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Recycled Wastewater as Potable Water

25 March, 2014 (18:15) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

Water is the life blood of the Earth and all living things and unfortunately, there is a currently a distinct shortage of water.   Considering the ongoing droughts in Texas and in the Southwest we really need to look at alternative ways to conserve and reuse the water we currently have.  Water Technology recently published an article on recycled wastewater and potable water reuse that we found fascinating and thought really addressed our existing water crisis needs.

The majority of our Earth is covered in water so it shouldn’t seem as though we would ever have to worry about a water shortage.  The reality of the situation however is that of the 326 million trillion gallons of water in or on the earth, less than 1 percent (about 0.72 percent) of it is actually usable.  Then there is the additional dilemma of water not being located in adequate amounts in some parts of the world, even though others have an overabundance of freshwater.

Some states have begun looking at the possible ways in which we can recycle our wastewater; Southern California in particular has been a leader for many years in this regard.  While many states have completely overlooked the fact that wastewater is a fantastic source of essentially 100% reuse, there are others that have developed large scale projects looking at ways to convert wastewater into drinking water.

Currently, there are potable reuse technologies in the works that are more thorough than conventional treatments.  Even though the process begins with wastewater, they are ultimately able to produce even higher quality drinking water than conventional treatment plants that begin with “clean” surface water.  Utilizing multiple treatment configurations, they can essentially remove all microbial and chemical contaminants (including industrial and bio-chemicals) with exceptional effectiveness; conventional treatment plants are not capable of this type of water filtration.

Wastewater contains nitrogen, phosphorous nutrients and biosolids that can be used for agriculture as well as oils and grease that can be recycled as biofuels. Technology is currently available that can convert even the most contaminated water into safe high quality drinking water, however many consumers are still leery of drinking recycled wastewater.  We agree – it is hard to overcome the perception and stigma of wastewater even though it is readily available and can be successfully converted into safe and reliable quality drinking water.

We believe it is essential to look at alternative ways to conserve, recycle and reuse our existing water supplies.  Drinking water systems and water filters have seen some amazing advances these last few years and if we can overcome the perception of recycled water, it would go a long way toward solving the water crisis in the world.

 

The Developing Brain and Chemical Exposure

25 March, 2014 (16:45) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

In recent years it has become increasingly evident that expecting mothers must be extra cautious as to what they expose their unborn child to.  Some doctors have noticed the correlation between everyday chemical exposure and conditions such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia and lower IQ points.   As technology continues to advance, we find ourselves exposed to chemicals almost everywhere; the food we eat, water we drink, air we breathe, clothing we wear, vehicles we drive, our everyday environment is inundated with chemical exposure and it is adversely affecting our children.

drinking waterStudies have shown that certain chemicals and water contaminants are considered toxic to the developing brain.  Fortunately, some of them are banned in the US, however there are many that are not.  For example; lead, arsenic, fluoride in high concentrations, insecticides such as chlorpyrifos, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) used as a flame retardant found in children’s pajamas, furniture and electronics.  Doctors believe expose to these chemicals in utero can cause defects in the developing brain with effects ranging from a few lost IQ points to children suffering from severe autism.

Just because a mother might not feel the effects of low-dose exposure to these chemicals doesn’t mean that the developing baby won’t.  The brain is such a complex organ and in a vulnerable state during development so even small doses of exposure can cause potentially devastating results.  Considering the fact the scientists know very little about the effects of more than 99% of the chemicals currently on the market, it just makes sense to avoid them whenever possible, especially during pregnancy.

 

Some suggestions to take into consideration during pregnancy is to eat organic food whenever possible, stay away from paint thinners, strong cleaning agents and pesticides, get checked for lead exposure, and drink only filtered drinking water.  It is amazing how many of these chemicals can be leaked into our water supply and not all water filters are capable of removing them to the level where they are safe to drink.  If you are expecting, make sure you are taking extra precautions to what you are exposing your baby to.  If you are looking for a water filtration system that will effectively remove these harmful chemicals from your drinking water, give us a call and we will get you started on the right track to a healthier you and a healthier baby.

Businesses Also Facing Water Risks These Days

25 February, 2014 (17:25) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

Businesses in the western United States have one more thing to worry about these days – water. Not just contamination or impurities affecting their products, but the water shortage itself has them competing for water against consumers and other industries like agriculture and mining. Consumers and businesses alike are soon to be affected by the limited water supply and climate changes which are drying up many of our sources and leaving people to wonder what will happen in the future.

