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Water Contamination on Military Bases: A Widespread Problem

15 August, 2017 (16:11) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis, Uncategorized, Water News | By: admin

water contaminationThe military plans to examine hundreds of sites nationwide to determine whether chemicals from foam used to fight fires have contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water. Contamination from former or current military installations has ignited a nationwide review of water on or around bases that used a firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals. The checks are planned for 664 sites where the military has conducted fire or crash training. California seems to have the most sites, starting at 85.

The foam is used where potentially catastrophic fuel fires can occur, such as in a plane crash, because it can rapidly extinguish them. It contains perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOS and PFOA, both considered emerging contaminants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA said that it was assessing the potential risk from short-term exposure through contaminated drinking water. It later began studying the health effects from a lifetime of exposure. Those studies remain in progress. It seems that the chemicals may be associated with prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, along with other health issues.

While this process plays out to test drinking water and ground water around the military bases, the chemicals in soil or groundwater could continue to leach into drinking water, experts say. Officials say they have addressed sites with the greatest danger of drinking water contamination. They have also checked on-base drinking water and are providing clean water where needed. The rest of the process is slow, they say, because they must follow complex federal rules.

Erin Brokovich, who is best known for taking on Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California in 1993, is now fighting to protect our veterans and their families. She went on MSNBC’s “For the Record With Greta” to discuss the firefighting foam contamination. Brokovich will be taking part in “Operation Stand United,” a march by veterans on Washington, D.C. to bring light to toxic exposure and contamination taking place at America’s military bases.

The Myths Surrounding Reverse Osmosis Water

8 August, 2017 (21:58) | Uncategorized | By: admin

RO Drinking WaterThere have been a lot of negative blogs and comments on social media about drinking water from a reverse osmosis water filtration system (RO). Is it safe? The answer is, Yes! Some people even say that water from a RO is too clean and too pure. So, what’s the problem? We should be drinking the cleanest, purest water we possibly can. Reverse Osmosis is a normal film based filter that pushes water through a film-membrane from one side to the other. Water vapors and molecules are small enough to pass through the semi-permeable membrane, contaminants are not. The only difference is that the RO membrane is much more refined, which means it restricts more contaminants than other water filtration systems.

It’s important to note, RO systems will remove minerals from tap water. Removing minerals from tap water is also ok. Most people get the required minerals that they need by eating healthy foods, not by drinking water. A good example is: 1 glass of orange juice has the same amount of minerals as 30 gallons of water. What would you rather drink in the morning?

RO water has been used in the food industry for years. It is used in the dairy industry to produce whey protein powders and for the concentration of milk to reduce shipping costs.

Reverse osmosis is used globally throughout the wine industry for many practices including wine and juice concentration and taint removal; such as acetic acid, smoke taint and alcohol removal. With all the scientific research that has been done over the years on reverse osmosis water, none has ever documented any negative health effects from water treated by this method. In fact, RO technology was invented by the US military, and our military personnel still use it currently for drinking water.

You are probably reading this on social media, and if it makes you feel better, Google employees have on-site doctors, massage therapists, nutritionists, yoga classes and volleyball courts at their fingertips. They also have delicious RO drinking water too. The truth is, many of us have been drinking reverse osmosis water all our lives without even knowing it.

Water Pollution: Bad for Humans and Animals Alike

31 July, 2017 (21:13) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

 

water pollutionWhen we talk about drinking water contamination, we usually talk about the dangers to human health and what we can do to prevent our tap water from harming us. We look into water filters and other home drinking water systems which are incredibly helpful in removing drinking water contaminants in our homes, but what we don’t talk about enough is the harm it is causing to wildlife. Water pollution is a human crisis but it is also harming other living beings in many situations.

Water pollution in any ecosystem comes in many forms; we see toxic chemicals flowing into streams due to poor industrial practices, farm and agricultural waste are overloading rivers, trash from landfills are blowing into ponds, and the smog from city pollution is landing in waterways. Plus, water pollution doesn’t affect just the immediate area it is found – it can have an impact on wildlife hundreds or sometimes thousands of miles away!

Clean, freshwater is essential to human life but it is also essential to wildlife. About 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water in the world, and 2.4 billion don’t have adequate sanitation for water. But the pollutants that are harming us can make life difficult and sometimes just impossible to animals and other organisms just like it is making life hard for humans.

Human activity, especially when it comes to agriculture, has led to large increases in nitrogen and phosphorus levels in the environment. This can affect wildlife and plants – even creating dead zones where no life can be sustained.

