See How Many New Water Filters We Just Added!

Easy To Buy Air & Water Filters OnlineFor as long as we’ve been in business, our focus has been on providing you with clean drinking water and fresh indoor air for less – by offering thousands of the hard to find air filters and water filters your home needs.

Every day, this list of hard to find filters continues to grow, as new technology is developed,  new suppliers join our family or models are discontinued and/or assigned a new model number (check out our new Filter Finder for help in these situations.)

If we didn’t do everything possible to continue offering you the largest and most diverse selection of filters online, at the price and service level you deserve, we simply would not be doing our job.  This means that whether we partner with more suppliers or launch our own affordably priced filter brand, our selection will always be expanding.

Today, we are pleased to introduce you to just a few new or expanded brand offerings in our ever-growing selection.  We hope these filters help you to support the healthy home and lifestyle you deserve.  If you have any questions or need help selecting a product below, please feel free to contact our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458.

Sterilight UV Disinfection & Water Sterilizer SystemsSterilight UV Disinfection & Water Sterilizer Systems – If you depend on well water, or if you have had significant water quality issues in the past, a UV disinfection or water sterilizer system from Sterilight is definitely something you’ll want to consider.  These systems are designed to kill 99.99% of harmful bacteria, viruses and cysts – including Giardia and Cryptosporidium.  Our selection of Sterilight products includes both UV disinfection systems and the replacement lamps, parts and accessories you will need for proper installation and maintenance.  Shop our selection of Sterilight UV disinfection systems here.

Berkey Water FiltersBerkey Water Filters – Geared towards the outdoors type, Berkey offers perhaps the most powerful and portable water filtration systems available today.  Offering larger water purification systems that are ideal companions for camping excursions, or sport bottles that are perfect for short hikes, Berkey filters help to make even the most stagnant water drinkable by reducing up to 99.99% of harmful pathogens.  See our Berkey water filters here.

Rusco Sediment FiltersRusco Sediment Filters – Spin-Down water filtration and sediment trapper systems from Rusco are built to reduce all types of sediment from your water, including sand, silt and scale.  Rusco filters come in polyester or steel, depending on the level of sediment in your water, and provide added economic value by allowing you to clean and reuse them multiple times.  Shop our selection of Rusco water filters and filtration systems here.

Pro Products Water TreatmentPro Products Water Treatment & Cleaning Products – Pro Products offers everything from the Potassium Permanganate that helps to maintain the performance of your greensand iron filter, to the water test kits trusted by service professionals and homeowners to measure water hardness, iron, pH and more.  Our expanded Pro Products selection has grown to include several of the manufacturer’s cleaning products, including rust stain remover that is as safe to use on your ceramic appliances as it is to use on any rust stained white shirts!  See our expanded selection of Pro Products here.

Trojan UVMax Water FiltrationTrojan UVMax Ultraviolet Filtration Products – Another great offering of UV disinfection and filtration products now available on our site comes from Trojan.  On our site, you’ll find everything from full systems, to the parts and accessories your existing Trojan system needs.  We even offer power supplies or controllers built for Trojan systems manufactured prior to 2008Shop our Trojan products here.

Are there any air filters, water filters or filtration systems you are having trouble finding that you would like to see on our site?  Please feel free to offer any suggestions or requests via a comment below.

You may also call our customer service team with any questions at 1-800-277-3458.

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How You Can Support Clean Water For Every Life On This Planet: Q&A With Safari Club International’s Dale Bruder

Large Cats Depend On Clean Drinking WaterClean water is critical to the sustainability of every life on our planet.  The awful truth, though, is that clean water is inaccessible by nearly one billion people, leading to more than three million deaths per year.  A silver lining to this fact is that there is also an unprecedented opportunity to improve the lives of up to one billion people, and in a very real sense, save millions of lives yearly.

Dale Bruder, President of the Lake Superior Chapter of the Safari Club International (SCI,) understands this fact implicitly.  Bruder knows that clean water shortages impact more than just our world’s human residents, but every life on our planet – large and small, two-legged and four-legged.  As such, his organization supports several humanitarian efforts that help to bring clean water to those people in need throughout the world, while also advocating for the protection of a spectacular array of wildlife.

This weekend, April 11-12, Bruder and his organization will be hosting their 16th Annual Hunter’s Banquet and fundraiser in Hinckley, MN.  While he worked to finalize preparations for this event, Bruder sat down with us to share how the humanitarian efforts of the SCI can help save countless lives – and countless species – throughout the world.

[At the bottom of this post is a link sharing how you can donate to the SCI’s mission, if you are unable to attend this weekend’s event.]

For our readers that are unfamiliar with the Safari Club International, could you please share a brief summary of your organization and its mission?

The Safari Club International (SCI) is the largest organization in the world dedicated to protecting hunters’ rights and traditions, preserving wildlife through good conservation practices, educating our youth and the non-hunting public, and doing humanitarian deeds for the less fortunate.

You mention the worldwide humanitarian efforts deployed by the SCI.  What types of projects have you seen deployed to date and what type of results have you seen these efforts achieve?

