How does The Drinking Water Company remove heavy metals and other contaminants from water when necessary?
The Drinking Water Company is proud to use KDF Fluid Treatment to remove heavy metals and other contaminants from our water instead of using wasteful reverse osmosis.
It is relatively rare to have to remove heavy metals from water in Ontario, but when we do need to, we use KDF Fluid Treatment.
Whenever we are working in an older building, or when water testing indicates the presence of heavy metals and other contaminants not readily removed by carbon filtration alone, we at the DWC, turn to KDF Fluid Treatment.
As with many inventions, combining copper and zinc to produce an electro-chemical reaction to remove free chlorine was an accidental discovery made by Don Heskett in 1984, which lead to the creation of KDF Fluid Treatment Inc.
Don Heskett of KDF Fluid Treatment Inc
Originally KDF was an acronym for Kinetic Degradation Fluxion. The discovery resulted in many patents and opened up a new era in water treatment. Using a process of electro-chemical oxidation known as “redox” (Oxidation-Reduction), KDF is a zinc-copper alloy that removes 99.9% of free chlorine, heavy metals, nitrates, nitrites, silver, aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, copper, iron, nickel, zinc, lead, chromium, barium, hydrogen sulfide, radon, selenium, trihalomethanes, manganese, mercury, chloroform, trichlorethane, lindane, pesticides, fungicides, bad tastes and odors. *KDF does not remove fluoride.
KDF media significantly extends the life of granulated activated carbon (GAC) filters which we use in all our systems. KDF controls and inhibits the growth of microorganisms and outperforms silver-impregnated carbon filters. KDF media is an ideal complement to activated carbon filters. It destroys bacteria, extending the life of activated carbon while limiting the growth of bacteria in the carbon filter bed. The zinc-copper alloy attracts heavy metals like a magnet.
The level of copper in water filtered by KDF media is <0.05 mg/l, which is 20x below the acceptable EPA levels. Zinc levels are 0.46 mg/l, over 10x below the EPA safety level of 5.0 mg/l. There is no better technology for the removal of contaminants from microbiologically safe water than KDF combined with granulated activated carbon.
For this reason, we use KDF when needed in older building, and you, our customers, can feel safe about drinking our water.