The Steps in our Purification Process:
1) Micron Filter
Two pre-filters are used in the first stage to get the water ready for processing. The first filter is a 5 micron filter. This removes particles larger than 5 microns. This preps the water and extends the life of the second filter (see step 4). This filter is changed based on the gauge readings on the front of the system.
2) Granular Activated Carbon (GAC)
A bacteriostatic GAC bed filter removes organics, pesticides, chlorine, chloroform, toxic chemicals, trihalomethanes (THM) and trichloroethylenes (TCE) and unpleasant taste and odors. It is a mix bed of Carbons that regenerates itself automatically based on water usage and the condition of the water. Our special GAC unit setup also removes MTBE’s (this is a contaminant that gets in the ground water from gasoline).
Softener. Removes hard inorganics such as iron, calcium carbonate, magnesium. By removing these now, it helps protect and extend the life of the Reverse Osmosis Membranes. This machine also back washes suspended material and micro-organisms. The ion-exchanger is electronically monitored to detect hardness of the water and gallon usage to insure top benefits every time. It is set on a timer and regenerates itself at night.
4) A 1-Micron Filter
The next step is the 1 micron filter. It is also preparing the water for purification processing. This filter is a multi-stage filter that removes particles larger than the microscopic size of 1 micron. This is so small that you cannot see it with the naked eye. This filter is changed based on the gauge readings on the front of the system.
5) Reverse Osmosis
This is the heart of the system. Here water pressure is raised to 200 lbs. per square inch and pushed through a semi-permeable reverse osmosis membrane which pushes water molecules through pores so small that their size is 500,000 times smaller than the “.” (dot) in the letter “i”, while contaminates such as dissolved minerals, metals, salts and other residues are washed down the drain. The reverse osmosis membranes connected to this unit are capable of producing 2,500 gallons in 24 hours. The reverse osmosis membranes are setup in a special way to get maximum usage of the water so less is being wasted down the drain. These reverse osmosis membranes carry an average of 98% to 99% total rejection, depending on the condition of the water coming in. To carry the label “Pure water” by law, the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) must be below 10 Parts Per Million (PPM).
Special note: The minerals (measured by TDS) in water are a mixture of all types of minerals (hard, non-ionic, carbonates), meaning it is hard for your body to get them. We suggest a good diet with foods rich in organic minerals — which is hard to do unless the food is grown in mineral rich soil. You can also supplement your minerals with ionic minerals or herbal trace minerals, both carrying a full spectrum of minerals. Both type of minerals can be found at our store.
6) Maintaining our Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membranes
We mention this step to show you the extra steps we do for quality water. We do this by shutting down the raw water source and sending the pure water back through the RO membranes. We do this at difference pressures to meet all cleaning needs of the RO membranes. Special steps must be taken here to keep the membranes safe, thus allowing them to be cleaned safely. The result is top quality oxygenated water every time.
Located throughout the system, these powerful magnets help recharge water and neutralize acid water. Our water’s pH has an averaging pH of 7.0, even with a TDS average of 3 PPM.
As water is made, we use ozone to destroy and keep impurities out of the water. The radical “O1” in “O3” is very unstable. It seeks to remove any remaining contaminates and burns them up. The ozone then returns to “O2” (oxygen), thus making H2O + O2. The overall result is sparkling clean, great tasting, bacteria-free healthy oxygenated water. Ozone is the best known way of getting rid of any contaminates. Ozone acts aggressively 3,000 times faster than chlorine in trying to remove a contaminate. Example: *Contact time for Chlorine to get rid of Giardia cysts (parasite) is 137 minutes. Contact time for ozone is only 1.43 minute (*Safe Drinking Water Act). Ozone is nature’s way of disinfecting and cleaning. Ozone is naturally produced by bolts of lighting during a thunderstorm. Because ozone naturally disinfects and cleans, no harsh chemical are used or residues are left behind in your bottle.
9) Carbon Block
Using the latest technology, we use a carbon block at the end stage to double insure all chemicals are removed. The carbon block is similar to the GAC and we are able to keep the TDS levels at their lowest.
10) UV Sterlight
The Sterlight acts as a redundant system to sterilize the water with ultraviolet light just as nature does in cloud tops. This is done just before the water is put into your bottle. The Ultraviolet light’s disinfecting process has the ability to kill the Bacteria, Viruses, Typhoid Fever, Coliform, Dysentery, Cholera, Infectious Jaundice, Hepatitis and Influenza Virus, E-coli, Enteric Fever and many other unwanted microorganisms.
Our system is setup on a recirculation loop to insure fresh water is being delivered at all times. The recirculation loop sends the pure water back through the carbon block and re-injects ozone into the water. This keeps the water fresh and highly oxygenated at all times.
12) Getting Your Water
A powered motor repressurizers the water, and delivers it to you at a rate up to 20 gallons per minute. As water is being delivered, ozone is being injected into your bottle. This is done for two reasons. One is to disinfect your bottle and the other to highly oxygenate the water. We recommend letting the water sit for 15 minutes before you drink it so the ozone will dissipate from an O3 oxygen molecule to a an O2 oxygen molecule.
13) Storing Your Water
We recommend Tritan bottles. Tritan is a BPA-free plastic — it is not manufactured with bisphenol A (BPA) or other bisphenol compounds, such as bisphenol S (BPS). Tritan is impact-resistant — products can be used without fear of shattering. Tritan leaves no plastic smell or taste in the water. If you use Polycarbonate (PC), just make sure it is free of BPA and BPS. With some bottles you may taste the plastic (as in HDPE #2). With our purification, process you can store the water long periods in the correct container, just keep it out of direct sunlight and out of extreme colds/heat. We also carry a full range of bottles, from ½ gallons to 5 gallons.