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Be on the lookout for these common water contaminants

29 May, 2015 (15:47) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Most people have confidence in their drinking water, but homes that do not have a drinking water system or a water filter to maintain high-quality drinking water could be at risk of common water contaminants. Drinking water contamination doesn’t happen to everyone and it doesn’t always happen in the same places. With so many variables and causes for drinking water contamination, the only true and consistent way to protect your water is with a water filter. Unfiltered drinking water could be more dangerous than you thought. Traces of 18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities in a nationwide sampling, according to new unpublished research by federal scientists. Included are 11 perfluorinated compounds, an herbicide, two solvents, caffeine, an antibacterial compound, a metal and an antidepressant. Yuck!

Twenty-one contaminants were detected – mostly in low concentrations of parts per trillion – in treated drinking water from at least nine of the utilities. Eighteen of the chemicals are not regulated under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act so utilities do not have to meet any limit or even monitor for them. But what are the most common drinking water contaminants we can all look out for? What contaminants can our drinking water filters remove? According to most sources, here are the most common drinking water contaminants and we also included their threats to our health:

  • Nitrates are chemicals found in most fertilizers, manure, and liquid waste discharged from septic tanks. Natural bacteria in soil can also convert nitrogen into nitrate. Rain or irrigation water can carry nitrates through the soil into groundwater. They are quite dangerous to infants and pregnant women. Nitrates impair the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen. Infants are mostly at risk for a serious health condition called methemoglobinemia or “blue-baby syndrome.” Our LINX drinking water system is especially effective at removing nitrates to non-detect levels.
  • Arsenic is also a common contaminant that comes from certain rock formations. Groundwater then flows through these rock formations and can dissolve the arsenic and carry it into underground aquifers, streams, or rivers. High levels of arsenic in water and multiple exposures over time can lead to health issues such as skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
  • Bacteria, viruses, and other microbes and chemicals are drinking water contaminants that can rapidly cause widespread and serious illnesses. Many microbes come from human or animal wastes that wash into lakes and rivers or that rain or irrigation water carry into shallow groundwater aquifers. These contaminants can cause serious illness, and in some circumstances, death. Infants, children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to serious health effects from contaminants in drinking water.

Our drinking water systems are effective at removing harmful contaminants and efficient when it comes to the environment. High-quality drinking water doesn’t have to cost and arm and a leg, it only takes a phone call. Contact us today to learn more about our water filters and which of our drinking water systems would be optimal for your household.

 

 

California Drought Creates Severe Regulations

25 May, 2015 (14:38) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Money Savings | By: admin

If you are a resident of California, then you have probably heard all the buzz surrounding the latest round of water cutbacks around the state. Two weeks ago, with emergency drought conditions persisting throughout California over the last four years at record-breaking levels, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency regulation requiring an immediate 25 percent reduction in overall potable urban water use statewide in accordance with Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 Executive Order. When you travel the state, you will see the dry, parched landscapes and deteriorating water sources that have the state pushing water conservation like never before.

The new regulations, as mentioned in a recent article by the Sacramento Bee, has ten of the Sacramento area’s 23 large water districts must cut usage by 36 percent during the next nine months compared to 2013. All but two must cut usage by 28 percent. That is a lot of water and many residents are fearful that it could cost jobs and businesses and residents will have a hard time dealing with the cutbacks. A state of emergency was also declared by Governor Brown in January and has spoken about the topic of water shortages several times. The state hopes to lead the way to make sure California is able to cope with an unprecedented drought. The article also explains that residents and various industries hit hard by these regulations will need to sacrifice and be responsible for their water use. People across the state are making sacrifices, but with our help, you won’t have to sacrifice the quality of your tap water.

How can residents help reduce their water use and do their part in the quest to save water sources and protect shortage issues? These massive cutbacks are reality in the Irvine and Sacramento areas. How can our water filters support these intiatives? By wasting less water than competitors. You still need to keep your water safe but using a water filter that will waste the majority of the water you filter is not going to support these cutbacks and goes against everything the state of California needs you as a consumer to do. Give us a call today and see how you can waste less water by still preserving the quality and purity of your water.  Your response to the state’s unprecedented and deepening drought can be answered with our drinking water systems.

 

Save Water Inside and Out!

