Proposed Fluoridation of Portland Drinking Water and Point of Use Water Treatment Options

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Information on the proposed fluoridation of Portland drinking water and water treatment options for people living in the Portland, Oregon area who are concerned with the quality of drinking water. Brought to you by Shiloh Water Systems.

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According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), fluorosilicic acid, the proposed synthetic chemical form of fluoride to be added to Portland’s drinking water is not FDA approved for consumption.

In response to the City of Portland’s efforts to fluoridate public water*, Shiloh Water Systems Inc. is stepping in to help Portland Water Bureau consumers with information on treating municipal Bull Run water. As a result of recent political developments, and the proposed public referendum, Portland voters will have a chance to vote on approving public water fluoridation this month on May 21, 2013. Shiloh Water Systems Inc. is answering questions, informing residents and offering complimentary basic residential water analysis and home inspections, to help residents determine if they need to treat their water.

Fluoridation, if it’s approved is projected to take place in 2015. While adding fluoride to drinking water is an accepted practice according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)**, fluorosilicic acid, the proposed synthetic chemical form of fluoride to be added to Portland’s drinking water is not FDA approved for consumption***. While the ADA (American Dental Association) and a number of other dental groups advocate public water fluoridation, consumers who already use fluoride in their normal dental hygiene regimen, or those who chose not to use fluoridated products, may wish to remove fluorosilicic acid from their drinking water. The recent news coverage of water should also serve as a reminder for homeowners to be conscious of their water quality, especially in light of the ‘boil alert’ that took place last year in South West Portland, when unacceptable levels of e coli****, found present in the Washington reservoir, sickened some consumers. The experts at Shiloh Water Systems Inc. have the knowledge, information and resources to educate residents and provide immediate solutions.

Because the Portland Water Bureau uses Chloramines, a chlorine and ammonia compound, as a chemical disinfectant, there is limited NSF certified equipment on the market for treating Portland water while also removing fluoride. Nathan Lowrie at Shiloh Water Systems has stated chemical disinfectants are a proven necessity for public health, there is potential for negative health effects for some water users. Consumers in the greater Portland Metropolitan Area who want the highest quality drinking water can now have made-to-order water, thanks to Shiloh Water Systems Inc. and the Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station, the first customizable and expandable drinking water treatment system in the United States that is also certified to treat municipal waters such as ‘Bull Run’. This first-of-its-kind drinking water treatment system was developed by Kinetico Incorporated, a leading water treatment provider and pioneer of water treatment innovations worldwide. The system, rated #1 by leading consumer reporting magazines, is NSF certified to remove the chloramine disinfectant chemical present in Portland water as well as fluoride and has a 10 year limited manufacturer’s warranty. The K5 raises the bar for NSF certified water treatment systems by removing more contaminants than any other NSF certified drinking water system on the market, providing faster flow rates and higher production rates than any comparable drinking water system. The Kinetico K5 is available now through Shiloh Water Systems Inc. and The Home Depot’s, Home Services, Water Treatment Division in 17 of The Home Depot locations in the Portland area and Western Oregon.

Like all Kinetico water treatment products, the Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station operates without electricity, using water (hydropower) to run the system. One of the fastest flowing systems available, the Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station can produce more than 40 gallons of biopure water a day. For consumers concerned with water conservation, the Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station is one of the most efficient drinking water systems on the market.

About Shiloh Water Systems Inc.

With more than 25 years of experience, Shiloh Water Systems Inc. can assist Portland Area residents understand what’s in their water and help them take action when necessary. Headquartered in Silverton Oregon, this locally owned family business has both a well services/pump division, and a well/municipal water treatment division, serving the Willamette Valley for 14 years. Shiloh Water Systems Inc. is the independent authorized Kinetico Water Systems dealer for Western Oregon and the water treatment provider for The Home Depot. Shiloh is an upstanding member of the Oregon Ground Water Association, the National Ground Water Association, the Water Quality Association and is a Certified Small Systems Operator in Oregon.

As already seen from customers and the general public, it is inevitable that the potential changes to Portland drinking water has and will raise questions about current water regulation and the status of our community’s water quality. Shiloh Water Systems Inc. can answer your questions along the way.

If you are interested in getting an in-home water test or for more information on how to improve your water quality, please contact us at (866) 873-1110 or contact(at)shilohwater(dot)com

About Kinetico

Headquartered in Newbury, Ohio, U.S.A., Kinetico is a leading manufacturer of water treatment systems. An extensive network of Kinetico dealers serving residential customers has helped more than a million people in nearly 100 countries experience the benefits of better water. Since 1970, Kinetico has prided itself on creating unique water treatment systems that serve customers in an expanding variety of applications. The company also has offices and facilities in the United Kingdom, Canada, France and Denmark. Further information is available at


** Unknown Publish Date -
08/17/2012 -
*** 04/01-2012 -
**** 11/21/2012 -

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