There’s a threat in the water, and it appears only as a single word on your water bill: chloramines. It’s the combination of ammonia and chlorine that’s added to the water to disinfect it before use. However, when added together, ammonia and chlorine create toxic, cancer-causing disinfection byproducts.
For many years, chlorine has been the primary chemical used to eradicate the risks of waterborne diseases. In the last few years many municipal water treatment plants have switched to chloramines due to their ability to disinfect water for longer periods of time. When these disinfectants interact with the organic materials in water, disinfection byproducts are created. Many of these byproducts are thought to cause gastric or liver cancer, or pose other health risks such as increased asthma symptoms, danger to mucous membranes, digestive problems and skin irritation. Kidney dialysis patients cannot use water that contains chloramines in their dialysis machines because it will cause hemolytic anemia.
While chloramine poses a risk to everyone, there is an increased risk to populations with weakened immune systems, including children younger than 6 months, the elderly, those on or who have had chemotherapy, people with HIV or AIDS and organ transplant patients.
The use of chloramines is growing. The EPA estimates more than 20 percent—or 1 in 5—of Americans use water treated with chloramines. More states are adding chloramine to water supplies because it is a more stable and longer-lasting alternative to free chlorine. Free chlorine is chlorine before it combines with other chemicals, but it can evaporate quickly, while the stability of chloramine means it lasts longer in the water supply and the harmful byproducts reach the consumer in higher levels.
Washington D.C. witnessed another side effect in 2004 when chloramines were introduced. Officials say lead contamination resulted from chloramine-related pipe corrosion. The city discovered lead levels at least 83 times higher than the accepted safe limit while performing research into premature pipe corrosion. They found that the decision to change from using chlorine to chloramine as a treatment resulted in a spike in lead levels. A report released in 2010 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the water supplied to almost 15,000 homes might still contain dangerous levels of lead despite the partial replacement of lead pipes at the homes from 2004 to 2008.
As consumers, we need to be aware of the dangers posed by these byproducts in our water. In a recent study conducted by water filtration company Aquasana, it became apparent that our country doesn’t know the risk associated with unfiltered water. More than 70 percent of respondents were unaware of the health risks connected to drinking and bathing in unfiltered tap water, and 91 percent did not know that one of the President’s Cancer Panel’s top three recommendations to reduce environmentally-based cancer is to filter tap water.
The EPA does not force any state or town to use chloramine as a disinfectant. Additionally, they recommend many alternatives to the toxic mixture, including removing organic contaminants through coagulation or sedimentation. However, the use of more and more chemicals in water treatment underscores the need to regulate what goes into our water supply in the first place. By limiting toxic materials and enforcing regulations, the need for such harsh chemical disinfectants diminishes.
Along with Washington D.C., Tennessee has completely banned chloramines from water. This is the best possible outcome for consumers, but in the meantime, filtering your water has never been more important. When shopping for water filters, make sure that the company has a National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certification to remove chloramines.
The Home Water Filtration Company Releases Two New Chloramine-Reducing Products
(AUSTIN, Texas, March 2, 2013) – Aquasana will make a splash at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago March 2-5 with the introduction of two groundbreaking filtration products. Both represent industry leadership for chloramine contamination reduction.
Aquasana is the first consumer water filtration brand to alert consumers about the need to protect themselves from the harmful effects of the mixture of chlorine and ammonia, known as chloramines. Many states have begun to use chloramines to treat water, as it is a cost-effective method and more stable than pure chlorine.
To combat this threat, Aquasana is unveiling a groundbreaking filter pitcher system and an under-the counter system. The pitcher represents a game-changer in the water filtration industry. Not only is it the fastest pitcher on the market, it also features the industry’s only NSF certification to remove harmful chloramines, reducing 10 times the contaminants of the leading drip pitcher filter
“This pitcher is the result of years of research into the proliferation of chloramines in the United States,” said Aquasana CEO Todd Bartee. “We are pleased to offer a full line of chloramine-reducing products for the home.”
Consumers will no longer wait for water to drip through a filter. The system can filter one half-gallon in about one minute. The system fits on the countertop and can be stored in the refrigerator once filtered. Aquasana’s sleek design means contaminants stay in the filter, so consumers only see healthy, clean water.
Aquasana’s under-the-counter system, the AQ-5300, is the brand’s most powerful water filter. What the brand calls the most cost-effective, filtration system in the D-I-Y segment is NSF-certified to remove 97 percent of chloramines and chlorine. The eco-friendly cartridge exchange system features filters that reduce more than 60 contaminants for up to six months. This system has also been independently tested to reduce pharmaceuticals.
Additionally, the EQ-400 whole-home system, based on a research partnership with the University of Texas School of Engineering, reduces 90 percent of chloramines and 97 percent of chlorine.
