July 18th, 2009
The Waterboy draws water from the top of your tank rather than the bottom providing you with fresher tasting, oxygenated water.
There are many varieties of bacteria in your water and the majority are completely harmless but there are several common varieties that often cause problems.
E-coli and Campylobacter, for example, when ingested in sufficient quantities cause dysentery. The actual concentration of these bacteria in the water is a very good indication of the water quality. Obviously the fewer the better.
Bacteria are mostly spread in the faeces of birds and animals. The conditions on the bottom of most tanks provide a good environment for them and they multiply, feeding on the small quantity of nutrients available at the bottom of the tank. These nutrients are primarily provided by the breakdown of organic matter, a process that itself depletes oxygen, resulting in a low oxygen zone near the bottom that, in general favours the bacteria.
As well as bacteria there are single-celled organisms include the very unpleasant parasites Giardia and Cryptosporidium that live and breed in the intestines of mammals and birds. Most tanks have few or no cysts present though the incidence is much higher if rodents or possums can access the roof or if the tank is filled from a stream.
Impurities, such as dirt, leaves, paint flakes, insects etc, are not strictly a health issue; however they create other problems. They
- block filters on dishwashers, washing machines, taps and showers.
- quickly reduce the efficiency of the filters used to ensure tank water is safe to drink.
- impurities and the resulting blocked filters also reduce water pressure.
A WaterBoy unit will drastically reduce these problems immediately and permanently. As well as prolonging the life of your water purifier, dishwasher, hot water service etc, the fact that you are not ingesting large quantities of bacteria could mean you prolong your own life.
The entire WaterBoy unit is non-toxic. The components are food-grade polyethylene (as is used in plastic water tanks), stainless steel and EVA. EVA is used medically and so is higher than food-grade.
You couldn’t get much better than that.