Reverse osmosis water purification scam: Hidden camera investigation (CBC Marketplace)

- October 3, 2018



Clean Water, Dirty Tricks: Marketplace goes undercover to expose the techniques used in door-to-door sales of water purification systems — devices that can cost thousands of dollars, but which most people simply may not need.
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Comments (2189)

  • Nothing of quality requires a salesman.

    TheSoloAsylum - 5 months ago

  • Although I agree that we have the safest water, but what about those rusty water pipe where the water runs??

    Mila Navecilla - 5 months ago

  • Switch to copper

    DLTD - 5 months ago

  • I believe this is a scam, but simply calling your city water and taking their word for it is not proving the scammer wrong for all I know that manager could be lying to you just as much as the scammer. 4:55
    If you really want to prove theirs nothing wrong with Milton's water actually test it and show us the results, there will be no 2nd thoughts then.

    Nerdlin Geeksly - 5 months ago

  • Though these people are scammers, I have to admit that I drink distilled water myself. I can't stand the taste of our water. It looks fine and all, but the taste and smell is nauseating. I can't stand to drink it (or even use it to brush my teeth). I haven't run any tests on it. I just know it smells bad, probably because it's aquafer water (I live in Kansas, USA). That said, at $0.65 a gallon for distilled water, a $3,500 water purification system is about 5,384 gallons of water (and distilled water has far fewer contaminants than RO water). I use about a gallon a day, so that's over 14 years of water if I bought their system (not counting filter costs). If their system required no filters (which RO systems always do), then that system would have to last over 14 years without maintenance just to break even on the cost of buying it. I'm going to stick with my gallons of distilled water, personally. (And, as for those trace minerals you "need" from tap water, there are plenty of other ways to get them without having to choke down nauseatingly gross-smelling tap water. However, maybe Canadaian tap water is better the US tap water. We do, after all, have places like Flint, Michigan...)

    Quagthistle - 5 months ago

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