Search by Keyword

General Water Purifier FAQs - General

 

1. How can I tell if my drinking water really is safe?

You can have your water tested for specific contaminants, whether bacteriological or chemical; however, these tests would have to be repeated periodically and it would be very expensive to test for every possible or likely contaminant. The US National Organics Reconnaissance Survey showed that essentially all treated water supplies have at least trace amounts of chemical contaminants, such as trihalomethanes (THM's) present. More importantly, Giardia and Cryptosporidia pose very serious health threats with more cases of illness occurring in "city" water than in the wilderness. There is no known treatment except prevention for many of these problems.

2. What Can I Do About My Drinking Water?

You can purify your own water at the point and time of use, or you can purchase bottled water. General Ecology's Seagull IV Water Purifiers are economical to purchase and operate, simple to install and convenient to use; and provide an average 4000 litre capacity per cartridge (Seagull IV X-1 series). At an average of $1.50 per litre for bottled water - that's a lot of savings.

3. What is the Seagull IV Drinking Water Purification System and what is it supposed to do?

Simply stated, the General Ecology Seagull IV Purification systems is a truly unique, compact, point-of-use appliance designed to change virtually any treatable non-salt water into delicious drinking water that is both safe and enjoyable to consume.

Because the Seagull IV Purifier was developed with aircraft, yachting and recreational vehicle applications in mind, it is especially rugged, dependable, simple and easily serviced. It requires no addition of chemicals and no electricity. The Seagull IV is a chemical free drinking water purification system. Please note that in order to conserve essential minerals and salts in your drinking water these systems are not intended to desalinate.

4. What Is "Structured Matrix"™ Technology and How Does It Work?

The "Structured Matrix" technology is unique and proprietary to General Ecology, Inc. There are three mechanisms which work simultaneously and synergistically to give the system outstanding effectiveness over a broad range of contaminants. These mechanisms are
(1) Ultrafine Submicron Microfiltration,
(2) Molecular Capture and Broad Spectrum Adsorption
(3) Electrochemical Separations,
incorporated into a "Structured Matrix" to provide uniform flow, reliability and to prevent channeling.

The first mechanism physically strains bacteria, Giardia, Cryptosporidia and other larger organisms and particulate matter from the influent water, much like a window screen keeps flies from entering a house.

The second mechanism is an integration of pharmaceutical grade, high quality adsorption and molecular sieving materials into the microstructure for high efficiency in removing Trichloroethylene, PCB's (Polychlorinated biphenyls), Pesticides, Herbicides and many other Chemical Contaminants.

The third mechanism consists of negative and positive electro-attractive forces, which are permanently induced into the matrix to attract even smaller particles that cannot be removed by microfiltration alone.

Because of its unique microstructure matrix in combination with organic removal mechanisms, the General Ecology cartridges do not have the pathogenic bacteria buildup problems common to GAC (granular activated carbon), Carbon Block, Extruded Carbon and other coarser Charcoal Filters.

To our knowledge, General Ecology's "Structured Matrix" is the only technology independently and formally certified to meet the US EPA standard for microbiological "purification" to protect against cysts, bacteria and viruses instantly without multiple pass through, added chemicals, electricity, hold time or production of wastewater.

Read More about the Structured Matrix here.

5. What contaminants are the General Ecology water purifiers effective against?

The Seagull IV water purifiers have been tested and found effective in the removal of:

  • 1,1,2-Trichloroethane
  • 1,2-Dibromomethane (EDB)
  • 1,4-Dichlorobenzene
  • 2,4,5-TP (Silvex)
  • 2,4-D
  • Aldicarb (Temik)
  • Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Chlordane
  • Chlorine Residual
  • Methoxychlor
  • MTBE
  • P-chlorobenzene
  • PCB
  • Tetrachlorethylene (PCE)
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Trihalomethane Total
  • Campylobacter jejuni
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Escherichia coli
  • Escherichia coli 0157:H7
  • Fecal Coliform
  • Giardia lamblia
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Poliovirus and Rotavirus
  • Pseudomonas aerigompsa
  • Salmonella typhi
  • Yersinia enterocolitica
  • Iron
  • Lead
  • 1,1,1-Trichloroethane
  • 1,1 Dichloroethylene
  • 1,2-Dichloroethylene
  • Benzene
  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Bromoform
  • Cadmium
  • Carbontetrachloride
  • Chloroform
  • Chromium
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Methylene Chloride
  • Phenols
  • Tetrachloroethylene
  • TOC
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Trihalomethane Total
  • Vinyl Chloride

For more information on the removal effectiveness, please refer to the Seagull IV Product Data Sheet (PDF document).

