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More Fears Surrounding Water Contamination

25 April, 2016 (21:28) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

The Flint lead water contamination crisis has topped national headlines, and now a small town in upstate New York, is afraid that they are next in line for an epic water contamination crisis. According to the NY Times, residents have called 911 asking whether the water would burn their skin off, families have lined up to have their blood drawn and their water wells tested, banks have suspended any new mortgages and even Erin Brockovich has been to town. Not good news by any means! This time the offender is an, as yet unregulated, contaminate called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a toxic chemical which is a byproduct of Teflon manufacturing.

PFOA has been linked to an increased risk for thyroid disease, cancer and some serious complications in pregnant women. Like Flint, it was discovered in the water supply more than a year and a half ago, however it wasn’t until just recently that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a warning to residents. State and local officials continued to assure the public on several occasions that their drinking water was safe, even after the EPA recommended discontinuing use of the area’s water wells. Needless to say, residents are scared, angry and looking for solutions to make their water safe again.

The state of New York has pledged $10 million to install new water filtration systems in the village and as of a month ago, officials announced that a temporary filtration system had been installed and that the village’s water mains were in the process of being flushed. However, many residents feel that the damage has already been done – tales of mysterious illnesses, strange smelling tap water and orange goo in the river are common themes in the area.

Here in America, we are privileged to have some of the cleanest and safest water in the world, the problem with this is that many Americans become complacent about water safety. Too often, residents just take it for granted that their water is safe and never even have it tested. Situations like those in Flint, and now in New York, will hopefully lead to more vigilance in water testing and installation of home water filtration systems. Many drinking water filtration systems are able to filter out lead and other harmful contaminates like PFOA before they have the opportunity to do any lasting damage.

The scariest part of these water contamination issues is that they went unnoticed or unaddressed for way too long. Homeowners need to take action and make sure that the water they are drinking and serving their families is safe and contaminate free. Installing a point of use drinking water system will ensure they are only drinking the safest water possible. Even if an unknown or unregulated contaminate finds its way into their water supply, they will still be protected. Here at Rayne of North County, we can help test your water and find the right water filtration system to fit both your budget and your water filtration needs, visit our website at www.raynewater.com/northcounty/ to see how we can help.

Water Conservation: Now We’re Cooking!

21 March, 2016 (16:56) | Drinking Water System, Money Savings | By: admin

water savingsLearning how to conserve water has become a lifestyle change. Let’s look at it in terms of a diet; a diet is a temporary set period of time where we deprive ourselves of something, a lifestyle change is a permanent new way of thinking and becomes a natural part of our everyday routine. Water conservation is a lifestyle change that Californians must embrace if we are going to survive and prosper during this ongoing water crisis. Today we are going to look at new concepts of water conservation in the kitchen – habits we can all incorporate into our daily routine.

One of the first things to consider is the food we are consuming. All food production incorporates water to produce, but some takes more than others. Beef production, for example, is one of the largest water consumers out there; it takes almost six times more water to produce one gram of beef protein than it does a gram of protein from other plant-based sources such as lentils or beans. There are even some restaurants in California that have limited beef on their menu now and some have even taken to not serving beef on certain days of the week, in an effort to conserve water.

Another change we are seeing in our kitchens is the way food is being prepared. Cooks are steaming more and boiling less, using cold water instead of hot to fill pots, recycling used water for plants and landscaping, defrosting food in the fridge instead of in water and even scraping food off plates instead of pre-rinsing them. One restaurant chef in Big Sur gained notoriety by actually rigging up an air compressor to blow food off plates before putting them in the dishwasher. Obviously this isn’t something a home cook would do, but the ingenuity speaks to a greater commitment of water conservation. 

The type and quality of food we are seeing is changing as well; if you’ve noticed in the grocery store lately, many fruits and vegetables are noticeably smaller than they were before the drought. They also tend to ripen at a much faster rate and if not eaten quickly, can be wasted. The upside of this is that their flavor is much more concentrated. When fruit doesn’t receive an abundance of water during the growing process, their cells won’t retain water, which means that they will be smaller, but more intensely flavored. Dry-farmed fruits and vegetables is actually a preferred method for some growers to gain better flavor. So when you see those smaller fruits and vegetables in the produce section, don’t pass them up – they are most likely delicious.

