Frequently Asked Questions

What is the capacity of the glass water filter Pitcher of Life?

The Borosilicate Glass Pitcher of Life has a 3.75 capacity and the holding tank (where the filtered,
alkalized water is held, holds 2.5 liters). I tested the prototype for 3 months before we went into production, and it worked fine. I always filled it up again after I poured several glasses of alkaline drinking water. We made some larger versions, but because it is the high quality Borosilicate Glass, the weight for my Wife was a little too much. We modified the final version, that we put into production, by making the glass handle larger, and adding a food-grade, stainless steel underside to the lid.
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How Long Does Alkaline Water Stay Alkaline?

Alkaline water typically stays alkaline for a period of time, but the length of time can vary depending on various factors such as storage conditions and the initial pH level of the water. Generally, alkaline water that is properly stored in a sealed container will retain its pH level for several weeks to a few months, or longer. About a decade ago, I was in a partnership with Dr. Robert O Young, and we bottled alkaline water in a sealed blue glass bottle. We tested it over a year later, and it was still at 9.2 pH.

However, it is important to note that over time, the pH level of alkaline water may gradually decrease as the water absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, and this is especially true if it is in any type of plastic container.. Therefore, it is recommended to check the pH level of stored alkaline water before consuming it. Your best approach is to generate fresh alkaline water that has antioxidants. Your best approaches to this would be with a Pitcher of Life® alkaline water purifier pitcher. Or you can go with a Life Ionizer which will generate a higher pH and a higher negative Oxygen Reduction Potential (ORP).

Toxic Teflon in the Drinking Water?

Teflon is a brand name for a type of synthetic material called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which is used in a variety of products, including non-stick cookware, waterproof clothing, and industrial coatings. PTFE is generally considered to be non-toxic, and it is not known to cause any harmful effects when ingested in small amounts. While it is possible that trace amounts of PTFE might be present in drinking water, the levels are likely to be very low and would not pose a risk to human health.

What is Polarized Water?

Water molecules are composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom, and they are naturally polar, meaning that they have a positive charge on one end and a negative charge on the other. This polarity is what gives water its unique properties and allows it to dissolve a wide range of substances. Some companies claim to sell "polarized" water, often under the brand name Watt-Ahh, but these products are not backed by scientific research and are not likely to have any special health benefits.

Why you can’t get Alkalosis from Alkaline Water?

Alkalosis is a condition in which the body has an excess of alkaline substances, which can cause the pH of the blood to rise above normal levels. This can have a number of negative health effects, including dizziness, muscle spasms, and confusion. While drinking alkaline water can increase the pH of the water in your stomach, it is not likely to cause alkalosis because the stomach is highly acidic and will neutralize the alkaline water before it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Additionally, the kidneys and other systems in the body are able to regulate the pH of the blood and prevent alkalosis from occurring.

what is Alkaline Water?

Alkaline water is water that has a higher pH level than regular tap water. The pH level is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a substance is, with a pH of 7 being neutral, a pH less than 7 being acidic, and a pH greater than 7 being alkaline. Alkaline water typically has a pH of 8 or 9, which makes it slightly alkaline. It is often marketed as being healthier than regular water because it can neutralize acid in the body and help balance the body's pH levels. Some people believe that drinking alkaline water can have a range of health benefits, including improving digestion, boosting the immune system, and increasing energy levels. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims.

Should I use tap water or water from reverse osmosis ? My tap water is “ softened “

Water from a reverse osmosis system is purified but very unhealthy because it lacks all minerals it will pull minerals from the body causing a loss in bone density. To alkalize water you need minerals to be in the water your Pitcher of Life processes. My suggestion would be to add a POST coral calcium cartridge which will put 73 minerals back into the water and then use that water inside your Pitcher of Life More on the filter here:
You will initially need a housing for this cartridge

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PS send me your address and I can send you a full EPA Mandated water report

My instructions say to leave water overnight in the Pitcher of Life and then discard. Can you not drink water that is left in the pitcher for a number of hours?

You can drink the water the next day, but the fresher it is, the healthier it is. That instruction is focused on the quality of the water, meaning the alkaline antioxidant level will be higher, the fresher the water is.

What is a healthy total dissolved solids (TDS) level for healthy drinking water?

