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What Effect Does Water Pollution Have?

7 February, 2018 (15:11) | Uncategorized | By: admin

Do you know the effects that water pollution has on the environment and on you?

Waterwater filtration system covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and makes up over 60% of the human body. Water pollution affects marine ecosystems, wildlife health, and human well-being. By understanding the effects of water contamination, we can make small changes in our daily routines to help solve the issue of pollution in our water.

One big culprit leading to water pollution is sewage. Sewage from domestic households, factories and commercial buildings is often disposed into the sea.  Sewage can be more problematic when people flush chemicals and pharmaceutical substances down the toilet. Sewage, fertilizer, and agricultural run-off contain organic materials, that when discharged into waters, increase the growth of algae, which causes the depletion of oxygen.  The low oxygen levels are not able to support most indigenous organisms in the area and therefore upset the natural ecological balance in rivers and lakes.

Another concern facing our water supply is when humans, factories and businesses dump solid waste. Add to that, littering by humans into rivers, lakes and oceans. The most common items that people throw into water supply are cardboard, styrofoam, aluminum, plastic and glass. Human-produced litter of items such as plastic bags and 6-pack rings can get aquatic animals caught and killed due to suffocation.

Water pollution can also cause flooding, due to the accumulation of solid waste and soil erosion in streams and rivers.

Industrial waste from factories, which use freshwater to carry waste from the plant into rivers, contaminates waters with pollutants such as asbestos, lead, mercury and petrochemicals. Fertilizers from industrial waste, or run-off from farmland can end up in aquatic environments and accumulate in fish that are later eaten by humans. Fish are easily poisoned with metals that are also later consumed by humans. Mercury is particularly poisonous to small children and women. It has also been found to interfere with the development of the nervous system in fetuses and young children.

Water pollution has been extensively documented as a contributor to health problems in humans and marine animal ecosystems. It has a huge impact on our lives, and if we do our part by not throwing trash or chemicals into our water supplies and drains, we can contribute to the improvement of aquatic life and of our own health and well being.

This effect of water contamination is one of the most compelling reasons to install a water filtration system in your home. A reverse osmosis system has the ability to filter out many of these harmful contaminates, which in turn, protects you from some of the harmful effects of water pollution. For more information on our water filtration solutions, visit our website or give us a call.

Safe Drinking Water after Days of Flooding

7 February, 2018 (15:10) | Uncategorized | By: admin

water contamination after floodingThis year has brought us many ups and downs. Many parts of the country suffered from flooding, threatening lives and homes. Residents of Texas and Florida have experienced the power of flooding and are still trying to put their homes and communities back together. Extreme flooding can cause serious problems such as septic issues and damage to pipes and structural issues, which can compromise the quality of our drinking water.

How safe is our water after a flood? What types of drinking water contamination can occur?

Here are some things that you NEED to do after a flood to make sure your family doesn’t drink contaminated water:

  • Drink and use stored water. Keep enough water somewhere in your home which can last for seven days in the event that an emergency happens. After a flood, this water comes in handy for drinking and cooking. You will know that it is safe.
  • Test your well water as soon as you can. Well owners have to test and treat water on their own so if there is an issue after flooding, you’re responsible for dealing with the contamination. Don’t use your well water until you’ve tested it. Agricultural runoff, sewage, bacteria, and chemicals can make their way into your well and must be identified before treatment. We can help test and treat your well water.
  • Do you have a home water filter? After a flood, you should disinfect your filter. Need some help? We’ll be right there.
  • Boil your water if your home doesn’t have a water filtration system and your local municipality tells you to. These alerts should always be taken seriously to avoid major health problems stemming from contaminated drinking water.

Home drinking water systems can come in handy after floods to ensure that your water is safe to drink and use while your community overcomes the many obstacles it will face. Besides just water contamination, officials may be preoccupied with structures and more obvious public safety issues.

By following the recommendation and guidelines of the Water Quality Association, you will feel better knowing that your household can control the quality and safety of your drinking water even during uncertain and difficult times.

Softened Water Delivery Made Easy!

30 January, 2018 (18:33) | Hard Water Solutions, Water News, Water Softeners, Water Waste | By: admin

Soft Water DeliveryJust when you thought water softeners couldn’t get any easier to use, we show you yet another service which has US doing all of the work and YOU enjoying all of the benefits of softened water. But besides the fact that it is super easy to enjoy, what else should you know about PE tank services and our soft water delivery? Well … THIS!

