All About Drinking Water & Drinking Water Systems

  1. How many gallons of water does a person USE in a day?
  2. How many gallons of water should a person DRINK each day?
  3. Why should I drink water?
  4. Is tap water safe to drink?
  5. Why does my water smell bad?
  6. Why is my water brown?
  7. Do I need a drinking water system?
  8. What is the best drinking water filtration system?
  9. Is Reverse Osmosis technology outdated?
  10. Where will my LINX drinking water system be installed?
  11. How does the LINX Technology work?
  12. Why should I buy a LINX Drinking Water System?
  13. Want a History of Drinking Water Systems?

1. How many gallons of water does a person USE in a day?

An average person uses about 123 gallons (466 liters) of water daily. Some individual household activities and the amount of water they consume are listed below:

Activity

Water Used

Shower 15-30 gallons (57-114 liters)
Brushing Teeth (water running) 1-2 gallons (3.75-7.51 liters)
Shaving (water running) 10-15 gallons (38-57 liters)
Washing dishes by hand 20 gallons (75 liters)
Washing dishes in dishwasher 9-12 gallons (34-45 liters)
Flushing toilet 5-7 gallons (19-26 liters)

2. How many gallons of water should a person DRINK each day?

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

Your body needs water, but the amount you need can change every day, based on your physical activity, the weather, and even your current health condition. Visit this hydration calculator to see how much water you should be drinking.

3. Why should I drink water?

Here are six reasons why you should drink enough water every day:

1. Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

2. Water can help control calories and aid in weight loss. For decades, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a means to losing weight. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help. In addition, Food with high water content tends to look larger, requires more chewing, and is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.

3. Water keeps your skin looking good. Your skin contains a lot of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Unfortunately you can’t expect over-hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines. Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration, but once you are adequately hydrated your kidneys will take over, excreting excess fluids.

4. Water Helps Energize Your Muscles. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, this can cause muscle fatigue. When muscles don’t have adequate fluids, they can’t work as well and performance can suffer. Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising. It is recommended that people drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours prior to exercising. During exercise, it is recommended that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.

5. Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions. People who chronically drink too little water, may be at an increased rick for kidney stones, especially in warm climates.

6. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation.

4. Is tap water safe to drink?

You need to stay hydrated — that’s clear — but is the tap water in your home safe? If it comes from a public water system in the United States, such as one run and maintained by a municipality, it is considered to be generally safe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to monitor all public water systems and has set enforceable health standards regarding the contaminants in drinking water. While there are standards set forth, tests have shown that the drinking water supply throughout the U.S. contains over 200 different chemicals and contaminants which can have adverse effects on people’s health.

Another factor to consider is that water is tested at the municipal plant – not at your home or office. The water travels through miles of ground, old pipes and plumbing before it reaches you. If you do not have a drinking water system to filter and purify your water, then YOU ARE the filter.

And if your water supply is a private well, you have even less protection, unless you are extra vigilant in having your water tested regularly and able to provide your own filtration.

5. Why does my water smell bad??

A number of factors can cause your tap water to smell bad. Two common sources of bad taste and funny odors are sulfur and chlorine. Sulfur can be naturally occurring in some places and is characterized by the “rotten egg smell” that tap water can acquire. Chlorine comes from chlorination, our most universally used method of purifying water. Typically running the water for a few minutes will help to diminish the chlorine odor.

Contaminants can also be in your water from the pipes that were used to deliver it. Copper, iron, and lead have all been found in tap water and can create unique smells and tastes.

Algae blooms in your water source can also contribute to odd smells. Although water treatment removes the algae, smell can sometimes linger.

Lastly, seepage can cause tap water to smell bad. Since sewage lines are generally laid below water lines, sewage doesn’t generally seep into tap water, but other environmental containments can. Contaminants such as PCB’s, mercury, arsenic, lead, and a variety of other heavy metals can seep into tap water causing foul odors.

6. Why is my water brown?

Rusty brown colored water is usually a result of high amount of iron. Iron is a naturally occurring metal in soil and is normally present in tap water. So long as a municipality supplies your tap water, drinking water with iron in it isn’t dangerous to your health although it can be annoying and unappealing. Tap water with concentrated levels of iron in it may have a funny, metallic taste and may stain anything white including clothes, toilets, bathtubs, and other surfaces.

7. Do I need a drinking water system?

A lot of our customers aren’t sure if they even need a drinking water system. We believe that every home or business could benefit from a LINX Drinking Water System.