We realize that water conservation in our kitchens is probably a drop in the bucket in the overall scheme of things, however it does make a difference. Choosing the right water filter is another great way to conserve water; check out our LINX high-efficiency drinking water system It is just one more way to help residents gain some control over a situation that they have no control over. This is going to be a long-term issue for Californians, so committing to a water conserving lifestyle now will definitely make a difference in the long run.

E. coli in American Drinking Water

8 March, 2016 (17:25) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions | By: admin

E. coli is nothing to mess with, that’s why when bottled water is recalled to due E. coli contamination, most people pay attention. Hopefully, enough people are aware though. It’s not the first time this has happened and unfortunately, it probably won’t be the last. Drinking water that doesn’t run through a water filter first is getting quite the bad rap lately. Last year, an article from CNN discussed how Niagara Bottling LLC was removing some of its products. In fact, 14 brands of bottled water were recalled due to possible E. coli. Now, there is another article that shows how some of our home septic systems could also be adding E. coli to our drinking water.

In the first situation, the company claimed that the recall was not really due to water contamination but due to caution. There apparently were no signs of its product being contaminated or reports of consumers falling sick, it said. Either way, something sparked the recall and consumers deserved to know how to protect themselves from contaminants – especially with bottled water! The recall began when the plant was notified by the Department of Environmental Control and the Department of Agriculture of the positive test result for E. coli.

This “voluntary” recall affected water bottled from June 10 through 18 in two Pennsylvania plants only. The company’s spokesperson said those two facilities represent less than 3% of Niagara’s overall volume. Right after, there were several negative samples which led the company to believe that it was just the one bad lab result. Their claim was that water goes through a strenuous disinfection process, which “is working perfectly, because it’s killing every bacteria.” This may be such, but the circumstances showed that positive results CAN and WILL happen at some point. Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. Some kinds of E. coli can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, and other illnesses.

Septic systems are not functioning like they need to be and Michigan State ​University ​researchers ​have sampled 64 ​river systems ​in the state ​for E. coli and ​the human fecal ​bacteria B-​theta and found just that – ​freshwater ​contamination ​is stemming from ​septic systems. We now need more evaluation of ​water quality ​and health ​implications ​and the impact ​of septic ​systems on ​watersheds. ​

Too many consumers rely on bottled water because they believe it is “safer” than tap water, but this is just not true. This article stands to debunk the myth that bottled water is safer than the water from your tap. It is also way more expensive and much less eco-friendly. Skip the bottled water and consider a home drinking water system. Your tap water can benefit from a water filter  and you’ll enjoy safe drinking water without the worry of drinking water contamination, failed sample tests or adding to toxic waste in landfills. Bottled water has so many disadvantages – give your tap water the ultimate advantage with one of our drinking water systems.

Contact our water treatment technicians today and see what home water filter would be best for your household and your family. Whether your threat is from bottled water or your home’s septic system, you’ll be safer than ever.

 

 

 

The Infamous Fluoride Debate

4 March, 2016 (20:10) | Uncategorized | By: admin

Ahhh… yes. The infamous fluoridation debate that has experts grappling with whether or not adding fluoride to drinking water is good or bad for consumption. In our humble opinion, the fact that this is even a controversy in and of itself deserves some attention and concern. And if you’re living without a drinking water system in your home or if yours doesn’t filter fluoride from your tap water, you’ll want to keep reading.

The largest contributor to human fluoride intake is fluoridated water supplies which is exactly why it is a controversial issue. Fluoride is the simplest anion of fluorine. Its salts and minerals are important chemical reagents and industrial chemicals, primarily used to produce hydrogen fluoride for fluorocarbons. Supporting dental health is one of the biggest advantages and reasons for adding to tap water decades ago, but others claim that we get enough fluoride from other sources to need it on our water. Do the risks and dangers of over fluoridation outweigh the benefits? Many people aren’t sure anymore.

According to a recent article from Water Technology®, anti-fluoridation efforts have been increasing throughout the U.S. in recent years. Some communities have been removing fluoride from their drinking water through water filtration equipment. Equipment can be installed in areas with fluoridated public water supply or with private wells that have naturally occurring fluoride in the water. It is important to remember, however, that not all towns or cities have this equipment.

So why should you be concerned in the first place? The most important reasons are because water fluoridation might cause serious health problems, is not effective enough to justify the costs, and has a dosage that cannot be precisely controlled throughout the water distribution system. More adverse effects come when fluoride occurs naturally above recommended concentration levels. Unfortunately, this does happen. Over fluoridation isn’t overly common in this country, but there have been some cases that resulted in illness and death.  