As population grows and the economy improves, millions of people are making their way back into the middle class, which tends to increase the demand for water and all of the things it is associated with. Cooking and personal hygiene are only a piece of the puzzle, as is the water it takes to produce the chemicals, materials, food, fuels, energy and other “stuff” associated with middle-class living and overall economic growth.

Water is a rising risk factor so much that dealing with these issues strategically and proactively may determine whether a company will sink or swim. According to a recent blog from Joel Makower of GreenBiz, “company awareness about water risk” is vital. The good news for the situation (and about the only good news) is that scarcity and risk drive innovation and new products on the market, and there’s a mini-boom taking place in water tech — everything from “filtration and desalination to sanitation and efficiency.”

Conservation is the key. In order to both protect yourself from impurities and harmful contaminants as well water waste, consider one of our eco-friendly drinking water systems which can filter  your water and reduce water waste. Our advanced water filter technology can save you up to 90% more water than traditional reverse osmosis systems and will allow you to do your part to conserve when this nation needs it most.

A Call to Conserve Water

5 February, 2014 (19:42) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Money Savings, Reverse Osmosis, Water News, Water Waste | By: admin

With California’s Governor Jerry Brown declaring a drought emergency for the state of California and considering the drastically reduced lake levels this year, it makes sense to take a look at ways we can conserve water in our own homes.  Another argument for water conservation is the exorbitantly high water bills California has in comparison to other states and with the water supply rapidly dwindling those rates are sure to increase.

Lake Folsom in northern California illustrates this crisis perfectly.  The lake is capable of holding 977,000 acre feet of water and it currently only holds 200,000.  As it sits right now, lake levels are dropping several feet per day and long lost gold mining towns are emerging and a bridge that once was buried under water now has water flowing beneath it.

So what impact does this drought have on the residents of California?  Well Governor Brown has asked that residents reduce their water usage by at least 20%.  A good portion of that reduction can come from reducing landscape irrigation which comprises about 80% of daily household water usage.  This solution is fantastic for the time being, however what about future water shortages and drought?

California is a mostly arid state and water is always at a premium.  The quality of the California water supply has also had its share of problems; the huge agricultural industry continues to contaminate the ground and subsequently the water supply with harmful chemicals.  Nitrates in our water supplies continue to be a pervasive problem that calls for many residents to run their water through a water filtration system before consuming.

When considering water conservation along with water filtration systems,  there is only one logical conclusion to make.  A reverse osmosis system will certainly do the job of removing harmful contaminants from drinking water, however it can waste up to 27 gallons of water for each gallon of water it filters.  A LINX Drinking Water System, on the other hand, uses up to 90% less water to filter the same amount of drinking water.  With our water supply already in jeopardy, switching over to a LINX Water Filtration System is the only environmentally smart decision to make.

Nothing’s Better Than a Hot Cup of Tea

13 January, 2014 (16:13) | Drinking Water System, Hard Water Solutions, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

January is National Hot Tea Month and we will agree with millions of other people around the world that there is nothing quite as soothing and relaxing as a cup of tasty, hot tea. For thousands of years, tea has been recognized as a key to good health, and even in today’s modern world it is still touted as having many useful health benefits. Experts agree that all tea is good ; however, we say that all good tea starts with great water.

According to a recent article from WCPO News, green tea consists of natural compounds called polyphenols which may actually protect against several cancers, including those of the prostate, GI tract, lungs, breast, and skin. Likewise, those tea polyphenols strengthen bones and protect against fractures. Furthermore, those who drink tea could see improvements in mood, concentration and performance.

How you make your tea matters and it can certainly affect the final outcome as many tea drinkers know. It takes good water to make good tea. When you have contaminants in your tap water, flavors can be altered or overpowered by the less-appealing flavors of minerals or chemicals which could be present in your tap water. Experts and tea aficionados alike agree that it is best to use purified water or filtered water to avoid any issues that may affect the taste of your tea. Hard water should always be filtered for the best tasting tea. Water filters are available for those with specific water problems or a desire for truly excellent water.

Many people use tap water and boil it on their stovetop before adding the tea. However, boiling contaminated tap water could actually make some contaminants more concentrated and worse for your health. Boiling nitrate-contaminated water does not make it safe to drink and actually increases the concentration of nitrates.

For consumers, the best choice for making great-tasting tea and other beverages is tap water filtered by our home drinking water systems. Our drinking water systems remove harmful contaminants and other pollution which could affect the taste of your water and in turn, your tea. For something that is so good for you to drink, shouldn’t it taste as good too? With one of our water filtration systems, it can!