Fish, plants, and mammals are all affected. Medications in drinking water are killing off fish and other species in record numbers. There have been cases where aquatic toxicologists are studying what happens to fish that live in water contaminated with at least 13 different medications — from over-the-counter painkillers to prescription antibiotics and mood stabilizers. The results are saddening.

Whether it is acid rain, toxic plastic waste being ingested, chemical runoff from pesticides and fertilizers on farms, wastewater and sewage being dumped by cruise ships or any of the other forms of serious water pollution, we need to think about wildlife and the impact it is having.

It is evident of the impact of water pollution on wildlife, and sadly the same toxins that are harming them can be harming us as well. Make sure to protect yourself and your family from these potential hazards with a water filtration system. Action starts with each individual. Let’s all try to make more eco-friendly choices and be more considerate of the environment.

 

Softened Water Means Softer Skin!

6 July, 2017 (14:28) | Hard Water Solutions, Water Softeners | By: admin

soft skinAhhhh … that feeling of clean, soft skin as you get out of the shower! There’s nothing quite like the smell and feel of freshly cleaned skin … don’t you agree? Well, if you have NO idea what we’re talking about, there could be something in your water that is sticking to your skin. When this happens, your skin can feel sticky or slimy, even after you get out of the shower or the bath. No, there’s nothing wrong with your soap or your skin – the culprit could be the result of hard water.

Hard water is one of the most common issues in US households – in fact, about 85% of homes in the country are known to have some level of hard water, and many of those homes do not have a water softener to remove hard minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Could this be what you’re feeling on your skin?

It most certainly could be! Hard water isn’t going to help your skin. It is known to create dry, itchy, irritated and slimy skin. In fact, people who have psoriasis often complain that their condition is worsened with hard water minerals.

What does hard water do to your skin?

For starters, the hard minerals we mentioned above, make it harder for water to form a solution with soap, and it leaves behind a scummy residue. Do you see white residue on your fixtures or dishware in your home? That same residue is left on your skin. That residue also clogs your pores the same way it clogs your pipes. Clogged pores can lead to breakouts and worsen skin conditions like acne or eczema. Experts also warn that the natural oils your body produces are distributed through the pores of your skin. When those pores are clogged, the oil gets trapped, and blemishes like pimples and zits form. Might not be genetics – might just be that you could benefit from softened water after all!

Dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross, told YouBeauty.com that many of the impurities in hard water, like iron and magnesium, can form free radicals that damage healthy skin cells. No one needs that in their life!  Our water softeners give you plenty of advantages that make the investment worth it; besides just ease of cleaning, laundering and saving your pipes, you’ll see better hair and skin as a result of eliminating hard minerals. Soft water is so beneficial to your skin – you’ll finally start to realize what soft, clean skin looks and feels like!

Removing Those Stubborn Hard Water Stains

19 June, 2017 (19:55) | Uncategorized | By: admin

Hard Water StainsHow many times have you stood in the grocery store aisle and wondered what product was going to help remove those nasty white hard water stains? That “stuff” is left behind when you have hard water. It is comprised of calcium and magnesium and it is tough to get rid of!

One of the easiest ways to get rid of water stains is to install a water softener in your home. By doing this, the hard water in your area will pass through a tank where the hard water minerals are removed and soft water enters your home.  It’s a simple process that can help preserve your faucets and pipes throughout your home.

Without all the calcium and magnesium in your water, you shouldn’t get those nasty hard water stains in your bathroom.  By installing a soft water system, or signing up for a soft water delivery service, you will be saving money on cleaning products, energy costs, and even clothes.  Hard water is tough on fabric and clothes just won’t last as long. Hard water also leads to replacing faucets and fixtures more often.

If you have already made the decision to install a water softener – Good for you! Now what are you going to do with those residual stains left on your counters, faucets, toilets, etc.? Well there are plenty of cleaning tips out there to help you get rid of them. Check out One Good Thing for some great tips.

One of the best cleaning tools is plain white vinegar. It’s easy on your home’s surfaces and it does an amazing job of removing hard water stains. Try adding a cup of vinegar to your dishwasher before you run the cycle. You will be amazed at how sparkling clean your dishes will be. It may take a couple cycles to completely rid dishes of the white film, but you will notice a difference right away.

Get rid of those hard water stains for good.  Install a soft water system in your home and enjoy the benefits of cleaner clothes, cleaner faucets, and peace of mind.

