In late November, Channel 2 investigators reported that hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6, has been found in high levels in Houston’s drinking water, with Houston ranking third in the country for high levels of this cancer-causing substance.
Studies show that cancer rates start to rise at 0.02 ppb (parts per billion), and the City of Houston average is 0.75 ppb. One of the few ways to remove chromium-6 from your drinking water is through a reverse osmosis system. Reverse osmosis works by pumping water across a semi-permeable membrane, which removes chromium-6, arsenic, barium, copper, lead and fluoride.
The upside to reverse osmosis is that it reduces more contaminants than the standard carbon filter. The downside to reverse osmosis is that it removes essential minerals. The Water Tree Store provides healthy and affordable water that has first gone through reverse osmosis to remove contaminants, and then through a second process to restore essential minerals while making the water alkaline. Alkaline water helps to raise the pH of your body so that it can function like it should and hydrate more efficiently.