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CONTAMINANTS: REMOVING THE IMPURITIES

An eSpring® Water Purifier ensures your drinking water is as clean, great tasting, and clear as possible. No other system is documented to effectively reduce as wide a range of contaminants as eSpring.

INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED PERFORMANCE

Disinfectants & Pesticides
Radionuclides
Particulates
Contaminants
Carbon-Only

Disinfectants
If your tap water is treated at a local or regional water treatment facility, a disinfecting agent (typically chlorine or chloramines) is used. During the disinfection process, low levels of disinfection by-products can form when the disinfectant reacts with naturally occurring organic matter in the water. Some of these compounds are suspected carcinogens, and regulatory agencies are trying to reduce the levels. The pressed carbon block in the eSpring® System is very effective at reducing disinfectant by-products.

During tests by NSF International, the eSpring System met or exceeded the reduction standards for disinfection by-products such as THMs (trihalomethanes), including chloroform, bromoform, bromodichloromethane, and chlorodibromomethane.

Pesticides and Pesticide By-Products
Pesticide contamination of groundwater and surface water is an increasing concern, particularly in agricultural areas. Although pesticide contamination of drinking water does not appear to be widespread, water quality surveys have shown it does occur. The extent of drinking water contamination and the health effects of consuming low levels of pesticides are not yet known. Tests conducted by NSF International have resulted in certification of the eSpring Water Purifier for the effective reduction of a number of different pesticides and pesticide by-products.

Radionuclides are radioactive health-effect contaminants. The eSpring® Water Purifier is the first NSF certified system to reduce radon and radon decay products in drinking water. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has no taste, odor, or color. Radon is produced by the natural decay of uranium found in soil and rocks containing uranium ores, granite, shale, phosphate, and pitchblende. Most radon rises out of rock and is harmlessly dissipated in the atmosphere. However, radon gas can accumulate and dissolve in underground water sources such as wells.

Particulates are tiny solids suspended in water. They can be visible or invisible specks of dirt, rust, or other materials. Particulates can affect the taste, odor, and clarity of your water. The spaces between the carbon molecules in the carbon block filter of the eSpring® Water Purifier are extremely small, enabling the filter to remove particles as small as 0.2 microns. That’s 300 percent smaller than the width of a human hair. This includes tiny particles such of asbestos, sediment, dirt, and scale.

Contaminants come in many different forms. As described above, they can range from naturally-occurring microorganisms and minerals, to industrial and agricultural pollutants, and even to chemicals that have been inadvertently introduced by the very processes used by cities and towns to treat drinking public drinking water. Contamination can affect the taste, odor, and purity of water.

Inorganic Contaminants

The eSpring® System effectively removes lead, mercury, and asbestos. Even at low levels, lead poisoning may cause IQ deficiencies, reading and learning disabilities, impaired hearing, reduced attention spans, hyperactivity, and other behavior problems. Lead can exist in different forms in water, depending on the pH or acidity of the water. The eSpring System was tested at two different pHs to accurately determine that it is effective at reducing lead.

Mercury gets into water from erosion of natural mineral deposits, discharge from refineries and factories, and runoff from landfills and farms. Asbestos sources include decay of asbestos cement in water mains, runoff from glass and electronics plant wastes and wear/breakdown of asbestos-containing materials. The eSpring system effectively reduces both mercury and asbestos.

Organic Contaminants

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs are a group of organic chemicals that may leach into ground water or be discharged into lakes and streams in wastewater coming from chemical, plastic, petroleum plants, landfills, dry cleaners, or gasoline storage tanks.

Vinyl Chloride

Vinyl chloride is a gas used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a plastic material often used for drinking water pipes. Prior to the mid-1970s, PVC pipe often contained high levels of residual vinyl chloride, which could contaminate drinking water. While the methods of manufacturing PVC pipes have changed to significantly reduce any residual vinyl chloride, many older PVC pipes are still in use, and vinyl chloride contamination of drinking water still occurs.

The eSpring® Carbon Water Treatment System has an activated pressed carbon-block filter. This patented, multistage carbon-block technology effectively reduces more than 140 potential health-effect contaminants that may be present in your drinking water. But it allows beneficial minerals like calcium, magnesium, and fluoride to pass through.