Aqualiv Water System Review

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For many years I have bought water from a water store called Water Mart.  They have an impressive water filtration system that I thought was reverse osmosis (RO) which when I worked in the water industry I learned is the most efficient system for removing contaminants of all kinds.  But RO also removes critically important minerals, not good.  However, I kept purchasing it because I felt that was the lesser of the two evils.  Well, recently I discovered they are not doing reverse osmosis and that surfaced because of adding a black mica product into my water.  The black mica pulls out the contaminants, they flocculate to the bottom of my pitcher and well, there shouldn’t have been any contaminants if it was RO water.

I have been on a quest of sorts, following my post on water quality.   A quest to find something better, something that I can be in control of.  After much research on several water quality devices, I finally found a water filtration system that is now installed under my kitchen sink.  It is working quite nicely.  My water does not have the horrible tap water, chemical taste that is such a turn off for everyone in the house.  The Aqualiv filtering system is effective and I believe is trustworthy.  I am confident it is reliable, based on my years working in the water and wastewater industry.

Here is what I found!

PRODUCT: Aqualiv Water System
Overall Ranking: 4.9
Price for chrome: $487.95


Determining what filter system to purchase is no easy task.  There are SO many types of units available and this will likely be an investment, a very big investment of your time to find one and your hard earned money.  Water ionizers were definitely NOT on my list as a possibility.  There is some information I have uncovered that indicates these units can over time have a negative effect on one’s health.   And I knew that I did not want an RO (reverse osmosis) unit.  They are very wasteful.  Nearly 3 – 4 gallons is thrown away for every gallon cleaned and it can be much more when the assembly is under pressure as it comes to the tap.   That waste is simply NOT acceptable.  Water is such a precious commodity, I really don’t like throwing any of it away!

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Our Lovely Water Planet…We can take care of it while we take care of ourselves.

The Aqualiv Water System uses filter technology and then in the last stage the water is whirled around in a vortex action in order to restructure it, much like a babbling crystal clear mountain stream cascading over rocks in its travel down from the originating water source.

I do love the taste of my water coming now from my own tap, so unlike the terrible tasting city water.  Click on this image so it will enlarge and be easier to read.

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As you by now know, I am passionate about having good water.  Our special needs children whose digestive systems are challenged are absolutely going to see wonderful health results from water that is safe and is made more accessible by virtue of its structure.  Don’t you agree that the entire family should benefit from being adequately hydrated?  It is a critical and solid foundation from which to improve or maintain everyone’s health.  I am confident those who are struggling with health challenges are going to benefit and, for goodness sakes, its water, so what do we have to loose.  Nothing, I say.

Testimonials are anecdotal information.  But when so many are seeing good results from a product, it goes beyond the placebo effect.  Here are a few testimonials from the Aqualiv site.  You may be encouraged by them.  I haven’t read all of them but those I have read were instrumental in my purchase.  If they can see benefits, then why not my family too!

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The company has a wealth of information they have posted online.  The technical information on the filtering system and related lab results, the considerations of ionic water or reverse osmosis systems as compared to the Aqualiv, information about the filtering media and how it works, clear instructions on how to install the unit under one’s sink, access to a local customer willing to share some of their water as you consider the purchase, stellar water quality information, and a list of educational references that are very helpful.   Then of course there is timely support to go along with it all?  Leave them a message and someone does get back to you often in far less than 24 hours.


$487.95   (chrome)

$543.92 (brushed nickel)

For a Lifetime of Good Health this Purchase Will Be a Drop in the Bucket

For a Lifetime of Good Health  This Purchase Will Be a Drop in the Bucket


YES, this is well worth the investment.  I gave them a 4.9 rating, only losing a point.  I was concerned about flouride.    However, if one’s water quality exceeds the average public water system’s flouride at 1 ppm, the Aqualiv system as designed should handle that easily.  If a person wants to improve the ability to remove this particular contaminant then they can add a filter to the bank of three filters as an additional layer of protection.   Apparently, removing fluoride is very hard to do unless you are using a properly maintained RO system.