Our “Hunters Against Hunger” initiative has provided thousands of pounds of processed venison to the less fortunate so they can eat protein-rich meat.  We also have a very active “Make A Wish” type hunting program that is available for disabled and terminally ill children.  We support our wounded veterans by helping to fulfill their wishes to go on hunts that they aren’t able to do on their own.

Another initiative we are proud to support is the Blue Bag Drop program, where our members that are traveling overseas deliver blue bags filled with health aids for children and adults and items needed for the hungry.  Oftentimes these blue bags will include portable water filtration equipment to be brought into those areas where clean water is not always a given.

Our store has helped to support the SCI Blue Bag Drops, providing some of the portable water filtration equipment SCI members bring with them on their journeys.  How many Blue Bag Drops have been deployed to date – and overall – how many lives have been positively impacted through these efforts?

Safari Club International - Blue Bag DropI do not have the exact figure, but it is in the hundreds for the number of bags delivered and in the thousands of lives impacted.

[Ed. Note: DiscountFilterStore.com is proud to support the SCI Blue Bag Drops through the donation of portable water filtration equipment, including our Katadyn camping filters.  The photo to the left, from a story published in a recent SCI newsletter, shows one of the Blue Bag Drops we supported, in partnership with the Safari Club International, Safari Care Legacy Fund and Global Water Drops.  Look closely and you'll see the Katadyn Vario filter we donated, sitting atop the bag.

For those attending this weekend’s fundraiser in Hinckley, please look for a Blue Bag filled with water filtration equipment at the event's auction.]

Clean water is critical for every life on our planet, making it a natural cause for the SCI to align itself with.  From your perspective, how would you describe this alignment between protecting clean water and protecting wildlife?

They go hand in hand.  As you said, clean water is critical for humans and animals alike.  Both will drink contaminated water if thirst drives them to it.  Then they become ill and that spreads disease and death among their respective species.

What type of opportunities would our readers have to become involved with the SCI or to support its humanitarian missions?

Go to any local member or local chapter and ask how to become involved.  Go to any chapter’s fundraiser and join the organization.  There is also a National website to get more information: www.scifirstforhunters.org.

Of course, we would also love to see everyone at this weekend’s fundraiser in Hinckley where they can learn about our organization first-hand, in addition to offering the donations that will allow us to continue our good work.

For registration information for the 16th annual Hunter’s Banquet and fundraiser, hosted on April 11th – 12th in Hinckley, MN by the Lake Superior Chapter of the SCI, visit this page on the chapter’s website.  You may also donate to support the mission of the SCI by visiting their contribution page on their national website.

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Well Water Maintenance Checklist: Spring Edition

Making Well Water Safe to DrinkOfficially, spring started a few weeks ago.  But in our Edina, MN headquarters, more than half a foot of fresh snow would disagree.

Fortunately, for those of you that use well water, this means that you’re not too late to get the spring season off on the right foot!

Below, find your well water maintenance checklist to help you prepare for the arrival of the real spring:

1. Test Your Well Water
In spring, as snow run-off starts to flow and organic matter starts to decompose, your well can become a parking lot for all sorts of nasty impurities.  Knowing what type of impurities you are dealing with doesn’t just protect your own peace of mind, it can protect the health of everyone living in your home.

Fortunately, several counties and townships will offer you help with this maintenance step by providing quick and accurate well water testing services.  These testing services often include complete laboratory analysis and can be had for a reasonable fee.  An example of services offered in Washington County, Minnesota may be found here.

WaterSafe Well Water Test KitYou can also conduct your own testing via do-it-yourself well water test kits, including the kit from Well Safe pictured to the left, that you can find for sale at our online store.

2. Check Your Pressure Gauges
Installing a pressure gauge inline before and after your well water filter housings is an invaluable maintenance step that can help you more quickly get your well ready for spring and more easily monitor your water quality throughout the year.

By monitoring your pressure closely with a gauge, an example of which we’ve included below, any noticeable water pressure drop will be displayed.  Our advice? When you see a 10 to 15PSI loss of pressure, whether the calendar says spring, fall or anytime in between, it’s time to change your well water filters.

Tier1 Pressure Gauge3. Sanitize!
Put bluntly, well water can get a little funky.  Sometimes this means the presence of harmful bacteria while other times it simply means an unpleasant but ultimately innocuous sulfur or egg smell.  Whether or not testing reveals the presence of harmful pathogens, doesn’t mean your well water maintenance checklist should skip over sanitation.

Using a DIY well water sanitizer in the spring can help eliminate harmful bacteria that can have an impact on your health, in addition to unpleasant odors that can have an impact on your quality of life.

4. Stock Up on O-rings and Lubricant
O-rings are the most inexpensive part of a water filtration set up, but also one of the most costly items to not have if something goes wrong.  Occasionally an O-ring may burst or even get crushed by improper re-installation of water filters (trust us, it happens.)