25 May, 2015 (13:50) | Drinking Water System, Money Savings, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

California is currently facing one of the most severe droughts on records and officials have begun to implement strict restrictions and reductions in water usage that have consumers and business owners scurrying for options and advice. With these emergency drought conditions persisting throughout California, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency regulation requiring an immediate 25 percent reduction in overall potable urban water use statewide in accordance with Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 Executive Order. That is a lot of water for anyone to reduce to, but not having the right tools like an efficient water filter or other type of drinking water system  could actually be wasting water right in your home. Using our state-of-the-art technology and following some of these easy-to-do tips will help you save water inside of your home and outside, too.

Inside your home, you can start by taking shorter showers, fewer baths, using less water in the bathroom in general and immediately fix leaks. If your toilet has a leak, you could be wasting about 200 gallons of water every day. That would be like flushing your toilet more than 50 times for no reason! Try this experiment: test for leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak! Another neat idea is to put a bucket in the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you catch for watering plants, flushing the toilet or cleaning.

There are also some things you can do outside which will conserve water too. For example, using a broom to sweep dirt and leaves and not use the hose. You will no doubt need to cut back on how often and how much you water your landscape, but for many people they may not know when to water their plants optimally and this, too, can create the issue of using more water than necessary. Experts suggest watering your yard in the early morning or late evening when it’s cool outside. Watering when it’s hot and sunny is wasteful because most of the water evaporates before the plants have time to drink it.

In addition to saving on your water bill, you can feel good knowing that you’re doing your part to conserve water. The state is in dire need of protecting water sources and simply cutting back. Some industries need water to thrive, but as a consumer we can certainly all do a better job of saving water. If you have a drinking water system in your home, be sure to use one which will require smaller amounts of water to do the trick. Household water consumption is one of the easiest ways to consume water in a short amount of time, especially in such desperation.

 

 

5 Home Water Problems You Need to Fix

29 April, 2015 (14:50) | Drinking Water System, Hard Water Solutions, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis, Water Softeners | By: admin

Your home’s water affects nearly every aspect of your daily living. Sure, we all know we need drinking water and water to bathe or shower in, but a home’s water goes way beyond that. From a home’s plumbing and fixtures to how your clothes and bedding look and feel, water has a significant impact. Let’s look at 5 different ways your water can have a negative impact on your home and how it can be fixed.

 

  1. Laundry: Hard water can be damaging to your clothing and bedding. Soap scum is created when the calcium or magnesium ions in hard water react with the fatty component of soap. This soap scum attaches itself to fabric fibers which not only give a grey or yellow appearance to fabrics, it also causes the fabric fibers to become brittle, shortening their durability and lifespan. A water softener will remove the mineral deposits in your water therefore not allowing the formation of damaging soap scum.
  2. Kitchen: Water is a solvent and as such can easily pick up impurities. When we use water for drinking or cooking, we are ingesting not only the water, but any contaminants it contains as well. Water can, and often does, contain Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) which includes minerals, salts or metals dissolved in it. TDS’s can affect the taste and appearance of water as well as cause some serious health concerns if it contains nitrates, arsenic, lead or chlorine to name a few. Drinking water systems such as a RO system or a LINX® Drinking Water System can filter out TDS’s in your drinking water, making it safe and healthy to drink and cook with.
  3. Bathroom: Do you notice that gray ring around your bath? How about the discoloration in your toilet? Does your sink constantly have white spots on the faucet or counter? Odds are, you have hard water. The minerals in hard water can cling to surfaces, causing them to become stained over time; iron especially can cause some really nasty staining. When hard water comes in contact with soap it creates soap scum (remember from the laundry) which clings to the tub and shower and requires a serious scrubbing to remove. A water softener or salt free water conditioner can help with this problem.
  4. Skin and Hair: Studies have shown that eczema can be triggered by hard water. The magnesium and calcium in the water causes the skin to dry out leading to irritation. In order to get a nice rich lather going in hard water, more soap and shampoo is necessary which can also aggravate eczema. Hard water can play havoc on your hair as well, causing it to become dry, frizzy, easily damaged and can even change the color. Installing a water softener or salt free water conditioner can help alleviate these issues.
  5. Plumbing and Appliances: Pipes, hot water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers and icemakers are in constant contact with water. When a home has hard water, scale is produced inside the pipes, hoses and even the appliance itself which can cause a host of problems. Pipes and hoses become clogged, which significantly decreases water pressure and can even cause them to burst. Heating elements can fail if there is an excess scale buildup and can cause leaks or breakage if valves and gaskets are damaged. Overall, hard water has been proven to decrease efficiency in appliances and shorten their lifespan. A water softener or salt free water conditioner can prevent scale buildup and lengthen the life of your appliances while keeping them running at full efficiency

5 Signs You Need a Water Softener

29 April, 2015 (14:42) | Hard Water Solutions, Water Softeners | By: admin

The quality of our water is dependent on several factors; where we live, the type of water filtration system it goes through and whether or not it is supplied from a municipal water supply or an underground well. The most common water problem here in the United States is that it is often hard water. Hard water is simply water that has a high mineral content. Not all minerals are necessarily harmful for you to drink, however these minerals can have a negative impact in the home and on the body as well. The following signs can help determine if you have hard water in your home.