See also what are the effects of contaminants and view the comparison of the effectiveness of contaminant removal

6. What Makes General Ecology's Products Different?

While there are many reasons, probably the two most compelling are:

(1) General Ecology's technology was specifically designed by multidisciplined scientists and engineers, from a comprehensive overview analysis, to protect against modern society's environmental and ecological pollutants. Most other products have evolved from older water softening or charcoal filtering products.

(2) This "Next Generation" technology, now referred to as "Structured Matrix™" includes a combination of truly advanced purification concepts and purification techniques not available from any other product. It is truly a purification process - instantly and effectively removing from water: disease bacteria, cysts and viruses, as well as chemical and aesthetic contaminants without chemical additives, electricity, holding time or double processing or waste water.

There is no other purification product like it on the market - the technology is a trade secret, unique and proprietary to General Ecology Inc. "Structured Matrix™" remains the only technology independently certified to meet US EPA Microbiological Purification Standards against all three classes of water-borne disease microorganisms without the use of chemicals, hold times, electricity and wastewater.

General Ecology, Inc pride themselves on the years of research and development that resulted in the amazing capabilities of these water purifiers. The testimony to their outstanding success is continually evidenced not only by unexcelled test results but also by over 34 years of satisfied users in a wide range of activities worldwide.

7. Why are Water Purifiers Far Better Than Mere Water Filters?

General Ecology, Inc.'s drinking water purifiers are the only water purifiers that utilise "Structured Matrix" technology to offer the highest level of water purification instantly without chemicals, pre-treatment, double processing or hold time. General Ecology's water purifiers remove viruses, bacteria and protozoa, PLUS many organic and inorganic chemical and aesthetic contaminants at the highest "purification" micron level (0.1 Microns Nominal - 0.4 Microns Absolute) to provide great tasting water while protecting against water related disease. By comparison, even the very best water filters only remove certain protozoa and perhaps bacteria and possibly certain aesthetic contaminants, providing a lesser standard of protection than that of General Ecology's water purifiers.

General Ecology's purification technology is independently certified to USEPA. Guide Standard for Microbiological "Purification" against disease bacteria, cysts and viruses! Without Chemicals! Why risk merely filtering your drinking water when you can purify it instantly, effectively and economically? Add Purity to Your Life...

Check out our Seagull IV water purifiers for Home or Boating use, our Nature Pure water purifiers for RV or Boats and our First Need Portable water purifiers for International Travel, Outback Camping, On the Farm and Emergency Preparedness.

8. Isn't It Necessary To Add Chemicals To Destroy Bacteria And Viruses?

Normally, yes. Chlorine, bromine, iodine, ozone and sometimes silver and other pesticides (economic poisons) are frequently used in efforts to destroy bacteria and viruses. Because it is General Ecology's goal to remove chlorine and other economic poisons, it simply makes no sense to add even more of them during the so-called purification process. The Seagull IV water purifier does not rely on chemicals and is well-known as the ecologically friendly, chemical free water purifier!

9. What Bacteria Should I Be Aware Of In My Drinking Water And What Happens To Them After They're Removed By The General Ecology Water Purifier?

Fortunately, there are only a few strains of bacteria you normally need to be concerned about relative to drinking water. These are salmonella, of which S. typhosa, or typhoid fever, bacteria is the best known, shigella, which causes diarrhea and cramping, the dreaded cholera of the Middle Ages and some foreign countries at the present time and the well-known E. coli. Additionally, some bacteria, such as Campylobacter Jejeuni, which formerly were considered to be nonpathogenic to man, have been found to be human pathogens. Bacteria also have relatively short life spans (measured in hours, not days or years).

