Whole House Water Filter

One of the most important things you will ever do for your health is to filter your water.

The body’s largest organ is the skin. In the typical shower you absorb as much toxins and contaminates as if you had just drunk one-half gallon of tap water. The chemicals in the water go straight through the skin and into the bloodstream, and then into your cells. You filter the water you drink, so why not the water you bathe in?

The Problem With Houston’s Water Quality
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a highly respected non-profit organization, recently spent three years analyzing municipal water supplies throughout the United States, looking at chemical contaminants, and then compiled the largest database in the country showing what chemicals are in our nation’s water supplies. In the study published in Dec 2009, Houstons water quality ranked 95th in the country (out of 100 cities), due to the chemical contaminants in Houston’s water. To view the report, go to www.ewg.org/tap-water/home. Then fill in the information on the right-hand side of the screen, which asks for your zip code and your water company (for most Houstonians, the water company is Houston Public Works). The chemicals that you see on this report are in your tap water…and they are in you. (We absorb them through our skin and through inhalation.) Out of the 46 chemical pollutants found in Houston’s tap water (the national average is 8 chemicals vs Houston’s 46), 17 are at levels that exceed the EPA’s health guidelines. These include arsenic, atrazine (a highly toxic herbicide), benzene and lead, just to name a few. In fact, one of the biggest exposures we have to environmental toxins occurs every time we bathe or shower, and these chemicals bio-accumulate, meaning simply that they continue to build up within our bodies with repeated exposures.

Chloramine and Chlorine
Almost all tap water in America is treated with either Chlorine or Chloramine. And the truth is neither option is good. Chlorine has been linked to a dramatic rise in heart disease and a 93% increased likelihood of cancer.

In Houston, Chloramine is now used as a disinfectant, despite the adverse health effects. It is well known that chloramine is a skin and respiratory irritant; it is known to cause asthma attacks. Other common effects are skin rashes, itchy eyes, dry skin, low energy, diarrhea, vaginal discharges, urinary tract infections, stomach aches, shortness of breath, asthma and other respiratory problems. There have been no long term studies on the health effects of drinking chloramine.

Chloramine (and chlorine) were introduced to the water supply to kill bacteria in the water and prevent diseases such as cholera. However, it is effective at killing bacteria once inside you… including beneficial bacteria that your body needs.

Almost all tap water in America is treated with either Chlorine or Chloramine. And the truth is neither option is good. Chlorine has been linked to a dramatic rise in heart disease and a 93% increased likelihood of cancer.

In Houston, Chloramine is now used as a disinfectant, despite the adverse health effects. It is well known that chloramine is a skin and respiratory irritant; it is known to cause asthma attacks. Other common effects are skin rashes, itchy eyes, dry skin, low energy, diarrhea, vaginal discharges, urinary tract infections, stomach aches, shortness of breath, asthma and other respiratory problems. There have been no long term studies on the health effects of drinking chloramine.

Chloramine (and chlorine) were introduced to the water supply to kill bacteria in the water and prevent diseases such as cholera. However, it is effective at killing bacteria once inside you… including beneficial bacteria that your body needs.

How Does New Living’s Whole-House Filtration System Differ From Other Products On The Market?

We use a special type of carbon in our chloramine-removal system. This particular carbon (catalytic carbon) is more expensive than standard active carbon; however, it is very effective at breaking the chlorine/ammonia bond of chloramine, thereby freeing up the chlorine to be filtered through the carbon. Unfortunately, no system can completely eliminate chloramine; however, we can substantially reduce it.

Secondly, the vast majority of whole-house systems have the carbon filters aligned parallel to each other, side-by-side. In such systems, the incoming water comes in through the main pipe and is divided equally among the filters, with approximately 25% of the water going through each filter. This means the water that enters your home after going through the four-filter parallel system still contains roughly 15-40% of the initial contaminates.

With our chloramine-removal system, five filters are aligned in a series, one after the other utilizing large 20” filter housings. This means that all of the water passes through each of the filters. By the time the water has traveled through the first four filters, no more than 1-5% of the contaminants remain vs. 15-40% that remain when using a standard parallel system.

Our system is not reverse osmosis. A typical reverse osmosis system uses 5 gallons of water for every gallon that it filters, so that these systems arenot only inefficient but also impractical for a whole house filtration system. In addition, reverse osmosis systems are not effective at removing chloramine from your water. Chloramine eats up the filter membrane.

How It Works
1 The initial filter is an inexpensive sediment filter located in the first filter housing. This filter protects the three carbon filters that follow it by catching most of the rust, dirt and sludge from the municipal source.
2 As the water passes through the second filter, the carbon removes 60-85% of the contaminants.
3 The third filter then removes an additional 60-85% of what made it through the second filter
4 The fourth filter removes an additional 60-85%.
5 The fifth filter is an optional one that can remove fluoride, soften your water, raise or lower the pH of your water, or further reduce the chloramine level.

In addition to having a lesser chance of cancer, healthier skin, and softer hair; the clothes you wash in your home will have a longer life and no longer carry the chemicals they currently do. The dishes you eat off of will be chemical free too.

A filtration system is $2,700, including full installation. If you would like additional information or would like to order one of our whole-house systems, please call us at 713.521.1921 or see a system in use at our store.

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5 thoughts on “Whole House Water Filter

  1. interested in a filter just for my kitchen not the entire home
    do you have that? and does this get ride of prescription drugs in water?

  2. When chloramide is broken down, chlorine and ammonia is left. How does your system handle the remaining ammonia in the water?

    Thanks!

    • The EQ-400 uses a Catalytic Carbon that breaks down (chemical decomposition) the Chloramine into three individual elements (Ammonia, Nitrogen Gas and Chloride). The Carbon will also absorb volatile and synthetic compounds. Although there may be trace amounts of Ammonia left in the water after filtration, the percentage will be very low (in the parts per billion).

  3. I’m looking for a whole house filtering system (Houston).
    What is the gpm flow rate through your system and how many gallons can be filtered before changing filters/medium?
    Also, how big is it, and where can it be installed?
    Can it be installed in the attic? Does your company do the installation?
    Also, what warranty is there on the system?

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