We've received several questions about how our water purifier differs from others that have dominated the market for years -- why PURINIZE® Water Purifier Drops are different from, say, Potable Aqua Tablets or Aquamira Water Treatment Drops. At first glance, it might seem like our water purification technologies are one in the same, and in some basic ways, they are, however, PURINIZE® has some distinct differences and advantages.
So, to help sort things out, we've compiled a list of five key differences between PURINIZE® Water Purifier Drops and conventional water purifier tablets/drops:
1. CHEMICAL DISINFECTANTS
Conventional water purifier tablets and liquid drops from brands like Aquamira, Aquatabs, Potable Aqua, Katadyn, MSR, and others, use chemical disinfectants to treat water. The most commonly used chemical disinfectant is chlorine dioxide, an antimicrobial pesticide, but other chemicals used are tetraglycine hydroperiodide (iodine), sodium hypochlorite (the main ingredient in household bleach), and sodium dichloroisocyanurate (a chemical compound that steadily releases small doses of chlorine). PURINIZE® is the first 100% non-toxic, mineral-based water purifier liquid that disinfects and clarifies water without chemical disinfectants.
2. CONTAMINANT REDUCTION
Both PURINIZE® and conventional water purifiers eliminate or reduce biological contaminants like bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. However, unlike other water purifiers, PURINIZE® has the unique ability to reduce toxic, "21st-century" contaminants that are the most commonly found pollutants in outdoor and drinking water sources today. These include agricultural chemicals like pesticides and herbicides, industrial chemicals like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), heavy metals like lead and arsenic, pharmaceuticals like hormones and steroids, disinfectants like chlorine and chloramines, and disinfection byproducts like trihalomethanes.
All chemical disinfectants react with natural organic matter and other substances present in water and produce harmful disinfection byproducts (DBPs). The toxicity of each byproduct varies depending on the chemical/s used and length of exposure. For example, trihalomethanes (THMs) are a group of DPBs created by chlorine-based disinfectants. Many THMs are considered carcinogenic. Long-term exposure above the maximum contaminant level (MCL) can lead to liver, kidney, and central nervous system problems, and cancer. Chlorite is a DBP created by chlorine dioxide and although it's not considered a carcinogen, long-term exposure above the MCL can affect the central nervous system and can lead to anemia in infants and young children. PURINIZE® creates no DBPs when added to water, and in fact, reduces certain DPBs, including THMs.
4. LONG-TERM USE
Conventional water purifiers are typically recommended for short-term or limited emergency treatment of water and shouldn't be used to purify water continuously over extended periods of time because if taken in excess, they can lead to adverse health effects. For example, drinking water containing chlorine dioxide for long periods above maximum residual disinfectant level can affect the central nervous system in some infants, young children, and fetuses of pregnant women, and could eventually lead to anemia. Since PURINIZE® contains no harmful chemicals and is 100% non-toxic, using it as directed to purify water is safe for short or long-term use without any harm or health risks.
5. SAFETY HAZARDS
All conventional water purifiers that contain chemicals like chlorine dioxide, iodine, bleach, and so on are hazardous to humans, domestic animals, the environment, and are known to be toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms (just read their labels). Iodine isn't even safe for children, pregnant women, or people with thyroid problems or iodine allergies to use. PURINIZE® on the other hand, is eco-friendly and poses no hazards to plants, animals, or aquatic habitats. Plus, it's safe for anyone to use, including babies, young children, pregnant women, and even your pets.
One of the biggest complaints people have about using chemical-based water purifiers is the gross, pool water-like taste they give to water. Well, we've received a lot of feedback about taste, and the consensus is that, yes, PURINIZE® dramatically improves the taste of water. Some have even said it improves the taste much like a carbon filter does! The reason for this is because PURINIZE® contains the same minerals (electrolytes) that are often added to bottled water "for taste."
We hope this list has given you a better understanding of PURINIZE® Water Purifier Drops and how they differs from conventional, chemical-based water purifiers. If you have any questions, please leave us a comment below or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.