While it’s true that our municipal water systems do a good job of providing water, they are only required to test for a small percentage of known water contaminants, and only have to filter down to “acceptable” levels for each of those contaminants. But, we ask you, what about all the contaminants they are not required to test? And, is any level truly “acceptable” when it comes to your family’s health?

Another factor to consider is that water is tested at the municipal plant – not at your home or office. The water travels through miles of ground, old pipes and plumbing before it reaches you. If you do not have a drinking water system to filter and purify your water, then YOU ARE the filter.

And if your water supply is a private well, you have even less protection, unless you are extra vigilant in having your water tested regularly and able to provide your own filtration.

If you are one of those lucky people who live in a municipality that delivers very safe water, it’s likely that your water has been treated with large amounts of chlorine or other disinfecting chemicals. That unfortunately means that you are probably dealing with water that tastes, smells, and looks displeasing. If it smells, tastes or looks funny, you won’t want to drink it – and what health benefits would that provide? ZERO.

So, yes, you probably do need a LINX Drinking Water System. Our technology delivers the highest level of contaminant reduction, water that is clean, and with our Dial-A-Taste® system. It tastes just the way you like it. To learn more about our exceptional adherence to NSF/ASNI 53-2009 standards, click here.

8. What is the best drinking water filtration system?

When choosing a water filter or drinking water system, it is important to first evaluate your existing water quality to determine which contaminants or aesthetic problems you would like to reduce or eliminate. Then, choose a water treatment system designed – and proven – to reduce those contaminants. Drinking water systems should bear the Water Quality Association (WQA) Gold Seal, which confirms the structure, safety, and performance of the filter.

Other factors you may wish to consider:

The LINX Drinking Water System is far superior to any other drinking water system on the market – providing the highest quality water with the least water waste, environmental impact, and human effort.

9. Is Reverse Osmosis technology outdated?

First made popular for residential use in the late 1960s, the reverse osmosis system’s features are very indicative of that era. RO’s waste incredible amounts of water (see our video Insane Water Waste), lack user-friendly features, and rely on a one-size-fits-all approach to water taste and system performance. To see the unique features that make the LINX Drinking Water System so advanced, visit our Benefits page.

10. Where will my LINX drinking water system be installed?

In residential models, we currently sell the LINX 160 for compact under-the-sink applications, the LINX 140 for larger under-the-counter applications with higher water demand, and the LINX Water Cooler is for convenient home or office uses. LINX Technology has also proven itself invaluable in commercial applications where superior water quality is required such as in hospitals and laboratory environments, coffee and food supply, and manufacturing.

11. How does the LINX Technology work?

Very simply, LINX Drinking Water Systems produce great tasting, safe drinking water with less wastewater than traditional water treatment systems. LINX stands for ELectrically Regenerated IoN EXchange. The patented process employs the basics of ion exchange technology, but uses electricity for regeneration rather than salt or other chemicals.To see how this technology works, see our video here.

Water passes thru LINX TDS cartridges made from ion exchange resin. An electrical field causes the TDS in the water to be adsorbed in the cells producing high quality deionized water.


THE DEIONIZATION PROCESS

Purification Process Graphic

Periodically, based on feed water quality, the cells need to be regenerated. During regeneration the electrical field in the cells is automatically reversed releasing the contaminants. The cells are flushed with water and the concentrated TDS goes down the drain. The system is then ready to again produce high quality water.


THE REGENRATION PROCESS

Regeneration Process Graphic

To learn more about how LINX Drinking Water Systems work, visit our Innovation page.


12. Why should I buy a LINX Drinking Water System?

In addition to the benefits of superior water filtration and water savings, the LINX also has several unique features not found in any other water treatment system on the market:

  • Dial-A-Taste® Control that allows the consumer to customize the taste of their drinking water for more or less mineral content.
  • Simplicity of installation and servicing
  • Operates using programmable software and display indicator lights that provide the consumer with detailed yet simple information about the system status.
  • Virtually unlimited drinking water supply.
  • Field Service Assistant, which enables the technician to reprogram the LINX unit based on feedwater quality, further optimizing water recovery rates, customizing the system’s performance, and maximizing effectiveness and efficiency.
  • To see the unique features that make the LINX Drinking Water System rise above the rest, visit our Benefits page.

13. Want a History of Drinking Water Systems?

The LINX drinking water system represents one of the greatest leaps forward in the drinking water industry since the RO was introduced. It provides similar quality water as RO and at about the same cost, but with greatly reduced water wastage. To view the significant advances in the drinking water system throughout history, click the timeline here.