 

  1. Spots on glasses
    Most hard water contains magnesium and calcium; when the water is heated, as it is to wash dishes, the magnesium and calcium precipitate out of the water and adhere to the surface they are on. This mineral deposit is called scale and it manifests itself as the spots on dishes and the white crusty deposits around the faucet.

  2. Soap scum in the shower / bath
    Once again it is the magnesium and calcium that are at the root of bathroom soap scum. The calcium and/or magnesium ions in hard water produce a chemical reaction with they come in contact with the fatty component in soap which results in the gray nasty soap scum you see around the bath and shower.

 

  1. You pay too much electricity to run your water heater
    Hard water has been proven to decrease efficiency in appliances; water heaters, in particular, tend to be at an even greater risk due to their constant contact with water. Scale builds up on the heating elements causing it to work harder and longer in order to heat up the water. This extra work load also causes the water heater to wear out much sooner than it should.

  2. You have limp dry hair
    If you notice that your hair is constantly limp or dry and frizzy all the time, the culprit is most likely hard water. Shampoo is technically a soap so you have the same chemical reaction going on in your hair as you do inside your shower or tub. The excess filmy shampoo reside will leave your hair looking limp and rather dull. The additional minerals in hard water can also dry out your hair which leads to the dreaded frizz.

  3. You have dry itchy skin
    The excess minerals in hard water can also cause some severe dry skin which leads to irritation and scaly looking skin. In fact there have been studies done showing that hard water can trigger eczema due to the intense drying out of the skin.

 

If you are one of the millions of households that have to deal with hard water on a daily basis, you might want to consider investing in a water softener or salt free water conditioner.  Both of these products will help to eliminate the problems associated with hard water, while saving you money over the long run in appliance maintenance, plumbing repair and even on soap and detergent expenditures.

The Best Water Filter for Nitrate Reduction

29 April, 2015 (14:28) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

Nitrate contamination in drinking water is widespread in the United States; the highest degree of contamination is in the Midwest, Texas, the Pacific Northwest and California. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that as many as 52 percent of community wells and 57 percent of domestic water wells are contaminated by a measurable amount of nitrates and nitrites. In Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley of California, it is estimated that one in every three domestic wells are contaminated with levels well over the EPA’s recommended guidelines.

Nitrates and Nitrites are not all bad, in fact we need them to some extent to stay healthy, however excess consumption can cause serious health risks. Infants below six months of age are especially susceptible to nitrate contamination. The EPA states that if they consume water containing nitrates in excess of the maximum contaminant level, they could become seriously ill, and if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome.

The only way to remove nitrates from drinking water is through a water filtration system. Many water treatment companies promote Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems as an immediate solution to provide nitrate and nitrite reduction. RO systems do in fact reduce nitrate levels, however even the best RO system can only reduce them by eighty percent. The most typical systems only have a sixty percent reduction rate. This sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Well in some cases this reduction rate is just fine, however not all water has the same level of contamination.

The EPA recommended guidelines for nitrates are a maximum 10 parts per million (ppm). Let’s say for example that your water has 30ppm nitrate contamination, a sixty percent reduction would only bring it down to 12ppm – still more than the recommended guidelines. At eighty percent reduction it would be 6ppm, which does falls within the guidelines, however there are only a select few RO’s that have an eighty percent reduction. Now let’s say your water starts at a 60ppm contamination level, even at an eighty percent reduction rate it would only bring it down to 12ppm, which is too high and can cause some health complications.

The LINX Drinking Water System is the best solution to nitrate contamination. It doesn’t matter how much nitrate contamination your water has, 200ppm or 20ppm, it still reduces it down to non-detect levels – every time. These reduction rates are far superior to a traditional RO water filtration system. This superior filtration has earned them the WQA Gold Seal for Nitrate / Nitrite Reduction as well as being certified and approved for nitrate reduction in the state of California. If your water has a problem with nitrate contamination, don’t take the risk of being exposed to excess contamination, install the one and only water filtration system that can reduce your nitrate levels to non-detect levels.