Habit of Hydration

1 January, 2014 (08:31) | Drinking Water System, Uncategorized | By: admin

Cooler weather here in California has many of us changing our habits. Whether you are exercising inside or staying cooler from the hot summer sun, one habit that shouldn’t change is staying hydrated. Many people believe that drinking water is only important during extreme temperatures or when performing extensive exercise activity, but the truth is that staying hydrated all day, every day no matter what the season will lead you to a healthier, happier life.

The cooler weather tends to have us feeling refreshed and thirst is the last thing we are thinking about. When we don’t feel thirsty, we don’t drink as much. However, keeping up with your exercise routine even in cooler weather has plenty of benefits. It is a great way to cure those “winter blues.” It also increases your energy levels, as long as you continue to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of quality water is essential because you can become just as dehydrated in cooler weather as you can in the heat, and we tend to drink less in the cooler weather because it isn’t on our minds.

To stay hydrated even in the cooler temperatures, experts encourage people to stay away from sugary soft drinks and stick with filtered tap water from a drinking water system. This tap water, free of potentially harmful contaminants, will have you feeling better and looking better all year long. Our home drinking water systems work to effectively reduce contamination through the most advanced drinking water technology and keeping you hydrated and healthy. Hydration habits shouldn’t be forgotten when the cooler weather hits. Staying hydrated all year long is an important part of our daily routines and our drinking water systems are the perfect tools to help you remember to drink quality water daily.

 

 

The Many Mysteries of Migraines

16 December, 2013 (19:10) | Drinking Water System, Water News | By: admin

Migraines are severe and debilitating headaches that can make anyone stop what they’re doing and put a hold on life. In extreme cases, people find themselves nauseous and vomiting, as well as actual visual disruptions. Migraines make seeing, listening, working, eating, or any other daily activity impossible. Some people suffer from frequent and severe headaches all too often and for unknown reasons. Whether you suffer from minor headaches or severe migraines, you will want to hear the latest news which suggests that drinking water from plastic cups and bottles could be one of the mysteries causing headaches. Many of the origins of headaches still remain a mystery to experts and physicians, however if making this simple change can help reduce or eliminate migraines, it would be well worth it to try.

According to a recent article from Catholic Online, new research suggests that a controversial “gender-bending” chemical in synthetic packaging may be triggering the attacks. Bisphenol A, or BPA has already been linked to a range of health problems including obesity, infertility and heart attacks. The study mentioned in the article was published in the journal named Toxicological Sciences and discussed the link between BPA and headaches which impact one in seven adults in the United Kingdom, thus also a potential impact here in the United States, as well.

The first thing we encourage you to do is to monitor your water drinking habits and also track when your headaches or migraines occur. Do you see any potential links? Do you have mysterious origins? Changing your drinking water habits could help and as anyone who suffers from this type of pain knows, anything is worth trying. So here is what you will need to do; contact us for information on one of our home drinking water systems which will filter your tap water giving you high-quality, contaminant free water.  Knowing you are drinking the best water available keeps you from worrying about what might be in your water and also keeps you safe from the chemicals that can be released from water bottle contaminants plastic water bottles. You won’t have to worry about your health, headaches, or the packaging dangers of bottled water and it may reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches. When your headaches decrease, you quality of life will instantly improve. Don’t wait until more findings come out. Take action now by installing a drinking water system and be in charge of your own health. A drinking water system will give you the water you need without the serious side effects that plastic could cause.

Tap Water Filtration Important for Pregnant Women

3 December, 2013 (15:22) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Water News | By: admin

Tap water contamination is something communities across the nation are still battling. While several contaminants are monitored by the federal government and local municipalities, tap water can still contain non-regulated substances as well as can acquire them even after your tap water leaves a treatment center. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable to the chemicals and harmful contaminants some tap water in this country contains and we recommend that if you or someone you know is pregnant, to proceed with caution. It doesn’t mean that pregnant women shouldn’t drink tap water at all, but taking the proper precautions like installing a drinking water system in your home is one way to ensure safe and quality tap water is provided.

A recent article from weather.com states that pregnant women exposed to chemical contaminants had the highest for each outcome of types of birth complications. The study, published in the Canadian Journal of Economics from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, associates environmental contaminants like water pollution with a higher rate of birth defects at a population level.  “Fetuses are vulnerable to all types of pollution, including water contamination caused by chemicals and bacteria,” said Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, in a press release. “This contamination can lead to a host of problems, including low birth weight babies who can have lifelong cognitive struggles.”

