What Is Reverse Osmosis? And Why Is It Better Than Any Other Filter?

If you’ve already taken a look at the products available from EWT, one particular phrase may have stood out: reverse osmosis.
But what exactly is reverse osmosis, and what makes our reverse osmosis models any better than any other filter system? Let’s find out!

Firstly, what exactly is reverse osmosis?

Reverse osmosis is a water filtration technique that removes contaminants from your water by pressurising it before flowing it through a semipermeable membrane. It is designed to remove toxins as well as regulating levels of other elements such as chloride and sodium.

Does it really do the job better than a regular water filtration system?

Although regular filtration systems are highly effective, reverse osmosis goes the extra mile. It can reduce and remove copper, lead and arsenic to name a few – in addition to the regular chlorine and sulphur you’d expect.
In turn, this makes the water even healthier to consume than any other, protecting you from the pitfalls that can come with consuming those elements – which may include illnesses and even types of cancer.

Do I need a reverse osmosis filter?

Whether you need a reverse osmosis filter is up to you to decide. Some people are happy enough having a regular water filtration system, as this will still eliminate 99.9 percent of toxins. However, others are more comfortable knowing their filter is doing even more of an effective job and feel more assured having the best of the best.
Reverse osmosis filters are also a great choice for those who have developed a weakened immune system as a result of illness or as a side effect from treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. This is due to the fact the system eliminates the risk of infection or the spreading of illnesses through the water.

How do I get a reverse osmosis filter?

We provide a reverse osmosis model right her at EWT. As part of our Gold range, you’ll find the Gold Series G8 Stage Reverse Osmosis Water Purification System, which is now only £560. It’s our most comprehensive water system to date and incorporates five stages of filtration to protect your supply from hundreds of known toxins. It’s the most advanced reverse osmosis system we offer, so give it a try for the purest possible water.

If you’d like to learn more about the range we have here at EWT – covering both regular and reverse osmosis filters as well as softeners, we’d love for you to get in touch with any queries and will be happy to help you make the right choice for your needs.

7 Ways Your Bathroom Could Be Using Less Water

We’ve previously posted about some of the best ways to cut down on water use in the home – and even in the garden – but what about in the bathroom, specifically? The bathroom is probably the first room that comes to mind when you think about water, so it should certainly be one you keep an eye on if you’re looking to cut down on the amount of water you’re using.
Here are eight simple ways your bathroom could be using less water, cutting down your water footprint in the process. Give them a try and you may even find your water bills reducing!

1. Re-use wasted water.

Some people like to let the shower run for a minute or two before getting in, to make sure it’s at an ideal temperature.
If you like to do this, don’t let that running water go to waste! Place a bucket under the shower head and use it elsewhere, whether it’s to water the plants or even for cleaning.

2. Consider a ‘low flow’ shower head.

A low flow shower head is designed to use less water and save you money, as it doesn’t spray out as much water as a standard shower head.

3. Cut down your shower times.

If you’re prone to spending a long time in the shower, consider cutting it down to save both water and money.

4. Don’t let the water run.

Remember to turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving. There’s no reason to leave it running the whole time.

5. Try low flow taps on your sink.

If you like the idea of having a low flow shower head, you’ll be happy to know that a similar concept exists for taps too!

5. Look out for leaks.

Leaky taps or pipes can lead to a lot of water being used unnecessarily, so be sure to look out for them and have them fixed as soon as you can.

6. Install a low flow toilet.

That’s right – you can get low flow toilets too! All of these devices are designed to complete the same function as standard ones, using less water in the process. These easy ways to use less water in your bathroom are definitely worth a try for anyone looking to reduce the amount of water they use in general.

7. Use less water with each flush.

If you’re not willing or able to replace your entire toilet right now, there’s an alternative way to use less water. Fill up an old plastic bottle with water and place it in your toilet tank. This reduces the amount of water used with each flush.

To learn more about water within the home (including how you can make it safer and better tasting too) check out the rest of our blog here at EWT.
You’ll be surprised at how much difference a few simple changes can make!

Conserving Water Outdoors: How To Cut Down Outside The Home

If your water bill is a little on the higher side, it’s possible that you’ve already considered many different ways to conserve water in the home, such as checking for leaks and switching off the tap as you brush your teeth.
But what you may not yet have considered is that there are also ways you can conserve water outdoors. Read on to learn more about how you can cut down outside the home!