Having extra O-rings and O-ring lubricant on-hand will allow you to stop any potential leaks and/or get your system back online quickly without having to make an emergency call to your plumber.   Note that most manufacturers recommend replacing O-rings once per year. 3M Filtrete Whole House Filtration System O-Rings

5. Replace Your Well Water Filters
Many manufacturers of whole house filtration systems recommend a three month replacement time for sediment filters, 6 month replacement time for carbon filters and two year replacement time for reverse osmosis membranes.  As always, this will depend on the water quality in your well and water usage in your home.

Depending on the well water maintenance and filter replacement schedule you’ve established for yourself, you may not need to replace every filter you are currently using when the calendar strikes spring.  But trust us on this one, getting yourself onto a seasonal well water filter replacement schedule will make your life that much easier.  That said…

 6. Update Your Calendar
…even the best of us have trouble adhering to seasonal schedules or even remembering the last time we changed our water filters.  Adding quick notes to your calendar, reminding you of the next time you need to replace your filters, can only help.

Once you have all the products you need, including test kits, O-rings and well water filters, the well water maintenance steps above shouldn’t take you more than an afternoon to complete.  When it comes to the quality of your drinking water, this is time well spent.

What other well water maintenance steps do you take to get ready for spring? Leave a comment below and we’ll add to a future checklist.  Also, if you have questions on any of the steps or products lists above, please feel free to call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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Celebrate World Water Day With Us Tomorrow

World Water Day 2014Visit our Facebook page on World Water Day – Saturday, March 22nd – to see how you can save money on your next order from DiscountFilterStore.com– while helping to provide clean drinking water for someone in need.

Saturday, March 22nd is World Water Day.

Established in 1993 by the UN, World Water Day is an occasion for world leaders and the general public to encourage and act-on solutions that could ease drinking water shortages faced by millions across the globe.

More than twenty years later, World Water Day has inspired dozens of initiatives, including:

If you are looking for a way to support World Water Day, we would encourage you to consider a donation to any of the organizations above.

We hope you join us tomorrow in observing this day so critical to so many across the globe, and if you visit us on Facebook, we can almost guarantee that you’ll like what you find.

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Meet The Man Mark Ruffalo Hand-Picked To Fight For Clean Water: Q&A With Water Defense Chief Scientist Scott Smith

Scott Smith & Mark Ruffalo of Water Defense
Actor & Water Defense founder Mark Ruffalo investigates water contamination under the Union Street Bridge in Brooklyn, NY with Chief Scientist Scott Smith

Clean water is a universal need for every man, woman and child on this planet.

That’s one reason we are thankful for organizations like Water Defense.  Founded by Oscar nominated actor Mark Ruffalo, perhaps most famous as Bruce Banner / The Incredible Hulk from Marvel’s The Avengers, Water Defense’s mission as stated is to support ‘a world where water is safe to drink, a world where the oceans don’t rise and the economy is powered by clean, sustainable sources of energy like wind, water and solar.’

Such a bold mission requires technology and leadership to match, and for this, Ruffalo hand-picked Chief Scientist, Scott Smith – pictured with Ruffalo above.

In our interview with Smith below, he shares more about what attracted him to his position as Chief Scientist of Water Defense, his background as the founder of the ground-breaking OPFLEX water purification technology, (the only technology endorsed, ordered, reordered and recycled by BP in the Gulf oil spill) and how the new developments he and Ruffalo are supporting have the potential to change the future of our world’s water radically for the better:

[At the bottom of this post, see a video shared by Smith sharing more about the history and background of OPFLEX, the water purification technology he founded and developed.]

You are the Chief Scientist for Water Defense, an organization founded by actor Mark Ruffalo. 

In founding Water Defense, Mark joined Matt Damon – co-founder of Water.org – in leveraging his influence to become a champion for clean water.  Why do you feel that clean water is an issue that celebrities like Mark and Matt have become so passionate about?

I believe Mark and Matt understand there is one world and one waterway, and we are all connected. If we don’t bring people together to solve water contamination issues, nothing else really matters. Water is one of the biggest resources we take for granted. Without water, life ends. We drink it, bathe in it and cook with it.

Scott Smith Pictured With OPFLEX Water Purification Technology
Scott Smith Pictured With OPFLEX Water Purification Technology

For something so crucial to our everyday lives, we are doing a poor job in protecting the nation’s waterways. Unfortunately, people learn this lesson the hard way, and we want to educate people to prevent any more needless loss of life.

Those who live along the Gulf Coast, in Mayflower, Ark. and most recently in Charleston, W.Va. have experienced this firsthand. Worse is the lack of information and transparency that’s afforded to the public when accidents happen. We still don’t know the long-term effects of fracking and exactly what chemicals and gases are being released from deep below the cap rock of the Earth.

[Note: for those unfamiliar with fracking, see more in this resource provided by the Ohio Environmental Council.]

