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There are unregulated pharmaceuticals in most city water that comes from rivers

If your water source is a river and there are cities upstream of where you live, then it is very likely that you are drinking water that contains trace amounts of pharmaceuticals. Studies have shown that these can form a toxic mix of chemicals that affect human cell growth. And one chemical, methadone, can turn into cancer-causing NDMA at levels that may cause cancer. Chemicals such as estrogen, testosterone, cocaine, and ibuprofen are commonly present.

 Call me today to remove drugs from your water


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People call me every day to review their water reports and discuss the type of water purification system they may need. i base my recommendations on local water reports because in my view it is the only way to know what you need. Some people call and say they want to remove everything, but 'everything' may or may not be in your water. To buy the correct water filter for your home it is advisable to start by studying your local water source. And that is the first thing I look for in a water report. Where is your water coming from? Water comes from mountains, it comes from lakes, it comes from rivers, and it comes from wells. Each of these sources has a different set of issues.

This article discusses the issue of pharmaceuticals in river water. If your water source contains unregulated drugs then you need a reverse osmosis system to remove them.

If your water source is a river and there are cities upstream of you then there are trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in your water. Because these amounts are very low, at present the government considers them to be of little consequence to your health. However, a number of studies now contradict this and suggest that even trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in drinking water can affect human cell growth. This illustration highlights the problem:

Drugs in Drinking Water, Pharmaceuticals in Water


This is a serious national issue...not to be taken lighly. When your water source is a river and there are cities upstream then I recommend you use reverse osmosis at the kitchen sink to remove these contaminants. One of the most prominent drugs in water is estrogen, which can have profound effects on both men and women. But, the presence of one drug suggests the presence of any drug consumed by the people who live upstream of you. Do you really wanting to be ingesting pharmaceuticals without even knowing it?


Cities with pharmaceuticals in water


 This study finds 81 unregulated contaminants entering Puget Sound from waster water treatment plants:  Study finds 81 emerging contaminants in Puget Sound wastewater | Water Technology ( If this is true in Puget Sound then it is true in cities across America whose water source is river water where there are cities upstream.


You can check out these studies showing the impact of this mix of pharmaceuticals on cell function for yourself:

How Meds In Water Can Impact Human Cells: 


Drugs In Our Drinking Water: 


Scientists Trace Cancer Causing Chemical: 


Scientits Say 60% of Male Fish Bear Eggs

Another serious issue on rivers in agricultural areas is the presence of numerous unregulated pesticides. Because these chemicals are not regulated, just like the pharmaceuticals, they don't show up in your local water report. But studies have shown them to be present in every river in the midwest so you can assume they are present...because they are.

Pesticides block male hormones


Unregulated Pesticides found in midwestern rivers: 

Only reverse osmosis can remove pharmaceuticals from drinking water. There are some filters that claim otherwise but read the fine print. They don't. 

Reverse Osmosis to Remove Pharmaceuticals from Drinking Water

Sweetwater's Custom Reverse Osmosis System

Learn more about my reverse osmosis system here


James P McMahon at Zion National Park

My name is Jim McMahon and I bring healthy water to one family at a time.

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 Water Softeners and Water Conditioners

Urban Defender and water softener install

Urban Defender and Water Softener

I do offer water softeners and scale reducing equipment, also known as water conditioners. Water softening is something I only recommend when it seems an absolute necessity … and the cutoff point for me is about 15 grains of hardness. Unlike traditional water softener sales people I do not believe that softening is critical at low levels of hardness. In fact, I like hard water. Hardness consists of calcium and magnesium and generally results in an off white colored build up on fixtures or spotting on glass.

Water softeners remove calcium and magnesium from water. This is done for maintenance purposes, build up on glass shower doors, preserving water heaters, and spotting of coffee makers. They will also remove low levels of iron.

Traditionally water with a hardness of 5 grains would lead to a recommendation of softening. My threshold is 15 grains. At that level or higher I don’t think you have any choice but to manage water hardness because it will be damaging. My water is 12 grains hard and I do not soften. I prefer it this way.

Water softeners use salt, either sodium or potassium chloride, to cleanse a resin bead media. The resin attracts calcium ions and releases sodium into your water. A backwash then cleanses the resin replacing the calcium with more sodium and washing the calcium and the chloride down the drain. Water softeners will also remove magnesium, iron, and manganese at very low levels. I do not use water softeners to treat iron.