Water the grass earlier in the morning.

Watering your grass early in the morning ensures there’s time for plenty of it to be absorbed by the soil and plants before the sun reaches its higher points and evaporation starts to increase. You’ll find you won’t have to use quite as much water rehydrating it, as it will stay fresh for longer.

Don’t rely on your sprinkler’s automatic settings.

Sprinklers can be unpredictable, and may start to spray your lawn when there’s really no need. If that’s often the case, try switching off the automated features and turn it on and off as required.

Let your grass grow a little longer.

If you don’t feel the need for a perfectly mown lawn, let your grass grow a little longer. Longer grass will help to reduce evaporation and help to conserve water – so you won’t have to water your grass as frequently.

Fit a nozzle on to your garden hose.

Adding a nozzle to your garden hose will result in a more even water distribution and ensure that less water is wasted as it won’t start to flow as soon as you turn on your tap.

Consider more landscaping if you really want to save money.

If your garden is full of grass and weeds that you don’t want to spend the time or money looking after, consider having your garden landscaped. You can still fill it with flowers and pots by planting them in pots or planters.

Choose plants that are ideally suited to your local climate.

Exotic plants that aren’t usually suited to your local climate often need a lot more water. While having a couple is okay, try to make the most of native plants and fill your garden with locally inspired blooms.

Use mulch to keep soil cool.

Mulch is great to use in your garden if you want to use less water. Laying it down will help to keep soil at a cooler temperature, helping to reduce evaporation. As it holds on to water for longer, you won’t need to water it as much.

By following these helpful outdoor tips, you should find yourself using less water outside – and being able to focus more on the amount of water (and of course its quality) inside.

Easy Ways Water Filters Can Have A Positive Effect On The Environment

There are plenty of reasons to consider having a water filter installed in your home – or even at your workplace if you’re in charge of the premises. But aside from your own personal benefits, using a water filter can also be great for planet Earth.
Some of the reasons are surprisingly simple, so let’s take a look at a few easy ways water filters can have a positive effect on the environment around us.

You’ll have less need to purchase water in plastic bottles.

Many people list the bad taste and quality of tap water amongst their reasons for buying bottled water. But if your water is great tasting and safer than ever, there’ll no longer be a need to! Bottled water bottles are of course made from plastic, which is harder to recycle than you may have thought. This means many plastic bottles end up in landfills or even simply cluttering our streets as litter. Neither option is appealing, so try not to contribute to it as much. Even when you’re on the go, it’s easy to to buy a re-usable water bottle to take your fresh supply with you.

Water filters will encourage you to drink from your own supply, which cuts down on manufacturing and transportation effects, as well as plastic bottles.

In addition to the plastic bottles themselves, we also have to consider the process of the water being bottled and transported to our local stores. This plastic is going to have been made in a factory, which may have omitted a lot of chemicals and toxins into the air during its production. There’s also the fact lorries, ships and planes all damage the environment with their high carbon footprints. They’ll also be using up a lot of fossil fuel, like oil. Reduce your impact on these emissions by simply enjoying water from the source – no production or transportation needed.

These are just a few examples of how having a water filter installed could be a positive thing – not just for you, but for the Earth’s environment as well!

If you’re considering living a little greener or just want to do your bit to help the world around us, consider a water filter. In addition to its environmental effects, you’ll also get to enjoy better tasting, safer water for you and your family too!
Take a look around our site to see the wide range of water filters we have available – or feel free to go ahead and get in touch if you’re looking to learn more and get the process started!

How Does Your Water Look? How Its Colour Can Determine Its Safety

How Does Your Water Look? How Its Colour Can Determine Its Safety

If you’re wondering whether your water is safe to drink, the colour of the water can be a big indicator. If it’s strange in colour or appears cloudy, that will usually mean that something is not quite right and will lead you to question whether the water is dangerous to drink.

As water is an essential, keep reading to learn more about colour found in water, what it means and what can be done to solve the problem.

Identifying Colour in Water

Usually if there’s something off about the colour of your water supply, you’ll find it’s a yellow or red toned shade. This generally indicates a high level of contaminants such as iron – which can have an effect on the water’s oxygen presence.