A TDS level of 50-150 is considered safe, purified for drinking. If you have your TDS below 50 TDS, this means your drinking water is missing essential healthy alkaline minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Sodium. This means that your LOW TDS drinking when consumed, will then draw these minerals out of your bones and cells, to balance the body. This causes a lowered bone density, which is very detrimental to your long-term health. This is why Pitcher of Life the drinking water filtration system has been designed to keep the TDS between 50 and 150 TDS. If we wanted to make the TDS lower or higher than this, we could easily to it BUT the best healthy levels of TDS are the ones that we design our Pitcher of Life filter system around, so that we provide you the HIGHEST QUALITY PRODUCT. We stand with our High Quality Pitcher of Life System with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and a LIFETIME WARRANTY

What is hard water?

Hard water is water that has a high mineral content, typically containing high levels of calcium and magnesium. These minerals can cause a variety of issues, such as the formation of scale in pipes and appliances, and the decreased effectiveness of soaps and detergents. To remove the minerals that cause scale from water that is entering your home's water system, use the filter:

What are the health benefits of Oxygen Reduction Potential (ORP)?

  • Supporting the immune system: High -ORP water may help to neutralize free radicals in the body, which can damage cells and lead to various health problems.
  • Improving hydration: Alkaline water with a high ORP may be more easily absorbed by the body, leading to improved hydration and better overall health.
  • Alkalizing the body: Alkaline water with a high negative ORP helps to balance the body's pH levels, which helps to reduce inflammation and improve overall health.

What do Activated Carbon Block filters remove and reduce?

What do Activated Carbon Block filters remove and reduce?
Activated carbon can be effective in reducing hundreds of substances including contaminants and other chemicals from the tap water. However, the most cited studies by EPA and NSF claim effective removal of between 60-80 chemicals, effective reduction of another 30 and moderate reduction for 22.
The range of effective removal is important and depends on the quality of the activated carbon used and in what form (GAC vs carbon block). Make sure to chose a filter that removes the contaminants of concern for your local tap water.
According to EPA (the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States) Activated Carbon is the only filter technology recommended to remove

  • All 32 organic contaminants identified including THMs (by-products from chlorine).
  • All 14 pesticides that are listed (this includes pesticides such as glyphosate also referred to as roundup) plus pesticides the 12 herbicides most common in use

    Visit www.lifescienceswater.com/products/5-micron-carbon-block for more info

What is the huge difference between tap water and healthy water that has been filtered through a Pitcher of Life?

Now let's look at the water that is purified in a Pitcher of Life: the tap water is purified with a 6-stage filter that incorporates multiple filter medias to remove chlorine, lead, heavy metals and much more. Then it concentrates alkaline-rich minerals to create purified healthy water. It also creates antioxidants. The means that extra hydrogen molecules are generated and then the single electron molecules become attached to H2O and H3O is created. This means it is now an antioxidant as it has an additional electron (Hydrogen) and it will freely give that electron up to a Free Radical. Free Radicals are missing an electron and "steal" them from healthy cells and DNA. This causes aging and health issues. The H3O (the antioxidant) can thereby help slow down aging and can keep you healthy.
Now there really is a difference between city water and water from a Pitcher of Life.
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Do alkaline water pitchers really work? 

Alkaline water pitchers are designed to raise the pH level of tap water and make it more alkaline, which is believed by some to have health benefits. The pitchers contain a filter that typically use activated carbon to remove impurities and contaminants from the water and raise the pH level.The better quality alkaline water purifying pitchers also use ion exchange resinfor extra purification, so look for these.  The Pitcher of Life® Brand is one of thetop quality pitchers that uses this technology.  This Brand is also coming outwith a new technology that will remove 99.3% of fluoride.  This will be the firstalkaline water pitcher to integrate this technology.There are hundreds of studies and articles proving that drinking alkaline water has over 40 health benefits, such as reducing the symptoms of acid reflux, improving hydration, and many more.As for the effectiveness of alkaline water pitchers, they can be an affordable and convenient way to make alkaline water at home. However, the degree to which they actually raise the pH level of the water can vary depending on factors such as the specific pitcher, the quality of the filter, and the water source.  That’s whywe recommend an established Brand.  Again, our choice is Pitcher of Life® as it is a Division of Life Ionizers and its Parent Company has been around since 1996.  Their Brand ranks in the Top 1%.It is important to note that the top quality alkaline water pitchers remove many contaminants but you may want to run a free water report to know “What’s in Your Water”!   Visit www.LifeWaterReport.com for a comprehensive water report on your City’s water source.  Once you review your report, you can decide if youwant to add a pre-filter system that you can use to maximize the clean-up of your water prior to putting it into your Alkaline Water Pitcher.It is also important to follow the manufacturer's instructions for the use and maintenance of the pitcher, including regularly replacing the filter. The most effective way is to replace your filter every 2 months when 2 people are using it. Replace every month if 3 to 4 people are using it.Overall, alkaline water pitchers can be a convenient way to make alkaline water at home, and it is important to also maintain a balanced and healthy diet. If you have concerns about the quality of your drinking water, we suggest you use the service mentioned above.

