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What do you look for in a water filter?

16 April, 2014 (15:46) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Minimizing water pollution from your own tap is one of the many reasons households are installing home water filters at a rapid pace. A drinking water system has an important job and you deserve the best product out there to do all it needs to do. After all, your water filter will be protecting your family from the adverse effects of many contaminants and minimizing your exposure to water pollution. You should pick the best drinking water system when it comes to the safety and quality of your tap water. Don’t settle for anything less than the best.

How to choose a water filterA drinking water system is also an investment and nobody wants to pay for something when it isn’t effective. Although some towns and cities have policies or have set up recycling programs to minimize environmental pollution, drinking water contamination is still an issue for much of the nation’s tap water. Water filters can remove heavy metals and contaminants to provide people with clean and softer water without the effort of hauling bottles from supermarkets, too.

When selecting a drinking water system, we recommend that you choose one that has a Gold Seal designated from the Water Quality Association (WQA). This program is dedicated to providing public health and safety services throughout the USA and globally, while maintaining expert service, superior reputation, and fair pricing. The Gold Seal Program offers certification of all products and chemicals that contact drinking water.

Our drinking water systems have this certification and others because it has been proven to be one of the best on the market in multiple categories. Wasting up to 90% less water than traditional reverse osmosis systems, our products are as eco-friendly as they are efficient. Our advanced water filtration technology represents one of the greatest moves in the drinking water industry since the introduction of reverse osmosis and as we face various reasons for need home water filters, let us do the work for you.

Major Flaw Identified in Municipal Water Supplies

8 April, 2014 (16:49) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Is your water safe? Always??The Clean Water Act was initiated to ensure the safety and cleanliness of our drinking water and it has certainly made a positive impact on the water industry in our country.  It is not a perfect system though and that was made abundantly clear with the West Virginia chemical spill back in January.  Freedom Industries spilled 10,000 gallons of toxic chemicals into West Virginia’s water supply.  They failed to immediately report the chemical leak and thousands of residents were subjected to tainted water before it was made public.

Not only was their drinking water affected, but residents were unable to even come in contact with the water it was so bad.  Then the problem was compounded when Freedom Industries admitted that there was second chemical that was included in the initial spill almost 2 weeks later.  The fact that this second chemical went undetected, despite intensive water testing is quite alarming and reveals a significant deficiency in how water companies test drinking water quality.

The EPA currently requires water companies to test for 80 different contaminants in drinking water supplies but it doesn’t require daily, weekly or even monthly testing of many of them.  Some tests are only conducted every 6 months or even up to a year apart.  If there is a problem during this time, residents would be drinking contaminated water – for months – without ever knowing about it.

Another flaw in this system is that while they do test for 80 different contaminants, there are tens of thousands of chemicals in use.  Water companies can only find contaminants they are actively looking for; there is no comprehensive screen for these other potentially harmful contaminants, which is why the West Virginia American Water Company was unable to detect the other chemical involved in the spill.  They were not required to test for it so they didn’t.

This has raised some major concerns as to the actual safety of the water we are drinking.  We tend to take it at face value that municipal water companies are providing safe, contaminate free drinking water, but now we must question whether or not they really are.  Consumers who drink water from a well know the importance of making sure it is filtered because of what contaminants they might ingest.  Now it makes even more sense for residents on a municipal water supply to have a second line of defense in their homes with a water filter system.  Water filtration systems are able to filter out many harmful chemicals that municipal water companies don’t detect as well as other chemicals they put into the water to kill what bacteria and viruses they know about.

 

 

NASA Involved in California Drought Crisis

27 March, 2014 (15:51) | Drinking Water System, Reverse Osmosis, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

The California drought has been in the news more than ever lately, mostly because more people are realizing the severity and complexity of the situation. Likewise, it could cause devastating issues down the road for the economy and residents around the state. Although there shows rain in the forecast, it may not be enough to make up for what has been called some of the driest months in recent history.

According to a recent article from Water Technology Online, NASA will be meeting with officials at the California Department of Water Resources to talk about the drought and what could be done to help. NASA can track the levels of underground aquifers using satellites, and plans on advising the state on how to keep those crucial water supplies from getting too low. This may be the information people have been waiting for and one way to deal with the future implications.