Clearly, with the Bakken oil train explosions of Lac-Megantic, Quebec; Aliceville, Ala.; and Casselton, N.D., we have started one of the more risky experiments in North America that will continue to cause tragic loss of human life if we do not develop new protocols and standards for not just understanding what explosive chemicals are being transported, but testing baseline water, which includes cumulative water testing. This is why the issue is so important to all of us, and it’s our mission to inspire people to stand up and take action to demand their right to clean water access.

Mark Ruffalo & Scott Smith of Water Defense Present at Cape Cod University
Mark Ruffalo & Scott Smith of Water Defense Present at Cape Cod University

Last month, you and Mark spoke out on behalf of clean water during a talk at Cape Cod Community College.  For our readers that were unable to attend, could you please share more about the issues you covered?

We unveiled a new project we’re working on with Cape Cod Community College to create new protocols for baseline cumulative water testing that will allow the community to better monitor contaminants that accumulate over time and reduce pollution of Cape Cod’s waters.

Cumulative water testing mimics how life interacts with water. For example, a fish does not swim in the water for a split second; a child does not swim in the water for a split second; and people don’t bathe in the water for a split second. This initiative is a perfect example of what we want to replicate in communities throughout the country.

All waterways are connected; if there is a spill of Bakken oil in North Dakota that goes into the Missouri river, within seven to 10 days, the contaminated water will be in the Gulf Stream, which then flows up the East Coast to the waters of Cape Cod.

Your recent background is as the founder and inventor of OPFLEX Technology, an open cell foam sponge that helps to purify water.  What inspired you to dedicate your life to clean water and develop this product, and go on to work with Mark as a part of Water Defense?

Scott Smith Unraveling His Clean Water Solution
Scott Smith Unraveling His Clean Water Solution

In 2006, a company I started was wiped out by oil-contaminated 500-year floodwaters in St. Johnsville, N.Y. After experiencing its destructive power, I dedicated my life to developing a simple solution that filters oil from water. This was the inspiration for what became OPFLEX Technology, which removes the oil at the source of contamination and prevent our waterways from being destroyed.

Also, while working side by side with fisherman and people in the communities of the Gulf of Mexico during the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, I realized the world was relying on instantaneous water testing – taking water samples for a split second from the surface of the water. I found instantaneous water testing was giving false negatives of dangerous oil-related chemicals and started to deploy OPFLEX as an environmental indicator throughout the entire water column – from surface to bottom, where life exists – and found accumulation of previously undetected oil and related chemicals.

Upon this discovery, my life changed forever. I realized I had a duty and obligation to inform people about cumulative water testing and what could be done to protect human health and save our waterways.

Mark heard of my work on the ground in the Gulf and then in Mayflower, Ark. after the March 2013 ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline oil spill and specifically asked me to join his organization in the fight for clean water. Needless to say, the decision was easy.

OPFLEX [pictured below] has exciting potential to help solve our world’s shortage of clean drinking water.  Could you please describe briefly the technology behind OPFLEX and how it works to purify water?

OPFLEX Water Purification Technology
A Closer Look At OPFLEX Water Purification Technology

OPFLEX is a reuseable foam technology that sits in all levels of the water column and absorbs contaminants through a capillary network of open cells while repelling water.

Essentially, the OPFLEX technology is based on biomimicry of human lungs, where the open cells are like the alveoli, effectively acting as a filter and utilizing unprecedented surface area to rapidly filter water. It can be used both for water testing and in cleanup efforts, and OPFLEX technology was the only technology out of 43,000 ideas endorsed, ordered, reordered and recycled by BP in the Gulf oil spill.

In fact, this is referenced in a USA Today business section cover story from November 2010. OPFLEX Technology can be used by both companies and consumers alike to detect contamination and prevent our waterways from being contaminated.

Cost is oftentimes cited as a major hurdle in when we discuss how to solve global water issues, whether the proposed solution is distribution or purification.  How do you envision OPFLEX helping to ease some of the cost issues involved with water purification?

What’s great about investing in OPFLEX technology is that it’s reusable, cutting down on long-term costs.

You can also use it for both water testing and cleanup, reducing the tools you need to one simple solution. Because of the surface area of OPFLEX, the cost is around $.10 per square foot, even without reuse (so if you use OPFLEX 10 times, the cost goes to $.01 per square foot).

OPFLEX Water Purification Technology In Use In China
OPFLEX Water Purification Technology In Use Helping To Purify The Water In China

Conversely, products that do not effectively filter the water and wind up in landfills cost $2.00 per square foot and cannot be reused.

Nearly 300,000 West Virginia residents recently suffered through an unprecedented chemical spill, leaving their tap water unusable.  Because so little is known about MCHM, the chemical spilled into the water, we were unable to offer our customers any water filters certified to reduce this contaminant.  How would a technology like OPFLEX help to purify water supplies contaminated by – for lack of a better word – the ‘unknown’?

We utilized the same lab as the state of West Virginia and detected MCHM at concerning levels within the open cells of OPFLEX deployed in a bathtub in Charleston.

The lab verified the efficacy of the OPFLEX technology with control samples, too. It appears the company testing the waters in Charleston did not have technology that could filter the MCHM.

