What Questions Should You Ask?

So, facts and the evidence have convinced you that filtering your drinking water is the best way to protect your family from water born diseases, both from microbes and chemicals.

You want to find the best filter for your family.

Where do you start?

What questions should you ask companies and marketers?

I have told my story before.  Briefly, my wife and I lived in a city where the water tasted awful.  It was very difficult to drink as it came from the tap.

Previous to that, I had some experience with contaminated water when, as an FBI Agent, I investigated violations of the Clean Water Act.

I saw instance after instance where companies, large and small, deliberately disposed of dangerous chemicals by simply dumping the chemicals on the ground where it would have access to surface or ground water.

Some companies disposed of chemical and biological wastes by discharging them into rivers, lakes and streams.

You might recognize the names of some of the larger companies, that were convicted in federal court of violation of various laws.

That was my first personal exposure to companies and individuals who deliberately put consumers at risk of health issues by deliberately contaminating for personal gain.

It is expensive to dispose of hazardous wastes “the right way;” “the legal way.”

Since then, water contamination issues were in the back of my mind.  I “trusted” my water suppliers to clean up my drinking water before releasing it in the distribution system to come into my home.  I was still a little naive.

When the issue of bad taste came to my home, is when I “woke up.”  I did some investigation and asked some of the questions I am noting in this article.

I was not aware of NSF at that time, but you now have some information about the importance of a testing and certification organization since I have talked about them previously.

Information in previous articles has given you some basic information (if you have not read them, there is a lot of information that will help you in your decision).

Here are some questions you might consider:

  • Is the product listed under NSF Standard No. 53, Health Effects or under NSF Standard No. 42, Aesthetic Effects, or both?


  • Does the manufacturer or distributor provide a warranty?


  • What is the product’s flow rate?


  • What contaminants is the system certified to reduce? Be sure to ask for the product Performance Data Sheet which is required to be provided to all customers of drinking water treatment devices.


  • Is the device certified for VOC (Volatile Organic Chemicals) Reduction? A VOC listing includes 51 chemicals.


  • What is the service cycle (gallons of water treated) of the device? How often will you need to change the filter and what will replacement filters cost?


At some point you will want to know the answer to these and other questions about the water treatment device you are considering.  It is best to know them now, rather than after you purchase.

Hope this helps, and until next time,


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