How to easily test your water for quality & purity, and how to save a ton of money by purifying your tap drinking water to make it safe and delicious, on demand, is what this post is about.
This post was inspired by someone sharing a video post with me on FB yesterday testing pH levels of many bottled water brands and simply determining which bottled water was the most acidic (the least healthy). Having years of knowledge about water contamination and purification methods, I am compelled to add to the conversation as acidity is important, but TDS in your water might be a bigger concern to our health.
It has been known that acidic environment is a breeding ground for cancers, chronic intestinal problems and allergies.
Alkaline environment (ph levels 7+) promotes a healthy homeostasis but pH is not the only factor to consider, there's something else important that you need to focus on and that's the TDS levels of your water.
A Total Dissolved Solids are measured as parts per million (PPM). The higher the number, the worse the quality of your water.
There are many ways to lower the TDS levels and remove impurities from drinking water. Reverse Osmosis removes up to 99.9999% of contaminants leaving traces of healthy minerals in water thus lowering the TDS levels.
Because of that, the water tastes delicious and never tastes flat. Reverse Osmosis water also keeps the pH at 7.2 after it purifies your tap water. Do you need the water to have 9 or 10 or even higher alkalinity? No. It won't hurt you to drink highly alkaline or ionic water but most likely it's an overkill that doesn't justify the costs. Your body will always keep your blood pH at 7.4 and food is the #1 source for cells to obtain the pH level required for your cells to function properly.
The best way to keep your body at a healthy alkalinity is to stay away from sodas with pH of 3, and if you drink a lot of alcohol, coffee and teas, on top of consuming highly acidic foods daily, worrying about drinking an expensive, highly alkaline water might not be your biggest problem, what you eat and drink beyond water might need a better balance.
To always be sure you know the quality of your drinking water, I strongly recommend carrying a TDS meter. If you have a Reverse Osmosis, a TDS meter will help you determine when it's time to replace your filters and your membrane without the need to do it before you have to. FreePurity is not into ripping customers off with "continuity programs" which recommend you replace filters every 6-12 months. The only reason why you would have to do that is if the product is of a lesser quality including the filters and membranes.
FreePurity system does not require frequent service or filter replacements if you install it correctly. With the typical household use, FreePurity's 4-5 Stage Residential Reverse Osmosis Membranes should last 3-5 years before they have to be replaced, filters every 12-24 months.
Isn't that fantastic? We design and build these systems in US for our resellers and distributors, now you can access the same, high quality purifier at wholesale prices, contributing to clean water projects so your dollars can make a difference.
2. IMPURITIES & CONTAMINANTS
There are many water sources and contaminants...95 major ones such as lead, asbestos, chlorine etc...TDS helps you measure the Total Dissolved Solids in the water (everything but the water molecules) and helps you decide WHEN to change filters in systems like reverse osmosis. We focus on selling Ro systems, because they are the best, and most cost effective water purifying solution.
3. pH vs. ALKALINITY vs. TDS
These are 3 different things, only make sense to worry about alkalinity and pH if you removed the cancer causing metals, bacteria, minerals, pesticides and chemicals found in any source of water from tap to natural springs.
The higher the TDS (TOTAL DISSOLVED SOLIDS) number, the lower the quality of your water.
It is not recommended to drink tap water without passing it through a Reverse Osmosis System (unless your city provides Reverse Osmosis purified water) because of lead (and other metals GAC or KDF alone can't remove), chlorine, fluoride, asbestos and hundreds of other contaminants that may be present inside deteriorating municipal pipes such and picked up on the way to your faucet. Most microbes are killed with chlorine, but chlorine is poisonous for humans, and it takes about 24 hours for chlorine to naturally evaporate from your drinking water when exposed to oxygen. The water will have a healthy pH balance about 7.2 after it's passed through an RO system.
pH means: "power of hydrogen" - the negative base 10 logarithm of the molar concentration of hydrogen ions. This is a measure of acidity, your blood pH is at 7.4, your cells pH level can vary....RO water is at 7.2, almost the same as your blood which is ideal.
ALKALINE means: a measure of the capacity of water or any solution to neutralize or “buffer” acids. This measure of acid-neutralizing capacity is important in figuring out how “buffered” the water is against sudden changes in pH.
We invite you to contact us anytime with questions or if you're not sure what you need, ask and we will recommend water purification system based on your family's needs.