter
Propur PMC-4000
Undercounter Water Filter
Propur ProMax PM-9000H Chrome Shower Filter w/ Massage Wand
Propur ProMax PM-9000H
Chrome Shower Filter
with Massage Wand

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