Discoloured Water in Nature

While we recommend that you don’t drink water from an unregulated supply, many people still choose to take a sip from public streams or springs – especially at famous sources of water.

This may well be safe at an authorised source where the water is clear, but again – if the water is yellow, it’s better to avoid it.

Yellowness at the source is usually down to decaying organic matter, which is not something you’d want to consume.

This could also be an explanation for your home supply, in the event any of these organic compounds have made their way into the system.

The Potential Hazards of Off Colour Water

If your water supply is off colour, the colour itself is not toxic – but the contaminants that caused it could be.

The elements that lead to the supply becoming contaminated are at risk of developing chlorinated compounds like trihalomethanes – one of which being chloroform, a well known carcinogen.

How to Treat Contaminated Water

If your water appears to be contaminated by its colour, it will usually be a matter for your water company. If it is contaminated somewhere within their supply, it is their responsibility to deal with the problem and ensure their customers have access to clean, safe water in their homes and business premises.

However, for further peace of mind and to ensure you’re getting the safest, cleanest water possible, you can also have a water filter installed that will remove 99.9 percent of impurities and toxins, resulting in healthy, safe and great tasting water.

If you’re considering having a water filter installed, why not check out the range here at EWT?

We have a wide range of filters and softeners available that can be used in both homes and business premises, with a range that caters to varying budgets to ensure you can find one that suits your needs.

Browse our site to learn more, or feel free to get in touch if you have any question at all. We look forward to hearing from you!

Not All Water Filters Are Made Equal: What Does Yours Remove?

Not All Water Filters Are Made Equal: What Does Yours Remove?

If you’ve never owned a water filter before, you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re all the same. After all, don’t they all do pretty much the same thing?

But really, not all water filters are made equal. Each one comes with its own set of features and abilities, so it’s important to research your product and decide which one is the best for you and your home.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding on the best water filter!

What impurities can the filter remove – and to what extent?

Water filters can remove many elements such as chlorine and heavy metals. Does the filter you’re looking at remove all of these elements or just a few? This is something you need to be asking.

Does it put any elements back into the water?

Some water filters may be found to feed certain elements back into the system. Ideally, you’ll want one that simply purifies them all.

How does it work? How are the impurities removed?

Water filters can work in a variety of ways. Some use physical filtration, some use chemical filtration and others use more in depth techniques such as reverse osmosis. Take a minute to research each one and decide which you’d like to purchase.

What’s left after the purifying process?

Are there still going to be any toxic elements left in the water? This is an important question to ask.

If any traces of impurities are left – how much?

If there are any impurities remaining – what percentage? Ideally, your filter will remove 99.9% of impurities and contaminants from the water.

What is maintenance like on the water filter?

Some water filters require more maintenance than others. This may include filter replacement, handling, monitoring and cleaning. How often you’ll have to do these things may help you decide on which to buy.

Is it easy to install?

Ease of installation is important if you’re planning on fitting the water filter yourself, so be sure to check how complicated it may be. You could also consider buying from a company who will install your water filter for you – such as EWT!

Is it good value for money?

Perhaps the most important aspect for a lot of people – value for money is important to consider. You’ll want a filter that’s within your budget, but also of the highest possible quality within that price range.

Once you’ve determined the answers to the above questions in relation to the water filters you’ve been considering, you should have a clearer idea of which is the best and which is right for you.

If you want a high quality water filter that does everything you need it to, check out the range here at EWT. We’ll be ready and waiting whenever you’re ready to learn more!

Fluoride Is A Toxin: Here is Why And How To Remove It

Not many people realise, but back in 2014, fluoride was officially classed as a toxin – according to the world’s oldest and most renowned medical journal, The Lancet. Read on to learn more about what makes it that way and what this could mean for us as we consume water from a public supply.


Firstly, what is Fluoride?

Fluoride in this context refers to sodium fluoride – essentially fluorine and salt, which is added to water supplies, toothpaste and other products.


Why is Fluoride considered a toxin now?

Although Fluoride has commonly been used in drinking water and dental products, it has recently been classified as a toxin – on the same level as arsenic, mercury and lead. This is due to the fact it contains developmental neurotoxicants than could lead to ADHD, dyslexia and a range of other cognitive impairments.

It has also been linked to several types of cancer, as well as infertility. There is so much evidence to back up the dangers of Fluoride, that it has actually been banned from being added to water in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and parts of Africa. That certainly says a lot about the risks of consuming Fluoride.