But how can a satellite in space monitor something like an aquifer which is deep below ground level? Good question. As the article explains, NASA geologist Tom Farr says one way involves sending radar signals down to earth. These signals can measure changes in surface elevation. “As you pump water out of an aquifer the ground actually does subside or sink,” Farr said, adding that when it rains and aquifers fill up the ground rises slightly. Another way NASA monitors groundwater levels is by measuring the mass of the Earth at various locations. Both of these methods are important because draining too much water from an aquifer can undermine its ability to store more water.

After their discussions, the state hopes to minimize some of the possible scenarios that could be a result of limited water in the aquifers. Residents, too, can do their part to minimize the water crisis by using and wasting less. You can conserve more water with the right drinking water system. Technology has evolved into eco-friendly solutions which waste less water than traditional reverse osmosis systems and filter water so that your family can enjoy great-tasting, safe drinking water. Contact us today to learn more about how our drinking water systems can conserve water. You can do the little things while NASA and the officials figure out the big things when it comes to these drought conditions.

California Drought Could Lead to Water Contamination

27 March, 2014 (15:43) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions | By: admin

The California drought is already affecting hundreds of thousands of residents around the state, but what else do we know about the implications we are facing in the future? Limited water supply could cause problems with how much water people will have or can use, but what about the quality of the water? Could this also be affected?

According to a recent article from Water Technology Online, experts in California have warned that the state’s drought conditions could actually lead to contaminated groundwater, putting our drinking water at risk. There are currently ten rural water systems where people with private wells have been identified by the California Department of Public Health as being at risk of running out of drinking water in 60 days because of drought. It is said that the drought has caused some contaminants already present in the groundwater to become concentrated, contaminating wells in these areas. With a normal level of rainfall, contaminant levels could be considered safe and measured under the limits, but the drought has created the risk of high levels of arsenic and other chemicals. State and public health officials promised to truck in water to the affected communities when necessary, but how long could this last?

Since private well owners are often left to their own testing, unlike public water systems. Residents have to monitor regularly for contamination, but there may be an easier solution to rely on. Would you make an investment in your water to ensure it is contaminant-free and protect your home? Our drinking water systems are eco-friendly and waste less water than traditional reverse osmosis systems. Our advanced technology allows residents access to a full amount of safe drinking water- even those residents who have wells. Give your family the tools to protect and conserve the water you have right now and prepare your home for the water you may have in the future. Contact us today to learn which of our drinking water systems would be best for your home.

 

Recycled Wastewater as Potable Water

25 March, 2014 (18:15) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

Water is the life blood of the Earth and all living things and unfortunately, there is a currently a distinct shortage of water.   Considering the ongoing droughts in Texas and in the Southwest we really need to look at alternative ways to conserve and reuse the water we currently have.  Water Technology recently published an article on recycled wastewater and potable water reuse that we found fascinating and thought really addressed our existing water crisis needs.

The majority of our Earth is covered in water so it shouldn’t seem as though we would ever have to worry about a water shortage.  The reality of the situation however is that of the 326 million trillion gallons of water in or on the earth, less than 1 percent (about 0.72 percent) of it is actually usable.  Then there is the additional dilemma of water not being located in adequate amounts in some parts of the world, even though others have an overabundance of freshwater.

Some states have begun looking at the possible ways in which we can recycle our wastewater; Southern California in particular has been a leader for many years in this regard.  While many states have completely overlooked the fact that wastewater is a fantastic source of essentially 100% reuse, there are others that have developed large scale projects looking at ways to convert wastewater into drinking water.

Currently, there are potable reuse technologies in the works that are more thorough than conventional treatments.  Even though the process begins with wastewater, they are ultimately able to produce even higher quality drinking water than conventional treatment plants that begin with “clean” surface water.  Utilizing multiple treatment configurations, they can essentially remove all microbial and chemical contaminants (including industrial and bio-chemicals) with exceptional effectiveness; conventional treatment plants are not capable of this type of water filtration.

Wastewater contains nitrogen, phosphorous nutrients and biosolids that can be used for agriculture as well as oils and grease that can be recycled as biofuels. Technology is currently available that can convert even the most contaminated water into safe high quality drinking water, however many consumers are still leery of drinking recycled wastewater.  We agree – it is hard to overcome the perception and stigma of wastewater even though it is readily available and can be successfully converted into safe and reliable quality drinking water.

