Contaminants & How
They Affect Your Health
Drinking water is a major source of lead exposure in the U.S. (3) Lead poisoning can result in delayed brain development in children under six, kidney dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure. (5)
Treatment plants typically use chlorine to kill bacteria in the water. Chlorine can react with organic materials to create trihalomethanes (THMs). When you drink water containing THMs, you may be increasing your exposure to these chemicals. (Chloroform, Bromodichloromethane, Dibromochloromethane, and Bromoform.) These chemicals have been linked to certain kinds of bladder and rectal cancer in elevated levels of exposure. (6)
Some microscopic parasites in drinking water can defend themselves against chlorine and other chemical purifiers. For example, cryptosporidium has a hard, protective shell that makes it difficult for chlorine to penetrate. Cryptosporidium causes “crypto,” one of the most common water-borne diseases in the U.S. (7)
Older PVC plumbing with highly corrosive water may cause leaching of phthalates (BPA) into your water. These undesirable chemicals have been linked to interference of natural hormone and insulin levels.(8)
Nitrates from commercial fertilizers can contaminate city or well water alike. They pose the most danger to infants, depleting their oxygen levels.
Other common health-threatening contaminants in drinking water include: aluminum, barium, cadmium, chromium, E. coli, iron, lithium, pesticides and herbicides, silver, thallium, uranium and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). (9)
Does Boiling Remove Impurities?
Boiling water kills germs, but it does not eliminate contaminants like heavy metals, nitrates or chemicals. In fact, because boiling reduces the volume of the water, it actually can concentrates these impurities.
Be Prepared for An Emergency Water Shortage
Natural disasters, weather extremes and other emergencies often result in a scarcity of potable water. Damage to the municipal system, lack of power to run your well pump and contamination threaten your water supply and your family’s health.
A highly effective, gravity-fed filter converts contaminated water into the cleaner, safer drinking water your family needs to weather an emergency. Alexapure Pro™, Alexapure GO™ and Survival Spring™ require no electricity and are ready to go right out of the box to meet your family’s most basic needs in a crisis.
Benefits of Filtered Water
Performance of the filters may vary depending on specific water conditions and seasonal factors.