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Uranium in Your Drinking Water… Now What?

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

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

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

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

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

How to deal with potential groundwater threats

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

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

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

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

The Truth about Uranium in Drinking Water

17 December, 2015 (16:10) | Uncategorized | By: admin

Water Test for UraniumIt has recently been reported that uranium in drinking water has increased significantly since 1990; in fact, in some parts of California the uranium in public water supplies has seen as much as a seventeen percent increase. U.S. Geological Survey researchers say that the increased uranium contamination is coming from year-round farming, irrigation, over pumping of underground water reserves and the pervasive drought in the southwest.

Uranium is a naturally occurring element and with the increase in irrigation and farming, is beginning to leech out into our water supply. Irrigated plants produce a weak acid that is leeching uranium out of the ground’s sediment and it is finding its way into ground water. Considering the drought that many southwest areas are facing, this groundwater has become one of the primary sources for water, which is why uranium is showing up in so many water supplies.

While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set standards for the allowable levels of uranium in drinking water, this does not apply to privately owned wells. One of the problems that the Associated Press reported is that authorities are doing little to inform the public about this increased risk of uranium contamination. Due to this oversight, many homeowners are drinking uranium contaminated water without even know it.

There has been no health risk associated with showering or bathing with uranium contaminated water, however there is a significant health risk associated with drinking it. Due to its toxicity as a heavy metal, the EPA has established that it carries a risk of kidney damage and also an increased cancer risk. As such, it is vitally important to determine if there is uranium in your drinking water and take steps to mitigate it if it is present.

The good news is that uranium can be easily and efficiently filtered out of drinking water with the use of a reverse osmosis system or an ion exchange drinking water system such as our LINX Drinking Water System. If you have any questions on uranium or how to filter it out of your drinking water, one of our water specialists would be happy to answer them for you, so don’t hesitate to give us a call.

 

How to Choose a Drinking Water System

30 November, 2015 (18:28) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Drinking water systems are becoming the gold standard in many homes today. Water quality and safety are one of the top concerns among homeowners. Couple that with the fact that buying bottled water is not only expensive, but has a huge environmental impact, and you can see why drinking water systems and water filters are quickly becoming a requirement for many homeowners. But how do you choose from all the different drinking water systems on the market today?

Knowing what contaminants you want to filter out of your water is the first step toward choosing the correct drinking water system. Most systems will filter out the major contaminants such as chlorine, copper, lead, parasites etc., but there are drinking water systems that filter out some contaminates better than others. Our LINX Drinking Water Systems for example, can reduce nitrates down to a zero detect level whereas most other systems can reduce nitrate levels, but not down to the zero detect level. If you happen to reside in an area with a higher nitrate contamination, the best choice would be a system with superior nitrate filtration.  

If your water filtration needs are fairly simple, then most standard drinking water systems would do the trick. A reverse osmosis (RO) system would be a good choice in this instance; they do a fantastic job at water filtration and will produce great tasting water at the tap. There are RO systems that can produce up to 50 gallons of drinking water a day, or if you don’t require as much, there are smaller options as well.

Another consideration when choosing a drinking water system is their environmental impact. With many counties in our area under heavy water restrictions due to drought conditions, it would make sense to choose an environmentally friendly system. Unfortunately, a reverse osmosis isn’t the best choice when it comes to preserving water; the water waste created by a RO system can be pretty dramatic. It can take almost eleven gallons of water to make just one pot of coffee, so needless to say, water conservation is definitely not a top priority with a RO.

Our high-efficiency LINX Drinking Water System, on the other hand, is a fantastic choice for water conservation. It can operate with up to 90 percent less water waste than an RO and still provide superior filtered drinking water. Another great feature is that it comes equipped with a water saving automatic shut-off built right into the system. The LINX system also has the ability to provide virtually unlimited filtered water; the tank can regenerate in minutes versus hours for an RO. If you are still unsure, and have more questions on what type of drinking water system is right for you, give us a call and we will answer any questions you have, while helping you make the best decision for your home.

Hard Water during the Holidays

30 November, 2015 (17:30) | Hard Water Solutions, Money Savings | By: admin

The holidays are the perfect time to remind us of everything we wish we could change about our home. Between decorating and hosting holiday parties, we want to impress our guests and make sure everything goes smoothly. But the holidays can be tough when you have hard water to deal with. Homes without a residential water softener will spend too much time dealing with mineral buildup and too little time socializing and entertaining our guests. This holiday season, the best thing you can do is install one of our home water softeners before your guests arrive.

Anyone living with hard water knows that it isn’t unsafe, it is just a hassle. Calcium and magnesium deposits leave stains on silverware and glassware, clog pipes and water appliances and make hair, skin and clothing dull and lifeless. None of these issues are ideal for holiday entertaining. No one wants guests drinking from glassware that has white limescale buildup and looks dirty nor should they have to deal with a film on their skin after using your shower. Entertaining guests with hard water can be embarrassing for sure.  After hosting guests, you may also have to spend additional time in the kitchen scrubbing your dishes and glasses to remove the buildup or dealing with water appliances that are clogged from the mineral buildup. There is no ideal situation and the best option is a water softener.