So what do you do if you want to avoid fluoride in your tap water but your city’s water treatment plant doesn’t include water filtration equipment to remove the fluoride? You install a home drinking water system  that can. Our water filters and other drinking water systems are capable of removing many contaminants from your drinking water without wasting too much water and too much energy. Not all water filters are capable of removing fluoride from drinking water. Proven methods include reverse osmosis, particularly at the home level.

The fluoride controversy isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. As we move forward, developed and tested water technology can control the fluoride content of the water entering their own homes and is the best solution for individuals with their family’s health in mind. Is fluoridation worth the risk? The margin between toxic and safe is too narrow. Even the safe upper limit may be toxic to human health.

 

 

 

Do Counter Top Water Filters Work?

1 March, 2016 (17:19) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

We are fortunate to live in a country where we have somewhat unlimited access to clean, healthy, drinking water.  That being said however, there are still impurities in our water supply system that can be harmful for human consumption. From heavy metals to bacteria to pharmaceuticals, many of these contaminates find their way into our drinking water which is why we need to be vigilant in making sure we are filtering out these contaminants to protect us and our families.

There are numerous different water filtration systems on the market today, ranging from a pitcher in the fridge to high end drinking water systems; does it really make a difference which one you buy? The short answer is YES, it definitely makes a difference! It would be wonderful if we could just all go out and purchase an inexpensive counter top water filter or install a simple water faucet filter, but unfortunately they have limits on what they can do.

The biggest concern with a basic single stage water filtration system is that they give a false sense of security; homeowners think they are protecting their family from water contaminates when in fact they aren’t really filtering out much at all. Due to the fact that most of these types of water filters rely on carbon filtration only, they are ineffective in filtering out a whole host of contaminates. Carbon filtration will filter out chlorine and some other minor contaminates, but they leave behind some pretty major ones.  

Counter top water filters, water faucet filters and your basic filtration pitcher are not able to filter out many dangerous contaminates; arsenic, fluoride, nitrates, radium, asbestos, bacteria, human viruses, chromium, microbes, perchlorate and uranium can all penetrate past these simple water filters and can cause some serious illnesses and even death. They are also ineffective in filtering out inorganic minerals and pharmaceuticals which more and more are making their way into our water supply every day.

For truly effective water filtration, homeowners must look to reverse osmosis filtration or ion-exchange water filtration. Both types have the ability to filter out over 99 percent of these harmful contaminates, leaving you with the cleanest, safest drinking water available. While both are equally effective, choice tends to come down to preference and efficiency. RO systems provide superior tasting water, but with a significant amount of water waste. LINX Drinking Water Systems provide equally superior water, but with the ability to customize taste and without the water waste seen in RO systems. Whichever way a homeowner decides to go, they will be assured that their water is safe to drink.

Water Softener Bans

29 February, 2016 (19:23) | Hard Water Solutions | By: admin

California is facing a water crisis of epic proportions and has been for several years now. With the available water sources dwindling and no end to the drought in sight, the state of California has been looking at other alternatives for their water supply. This has led them to look at utilizing wastewater where they can. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) water recycling can be used for agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, toilet flushing, and replenishing ground water basins among other things.

The problem with much of the wastewater in California is that it is contains a high level of total dissolved solids (TDS); a lot of this has been attributed to the widespread use of inefficient water softeners in the region. Many parts of California have hard water and a vast number of residents employ the use of water softeners to alleviate the problem. Since the majority of water softeners are salt based, the discharge of sodium into the ground can be quite significant. In some instances, they can discharge a pound of sodium and potassium in the sewer system every day.

This contamination of waste water has led many communities to ban the use of water softeners. The bans started about six years ago and are continuing to spread to other communities throughout the state. There are currently more than 25 counties that have banned the use of water softeners and those numbers are expected to grow. So what other options are there for homeowners who are faced with hard water?

Hard water is more than just a nuisance, it can wreak havoc on household appliances, pipes and even hair, skin and clothing. If a home has hard water, some sort of action must be taken, and if a water softener is not an option then a Portable Exchange (PE) Tank Soft Water Service  is a great option. The PE Tank Service provides the same benefits of a water softener but without the use of salt and as a consequence, salt discharge.

The regeneration of the water takes place in a state of the art facility by trained technicians. The water is stored in a portable tank that is then delivered to the home by a Rayne technician. The tanks do not require any electricity and no drains because a technician simply exchanges the tank when it is empty. The frequency of the exchange will depend on the number of individuals living in the home and the level of the water hardness. The PE Tank Service is an excellent option for areas with a water softener ban in effect as well as for homeowners who don’t want to be bothered by having to service and maintain a water softener but still enjoy the convenience of softened water.

