Water In Transit – Crystal Clear

About time to get onboard that sailboat with a desalination unit? Maybe, we could use some extra reverse osmosis in our lives. While we prepare to throw off the bow lines we’ve welcomed the opportunity to try Aqausana’s, Clean Water Machine.

The dust has nearly settled on the corner of Euclid and 11th as perhaps the construction for the back up sewage system and new water main comes to a close. The water still sputters out of the tap and we have heeded the boil water notifications. It’s all completely understandable as Miami Beach raises street levels, installs pumps along the bay and updates our water delivery and waste export systems. The sea levels continue to rise, salt water intrusion becoming a major issue, as well as, the amounts of acceptable contaminants climbing while seemingly floating at a safe level.

Sounds like a lot? It can be overwhelming at times. On the other hand, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department received recognition this summer as a Utility of the Future Today  by the National Association Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment Research Foundation and WaterReuse—with advisory support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This is awesome news but I still think filtering water is necessary.

Aquasana’s Clean Water machine, with its sleek and streamlined design has found earned a spot on our countertop

The Biscayne Aquifer always carried this untouchable mysticism for us; clean and pure. We somehow forgot the journey this water takes to reach the glass, first flowing through the Everglades, a fragile river of grass needing much protection and then through city water treatment systems. Last week the U.S. Congress finally approved $1.95 billion for projects to assist the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee, south. A great relief for much-needed improvements as the health of the Everglades and surrounding regions is urgent.

The levels of contaminants in our drinking water should not harm us, yet seeing the streets torn apart, tasting the chlorine and experiencing a couple undesirable side effects, we felt it was time to take it up a notch and further refine the quality and flavor delivered. Austin based water filtration company, Aquasana answered our call. At the helm,Todd Bartee, an environmental engineer, believes that everyone has the right to decide what they consume. We love the ocean, have traveled to hot springs across the country, collected our own water from cold springs, and most recently traveled to Italy being spoiled by awesome mineral water.

Miami Beach on a quiet morning.
Miami Beach on a quiet morning.

I like our water as close to natural as possible and it’s amazing to have the opportunity to remove extra water additives like chloramines with current filter technology. With a vision for accessible health and wellness, Aquasana has inspired us to take a look into the pipes of water travel, in that space between the faucet and the source. It’s definitely a murky conversation with challenging questions on the edge of pollution and clean drinking water. I am proud of everything that Miami-Dade has on the table yet with slow construction I also do not want to increase my visits to the toilet, as well as, the clinic for respiratory discomfort.

Construction at the intersection of 11th and Euclid looking towards the Biscayne Bay. Miami Beach, FL.

For the last month we have now been creating our own water with Aquasana’s Pure Performance Claryum Technology. It uses activated and catalytic carbon, ion-exchange and absolute sub-micron mechanical filtration for 320 gallons or 2400 plastic bottles in just about six months! At eight times the capacity of gravity filtration on the market we are extremely happy. We are also excited that the selective nature of the filter allows minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium to remain. The filter cartridge is BPA free and recyclable. We know that we have done all that we can to reduce the heavy metals, chlorine resistant cysts, organic chemicals and pharmaceuticals while protecting the environment from waste. Aquasana’s Clean Water Machine is an on demand system consisting of a dock and pitcher using power to push water through their Claryum filter. It reduces 66 contaminants compared to gravity filters reducing 6. The system is NSF certified and we use it for everything from general drinking water, filling the kitty bowl and all manners of kitchen preparation ranging from coffee and tea, soups and smoothies to soaking beans.

Easy undocking and fill up of the on demand container.

Digging, drilling, pipe installation and ground filtration has unfolded outside our window since last winter. Add that to toxic algae blooms, as well as, the drone of planes covering South Beach with Zika pesticide and additional filtering of water doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. Preservation of an aquifer lying just a few feet below the surface has become extremely real to us. Before the construction we didn’t give drinking water a second thought. The process has opened our eyes. The Biscayne Aquifer’s shallow position and permeable limestone structure makes it susceptible to contamination touching the lakes, rivers, streams, canals the bay and ocean.

New awareness is inspiring and we are looking forward to visiting and helping protect our beautiful and natural resources. Take a look at the Aquasana products below from the counter top solutions to whole home water filtration systems. I think our next step will be changing our shower head—way overdue! One step at a time. . .


Artist and explorer creating work around dynamic expressions of spacial navigation. Kelly moves through studies in prototype motorcycle racing, yoga, sailing and cycling resulting in sculptural OLED installations.


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