The Tragedy of Unsafe Water in California

1 June, 2017 (22:52) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

Irvine Unsafe Drinking WaterWe keep seeing that California has had plenty of snow and rain this winter. This is good news – it must mean that the drought is over and all the folks in CA have plenty of fresh quality drinking water now, right? Not so quick, almost 1 million people in the state are still being exposed to unsafe drinking water. Experts are calling this an emergency.

Because of the drought, private water companies were forced to help other disadvantaged communities. The effects of the drought are far more widespread than people know. Approximately 1 million people in rural areas of Central Valley still have dry wells and contaminated water supplies.

The health effects of the dirty water are frightening. Tainted water found in wells and public water systems in these areas contain everything from naturally occurring arsenic and uranium, to nitrate from fertilizer and dairy farm waste runoff. These contaminates can cause cancer and even death. The groundwater has become so contaminated, and now CA is starting to over-pump the resources, it is harder to make sure the water that people receive is safe.

Data shows that 292 California water systems contain contaminate levels so high they violate safe drinking water standards. This is a crisis, schools don’t even have clean, safe water coming out of their pipes. This is a water emergency. Many that are relying on water from a private well, can’t even shower and do laundry. When they turn on the faucet, air comes out. Wells are dry.

Many in these rural areas are relying on bottled water to drink and cook with. Some are even having to shower in portable showers in a local church parking lot. These areas are being forgotten. California is the 6th largest economy in the world and the people in the area are living in conditions like a third world country.

While we can’t do anything about the drought, we can certainly make sure your drinking water is safe to drink. A water filtration system has the ability to filter out most harmful contaminates you are going to find in your drinking water supply. We can evaluate the status of your water and give recommendations based on our findings. By installing a drinking water filtration system you will be protecting you and your family from water contamination.

Water Infrastructure Fails – What Now?

18 May, 2017 (20:16) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

bridge-918748_1280No one wants to get a failing grade when it comes to drinking water, but on the latest Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) has rated the nation’s drinking water systems a D grade and wastewater systems a D+ grade. They’re old, they’re falling apart and that means bad things for American’s drinking water around the country – and it’s not discriminating.

What does this mean exactly?

People around the country have been saying for many years that something should be done to preserve or maintain our drinking water and wastewater infrastructure but it seems as though now, we see that this investment in the country’s infrastructure is more necessary than ever. After what the nation witnessed in Flint, Mich., and the ongoing drought in the western U.S, it’s time to start thinking about what we all can and should do for our drinking water in our own homes while our government officials figure out what they’re going to – and that will not happen overnight.

Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance said it best when she said: “Water is essential to everything we do. Every community in the country relies on drinking water and wastewater service, and many sectors of our economy are completely reliant on water as well.” We believe that a D and D+ are unacceptable grades in a nation that leads the world in so many other aspects. She states, “…we need to make reinvesting in water a national priority.”

As American citizens we should be asking the question, “What is going to be done to secure the safety of our drinking water?” We should also consider what is NOT being done – and take action into our own hands by investing in a home drinking water system or reverse osmosis system that can reduce contaminants and improve the quality of tap and well water.

Why is America’s Water Contaminated?

Many water pipes and mains in the U.S. are more than 100 years old. Outdated infrastructure leads to a higher rate of main breaks, which can “allow contaminants to flow into the water supply. Additionally, most of the old water pipes are made of lead, which can leach into the water supply as the pipes age.” They’re behind the times but you don’t have to be!

 

PE Tank Service at YOUR Service!

11 May, 2017 (14:58) | Hard Water Solutions, Money Savings, Water Softeners | By: admin

portable-exchange-serviceWho doesn’t dream of maids and butlers, drivers and chefs catering to your every need or desire? Sounds wonderful in this crazy, busy world we are all living in doesn’t it? But the sad reality is that for the majority of us, we will never know that lifestyle. That’s okay though … our lives are still pretty wonderful as they are. When it comes to your softened water however, we can help provide some ease, service and a little dose of luxury, whenever you need it.

Hard water is annoying – it leaves behind a residue that takes a lot of work and a lot of soap and detergent to remove. When you invest in our portable exchange tank services, you will not have to worry about a thing.

There are so many advantages!

  • Same benefits as a water softener but no salt used in your home.
  • Regeneration takes place in a properly-designed facility with trained technicians.
  • One of our water treatment technicians will deliver softened water directly to your home as it is needed.
  • The frequency of the exchange of tanks will be monitored and determined as it is needed for a fee.
  • We can determine water demands based on your household size and level of water hardness.
  • There is no electricity required! No drain either!
  • One monthly fee allows you to have soft water without the work or the worry.