We attempted to donate OPFLEX filter bags, but the governor and water company showed no interest, which is unfortunate for the community. However, we don’t ever give up and will keep trying.

Mark Ruffalo & Scott Smith of Water Defense At Barnstable High School
Ruffalo & Smith Field Questions At Barnstable High School

In addition to West Virginia, there have been several more prominent water contamination issues over the past year, including water that was contaminated by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to the recent finding of E. Coli in several New York City drinking water tankers.  How would a technology like OPFLEX help to purify water in these two types of situations?

We continue to develop prototype filtration systems that utilize OPFLEX in different configurations, such as eelgrass and cubes, which have shown preliminary results in their ability to substantially reduce biological oxygen demanders, chemical oxygen demanders, suspended solids and dissolved solids.

We are now researching E. coli. Because OPFLEX repels water, the technology can be used in these situations to assist in cleanup efforts by absorbing and removing oil and related non-polar contaminants like a magnet, along with metals due to its molecular structure.

Our thanks go out to Scott Smith, Mark Ruffalo and all at Water Defense and OPFLEX for their fight on behalf of clean water.  We encourage you to learn more about this fight by watching the video provided by Scott below, sharing more about his history and the founding of OPFLEX.


5 Films About Overcoming Water Contamination To Prep You For Oscar Sunday

86th Academey AwardsWhether you are reading this just before or just after this Sunday’s Oscar telecast, chances are you are in the mood to spend some time with an important, award-worthy film.  And what could be more important than overcoming some type of adversity?

At DiscountFilterStore.com, we are passionate about overcoming – or better yet, preventing – water contamination from impacting the lives of our customers.  With that, please see a list of five films below about ordinary people overcoming extraordinary odds in their quest to protect clean drinking water for all:

Erin Brockovich1. Erin Brockovich – Perhaps the gold standard when it comes to films about the fight against water contamination, Erin Brockovich is the true story an ordinary woman leading the charge against a billion-dollar power company accused of polluting the drinking water in a California community.  Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Erin Brockovich won Julia Roberts her first Academy Award for Best Actress.

Bonus points for the real-life Erin Brockovich being one of the more vocal advocates on behalf of West Virginia residents still struggling through an unprecedented chemical spill and water contamination incident.

2. A Civil Action – starring multiple Oscar nominees and winners, including John Travolta, William H. Macy, John Lithgow and James Gandolfini, A Civil Action shares the story of a lawyer, played by Travolta, that takes a case on behalf of families whose health is being impacted by water contamination caused by a large leather company.  A Civil Action earned Oscar winner Robert Duvall his 6th nomination.

Promised Land3. Promised Land – Starring Water.org co-founder Matt Damon, Promised Land is an under-rated film about the dangers that the practice of fracking pose to small towns throughout America.  For those unfamiliar, fracking is the practice of blasting pressurized water into the ground to extract oil or natural gas.  For those unfamiliar with some of the potential side effects of fracking, spend a few minutes watching this flaming faucet video shared by Time.

4. The Crazies – Time to get weird.  The Crazies, directed by zombie-mastermind George A. Romero, is about the terrifying effects of a man-made virus – designed to cause insanity in those exposed – that is accidentally leaked into the water supply of a small town.  Check out the original, rather than the over-rated remake.

Jaws5. Jaws – OK, we’re cheating.  A shark is not a water contaminant, rather, an important part of the ocean’s eco-system.  But there is a little known clause that any blog post sharing a list of film’s about water must include a mention of Jaws, the film single-handedly responsible for launching the career of Steven Spielberg, one of the most Oscar-nominated directors of all time.

What movies are you watching to get ready for, or come down from, tonight’s Oscar telecast?  Please feel free to share via a comment below.

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Are You Prepared For A Drinking Water Emergency?

No Clean Drinking Water In West VirginiaWe’ve achieved the enviable distinction in this country of having safe drinking water whenever we turn on the tap.  While water filters will help to refine and improve taste, there are very few instances where we find our water to be undrinkable.

Until recently, of course.

Earlier this year, coverage of the MCHM chemical spill in West Virginia and E. Coli contamination of water tankers in New York has brought into shocking light just how unprepared most of us our for a drinking water emergency.  Thousands in these states are now learning just how upside down and difficult life can truly become when clean drinking water is no longer a given.

The question, then, is there anything that we can do to prepare ourselves for future drinking water emergencies?  Fortunately, yes.  Brought about in seemingly equal parts by camping fads, survival prepping movements and the need to provide clean drinking water to those in more impoverished parts of the world, there is seemingly no shortage on water filters and filtration products that can be trusted when a situation becomes a full-blown emergency.

Drinking Water Emergency Early Stages: Testing
As seen in both West Virginia and New York, the earliest stages of a drinking water emergency will be filled with instantly outdated news coverage, anger and confusion.  Perhaps the biggest unknown, seen particularly in West Virginia, will be just how far the emergency has spread.

In these instances, water test kits will be some of your strongest allies.

