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Water Conditioning & Purification writes about the sequence of water filtration technologies BETTER WATERS uses to eliminate the need for bottled water - the design that earns a LEED Innovation in Design credit from the US Green Building Council.

Yes, Tap Water Is Plentiful, but Is It Fit to Drink?
The New York Times    Published: August 22, 2007

To the Editor:

Re ''Keeping Cool, Clear Tap Water'' (editorial, Aug. 18):

You point out the great need for investment in infrastructure to maintain our nation's water quality, but you underestimate the value of water filtration.

You write that ''home filters are mostly about taste.'' Yes, that is true of the very cheap ones that are widely available. But there are filtration products on the market that deliver drinking water purer than the best bottled waters, do so for pennies instead of dollars a gallon and obviate the need for plastic bottles. Maybe these manufacturers don't advertise enough.

At the Helena, a ''green'' high-rise residential building in Manhattan, all water is filtered upon entry to reduce incoming particles, and each apartment has a second-stage pure drinking water filter. This is a model of what buildings can offer.

As a matter of fact, the new New York Times building also offers a water filtration system. Matt Kaye

New York, Aug. 18, 2007

The writer is president of Better Waters, a water filtration company.


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