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Santa Barbara Delivers High Tech Drinking Water

8 November, 2017 (17:25) | Drinking Water System, Hard Water Solutions, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Water News | By: admin

Filtered Drinking WaterSanta Barbara has opened a state of the art Desalination Plant in hopes to deliver filtered water to homes using less power. The plant can produce almost three million gallons of filtered water a day. That is almost 30% of the city’s water needs. The process includes conditioning the water to make it compatible with existing infrastructure and water supplies. The city will continue to monitor for lead contamination and copper in the water supply, along with corrosion testing to make sure that desalinated water has no negative impacts on the city’s water pipes.

The city of Santa Barbara relies on multiple water sources to meet customer’s needs – including surface water from Gibraltar Reservoir, Cachuma Reservoir, the State Water Project, groundwater, and conservation. With recurring droughts across the state, some of these sources are less reliable or unavailable, making desalinated water a key addition.

Desalinated water alone cannot solve all the water challenges; the city of Santa Barbara continues to examine all opportunities to increase the quantity, and improve the quality of their water supplies. Conservation will continue to be an important part of ensuring a sustainable water supply for Santa Barbara. The impacts of current drought in the region, will last several years and the groundwater basins will take five to ten years to recharge.

The most notable difference with desalinated water is that it is generally softer. Soft water contains lower levels of naturally occurring calcium and magnesium, meaning it could eliminate or reduce the use of water softeners for some customers. It will be important to check with your water softener service to see if you need to adjust your current system.

It’s important to follow water conservation programs to help with the continued drought and demand for clean drinking water. Keep in mind when buying plants for your yard, some plants require more water than others.  Adjust the time and amount of water that goes on your landscape. Removing sod and replacing with a “desert” landscape will help water conservation also.

A Million Californians Lack Safe Water … Why?

30 October, 2017 (14:52) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis, Uncategorized, Water News | By: admin

surface waterWe know that California is often in the center of the drinking water crisis in the nation. Whether because of the drought or agricultural water contamination issues, Californians are once again finding themselves in the news for lack of safe drinking water and this time, we ALL need to pay more attention!

Drinking water contamination can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time.

There are a hundred reasons that your water can become contaminated – but it only takes ONE to put your family in danger. A recent article from High Country News discusses the new issue of low socioeconomic communities in California suffering from lack of cash … which means they also lack safe drinking water in many places. But is it fair to say that a poorer community shouldn’t have the same quality drinking water as communities who have more money? Should we base access to safe drinking water on the economic class of that community?

Access to safe drinking water is a right that all Americans have!

After all, we are a developed nation and world leader, so shouldn’t all of our citizens have access to safe water? Well according to this article, a million people don’t.

Rural, poor communities are at the highest risk.

Having already dealt with water shortages due to the drought, Tulare County and the town of Woodville are now dealing with things like streetlights, sidewalks and sometimes clean drinking water and proper sewage treatment because they are unincorporated. They do however play a huge role in the agricultural economy in California. A report by the State Water Resources Control Board found that there are 680 community water systems across California that rely on contaminated groundwater as part of their drinking water supply.  Not all communities are able to properly treat this water to make it safe enough. The capacity to treat the water for the masses is not available right now.

Without drinking water systems or home water filters, something else must be done. Our drinking water products are in the frontlines, but we all can see that the issue goes way deeper than protecting your home from the surface. It is a starting point, but more must be done to improve the drinking water for all of our residents in the great state of California.

Will New EPA Laws Affect Your Drinking Water?

11 October, 2017 (01:21) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

Filtered Drinking WaterIn late June, the Environmental Protection Agency, with the help of the president, rolled back laws that were put in place to make sure that millions of Americans could have safe drinking water.

The Clean Water rule was put in place during 2015.  It was implemented to  clean up heavily polluted federal waterways. The rule, passed under former President Barack Obama, expanded federal authority to include all “navigable” waters under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. The rule ultimately would have protected the drinking water of more than 117 million Americans.

The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948 and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, but the Act was significantly reorganized and expanded in 1972. “Clean Water Act” became the Act’s common name with amendments in 1972.

Millions of Americans receive high quality drinking water every day from their public water systems, (which may be publicly or privately owned). Nonetheless, drinking water safety cannot be taken for granted.

There are threats to drinking water: improperly disposed of chemicals; animal wastes; pesticides; human threats; wastes injected underground; and naturally-occurring substances can all contaminate drinking water. Likewise, drinking water that is not properly treated or disinfected, or which travels through an improperly maintained distribution system, may also pose a health risk.

