It Started With Alkaline Water

A few months ago, my husband became interested in alkaline water.  He was talking about a system that cost $5000.  Before I spent that kind of money (which I probably wouldn’t have anyway), I wanted to see if there was any validity to the benefits of alkaline water (it seems to be a debatable topic).  My searching took me to the Environmental Working Group’s web page on water quality.  I have known for years that I wanted some sort of water softener – our water in Phoenix is incredibly hard!  (The calcium and magnesium in the water are actually good for your health, but bad for your pipes.) In my searching, I found that our water contains the following chemicals above “acceptable” levels for health: arsenic, bromate, chlorite, hexavalent chromium, radiological contaminants, and trihalomethanes.  (Want to find out what’s in your water?)  After reading that, I was very motivated to clean up the water in our house.

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

So, I decided to order a whole house water filter and salt-free softener.  It was our family Christmas gift.  After ordering it, I saw a video with Dr. Deanna Minich.  She stated that the #1 thing she would do to reduce toxins was clean up her water.  I was so excited.  I was already working on the best way to reduce toxins.

The instructions said that anyone with basic plumbing knowledge could install it.  The directions were not much more helpful than that.  But, I thought, we are smart people.  We can do this.  So, on Saturday, we cut into our plumbing and started to put it together.  This first attempt (that’s right) looked like this:

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After we turned it on, we had leaks.  Almost everywhere.  It was 9 pm.  We headed to a hotel.  After a good night’s sleep, we tackled the project again.  My husband did not want to do PVC again.  So he took a new attempt (and kept the one section of PVC that wasn’t leaking – yet).  Attempt #2 went a little faster, and worked for ~36 hours.

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Yesterday, the one PVC section started leaking, so it got replaced.  Hopefully this works.  If not, I guess we have to hire someone who know that they are actually doing.  The hubby and I joke that this is the gift that keeps on giving.  It is giving us lots of trips to the hardware store.  He said yesterday was trip #23.  Our daughter said it was only #10.  Once we get it working and not leaking, it will be the gift that keeps giving us clean water for the entire house.  No more brushing our teeth or showering in contaminated water.