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How do Americans feel about their water?

Every two years, the Water Quality Association (WQA) surveys Americans about drinking water. In the most recent inquiry from early 2017, the organization asked 1,710 adults over the age 18 about all things water. This was the sixth WQA survey in thirteen years, and it yielded a significant finding: Awareness of water issues is on the rise for Americans.

Water Contaminants

In the 2017 survey, when asked about perceived contaminants in drinking water, one-third (about 33 percent) of the respondents named lead as a potential concern. This number more than doubled since 2015, when only 15 percent identified lead as a contaminant. Also in 2017, 43 percent of those surveyed acknowledged they learned of water issues from the media. This was up from 27 percent just two years earlier.

The Lead Factor

Given the lead water crisis of Flint, Michigan, beginning in 2014 and continuing into the present, it’s not surprising to see big increases in these percentages. Across the country, people are mindful of the difficult lessons learned in Flint.

The Municipal Responsibility

Another compelling number emerged from the 2017 survey. Three out of four respondents (75 percent) said that they believe the “primary responsibility for ensuring safe drinking water lies outside their home, with the municipality.” This understanding is correct: Throughout the United States, municipalities control the local drinking water supply. In fact, when someone wants to know the level of water safety flowing into his or her own home, he or she can request a Consumer Confidence Report from local water authorities.

Protective Measures

However, as the Flint crisis has shown, governments are not always fulfilling their promises when it comes to the safety of drinking water. A water filter system is one way to ensure the safety of your drinking water.

A Reliable Solution

The Coway Aquamega 100 was developed and designed by a team of researchers, including twenty-three water specialists certified by the WQA, to develop the Coway Aquamega 100 triple-filtration system. The Coway Aquamega 100 filters water from your faucet to reduce contaminants by up to 99 percent. This can give you and your family extra peace of mind, because you can help control the safety of your water.


1Coway air purifiers have been proven to trap dust, pollen, dander, viruses and bacteria in the air based on KCL (Korea Conformity Laboratories) testing.They have been tested in a 30㎥ size chamber according to the Korea Air Cleaning Association standard (SPS-KACA 002-132:2022 Modified) to measure the 0.01㎛ size of particle removal rate. It was tested on maximum airflow speed in normal room temperature and humidity conditions. The performance may vary in the actual living environment of customers.
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299.97% of viruses, bacteria, fungi and pollen were verified to be removed from the air for Coway air purifiers which have Green True HEPA™ filter applied based on the Japan Food Research Laboratories(JFRL) testing according to JEM 1467 standard.
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→ All tested by JFRL and received above result within below time.

All tested by JFRL and received above result within below time.

- Virus: Tested with Escherichia coli phage ΦX174 NBRC 103405, 60 minutes
- Bacteria: Tested with Staphylococcus epidermidis NBRC 12993, 60 minutes
- Fungi/Mold: Tested with Penicillium citrinum NBRC 6352, 60 minutes
- Pollen: Tested with Cedar Pollen extract, 60 minutes

3Aerosol test conducted in a Biosafety level 3 laboratory with two Coway air purifier models, Coway Airmega 250 and 400 for removal of SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol by US based MRI Global, a not-for-profit laboratory and partner of US Department of Defense. The test was conducted in a 13.1ft3 chamber. Virus was aerosolized for 15 minutes and the product was turned on high for 2 minutes. Result showed each product effectively removed over 99.98% of the SARS-CoV-2 in 2 minutes. This is a result from a laboratory experiment condition and result may vary in different conditions. This result does not imply it kills SARS-CoV-2 or prevents the transmission of Covid-19. Coway Airmega 250S and 400S are identical to the tested models and has equal performance with an additional mobile connectivity function.

4The concentration of ammonia, acetaldehyde and acetic acid were proven to be removed within 30 minutes by FCG Research Institute, Inc. Human Life Science Lab. It is not a demonstration result in the actual use space. Not all odors and gases may be supported. → Tested with Coway Airmega 150, 160, AP-1512HH, AP-1512HHS, 400, 400S

5The coverage area of the air purifier is based on an area where the air cleaner can make two air changes per hour (ACPH). An air change per hour translates to how many times an air purifier can clean an area, assuming the height of a ceiling to be 8 ft, in one hour. Therefore ** means two air changes per hour means that the cleaner can clean the area once every 30 minutes and * means air changes per hour means that the air purifier can clean the area once every 60 minutes.

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