This Bottle Tests Water for Contamination and Purifies It On The Go

Tap water is safe in most (though not all) US cities, though if you want the peace of mind that filtered water brings, this bottle can test for contamination and purify your water on the go.ecomo-bottle-water-purifier
The Ecomo bottle has a built-in water quality tester that can detect pollutants, including pesticides, dissolved minerals, petroleum products, and heavy metals like lead and mercury. To use the device, you shake the bottle to send water into the tester; the system is connected to an app on your phone, and sends test results via Bluetooth.

From there, you can read the water temperature and track the impurities in your water. The app will then give your water a quality rating out of 10.
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The device cleans the water through a three-layered filter, which looks like a net inside the bottle. One layer of the filter is made of activated charcoal, which removes chlorine, pesticides, and petroleum — the things that can add a “chemical” smell or taste to the water. The second layer is made of an ion-exchange fiber that removes heavy metals, and the third — a nanofiber membrane — catches bacteria and microscopic protozoa that can cause stomach cramps and nausea.

To purify water, you fill the bottle and twist a wheel on the bottom to move the filter through the water. After that, the rating will change to reflect how well the water has been filtered.

The bottle could come in handy if you’re on a hike and need to filter river water, or if you have a feeling your pipes need cleaning and want to make sure the tap water’s potable. More importantly, it could also help those in water crises like the one in Flint find out whether their water contains lead.

The Ecomo has three parts. The first is the water-holding reservoir itself, which contains the net-like filter. A second layer below that is a removable, wearable device that’s built into the bottle. It has a screen that can remind you to drink enough water (a feature that’s been in more than a few smart bottles thus far). The third layer contains the quality monitor and the filter wheel, which also features an indicator that tracks the lifespan of your filter.

A Kickstarter fundraising campaign for the Ecomo is expected to launch October 5. The bottles will start at $129 each for early bird backers, and are expected to ship in March 2017.

For city dwellers who are confident in the quality of their water, the product might be a bit overkill — there are already Brita filter water bottles on the market, and many tiny particulates in your drinking water are actually safe.

But if you’re worried about the purity of your water supply, you might appreciate the ability to make sure what you’re drinking is safe.

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Alexapure Pro™ water filter surprise

Clean water is crucial and it’s not an area you want there to be surprises. We need a filtration system that works flawlessly in a number of grid down scenarios with the least amount of fuss.

If you’re looking to buy a survival water filter, read on. I’m going to share important information that I wish I’d had the chance to consider before purchasing this filtering system. It’s something preppers need to be aware of when deciding what kind of gravity filter is best for them.

I’ve been convinced for several years now that everybody should have a good counter-top gravity water filter in their survival preps for when the grid goes down. Berkey or Doulton had been in my crosshairs, but then the Alexapure came to be, and it was on sale and I was able to get it for $150 with surprise birthday money — but that’s not the surprise I’m talking about.
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I was so excited to reach this prepping milestone and planned to use the unit immediately because I was on a body cleanse and needed plenty of purified water for the next few weeks I’d been buying it in plastic gallons from the store in town or hauling it from a friend’s well several miles away.

When the package arrived, I was happy and proud to see, “Made in USA” stamped on the lid. But my spirits were dampened when I read the information sheet in the package. Maybe this isn’t the best filter for my situation after all.

The good stuff

On the positive side, the Alexapure Pro filter removes an unprecedented 99.999 percent of impurities including pathogens, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, and pharmaceuticals. It processes 2 gallons* of water in about three hours with one filter installed. There is room for four filters in all.

*This is a correction. I originally wrote 4.5 because that is the total capacity of both top and bottom sections, not including volume taken up by the filters.

How much water can a filter clean?

That depends on what you’re putting in. However, online it was said it can do up to 5,000 gallons, as compared to other filters that claim about 3,000 under best conditions.

For one thing, I was surprised that the insert said the Alexapure is “designed for extended use over several months.” Several months? That’s hardly 5,000 gallons. For me, two gallons a day for drinking and cooking is a luxury. If a family uses 10 gallons a day, the filter should last more than a year with good care. But that’s not the surprise I’m focusing on today either.

Situational awareness

I’m going to explain what I found in the package, but first, here is a bit of situational awareness.  I’m a nomad who ends up in a lot of places with undrinkable, unpalatable, and questionable water. Small rural towns are some of the worst. I can smell the chlorine in the tap water where I am now. I also need a filter for creek, lake, rain, and snow water when camping, and for my long term survival needs.

If the system falls apart, many people will be on the move, either heading to bug out locations, or being forced to move from place to place. We could all get portable camping-size filters or Life Straws, but the capacity will be inadequate for daily drinking and cooking. Some of those portable units are disposable and the filters on others only purify a fraction of what the counter top gravity systems can do.

So what’s the problem?

The information sheet says, “Keep your Alexapure Pro™ filter hydrated. Do not let the Alexapure filter completely air-dry”!