WaterWorks Handheld UV LightOn our site, we are happy to offer water test kits designed to test for bacteria, lead and more.  We are even happy to offer the Handheld Ultraviolet Light, shown to the left, that can instantly help detect the presence of coliform or E. Coli.

While these tests are by no means fool-proof, and should never take the place of having your water professionally tested if you feel as though there may be a significant risk to your health, these kits can help you to quickly identify some of the more major contamination issues.

As a note, if you pull your water from a private well, it is recommended that you test your drinking water once or twice per year, typically in spring and fall when organic contaminants become more common.

Drinking Water Emergency Middle Stages: A Run on Bottled Water
As confusion turns to panic, stores will see run on bottled water.  As the MCHM contamination incident in West Virginia grew worse, emergency shipments of bottled water needed to be trucked in and distributed by the National Guard.

W9330229 Doulton Undersink Filter HousingIn the case of the West Virginia situation, we do need to take time to indicate that any water filters or filtration product that we sell – even those designed for emergencies – are not certified to reduce MCHM, as so little is known about this chemical.  But there are several types of water filters and filtration systems that are certified to reduce more well known, but just as potentially dangerous, water contaminants.

Manufacturer Doulton offers ceramic water filters that are certified to reduce up to 99% of harmful bacteria, including the E. Coli bacteria that is currently plaguing New Yorkers, that fit compactly into an undersink filtration system housing like the one shown to the left.  Apart from the housing and filter, you’ll just need some O-rings and lubricant to get yourself set-up.

Another option is a filtration system from Katadyn, including a microfilter system, that has quickly become a go-to brand for campers and survival preppers.  Katadyn also offers the only water purification bottle registered by the EPA for complete anti-microbial protection.

Sport Berkey Portable Water Purifier BottleFinally, there are purification systems offered by Berkey, including travel purification systems that are easy to pack and portable water purification bottles that are easy to grab and go, that are among the most advanced filtration systems on the market today.  Both types of systems have been tested to filter virtually contaminants from even the most stagnant sources of water.

Drinking Water Emergency Late Stages: Go Military
Fortunately, a long-term drinking water emergency where water is undrinkable for months is a fairly unlikely event.  Even the unprecedented chemical spill in West Virginia had cleared within a matter of weeks giving way to water once again safe to drink (though the definition of ‘safe’ is still under debate.)

In the event that we do find ourselves in a long-term drinking water emergency, the types of systems recommended above will remain some of your best friends and strongest allies.  But another ally you could call upon, provided you acquired them in advance, are water purification tablets, like the military grade tablets from Aquamira below.

Aquamira Water Purification TabletsWater purification tablets have a long shelf life, are light and small enough to fit into nearly any pack, and in the case of  Aquamira, are EPA certified to reduce bacteria, cysts and viruses.  They can even help your water to taste better, which will be a welcome creature comfort should you find yourself in an emergency situation.

Have you prepared yourself, your home or your family for a drinking water emergency?  If so, we’d love to hear more about what steps you’ve taken via a comment below.

If you are interested in buying emergency water filtration products, or building a water filtration system in your home, we would encourage you to call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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How Defeating Hard Water Will Save Your Clothes & Hair

Hard Water Means Split EndsYou leave the salon, having spent anywhere from $40-90, but feel that every penny was worth it as you take that first gaze into the mirror.

You prep yourself to go out in a new outfit that perfectly accentuates everything about your style.  It was expensive, but totally worth it.

The next day, after a load of laundry and a shower, you are happy that you took so many photos last night, as your salon-fresh look has been replaced with a headful of split ends and your new outfit emerged from the wash covered in rusty-orange spots.

The culprit? Hard water.  A villain more dastardly than any most of us will ever face.  But fortunately, a villain that can be defeated.

Know Your Enemy
Over time, hard water – or water that has been infiltrated by heavy levels of minerals and contaminants including iron, calcium and magnesium – can cause mineral build-up that can clog your pipes or even start to corrode the inside of your appliances.

Not to perpetuate the stereotype that we care only about short-term problems, but the hard water issues described above amplify over time.  You may wake up tomorrow with a pipe clogged from mineral deposits, or you may never wake up to this issue.  But short term issues, whether its jeans made stiff after being washed in a mineral bath, to a white blouse that emerges from your laundry with rusty colored spots or split ends caused by showering in a harsh stream, can occur overnight – and oftentimes be just as expensive an ordeal.  After all, haircuts, jeans and blouses aren’t cheap!

Hard Water Means Rust Stained ClothesSo What Do I Do – Long-Term?
Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do to impact the hardness or mineral component of the water in your area.  If you live in an area with hard water, you live in an area with hard water.  But there is nothing to say you need to let this villain into your home.

If you have long suffered with hard water, and you’d know it by your constant battles with stiff jeans, split ends and itchy skin, you have likely already considered a whole house water filtration system.  A whole house water filtration system will ensure that all water throughout your home – not just the water you drink – is as clean as possible.

Once you have your whole house system installed, the key will be to find a replacement filter equipped to take on hard water.  At DiscountFilterStore.com, we are happy to offer water softening filters from Pentek for both larger and smaller whole house filtration systems that serve just such a purpose.

