Best Water Treatment Solutions
While there are a variety of water treatment options available to filter and cleanse drinking water, Water Wise takes pride in its scientifically engineered and tested, natural and environmentally friendly treatment systems that take a holistic approach to water treatment. We also have a fantastic team that can not only help you find the system that is right for you, but provide you with the highest quality aftercare to help maintain your system into the future.
So how does Water Wise systems compare to other drinking water alternatives?
Bottled water is the least environmentally friendly drinking water option and also can have harmful effects on your health. Bottled water
- contains polymers that produce oestrogen-like hormones that are released into the water during the bottling process. When the drinking water is poured into hot plastic bottles, mostly made from PET, the polymer plasticisers (plastic softeners) dissolve in the water, rendering it toxic.*
- harms the environment, with PET water bottles adding substantially to landfill and clogging rivers, streams and damaging ecosystems
- is typically heated to 80 ֯C before filling, heating up the plastic bottle and releasing toxic chemicals, while destroying the molecular structure of the water and affecting the body’s ability to properly absorb it
- is expensive with the average four-person household spending at least €430.00 per year (6 litres per day at 20 cents per litre)
- is gassed with CO2 or N2 to prevent bacterial contamination which decreases the pH to create slightly acidic water which can be harmful to the body.
*Results from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.
** Martin Wagner and Jörg Oehlmann Endocrine disruptors in bottled mineral water: total estrogenic burden and migration from plastic bottles, publicized in Environmental Science and Pollution Research Vol. 16, No. 3, May 2009 p. 278 – 286.
Water softeners remove minerals from the water like calcium that cause lime build-up by replacing it with sodium. While that might be helpful for your pipes and appliances, it results in water that tastes unpleasant to drink and can damage your health. However, by removing all the minerals from the water (such as Magnesium which is associated with heart health), it not only tastes unpleasant but can result in harmful health effects such as hypertension if consumed on a regular basis. Water softeners can also be expensive to purchase and maintain, and impact the environment by continued back-flushing of sodium into the sewerage system.
Also known as RO, reverse osmosis is an unnatural, industrialised process that forces tap water through extremely small membranes under high pressure, with only water molecules able to pass through. While the process removes contaminants, it also strips the water of practically all essential minerals and trace elements including Potassium and Magnesium.
- Under normal household conditions, we would not recommend RO systems because:
- RO converts the water into a man-made product that does not exists in nature and can be unhealthy to drink
- the process creates acidic water by lowering the pH to between 5.5 and 4.5
- the process damages the natural structure of the water’s oxygen molecules
- RO treated water can damage certain water pipes such as those made from low grade PVC.
Ultra Violet Treatment (UV)
There are a number of concerns about using UV radiation to treat drinking water. While large municipal drinking water plants and industrial factories use specialised lamps with a very short-wave lengths (below 400μ) to oxidise water contaminants, the process is not ideal for use in the home. That is because the oxidisation process readily forms mould stemming from unknown and possibly poisonous compounds, particularly when there are long chains of carbohydrates in the water originating from hormones, medical residues and similar components. Another side effect of UV treatment is that while it kills bacteria in the water, it does not remove it, leaving “dead bodies” in the water. The electricity used in the process also creates an effect similar to electro smog. We would only recommend UV treatment in rare cases, and that it is followed by additional carbon filters at the kitchen tap to remove “dead bacteria” and mutated compounds that can have a harmful effect on your health.
Kangen Water uses electricity to split the water into acid and alkaline water, with suppliers advocating the benefits of the PH altered drinking water. Kangen Water may be beneficial to some people who have either undergone a serious operation or been diagnosed with a severe illness, however when used as a “medicine” in this way, should only be done under strict supervision. In our opinion, as the process is not natural, Kangen Water is not a complete drinking water treatment system and still requires treatment to remove contaminants and restore the water’s natural health-giving properties.
Kangen Water is considered a medical water whose pH is tailored to the needs of the individual user and their medical diagnosis. Kangen Water offers evidence of its achievements in treating people with its different degrees of pH water internally and externally.
However, we do not sell Kangen Water systems for daily, normal drinking water needs on the basis of the following:
- Kangen Water uses electrical voltages with different currents (electrosmog) to split the water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. These are then stored using a membrane that is separated between the water with a low pH and the water with a high pH. This is not a natural process.
- The production of Kangen Water is a physicochemical process that has nothing to do with natural water.
- Kangen Water is not for use as a daily drinking water that is suitable for everyone.
- Kangen Water does not occur in nature, with no known natural water sources providing water with varying pH levels.
- Kangen Water systemss do not remove contaminants (eg. heavy metals, chemicals) and also require an activated carbon filter.
- Washing and cooking with Kangen Water is again, not natural. For example, who prepares fish or meat by rubbing it with acid?
- It is well known that water with a high pH is very effective for cleaning. One of Kangen Water’s key marketed attributes is the availability of high pH water for cleaning. However, the same effect can be achieved by adding a pinch of soda to your rinse water, without the need for an expensive Kangen system.
- A Kangen Water system is much more expensive than an Alvito filter which comes with a luxury design and high-quality stainless-steel fittings.
- A Kangen Water system requires more space than an Alvito filter.
To compare our systems further, please feel free to give us a call to discuss the benefits of each.
Grander Water units aim to change the inner structure of the drinking water molecules and return them to a highly ordered state. It does this using an ampoule in the centre of the treatment unit that is filled with water called the “Information Water” or “Primeval Water”. It is said that when the untreated water passes the ampoule, positive energies are transferred. While in theory this can be beneficial, the process does not treat the “bad information” in the water, meaning that the positive impact of the ampoule may be reduced, with “treated” water perhaps even adapting undesirable information that changes it state. In addition, Grander water does not filter the water, leaving your drinking water contaminated with bacteria, pesticides, medical residue and other toxic compounds that are regularly found in water supplies.
Distilled Water has been consumed for some time and many users believe it is a good and cheap drinking water source. The manufacturing process for distilled water is relatively simple. Water, mostly tap water collected in a glass or stainless-steel container is brought to boil by various heat sources. The boiling water evaporates and runs through cooled inert glass or highly alloyed stainless-steel coils. The vapour condensates and drips into another container as distilled water.
While distilled water is largely free of minerals, microorganisms and other compounds, the distilling process does not remove all contaminants and therefore requires a downstream charcoal filter to produce contaminant free water.
Some controversy surrounds distilled water as some people believe it is a very healthy water, while others consider it a poison and to have a negative effect on the body. In fact, normal consumption of distilled water is not harmful for one’s health, however when consumed to excess, water poisoning can occur.
Ultimately however distilled water cannot be compared with natural water as distilling is not a natural process like evaporation in nature which is part of the natural water cycle. Even rain water is not distilled. Heating and boiling water will always have an impact on the natural structure of water and is an artificial, industrially manufactured water that living beings are not intended to drink on a daily basis.