Dangers of Benzene in Drinking Water

27 April, 2015 (16:16) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions | By: admin

Since Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1974, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been tasked with determining the safest level of drinking water contamination before any adverse health effects are likely to occur.  Currently the EPA regulates 81 different types of hazardous contaminants that can be found in our drinking water supply; they monitor chemical, physical, radiological and biological contaminates and set a maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) for each.  One such contaminate that has found itself in the news recently is benzene, which has a MCLG goal of zero parts per million.

As we saw in the LA Times, officials from California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources  admitted just last summer that they have inadvertently allowed oil companies to inject wastewater from oil production operations as well as fracking into hundreds of disposal wells in protected aquifers around the state for years.  High levels of Benzene is just one of the byproducts that have shown up in the contaminated water.

Benzene is a volatile organic chemical (VOC) that is naturally found in oil, gasoline and cigarette smoke.  It can also be formed from natural processes, such as from forest fires, as well as industrial processes.  It is commonly used to manufacture plastics, rubber, synthetic fabrics and resins and as a solvent in paints, printing and dry cleaning.  Benzene is a known carcinogen and when ingested from drinking water can cause anemia, a decrease in blood platelets, and an increased risk of cancer, particularly leukemia.

Gasoline and cigarette smoke are the two main sources of benzene exposure; however, while for the majority of the population, the exposure to benzene from food, beverages and drinking water is not as high as it is from the air, there is still a significant risk.  Benzene has been detected in some bottled water, liquor and certain foods as well as from contaminated well water.  Water wells can become contaminated with benzene from leaking underground gasoline storage tanks, leaching from landfills and other hazardous waste sites that contain benzene products.

Considering that the EPA recommends a zero MCLG level for benzene, it is important to choose a water filtration system that can filter out this hazardous chemical.  Water softeners will not remove benzene, however activated charcoal or granular activated carbon filters rated to remove VOC’s will be able to remove benzene from your drinking water.

Rayne’s LINX Drinking Water Systems as well as our reverse osmosis systems are both equipped with a carbon filtration unit intended to filter VOC’s.  It is important to make sure your family is drinking water that is as pure and safe as possible, so if you are wondering about the safety of your drinking water, it is highly recommended to have it tested.  Knowing what is in your water will help you choose the right filtration system for your home and provide the safest drinking water possible.

 

 

4 Health Problems You Can Avoid By Drinking More Water

27 April, 2015 (13:54) | Uncategorized | By: admin

Most people know just how important drinking water is for your health. Without it, our bodies cannot function properly and we are not as mentally sharp. But beyond just the general health concerns are some pretty serious health problems you can avoid by drinking more water. How many can you guess? Continuing reading this article to check your knowledge about drinking high quality water and your health.

Drink water for kidney health1.  Save your kidneys!  One of the top health issues you can avoid by drinking more water has to do with your kidneys which perform several functions, the most important of which is filtering waste products, excess water, and other impurities out of the blood. These waste products are stored in the bladder and later expelled from the body as urine. We need them to regulate pH, salt, and potassium levels in the body, and they produce hormones that regulate blood pressure and control the production of red blood cells. The kidneys are also responsible for activating a form of vitamin D that helps the body absorb calcium to build bones and modulate muscle function. In other words, we need our kidneys for a healthy body. Water helps keep our kidneys healthy and working properly because it helps to flush them out and drinking plenty of water may also help prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

2.  Lose weight!  Another health condition impacted by drinking more water is obesity. No, it doesn’t cure it and obesity still depends on numerous other factors, but it can help support a healthy diet. Replacing ‘liquid calories’ with water is a strategy to eliminate excess calories and prevent obesity.

3.  Be heart smart!  Drinking a good amount of water could also reduce your risk of heart attack.  Furthermore, keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. If that isn’t a good reason to drink plenty of water, we don’t know what is!

4.  Avoid cancer! Plus, drinking more water is also said to help prevent some pretty serious cancers. Research suggests that drinking enough water every day, could reduce your risk of developing cancer of the large bowel, breast and prostate. That’s another phenomenal reason to drink more water each day!

Drinking high-quality water with a water filter will create great-tasting and safe drinking water, the perfect alternative to soft drinks or other sugary beverage choices. Water supports a healthy body, the research certainly proves it. Do you drink enough water? How do you help your family make smart choices about drinking more water? Cheers!