It doesn’t mean that tap water should be avoided completely. In fact, it is still much more economical and eco-friendly than bottled water. Your best option? A home drinking water system that can reduce the amount of contaminants in your tap water and improve the quality with the turn of the faucet. Safer drinking water doesn’t have to be expensive and certainly isn’t difficult to get. There was a similar study in the past that also caused worry among pregnant users of public water systems. Your water may not be free of all contaminants, but you may see levels of contaminants which don’t pose any serious health risk.  Still, some women may be more vulnerable than others to potential harm caused by water contaminants. As babymed.com adds, “you should know that certain chemicals that can be found in your drinking water might have a negative effect on the fetal development of your child.” Reduce contaminants and your risk by contacting us today and learning more about our water filtration technology  and drinking water systems.

 

Softened Water Shown to Reduce Psoriasis Irritation

6 November, 2013 (12:53) | Uncategorized | By: admin

The purpose of World Psoriasis Day on October 29 is a global event that looks to give an international, powerful voice to the 125 million people living with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Through awareness, education and other related programs, those living with psoriasis may find ways to love happier, healthier, and more comfortably through the latest treatment options. Psoriasis support groups perform activities all over the world to raise awareness about psoriasis and give people with psoriasis the attention and consideration they deserve. There are tricks that you can do to help reduce outbreaks and irritating conditions, but perhaps the most useful and effective tip is to drink more water and higher quality water with a drinking water system and bathe in softened water from a water softener.

According to the World Psoriasis Day website, it is “a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out incorrect signals that speed up the growth of skin cells. Oftentimes, you will have too many skin cells in one location, causing swelling, flaking and dryness. It can also be itchy, red, sore and very tender.” There is also a crippling form of arthritis, called psoriatic arthritis. Nearly three percent of the world’s population endure the symptoms of psoriasis. Not only do they have to deal with constant pain from cracking and bleeding skin, but they also live with the humiliation of continuous shedding of scaly skin which can often be found on clothes or their seats. What would be worse – living with the condition itself or living with the fact that there is limited treatment and no cure?

Using filtered or softened water has been shown to also reduce the effects. Keeping your skin hydrated and contaminant-free will instantly remove toxins and also keep the skin from drying out as much. Chlorine is a chemical that may cause irritation and can further dry out the already over-dry skin that normally accompanies psoriasis. Chlorine, too, can be removed by a water filter. With a water softener, hard minerals like calcium and magnesium are effectively removed. These minerals often irritate the psoriasis and the skin. Our water treatment systems support you and give your condition the attention it deserves. Treating your drinking water and that which you shower or bath in can help you feel better. A whole-house water system  has multiple benefits – which is most important to you?

New Killer In Our Water?

5 November, 2013 (21:18) | Uncategorized | By: admin

Natural News: Toxic shock: California allows up to one thousand times more glyphosate in drinking water than needed to cause breast cancer in women Learn more:

It may be something that they don’t want you to know, but there is a new danger lurking in our tap water here in California called glyphosate. Known to be dangerous to human health, the state still allows levels which are above and beyond the risk of creating cancer cells in breast tissue. Glyphosate is a synthetic compound that is a nonselective systemic herbicide, particularly effective against perennial weeds. While it may kill unwanted weeks, it may also be killing woman by increasing their risk of breast cancer tremendously. Recent studies have found links between low levels of exposure to the herbicide and the proliferation of cancer cells. Without the protection of a home drinking water system, you may be exposed to deadly contamination without even knowing it.

Naturalnews.com author Mike Adams recently exposed the information published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, where the study is entitled, “Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors.” The bottom line? Glyphosate multiplies the proliferation of breast cancer cells by 500% to 1300% even at exposures of just a few parts per trillion. Even the minimal exposure should be regulated by federal and state standards at levels that do not produce such a serious risk for cancer. The problem is that in California, the allowable exposure level was nearly 50% higher than the federal EPA level. That’s right – the state standard is much higher the EPA’s standards putting you at risk for health conditions linked to consumption of foods or tap water contaminated with glyphosate.

As the article explains, other recently published studies demonstrate glyphosate’s toxicity to cell lines, aquatic life, food animals, and humans. What is known as the “parts per trillion” study shows cancer cell proliferation being caused by ultra-low concentrations of glyphosate. Scientific studies report the dangers of genetically modified crops and their related chemical herbicides. Would you filter your tap water if you knew your water was contaminated with this herbicide? Consider our drinking water filters as an option for quality drinking water and eco-friendly technology. Leading the market, we use the most advanced filtration technology to effectively remove contaminants both regulated and unregulated from the tap to provide your household with a consistent flow of great-tasting, high-quality drinking water. What happens next? The ultimate goal is for California’s legislature to lower state standards for allowable glyphosate levels. But without the funding and support, this is not a short-term goal. Households should take matters into their own hands by installing a home drinking water system and avoid deadly contaminants once and for all. To read the article, click here.