It's my view that if you soften your water then you must add reverse osmosis for drinking water. The reason for this is that you are proportionately increasing the sodium in your water.

My water softener is constructed to match my Urban Defender whole house water filter. It is the taller skinny unit on the left plus the brine tank on the right:


Urban Defender on the right and water softener on the left with salt bin on the right in photo above. Prices for the water softener start at $1710.


Many people buy the wrong water softener and are then disappointed with the results. You have to match the capacity of the softener to the hardness of your water. You may request my short paper on this topic here: How to Buy the Right Water Softener.

There is both consumer and environmental pressure to move away from water softeners to systems which don’t use salt. I’ve tried a number of these and found that most don’t work. But a review of a study by ASU that compared various systems led me to start selling the Scalenet system by Watts Water ( I have since left Watts Water due to conflicts having to do with their ability to maintain stocks of the equipment I sell). The technology is proprietary so I don’t at this time know exactly how it works but the basic idea is this: the calcium is not removed but somehow modified so that it is less likely to stick on fixtures and more readily removed by cleaning. The system is very low maintenance with media being replaced every three years. Of course this depends on water use and is only an estimate.

Most companies have access to this same technology. What I can tell you from experience is that when a person purchases a water conditioner of this type they are generally disappointed in the results and buy an actual water softener a year later.


Urban Defender and Scalenet:

Urban Defender on the left with Scalenet on the right in photo above

As always, any sales with me are by phone so you can call to place an order.

 When you call, you'll reach me directly.

Together we will solve the water problems in your home.

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My Pledge to You:

"Honesty and Integrity in providing what you need, along with good old-fashioned service and values."

Purchase the most effective home water filtration system by first learning which contaminants are in your water

If you're serious about having healthy water in your home...

You need help determining which Home Water Filtration System removes the contaminants in YOUR water

Water - you drink and bathe in it every day. Your health depends on it. And yet, until now, you've taken it for granted, assumed it was good, or relied on those who told you it was safe. Unfortunately, it's not... this website describes the variety of home water filtration systems that I sell. Public water systems have different water sources. Each source is different depending on many factors. It is these factors that will determine which contaminants are unique to your water.

My FREE Offer:

Call and we’ll review your water report together  

The mistake most people make is to buy a water filter without first learning what's in their water 

When you call you'll reach me directly

Are you trying to find the best water filtration system for your family and ending up confused by all the hype? Every site claims to have the best home water purification system or kitchen water filter and you don't know how to tell fact from fiction. There's this technology and that technology and high prices and low prices and you can't tell one from the other. You have no way of knowing which home water filtration system you need. Perhaps you've called a local company and don't know what to make of that experience.

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Home Water Filtration Systems for Health Conscious Consumers

An ecologist with more than 30 years experience working in environmental science, Sweetwater founder James P. McMahon specializes in water quality and designing home water filtration systems for the discerning health conscious consumer. Based on the premise that home water filtration systems must vary according to where a person lives as well as the contaminants present in the water, Sweetwater is committed to creating solutions tailored to YOUR water. We start by identifying the contaminants in your water specifically (not all water sources are the same) and then advise you which of my systems will remove that group of contaminants. We can help you with either city water or well water systems.

Making the right choice in selecting a home water filtration system for your home from a science-based skill set is the Sweetwater advantage.


"I decided to purchase the Urban Defender for whole-house filtering and a reverse osmosis unit for drinking water (I live in Los Angeles).

It is hard to explain the sense of satisfaction and safety I feel knowing that the water I bathe in and drink is healthy."

Senta Edesa, Los Angeles

“Dear Jim, you make me realize in a special way how our happiness depends on direct human relationships,

with nothing standing in the way between full and honest communication of what knowledge each of us has.  Bless your enterprise.”

Russell DuPree, Freeport, Maine


You Need Someone You Can Trust

I am James P McMahon, an ecologist with over 30 years experience dealing with environmental issues, including a decades of work on water quality, river restoration, and home water purification systems. It is my work with rivers that led me to understand the extent to which we've polluted our drinking water and to help people like you achieve healthy water. Even if you studied your water issues extensively, you are still likely to buy the wrong water filtration system for your home. To make the right choice you have to choose the person or company you trust. I help you make the best choice for your family.