How to Drink More Water and Avoid Kidney Stones

26 January, 2016 (17:49) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Have you ever had kidney stones? Do you know someone who has? If so, then you probably know that they’re in no way enjoyable whatsoever. The good news is that drinking water can help! The key is to know how to drink more water during the day and to monitor your intake properly. Once you make drinking more high quality drinking water part of your daily routine, or you use a water filter to remove harmful contaminants in order to increase your water intake, you’ll be feeling better and hopefully can reduce your chances of having kidney stones.

A recent article from the University of Chicago gives some very helpful tips for drinking more water and making it a part of your healthier lifestyle all while avoiding severe risks of kidney stones. The article begins by giving ways to drink more; start increasing your daily water intake slowly but surely. Don’t try to overdo it the first day or even the second. While drinking more water is a simple way to reduce the risk of kidney stones, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Set new goals each week or each month to increase consumption. It’ll easily and slowly become a part of your normal routine. The article then says to be willing to spend time using the restroom. Most people avoid drinking water to avoid having to use the restroom. This is not a good excuse – better hydration means less risk of kidney stones. Would you rather spend a little extra time in the bathroom or in the ER with a kidney stone? Lastly, be willing. Make the time to drink water and reap the consequences and don’t wait until you are out of work to drink all your water. Intermittent dehydration can be a real problem. Drink water throughout your day, even if you are at work. Plus, input doesn’t always match the output. Four factors make the answer of how many times you’ll be running to the restroom harder to come by: sodium intake, geographical location, occupation, and exercise.

Other tricks which can help you drink more water include investing in a fancy water bottle, adding fruit to your water like lemons, watermelons, raspberries and grapes, downloading an app to help you track progress, eating your water through fruits and vegetables, using a straw, and also investing in a home drinking water system. As you increase your water intake to reduce kidney stones, you’ll want to ensure that the water you’re drinking is safe and pure. A home drinking water system will filter out harmful contaminants and also provide you with safe, great-tasting drinking water. If your water tastes good, then you’ll want to drink it! Contact our water treatment company today to learn which of our drinking water filters would work best for your new healthier lifestyle. Making a commitment to your health and avoiding painful kidney stones starts with drinking more water! Day by day, we can work together to support your kidney health! To read the full article, click here http://kidneystones.uchicago.edu/how-to-drink-enough-water/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Unnoticed Water Contamination Issue

19 January, 2016 (16:52) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

Glass of water

Flint, Michigan’s problem with lead contaminated drinking water has made headlines across the nation. Residents in the area complained about the odor, taste and appearance of their water soon after state officials switched its supply source from Lake Huron to the polluted Flint River. Their complaints went largely unnoticed and unanswered for nearly TWO YEARS before officials finally acknowledged the lead contamination problem.

The state Department of Environmental Quality admitted their mistake of failing to require the addition of corrosion-control chemicals to the water which lead to the contamination. Now the city of Flint is in a state of crisis; President Obama even pledged five million dollars in federal aid to assist in the effort to provide much needed water filters and other water filtration supplies for Flint residents.

Lead contaminated drinking water can lead to permanent brain damage, especially in children … and unfortunately the damage is irreversible. Pediatricians fear that the Flint children found with elevated lead levels will suffer lifelong consequences from this problem. Lead poisoning is also associated with gastrointestinal problems, headaches, irritability, fatigue, kidney dysfunction and high blood pressure in both children and adults. So how could something this serious go either unnoticed or unacknowledged for so long?

Many fingers have been pointed at the Department of Environmental Quality as well as to Governor Snyder. Bottom line however, an attempt to cut costs was the main catalyst for this crisis. This type of problem is not unique; companies looking to save a few dollars have dumped toxic chemicals into the water supply leading to water contamination and others have cut back on safety measures which has led to chemical spills. It happens way too frequently, which makes water filtration all across America a necessity, now more than ever before.

A water filtration system, such as an RO system or a LINX Drinking Water System can filter out lead and other harmful contaminates before they have the opportunity to reach the tap. They can help homeowners filter out known contaminates, but they are also an extra step of protection for those unknown contaminates that may sneak into the water supply. While the water contamination problem would have still existed in Flint, the lead poisoning residents are seeing in their children would have been completely avoided if they had access to a drinking water filtration systems.

