The Effectiveness of Home Water Purification Systems on the Amount of Fluoride in Drinking Water

The Effectiveness of Home Water Purification Systems on the Amount of Fluoride in Drinking Water
Posted by moko17am on 2021/08/19
The Effectiveness of Home Water Purification Systems on the Amount of Fluoride in Drinking Water

    The Effectiveness of Home Water Purification Systems on the Amount of Fluoride in Drinking Water


    Statement of the Problem


    Laboratory ultrapure water purification systems for domestic

use have drawn significant attention over the past few years. This can be related to the improvement of public health and concern for water

contamination. 

    Purpose


    The aim of this study was to evaluate whether home water purification systems eliminate the essential materials such as fluoride besides filtrating the

heavy ions and other unwanted particles out of water.


    Materials and Method


    In this experimental study, six most frequently used commercial brands of water purifiers were evaluated and compared. Specimens were collected right

before and after setting up the device, and 6 months later. Then, spectrophotometry (the Harrison device) was performed to compare fluoride clearance by each

home water cleaner device.


    Results


    Based on the data collected from all water purification devices in different locations, the amount of fluoride was significantly different before and

right after using home water purifier and six months later (p= 0.001 and p= 0.00, respectively).


    Conclusion


    The filtration of water significantly decreased its fluoride concentration. The fluoride content of purified

super series iltrapure water

system
was approximately as much as zero in some cases.


    Fluoride is a natural element branched from Fluorine. This element can be found in all sorts of water and soil. Out of every kilogram of outer layer of

earth, 0.3 gram is fluoride. Mineral waters have more amount of this element compared to other sources.(1)


    About 60 years ago, Grand Rapids in Michigan State was the first city in which fluoride supplement was synthetically added to tap water. In US, adding

fluoride to community water supplies of many cities has improved the oral health of millions of American citizens.(2)


    Fluoridation of community water supplies is adding a specific amount of fluoride (0.7-1.2 ppm) to water in order to reduce the risk of dental caries. By

2002, almost 170 million Americans were provided with this privilege.(3)


    Since most of the systemic fluoride is provided through tap water to population, many policies have been established to add fluoride to community water

regarding its benefits for teeth and bones.(4)

    In regions and countries that do not have water-fluoridation technology, there are natural supplements as previously mentioned. For example, Iran has

many mineral water supplies that contain considerable amounts of fluoride. Amount of fluoride in natural mineral waters depends on weather conditions; the

warmer the weather is, the higher the amount of fluoride can be detected. Mineral waters in southern regions that have warmer weather contain more fluoride.

In Iran, the highest amount of fluoride has been found in southeast and northeast areas.


    Water purification systems for domestic use have drawn much of attention over the past few years. This can be related to improvement of public health and

concerns for water contamination. There are several types of home

laboratory reverse osmosis water purification systems
that can be categorized into 3 different groups(5) as filtered systems, systems using UV

irradiation, and ion-exchange systems.


    The aim of this study was to find out whether domestic laboratory

deionized water purification systems
could eliminate the essential materials such as fluoride besides filtrating the heavy ions and other unwanted

particles out of water.

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    Materials and Method


    In this study, 6 frequently used commercial brands of water purifiers in Ahwaz were compared. The commercial brands evaluated in the current study were

CCK (Ceramic and Ceramic/Carbon Cartridges ; RTX-TS DLM filters, Korea), Soft Water (Ceramic Candles; Alpine TJ Series filters, W9332420, USA), Alkusar

(Special media cartridges filters; PRB50-IN, USA), Puricom (Special media cartridges filters; Watts 4.5" x 10" Dual Housing, Korea), Water Safe

(Granular Carbon Cartridges filters; LCV (Lead, Cysts, VOC's) (Carbon Block Filter Cartridges, Australia), and Aquafresh (Sediment String-Wound; Poly

Spun and Pleated Washable Cartridges filters, K5520, USA). The main drinking dura pro series ultrapure water system supply for Ahwaz is provided by governmental companies.

After making arrangement with certain companies that supported these brands, the devices were setup in 6 different regions of Ahwaz. Samples were collected

before and right after setting up the device. To reduce the errors and elevate the accuracy of the module, 5 samples were taken from each device. Another

sample was collected from each single device 6 months later. A total of 64 samples were collected including 32 unfiltered (control) and 32 filtered samples

of tap water (experimental) from 6 regions in Ahwaz. Fluoride sampling kits (Spands; EW-99574-08Hach? Test Kits, USA) were used to test the amount of

fluoride in sample waters. Samples were all collected in polyethylene sampling containers and were then coded. Spectrophotometry (AvaSpec-ULS2048L- USB2 UARS

spectrometer, USA) was performed. In order to measure the characteristics of individual molecules, a mass spectrometer converted them to ions so that they

could be moved about and manipulated by external electric and magnetic fields.

    Atmospheric pressure was around 760 torr (mm of mercury). The pressure under which ions may be handled is roughly 10-5 to 10-8 torr (less than a

billionth of an atmosphere). By varying the strength of the magnetic field, ions of different mass can be focused progressively on a detector fixed at the

end of a curved tube and also under a high vacuum.


    Latin alphabetic words were used to code each commercial device. Numbers were used for samples obtained before and after setting the device.(6)


    The present article gives a review about water purification, filtration techniques and technologies that are practiced till date. Purification of water

is mainly focused because of a sensitive reason that it is one of the essential sources of survival for all living beings. Water is found in many forms on

the earth’s surface, large amount of drinking water is from lakes and rivers. All living beings need drinking water but human beings need them to be drunk

in a purified manner with rich in minerals and salts. Pure water refers to absence of bacteria and disease causing microorganisms, dissolved metal ions and

heavy impurities. To gain the whole usefulness of drinking water, it should be not only pure but also healthy. Healthy water refers to presence of nutrients

such as minerals and salts that are required to the human body for functioning of body organs like heart, kidneys and blood circulation freely throughout the

body. All the technologies had tried to make water pure but not healthy. This makes a lot of difference in life cycle before and after drinking only pure

water for a longer period. Some technologies for purification of water chose harmful polymers and dreadful chemical compositions. The then technologies

updated and entered into the nanotechnology and polymers for water purification and filtration. Reverse Osmosis is base for any purification process that

uses semi permeable membrane which contains ultra, micro and nano porous membranes which removes bacteria and microbes as well as minerals and salts. This RO

processed water may cause illness on consuming for a long time continuously. Hence some fiber composites and mineral cartridges were introduced to overcome

to add minerals and salts to water. All these techniques adopted for purification of water and usage of fiber composites, polymer membranes are reviewed in

this article with defects in them that might cause a lot of damage to mankind.


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