I separate fact from fiction and my work is rooted in science.

Whether you’re looking for a whole house water filter, a water purifier, a filter for city water or well water, or you’re just trying to figure out what’s wrong with your water, I can help...

I work with customers throughout the United States. My approach is to identify the contaminants in your water and then prescribe the proper water filtration system. Sometimes a whole house water filter is needed and other times a simple kitchen water filter will suffice. Often you need both because each may remove a different set of contaminants. Either way, I will work to make sure we meet your needs within your budget. My focus is on providing healthy water for your family. Learn more about my services below. If you are outside of the United States I cannot help you due to the high cost of shipping.


Here are 3 ways I can help you...

If you are on public water: first find and email me your local water report and then call me and we’ll review your water report and determine which of the systems I sell will best meet your Kitchen Defender™ water filter is the best kitchen water filter you can buy or perhaps you need Sweetwater's custom reverse osmmosis system. My Urban Defender™ whole house water filter is more effective than popular systems that cost four times as much. I have developed these using the most current and effective technologies. They are both custom built to my specification - based on YOUR water! My Urban Defender is far superior to the cheap upflow systems offered at lowered prices. Don't be fooled! Request my specifications and study the differences.

If you have a private well: our process starts when you call me to purchase a well water test. Once we determine what's in your water we can discuss which well water filtration system or well water filter will resolve those issues. If you've already had your well water tested, call me with that test in hand to learn what well water purification system or well water filter you need.

You can purchase my Ultimate Guide and determine what type of filtration you need all on your own...


Update: Now with streamlined recommendations for city water in select locations: 

Learn exactly what to order:

San Francisco                   Los Angeles and Southern California

Salt Lake City                   Seattle and Bellevue

Chicago and suburbs        Denver and Durango

Dallas and Houston          Birmingham and Tuscaloosa

St. George, UT                Las Vegas, NV

New York City


Home Water Filtration Systems

I work with several manufacturers and carry a number of high quality products that address most water quality issues for city or well water. I have whole house systems, drinking water filters and reverse osmosis purifiers. My Urban Defender™ whole house water filtration system and Kitchen Defender™ water filter are incredible products at a great price and they are tailored to your water source. I provide the highest quality reverse osmosis system. This ability to modify components enables me to provide you with the best water purification system for your water while meeting your personal goals.


You won't find a shopping cart for equipment on this site. I deal with every customer individually ... by phone. That way I make certain that you buy exactly what you need. You can either call me, or request specifications and pricing by email from the links on the water and air purification pages. I'll gladly email you greater detail on the products that interest you. I will only make a recommendation when we are speaking on the phone while reviewing your local water report together.


The Ultimate Guide

The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Perfect Water Treatment System helps you make the right decision. You may purchase my Ultimate Guide for just $14.95. If you follow my Five Steps to Pure Water as outlined in the Ultimate Guide, you'll know that you're buying the home water purification system that solves your problems and achieves your goals - resulting in the perfect system for you! Even people overseas are welcome to purchase my guide.

I Guarantee It!

At $14.95 my Ultimate Guide is a bargain and the best place to start.

Purchase The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Perfect Water Treatment System

It's no longer reasonable to assume that you can rely on government agencies to provide you with healthy water at the tap. The federal government has failed to act on numerous contaminants of concern including pharmaceuticals in your water and most recently the group of PFAs known as forever chemicals. If you want healthy water for your family, you must take responsibility for treating it yourself. The mistake most people make is to buy a water filter without first learning what's in their water. Before you go out and buy anything you need to know what you're trying to achieve. I have seen local equipment sales people confuse consumers with water tests that confound even me. By knowing what's in your water and setting your goals you can avoid the confusion.

Read the Ultimate Guide. My Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Perfect Water Treatment System walks you through an easy, five step process, Five Steps to Healthy Water, during which you learn the candid truth about your water and what you can do to make the best decisions to protect your family. You may also wish to join my Water for Life email list. I send occassional emails about important issues related to water or air purification.





Before you purchase owe it to yourself to make sure you're making the right decision.

“Learn before you act and then you can act effectively to protect your health.”


My Commitment to You

  - I will always come from a place of integrity

  - I will never sell you anything you don't need     

  - I'll always suggest a lower priced option if it will accomplish your goals

I am committed to a life of principle in which my role is to make the world a better, healthier place to live one person and one family at a time...