Inline Washing Machine FilterSo What Do I Do – Today?
Installation of a whole house water filtration system to take on your hard water issues is probably not something you are going to dive into overnight.  A whole house system, after all, is an investment.

Fortunately, there are short-term solutions that can protect your clothes and hair from the impact of hard water, while you consider whole house options.

In regards to your clothing, an inline washing machine filter can help reduce the minerals common in hard water from making it into your machine.  Short term, this will minimize the impact that hard water will have on your clothes – from stiffening to staining – while in the long term, you’ll actually be protecting your appliance from corrosion.  Not bad for a total investment of about $50, which would include a filter, replacement cartridges and adapter.

If you are sick and tired of split ends and dry itchy skin, a shower filter system from either Culligan or Sprite (pictured below) can help reduce the amount of scale in your shower water that contributes to hardness.  In addition to more manageable hair, your skin will feel softer, younger and fresher – courtesy of a cleaner water stream.

Sprite ShowerUp Filtered Shower ExtensionHard Water Has No Place Anywhere In A Healthy Home
Bottom-line, you and everything in your home are a reflection of the healthy lifestyle you choose to live.  Showering in limescale, or washing your clothes in hard iron-filled water, are not choices that would support this healthy lifestyle.

If you are suffering with hard water in your home, and feeling the effects in your clothes or in your hair, we want to help.  Call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458 to learn more about the water filtration systems and products we offer.

What hard water survival tips or products do you swear by?  We encourage you to leave your thoughts via a comment below.

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How Often Should I Change My Samsung Refrigerator Water Filter?

Samsung Refrigerator Water DispenserIf you have a Samsung refrigerator in your home, you are part of an exciting new revolution.

Last year, CNNMoney reported that Samsung – known primarily for its Smartphone technology – aims to improve from the #5 to the #1 home appliances provider by 2015.  First-hand, we can report that these goals appear to be on track, based solely on the sheer volume of Samsung refrigerator water filters we send out the door.

But fortunately for you as a consumer, the volume of Samsung refrigerator water filters is related to units sold, not model numbers offered.  In total, we offer five filters that fit into most Samsung refrigerator models, meaning details regarding how often they need to be replaced can fit onto a small crib-sheet.

Below, find just such a crib-sheet, sharing the types of Samsung refrigerators these filters are designed for and details on their lifespan.

On this crib-sheet, we also show you just how much we can save you on genuine OE Samsung refrigerator water filters when compared to two competitors, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart, both of whom prove to be anything but competitive:

Samsung DA29-00003G Refrigerator Water FilterSamsung DA29-00003G:
Filter & Refrigerator Model Overviews:
By far, the most popular Samsung water filter we offer, this model will fit into refrigerator models that use a short and round filter.

This filter is also meant as a replacement for the discontinued DA29-00003B model.  Visit our product page at the ‘How to Order’ link below to see more than a dozen additional model numbers that this filter is designed to replace.

Lifespan (Time):
6 Months
Any longer and you risk water based contaminants building a home in your filter.

Lifespan (Water Usage):
300 gallons
If you have a larger family of four or more, or live in an area with sediment-heavy well water, we recommend bumping up your replacement schedule to 1 – 3 months, based on your water tastes.

Our Price:
$39.99

Wal-Mart’s Price:
$44.88
The store that promises to save you money so you can live better wants $5 more per filter!

Lowe’s Price:
$44.88
In fairness to Lowe’s this is the price for the discontinued DA29-00003B.
Maybe they’re bumping the price up by offering this as a collector’s item?

How To Order From Us:
Just head over to this page!
Order today by 4pm CST and we’ll ship today!

Samsung DA29-00020B Refrigerator Water FilterSamsung DA29-00020B:
Filter & Refrigerator Model Overviews:
This longer filter is built for French Door and Side by Side refrigerators and fits Samsung Refrigerator Models DA-97-08006A-B and HAF-CIN/EXP.  Follow the ‘How to Order’ link below to find a full list of model numbers this filter is built to replace.

Lifespan (Time):
6 Months

Lifespan (Water Usage):

300 gallons

Our Price:

$39.99

Wal-Mart’s Price:
$44.88
Once again, we’re happy to beat out Wal-Mart to give you a better price!

Lowe’s Price:
Would you believe that Lowe’s doesn’t even carry this filter model?

How To Order:
Just follow us over here!
Order today and we’ll ship it today!

Samsung DA29-00003F Refrigerator Water FilterSamsung DA29-00003F:
Filter & Refrigerator Model Overviews:
Like the DA29-00003G, this filter model fits into Samsung refrigerators that use a short round filter.

The difference between the DA29-00003G and the DA29-00003F is a slightly higher price for the DA29-00003G of about $5.  With the added cost for the DA29-00003G, you also see a reduction in nearly a dozen more contaminants, including asbestos and mercury.   However, the DA29-00003F will last for about 200 more gallons of usage, on average, so there are certainly benefits to both models.