Anyone living with hard water – and that’s a LOT of you – knows how much of a nuisance it can be. Our portable exchange tank services are game-changing. Give us a call and try it out for yourself. You’ll be so happy you did!

What are the Pros and Cons of Reverse Osmosis

5 May, 2017 (16:43) | Uncategorized | By: admin

Rayne of Ventura Pro Con ListWhen you’re weighing the decision whether or not to invest in a reverse osmosis drinking water system, it is important to know the advantages as well as the disadvantages. When it comes to our products, we want you to know exactly what you’re in for – no surprises. Shopping would be a whole lot easier if everyone did that, don’t you think?

Reverse osmosis is a very common way to filter your home’s drinking water, especially if you suspect contamination or other issues. It’s one of the more affordable options and relatively simple to maintain. It’s important to take control of the safety and quality of your drinking water yourself; you cannot always rely on government officials or anyone else to ensure that your water is safe. If you are thinking about installing an RO system, here’s what you need to know before you buy.

The Pros

  • Reverse osmosis can remove 95-99% of total dissolved solids TDS, as well as chlorine, fluoride and other impurities.
  • Better-tasting food starts with better water. It is also a better choice to serve your family. Many of our current customers admit that their family members have begun to drink more water and consume less soda or sugary drinks.
  • RO systems do not consume energy, making them energy efficient. Yay!
  • These products can simply produce high-quality water for pennies on the gallon. It’s way cheaper than buying bottled water all the time – and way more environmentally responsible. Yay again!
  • The maintenance is pretty simple. Some intricate systems can be difficult to maintain, keep clean or to repair but our systems are easy and we can help. You’ll know when it’s time to change out the filters and membranes according to your system’s manual.

The Cons

  • There can be some clogging. At times, the tiny pores in the RO system can clog from the impurities if it isn’t maintained as it should be. Even common chlorine can damage an RO system. Maintenance is very important.
  • Takes patience and time because reverse osmosis works through the use of household water pressure and it does require time to go through the membrane as well as refill the tank.
  • You’ll need to replace the water filters. Though it isn’t super expensive, it is an ongoing maintenance item.

It’s pretty obvious that the pros beat the cons with this one. Join the millions of other people who have chosen reverse osmosis water filtration systems and are enjoying great-tasting and safe drinking water.

Unsafe Drinking Water in California is a Huge Problem

1 May, 2017 (18:40) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

It’s being estimated that 3,000 households have unsafe drinking water supplied to their homes in the San Diego area. Local area schools have been tested and have been told they have high levels of lead, copper and bacteria that exceeds the levels of safety. Drinking water contaminated with these elements, can lead to some serious health complications, and it is becoming more and more of a concern every day.

Even though the drinking water at the affected schools were shut off immediately, thousands of students had already been exposed. The health risks associated with drinking lead and bacteria contaminated water can be quite significant, which is a serious problem for students and residents.

It was determined that the contamination problem stemmed from plumbing that was outdated and in need of repair. Until the school system can replace the plumbing that caused the problem, students will be unable to drink the water. In the meantime, students are being provided bottled water and will continue to use bottled water until all repairs and testing is complete.

In addition to the lead, copper and bacteria found in schools, some areas in the state are dealing with uranium in their water as well. Testing revealed that their water had 5 times the maximum recommended levels of uranium present. Water contaminated with uranium can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea as well as liver and kidney damage.

Some other water concerns in the San Diego area, deal with their water supply. Approximately 3500 people have reported that they have dry wells. Testing has shown that tainted water in wells and public water systems in the San Diego area contain unsafe levels of uranium, fluoride, nitrate, and arsenic, per the state data.

Water contamination is a huge issue and not one we can afford to ignore. With our state dealing with so many water issues lately, we have seen more and more residents opting for water filtration systems in their homes. A water filtration system such as our RaynePure Plus or RayneClear Reverse Osmosis system has the ability to filter out the majority of major water contaminates, including lead, bacteria, and heavy metals such as uranium and copper.

It just isn’t worth it to take the chance that you, or your family, could be ingesting harmful contaminates from your drinking water. Having high quality, safe drinking water is something we rely on here in America, and it should be readily available for everyone. If you are ready for some peace of mind when you fill a glass from the tap, give us a call and we will help you find the right drinking water system to fit both your need and your budget.