Look no filtration system is going to remove 100% of everything in it.   We have to remember that everyone’s water source is different, therefore the potential contaminants in your local water source will be different and in different concentrations from every other source.  My point is that I much prefer maintaining the minerals in my water and seeing how the ‘structured’ component will enhance health along the way.

I heartily recommend this company and their product.   I like the values I have seen in their blog posts and in responses to questions folks have posed to them.  I like the laboratory results I have studied.  I like the quality of the product I purchased.  Consider this….if you don’t have the money up front, why not SAVE for it.  Or do as I have done, and purchase it with a PayPal Credit account.  It is a small price to pay, in my opinion when I know this water is already making a difference for me.  The grooves in my thumbnails are beginning to smooth out and the skin on my hands is no longer wrinkled like that of a 75-year-old woman.   I’m convinced the benefits have just begun to take hold.



Here is what I have been doing

First and foremost I have stayed in touch with the downward spiral regarding water safety and quality. For details on this subject, drop into what I wrote on this subject;  “Why Is Water Important for Health – Clean Water Harder to Come by than You Realize”

Even with what I believed was the good water I had been using I have been persistently dehydrated and it showed up in my fatigue and my skin, skin that I thought was just aging skin.  But now with my Aqualiv water I’m seeing a difference in how my skin appears.  It’s a good beginning.  And, I’m looking forward to more time using this product to see if I can elevate the health results even more for me and lock in benefits for my special needs daughter.

I think it’s very important to have control over the water we drink, use in cooking, and in which we shower and bath. Elementary school science taught us that water exists in three states, vapor (steam or evaporated), liquid, and solid (ice). But in the last 10 years a revolutionary discovery regarding water has been making science news as demonstrated in the science lab of Gerald Pollack, Ph.D.  Water has a fourth phase!  It is this fourth phase that is elevating the health benefits.  

Dr. Pollack’s explanation in a University of Washington presentation that I have featured in my post about structured water is very compelling.  By reading it you will find allot more background information regarding the value of having a system like what I am recommending.

Because this water science is so fascinating, I have included three other YouTube videos of Dr. Pollack’s presentations in my Library under the video tab.  If you are thinking this just sounds too ‘out there’, (I certainly hope you are smiling), please do check out these other presentations.  Just so you know, Pollack is not the only one studying water in the science community.  See my post on this amazing new science so you can drill down and build your knowldege base.

Water Quality Concerns Are Everyone’s Concern!

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Lovely Fresh Water – So Inviting, Don’t you Think?

I don’t want any surprises.  But if you are just using your tap water as your primary drinking and cooking water, you could be in for a surprise.  Look… the bottom line is even if things like hormones, pharmaceuticals, illegal drugs, and chemicals like arsenic and aluminum were NOT getting into our water supply, (AND THEY ARE), the fact is that the very water treatment chemicals used to eliminate bacterial and viral contamination pose a health risk right along with the arsenic that is in our water.  The Aqualiv Water System removes these contaminants, most of them down to non-detectable limits.  That’s just awesome!

I am always looking for ways to improve things for my precious and precocious special needs daughter …and my family.  Yes, even for this 62 year old body.  I will be 75 when my daughter turns 18.  I have an urgent need to ensure I am making every reasonable choice so that I can have a strong foundation for my health … so that I can continue to take care of her.

I know you want to have the same thing for you and your family, too.

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Because Life Is Precious and We Have Enough on Our Plates Caring for Our Loved Ones, We Do NOT Need to be Worrying About Our Water’s Quality.  I Want You To Have More Energy and Vitality to Care for Yourself So You Can Be There for the Family.


When you are ready to purchase, if you go straight to Aqualiv, please just let them know that Linda Christopherson referred you to them.  

My daughter and I want to thank you for your kindness!


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Well, we have spent allot of time, this post and the last one on addressing this concern.  I know it’s not specific to special needs the way you might have expected.  But balance and health is a very large part of our solid foundation for peace of mind.  Please, if you have suggestions or would like to leave me a comment, make sure I hear from you!  Be Well!  I hope to see you back again soon!