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What's in YOUR Water?

ecologist James P McMahon

James P. McMahon, ecologist

My name is Jim McMahon and I help people achieve healthy water in their homes.

When you call, you'll reach me directly.


Together, we will solve the water issues in your home.


I look forward to hearing from you!

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"Do what you do so well - and so uniquely - that people can't resist telling others about you."     - Walt Disney


Water Purification Systems for Homes

for city water

designed by ecologist James P McMahon

James P McMahon, ecologist

When Choosing a Water Purification System or Water Purifier for Public Water, you must consider the following:

If you are supplied by public water your water contains chemicals that are used to kill various microorganisms. Chlorine is a poison and when it interacts with organic material in water a number of carcinogenic byproducts produced. These are known as Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic acids. Some cities are switching to chloramine in an attempt to reduce these carcinogenic byproducts. Chloramine, a combination of chlorine and ammonia, is worse than chlorine, in my opinion. It also produces carcinogenic byproducts however these are not yet regulated. If you doubt me, read the articles in my water resource library. Your water may also contain regulated contaminants and a variety of unregulated contaminants that are not removed by public water systems. Hence....your water is contaminated. This is not meant as a criticism of public service agencies. They do their best for you. My point is that you do not receive and cannot expect truly healthy water from public systems. 

If you have well water, skip this page and go to

Well Water Treatment Systems


In order to know which water purification system or under sink water purifier to buy you have to start by looking at your local water quality reportYou want to buy the whole house water purification system or kitchen water purifier (or both) that removes the contaminants in your water. Most people make a huge mistake by not doing this. Just buying a filter does not protect you! It has to be the right one for your situation.


Are you ready to solve the water issues in your home?


Here's what to do:


Obtain a copy of your city's annual water quality report, sometimes called a Consumer Confidence Report - here's how to find it: Water Quality Report - first email me a copy and then call me and we'll discuss which whole house water treatment system or under sink water filter will achieve healthy water for your family. That is my focus: healthy water for you.



Pick up the phone and call me during the hours of

9 AM - 5 PM Mountain Time, Mon - Fri

866-691-4214 (toll-free)

and we'll find your water quality report together!



First determine which contaminants are in your water and which type of filtration technology will remove them. I do this by looking at the water report supplied by your local city or water company. You can do it all on your own by buying my Ultimate Guide or signing up for my free Five Steps to Healthy Water email series. Or you can call me.

There are whole house water filtration systems or even whole house reverse osmosis systems. There are simple kitchen water filters or undersink reverse osmosis systems which actually purify your water. Each of these is different and what you need depends on what's in your water. Together we will look at your water report and determine which water purification system or filter will best meet your needs.  I cannot make a recommendation without speaking with you. However, I will gladly email you specifications.

These are some of my products which you will find in more detail on their own product pages as listed here:


Urban Defender® Whole House Water Filter:water purification systems


My Urban Defender whole house water filtration system is as effective as systems sold by the major brands that cost four times as much.

To learn more about the Urban Defender please visit my whole house water filtration system page.


Or, you can request pricing and specifications here: Send me pricing and specifications for the Urban Defender.


You can combine the Urban Defender with other home water filtration options, such as specific contaminant removal, such as fluoride or arsenic, and Ultra Violet light, for more complete protection from the contaminants in your water supply. There is no better whole house water filtration system for municipal water.


Don't be fooled by the low cost systems that don't backwash. They're junk. You get what you pay for.


Ask me why a downflow system with backwash is better than the upflow carbon filters which cost less.




“My Urban Defender whole house water filter has changed my life. I love it!”

Aileen Gee, Falmouth, MA


"...not only is our water clean, fresh and smooth tasting but it even feels better. Beyond the physical attributes supporting the quality of our new water, there exists a real sense of confidence and peace of mind in knowing that the water we consume and absorb in a variety of ways each and every day is pure and healthful. Your recommendation of The Urban Defender whole house water treatment system along with the polishing affect of the triple water filtration Kitchen Defender under sink water filter really seems to fit the bill."

John Ciulla; Airmont, NY


"The best tasting water I've ever had. It's way better than any bottled water.

