Monday, May 29, 2017

Mercury In Your Drinking Water!

Mercury in drinking water portends grave danger. Though by the regulated standards of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), municipalities are expected to test for a maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 0.002mg/L of mercury in drinking water, we do know that even little traces of mercury in the water in your homes could still be a big problem.

One of the dangers of this is that when little traces of this contaminant is taken over time it could build up with devastating effects. Some of the hazards of mercury in water include kidney damage, neurological and renal problems, vomiting and diarrhea. It is important therefore that your drinking water is well treated to remove any trace of mercury.

Mercury is a liquid metallic element that occurs naturally and that gets into your water supply from industrial chemical manufacturing waste or from the leaching of coal ash. It is usually found in groundwater and wells.

Mercury can also be introduced into your drinking water from industrial waste such as landfills with batteries or other electrical parts since mercury is used in products like dry-cell batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, switches, and other electrical products.

Water Filters for Treating Mercury-Contaminated Water

To know if there is mercury in your water it is important that you run a test. The following water filters will help remove any trace of mercury from your drinking water. Note that the MCL that water municipalities must test for is 0.002mg/L. When buying  a water filter to remove mercury from your water, it is important that you bear this in mind:

FILTERCONTAMINANTS REMOVEDCOST

GE MWF Refrigerator Water Filter, 1-Pack
The GE MWF filter is NSF-certified and it reduces contaminants like mercury, toxaphene, p-dichlorobenzene, carbofuran, alachlor, benzene, lead, cryptosporidium, and giardia. It is indeed a safe and affordable way to contribute to a healthy lifestyle.$43.50


InSinkErator HWT-F1000S Hot Water Tank and Filtration System
The included F-1000S Filtration System reduces particulates, chlorine taste and odor to ensure you have great tasting water. It also reduces lead, mercury, asbestos and other impurities. $234.49

Frigidaire WF2CB PureSource2 Ice And Water Filtration System, 1 Pack
Reduces cysts by 99.99% Particulates (Class 1) by 98.5%, Turbidity by 99.70%, Lead by 99.30% Particulates (class III) by 98.6%, Mercury by 91%. Reduces Herbicides 1,4-D by 96%, Alachlor by 98%, Atraxine by 98%, Pesticides Lindane by 92%, Toxaphene by 87.5%. Reduces chlorine taste and order as well as sediment.$36.98

Whirlpool 4396841 PUR Push Button Side-by-Side Refrigerator Water Filter
NSF-certified. Reduces cysts, particulates (class I), lead, mercury, and more. While it effectively removes contaminants from your water and ice, this filter also lowers the taste and odor of chlorine while retaining beneficial fluoride.$29.94

For Further Reading

  1. Berkey Water Filter Reviews
  2. Whirlpool Whole House Water Filter Reviews
  3. Arsenic Contaminants In Drinking Water
  4. Kitchenaid Refrigerator Water Filter
  5. Whole House Water Filter Reviews and Recommendations