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How About A Countertop Water Filter For National Water Quality Month?

Aquasana Water Filtration Machine
[1] Press a button, fill your glass (all photos © Aquasana).

Aquasana Countertop Water Filtering Machine
[2] A small footprint on your kitchen counter.

Aquasana Water Filtration Machine
[3] Press once, and the water flows.

Aquasana Countertop Water Filtering Machine
[4] Fill a carafe or a pitcher.

Aquasana Water Filtration Machine
[5] No hands required.

Aquasana Water Filtration Machine
[6] Pour.

Pouring A Glass Of Water From A Pitcher
[7] Enjoy.

 

In honor of National Water Quality Month each August, Aquasana, makers of water filtration systems—for the whole house, under a particular sink, shower, and countertop—surveys Americans about their drinking water concerns.

Their goal is to spread awareness about water quality issues and help people find solutions.

The 2022 survey conducted in March 2022 among 2,246 U.S. adults, found that 77% of Americans filter their drinking water at home, a figure that’s steadily grown over each of the past three years.

An interesting finding: Trust in bottled water has declined by 24%, from 41% in 2020 to 31% in 2022. (Check out some reasons why.)

> You can read the full Aquasana survey here.

> The history of water filtration is below.
 
 
WHY DO AMERICANS FILTER THEIR WATER?

  • The driving factors for water filtration are health, concern for the environment, and a lack of trust in their water quality—all fueled by growing knowledge of the subject.
  • The primary contaminant concern, lead, has remained a key concern in recent years, although the survey sees heightened concern about chlorine and chloramines.
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    See the chart below for more reasons Americans filter their water.

    Since we personally drink a lot of water and cook a lot of food, we purchased the first countertop water filtration device available in the U.S., the Brita pitcher, when it first arrived in 1988.

    We’ve also tried Pur, another gravity-based pitcher filter device.

    But when electric countertop machines appeared, we tried them—and remained a loyal fan of the electric appliance. which deliver, in our experience, faster filtration and better-tasting water.
     
     
    EVERY KITCHEN NEEDS A WATER FILTRATION MACHINE

    You can install an Aquasana home filtration system and have purified water flowing from every tap in your house, and we envy you!

    For our New York City apartment, we need a countertop unit.

    Yes, from the beginning of National Water Quality Month, we’ve been enjoying water from our Aquasana Clean Water Machine, which plugs into the wall and filters 77 contaminants including asbestos, lead, mercury, pesticides, PFAs, and pharmaceuticals.

    It gets rid of the contaminants while leaving any naturally occurring beneficial minerals—including calcium, magnesium, and potassium—in the filtered water.
     
     
    Beyond Contaminants: Improved Taste

    We drink lots of water every day, and while New York City’s tap water is world-renowned for its high quality, it doesn’t have that totally pure taste that we enjoy in Fiji Water (which we know has its fans and its nonfans and disclosure—no home filtration system we know of produces the pure taste of Fiji Water).

    To be as eco-friendly as we can be, we’ve long abandoned buying water in plastic bottles. Instead, we filter water on our countertop and carry refillable bottles outside.

    And we feel good because one single Aquasana Clean Water Machine replaceable filter replaces more than 2,200 single-use plastic bottles.

    Makes a difference, doesn’t it?

    Here’s a video of Aquasana in action.

    Head to Aquasana.com or Amazon to purchase a machine. And while you’re there, look at the showerhead filtration system.
     
     
    THE HISTORY OF WATER FILTRATION

    Some quick bullets on whom to thank for modern water filtration systems. Here’s a more detailed discussion.

  • 1st Century B.C.E., Greece. Hippocrates invented a primitive water filter using a cloth bag/ Known as the “Hippocratic sleeve,” it was used to filter out solids and other impurities from drinking water.
  • Early 1600s, England. Sir Robert Bacon experimented with a sand filtration technique, but it didn’t work. It did, however, encourage other scientists to work on improving his idea.
  • 1685, Italy. Physicist Lucas Antonius Portius developed a multiple sand filtration method that was much closer to what we use today.
  • 1804, Scotland. Scientist John Gibb, picked up on Bacon’s work and created the first effective slow sand water filter.
  • 1827, England. John Doulton used silica and fired clay to create a porous ceramic filter, which led to the first modern water filter. It removed impurities like cholera and other disease-causing agents from the Thames River, saving many lives. His company still makes ceramic filters today! (He was the father of Henry Doulton, who created the Royal Doulton line of fine porcelain dishware.)
  • 1860s, France. Chemist Louis Pasteur’s discoveries that many diseases are caused by bacteria led him to the process of pasteurization, which still uses high heat to kill bacteria in food and drink.
  • 1890s, U.S. Water purification and treatment advances developed quickly and municipal water treatment plants were upgraded to rapid sand-based filtration.
  • 1903, England. King’s Royal Commission on Water Supplies recommended that the first modern water treatment facilities be built in the U.K.
  • 1974, U.S. The Safe Drinking Water Act set standards for the quality of drinking water and required water utilities to treat water to meet new safety standards.
  • 1966, Germany. A company developed a water filtration pitcher named Haushaltswasserfilter I (“Home Water Filter 1). This led to the Brita and Pur cartridge-based pitcher filter systems. It also led to today’s wide variety of pitchers, electric countertop systems, faucet-mounted and under-skink filters, and whole-house filters.
  • What’s next? As water supplies become increasingly scarce, the need for more efficient water filtration technology becomes greater. Researchers are now exploring using thin membranes to remove impurities from water, as well as nanotechnology, the use of tiny particles to filter water more effectively.
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    Chart: Why People Filter Their Water
    [8] Why consumers filter their water.

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    *PFAs are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products since the 1950s. They have been used to make nonstick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, some firefighting foams, and products that resist grease, water, and oil. Research indicates that they can have harmful health effects. Here’s more about them.

     
     

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