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17 Responses to “Aqualiv Water System Review

  • Wow Linda, really interesting article. I love to learn something new and I definitely have here with your Aqualiv Water System Review. Keep up the good work with your great site. Sophie

    • Linda

      Hello Sophie!

      Thanks for taking time to expand your horizon a bit more with this share on the water system I think is worth investing in. With so many struggling with water issues, and sadly with health issues too, I am hoping this will serve to support people by touching their lives with the basis for health.

      We all know that it does no good to have wealth if we don’t have good health. I hope you will come again. You may also appreciate this post on structured water, why make your own.

      Thanks for dropping in and sharing your enthusiasm with us.


  • Hi Linda,

    Great info here! I definitely agree that water quality is really important and it’s something we should be getting anyway, but as you say, we’re not most of the time.

    To be honest, I just drink regular old tap water. How do you go about testing your water quality?

    One more question (and it may sound like a stupid one to you), if we’re taking all the bacteria out of the water by purifying it, will that not ultimately weaken our immune system, since it gets used to very pure water and doesn’t have to work to protect us?

    Again, that may sound utterly ridiculous, but just asking.

    Take care,

    • Linda

      Hello Sean,

      I’m glad you found this information of value. I have taken considerable time to compose it and marshall resources as supporting documentation.

      In answer to your question about how I would go about testing my water quality, this is what I would do:

      There is a lab here in my hometown that I have done business with as an Industrial Hygienist for Arizona OSHA and in working for an emergency response company that did remediation of contaminated sites. They have good procedures so I would trust them with my water sample. You can often times either find a lab in the Yellow pages or by Googling for one. I look at their ability to do residential samples.

      Turner Labs has three levels of water testing kits that can be ordered, each one raises the bar on what and how much you want to sample for. If I were going to do this, I’d want information on the contaminants that are EPA requirements ( as well as making sure there are no nasty coliforms in the water,(while chlorine knocks this bacteria down in the water it is still a marker to determine if there are other bacteria to be concerned about). The conundrum here…we get rid of the bacteria, ah but then we have to address the contamination from poisonous chlorine. Seems like a Catch 22 situation, doesn’t it? This kit is $200.00.

      SO…that’s how the testing would be done. This lab even has a video tutorial of how to correctly capture and preserve the sample that is very helpful. In time, just because I am the curious type, I do want to run a test on my water, just not right now, it’s not in the budget. I know before installing the Aqualiv Water System, my water tasted horrible, like chemicals and no one wanted to drink it from the tap. With good water, that tastes good I am experiencing better hydration which is VERY important to our overall health.

      Now your question regarding taking all the bacteria out of the water and if this will weaken our immune systems. This in no way is a “stupid” question, it reflects your thoughtful consideration of what I am sharing. So thanks for that! Let me ask you a question? Have you ever changed regions while traveling and found, if you spent enough time to eat and drink there, that you ended up with a case of “Montezuma’s Revenge”. Montezuma’s revenge doesn’t just happen when traveling in Mexico, it can happen from one water system to another in any country anywhere. So then, you can get “the runs” when going from a water system that is treating ground water to a water system that is treating surface water (a lake or river for instance).

      In fact, the possible bacteria like Escherichia coliform (e. coli) (an entire range of coliform bacteria all of which are not pathogenic), Cryptosporidium parvum (a protozoan parasite), giardia lamblia (a flagellated parasitic protozoa), and Hepatitis A (an enteric virus) are all possible water contaminants and the EPA water quality testing requirements cover these. And then there are parasitic worms called Heminths. Thankfully, the worm issue is not considered a problem in the US and yes, they are more prevalent in developing countries. The point of this is to say that our immune system will not deal well with a parasitic protozoan infestation. These are nasty attacks on the digestive system. And then there are the serious consequences of a Hepatitis A virus exposure, it can do serious harm to one’s liver. So, ALL good reasons for doing what we can to purify our water.