  • Homeowners with hard water who want a water softening solution with minimal maintenance – like as in 100% maintained by us – will benefit from PE service. Furthermore, any homes or businesses where traditional water softeners are prohibited due to the salt or brine aspect, water restrictions or water conservation could also benefit tremendously.
  • Our systems work without electricity and you won’t need a drain. These are NO-SALT water softeners and your electric bill won’t go up with this service.
  • We provide PE tank service to Santa Maria, Northern Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties, Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, Oceano, Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo and surrounding areas. We take pride in being able to provide softened water to so many California residents who need it.
  • You can typically bypass HOA regulations where traditional water softeners are banned.
  • The service schedule is flexible! We can deliver and install your new PE tank even when you’re not home. Do you need water weekly, bi-weekly or monthly? No problem! It is all based on your home’s soft water demands and the hardness level of your water. We can work with you to customize a Portable Exchange Service schedule that makes sense for your individual household.
  • There’s no extra water usage – you will be able to enjoy soft water while still conserving water. That’s amazing!
  • We provide 24/7 emergency support – day or night we will come to you whenever you need us to be there!
  • The service is affordable and worth every penny.

Life with hard water is hard enough. It’s time to have more time to do the things you love and let us do all of the work for you.

How to Keep Your Water Softener in Great Condition

12 December, 2017 (21:13) | Water Softeners | By: admin

One of the things you might have in your home if you live in a hard water state is a water softener. Abrasive ‘hard’ water contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, causing lime scale buildup and interfering with soap’s ability to clean.  Water softeners can save you money, and increase the lifespan of many of your home appliances. In hard water states, the build-up of scale on the insides of pipes, water heaters, showerheads, and faucets can create a headache for homeowners. This often leads to costly repairs and maintenance.

There are two main components of a water softener: a brine tank and a resin tank. Some of the water softener models are both tanks in one, and some have the two tanks separate. Both need maintenance.

The main thing you should do to maintain your brine tank is to make sure you have the right amount of salt inside of the tank. Don’t let the tank run out of salt, but also don’t overfill it. That’s what creates annoying salt clogs or bridges, that will need to be taken care of.  A good rule of thumb is to put salt into the tank when it has dwindled to about a fourth of a tank.

Know what kind of salt to add. Your water softener manual will tell you whether your machine runs on granular, tablet, or block salt. Granular salt is the most common choice because it dissolves most easily. Buy it in pellet form if possible, since ordinary salt crystals can easily clog the tank.

Break up salt bridges. Salt can form a solid layer or “bridge” in the brine tank. This prevents the loose salt on top from mixing with the water down below, preventing the softener from working. Push a long broom handle several times around the center of the tank, all the way to the bottom, to break up any solid layers that have formed

The salt can also form a soft pile at the base of the tank, causing the water to rise around it instead of mixing in. You can use a broom handle to break this up if it forms a large mound.

It’s also important to keep the tank clean. Modern water softeners can go without cleaning for 5–10 years. Clean them only if your water has turned hard and the basic maintenance above doesn’t fix the problem within a couple days. Older models can benefit from an annual cleaning.

Empty all the water from the tank, and scrub and rinse the tank well before refilling with water. You can use a scrub brush and dish soap to scrub away dirt and residue.

Another item to check is the valves. About once a month, adjust the bypass valve in to temporarily cut off the softener from your water supply. (The bypass valve is usually a rod you push in to block water flow.) Twist the intake and outtake valves to the off position, then back to their original position. Return the bypass valve to its old position. This keeps the valves in good working condition. If a valve leaks or drips, take it apart and replace any washers or seals that are damaged.  It is important to take care of your water softener appliance so that it can perform in top condition.  Taking care of your hard water issues is important. Having a water softener system will save you time and money down the road.

How Many Hard Water Problems Do You Have?

7 December, 2017 (18:04) | Hard Water Solutions, Water Softeners | By: admin

The top hard water problem in the North County area is scale. Scale is one of the most serious problems caused by mineral deposits in hard water. Scale is a by-product of water hardness that can put many water-using appliances out of service. It clogs hot water pipes and can sharply reduce the heating efficiency of a water heater and other household appliances and fixtures.

Another common problem with hard water is the way it interacts with soaps and detergents. For the homemaker, water hardness makes home cleaning operations more difficult. Hard water leaves spots and streaks on glassware and dishes. Ever wonder why you get ugly soap scum rings in the bathtub? Hard water is the culprit, and it is hard to clean off.

