Recently there has been a barrage of inflammatory press coverage in the news media regarding
the findings of medical waste in water supplies. The media has jumped all over this as if it is something we in
water treatment have not known about for many years.
The fact of the matter is the desire to extend human life, cure disease, and make our lives more
comfortable comes at a cost. Every time we solve a problem, another one seems to be created. Better life through
chemistry can be both a blessing and a curse.
The question of medical waste in our water is similar to the concerns we have regarding industrial
and household chemical waste in our water. There is always cause for concern, but there is no need to panic. There are
literally thousands of different compounds in this world, and the truth of the matter is we don’t know what they
are doing to this planet or its population. As you can create millions of phone numbers from ten digits, imagine how many
chemical compounds can be derived from the more than 100 items listed on the table of elements. And remember that matter
cannot be destroyed; only converted. Once a specific problem is discovered it takes decades to eventually arrive at the
truth, and even longer if the political will, funding, or technology for a solution is missing.
If you are concerned regarding any of the above in your water supply, there are a number of technologies
available to help protect you depending on the problem. The easiest and most affordable general solution to safeguard your
drinking water against the widest array of undetermined threats is the
SWT BioMaster™ System with integrated
UV. This is a compact system that fits under the sink and employs the same filtration processes that the most reputable
bottling plants use; sediment filtration, carbon filtration, reverse osmosis, and UV disinfection.
The reasons we are recommending the SWT BioMaster is that 1) RO membranes filter water down to a molecular
level allowing only certain size molecules to pass through the membrane. Most highly compounded chemical and complex
pharmaceutical strings are far too large to pass the membrane barrier, and are rejected. 2) Granular activated carbon is
a commonly used and proven technology for pesticide and chemicals absorption, and 3) UV is acknowledged universally as a
proper method for the sterilization of most bacteria.
Additionally, the SWT BioMaster provides a viable economical and ecological alternative to bottled
water. If you are spending several hundred dollars a year on bottled water, the SWT BioMaster can eliminate those costs.
With this filtration system you will have the means to create “bottled quality” water right from your own tap.
Plus, you would decrease your own contribution to the world problem of disposing billions of plastic bottles in our planet’s
SWT would like to be sure we are not misunderstood in our stance. While we feel the SWT BioMaster
is an excellent general solution to purify potable and non-potable water for drinking without the cost and waste of bottled
water, if an actual known intrusion of a particularly harmful agent is discovered in your water supply, the situation must
be specifically monitored to ensure long term protection against that substance.