How to Build a Countertop Drinking Water Filter to Remove Fluoride or Chlorine

Here's a YouTube instruction video on how to build a kitchen countertop drinking water filter for removing fluoride and chlorine using water filter parts available from plumbing suppliers on the Internet.  The parts needed to construct a working water filter, for municipal water filtration, include a countertop filter housing, inlet and outlet fittings, tubing, spigot, spigot holder and faucet diverter valve for connecting the water filter to a kitchen faucet. Once connected, a knob is rotated on the diverter to transfer the cold water from the kitchen faucet to the countertop water filter. The water flows through the filter cartridge and out the spigot producing fluoride or chlorine free water. Carbon water filter cartridges are mainly used to remove chlorine from drinking water, and must be replaced yearly.  Single fluoride removal cartridges may be installed, using activated alumina or bone char carbon, and also have a one year life.

Howard Berenbon
<p>Why would you want to remove fluoride? Do you enjoy having tooth decay?</p><p>There is no evidence that fluoride is anything other than one of the greatest public health initiatives since vaccination. </p>
<p>fluoride is toxic and even if it did prevent tooth decay, it's toxic effect make it not worthwhile. NEVER drink fluoride if you can avoid it. <br><br>There are masses of evidence, and scientific fact, showing the harm of fluoride. <br><br>Also, the the principle of it being wrong to mass medicate people without informed consent, is being broken.</p>
<p>There is contrary evidence to both fluoridation and vaccination...you should study more about both.</p>
<p>Those positions are contentious, fringe viewpoints. It isn't a matter of studying, most people with an informed opinion have done their research and rejected the fringe positions.</p><p>It is reasonable for a person working from a position of orthodoxy to question a fringe position. If there is convincing evidence to the contrary as to why a fringe position is better then it will become orthodox soon enough. There's no grand conspiracy to fluoridate or vaccinate the public for nefarious reasons.</p><p>When it comes to vaccination, the reality is that people have forgotten what it's like to watch their loved ones maimed and killed by diseases because we have vaccines to prevent them. People have become complacent about something that is very serious. I'm old enough to have had a bunch of communicable diseases that are now preventable by vaccination. These are not diseases you want to have in society again.</p><p>Smallpox is gone, Polio is nearly gone. Vaccination works, it demonstrably works. In my opinion, being unvaccinated without a genuine medical risk should be a criminal offence. You can hurt and kill people by being unvaccinated, and no amount of personal concerns or reservations justifies causing the injury or death of an innocent third party. It is not okay to harm others for your own (purported) benefit.</p>
<p>I'm glad you asked, because there are some indisputably legitimate reasons for wanting a fluoride free water source.</p><p>Certain plants are sensitive to fluoride, so watering them with ordinary tap water is bad for them (eg. peace lily, lucky bamboo). Some edible plants are bio-accumulators of fluoride (eg. tea, legumes), so you may wish to restrict the fluoride available to them to control your overall dose. Closed loop hydroponics and aquaponics have the potential to develop elevated levels of fluoride depending on how water is added (because fluoride is a stable chemical that doesn't readily react with other substances or break down on its own. It will hang around in the system until something living absorbs it).</p><p>Whilst I recognise the dental benefits of fluoride, the concern I have is that it works just as well topically as ingested. Why ingest a substance I don't need to when I can just have the dentist rub it on my teeth once a year? Additionally, I'd argue that carbohydrate consumption has more to do with the formation of caries than lack of fluoride does. Stop eating so much sugar and you won't have to worry about holes in your teeth.</p><p>I personally don't go out of my way to avoid fluoride, but I do drink a lot of bottled and boiled water because I dislike the taste and smell of chloramine. It's a purely personal choice and I don't care if anyone else agrees with me.</p><p>People should have the right to consume or avoid whatever substances they see fit, without reference to anyone else's opinion. I think plenty of people's diets are crazy, but it's none of my business, nor do I have the right to tell them how they should be living their lives. This isn't like vaccination, the costs of this decision are borne only by those making it. </p>
<p>The video does not exist anymore. Can someone reupload it?</p>
<p>Thanks so much for sharing this. I faved so we can make one sometime. Have a splendorous day!</p><p>sunshiine </p>
<p>Not everyone needs fluoride. Some people are chemical sensitive and remove it for health reasons. Fluoride is known to affect the thyroid. There is some evidence that it can cause neurological problems. See </p><p>Harvard: Fluoride Can Increase Autism and Attention Deficit Disorder<br> <br> Posted on March 10, 2014 by WashingtonsBlog <br> <a href="http://goo.gl/HDQJMK" rel="nofollow">http://goo.gl/HDQJMK</a></p><p>Also, the levels of fluoride in municipal water have been too high and kids' teeth have been affected. They are suggesting lowering the levels to around 0.83 ppm from an average to over 1.2 ppm. So, there is some concern, and people do have a right to remove it if they have problems or concerns. </p>
Very interesting work. Last summer (here we are in mid winter) I did a water filter based on activated carbon. But sadly, the taste of the water was worst after the filter than before. Thus, my filter was &quot;deactivated&quot;.

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