I had intended to use the filter system for a while where I was, then pack it up and either take it with me, and set it up again a few weeks later, or put it in storage until spring camping time. But now I couldn’t do either one because the filter would dry out.

alexapure3I really wanted to keep the unit, now that I finally had one, but considered sending it back. I also considered repacking it and putting it storage until springtime, when I’d need it at our off grid camp. But I really thought I should at least assemble everything and test it to make sure it was working properly before relying on it later. Now, even that would not be possible.

I called the company and spoke to someone who was helpful and had a good grasp of English. After checking with his supervisor, here is what he said:

When taking the system apart to transport it, place the filter with the stem up in a zip lock bag with a couple of tablespoons of water. (I’m thinking of getting something that travels better than a zip lock bag with water in it). You can leave it like that for up to two weeks.

For longer term storage, the filter can and should be air dried completely. Then, when you want to use it again, it needs to be recharged by soaking in a mixture of one part grain alcohol (190 proof Everclear will do) to two parts water for forty-eight hours. That means you need at least one pint of good alcohol in your survival preps for every time a situation arises where you have to stash the Alexapure for a while.

I don’t know if the first batch of water afterward will taste like alcohol. I will let you know because I found out I’ll be staying where I am for another month, so decided to set up the filter today.

The guy on the phone also said if you have the unit set up on the counter and you’re just leaving for a week, keep a little water in the top of the unit where the filter is. To do that, you have to have the bottom completely full. The top slips into the bottom and it does not have a seal, so I’m curious if water will leak out when the bottom is overfilled.

I think everyone who sells or promotes the Alexapure Pro™ should clarify these important details along with the other specs for the system. Things like this are important to know when before investing in a gravity flow water filter system.

It was easy to set the unit up and I am now filtering two batches of water through to clean everything. I’m still happy to finally have a water filter, just not happy about the extra concerns with babying the filter along so it will be in top shape when my family and I really need to rely on it.

This experience underscores the importance of using and understanding the idiosyncrasies of tools and equipment before an emergency hits.

/ I have been using the Alexapure for 14 days and I’m glad to have it. A couple other observations though: There is about of inch of water at the bottom that doesn’t sift through because of how the filter is designed. Also, I love the stainless steel water reservoirs, but if there is a weak point in the design, I suspect it’s the plastic spigot. It would be good if the company would offer this and other replacement parts (other than the filters). /

Original posting of this article is here.  https://simpleunhookedliving.wordpress.com/2015/12/29/alexapure-pro-water-filter-surprise/

Trace Evidence of Antifreeze Found in Drinking Water at Grade School in Hartford

HARTFORD — Students at Addison Elementary School are getting a lesson about antifreeze, after the chemical was discovered in the school’s drinking water. Officials say the problem has been addressed, and there is no health concern. But some parents are still worried.

The Slinger School District has informed parents of students of the problem with the drinking water.

According to a letter sent to the parents on Saturday, May 14th, Principal John Larkin and Superintendent Daren Sievers told parents the following:

“This problem requires immediate action to prevent exposure, but we do not believe that any students or staff have been harmed at this time. We will, however, be taking several precautionary measures to further protect students and staff at Addison until we have the answers we need. School will resume on Monday, May 16th as scheduled.”

The principal’s letter indicates school officials were informed that a recent water sample at Addison Elementary “showed trace evidence of both propylene and ethylene glycol (antifreeze)” in the drinking water. The source of that antifreeze “is from a broken pipe” in the HVAC system.

The HVAC system hasn’t been working since February. In April, it was determined that was due to the broken underground pipe.

“The ground had shifted, settled and cracked some of the pipes,” Sievers said. “We ordered up a water test to see if any of the air conditioning chemicals that are part of the chilling system were at risk of entering the water system.”

There was. Officials say levels detected are above the standards for drinking water, but said the levels are very low.

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The principal’s letter indicates until the situation is resolved, all drinking fountains at the school have been turned off. Students are encouraged to bring water to school if possible from now through the end of the school year.

“We turned off all the bubblers, purchased cases and cases of bottled water for the students to have indefinitely,” Sievers said.

“The school district will be providing bottled water for cooking and drinking from now until the end of the school year, as needed,” the letter states.

That’s what Jackie Beers said her three children will be doing.

“I know that (school district officials) are on top of it and taking good care of it,” Beers said.

Officials say hand washing is safe, as long as the hand washing is done at high temperatures.

School officials say they have spoken with representatives from the Wisconsin DNR, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Poison Control, and Washington County.

The hope is that the results of further tests will be in by Friday.

This type of issue is increasing daily within the United States.  As water quality decreases the need for more effective filtering becomes critical on a per household basis.

Article was originally published at http://fox6now.com/2016/05/16/trace-evidence-of-antifreeze-found-in-drinking-water-at-grade-school-in-slinger/