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Do I Need A UV Disinfection System?


E Coli Outbreak Map from CDCIf you are considering a UV disinfection system for your home or business, you undoubtedly have a whole list of questions.  As such a system oftentimes requires a larger upfront investment, you may have questions related to UV disinfection system cost.

You may also have questions related to how UV disinfection system technology works, its level of efficiency and whether a UV system is truly more effective than disinfectant chemicals such as chlorine.

While the questions above are valid ones that we’ll try to answer below, the true determination regarding whether you need such a system can better be expressed in a checklist format, rather than an FAQ.  For your reference, we’ve created just such a checklist Continue reading

5 Drinking Water Week Add-Ons You Can Add-Into Your Cart For Less


WaterSafe Well Water Test KitWe are currently in the midst of Drinking Water Week, an occasion marked by the American Water Works Association as a time when water professionals forge closer connections with those they serve.  While this is undoubtedly an important occasion, our team at DiscountFilterStore.com already adheres to this idea every day.

So rather than using Drinking Water Week to remind you of what you likely already know, we’re instead taking this opportunity to bring you closer to some of the lesser known products you may not be aware that we offer.

Better yet, all through Drinking Water Week, we’re offering the products below – and all products on our site, in fact – for 5% off!  Just use the code ‘DrinkWater’ when you place your order online.

3M Filtrete Whole House Filtration System O-Rings1. Water Test Kits – if you are a well water user or have running water in a cabin, a water test kit should be in your hands at least twice per year.  We offer water filters that can deal with nearly any type of contaminant or impurity.  But unless we know exactly what you are dealing with in your water, there is only so much we can do.

On our site, we are happy to offer water test kits that range in price between around $20 (for quick DIY measurements) all the way up to kits that go for closer to $200 and include formal lab testing.  See our full selection of water test kits here.

Frigidaire PAULTRA Refrigerator Air Filter2. O-Rings and Lubricant – we can’t count the number of times that a leaky filter or filtration system we’ve troubleshot with a customer  has hinged on one simple and inexpensive part: the ubiquitous O-ring.

O-rings, O-ring lubricant and dozens of other types of critical yet affordable accessories are proudly offered on our site as a complement to each of the filters and systems that we offer.  If you are ever unsure of all the components you will need to properly install or maintain your system, please feel free to call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458.  See our full list of parts and accessories, including O-rings and lubricant, here.

Rid O Rust Rust Stain Remover3. Refrigerator Air Filters – foul taste and odor coming from your refrigerator can come from more than just the water you dispense.  A refrigerator air filter, the most popular of which is the Frigidaire PAULTRA pictured, partners with your water filter to effectively manage the cleanliness of two major elements within your refrigerator.  See our full selection of refrigerator air filters here.

4. Rust Stain Remover – we offer a fairly comprehensive selection of cleaning products on our site, but Rid O Rust stain remover is by far one of the most popular.  Formulated to be biodegradable, Rid O Rust will quickly remove rust from nearly any surface, from the inside of your sink to the outside of your boat.  For well water users that live with water heavy in iron, this should always be beneath your sink or in your garage.  Buy Rid O Rust stain remover here.

5. Coffee Machine Water Filter – fact: you can’t have great coffee without great water.  Built for Bosch and Siemens automatic coffee machines, the Claris water filter cartridge we offer ensures only the cleanest water makes it through your coffee machine and into your cup.  A must have for anyone using an automatic coffee machine from one of these two brands.  Buy our Claris coffee machine water filter, for Bosch and Siemens automatic coffee machines, here.

Are there other water filters or filtration products that you know you need but have had trouble finding?  Connect with us directly, either via a comment below or by calling our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458, and we’ll help you find them!  And when we do, we’ll remind you to use discount code ‘DrinkWater’ so you can get what you need for 5% off!* (Through Monday, May 12th.)

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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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