      What we are doing with drinking purified water that has also been structured is not working against us but helping to marshall more potential to not overwhelm the functionality of our immune system. It’s preventing, as much as possible, nasty things like parasitic protozoa from getting into our systems and wreaking havoc and at the end of the day we are supporting our immune system with the ability of good clean water that at the cellular level improves effectiveness to carry on war with the bad guys at the level of our tissues, cells, and linings of the digestive system.

      I hope this is making sense and is helpful.

      Remember that we are getting a measure of bacteria from our foods too while this can be a challenge with bad stuff like salmonella which we certainly don’t want an exposure to, either. My point is that our bodies are carrying a whole host of good bacteria, which create the foundation for keeping the bad stuff at bay. The one caution to keep in mind is if someone has had to be on an antibiotic, that knocks out both good and bad bacteria, so using a good probiotic to get the good guys population back up and running is a good health practice.

      Whew! Long answer, huh?! I don’t think that to have done your question justice I could have answered you simply or briefly. If this only raises more questions, then by all means holler back at me again.


  • Linda:
    I learned so much from reading your article and watching the video by Dr. Pollack. I have some questions for you since you seem to be so knowledgeable about water.

    We live in the rural area of New Mexico and we have a well. It is not a shared well. It is a private well. Do we still need to be concerned about the pollutants getting it our water from the well?

    My other question is how is drinking water purified? I hear it is much like wastewater treatment.

    What dangers can there be with drinking tap water?

    Thank you for your time and energy to help everyone with their water needs.


    • Linda

      Hello Steph,

      You have posed some very good questions and certainly important too.

      All wells that are used in public water systems must have their water tested and water companies have to post the results of the tests. Here is my point, because the public water system wells have to meet water quality criteria before they can send the water out into the distribution system ANY well should have its water tested to determine if it passes at the minimum public safety criteria. I am not familiar with your region, what history it may have for water use and if there are any industries that could impact the water table from which you are drawing your water in your private well and this puts me at a disadvantage to thoroughly answer you. But what I know is that, thankfully, many contaminants are naturally filtered as water makes its way through various soils and rock layers of different porosity. The earth does a beautiful job of restoring itself when assaulted by pollutants. However, there are some contaminants that can and do make it into an aquifer.

      For instance, right here in my hometown, a Federal Superfund clean-up had to be put in place for the significant trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination of our desert’s precious groundwater in the region of the Tucson International Airport. There were other detected contaminants like chloroform and xylene, but the highest concentration of concern was the TCE. The initial concerns started clear back in the 1950s when folks were complaining about their well-water having a foul odor.

      Being in a rural area may provide a layer of safety, but you see the wells in Tucson that were having the foul odor problem were in rural areas too. So, what I encourage you to think about is that allot depends on the aquifer your well is tapping into; its size, what regional activities may be impacting that ground water, even run-off from local communities and businesses can pose a problem. Think about the amount of oil and vehicle fluid contamination from just a car repair shop, or the parking lot of a store. When it rains all of the gunk on the ground gets lifted up and carried off into water channels that in time are absorbed through the soils…well, I’m guessing you are seeing my point.

      So…my recommendation, when you are able to do so, get your well-water tested. You need to keep the sample cold as it is transported to a lab for testing so I’d do a search for a lab that isn’t too far from you, if that is possible since you say you are in a rural area. A reputable lab will be able to test the water according to the EPA’s clean water standards. I talk about this in another of my posts, that I think I referenced in this article. Here it is if you want to go and drill down some more: In my response to Sean, (also here in the comments) I included a link to the testing criteria for water. It’s interesting to look over and I think should be what you want to determine regarding your own well.

