There are so many water filters on the market, and a lot of them really do very little to protect us from the effects of massive water pollution. I spent a lot of time researching filters because I know my body does an inefficient job of getting rid of toxins, that I've already have heavy exposure, and that I'll be traveling in some highly polluted areas.
The filters that have impressed me the most are those made by a little company in Staten Island, Pureffect Water Filters. Their filters have multiple cartridges through which the water will pass, and they know exactly what each filter removes and how much. They also make different filters for different water situations and priorities. You can order filters for city water or well water, and emphasize fluouride filtration, add ultraviolet light to kill microorganisms, and choose whole house filters or drinking water filters depending on your needs.
These filters are also far better than reverse osmosis, gravity fed and simple faucet filters at removing volatile chemicals and radiation, and they preserve the mineral content of the water and actually make it more alkaline.
My journey will take me to many of the waterways of North America. I will visit the lower Mississippi, and the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary, heavily damaged by oil industry contamination, and plan to travel the perimeter of the Great Lakes to visit people who are part of the Great Lakes Commons Charter initiative, working to protect one of our few remaining precious reservoirs of fresh water, one fifth of all the fresh water in the world, from industrial and agricultural poisoning.
I'll be visiting communities with water issues from Puerto Rico to California, and while the bigger issue is stopping the waters from dying, we need to learn to protect our bodies while we do it. So I'm relieved to have found a filter I feel really good about, than protect me as I do this work.
Full disclosure: I like this filter enough, that I've decided to become an affiliate. If you choose to buy a filter from Pureffect, and use my name, I will get a commission. However, it's entirely up to you whether you decide to credit me or not.
Aurora Levins Morales is a chronically ill and disabled writer, historian, visual artist, and activist