In the laundry, hard water leaves soap curd and detergent deposits on fabrics. This dulls colors and gives a grey or yellow appearance to white fabrics. Also, hard water soap curd clings to fabric fibers, causing threads to become brittle and shortening the life of the material.

Besides scale, the buildup of sludge can cause issues with your pipes. Sludge and scale forms to places you can’t see, like your water heater and dishwasher. Hard water can decrease the working life of water-using appliances by up to 50%, causing the need to seek out replacement appliances much sooner.

Hard water is water that has a high mineral content. It’s a natural result of minerals like calcium and magnesium accumulating during the water cycle, and it can happen with well water and even city water. The more calcium and magnesium dissolved in the water, the harder the water becomes. Therefore, certain cities and counties within the same state can have varying degrees of water hardness.

If you think your home has hard water, it is time to find the right appliance for your home. 85% of American homes have hard water and you need to start treating it in your home. It will save the life of your pipes and appliances for years to come.

Are You Always Tired? Water may be the Problem!

6 December, 2017 (23:08) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

drinking water making you tiredIt is a proven fact that not drinking enough water during the day can cause you to become tired. But what if it is your drinking water that is MAKING your tired?

Every year, thousands of Americans seek out medical intervention due to excessive fatigue. Most physicians will typically send them to the lab for blood work, and one of the most common tests they order is a thyroid function test.

Thyroid issues can cause a wide assortment of health problems and excessive fatigue is one of the main symptoms. An underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) fails to produce the required hormones needed to regulate many parts of the body. Some symptoms of hypothyroidism are fatigue of course, along with depression, memory loss, weight gain and sensitivity to cold, just to name a few. But what causes the thyroid to go haywire?

There are numerous reasons why thyroid function can become compromised, but according to several studies, dissolved lithium in drinking water is one potential reason behind hypothyroidism.

Lithium is an alkali metal that is found in nearly all igneous rocks (rocks formed from lava and magma) and in mineral springs. Lithium is the lightest metal with a density about half that of water. It is found in varying concentrations in the ground across the world. The element is most commonly used in making batteries as well as being used in medicine, such as for the treatment of bipolar disorder. So, not only does lithium seep into our groundwater from nature, but also from manufacturing and other people’s medications.

The problem with lithium being present in groundwater is that while many municipal water treatment plants filter out many harmful water contaminants, not all of them treat their drinking water for lithium. The result? Your tap water can be contaminated with dissolved lithium.

So what can we do?

The answer is simple.  When it comes to safe water, perhaps the safest water, is water that we have treated ourselves. Home water filtration systems, such as our reverse osmosis systems, do a remarkable job of filtering out harmful contaminants such as lithium. There is no reason you should have to worry about drinking the water from your tap! Drinking water is supposed to be healthy for you – and we can help make drinking water healthy again!

Filtering Well Water is Essential for Homeowners

30 November, 2017 (22:12) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Maybe it has been suggested to you in the past, but it’s time to make a drinking water system in your home a priority, especially if your home gets water from a well and not a municipal water source. Well water, is susceptible to many different environmental conditions affecting the water supply in the locality. From bacterial contamination, to off putting smells and taste once it’s in its storage tank, well water can be less than ideal for daily consumption. Well water is NOT treated like that of public drinking water, so you’re left to filter it and treat it yourself. The good news? We can help!

According to one study from The University of Minnesota, clear, clean well water can still carry large amounts of bacteria which can cause a very bad smell, even if the water looks okay to drink. They can be very hard to eliminate with certain kinds of drinking water filters and you’ll need to make sure that the product you choose is right for the type of water contamination you have.  Not all water filters on the market can handle multiple types of contamination. Plus, if you choose to invest in a home water filtration system, you’ll save time and even money if you’ve gone the route of buying bottled water for your household to drink in the past.

One of our most popular drinking water systems is our reverse osmosis drinking water system. It is equipped with a post-carbon filter for great fresh taste, and effectively reduces 95-97% of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and other harmful contaminants. That’s really important for well-owners. Plus, our systems add the advantage of being incredibly eco-friendly!

Water wells can be unpredictable sometimes when it comes to drinking water contamination. Proper testing is essential for maintaining quality water for your home. Unfortunately, even that isn’t foolproof, and you’ll still need to take action should you find contaminants at or above a safe level. When you have a home drinking water system to filter your water, your family will feel better knowing that the water they’re drinking or using is safe for all. Drinking water contamination doesn’t have to be harder for those with wells when you have our drinking water filters on your side!

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.