Frequently asked questions
|Q||Is Los Angeles Tap Water safe to drink?|
|A||Current Federal, State, and municipal drinking water guidelines and tolerances allow for some levels of heavy metals, organics, pesticides, PCB’s, and various infectious agents. Contaminants such as chlorine or bromine are added to the water in an effort at decontamination. Even “acceptable” levels of contamination may cause illness in those with compromised immune systems; such as young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and the chronically ill. Removing impurities also enhances the taste of your drinking water, and foods and drinks prepared with tap water. Basically Los Angeles and surrounding area’s Chlorinate the water so nothing is alive in our tap water. But do very little in the way of filtering the water of impurities.|
|Q||Is Los Angeles tap water safer to drink bottled water?|
|A||Not necessarily. There are currently no government controls or monitoring of bottled water for impurities or contamination. Additionally, bottled water usually costs 500 to 1000 times more than purified water, making people less likely to use it for all forms of consumption.|
|Q||How can I make sure our drinking water is safe without the high cost and high maintenance?|
|A||With the high cost of bottled water, and the constant need for fresh, pure drinking water, there is only one solution – a reliable, tested, affordable water treatment system for your family, your home and your business. Easy to install and easy to maintain – you need only change your filters once a year.|
|Q||Why use should I purchase a Reverse Osmosis system from Drinking Water Los Angeles?|
|A||Drinking Water Los Angeles only installs quality Reverse Osmosis Systems Made in the USA. That’s why we can offer you a Full Two year warranty on both Parts & Labor on all of our new systems. Our Reverse Osmosis systems are designed for optimal performance and they utilize the most advanced and effective technology in drinking water systems. All of our sustems are installed by experienced qualified technitions. To ensure you are getting the best systems that will last for many years.|
|Q||What is Reverse Osmosis (RO)?|
|A||Reverse Osmosis, also known as hyperfiltration, is the finest filtration known. This process will allow the removal of particles as small as ions from a solution. Reverse osmosis is used to purify water and remove salts and other impurities in order to improve the color, taste or properties of the fluid. It can be used to purify fluids such as ethanol and glycol, which will pass through the reverse osmosis membrane, while rejecting other ions and contaminants from passing. The most common use for reverse osmosis is in purifying water. It is used to produce water that meets the most demanding specifications that are currently in place.|
| How often does the reverse osmosis membrane need to be changed?
With proper maintenance of your sediment and activated carbon pre-filters, your reverse osmosis membrane should last 2-5 years.
|Q||What is KDF?|
|A||KDF is an abbreviation for Kinetic Degradation Fluxion. This is media used in place of or in conjunction with activated carbon removes 99% of the chlorine in municipal water. Harmful chlorine is converted to harmless chloride. KDF media remove up to 98% of the lead and other heavy metals by bonding to KDF media. KDF media also control and inhibit microorganisms (bacteria, algae and fungi) by setting up an electrolytic field and also by forming peroxide and hydroxyl radical by Redox Reactions. Additional advantages of KDF media: Provides extended filter life – Lower total cost – Decreased maintenance – Improved performance.
GAC High active coconut shell activated carbon removes chlorine, by products of chlorine, bad taste, and odor.
|Q||What is TDS?|
|A||Total Dissolved Solids are the total weight of all solids that are dissolved in a given volume of water, expressed in units of mg per unit volume of water (mg/L/ppm), also referred to as parts per million.
“Dissolved solids” refer to any minerals, salts, metals, cations or anions dissolved in water. This includes anything present in water other than the pure water (H20) molecule and suspended solids. Suspended solids are any particles/substances that are neither dissolved nor settled in the water, such as wood pulp.
In general, the total dissolved solids concentration is the sum of the cations (positively charged) and anions (negatively charged) ions in the water.
Parts per Million (ppm) is the weight-to-weight ratio of any ion to water.
Conductivity is usually about 100 times the total cations or anions expressed as equivalents. Total dissolved solids (TDS) in ppm usually ranges from 0.5 to 1.0 times the electrical conductivity.
|Q||Why should I want to remove fluoride from my water?|
|A||Fluoride is added to water supplies in most US cities for the stated purpose of improving the dental health of children under the age of 12. More recent studies are showing that ingestion of fluoridated water does not have a significant effect on dental health. If fluoride benefits dental health at all, it is when the fluoride is topically applied rather than ingested. Fluoridated toothpaste is a far more efficient delivery system than our water supplies. A growing number of dentists are changing their minds about water fluoridation and report that dental health has improved in both fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities. The critical factors that most affect dental health are diet, dental hygiene, and genetics – not a fluoridated water supply. Fluoridated water is also the source of health concerns. Scientists are now beginning to study the long term effects of drinking fluoridated water over a lifetime and their findings are alarming. Many people are hypersensitive to fluoride even at the typical 1ppm levels. This hypersensitivity has manifested itself as skin irritation, stomach distress, chronic fatigue, headache, muscle weakness, and joint pain. Fluoride has also been associated with dental fluorosis, weakened bones, bone cancer, and environmental pollution. Many countries in Europe have banned its use in water supplies due to these health related concerns. There are many studies about the health risks of ingesting Fluoride.|
|Q||If I drink water without any minerals, will I be missing out on important trace minerals?|
|A||No. Water is not a reliable source for nutritional minerals. If you don’t feel you eat a healthy diet filled with plenty of fruits and vegetables, then you should take a mineral supplement regardless of what kind of water you drink. The nutritional benefit of water is the water itself.|
|Q||Can Reverse Osmosis be used on well water or water from other untreated sources (lake or river)?|
|A||Yes, RO is generally an excellent choice for homeowners with well water. However, it is important to note that reverse osmosis does not provide foolproof protection against all microorganisms. You should have your water tested for bacteria, virus, and cyst contamination before relying solely on reverse osmosis. If microbiological contamination is present or suspected, you should combine reverse osmosis with an ultraviolet system for maximum effectiveness and protection against bacteria and viruses. A water softener or whole-house iron filter may also be advisable (depending one the level of relevant contaminants in your well water) to prevent membrane fouling thereby ensuring maximum membrane life and effectiveness.|