SOURCE: Matt Argall Entrepreneur

March 11, 2014 07:05 ET

Matt Argall Looks to Venture Into the Water Filtration Industry

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - Mar 11, 2014) - When chemicals spilt into the drinking water of Charleston, West Virgina, in January, leaving 300,000 citizens without tap water, concerns were raised about the ability of the United States to maintain its high quality of drinking water. Even though the U.S. has one of the safest water supplies in the world, this incident showed that Americans cannot always rely on the quality of the water running out of their taps. "We often don't think about where our water comes from," said Steve Fleischli, director and senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Water Program in Los Angeles. "Yes, you may have a water treatment plant, but if your water source is not protected, people face a real risk."

This uncertainty increases the need for water filtration purification systems. Research supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are up to 16 million waterborne illnesses per year associated with drinking water. Filtration systems can significantly reduce contaminants, including heavy metals, industrial pollutants, agricultural pesticides, pharmaceuticals, microbial cysts, and chlorine taste and odor. Given the increasing need for filtration systems and the fact that there is only one key player on the US market, Matt Argall is now looking to venture into the water filtration industry.

Argall is especially looking into systems that filter biochemical residues and could be applied to showers, refrigerators, faucets and the like. Many companies use activated carbon as their main technology to achieve clearer and better water. While carbon does remove chlorine and improves the taste and odor of the water, it is rather inefficient when it comes to binding other chemicals. Available technologies that are worth exploring for their application in water filtration systems are activated alumina, which follows a similar principle as activated carbon, but also filters arsenic, fluoride, uranium, and selenium. Another option is ion exchange, which can tackle copper or heavy metals, and electrodialysis, a technology that is very effective in removing fluoride and nitrate and can also remove barium, cadmium, and selenium. With mishaps such in Charleston occurring more and more frequently, there is a clear need for filtration systems that can handle biochemicals, a need that Matt Argall is building on in his latest business venture.

Matt Argall was born in Los Angeles, California where he spent the first year of his life, followed by the family's move to Canada in 1981. When Matt was eight years old, his parents sold their Canada-based chiropractic business to return back to US. Matt went to school in Florida, where at the young age of 17 he helped his best friend at the time to save a big online company. They soon purchased items on eBay, put them on display, posted their products on eBay and sent sold items directly to their buyers. This early success story laid the groundwork for Argall's later success story that was fostered through his involvement in the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International, where he made many important contacts and learnt valuable lessons. Matt has founded numerous successful businesses in various industries. Never one to rest on his laurels, he is always on the lookout for new business ideas and with his many years of experience his latest endeavor is bound to be a success.

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