Uranium in Your Drinking Water… Now What?

4 January, 2016 (17:45) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Uranium in drinking water can happen anywhere. Unfortunately, it is a naturally-occurring element in the groundwater of some areas in our country but there is still limited information about where and why uranium is found in our groundwater. Uranium gets into drinking water when groundwater dissolves minerals that contain uranium. When you don’t have a water filter or drinking water system installed to help protect your tap water, it can cause fear and panic. As one small town in California learned, uranium is nothing to mess with when it comes to consuming it. At least, that’s what they think it means…

Uranium is meant for nuclear fuel for power plants and atom bombs, however is increasingly being found in drinking water systems in major farming regions of the U.S. West — a natural though unexpected byproduct of irrigation, drought, and the over-pumping of natural underground water reserves. Naturally occurring uranium has very low levels of radioactivity, but for most people, any level is too much. However, the chemical properties of uranium in drinking water are of greater concern than its radioactivity. Most ingested uranium is eliminated from the body. However, a small amount is absorbed and carried through the bloodstream. According to experts, studies show that drinking water with elevated levels of uranium can affect the kidneys over time and cause cancer too. Bathing and showering with water that contains uranium is not a health concern, thankfully.

In a trailer park found in California’s San Joaquin Valley, uranium in drinking water is now a major concern. There’s a danger in their drinking water and though many of the families in this trailer park speak only Spanish, English signs have been posted warning them of the dangers of drinking their water since it has – you guessed it – traces of uranium.  Without any other explanation, one man interprets the threat as “you can drink the water — but if you drink the water over a period of time, you can get cancer.” This working-class family has no choice but keep drinking and cooking with the tainted tap water. They live with the danger of their drinking water every day. With a drinking water system, you don’t have to.

If you get your tap water from a well, you’re responsible for testing for uranium. For public tap water, it is monitored but residents are still encouraged to prepare for the “what-ifs.” One of the best options is reverse osmosis, which works by forcing water filtering through a membrane that prevents the uranium from passing through. Our  home water treatment systems can effectively remove uranium from drinking water. They will give you the peace of mind you cannot get living with contaminated water or threats of drinking water contamination. It’s more widespread than we once thought. Nearly two million people in California’s Central Valley and the U.S. Midwest live within a half-mile of groundwater containing uranium over the health limits, University of Nebraska researchers said in a study in September. To read more from the article discussed above, click here http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fear-at-the-tap-uranium-contaminates-water-in-the-west/ar-AAg9oJJ?ocid=wispr.

How to deal with potential groundwater threats

31 December, 2015 (01:51) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

If you watch the news, you have probably seen drinking water stories from around the country making the cut more frequently than ever. Between Mother Nature and industrial events, groundwater has issues not visible to the human eye making it a concern amongst many living without a water filter or other home drinking water system. Groundwater is a pretty amazing thing; it isn’t a lake or river flowing underground. Rather, it is composed of tiny droplets of water whose combined volume is greater than the volume of all the lakes and rivers of the world combined. Wow! But even more impressive than the volume of the groundwater that serves us is its influence on California drinking water. For more than 100 years, groundwater has provided a substantial and essential resource for California’s agriculture, its industries, and its cities.

Groundwater in California is crucial in ensuring that people have access to drinking water and enough of it. Between 25 and 40 percent of California’s water supply in an average year comes not from surface streams or reservoirs but rather from beneath the ground.  California groundwater, however, is not immune to issues like most groundwater around the country. Experts admit that groundwater stored in underground aquifers is “fragile” and at times can be found to contain above average levels of contaminants. Expensive treatment is possible or the water should be not and usually is not used. However without human intervention, the National Resources Defense Council admits that contamination not only results in a reduction in the amount of immediately usable water, but may also result in human exposure to hazardous levels of contaminants.

Do you know if your household is exposed to contaminants through your drinking water? While many contaminants are tested for and treated for, there are several others found in groundwater that we cannot tell. Since they are not visible, many homeowners are simply left wondering if their groundwater turned tap water is even safe. When you have a home drinking water system, water is filtered and you won’t have to give a second thought to the potential groundwater issues in your area. We like to assume that all Irvine drinking water is completely safe, but most findings conclude that is not the case and due to costs and time management, that is the long-term reality. Better to install a water filter for your tap water than spend your days wondering if groundwater contamination is exposing you to potential dangers. Are you ready to learn more? Contact us today to be safe and secure when it comes to your drinking water.