Refrigerator Water Filter Lesson
Where do refrigerator water filters come from?
By: Krysten Cox
By: Krysten Cox
REMEMBER BACK, HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO.
Of course you don't. Unless you're this guy... http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/texas-man-bites-woman-claims-vampire/story?id=14315864.
Once he gets out of jail, he'll be able to tell you the complete history of water filters. But until then, you'll have to settle for my simple discussion. The earliest recorded history of water filtration goes back to 2000 BC when saber tooth tigers still roamed the earth. The methods portrayed in hieroglyphics suggest that boiling water and filtering water through charcoal and sand were mostly used.
UNDER A MICROSCOPE.
With the invention of microscopes, water filtration was further developed. It's amazing how quickly things are able to change once we are able to really see just how disgusting they are. By being able to see contaminants in water, people were able to distinguish clean water from dirty water.
CHLORINE IN YOUR CANTEEN.
At first, chlorine was all good in the water hood. It was a chemical disinfectant that could clean infected water. Chlorine and sand filtering were the Batman and Robin of their time. There was a slight problem however because, well, chlorine is a poison. Yeah, whoops. Fluoride was another small setback in water filtration history.
CLEANING UP OUR ACT
Thanks to businesses and industries dumping waste materials in our fresh water supply source, we have been forced to rise from the trenches of contaminated water and unbalanced water flow. Enter: The US Clean Water Act of 1972.
What did The US Clean Water Act do?
· Restored the physical, chemical, and biological balance of contaminated water
· All natural water supplies had to, at least, be safe for fishing and swimming by 1985
· Directed the development of some form of filtration and disinfection system in every U.S. city
· Advanced technological innovations for water filtering in the industrial world
WHEN A COMPANY LOVES ITS WATER.
Because of decades of irresponsible and sub-par water treatment, 1/3 of all water supplies still remain contaminated. Residential water-filtering systems that filter the water in individual homes have helped reduce this remaining percentage. However, Omnipure Filter Company is where all of the magic really happened. Self-credited, they were the first to develop a small, disposable, inline water filter in 1970 for water coolers and ice machines. Ha, water coolers and ice machines? This of course was before the term 'refrigerator' was used.
OUT OF THE PAINS OF LABOR, COMES A MIRACLE
On a bright and sunny day in 1996, KX Industries gave birth to the first refrigerator water filter for ice cube and cold water dispensing refrigerators. Wow, 1996? You'd think if they could build a computer, they could make a refrigerator filter.
And that, my friends, is where refrigerator filters come from.