So, what does this mean to you? Will your water be safe? Many believe that it will have a direct effect on many households in the US. Another report labels 55 percent of the nation’s waterways as being in “poor” condition and another 23 percent as just “fair.” Only 21 percent of rivers are considered “good” and “healthy biological communities.”  It’s important to remember that water runs downhill, straight into our drinking water sources.

Considering all these factors, it is so important to take steps to make sure the drinking water you and your family are consuming is safe. A water filtration system is the best way to ensure safe, clean drinking water. Reverse osmosis drinking water systems will remove the majority of harmful contaminates that may find their way into your drinking water. For more information about RO systems and how Rayne Drinking Water can help protect you and your family visit our website.

Servicing Your Water Filtration System Made Easy

26 September, 2017 (15:05) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Rayne of North County ServiceSo you’ve made the decision to invest in a home water filtration system and chances are, you’re loving every minute of it. A drinking water system is necessary because clean water is important for our health. No one wants to knowingly or unknowingly consume tap water full of harmful contaminants. Unfortunately, according to recent reports, millions of Americans are being exposed to unsafe drinking water each day. You’ve made the choice to invest in better drinking water, but you will need to make sure to maintain your water filtration system.

Whether your drinking water system comes from us, or from another water filtration company, we do service most of the brands on the market. If you have any questions about whether or not yours would be included, you can call our office. It is important to have your system serviced or inspected at least once per year and should include:

  • The use of the best quality parts, filters and membranes.
  • Sanitation of the entire unit.
  • Replacing all of the current filters, cartridges, membranes and any other parts like tubes, hoses or clamps that need it.

In order for your system to work optimally and reduce the contamination in your tap water, maintenance is important. Just like you have routine maintenance for your vehicle or get check-ups at the doctors, we want to inspect your water filtration system so you get the most out of your investment. Most people today drink chlorine-treated water that still contains many harmful bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants.  A drinking water system that isn’t doing its job may be failing to remove them. Ready for a system check? We’ve got you covered!

Drink up – It’s HOT out there!

23 September, 2017 (20:24) | Drinking Water System, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Drinking WaterLate August and September are known as the Dog Days of Summer. The tourists are going home, but the temperatures are still warm. Here are a few late summer ideas to help you stay hydrated in the high temps. Excessive heat exposure can cause dehydration, which in turn can cause dangerous conditions like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke (also called sunstroke). Drinking water frequently throughout the day is the easiest way to prevent the complications from excessive heat exposure.

The way you dress can go a long way towards keeping you comfortable when you’re outside in the heat. Dark clothing absorbs more heat, and tight clothes don’t let you sweat, your body’s natural cooling system, evaporate. Sunglasses are chic and functional. They prevent harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from scorching your corneas and protect your eyes for many more summers to come. Choose sunglasses that block 90 to 100 percent of UV rays.

Nothing knocks good days off a summer calendar like a nasty sunburn. When outdoors, use sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 15. Use a higher-rated, waterproof sunscreen if you’ll be poolside or out on the beach. Don’t forget to cover areas that burn easily: nose, ears, shoulders, and back of the neck.

Don’t forget your lips! Just like sunscreen protects the rest of your skin, a lip balm with SPF protection blocks out the sun and keeps in moisture for your lips.

It’s so important to stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty! Drink water throughout the day to prevent dehydration or over exhaustion. All-natural juice without added sugar not only provides hydration but also important nutrients to keep you active in hot weather. Check the label on the juice bottle and make sure it says “100 percent juice with no sugar added.”

A nice cool alcoholic drink sounds great and refreshing on a hot summer day. Picking an alcoholic drink isn’t the best choice however, choose water if possible. That’s because alcohol only dehydrates you more. If you can’t barbecue without a brew, drink a bottle of water between each alcoholic beverage to stay hydrated. Like alcohol, caffeine sucks the moisture out of you. On hot days, avoid it as much as possible, especially when combined with alcohol.

The best advice, avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day. UV rays are at their highest, normally between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. That’s the best time to head inside, get food and water, let your body cool down, and maybe even take a nap.

How much water do you need on a hot summer day? Water makes up about 60 percent of the human body, and without enough of it, dehydration can set in, causing dry mouth, tiredness, and headaches. Experts say adult males, that means about 3.7 liters of fluids per day (nearly 16 cups), while ladies need roughly 2.7 liters (or 11 cups) per day.

It’s important to remember if you are not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity. Get into a cool area or at least into the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint.

It is important to drink before and during physical activity in hot weather and not wait until thirsty. And if, after a period of yard work or an intense workout in the heat, watch for the signs of dehydration.