We believe it is essential to look at alternative ways to conserve, recycle and reuse our existing water supplies.  Drinking water systems and water filters have seen some amazing advances these last few years and if we can overcome the perception of recycled water, it would go a long way toward solving the water crisis in the world.

 

The Developing Brain and Chemical Exposure

25 March, 2014 (16:45) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

In recent years it has become increasingly evident that expecting mothers must be extra cautious as to what they expose their unborn child to.  Some doctors have noticed the correlation between everyday chemical exposure and conditions such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia and lower IQ points.   As technology continues to advance, we find ourselves exposed to chemicals almost everywhere; the food we eat, water we drink, air we breathe, clothing we wear, vehicles we drive, our everyday environment is inundated with chemical exposure and it is adversely affecting our children.

drinking waterStudies have shown that certain chemicals and water contaminants are considered toxic to the developing brain.  Fortunately, some of them are banned in the US, however there are many that are not.  For example; lead, arsenic, fluoride in high concentrations, insecticides such as chlorpyrifos, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) used as a flame retardant found in children’s pajamas, furniture and electronics.  Doctors believe expose to these chemicals in utero can cause defects in the developing brain with effects ranging from a few lost IQ points to children suffering from severe autism.

Just because a mother might not feel the effects of low-dose exposure to these chemicals doesn’t mean that the developing baby won’t.  The brain is such a complex organ and in a vulnerable state during development so even small doses of exposure can cause potentially devastating results.  Considering the fact the scientists know very little about the effects of more than 99% of the chemicals currently on the market, it just makes sense to avoid them whenever possible, especially during pregnancy.

 

Some suggestions to take into consideration during pregnancy is to eat organic food whenever possible, stay away from paint thinners, strong cleaning agents and pesticides, get checked for lead exposure, and drink only filtered drinking water.  It is amazing how many of these chemicals can be leaked into our water supply and not all water filters are capable of removing them to the level where they are safe to drink.  If you are expecting, make sure you are taking extra precautions to what you are exposing your baby to.  If you are looking for a water filtration system that will effectively remove these harmful chemicals from your drinking water, give us a call and we will get you started on the right track to a healthier you and a healthier baby.

Businesses Also Facing Water Risks These Days

25 February, 2014 (17:25) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

Businesses in the western United States have one more thing to worry about these days – water. Not just contamination or impurities affecting their products, but the water shortage itself has them competing for water against consumers and other industries like agriculture and mining. Consumers and businesses alike are soon to be affected by the limited water supply and climate changes which are drying up many of our sources and leaving people to wonder what will happen in the future.

As population grows and the economy improves, millions of people are making their way back into the middle class, which tends to increase the demand for water and all of the things it is associated with. Cooking and personal hygiene are only a piece of the puzzle, as is the water it takes to produce the chemicals, materials, food, fuels, energy and other “stuff” associated with middle-class living and overall economic growth.

Water is a rising risk factor so much that dealing with these issues strategically and proactively may determine whether a company will sink or swim. According to a recent blog from Joel Makower of GreenBiz, “company awareness about water risk” is vital. The good news for the situation (and about the only good news) is that scarcity and risk drive innovation and new products on the market, and there’s a mini-boom taking place in water tech — everything from “filtration and desalination to sanitation and efficiency.”

Conservation is the key. In order to both protect yourself from impurities and harmful contaminants as well water waste, consider one of our eco-friendly drinking water systems which can filter  your water and reduce water waste. Our advanced water filter technology can save you up to 90% more water than traditional reverse osmosis systems and will allow you to do your part to conserve when this nation needs it most.

A Call to Conserve Water

5 February, 2014 (19:42) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Money Savings, Reverse Osmosis, Water News, Water Waste | By: admin

With California’s Governor Jerry Brown declaring a drought emergency for the state of California and considering the drastically reduced lake levels this year, it makes sense to take a look at ways we can conserve water in our own homes.  Another argument for water conservation is the exorbitantly high water bills California has in comparison to other states and with the water supply rapidly dwindling those rates are sure to increase.

Lake Folsom in northern California illustrates this crisis perfectly.  The lake is capable of holding 977,000 acre feet of water and it currently only holds 200,000.  As it sits right now, lake levels are dropping several feet per day and long lost gold mining towns are emerging and a bridge that once was buried under water now has water flowing beneath it.