Jim has provided impeccable service. His genuine interest in the quality and taste of our water is reassuring. Additionally, Jim has continued to follow through to check on our service needs and has responded quickly to all of our requests. My wife and I give him our very highest recommendation."

Dan Walden; Corona, CA


Satisfied Customers speak out here: Sweetwater Product Reviews



"We bought a whole house water purification system from Jim and now our water is perfect!"

Beckie Moses, Lilburn, GA


Kitchen Defender™ Water Filter:

Kitchen Defender under sink water filter

There is no better drinking water filter than my Kitchen Defender - effective yet affordable. Learn more about it on my kitchen water filter page.

Or, to request specific product information and pricing request the information here: Kitchen Defender Water Filter

Independent testing showed total removal of chloramine, chlorine byproducts, and fluoride. Other tests have shown only a reduction of fluoride, which depends entirely on local water chemistry.

The Kitchen Defender water filter is also available with UV light and in a commercial version for use in restaurants, hotels, and businesses.

The Kitchen Defender produces high quality drinking water that can be reminiscent of natural spring water.



"Dear James, Thank you for your prompt attention and service in my recent purchase of a water filter. I am in the customer service profession, so it is especially nice to work with someone who understands what it means to ‘exceed expectations’. You certainly did that for me. I appreciate the knowledge and help you provided me in my unique water situation and could not be more thrilled with the performance of the unit you had custom built for me. I am looking forward to sending all my friends and clients your way as I truly believe pure drinking water is the #1 foundation for good health. Warmest regards,"

Meredith Martin; San Francisco, CA


"I just had my Kitchen Defender under sink water filter installed. It's FANTASTIC! After flushing the system for a good 20+ minutes I am excited to say I LOVE THIS WATER. It is hard to believe that the nasty county water was transformable into such great tasting water. I did a lot of research on choosing the proper water system for my home and really appreciate your approach. It makes sense to buy a system that targets the specific problems of my water rather than a generic system. Thank you for all of your help and fantastic customer service."

Pam Velez, Tampa, FL


Just a note to let you know we got the new carbon filter for our Kitchen Defender. We already had the calcite replacement and I installed them both today with no problems. You had asked about the Ph of the water. I tested it before the replacement and it measured at 6.8. After it tested at 7.6 which is the highest the test kit I have can measure. The water now tastes great again. Thanks.

Duane Orlaske, Windsor, CT


I've been meaning to write and let you know that the water tastes great! The difference in the water is just amazing! We are so happy with the Kitchen Defender under sink water filter, and showers are awesome without feeling like you're in an indoor swimming pool (with the chlorine smell, I mean). Thanks again for all your help! Best wishes,

Monica Ely, Lafayette, CO


Satisfied Customers speak out here: Sweetwater Product Reviews


Sweetwater's Custom Reverse Osmosis Water Purifier:

custom reverse osmosis with alkaline pHI sell a 6 stage custom Reverse Osmosis water purifier that I recommend for removing nitrates, removal of some metals including chromium 6, fluoride, arsenic, radioactive metals, high dissolved solids (aka TDS) and unregulated pharmaceuticals in drinking water.

You may learn more about it on my reverse osmosis water purifier page.

Many people object to the use of reverse osmosis because it removes the natural minerals in water along with the contaminants. I invite you to read my article: 'Minerals In Water' to learn why you may need a reverse osmosis system. Really, you have to remove these contaminants and the minerals can be replaced through diet.

Click here to request my Reverse Osmosis System and Water Purifier Specifications and pricing.



"Before getting a whole house water treatment system from Jim, I used a pitcher water filter and would occasionally drink tap water. With my new RO water purifier from Sweetwater, I fill bottles to carry with me wherever I go and LOVE the water! I’m HOOKED on pure clean water and my body can feel the difference!"

Stephen Pierce, Monmouth, OR


"Jim -we did the “water test” and it was a no-contest winner for the RO water! The Urban Defender whole house water filter does a good job but the RO water purifier takes it up another notch to truly, bottled water quality, or should I say better than bottled water?"

Craig Umphrey, Terre Haute, IN


In some cities a whole house water treatment system is all you need. In others, the contaminants in your water require that you have both a whole house water filter and a under sink water filter or water purifier. If you must prioritize for budget reasons, then I suggest you start with the kitchen under sink filter.  Learn more by emailing me for this short discussion:

Do you need a Kitchen Water Purifier or Whole House Water Filter or both?


