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Maureen21
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   Posted 10/7/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Can someone recommend a good water filter? Right now I just use the brita and where I am living now it works fine. However, we finally finished building a house up in northwestern nj and the water there is awful (i mean really awful).

first of all, all of the toilets have a bad blue ring (how do i get this out- the house has been being built over 3 years so the water sat this long in the toilets- long story- builder stole our money and filed bankruptcy, so we stopped building and then resumed last year and only now are finishing up) the water tastes pretty bad- it is city water, so not a well (been through bad water with that before too).

what is a good filter (a much better one than brita since i tried that there and it doesn't help at all).


Also, has anyone used prill beads for treating water?

thanks!

alfers
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   Posted 10/8/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maureen,
In my opinion, the cleanest water is either distilled or water filtered through reverse osmosis. You can buy a reverse osmosis system for under your kitchen sink, and I think there's a way of installing one that treats the water in your whole house (including the water that goes into your bathroom). These things cost a bit certainly, but then you have the system for life and don't have to keep buying/replacing smaller filtration systems.
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phsinvent
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   Posted 10/8/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   

alfers is right. reverse osmosis is the best. You can get a small unit that runs to your main faucet for drinking purposes or a water line that supplies a refrigerator. The filters can clog up fast if the water is really bad and you just replace the filters that usually screw into the unit.

I don't think i'd waste my time filtering the entire house.


Razzle
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   Posted 10/8/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Are the pipes in the house made from copper? If so, that's where the blue ring comes from...

Solid carbon block is better than granular carbon (Brita). Purification via reverse osmosis is probably good, but may not remove everything you need to have removed, so you may need a secondary carbon block filter in addition. Email me if you want specific recommendations.
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phsinvent
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   Posted 10/8/2008 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Reverse osmosis is the ultimate. They do indeed come with two different type carbon block filters plus a few other high tech filter membrane canisters. Basically they are sold in 3-6 or more stage kits. Each stage is a different type of filter canister. Some of the new ones even come with a 6th stage which uses ultraviolet light to further purify.

Scooterscooter
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   Posted 10/8/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
From what I have read and understood, I think that distillation is the best method of producing safe purified water. We have reverse osmosis, so I use that water to put in the distiller. Then I use a re-mineralizer which does the following: (summarized from the product info)

Alkalizes.
Eliminates the potential that distilled water removes minerals from the body.
Provides minerals that can be utilized by the body.

Maureen21
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   Posted 10/15/2008 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the responses.

Razzle- yes, the pipes are copper pipes. what do i do about this blue ring? doesn't help that the water sat in the toilet bowls for so long since the house was not finished and we were not there (still aren't living there yet, although we did get the final cert. of occ. yesterday).

so, can anyone recommend specific systems for the water? i have no idea what to buy.

thanks

Razzle
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   Posted Yesterday 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
This link seems to have some interesting suggestions for bathroom stain-removal:
http://www.naturalhandyman.com/iip/infcleaning/infmineraldeposits.html

In general, reverse osmosis and solid carbon block systems are best. There are many options out there, do the research, ask hard questions

Good luck,
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Anemia, Lymphopenia, intermittant Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, Vitamin B12 Shots, Heparin (to flush PICC line).

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