For more information, please visit www.aquasana.com.
Aquasana is a leading water filtration company, based in Austin, Texas focused on providing best-in-class water filtration products for residential and commercial use. The company’s consumer products include drinking water filters, shower filters and whole-home water filter systems that remove over 60 harmful contaminants from water including chlorine, chloramines, herbicides, pesticides, industrial solvents, lead and mercury. All Aquasana water filters are engineered to be environmentally friendly and to preserve the healthy minerals in water.
Austin Area Theaters Replace Bottled Water With Superior Quality Filtered Water Using New Filtration Systems From Aquasana.
Austin, TX — Friday, February 1, 2013 — The Alamo Drafthouse is pleased to announce that effective immediately the cinema eatery will no longer sell bottled drinking water at any of their Austin locations. Through a partnership with Aquasana, an Austin-based company, they have upgraded the water filtration system at all of their theaters in Austin and will instead serve superior-quality filtered water at no cost to guests.
“I’ve never liked the waste associated with bottled water service,” said Tim League, founder and CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse. “Thanks to the partnership with Aquasana, we reduce the impact of the Alamo Drafthouse on the environment and provide a benefit to our customers.”
All of the drinking water at the four Alamo theaters in Austin have been 100% updated with the new systems from Aquasana, and during the first three months of this new partnership Alamo guests can visit any show page on drafthouse.com to receive a promotional code worth 20% off home filtration systems from Aquasana.
About Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse is an entertainment brand comprised of the acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a collectible art gallery. Named “the best theater ever” by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website www.drafthouse.com.
Aquasana is a leading water filtration company with the sole focus of providing best-in-class water filtration products so everyone can enjoy great-tasting, healthy water. Based in Austin, Texas, the company markets drinking water filters, shower filters, and whole-home water filer systems that remove over 60 harmful contaminants from water including chlorine, chloramines, herbicides, pesticides, industrial solvents, lead, and mercury. Aquasana water filters are engineered to preserve the healthy minerals in water which include calcium, magnesium and potassium resulting in healthy, great-tasting water. For more information visit www.aquasana.com.
It’s that time of year again when gift giving abounds. Gift exchanges and gestures of appreciation can really start to add up when you consider purchasing gifts for party hosts and hostesses, neighbors, teachers, coaches andbabysitters. To make things a little easier we’ve come up with some super easy, gift ideas for everyone on your list using our Aquasana refillable glass water bottles. Create the perfect gift by filling our glass water bottles with thoughtful treats for a present they will enjoy this holiday season and a reusable bottle they will love year round!
Going to a few holiday parties or get-togethers this year? It’s always appropriate to take a gift for the host or hostess. Fill an Aquasana glass water bottle with one of the following for a gift that is sure to be unique and appreciated.
- Premium loose leaf tea in a relaxing or fragrant blend. Tie a tea infuser around the Aquasana lid with a festive bow and a hand-made tag that identifies the name and flavor of the tea.
- Gourmet coffee beans for the coffee-lover. Choose a tasty holiday or dessert blend, add a bow and a gift tag.
Gifts for the Teacher
It’s always nice to show your appreciation to the dedicated teachers that make an impact on our family’s lives. For a fun and festive “thanks for all you do,” fill an Aquasana glass water bottle with one of the following goodies: Jelly Bellies, home-made hot cocoa mix, red and white peppermint candies, mini individually wrapped chocolates. Add a note of appreciation and some ribbon and you’ve got a quick, thoughtful gift that will stand out amongst all the candles and coffee mugs.
Gifts for the Coach
A refillable Aquasana glass water bottle is perfect for the coach! Fill one with a healthy snack such as trail mix or almonds. Add a stopwatch or whistle with a ribbon and a note and you have a season win!
Gifts for the Babysitter
Show your appreciation for all those times they were there when you needed them. Fill an Aquasana glass water bottle with their favorite treat such as Jelly Bellies, chocolates, bubble gum or home-made goodies. Add a gift card or movie passes and you’ve got an awesome way to say “you’re the best.”
Gifts for the Neighbors
Don’t be caught empty-handed when neighbors stop by with holiday cheer and goodies. Fill some Aquasana water bottles with gourmet coffee, mini-chocolates, snack mix or peppermints. Top with a bow and a festive ornament for the best gift on the block.
Gifts for the Dog
Whether it’s your favorite canine friend or your friend fond of canines, an Aquasana glass water bottle filled with treats for Fido is sure to delight! Make your own delicious treats at home or fill with a special store-bought goodie. Add a bright colored collar around the top of the water bottle and you’ve got a guaranteed tail-wagger!