 

 

 

Healthy Hearts Need Water

25 February, 2015 (16:47) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions | By: admin

February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to raise awareness for heart health and how we live our lives to support our hearts. The American Heart Association estimates that uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading water for healthcause of heart disease and stroke. In fact, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure and people with high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease, compared to those with normal blood pressure. We know that drinking water is important to keep us healthy, but this month were here at Rayne of Irvine want to remind you to drink more high quality water for your heart. It could save your life someday.

Water can help reduce some heart diseases according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology which found that men who drank five or more glasses of water a day had only a 46% chance of having a fatal heart attack, and women had only 59% risk, compared to people who drank two or less glasses of water daily. These are some pretty good results when it comes to the benefits of drinking water to support heart health. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently. “If you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard,” said John Batson, M.D, a sports medicine physician with Lowcountry Spine & Sport in Hilton Head Island, S.C., and an American Heart Association volunteer.

Plus, your body has lots of important jobs and it needs water to do many of them. For instance, your blood, which contains a lot of water, carries oxygen to all the cells of your body. Without oxygen, those tiny cells would die and your body would stop working. In addition to being an important part of the fluids in your body, each cell depends on water to function normally. The amount of water a person needs depends on climatic conditions, clothing worn and exercise intensity and duration as well as current state of health, said one physician.  Dehydration can be a serious condition that can lead to problems ranging from swollen feet or a headache to life-threatening illnesses such as heat stroke or even heat exhaustion.

Since water is so critical for your heart health, now may also be the best time to consider the water you’re drinking. If something so important to your heart could be improved or of a higher quality than what you’re currently consuming, would you do something about it? We thought so, too. Reducing contaminants with our drinking water filters and home water treatment systems can turn poor, contaminated tap water or mediocre drinking water into pure, high quality water your family is sure to enjoy. Our LINX® drinking water system is also eco-friendly, reducing water waste by up to 90% compared to traditional reverse osmosis systems.  By improving the quality of your water, you’re giving your family a better reason to maintain heart health by drinking more water in general and fueling their bodies with what they need. The proactive effects of drinking water and a healthy heart start with one phone call.

Actionable and Essential Water Conservation

27 January, 2015 (15:13) | Drinking Water System, Money Savings, Reverse Osmosis, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

Water conservation has been a hot topic the last several years as many southwest states continue to experience one of the worst droughts in the past century.  There have been reports of wells running dry and drinking water shortages and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.  Some experts are even saying that California is on the verge of a mega-drought, which is defined as a drought that lasts for a decade or longer.  In order for California and other drought plagued parts of the US to have enough water to sustain living conditions, as well as the huge agricultural production in the region, there must be a change in how water is consumed.

As the lakes and streams get lower and lower, it becomes even more imperative that any sort of water waste must be eliminated.  There are already restrictions in place regarding unnecessary outdoor water usage such as washing of sidewalks and driveways, limited irrigation times, no dumping and refilling of pools, spas or outside fountains with many more restrictions to come.  In many areas, restaurants are required to only give drinking water to customers upon request and residents are required to fix any leaks and plumbing issues immediately.  Some of the hardest hit communities are even rationing home and business water usage with substantial fines for those who don’t comply.

Even though much of California is described as having a Mediterranean climate, with winter rains and hot dry summers, there is also a large part of the southern portion of the state that has desert-like conditions.  Considering that their infrastructure of irrigation is second to none however, the nice green grass and vegetation does not attest to the desert-like conditions.  California is first in line to get their allotment of the Colorado River and residents can usually enjoy a surplus of water resources, which unfortunately tends to perpetrate water waste.

One way to combat water waste is to install high efficiency appliances. Sure there is an upfront cost, but in the long run they will save you money while conserving energy and precious water in the process.  One area where high efficiency appliances are most often overlooked is in drinking water systems.  Reverse osmosis (RO) is probably the most common way to treat drinking water, but it wastes a huge amount of water in the process. Huge as in up to 12.5 gallons of municipal water go down the drain just to produce one gallon of drinking water.  In fact, RO systems are probably the biggest waster of water you will find in a household.  Upgrading to a high efficiency drinking water system, such as the LINX 140 or 160 systems, can save an average household over 7,000 gallons of water per year.

With no end in sight for this pervasive drought, California and its neighbors need to start thinking outside the box for ways to conserve this precious commodity.  Adhering to water restrictions is a good start, along with installing low flow toilets, faucets and shower heads and being conscious about how much water is actually being used; but are these measures enough?  There are many sources of hidden water waste that most individuals don’t even recognize and those are the ones that might just tip the scale into actionable and essential water conservation.