Daily water intake must be balanced with losses to maintain total body water. Losing body water can adversely affect your functioning and health. Once you start feeling thirsty, you’ve probably lost about 1 percent of your body water and are dehydrated. With a 2 percent water loss, you could experience serious fatigue and cardiovascular impairments. It’s important to note that individual fluid needs differ depending on your sweat rate, the environmental temperature, your clothing, humidity and other factors.

Of course, drinking filtered water, is the healthiest option you can choose. For more information on our drinking water systems, you can visit our website.

Going Green in Your Office

22 September, 2017 (21:18) | Drinking Water System, Money Savings, Reverse Osmosis, Water Waste | By: admin

bottleless water coolersIf you work in an office like millions of other Americans, there are many benefits to pushing for green solutions and eco-friendly products. A business that is eco-friendly sets a different kind of tone for its employees and customers. Running an environmentally friendly business helps you reduce your impact on the environment and preserves natural resources. Your business can help the environment in many ways.

 

One of these ways is to add an eco-friendly drinking water system like one of our bottleless water coolers. It may not seem like a big deal, but providing safe, clean drinking water which won’t cost the environment is a great solution for going even a little bit greener.

 

As a business owner, do you…

 

…want to provide great-tasting water?  Our bottleless water cooler has LINX® technology which allows you to adjust the taste starting at reverse osmosis filtered water to spring water.

 

…want to go more environmentally-friendly? Our drinking water system reduces your carbon footprint and is different than a traditional RO system which wastes a ton of water.

 

…want to save water? LINX® technology wastes almost no water when compared to other RO systems that feed bottleless water coolers.

 

…want to save money? Of course you do! The cost of wastewater can be equally, or more expensive than the water you use in your building. Don’t watch your money literally go down the drain.

 

…want to use technology that is some of the most advanced on the market? We’re sure you will appreciate that our patented LINX® technology was designed and is manufactured in Silicon Valley by the best.

 

…want options on how to pay for our products? Unlike some companies, we allow you to rent, rent-to-own or buy our bottleless water coolers.

 

The benefits are awesome and we cannot wait to tell you more about our drinking water products. You’ll be proud to tell your customers and your employees about the systems you chose which will help your office be green and eco-friendly. Good practices start with our products. Promoting your environmentally friendly methods can set your business apart from your competitors and attract new customers who want to buy products and services from an environmentally friendly business!

Are Chloramines Wreaking Havoc on Your Pipes?

15 September, 2017 (23:14) | Uncategorized | By: admin

chloramine busterYour drinking water might be safer, but your home is at risk for water damage caused by the possible failure of state-mandated copper piping, warns the California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CalPASC). Why is this? Why are copper pipes failing?

The simplest answer is chloramines found in our home’s water. Chloramines are compounds containing a mixture of chlorine and ammonia that extend the disinfecting power of chlorine in drinking water.

Research presented at CalPASC’s recent Drinking Water Symposium points to copper pipe failure caused by the presence of  chloramines in California’s water systems. Following federal guidelines from the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the Metropolitan Water District, which supplies over 60 percent of the drinking water to cities in California, has switched to the use of chloramines to keep drinking water bacteria free.

More than one in five Americans uses drinking water treated with chloramines, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Pinhole leaks are seemingly tiny problems that can lead to big repairs. Because of their small size, the leaks can go undetected for months, leading to mildew and water damage, and can waste gallons of water.

There are two types of water: “working water” and drinking water. Working water is what we use to wash clothes, water our lawns, shower ourselves, or otherwise use in ways we do NOT ingest. Drinking water, on the other hand, is the water we intake directly—either by drinking or indirectly through cooking—and represents only about two percent of the water we use.

If your home is connected to a municipal water supply, you will be in contact with chlorine or, more recently, chloramines. Chloramine disinfection is used by many water companies in the Bay Area. Having chloramines disinfect your water supply by your water company is a good thing, but you don’t need it coming into your house, where your pipes and drinking water are affected.

So, what is the solution? The Water Quality Association recommends that you install in-home water purification systems, whole-house water filtration systems, and/or reverse osmosis drinking water systems that have been rigorously tested and certified to independent standards.

Rayne Water Corporation and Rayne of Irvine however, announce the new Chloramine Buster water treatment systems. This system is specifically designed for Orange County Residents to help prevent copper plumbing pinhole leaks caused by the addition of chloramines from municipalities to treat the local water. For more information visit: http://www.raynewater.com/pdfs/PRWeb-Rayne-Chlormine-Buster.pdf

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.