Make sure you have Aquasana refillable glass water bottles on hand this holiday season to make gift -giving a joy. It’s not too late to stock up! From now until December 24th, all of our glass bottles come with gift tags especially made for you to share with friends!
One of the most important, yet often overlooked ingredient in any beverage is the ice cube. It can take a glass of water from ordinary to outstanding, iced tea from delicious to divine. The size, shape and taste of ice are all important factors when creating the perfect beverage.
So what is the perfect ice cube? Here at Aquasana, we think the best ice cubes are crystal clear and made from pure, clean, chemical-free Aquasana filtered water. Undesirable cloudiness in ice cubes occurs when the water contains dissolved solids and minerals and freezes too quickly. Give boring ice cubes the cold shoulder with these great tips:
Use Aquasana Ice: For beautiful, crystal clear ice cubes, start with Aquasana filtered water. Boil water for 2-3 minutes to remove air bubbles, then pour into ice cube trays. Cover trays with a piece of parchment paper and put in freezer. The hot water and parchment keep the cubes from freezing too quickly.
Once you have mastered the crystal clear ice cube, try jazzing them up to create a delicious, and visually impressive iced beverage perfect for entertaining guests. Half the fun is experimenting with interesting beverage and ice pairings.
Here are some tasty combinations to try:
To make lemon ice cubes, prepare crystal clear ice cubes and add slices of fresh lemon, lime or mint to the ice cube trays before freezing.
Aquasana Lemonade with Strawberry Mint Ice Cubes:
To prepare ice cubes: Put a mint leaf in the bottom of each ice cube section. Top with blended frozen strawberries, pack down to form compact cubes and freeze. Prepare your favorite lemonade with Aquasana filtered water. Serve lemonade over strawberry mint ice cubes—delicious!
Aquasana Iced Tea and Lemonade Ice Cubes:
Freeze lemonade in ice cube trays. Pour your favorite Iced Tea, made with Aquasana filtered water, over frozen lemonade cubes.
Make up your own combinations–the possibilities are endless!
From all of us at Aquasana, we hope you have a fun-filled, happy, healthy holiday!
As the holiday season quickly approaches it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the ever increasing demands on our time. Holiday entertaining, events, gift-giving and charitable activities easily add up to a hectic, stress-filled holiday season.
This holiday, get your game on. With a little planning and organization your holiday season can be all joy! Here are a few of our favorite tips and ideas for making the most of the next few weeks.
This weekend get a game plan for your Thanksgiving activities. If you are hosting a celebration, use this time to complete your shopping and prepare your home for the holiday. If possible, plan for make-ahead items to lighten the load on Thanksgiving Day.
Entertaining Ideas: Fill ice cube trays with Aquasana filtered water for delicious drinks. Add lemon slices to ice cube trays for a refreshing addition to water and ice tea or make a citrus mint flavored water to compliment your meal: Combine 3 sliced oranges and 10 mint leaves in one gallon of Aquasana filtered water. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
While you are recovering from the holiday feast, make a list of all the holiday gift giving you would like to do. Most importantly, identify those gifts that need to be given before the holiday to teachers, coaches, colleagues and holiday gift exchanges. With a little planning you can tackle these all at once and have them ready to go when needed.
Gift Idea: Stock up on Aquasana glass water bottles this weekend. Fill an Aquasana reusable glass water bottle with a holiday treat such as, gourmet coffee, tea, trail mix or pet treats. Add a festive bow and gift tag. Voilà! You have a fabulous, eco-conscious gift that will be appreciated and enjoyed throughout the year.
The weekend after Thanksgiving is the perfect time to take a few moments to plan out the remainder of the year. You have six weekends before year end so make the most of them! Make a list of all your commitments and plans and organize your schedule for the next few weeks. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to make reservations and purchase tickets for dining and entertainment in December.
With a little planning you can roll effortlessly through the holiday season. Most importantly, stay hydrated, relax and remember….you can do this!
Today marks day 12 of drinking nothing but Aquasana filtered water, and I have to say, it has been quite a challenge indeed. Last week was rough. Starting the day without my morning cup of jo – rough. No relief for my mid-afternoon crash at work – rough. And forget about that evening or weekend libation – tough.
Now we are on week two of the Water Challenge here at the Aquasana office and everyone is already adjusting and feeling much better. The biggest change I’ve noticed so far is how well I sleep at night – like a baby! My body’s natural clock has kicked in and now I hit the sack by 10pm and wake up refreshed at 6am. I honestly can’t remember the last time I slept so well. It’s pretty interesting how much I used to rely on caffeine to get me going, but once cut out completely from my diet, I realize it’s really not a necessity at all.
In summary, I’m feeling great after just 12 days, so I know once I hit 21 days I’ll noticing other great benefits of healthy hydration. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely looking forward to week three of the water challenge. How is everyone else feeling out there?
