Top 4 Alkaline Water Scams, and How to Avoid Them

The Kangen Water Machine is sold based on the claim that it “restructures” water, and makes hexagonal water molecule cluster that are smaller and easier to absorb than the water from other water ionizers. Kangen sales representatives use that claim to justify the high price of the Kangen Water machine, claiming that their machine does this better than any other. But does the Kangen Machine really make small water molecule clusters? No. There is no such thing as a water molecule cluster. Microclustering is an alkaline water scam used to bilk consumers out of thousands of dollars on overpriced machines. Microclustering is just one of four common alkaline water scams that you need to look out for when shopping for a water ionizer.

1. FDA Approved Plastics Scam

Much adieu about nothing: Some water ionizer companies claim that their ionizers are safer because they’re made with “FDA approved plastics”, which is a fancy term for food grade plastic. But the fact is, all water ionizers are made with FDA approved plastics – it’s the law. Even with FDA approval, there’s still some chemicals that can come from plastic – such as BPA. The FDA allows BPA to be used in food grade plastics.

FDA approved is not BPA free: The only truly safer plastic is BPA free plastic. When shopping for an ionizer, if you want to ensure that the plastics are safe, you should ask if the machine is made with 100% BPA free plastic.

2. Fake Lead Free Certification

Another common alkaline water scam is fake water ionizer certifications. The most common faked certification is WQA Gold Seal certification. WQA Gold Seal certifies that a product is 100% lead free. This scam is common among cheap, chinese-made water ionizers because WQA Gold Seal certification is expensive, and China has a real problem with lead-tainted products. Severe pollution in China from coal burning has lead to widespread contamination of foods, medicines, and other products.

Avoid Chinese-made water ionizers: Quality water ionizers are made in Korea and Japan, both countries have certification programs because water ionizers are used as medical devices. China does not have water ionizer certification programs, so there is no guarantee that chinese-made ionizers meet health standards.

3. “Dump and Run” Water Ionizer Companies

An all too common scam is companies that buy cheap, low quality water ionizers from China or Taiwan, put their own name on the ionizer, and then turn around and sell it to you at a huge markup. These companies typically undercut established brands on price, sell a bunch of low quality ionizer, and then when the customer complaints start to catch up to them, they close up shop and disappear.

Stick with established brands: Look for a brand that has been sold for at least 5 years. The best way to check is to go to the manufacturers website and see how long they have been in business. For example, the two companies that have been in business the longest in the US are Life Ionizers and Enagic. By buying established brands like these, you can be sure that the company you bought your ionizer from isn’t going to suddenly disappear if you have a problem with your ionizer.

4. The Artificial Alkaline Water Scam

The fourth alkaline water scam is a relatively new one. Some unscrupulous companies are claiming that water ionizers make “artificially alkaline water” and that it’s harmful to drink artificial alkaline water. The claim is an outright lie.

Artificial alkaline water is made by public water treatment plants when public drinking water is too acidic. The EPA requires that drinking water have a pH of at least 6.5, if it’s lower than that, a water utility will add slaked lime to water to raise its pH. In fact, if you live on the East Coast, it likely that the water coming out of your tap is artificial alkaline water. There is nothing wrong with treating acidic water this way, in fact it makes water supplies safer because acidic water corrodes pipes, and picks up toxins (think: Flint, Michigan). Water treatment plants in the US have been making acidic water artificially alkaline since the 1880’s. Slaked lime is a calcium compound, so it adds nutritious calcium to water.

Avoid companies that claim artificial alkaline water is bad for you: Companies that make this claim typically are selling a drinking water machine other than a water ionizer. They’re simply trying to scare you into buying their products.

Use Common Sense to avoid Alkaline Water Scams

If a company is making claims that seem too good to be true, they probably are. If you’re not sure about a health claim about alkaline water, ask the company to provide you with studies that back that claim up. Avoid doing business with companies that don’t sell established brands of water ionizer, so you don’t get stuck with junk. Read up about the science that a company claims about their product. If you find lots of skepticism about a particular claim, you should avoid doing business with that company.