So what impact does this drought have on the residents of California?  Well Governor Brown has asked that residents reduce their water usage by at least 20%.  A good portion of that reduction can come from reducing landscape irrigation which comprises about 80% of daily household water usage.  This solution is fantastic for the time being, however what about future water shortages and drought?

California is a mostly arid state and water is always at a premium.  The quality of the California water supply has also had its share of problems; the huge agricultural industry continues to contaminate the ground and subsequently the water supply with harmful chemicals.  Nitrates in our water supplies continue to be a pervasive problem that calls for many residents to run their water through a water filtration system before consuming.

When considering water conservation along with water filtration systems,  there is only one logical conclusion to make.  A reverse osmosis system will certainly do the job of removing harmful contaminants from drinking water, however it can waste up to 27 gallons of water for each gallon of water it filters.  A LINX Drinking Water System, on the other hand, uses up to 90% less water to filter the same amount of drinking water.  With our water supply already in jeopardy, switching over to a LINX Water Filtration System is the only environmentally smart decision to make.

Nothing’s Better Than a Hot Cup of Tea

13 January, 2014 (16:13) | Drinking Water System, Hard Water Solutions, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

January is National Hot Tea Month and we will agree with millions of other people around the world that there is nothing quite as soothing and relaxing as a cup of tasty, hot tea. For thousands of years, tea has been recognized as a key to good health, and even in today’s modern world it is still touted as having many useful health benefits. Experts agree that all tea is good ; however, we say that all good tea starts with great water.

According to a recent article from WCPO News, green tea consists of natural compounds called polyphenols which may actually protect against several cancers, including those of the prostate, GI tract, lungs, breast, and skin. Likewise, those tea polyphenols strengthen bones and protect against fractures. Furthermore, those who drink tea could see improvements in mood, concentration and performance.

How you make your tea matters and it can certainly affect the final outcome as many tea drinkers know. It takes good water to make good tea. When you have contaminants in your tap water, flavors can be altered or overpowered by the less-appealing flavors of minerals or chemicals which could be present in your tap water. Experts and tea aficionados alike agree that it is best to use purified water or filtered water to avoid any issues that may affect the taste of your tea. Hard water should always be filtered for the best tasting tea. Water filters are available for those with specific water problems or a desire for truly excellent water.

Many people use tap water and boil it on their stovetop before adding the tea. However, boiling contaminated tap water could actually make some contaminants more concentrated and worse for your health. Boiling nitrate-contaminated water does not make it safe to drink and actually increases the concentration of nitrates.

For consumers, the best choice for making great-tasting tea and other beverages is tap water filtered by our home drinking water systems. Our drinking water systems remove harmful contaminants and other pollution which could affect the taste of your water and in turn, your tea. For something that is so good for you to drink, shouldn’t it taste as good too? With one of our water filtration systems, it can!

Habit of Hydration

1 January, 2014 (08:31) | Drinking Water System, Uncategorized | By: admin

Cooler weather here in California has many of us changing our habits. Whether you are exercising inside or staying cooler from the hot summer sun, one habit that shouldn’t change is staying hydrated. Many people believe that drinking water is only important during extreme temperatures or when performing extensive exercise activity, but the truth is that staying hydrated all day, every day no matter what the season will lead you to a healthier, happier life.

The cooler weather tends to have us feeling refreshed and thirst is the last thing we are thinking about. When we don’t feel thirsty, we don’t drink as much. However, keeping up with your exercise routine even in cooler weather has plenty of benefits. It is a great way to cure those “winter blues.” It also increases your energy levels, as long as you continue to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of quality water is essential because you can become just as dehydrated in cooler weather as you can in the heat, and we tend to drink less in the cooler weather because it isn’t on our minds.

To stay hydrated even in the cooler temperatures, experts encourage people to stay away from sugary soft drinks and stick with filtered tap water from a drinking water system. This tap water, free of potentially harmful contaminants, will have you feeling better and looking better all year long. Our home drinking water systems work to effectively reduce contamination through the most advanced drinking water technology and keeping you hydrated and healthy. Hydration habits shouldn’t be forgotten when the cooler weather hits. Staying hydrated all year long is an important part of our daily routines and our drinking water systems are the perfect tools to help you remember to drink quality water daily.