But wait – aren’t water companies adding fluoride to mains supplies all over the country?

Yes – that’s true, and it’s scary to those who realise the effects Fluoride can have! Many water companies are adding Fluoride to their supply due to the dental benefits of Fluoride. So far, around 10% of the UK’s population receives fluoridated water.

Although the dental benefits are true, many people are against the Fluoridation of water supplies due to the negative effects the toxin can have on the body. In fact, many are shocked that the water companies would even consider Fluoridation!


I don’t want to consume Fluoride. What can I do?

If you live in an area with a water supply that contains Fluoride, you may not realise that you can still choose whether to consume it or not.

Thankfully, a high quality water filter will be able to remove Fluoride from your supply should you not wish to consume it. To remove it, you’ll need a filter that features a reverse osmosis system – for example the Gold Series G5 available from EWT. Using our filter, you’ll be able to reduce Fluoride levels in your water supply by around 90 percent. As a result, you’ll be consuming a lot less Fluoride than those who drink unfiltered water from the mains, putting your body at far less risk of developing any negative effects or conditions caused by Fluoride.

If you’re concerned about Fluoride in your water, get in touch with EWT to discuss the ideal product for your needs. We look forward to helping you on your path to healthier water!

 

 

Here is How A Free Water Audit From EWT Could Help You Make The Right Decisions

Have you ever considered a water audit? If so, you may be interested to learn that EWT offers free water audits that could give you all of the right information you can use to move forward and make the right decisions regarding money, your environmental impact and the way you run your premises from day to day.Have you ever considered a water audit? If so, you may be interested to learn that EWT offers free water audits that could give you all of the right information you can use to move forward and make the right decisions regarding money, your environmental impact and the way you run your premises from day to day.

What is a water audit?

A water audit service is having a professional look over the way your business uses water and how changes could be made to save the business money, support the environment and have a greener impact.

Most businesses – if not all – will want to save as much money as possible, which is enough reason in itself to consider an audit.

Others will be feeling the pressure to go green as more and more large companies take a stand against environmental damage. If you’re making the switch to a greener way of running your business, a water audit could be a great place to start.

 
What are the benefits of a water audit?

The benefits of having a water audit include:

  • A no hassle service.
  • Lower water bills.
  • Huge savings for your company.
  • Full regulatory compliance.
  • A round up of information regarding e-water, water sense, H20 essentials and the environment.
 
These are all things to consider when running a business as water will always be needed. You’ll be able to determine how much water your appliances are using, how usage could be reduced, how to find a cheaper supply, ways you could cut down (eg. switch from bottled water to a cooler), and how you can ensure you’re meeting risk compliance standards to name a few!
Essentially, it’s everything you need to know about water in relation to your company.
 
Doesn’t this usually cost money?

Many water companies charge a fee for water audit services, but you’ll be pleased to know that many business premises quality for water audits from EWT completely free of charge, ensuring you have a high quality, informative service without the expense. The usual value of an EWT iQ Water Audit is £1500 – a significant saving for you and your business.

With the money you save, you can consider ways to improve your water system if necessary, or simply keep your funds safe in your company’s pocket.

Are you ready for your water audit?

If you’re ready to get started and consider a water audit for your business, get in touch with EWT and we’ll be happy to explain more about the process. Once you’ve taken the steps to learn more (and ensured that you qualify for the free audit), we’ll be able to arrange the audit – guaranteed hassle free.
We look forward to hearing from you and wish you luck as you reduce your company’s costs!

 

 

Getting Into Shape In 2017? Here is How Water Can Help

If your new year’s resolution for 2017 was to lose weight or get into shape, you’ve probably already switched up your diet, joined a gym and started an exercise routine. They’re all great for your body and health, but you also shouldn’t underestimate the power of water. Read on to see what it can do to help you get into (and stay in) shape.

Water can help you reduce your calorie intake.

Think about the fluids you drink on a regular basis. If this includes fizzy drinks, juice, milk, shakes or alcoholic beverages, take a minute to consider how many calories are in each one. You may not have realised how many calories you’re consuming through the drinks you choose. On the other hand, water has absolutely no calories at all, so by switching to H20, you’re drastically cutting down your calorie intake.
While flavoured or high calorie drinks are fine as part of a balanced diet, water really should be your go to choice for hydration.

