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removing fluoride from your tap water

Fluoride was once a hot topic on this site. It seems the discussion has died down, but there are still many people who are concerned about the presence of fluoride in their drinking water. As we said in our original article, we will not take a position on whether fluoride is harmful for your health […] Read More


A History of Water Filters

history of water filters

One of the biggest reasons that rates of illness have declined throughout the course of our history on earth, is the development and advancement of water filtration techniques. It did not take us long to move past the moment when we could drink freely from streams, rivers and lakes. Concentrated human settlements quickly led to […] Read More


Celebrate World Water Day 2014

water desalination plant

World Water Day is an annual event to raise awareness of global water issues and to advocate for policies that promote sustainable and equitable water distribution. It is organized by the United Nations. This year, the focus is on the “bottom billion,” that portion of the global population that lives in slums and informal housing. […] Read More


An elegant new water filter on the market

soma water filter

We often use this website to endorse certain products that we have come to appreciate for one reason or another. Today, we are going to talk about a product that we have not used personally, but one that has earned a lot of attention recently for its groundbreaking design and its sustainable approach to fabrication […] Read More

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Is it Safe to Drink Tap Water in America?

is it safe to drink the tap water in the US?

After the recent chemical spill in West Virginia, which contaminated the water supply for at least 300,000 residents, many people are asking whether we can really have confidence in the US tap water supply. At first, it may seem like a preposterous question. The United States is widely considered to be the world’s leading superpower. […] Read More

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water purification options for the travelet

Every now and then we dip into the world of travel to discuss water purification. It is an important topic in this domain because so many places in the world don’t have potable water, let alone water that is free of chemicals and impurities. The good news is that there are many options for the […] Read More

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Brita vs. PUR Water Filters – Which is Better?

brita vs. pur water filter

By the end of this article, you will have a definitive answer to this question. Update 8/4/13: Originally published over a year ago, we still maintain the validity of the points in this article. As others have done, feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments section below and if you have any […] Read More


5 Incredible Facts about Water

incredible water facts

Most people know a few basic facts about water. They know that water makes up most of the surface area of the earth and that are own bodies are indeed mostly composed of water molecules. Of course, many of us also remember a thing or two from high school chemistry when we learned some fundamental […] Read More

black particles found in brita filter

We recently had a reader write us with a question about the black particles that are often found in water purified by Brita filters. Here is her letter (you can find our response below it): I’m curious to know if you have done any testing regarding the black particles that are often found in the […] Read More

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Waterborne Diseases I’ve Dealt With

water borne diseases

It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote a post about keeping perspective on water quality (you can read it here). In this post, I want to share a few of the maladies that I have dealt with while traveling in West Africa. In 2010, on a trip to Timbuktu, I came down with an […] Read More

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