Thank you to PUR® for sponsoring this post on the importance of clean drinking water. All opinions are my own.
Having clean water is the single most important thing to human health. Having access to clean drinking water is literally what keeps us healthy and alive.
Many of us take for granted just how clean our drinking water actually is. It can be confusing to figure out what contaminants might be lurking in your drinking water.
Things like lead and other heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, microbial cysts and much more are allowed in our water supply at certain levels. But that doesn't mean it's truly safe for us to consume.
I recently discovered KnowYourWater.com and found it to be a really easy way to understand what's in your local water supply. Unfortunately I live in a remote mountain town and they don't have data for our water supply here. However, I got to explore the journey of water in the nearest area to us they have on file.
It was pretty astounding to see the variety of different contaminants that are in our water supply. It was also fascinating to watch how the contaminants change through the cycle of water getting to our homes.
I hadn't thought much about it, but it makes sense that water actually gets more contaminated after it's treated while it's on its way to your home. Old city infrastructure as well as old pipes in homes can contribute to the contamination.
Do Your Know What's in Your Drinking Water?
If you don't, pop over to KnowYourWater.com and check out the drinking water in your area. This website uses public water quality data they get from the EPA, who receives their info from local municipalities, so it's reputable information.
It's the only website where you'll find such detailed information in a way that's also easy to understand. Don't worry, you won't be combing through detailed reports. You'll get a simple visual representation of what's in your water in a way that's easy to understand.
You'll get to learn 3 pieces of information about your water supply (if they have your local info):
- Your closest local water source.
- The levels of lead and copper in your water, and possibly levels of other contaminants if your municipality chose to share the info (it's not required by the EPA).
- Specifically which treatments are performed on your water before it leaves the treatment plant.
You Need to Filter Your Drinking Water
Did you go check out KnowYourWater.com and discover there are more contaminants in your water than you realized? Then you know it's so important to have a filter for your drinking water.
We've tried lots of water filters over the years and are currently testing out the latest PUR faucet filter.
It's important to me that the new faucet filters are certified by the NSF and the WQA to reduce more than 70 contaminants from our drinking water, including 99% of lead, 96% of mercury and 92% of certain pesticides – which is more than any other brand of faucet filter.
PUR faucet filters are also certified to reduce chlorine (both taste and odor), microbial cysts, certain industrial pollutants and certain pharmaceutical compounds (it's the only faucet filter to be able to do this).
I've seen PUR filters in the past, and they seemed kind of bulky. I love how the new Advanced Faucet Water Filter has been redesigned to have a horizontal, space-saving design that withstands tough kitchen use.
The new PUR filters feature PUR MineralClear® filters, which filter water over natural minerals for a crisp, refreshing taste. They also have a CleanSensor™ Monitor that indicates whether your filter is still good, so you know that your water is safe and healthy to drink.
There are 3 different systems in their new faucet filtration system line: PUR Ultimate, PUR Advanced and PUR Basic, and they come in five different models. They're available in chrome and stainless steel, and retail for $34.99-$44.99.
You can find these new faucet filtration systems at major retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, or if you're like me, you can shop online at Amazon.com and PUR.com.
Interested in learning more about your water? Visit KnowYourWater.com and then share your experience in a comment on my blog for a chance to win a $50 gift card and PUR® Advanced Faucet Filter. View the Rafflecopter below to see how you can enter to win!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PUR.