Equipment for Specific Issues

For people who have a specific home water filtration problem they wish to solve, I provide a full line of high quality water treatment systems to remove iron, manganese, hydrogen sulfide odors, neutralize acid water by raising pH, Ultra Violet light for bacterial contamination, arsenic, mercury, nitrate, fluoride or other specific contaminant removal.

You can learn more about many of these water treatment systems on my well water treatment page. I also have a wide variety of water filtration, sediment filters and water softeners.

If you're thinking of buying a water softener, email me for a tip on how to buy the right softener for your needs: How to buy the right water softener or call me and I'll sell you the right one.

The systems I sell uses natural methods to remove specific contaminants. Call me for product details, specifications, and cost. In order to help you with these products we must be able to discuss the details of your water quality. If you have a well, see my well water treatment page. If you have a special water filtration problem, call me to discuss your needs. I also have extensive technical support backing me up so we can be sure to provide you with the whole hose water treatment system that will meet your needs.


'Revitalized' Water

For those clients who are interested in a holistic approach and the concept of revitalized or restructured water, I carry the Water Revitalizer. I use this product in my home. The concept behind its design is based on the theories of Viktor Schauberger, an Austrian whose work was published in 1932 and 1933. His theories maintain that water holds an energy in its natural state. If you've ever sat and watched the water in a stream, perhaps you'll agree...the water swirls and turns, always shifting in a circular motion. Schauberger suggests that this natural flow form is eliminated by putting water in pipes and treatment with chemicals such as chlorine. Water with this natural energy is thought by some to be more healthy.


Reading Your Water Report

OK, so I've told you to obtain your water report and perhaps you've done so and you have no idea what it means. You're welcome to call for my free 20 minute phone consultation to figure out what to do. Or, if you plan to purchase equipment from someone else but want my opinion of what to buy, you can pay my consultation fee of $150 for a city water report. (Purchase it here: Water Consultation) and we'll make sure you buy the right system. And for those who want a third option you can listen to a recorded call of me interpreting the Durham, NC water report for a customer here: Reading Your Water Report

NOTE: You are most welcome to email a copy of your water report to me. Be sure to follow up with a phone call so that we may review it together. I will gladly go over it and tell you which whole house water treatment system or under sink water filter I recommend specifically and what they cost. I do not analyze water reports by email as I need additional information from you in order to make a recommendation.

You can email your report to me at



Installation and Service

I work with clients across the country. I represent a variety of manufacturers and assemble custom water treatment systems when appropriate. We'll look at your water report and determine what you need. I won't sell you the wrong product. A licensed plumber can install the equipment I sell. I recommend that you work consistently with one plumber and use that person for all your system maintenance. If there is ever a problem with any of the home water treatment system that I sell you, call me first, then I'll work with that plumber and you to resolve it, taking advantage of the manufacturer warranties. This is precisely the same approach that you would use to deal with a water heater or any other fixture in your home.

I provide phone support during installation. I will make myself available to assist you and your plumber and I am most certainly interested and available to aid you should any equipment problems develop in the future. The equipment I sell is intentionally straightforward and not inclined toward operational failure.

Perhaps the number one reason people choose to do business with me is because of my approach. I sell high quality effective water treatment systems to people who want healthy water for their family. Sometimes people still feel that dealing with someone locally can provide them with better product support. It has been my experience that your local provider will often sell you the wrong product for your needs and service will be by someone who knows nothing about the home water filtration system you bought. To think that a local provider is a better choice is truly an illusion. It might have been true at some time in the past, but not anymore. If you find a local person who can provide an equal product and service, use him.


“I am 100% satisfied with your service. A local person would not have done as much. I have to admit that I was concerned, ordering from a person online, giving you my credit card, that the product would show up at all. When it did I could see that the construction of the product is good. The aluminum housing is strong and durable, the UV cylinder is stainless steel, the plastic is schedule 80…this unit will last for a long time. I’m pleased all the way around”

Joe Provenzano, Chalmette, LA



Call me and we'll review your water report and determine what you need. I don't charge for this.

I do charge if you want to call up and use me to provide a second opinion (like going to a second doctor before surgery). I provide a one time consultation by phone for $150. You may find this extremely useful when you are reviewing equipment proposals from local companies. You may ask me questions about your water and if I can help you or direct you to an answer I will.