      In this same article, I also speak about the dangers of drinking tap water. For many years now I have not been drinking tap water. Just the chlorine used by the water treatment facilities to knock down the bacteria and/or e.coli contamination is bad stuff for your health and that is just one of the concerns I have for tap water. You may find this article by the EPA worth your time to read:

      The early stages of drinking water treatment are somewhat similar to wastewater treatment in that both facilities want to remove the “turbidity” and/or solids out of the water, which often times is a chemical used to “flocculate” or “coagulate” the stuff so it settles out on the bottom then the water is taken off to more treatment beds. In potable water, the solids go through sedimentation then the water goes to filtration, then to disinfection and on to storage. Here is a simple diagram that follows potable water’s treatment process: Wastewater treatment, on the other hand, is ever so much more involved because of the volume of solids that have to be removed. Usually, filtration is not part of the process, it’s a host of bacteria that are engaged in treating the water to remove the organic material from it. Certainly a fascinating process to be sure. Unless the wastewater plant is using what is called “tertiary” treatment, then usually there isn’t any filtration, as one commonly sees in potable water treatment.

      I hope this helps to clarify a bit more and that I have answered your questions for you. Great questions, Steph. Do let me know if you’d like a hand locating a lab to do your well-water test when you get ready to do it. I’d be glad to pitch in.


      • Hi Linda:

        Thank you for your reply to my questions. I appreciate you taking the time to reply with so much information.

        You mentioned Tucson and TCE. I used to live in Tucson. I was there for 15 years and I created some lesson plans for middle to high school students in the Tucson area about TCE while I was employed by the University of Arizona. I no longer work there, but many of my lessons and links still exist. Here is the link to my lessons about TCE and the contaminants.

        In answer to your question, I am now in Santa Fe, NM which is where our private well is – on our residence. Just today we had to get a new pump installed in our well because it was giving out. I was continually going down into the well and resetting the pump. I was doing this about three times a day. But we now have a new pump. Not sure about the quality of the water. So I will have to look into taking it to a lab to have it tested. If you do know where I can take it to be tested here in the Santa Fe area, that would be awesome.

        Thank you again for this valuable information.


        • Linda

          Hello, Stephanie! Let me give this a look for the lab that could serve your needs. I will get back with you soon!

          And LOVE the lesson you created while at the UofA. Very cool that it is still up and accessible! Very cool indeed!


          • Linda

            Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to doing the water test. I am including a couple of attachments I have found in three different labs that I reviewed. The Aquaknow has a pretty cool chart on the host of contaminants that can be tested for identifying organic, inorganic, bacteria etc. parameters. They also have an exhaustive list of tests that can be done.

            I wasn’t sure what region of Santa Fe you are in and that could bear on what tests should be run, for instance, you may want to consider where you property is in relation to the Los Alamos Testing Lab, which some of the literature I have been reviewing indicates can and has presented with drinking water problems in northern New Mexico. This Aquaknow company, according to their site, is a woman-owned business which could be another plus when choosing who to give your business to.

            I really liked this document they have on their site for interpreting your water test results. It is very informative:

            And this one that provides the summary of contaminants that can be tested for.

            I have also reviewed the company named Good Water Company. The testing they do appears to be thorough and some of it appears to be necessary if a person were considering purchasing a water purification system from them. They have provided EXCELLENT information in this link:

            I also reviewed another page they make available that shows you water concerns by region. That one is pretty handy! So here is the link to it:

            My gut, Stephanie, which may be your gut too, is to use an independent lab and get a screen done, at the very least. The screen test will let you know if there are more concerns that you should more specifically “drill” down on. “-) Just remember that there testing is contaminant-specific and therefore, isn’t going to give you a mirror representation of everything in your water. Begin where you are comfortable in assessing your water’s quality and let it branch out from there as needed is my recommendation.

            With your new pump, now is an ideal time to make room for the water testing you are considering. Here is one last suggestion which I like because it is not associated with a water purification system.

            I hope you find this helpful. PLEASE do let me know how things turn out. I would love to see you being assured of drinking water that supports your good health efforts, keeping you and your loved ones healthy!

            See me smiling?


          • Hi Linda:

            Thank you for the massive amount of information you have dug up. I will check into all of the links you sent me. I think I am in agreement with your gut. I should go with an independent lab.