How do alkaline water filter work?

Alkaline water filters typically use a combination of activated carbon and ion exchange resin to filter tap water and raise the pH level to make it more alkaline. The specific process by which alkaline water filters work can vary depending on the make and model of the filter, but generally follows these steps:

  • Filtration: The first stage of the process involves passing tap water through a filter, which is typically made up of activated carbon. This removes impurities and contaminants from the water, such as chlorine, sediment, and heavy metals.  A great alkaline water pitcher will have at least a six (6) layer filtration, alkalization filter.  Some high quality counter top units will have multiple filters. 
  • Ion exchange: After the water has been filtered, it passes through a second stage in which it comes into contact with ion exchange resin. This resin is typically made up of negatively charged ions, such as calcium and magnesium, which attract and bind to positively charged ions in the water, such as hydrogen ions. This process can help to raise the pH level of the water and make it more alkaline.  When you bind extra hydrogen atoms to water, you make H3O, which is an antioxidant – which neutralizes free radicals and slows down aging
  • Mineralization: Some alkaline water filters may also include a third stage in which the water is infused with additional minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, to further increase the alkalinity of the water and add beneficial minerals.

Overall, alkaline water filters work by removing impurities and contaminants from tap water and increasing the pH level to make it more alkaline. The specific process used by each filter can vary, and it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions for use and maintenance to ensure optimal filtration performance.

Which alkaline water filter is best?

Determining the "best" alkaline water filter depends on several factors, such as the specific needs and preferences of the individual, the quality of the water source, and the budget for the filter. However, here are a few factors to consider when choosing an alkaline water filter:

  • Filtration performance: Look for an alkaline water filter that effectively removes impurities and contaminants from your water source. Many alkaline water filters use a combination of activated carbon and ion exchange resin to filter the water, but the specific type and quality of the filter media can vary.
  • pH level: Consider the pH level that the filter is capable of achieving. Alkaline water filters typically aim to raise the pH level of the water to between 7.5 and 9.5, which is more alkaline than typical tap water. But the pH level will depend on the initial water that is put in the water pitcher.  Well water tends to be acidic, so the alkaline water pitcher will raise the pH, but not to the level you would obtain from city water, which starts out at about 7.0 pH.  Remember this:  well water
    can have many more toxic chemicals that rain water, as well as city water.
  • Mineralization: Some alkaline water filters also add beneficial minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, back into the water to enhance its alkalinity and provide additional health benefits.
  • Size and capacity: Consider the size and capacity of the filter to ensure that it meets your needs. Some filters are designed for individual use, while countertop units are designed for larger households.
  • Cost: Watch out for replacement filters that are less than others.  This usually
    means the manufacturer is using low quality medias.  Choose Quality!

Ultimately, the "best" alkaline water filter comes from an established Brand, as they have to maintain their Brand name.  Our research shows that the Pitcher of Life Brand is the Number One Choice!

What filters out microplastics?

Microplastics are small plastic particles that are less than 5 millimeters in size and can be found in various sources, including our water supply. The presence of microplastics in drinking water can pose potential health risks, which is why it's essential to know which filters can effectively remove them. In this article, we will explore the filters that can effectively remove microplastics from drinking water.

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How does ion exchange media work in water filtration?

Ion exchange media is a common method used in water filtration to remove impurities and contaminants from water. The process involves the exchange of ions between the media and the water, resulting in the removal of unwanted substances.
Ion exchange media consists of small beads or granules made from a porous material, typically a synthetic resin. These resin beads are designed to attract and bind certain ions while releasing others in a process known as ion exchange.
Here's how ion exchange media works in water filtration:

  1. Absorption: Water containing various ions and impurities flows through a column or tank containing the ion exchange media. As the water passes through the media bed, the beads attract and absorb ions from the water. The impurities can include dissolved metals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and heavy metals, as well as other ions like nitrate, sulfate, or chloride.
  2. Ion Exchange: The resin beads contain chemically charged sites that attract and bind specific ions. These charged sites are typically negatively charged (anionic resin) or positively charged (cationic resin). For example, cationic resins attract positively charged ions, while anionic resins attract negatively charged ions.
  3. Exchange Process: When water passes through the ion exchange media, the resin beads release ions of the same charge that were previously bound to the sites. Simultaneously, the media binds and retains the undesired ions from the water. This ion exchange process effectively removes the targeted impurities from the water.
  4. One of best ion exchange medias we use is Alumina – which removes fluoride, heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and arsenic, bacteria, viruses, and much more.
    By utilizing the ion exchange media's ability to selectively attract and exchange ions, water filtration systems can effectively remove a wide range of impurities, resulting in cleaner and purer water. The specific type of ion exchange media used depends on the targeted impurities and the desired water quality.

I noticed some spots on my copper drinking water bottle. My Sister is fine with it as she looked it up and it doesn't effect the quality of the water, but I am obsessive compulsive so I want my to look perfect

The black and green spots you're observing on a copper drinking bottle are likely signs of oxidation and tarnishing. Copper, being a reactive metal, undergoes a process called patination when exposed to air and moisture. This process can result in the formation of green spots (verdigris) and black areas (copper oxide).

  1. Using Dawn Dishwasher Soap: Generally, dish soaps like Dawn are safe for cleaning copper, as they are gentle and effective at removing grease and grime. However, they may not be sufficient to remove oxidation or tarnish.
  2. Best Method to Clean and Remove Black and Green Spots: Vinegar and Salt Solution:* Mix equal parts of white vinegar and salt. Apply this mixture to the tarnished areas and rub gently with a soft cloth or sponge. The acid in the vinegar and the abrasiveness of the salt can help remove tarnishing.
  3. Lemon and Salt: Cut a lemon in half, sprinkle salt on its cut side, and rub this over the spots. Lemon's natural acidity and salt's abrasiveness work well together.
  4. Baking Soda Paste: Make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply it to the spots and gently scrub. This is a mild abrasive and can be effective for removing tarnish.
  5. Commercial Copper Cleaners: If home remedies don't work, you might consider a commercial copper cleaner. These are formulated specifically for cleaning copper and can be very effective.

Important Tips:

  • Always rinse the bottle thoroughly with water after cleaning.
  • Dry it completely to prevent further oxidation.
  • Test any cleaning method on a small, inconspicuous area first.
  • Avoid using harsh abrasives or steel wool, as these can scratch the copper.
  • Regular cleaning can prevent heavy tarnish buildup.

    Remember, the patina that develops on copper can be considered desirable by some, as it gives the metal an antique look. However, if you prefer your copper shiny and bright, regular cleaning is necessary.

How a Reverse Osmosis (RO) System works?

Our technologically advanced 5-filter Reverse Osmosis (RO) System is uniquely designed to not only purify water but also to ensure the end result is alkaline drinking water, a feature not found in other RO systems. Here’s how our cutting-edge, tankless system works:

  • Advanced Pre-filtration (1st and 2nd Filters): The process begins with two sophisticated pre-filters. The first captures larger particles like sediment and rust, while the second specifically targets and removes chlorine and other chemical impurities, improving taste and smell.
  • Reverse Osmosis Membrane (3rd Filter): Water is then pushed under high pressure through the reverse osmosis membrane. This state-of-the-art semi-permeable membrane is designed to allow only water molecules to pass, effectively removing contaminants such as salts, bacteria, and heavy metals.
  • Post-filtration (4th Filter): After undergoing reverse osmosis, the water flows through a post-filter that polishes it, removing any residual taste and odor to ensure it is of the highest quality and clarity.
  • Alkaline Filter (5th Filter): Unique to our system, this stage introduces minerals back into the purified water, raising its pH level to produce alkaline drinking water. This not only improves the water’s taste but also offers the benefits associated with drinking alkaline water.
  • Tankless Design: Our RO system is tankless, which means it provides fresh, purified water on demand without the need for bulky storage tanks. This design is more efficient, takes up less space, and ensures that the water is always fresh.
  • Contaminant Flush Away: The system is designed to automatically flush away the filtered out impurities and contaminants, ensuring they are kept separate from the clean, alkaline water.

Our system stands out by offering not just purified, but also alkaline drinking water, thanks to our innovative alkaline filter and tankless technology, setting a new standard for what you can expect from a home water purification system.