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You don’t have to take the 21 day filtered-water challenge to enjoy the savings. The offers end on 9/28/2012.
GREEN JUICE BOOST
We’re starting to feel the clean energy you get from drinking nothing but water and green juices. The benefits kick in shortly after you start drinking your favorite blend of green juices from cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, parsley, wheatgrass, and other greens. Green juices extend their benefits all day as you digest them and absorb the nutrients your body needs. Unlike commonly used morning stimulants, green juices won’t leave you with a energy crash.
WHO NEEDS CAFFEINE?
“I could just use a cup of coffee sometimes.” was recently overheard in the Team Todd camp. The first few days without caffeine can be difficult, but by the third day it’s easier to wake up, easier to get moving, easier to go to sleep, and easier to stay asleep all night. The ups are nice, but the downs are costly. The best thing for your body is to maintain a steady energy level throughout the day.
All you have to do to follow along is:
- Pick a team to follow (Todd, Mel, or Derek)
- Calculate how much you should drink daily
- Choose your favorite way to hit your daily target
- Share your results with us on Facebook or on this blog
The focus of the challenge is on what we drink, not what we eat. We aren’t going for the full cleanse, although drinking the right amount of fluid everyday will help cleanse your system. You should maintain your own healthy diet, but this challenge will help you avoid common dietary mistakes like drinking calories and dehydration.
Pick a team
Picking a team is simple. We’ll all be drinking mostly water, but two of the three teams have added a healthy option that will count towards your daily fluid intake. Derek’s team is for the purists out there that only want to drink water for 21 days. Mel’s team adds in decaffeinated green tea to promote weight loss and cardiac health. Todd’s team adds in green juices to bolster overall nutritional intake and to take advantage of the cleansing properties of certain vegetables. So, choose the team that most closely aligns to what you want to do. I’m with Team Todd.
Determine how much you should drink
Now that we’ve all picked a team, we need to set a daily target for fluid intake. We recently published updated information on how much water to drink on a daily basis. It’s not the old 8 8-ounce glasses a day, but there is an easy guideline to start with for your age and gender. Keep in mind that you may need to drink more if you exercise, work outdoors, or spend time in the heat. I’m a 36-year-old male, so I need 125 ounces of water per day from food, green juices, or just plain water.
Decide how to drink the right amount
Now we know what we are going to drink based on our team and we know how much we need to drink based on our age and gender. The final decision is to come up with a plan to drink the right amount every day. If you are on Team Derek, you would give your food a small allowance of water and drink the rest of your daily target in water. For Team Mel and Team Todd, you would do the same except you can count each cup of tea or green juice against your water intake. I’m going to say that my food has about 16 ounces of water per day and I will drink a 24 ounce green juice each day. That leaves 85 ounces of water that I need to drink based on my target of 125 ounces. Now, this doesn’t mean to go chug-a-lug that much water all at once.
Use a clever way to remind yourself to drink continuously throughout the day and steadily reach your target. Find a bottle that you can use to keep yourself on track with water. Figure out how much water the bottle holds in ounces and divide your target by that number. For example, I am using a 27 ounce glass bottle and I need to drink 85 ounces per day. That’s a little over three big bottles of water per day, a 24 ounce green juice and my normal food intake.
Ready, Set, Share
We’ll share if you do. Start your own challenge whenever you are ready. Share your photos and comments with us on our Facebook page or on the comments thread here. We can’t wait to hear from some of our fans!
Why 21 days?
Research shows that it takes just 21 days to form a habit. Training yourself to drink more water every day is one of the most important actions you can make to take charge of your health. So mark your calendar and get excited – you’re about to do your whole body a huge favor!
World Water Day is a day we spend each year reflecting on our most precious resource. It gave birth to our ancestors and sustains our lives. We drink it, eat it, dive in it, surf on it, splash it at others, walk in (or avoid walking in) drops of it falling from the sky, shoot it at people, revere it, use it to wash ourselves, use it to wash things, bow to its majesty, and in all other ways rely and depend upon it for our healthy and happy existence on this planet.
Water. Without it, we could not exist. Period.
This year, WWD is about understanding how water related to our food supply. Which products that you eat are water-intensive, and which have a relatively light footprint? We only have a small amount of potable water on Earth, and we use it up more quickly with some processes and activities than others in terms of the food supply. How much water do we waste by throwing it away? Think about buying local vegetables and meats instead of the stuff form big farms: how far does it travel to get to you, how sustainable are their practices, and how much do they pollute their local water sources?
Test your knowledge on how sustainable your food is, and today try to eat food that came from sustainable resources. Make small diet and use changes to help decrease your dependence on water-wasting sources. And take a moment to give thanks to the water that sustains your life and your health every day.