            I will read through your links and get back with you with any questions I might have.

            Again, thank you!


          • Linda

            You are so TOTALLY welcome! I am glad to serve and will be glad to answer any questions that may come up.

            Linda “-)

  • WOW what a lot of information. It nice to see that you are such an advocate of clean water. It’s definately a commodity that is on the endangered list.

    We live in a small town along the missouri river, and along the road that runs close and parallel to the river we used to have a wonderful spring. Our boys used to ride there bikes down there, fill up gallon jugs and then bring them home.

    There is nothing better than the taste of spring/clean water. I really enjoyed your review. Isd there any place that offers a live demontration, so you can taste the water?

    • Linda

      Hello Debra,

      So glad you have found this information worthwhile. There are statistics out there that indicate of all the water on our water planet we only have access to 1% that is available, now get this, to nearly 7 billion humans and countless billions of other water drinking or using species. ASTOUNDING! So, yes, this is a very precious commodity. What a special and delightful experience to have had a spring close enough to home that you could draw water from it. And you are oh so correct that it tastes oh so good.

      You asked about if there is any place that offers a live demonstration. What Aqualiv is doing may surprise you. Because people who have systems in their homes so love their water, they offer to be an “Ambassador” of Aqualiv for their region or zip code. The company does not put any pressure on folks to do anything other than offer to bring folks some water to try, to meet the interested person, show them their system, whatever is personally comfortable. I have a friend who based on my initial recommendation went to the Aqualiv site and after reading about it, watching some videos, looking over the lab results and the reviews, wanted to try the water. Of course that was easy, so she has five gallons to start with. I find the taste of my Aqualiv water is fresh and as my grandson says, it’s as though it tastes sweet because he doesn’t taste the heaviness of the chemicals that apparently are in the tap water.

      So, yes, by all means you can absolutely “taste” the water. Go online to On this page you can enter your Zip code and determine if there is an Ambassador near you that can share some water so you can try it. For me, I did not need to try it…I knew from my background in water quality that the engineered filtering system would do the job. And in researching further, if I had a problematic water problem say for fluoride, I could add a fluoride-specific filter to the bank of three. For me this all qualifies as a win-win.

      Let me know if you hit a glitch when going to the Aqualiv site and I’ll be glad to pitch in and help you solve whatever is going on.


  • Hi Linda,

    Appreciate the comprehensive reply! Yes, the water testing can probably be done using a kit ordered online, or maybe there’s someone in my neighbourhood who does it – worth looking into.

    As far as the changing regions ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’ (never heard it called that before :-), yes, I’ve definitely experienced that – sometimes even just from moving house within the same region.

    Yes, what you’re saying makes sense. I’m sure your answer will put lots of other folks on the right track too!

    Take care,

    • Linda

      Hi Sean,

      Glad you got back with me. I am glad to know that you have found my answer satisfactory. I sure do hope as others embrace this information they will find similar value in it. goes without saying, really, that water will be the foundation for our body’s maintaining homeostasis. Good health doesn’t have a price tag…its priceless.


  • Why are all the comments semi-formal? I don’t know, but it seems this is just advertising the product.

    For the mineral water, you might look at Aquasana RO systems, or others, I think they have an addition for the taste and the minerals that can be added into the water.

    • Linda

      Hello Saif.

      I suppose this seems like an advertisement of sorts. My intention however was to review the product in the light of my research and recommend something that I felt was a good product. I own this system and I like it very much which I believe offers credibility to my recommendation.

      While I understand your suggestion for the RO system Aquasana, and I have read good things about this method, one of the reasons I have steered clear of it is because RO systems use a great deal of water, much of it wasted and I am trying to be conscious of our valuable resource by being conservative in how I use water. I did speak to this point in my post. While I have not looked at what is contained in the Aquasana mineral addition for me it is clear that the true balance of minerals is lost once it has been removed.

      I do appreciate your stopping in and reading and leaving me a comment. That takes time and I appreciate your time. Thank you for visiting my site.


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