What to make of water hype??
Going through a news feed this morning, I came across an interesting video. It showed pH tests being performed on many different brands of bottled water. All claimed to have different pH levels, some were alkaline, some acidic and some neutral. The results seemed to be foggy at best, with the majority of the bottle claims being completely inaccurate.
So, what do we make of all this information? These are big companies providing bottled water, which is a hot commodity these days and one people have wildly different notions about. Some people want to drink alkaline water, for the popular belief that it is good for your health. Some people drink distilled water (shudder!) and R.O. water (reverse osmosis) as it is "pure" water. The bottom line with all of this is simple; scientific studies (again and again) tell us that we need pH neutral drinking water with natural mineral content.
R.O. water, being completely stripped of mineral content is actually dead water. It is not the slightest bit conductive, which is bad news for our bodies, as mostly we are alive due to electrical impulses that control brain activity and our heartbeat. Give us water with no minerals and how are our bodies to remain conductive enough for these processes? Reverse Osmosis removes everything from water. It will take minerals from our bodies in order to balance itself. Research has now proven that we cannot add a dietary mineral supplement to make up the deficiency, R.O. simply steals those minerals too.
Distilled water is under the very same bracket, except it is even more aggressive than R.O and not at all recommended for drinking.
What's important is to find a water source with no heavy metals, no chemicals, bacteria, viruses or pathogen contamination whatsoever. It's also important for this water source to contain a nice balance of healthy positive minerals so we can hydrate and be well.
The thing is, this kind of water doesn't exist. Not anywhere. The water we have available to us now is all the water this planet has ever had. Our world's water has been recycled for millions of years.
What we need, then, is a conditioning system that takes any source water, treats in real time with NO wasted water, operates on pennies per month, is easily maintained and cost effective. It also needs to be able to remove heavy metal contamination, remove chlorine, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and destroy bacteria, viruses and pathogens. This system should do all of this, while being clever enough to leave the natural mineral content in the water. If only such a system existed...
For many people, it feels like we have an unlimited supply of water on this planet, especially living near the Great Lakes. However, our supply of water is finite. The water that we drink and bathe in today is the same water that the dinosaurs drank. It has been recycled, re-used, frozen and thawed for millions of years. This process of re-use doesn’t really become a problem until you introduce contaminants that nature can’t filter out. I’m talking about pharmaceuticals.
Drugs in our drinking water is a growing concern as our use of drugs continues to increase and our methods of wastewater treatment do not fully remove these drugs from the water (Crowe, 2014). That means your hormone pills and your neighbour’s anti-depressants or blood thinners are running into the sewer and then out into our rivers and lakes. When we need water to drink and wash, where do we get it? Often, it’s from the very same rivers and lakes in which we dump our treated sewage. Since wastewater processes don’t completely remove these contaminants, their concentration gradually increases.
In 2012, male fish in the Grand River were discovered by University of Waterloo researchers to be carrying large, visible eggs in their bodies. Researchers have directly linked this problem to the location of these fish, downstream from a sewage treatment plant (Imrie, 2012).
As governments continue to research the issue and consider possible solutions (that may take decades to implement) it’s up to the informed individual to make their own good choices when it comes to water.
In the summer of 2015, ESIL Water Treatment Limited (that’s us) conducted research on the removal of pharmaceuticals from highly contaminated water using our electrolytic water treatment system. We used a prepared sample with known contaminants. We ran the contaminated water through our single cell, under-counter home system and took a sample immediately after the treatment.
Results were amazing. 10 out of 11 chemicals were no longer detectable by the lab equipment and one chemical that was still detectable had been reduced by 99.5%. This is really great performance with a contaminant, like drugs, that is very difficult to remove. Another benefit: while the drugs are removed in our treatment process, the naturally occurring minerals remain to leave the water naturally balanced.
If you would like to view a copy of our lab results, they’re available online at www.esilwater.com/research.html
We’re cleaning up the world’s water, one glass at a time.
- Jeanette B.
ESIL Water Treatment Limited.
1. Crowe, Kelly. (2014, September 22). Drinking water contaminated by drugs a growing concern. CBC News. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/drinking-water-contaminated-by-excreted-drugs-a-growing-concern-1.2772289
2. Imrie, David. (2012, October 5). Male fish in Grand River show female traits. CTV Kitchener. Retrieved from http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/male-fish-in-grand-river-show-female-traits-1.985586#
September 9th, 2016 will go down in history as the day that ESIL water and its’ 25 years of stories, science, heartache, successes and future aspirations are about to be told. People keep telling me I have a passion for water and I could talk for hours about it. Of course I am not that naïve as to think people want to listen to me talk for hours about water but maybe, every so often, I can share some tidbits of my time working with our most precious resource.
My name is Bryan and I am the President of ESIL Water Treatment Limited. I spent 15 years with one of the biggest water companies in the world until I stumbled across ESIL and discovered what this technology can and will do for the world of water and the people, animals and plants that share it. If you happen to fall into one of those three categories (person, plant or animal), then I suspect water – and good clean water - will be of interest to you.
Our intent is to share informative, hopefully entertaining, and pertinent stories that will shed some light on water from the viewpoint of someone who has gone from a big company to a start-up but all the while surrounded by great water technologies.
So what can you expect in our upcoming blogs? We will discuss things we have learnt from attending and participating in Craft Beer trade shows (can you believe attendees actually drink a lot of water during these shows), to dairy shows, cottage and recreation, healthy living shows…and that list goes on. You will read about the inventor of ESIL. He once owned a jet leasing company but accidentally while fishing, discovered that when you add power to water you get electrolysis and that it produces really nice water (but a lot of people already knew that). The inventor of ESIL, however, proceeded to overcome existing limitations and created a product that you and I can use – not just reserved for large water treatment plants anymore. We may also touch on people like Faraday and Tesla and their contributions.
We will sprinkle in a little scientific data, after all, ESIL has over $27M invested to date on research and patents including the removal of pharmaceuticals, lead, iron and many others. I know numbers aren't exciting for everyone so I won't go overboard but we also have a beautiful website where you can find all kinds of data if you would like.
I will wrap up our inaugural blog with our mission statement:
‘At ESIL, we believe that each person deserves access to the world’s most precious resource, independent of financial abilities. We strive to bring the highest quality of water to the world, one glass at a time.’
- One glass at a time.
Bryan is the President of ESIL Water Treatment Ltd. and has worked in water treatment for 20 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and is a designated Professional Engineer.