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  • Total Dissolved Solids in Your Water

    Blog, Bottled Water, Health, Reverse-Osmosis

    Total dissolved solids (TDS) are everything that can be dissolved in water. Sources of TDS include industrial discharge, sewage, fertilizers, road run-off, soil erosion and organic sources such as leaves, silt and plankton. TDS can give a murky appearance and affect the quality and taste of the water. In drinking water, a limit of 500... Read more »

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  • Trihalomethanes Review for Des Moines

    Blog, Bottled Water, Health, Reverse-Osmosis

    Trihalomethanes (THM’s) are chemical compounds that show up in different forms such as chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane, and bromoform.  THM’s are considered carcinogenic (having potential to cause cancer).  They are created when chlorine reacts with natural occurring organic and inorganic materials in the water.  The risks associated with exposure to THM’s are liver, kidney and central... Read more »

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  • Fluoride in Our Water – Is It Really Necessary?

    Blog, Bottled Water, Health, Reverse-Osmosis

    In January 2011, the Des Moines Water Works chose to reduce the amount of fluoride in our tap water by 0.3 parts per million (from 1 ppm to 0.7 ppm) following recommendations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, American Dental Association, American Water Works Association and Iowa Department of... Read more »

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  • What You Should Know About Nitrates in Iowa Water

    Blog, Bottled Water, Health, Reverse-Osmosis

    Nitrates are released into the ground by fertilization methods, septic leakage, animal manure & decay of natural deposits. Nitrate levels in Iowa  continue to be among the highest in the nation. Nitrates, consumed over time, can harm the kidneys and spleen.  High nitrate levels in infants can cause shortness of breath and fatal “blue baby” syndrome, due... Read more »

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  • Chlorine in Your Drinking Water

    Blog, Bottled Water, Health

    Chlorine:  A halogen element that is isolated as a poisonous, greenish-yellow gas described as having a pungent/choking odor, that has many uses. It is often used as a disinfectant in water treatment.  It is a very corrosive and hazardous chemical. The body does not absorb chlorine well.  According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) the... Read more »

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  • Contaminants in Your Water?

    Blog, Health

    It is hard to imagine our drinking water having chemicals in it, but there are many present.  The amount allowed is set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and communicated by the ‘Maximum Contaminant Level’ or MCL, which is based on “what is feasible using the best available water treatment technology and taking cost into... Read more »

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