Lifespan (Time):
6 Months

Lifespan (Water Usage):
500 gallons

Our Price:
$34.59

Lowe’s Price:
If they offer it at all – they don’t offer it online!

Wal-Mart’s Price:
Just like Lowe’s, Wal-Mart does not offer this filter.

How to Order:
Just head over to our product page!
Orders ship same day!

Samsung DA29-00012B Refrigerator Water FilterDA29-00012B:
Filter & Refrigerator Model Overviews:
A long and skinny filter, the DA29-00012B fits Samsung refrigerators with a corresponding slot in the refrigerator ceiling.

Lifespan (Time):
6 months

Lifespan (Water Usage):
300 gallons

Our Price:
$63

Lowe’s Price:
If they offer it – we can’t find it!

Wal-Mart’s Price:
No sign of this Samsung filter at Wal-Mart, either!

How to Order:
Step right over here.
Orders ship same day!

Samsung DA29-10105J Refrigerator Water FilterDA29-10105J:
Filter & Refrigerator Model Overviews:
The final Samsung refrigerator water filter we offer is built to install directly on the water line feeding your refrigerator, rather than in the refrigerator itself.  Essentially, this means that this filter can be used with any Samsung refrigerator, whether or not it comes equipped with a water dispenser.

Lifespan (Time):
6 months

Lifespan (Water Usage):
530 gallons

Our Price:
49.99

Lowe’s Price:
No sign of this Samsung refrigerator water filter model anywhere on Lowe’s site.

Wal-Mart’s Price:
No sign of this filter at Wal-Mart, either.

How to Order:
Right over here.
If you need this soon, you’ll be happy to know that orders placed before 4pm CST ship same day!

If there is another type of Samsung refrigerator water filter that you are having trouble finding, or if you have questions on the models above, please feel free to call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458.

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5 Reasons Clean Water Beats Out Diamonds As A Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

Clean Water For Valentine's DayWhen she opens her eyes, she will be overcome by pure, untouched quality.

When he opens his eyes, he will know that he has received something that will change his life forever.

Together, the gifts they have given each other will represent small tokens of a love that will last throughout a lifetime, full of happiness – and just as important – full of healthiness.

Of course, we’re talking about clean water – this year’s top Valentine’s Day gift.  Don’t believe us?  Check out five ways that clean water beats out diamonds as the best way to tell someone special just how much they mean to you this year.

[Quick hint:  All products below qualify for rush one or two day shipping!]

Clean Spa Water Is The Perfect Valentine's Day Beverage1. Turns Tap Water Into A Spa Quality Beverage
The Huffington Post recently shared more on the trend of ‘spa water,’ or water floating with fruit, citrus or cucumber.  It’s just such a beverage that may be served to you in a romantic spa, hence the name.  Just as nothing can spark romance more quickly than the right sparkling beverage, nothing can kill the mood like spa water that smells like it was scooped up poolside.   Surprising your significant other with a glass of clean spa water, poured from your new faucet filter, is the perfect way to kick off a romantic Valentine’s Day evening.

Clean Water Makes For A Romantic Pool2. Ensures Bacteria Does Not Kill The Inherent Romance of A Pool or Spa
Of course, chlorine does have its purpose.  After all, who would want to take a dip in a pool or spa unless they were reasonably certain that it was full of clean water, and that they would not emerge covered in an excess of bacteria or other scary water-based contaminants?  If a pool or spa is part of your Valentine’s Day or evening plans, we would highly recommend checking your chlorine levels and ensuring your pool or spa filter is up to date.

Culligan Handheld Filtered Shower Head with Massage3. Transforms A Shower Into A Romantic Sauna Complete With Massage
On Valentine’s Day, your shower can magically transform into a romantic sauna built just for two.  But if your shower water isn’t properly filtered, that pleasing mist you are creating may be full of unpleasant odors and vapors from either chlorine (if you use municipal water) or sulfur (if you use well water.)  The Culligan shower filter to the left helps to significantly reduce foul odors from your shower water, and as an added perk that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, even includes a massage feature!

4. Helps Bath Water Become A Luxury Bubble Bath For Two
Tap water containing impurities, especially chlorine, can have a difficult time working with Bath-3000 Rainshow'r Bath Filtersoap to create a lather.  As the best bubble baths are just as full of romantic bubbles and lather as they are clean water, this simply won’t do on Valentine’s Day.  A bath dechlorinator, like the one from Rainshow’r to the left, helps significantly reduce chlorine from bath water, giving those bubbles a chance to thrive!

5. Provides The Hydration You Need To Make It Through The Day…And Through The Night
If you’re doing Valentine’s Day right, hydration will be critical.  May we kindly recommend that you keep the 64 oz. Klean Kanteen water bottle full of clean water – and close by?

Klean Kanteen 64 Oz Water BottleWhat do you think?

Will clean water become the new go-to Valentine’s Day gift, knocking diamonds off their gilded perch?

Or more importantly, what do you think makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day gift?

Please share your thoughts in a comment below.

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