There are many contaminants in tap water which are harmful to human health: micro-organisms, toxins, carcinogens, teratogens and neurotoxins. Micro-organisms are present in the water from the water piping in or to your home or business.
Toxins, carcinogens and teratogens are actually created in the drinking water during the purification process. Natural organic matter (NOM) enters the water from the watershed, being measured as total organic content (TOC) in the water. Man made toxins may also enter the water; these are also measured as TOC. The problem with TOC is its reaction with the disinfectant, a well known reaction known as nucleophillic substitution. Chlorine, ammonia, ozone and chlorine dioxide chemically attach to TOC, thereby creating a molecule which is at least toxic, and is often carcinogenic and/or teratogenic. Further, from a common sense perspective, disinfectants are used to kill (kill bacteria). So it is no surprise that the attachment of a disinfectant (KILL) to a TOC (Food Source) creates toxins, carcinogens and teratogens.
What is truly scary in drinking water are neurotoxins. Neurotoxins include all heavy metals, including lead, arsenic, mercury and aluminum. While most heavy metals are from the raw water itself, aluminum is placed in the water during purification. Alum, aluminum sulfate, is used to coagulate and remove contaminants from the water. However, Alum, invented by the Egyptians over 3,000 years ago, dissolves as soluble aluminum in the drinking water. Soluble aluminum, the aluminum ion, is a known cause of neurological disorders such as: Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease; ADD; Dementia; and Depression. And, believe it or not, due to the aluminum lobby, there is no regulation on the amount of aluminum in drinking water. In cases wherein heavy metals are an issue, ClearValue's POE Device includes a second filter cartridge containing a sulfur media. This sulfur media removes, filters, the heavy metals from the water.
Given this non-responsible and poor health scenario for 2/3 of your body, it is no wonder that people buy bottled water at a cost which is 10,000 times the cost of tap water. To solve this challenge and meet a significant human need, ClearValue invented the Merman™ Potable Water Purification System. Merman™ is a Point of Entry (POE) device which removes from tap water: microbiological contaminants, toxins, carcinogens, teratogens and neurotoxins; Merman™ preforms while controlling hardness deposits. Current systems do not have the performance of ClearValue's Merman™. Other systems in the market are based upon either: carbon filtration, reverse osmosis or ion exchange. None of these truly control drinking water purity. Carbon filters leave heavy metals in the water, including aluminum, while removing the disinfectant, thereby creating a potential for bacterial or viral contamination in downstream plumbing and fixtures. Ion exchange systems do nothing to purify the water while placing sodium in the water during removal of calcium and magnesium. Our bodies do not need sodium, yet our bodies need calcium and magnesium; further, it is the calcium and magnesium which provide the "taste" we all enjoy. Finally, the current craze, reverse osmosis systems leave heavy metals in the water while removing all of the nutrients, thereby creating a water which will literally "suck" nutrients out of our bodies, placing those nutrients in our urine.