If you then purchase your whole house water treatment system from me I will deduct this fee from your purchase price. You may purchase a consultation here:

Water Consultation

Purchase the consultation and then call or email me to set up an appointment.

I am also available to solve problems or design water treatment systems for you on a consulting basis. This might be appropriate in the case of problematic water supplies or commercial applications. My fee is $150 per hour with a four hour minimum. This is more typical with private well water or unique commercial appliactions. Call if you'd like to discuss this.


"Jim shows a remarkable interest in improving our water - anybody's water.

He researched my water filtration problem through his own and outside resources and helped me determine what was wrong with my water and what was needed to improve the quality.

Thanks for your help, Jim "

Mary Leathers; Pine Grove, CA

To Purchase:

All sales are by phone. I maintain personal contact with every customer. That way I can be certain that you are ordering the correct product. If you want to buy something online, you've come to the wrong place.

The water treatment systems I sell provide the most thorough level of contaminant removal available, using proven technologies. Whatever your situation: appropriately filtered, clean, healthy water is available to you for just pennies a day. You may obtain complete information on pricing and specifications for each of the systems above by emailing me using the appropriate link above.


Recommendations by Location:

Now with streamlined recommendations in select locations: 

Learn exactly what to order: San FranciscoLos Angeles and Southern CaliforniaSalt Lake CitySeattle and BellevueChicagoDenver and DurangoDallas and HoustonBirmingham and Tuscaloosa, and St. George, UTLas Vegas, NVNew York City



Still confused about how to start. Email me and ask: Question between 9 AM to 6 PM Mountain time, Monday thru Friday: 866-691-4214.


Email Lists

Five Steps to Healthy Water - my free email series that will teach you how to achieve healthy water in your home. These are the same steps you learn when you purchase my Ultimate Guide. Sign up here: Five Steps to Healthy Water!

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    What's in YOUR Water?


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    James P. McMahon

    My name is Jim McMahon and I help people achieve healthy water in their homes.

    Let me help you solve the water filtration issues in your home.

    "I appreciate your knowledge and passion for what you do and believe in. You analyzed my problem and found a solution. You have gone above and beyond what most companies today provide in customer service. And, all with a smile and can do attitude. You're the greatest!..."

    Francine Hughes; Kayenta, UT



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    Together we will solve the water problems in your home.

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    My Pledge to You:

    "Honesty and Integrity in providing what you need, along with good old-fashioned service and values."


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    Water Revitalizer

    Experience Natural Vortex Water
    in Your Home


    For those individuals looking to go beyond purification and who are open to the possibility that water conveys energy, I carry the Original Water Revitalizer.  Installed after my whole house water filtration  systems - the tandem brings you truly remarkable water. 

    Principles Of the Original Water Revitalizer

    The theory behind the principles of the water revitalizer originate with a fellow by the name of Viktor Schauberger, an Austrian whose work was published in 1932 and 1933.  His work can be reviewed in "The Water Wizard: The Extraordinary Properties of Natural Water".  As I understand his point, Schauberger claims that water in a natural state, as in a stream flowing down a hill, contains a natural vortex energy, due in no small part to the way that it flows in its natural environment.  All of you have seen water flow in a stream and I'm sure you've seen the way water shimmers as it flows. 

    This photo illustrates water swirling around a rock with an energy vortex in a mountain river:

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    This theory that water contains a natural energy vortex, a 'living water', makes sense to me. It also makes sense that water in a stream or spring is, in its original unpolluted form, healthy 'living' water that we as inhabitants of that environment originally adapted to.  As we collect and pipe water, treat it, and move it around we remove this natural energy from water as we put it in pipes, confining it and depriving it of its ability to move or flow.  Recall the scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid where the mine operator asked the Kid to shoot without letting him draw his gun as he was accustomed to. He couldn't do it. Schauberger is saying that we've modified the natural health of our water by the way we convey it and because of this it does not function naturally when we use it: we've deprived it of it's natural energy and modified its molecular structure.

    As a scientist, I can't say whether Schauberger's theories are correct or not.  As an ecologist and naturalist, I can appreciate the notion that water in the natural environment carries an energy vortex that is subsequently lost when that water is conveyed through pipes and no longer allowed to flow naturally. I also understand that this is a difficult concept to convey or prove. Here is some brief information on the theoretical science behind the concept.