Bacteria, like people, need food to exist and multiply. Typically, this food comes from organic contamination in the water. Since Bacteria are removed on the outer surfaces of the cartridge matrix and the nutrients (food for the bacteria) are absorbed in the interior of the matrix, the Seagull IV purification cartridge effectively isolates bacteria from an essential food base. Bacteria, without food, are unable to reproduce. Also, in many situations, incoming water will contain contaminants such as chlorine, phenols, pesticides, etc., which are hostile to, and help kill, bacteria concentrated on the outside of the matrix.

10. I'm concerned about viruses and have been told that ordinary filters don't remove this potential carcinogen. What about the Seagull IV purifier?

You've been told correctly that ordinary filters don't reliably remove viruses. But the Seagull IV system is much more than a mere filter. The Seagull IV water purifier is a sophisticated "purification" device that is certified to meet US EPA standards to remove viruses.

11. In View Of Australia's Water Shortage, How Can I Justify Installation Of One Of These Drinking Water Units? I've Heard Water Filters Waste Several Litres Of Water For Each One Processed, And That Long Backwashes Are Needed.

This is true of some water filtration units, particularly those relying on Reverse Osmosis ("RO") where litres of precious water can be wasted. The Seagull IV water purifier wastes no water, requires no backwash and has no reject water. The Seagull IV purifier, rather than wasting water, helps conserve it.

Also, as water shortages continue, water quality is bound to deteriorate as aquifers and reservoirs are drawn further down, sometimes reaching the sludge material at the bottom. Water is a natural resource like petroleum, and like petroleum, unfortunately, we are rapidly depleting known fresh water reserves.

12. How Can A Small Unit Under My Sink Do More Than A Large Well-Run Municipal Water Treatment Plant?

The Seagull IV water purifier was specifically designed for today's contamination problems and incorporates sophisticated separation technology not available or not practical for use in large scale treatment.

Most municipal treatment plants are well operated but were designed and built decades ago to handle what, in many ways, were simpler problems. They were not designed to handle chemical contamination, Giardia, Cryptosporidia, asbestos, etc. It will be decades in the future before these plants can be upgraded. Also, even if plants were upgraded, the distribution systems can contribute to the contamination in your drinking water.

13. Why Shouldn't I Purify All My Water?

Only about 2% to 5% of all water entering your household is actually consumed directly or through foods. It would be wasteful and uneconomical to micro-purify water needed for scrubbing, toilet flushing and laundering.

14. I've heard that recent research shows that more contamination can enter the body through pores in the skin than enters the body through ingestion. What can I do about this problem?

We've seen some of this information also, and it makes sense because the skin is quite porous - that's how we perspire. General Ecology's Spark-L-Pure microfiltration unit can easily handle the flow requirements for an entire household to provide excellent quality water for bathing, dishwashing and other higher flow requirements. These stainless steel units are very compact, convenient and easily installed. Contact us for details.

15. With So Many Different Water Products Appearing On And Disappearing From The Market, How Can I Be Sure I'll Be Able To Get Cartridges And Warranty Service On A Seagull IV Drinking Water Purification System?

You're right; "new" products seem to come and go quickly in this market. General Ecology, Inc. is a well founded, privately owned company incorporated over 34 years ago. They developed the "Structured Matrix?" technology and remain the only source for this advanced technology even though many companies have attempted to copy it.

General Ecology, Inc. are broad based and supply major airlines around the world including Delta, American, Cathay Pacific, QANTAS, Mexicana airlines; Sunseeker, Oyster, Island Packet, Amel, Riva, J-Boats and dozens of others. Besides meeting the needs of the individual, they've supplied many expeditions, medical research teams, major corporations and government agencies including army field hospitals. Their products are tested worldwide and are distributed into many countries. They believe you can judge a company by its customers and these include some of the most sophisticated and discerning in the world.

Replacement cartridges are available globally - and of course, through Crystal Clear Water !.

16. What Guarantee Is Provided With The General Ecology Water Purifiers?

There is a Ten Year Warranty on the Stainless Steel Housings, Twelve Months Warranty on Workmanship and 30 Days Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with the product.

Warranty forms are enclosed with the product

 

General  ·  Cost-Effectiveness  ·  Installation  ·  Maintenance  ·  Travel
For enquriries please email sales@crystalclearwater.com.au
If you experience any difficulty using this site
please email webmaster@crystalclearwater.com.au

Copyright © Byrne International Group
Think BIG 
ABN: 89 606 456 680
Crystal Clear Water - providing the world's best water purifiers