Holiday Gift Guide – Stoneware Bottled Water Alternatives

Plastic bottled water alternative gift guide

Do you have a friend or family member who loves stoneware? Here are some excellent gift giving ideas for this holiday season:   1. Mid-Range Gift: Stoneware Water Pitcher   A beautiful handmade stoneware water pitcher is a great gift item for picky people. Just about anyone can use a water pitcher, and these are […]

Nitrates in Drinking Water

Find out how nitrates get in your drinking water and how to remove them

What are nitrates? Nitrates and nitrites are compounds that are formed naturally when nitrogen combines with oxygen or ozone. Nitrogen is essential for life, and nitrates are the primary source of nitrogen in plants. Vegetable and fruits make up for an average of 80% nitrate consumption in humans, and may be beneficial at normal levels, […]

What is Arsenic? How Does It Get In My Drinking Water?

Avoid arsenic contamination in your drinking water with a portable stoneware water crock

What is arsenic? Arsenic is a naturally occurring metalloid found in rocks, soil, water, air, plants and animals. It occurs in both organic and inorganic forms. Inorganic arsenic is highly toxic. While not as toxic, organic arsenic is still dangerous, and is used as a pesticide and herbicide. Due to its potency, discreetness, and availability, […]

Cost Comparison: Bottled Water vs Water Filtration Crock

Gravity Filter for Water Filter Crock

Do you grab a case of bottled water during your grocery run, or perhaps a quick bottle from the gas station? It might seem like a dollar here, a dollar there, but it adds up to a lot of money in the course of a year. Consider the following: The majority of bottled water sold […]

Our water filter after one month use on tap water

A portable water filter after one month use on tap water.

Pictured is the filter shape of our 1st generation model water filtration crocks. Our new filters have a different shape. Check out this picture of one of our customer’s filters before a cleaning. This is what the Smyth/Cid water filtration system removed from tap water in less than a month! Your water may look clean […]

Environmental Impact of Bottled Water

Environmental Impacts of Bottled Water

Before you grab that next case of bottled water, check out these concerning facts: America’s bottled water production consumes 17 million barrels of oil annually: that’s enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for an entire year. The US ships 1 billion bottles of water around a week in ships, trains, and trucks. That’s a weekly convoy equivalent to 37,800 18-wheelers delivering […]

What Are VOCs? How Do They Get In My Drinking Water?

VOCs in drinking water

What are VOCs? Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. In other words, VOCs have a very low boiling point. Oftentimes, below the freezing point of water. Where do VOCs come from? Some VOCs are naturally occurring, like those released from plants. The smell of […]

How to Take Responsibility of your Drinking Water

Take responsibility for your drinking water

When you turn on the tap, you expect clean, safe water to use for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. Have you ever wondered though, where does your water come from, and is it really safe? And if it is supposedly safe, what assurances do you have? The truth of the matter is that the safety of […]

If I boil water, is it safe from contaminates?

Does boiling water remove contaminates?

Short Answer: Properly boiled water will reduce some contaminates, like bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. However, other contaminates, like lead, nitrates, will actually increase in concentration. You might have heard of boiled water advisories when drinking water is contaminated, or boiling water in emergency situations from untrusted water sources. This safety measure is advised when there […]

Water Filtration Crock Review: Saratogamama.com

Colleen Pierre at Saratogamama.com reviews Smyth/Cid Portable Stoneware Water Filtration Crock

A special thanks to Colleen Pierre and everyone at Saratogamama.com for the positive review of our Smyth/Cid Stoneware Water Filtration System. You can check out her video review here and more details on Saratogamama.com! If you live in the Saratoga County area, do yourself a favor and check out SaratogaMama: it’s a fantastic online resource […]

Is there lead in my water supply? How to get rid of it.

how does lead get in drinking water, and how to remove it

Updated 2-8-16 Lead is a naturally occurring metal. Much of the lead we encounter comes from human activities such as fossil fuels, mining, and manufacturing. It can be found in lead-based paint, batteries, ammunition, solder and pipes, and x-ray protective equipment. Due to an increased awareness of the health hazards of lead, many sources of […]