How much does it cost to maintain the Lakota System?

$50-100 per year for filter replacements, depending on the Lakota system. About the same as one coffee from a gourmet coffee shop every three weeks (which is probably made with tap water).

How difficult is it to install the UC? Do I need to call a plumber?

No plumber needed! It takes approximately 30 minutes to install using our instruction guide. If you get stuck, call us anytime: 1-800-945-5782.

Will I need a plumber to install the Whole House unit?

Yes. The Whole House installation requires cutting into the main water lines and requires a plumber.

How will I know when to replace filters?

We send reminders indicating which filter(s) to replace or rotate.

We live in a city with severe contamination in the water supply. For example, we know of high lead and arsenic levels. Can the Lakota System help in this situation?

Yes. We have the capability to customize filtration systems to address severe or unusual problems. Very high levels of these two dangerous contaminants can be removed by using an Add-On Option (AO) to the standard Under Counter (UC) unit. Call us, and we can review your specific concerns and find an add-on option that is right for you.

Our city has high levels of Chromium-6 (also known as hexavalent chromium) in the water supply. What can we do?

The standard Under Counter Lakota System removes Chromium-6; however, no system removes 100% of any contaminant. When contaminant levels are high, an Add-On Option or Whole House unit is also recommended to maximize removal. An EPA report showed that Chromium-6 (also known as the “Erin Brockovich” chemical) was found in water supplies affecting 218 million Americans (more than half the country). Only California attempts to regulate it with an enforceable legal limit of 10 ppb. The public health goal however is .02 ppb since it is a known carcinogen. We are happy to provide a list of third-party water chemistry testing labs. Call or email us to discuss your specific needs.

There seems to be controversy regarding fluoride in drinking water. What position does Lakota Scientific take on this issue?

Fluoride can occur naturally or may be added to water by local municipalities. Many of our customers want to remove fluoride from drinking water, and we offer several options to do this. A note to consumers: fluoride is difficult to remove from drinking water and requires special medias! We have seen claims by others (even pour through types) that they remove fluoride. For more information visit: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/08/drinking-fluoridated-water-during-pregnancy-may-lower-iq-sons-controversial-study-says https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/a-call-for-reducing-fluoride-levels-in-drinking-water/ https://www.nap.edu/catalog/11571/fluoride-in-drinking-water-a-scientific-review-of-epas-standards

Why do we bundle replacement filters?

Bundling filter replacements into 2- and 4-year plans does a few things. It is more sustainable for the enviroment using less packaging, less gas to deliver, etc. Bundling replacement filters into packages saves on shipping costs. We save on shipping and pass those savings on to you. Can you order individual filters? Yes, but it will cost more.

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