YOU MAY RECALL last January’s post, A better way for water, in which I bragged about our new filtration system. Prematurely, it seems.
It was simply a small gizmo that connected to the end of the faucet, but it had rave reviews on Amazon, which is where I bought it. One for the Hacienda, one for my child bride’s pastry kitchen, one for the Downtown Casita and one for the Mexico City condo, and they were not cheap, $1,500 pesos each.
Almost immediately, my wife started to have urinary issues that were misinterpreted by three gynecologists and one internist as a mysterious female problem. This went on for months till she finally took herself to a lab and discovered she had a bad bacterial infection. That was solved by antibiotics.
In April, I began to have problems with my digestive system, which led to a colonoscopy in May where a bacterial infection was found in my colon. That too was solved by antibiotics.
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A lightbulb appears
A lightbulb went on over my head, and we returned to bottled water.
Whether that simple filtration system was the culprit remains unknown because I took a water sample that had passed through that filter to a lab in the nearby capital city, and an analysis found no bacteria.
No matter. All four filters have been removed. However, I am getting too long in the tooth to sling around those five-gallon bottles. I am sick of it.
Enter our new filtration system. See the photo. Significantly bigger and higher tech. The water even passes through ultraviolet light that kills bacteria and Lord knows what else. We installed one at the Downtown Casita, the pastry kitchen and, just this morning, here at the Hacienda.
At the store in the capital city where I bought the new system, I also purchased a small gizmo that measures water quality, and grades water at seven levels from Ideal to Stuff You Don’t Want in Your Mouth.
It measures TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) but it does not measure bacteria. I measured the water we buy in the big jugs. It registered as ideal.
The next level down is water akin to “carbon filters, mountain springs, aquifers.” Then comes “hard water” followed by “marginally acceptable,” which it says is the average U.S. tap water. The two following levels are not for drinking.
The previous little filter registered TDS at the borderline of mountain streams and hard water. The new one registers just a tad higher into hard water, but both are below the average of U.S. tap water. And only the new system kills bacteria.
Let’s see what happens now. Pray for our tummies.