Category Archives: Water Safety

EPA Warns Hoosick Falls, NY: Don’t Drink PFOA Contaminated Water

perfluorooctanoic acid in drinking water, Hoosick Falls NY

On December 17th, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned residents in Hoosick Falls not to drink or cook with village water because of elevated levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). As reported by the Times Union: PFOA was used since the 1940s to manufacture industrial and household products such as non-stick coatings and heat-resistant […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is Fluoride In Drinking Water Bad? How To Remove It?

Is fluoride in drinking water bad for you?

Since the 1940’s, fluoride has been introduced to municipal drinking supplies across the country. Approximately 67.1% of the US population receives fluoridated water for the purpose of reducing cavities. Flouride prevents cavities by binding to tooth enamel, making the tooth more resistant to acid attack from bacteria. As a result, fluoride is often included in […]

Are There Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water?

Pharmaceuticals in drinking water

When you fill a glass of water from the faucet, whether it’s well water or city water, there’s a chance that you’re getting more than hydration. According to the Associated Press, you could be drinking a witches’ brew of pharmaceuticals: drugs for aches and pains, infections, seizures, blood pressure, hormones for menopause, drugs for depression, […]