R.O. Is the Way to Go

R.O. Is the Way to Go

by Sarah on February 3, 2009

I’ll admit, when I read this headline today, my jaw kind of dropped:

City Workers Accidentally Dump Hydrochloric Acid into Ohio Water Supply instead of Toxic Fluoride

Not only does this article demonstrate how much we *really cannot* rely on government for our needs, but….. HYDROCLORIC ACID?! Wasn’t that one of the reasons our science teachers always made us wear lab gloves? Once in middle school I accidentally got some HCl in my eye and honestly thought I was going to go blind. It is a bit startling to discover people (who really could be you or me) could be unknowingly ingesting it now.

That’s also why I have to give a shout out to my reverse osmosis water filter. I invested in the model shown here, which runs the water through three filters (two carbon, one sediment to eliminate dirt, particles, chlorine, Volatile Organic Chemicals, pharmaceuticals, bad taste/odors) and of course, the reverse osmosis process itself, which is actually quite fascinating. This process eliminates 99% of impurities in the water, including pathogens, heavy metals, minerals (so take a supplement, I love Ocean Plasma), and FLUORIDE!

Here’s a fun fact: In 1945, Grand Rapids became the first city in the world to fluoridate its drinking water. But this is certainly interesting, anyone have an update?

I have to say, I felt some relief knowing my R.O. unit gives me a measure of defense and control against any ‘accident’ that could happen here. This thing is a machine – proven. We used a refractometer to measure our tap water, it returned about 228 ppm (that’s about average). Then we tested our Brita filter, which came in at about 117 ppm. This is also around average, and it’s the acceptable level for bottled water brands like Aquafina (and they don’t filter fluoride either). With high hopes, we then ran the R.O. test – 11, just 11 ppm! A few weeks later, we tried again and it was down to 4.

I feel pretty good about that, and the reverese osmosis water tastes phenomenal too. In fact, it took my taste buds a long time to acknowledge it really was water. It doesn’t have that typical water taste . . . all you can think is ‘wet’. Well, that is how water is supposed to be!

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Justin February 3, 2009 at 9:36 pm

It’s Great to have you as my valentine Sarah Jane. I am very proud of you and Mich. To know someone as kind and witty as you loves me is an amazing feeling!! Keep up the great work on the blog it is turning out Superb!!I love it and would love to write a blog post!

SaRi February 4, 2009 at 11:20 am

Thank you so much for the sweet comment! I’m glad you’re my valentine and #1 fan. Thanks for setting up the RO unit! I love you too. <3

Melissa Danielle February 4, 2009 at 3:16 pm

How much does a system like this cost?

SaRi February 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Hi Melissa, thanks for visiting us! You can get a good system online for about $100. It might seem like a lot upfront, but when you are able to stop paying for bottled water, and when you consider all the benefits you gain, it pays for itself in no time. Good luck!

Seun February 4, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I found your blog through a comment on naturalnews.com. I really like what you’re doing here and will probably try out some products you reviewed (the sweater stone, and GFSE, and was already looking for a reverse osmosis filter to install into the new house that I’ll be moving into soon).
Keep up the good work, and Justin & Sarah please stop the lovefest.
JK. Its cute. :)
I’ll be checking back here frequently.

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