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    It is my opinion that we are only beginning to understand the natural properties of water and that healthy water is a complex issue. 

    The Original Water Revitalizer, by using the power of vortex energy fields via "flow form dynamics", is said to transform your water by restoring this original energy.  The manufacturer claims that the vortex energy is created by a double spiral flow form within the pipe that restores this natural energy in your water.  Another claim is a significant increase in the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water.  The Water Revitalizer is constructed based upon the principals described and illustrated by Schauberger.

    According to the manufacturer, normal tap water, in most cases, shows low frequencies because it has been damaged.  I do know that some natural mineral waters resonate at a high frequency and that these vary from different sources.  Even high quality water at the source loses its natural energy and molecular crystalline structure as it is conveyed through pipes from its source to your home.   I also know that revitalized water demonstrates this higher frequency.

    The idea of water containing energy or being made up of a particular crystalline shaped molecular water crystals, healthy water, living water structure is one that is familiar to us all.  We've all witnessed the crystalline structure of snowflakes.  It has also been shown that healthy water is molecularly distinct from polluted water. 

    The water revitalizer is said to restore the natural energy of water by running it through a double spiral process that imparts a vortex flow form, or twist.  It really is quite fascinating.  What I am noticing so far is that deposition or scale formation from water hardness is decreased substantially and my plants seem to be thriving. 

    Through the revitalizing process using the OWR, your water's frequency is said to be raised to a level which is natural for water. This process is said to be experienced as being very different and the water is experienced as being extremely light when swallowed. 

    This is the 3/4 inch whole house Original Water Revitalizer in copper:

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    In the above photo part of the pipe is removed to show you a portion of the inside of the OWR. When you order the OWR it will of course be intact; but you will still be able to see the insert in each end of the pipe. The Whole House OWR comes in 3/4 and 1 inch copper.  Larger sizes are also available for commercial use.  Here's a look at the undersink kitchen model:

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    Kitchen OWR with Fittings

    You can add the kitchen model to my Kitchen Defender series to produce a very nice water.

    I must say that I am intrigued by this concept of restoring water's natural frequencies.  For that reason I am offering the OWR as an add on to install after my whole house purification system, thus first cleansing your water and then 'energizing' it with the OWR.  I've had some customers tell me that my endorsement sounds tepid or luke warm at best.  On the contrary, I like and recommend this product.  But I'm not going to tell you that it performs in ways that I can't verify.

    I have installed the OWR in my home (installed 1-4-05).  What I noticed immediately is that the water coming from my faucets and shower swirls, it flows just as it does in the revitalizer itself.  And if I look closely I can see a shimmer to it, almost a dance, as in a reflection of light that was not there before.  I'm also noticing a definite decrease in hard water deposition.  My customers who have the Revitalizer always notice bubbles when they fill a glass which then immediately dissipate.

    Whether or not the OWR makes your water more healthy, or more available to your cells, or does anything else, I do not know.  The following are Kirlian photographs of the same water source, before and after being revitalized by the OWR.

    Both of these waters are from the same source!

    Regular Tap Water, with a fractured and incomplete energy field


    Revitalized Tap Water, demonstrating the natural energy of water due to the vortex energy in water imparted by the swirling motion of the water revitalizer


    Revitalized tap water







    Regular tap water

    Interesting.  It looks energetic, doesn't it?  


    My experience of this device in my own home is very positive.  My curiosity is piqued.  I'm intrigued and look forward to experiencing this water over time. 


    For those who are seeking a holistic approach to healthy water, I recommend installation of the revitalizer in conjunction with and immediately after my whole house or kitchen purification systems.  The two in tandem will purify and energize your water.  That's what I'm drinking.  The result is awesome and delightful! 

    If you doubt me, stop by and I'll let you taste it and take a shower! 

    The Water Revitalizer comes in a variety of sizes. 
    Call for details and pricing. 

    866-691-4214 (toll-free)

    970-259-2171 (direct line)


    James P McMahon, ecologist brings you purified, healthy, living water with his customized water purification systems

    "When you drink the water, think of the spring."


    My Pledge to You:

    "Honesty and Integrity in Providing what you need along with good old-fashioned service and values."


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