Green Building & Design (gb&d) magazine is a popular trade publication that informs and inspires professionals by spotlighting new products and trends for increased sustainability. In the January-February 2019 issue, gb&d published an interview with ENPRESS’ own Michael P. Mormino—where he talked about the problem of lead contamination and how our revolutionary PIONEER® point-of-entry system provides an innovative solution.
You can read the full gb&d article here. In the meantime, here are a few key takeaways from the interview…
1. Lead bioaccumulates in the body
Mike notes in the interview that one of the biggest problems with lead exposure is that it builds up in the body and doesn’t leave. This is especially dangerous for children, who experience negative health effects at lower lead exposure levels than adults. Mike points out, “The American Academy of Pediatrics states there are no effective medical treatments for lead poisoning and that prevention of exposure is needed.”
2. Replacing all the lead pipes won’t happen quickly
The widespread problem of lead pipes being part of our national infrastructure and creating the potential for water contamination won’t be resolved overnight. In the interview, Mike states: “The EPA’s latest survey estimated the entire sector needs $385 billion in water infrastructure improvements through 2030, and this estimate includes costs to only partially replace lead pipes.”
3. Pitcher and faucet filters don’t do enough
If there’s lead in your water, it’s not just going to your kitchen sink. In the interview, Mike notes all the places water flows in a home: bathtubs, showers, dishwashers, washing machines, etc. Families use that water to rinse their hands, brush their teeth, wash their faces. It makes good sense to ensure ALL your water is filtered—especially if you have kids.
4. PIONEER® removes both particles and dissolved lead
The tricky part of removing lead is getting all forms of it out of water. Mike tells gb&d that the PIONEER® system, “is designed to attract and ionically bond with the soluble lead… it works like a magnet.” He also states, “We went through extensive third-party testing with IAPMO R&T to the NSF/ANSI 53 Standard for lead and cyst filtration. For lead particles, you must be able to filter down to 0.5 microns, which is really small.”
5. Each filter works for 100,000 gallons of water
Along with getting filtered water throughout your entire home, one of the other benefits of PIONEER® is you don’t have to change your filter as often. Mike says in the interview that each filter is designed to last for 100,000 gallons of water, or about a year. He also notes: “The system has a meter and it counts the gallons, so there is no guessing if the filter is working or how much life is left before it needs to be changed.”