It can also help to reduce your appetite.

Sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger, so you’ll likely find that by drinking a glass of water, your ‘appetite’ is significantly reduced. If you’re still hungry, then your body is telling you it needs to eat and you’ll also be more likely to know when you’re full.
By simply being more mindful of your hunger and drinking plenty of water, you’ll likely find yourself wanting to ‘graze’ less and less between meals.

It will increase your energy expenditure while resting.

You probably already know that the human body burns calories even while resting. But on top of that, water can help to increase your body’s resting energy expenditure.
This means more calories are being burnt and you’ll soon notice a boost to your metabolism, with your body working even harder to help you lose weight.

You’ll feel less thirsty – increasing your physical performance.

Of course by drinking more water, you’ll be hydrating your body and feel less thirsty – but this will also provide a boost to your physical performance. It’s a known fact that dehydration can cause feelings of fatigue and slow down your body, so staying hydrate can give you that much needed energy.
As a result, you’ll be able to work out harder and for longer at the gym or during exercise, leading to even better results.

All of the above combined make water a great choice for anyone looking to get into shape – or even just live a healthier lifestyle.

If you’re looking to drink more water and want to improve the quality and taste of your supply, EWT can help. Our filters and softeners can help to turn your supply into a healthier, better tasting choice, so get in touch to learn more!

The A — Z of Water: Let’s Clear Up Those Confusing Terms

When you're looking to learn more about what's really in your drinking water and how a filtration system could improve your supply, you've probably found yourself stumbling across some words and terms you may not be familiar with. That's okay – we've got you covered. Read on to discover the glossary of water terms and the meanings behind each one!
 
Alkaline
Alkaline water is water that has a higher (less acidic) pH than regular tap water. To be considered alkaline, the water's pH must be above 7.0.
 
Base Flow
The water that flows from groundwater to a stream.
 
Chlorine
A halogen often associated with pool water – often used for keeping clean. It's not for drinking and can be taken care of using a good filter.
 
Domestic Water Use
The use of water in homes or commercial properties for drinking, showering and other household use.
 
Effluent
A water flow that has been treated at a sewage treatment plant.
 
Freshwater
Water with a content of less than 1000mg/L dissolved solids.
 
Giardiasis
A common disease that can be caused by drinking unfiltered water.
 
Hard Water
Hard water contains more minerals such as calcium, magnesium and chalk. It takes more effort to lather soap in hard water and some may not enjoy the taste.
 
Industrial Water Use
The use of water for industrial purposes – usually from self-supplied sources or the local water department.
 
Kilowatt-hour (KWH)
The measurement most power companies use to calculate your utility bills – including water. A kilowatt-hour is 1000 watts per one hour.
 
Livestock Water Use
Water used in relation to livestock, such as farming, watering and feeding.
 
Magnesium
Magnesium is one of the alkali earth metals that result in water hardness.
 
Nitrates
Part of the nitrogen cycle, nitrates are the salts of nitrous acid. Water with high levels of nitrates is usually considered a health risk.
 
Osmosis
Osmosis is the passing of water molecules and salts through a membrane – often used to desalinate saline water. The osmosis process also happens within the human body.
 
PH
pH is the measure of alkaline or acidity of water, rated on a scale of 0 – 14.
 
Reverse Osmosis
Reverse osmosis is the removal of salts, making them unable to pass through the membrane. This can be seen in our Gold Series G5 Reverse Osmosis Water Purification system!
 
Soft Water
Soft water contains low concentrations of chemicals and nutrients. Many prefer the taste of soft water and choose to purchase a water softener to improve their home supply.
 
Trihalomethanes
Trihalomethanes are chemical compounds that occur when chlorine has been used to disinfect drinking water. They are associated with negative health effects.
 
Water Quality
This term is used to describe the characteristics of your water and its suitability for its intended purpose – for example, drinking!
 
These are just a few of the words you may come across when exploring the ins and outs of water in further depth, but by knowing a few, you'll feel more confident as you read through valuable information.
 
And remember, you can always continue to learn more about water and filtration by taking a look around here at EWT! Our products can help to improve the taste of your water, remove harmful chemicals and even prevent illnesses spread through low-quality water.

If you're ready to give a new filter or softener a try, don't hesitate to get in touch!