Our residential water softeners come in a variety of sizes and models so that you can get exactly what your household demands. We have models that work for smaller apartments and others that can handle the demands of larger homes and entertaining guests during the holidays. No one wants to live with hard water, but this time of year is the perfect time to invest in something that will make your holidays more enjoyable and smooth. Our water softeners have the ability to monitor regeneration needs, household demands, peak flow and so much more. A residential water softener can eliminate hard water buildup, give life back to your hair and skin, keep colors brighter in your clothing and extend the life of your pipes and water-using appliances. Smart and efficient, make this holiday your best holiday yet by investing in one of our residential water softeners. Entertaining just got a whole lot easier!

 

Are Water Softeners Bad for the Environment?

28 November, 2015 (16:20) | Uncategorized | By: admin

PE VideoWe are all well aware of the need to protect and preserve our environment. With that thought in mind, we thought we would take a look at the most environmentally friendly way to soften hard water.  Our conventional, modern water softeners are certainly more environmentally friendly than the older models; however there is another way to have soft water with virtually no environmental impact at all. The Rayne Portable Exchange (PE) Tank System for soft water delivery is the most environmentally superior way to soften your hard water.

When consumers utilize the PE Tank System they will receive the exact same softened water that conventional water softeners supply, but without the use salt in the home. The water softening process takes place in our state of the art facility without any water being wasted or salt discharge added into septic systems. This video explains how the process works and why it is so environmentally superior.

Another reason why this type of system so environmentally friendly is that even the used exchange compounds are stored in a tank and returned to the Rayne facility to be regenerated. The frequency of the exchange is customized depending on the number of people in your home as well as the level of water hardness. For one monthly fee, homeowners are guaranteed to always have softened water available without any work on their part or any extra expense.

Our customers who utilize this service tell us that they just love it. The tanks require no electricity in the home and no drain because our technicians simply exchange the tank when needed. If you have hard water and are looking for a more environmentally responsible way to soften it, take a look at our PE Tank Water Softening System, it might just be the way to go!

 

Feeling Helpless Against Copper Pipe Leakage?

4 November, 2015 (16:11) | Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Money Savings, Water News, Water Usage | By: admin

Municipal water facilities use a variety of processes in order to make our drinking water safe for consumption. Many water districts, specifically in Orange County, are now using chloramines to treat their water supply. Chloramines are comprised of a mixture of chlorine and ammonia that work together to extend the disinfecting power of chlorine. They ensure that the water supply is free of bacteria, viruses and other disease causing pathogens. While chloramines are highly effective in this regard, the downside of this disinfection process is their harmful effect on copper piping. Since the switch was made to chloramine disinfectant, there have been thousands of reports of pinhole leaks in copper pipes.

California is one of several states which restricts the use of plastic piping, while promoting the use of copper piping in their plumbing systems. According to the California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CalPASC) there is currently an epidemic of copper pipe leaks in the state and it is being attributed to this shift to the use of chloramine. Needless to say, homeowners are greatly distressed by the added expense to replace damaged pipes. There is a solution to the problem however; the Rayne Chloramine Buster.

The Rayne Chloramine Buster 1500 and the Rayne Chloramine Buster 2000 were specifically designed to considerably reduce the damaging effects of chloramines and other compounds such as hydrogen sulfide before they enter into the home’s plumping system. Installed at the home’s water main, they remove chloramine and other noxious sulfides before they have the opportunity to enter the plumbing system and cause damage.

Both the Rayne Chloramine Buster 1500 and Rayne Chloramine Buster 2000 are equipped with a custom media application produced from high quality coconut shell carbons. This media modification allows for superior water treatment capabilities right at the source. They are able to remove much larger quantities of not only chloramine, but other organic species which may also be present in the water. Homeowners no longer have to feel helpless against copper pipe failure, by just installing a chloramine buster they not only have peace of mind that their pipes are not going to develop leaks, but also know they are potentially saving thousands of dollars in water and pipe damage.

Removing Chlorine from Drinking Water

28 October, 2015 (16:50) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Chlorine is probably the most widely utilized disinfectant around the house and certainly the most commonly used disinfectant in our water supply. If your drinking water comes from a municipal water company, the odds are that chlorine or one of its compounds such as chloramine will be found in your drinking water. It is important to have clean, safe drinking water and while the Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers small amounts of chlorine safe for consumption, it is often unpalatable or produces an unpleasant odor in the water.

Oftentimes the chlorine used to treat our water reacts to the pipes or faucet fittings and can cause an unpleasant or metallic taste to the water. Coffee and tea are particularly sensitive to chlorinated water and their taste can be dramatically altered. In order to alleviate this problem you can take the time to boil the water first before making your morning libation, however it is much more convenient to simply filter it out before it ever reaches the tap. There are a few different options available for chlorine filtration; a water conditioner or a drinking water system are the most favored options.

A salt free water conditioner will produce cleaner, clearer water from every faucet in your home. In addition, it has the added benefit of not only filtering out chlorine but also avoiding the addition of sodium to your drinking water and waste water. Salt free conditioners will also provide scale and corrosion protection for your fixtures and water using appliances without the hassle and expense of water softener salt. Your water will taste and smell significantly better and you should get the maximum life capacity out of all your water using appliances. 

There are several different options for drinking water filters; a reverse osmosis system or an ion-exchange drinking water system are your best bets. While a reverse osmosis drinking water system can produce superior quality water, filtering out chlorine and its components, many RO systems waste an inordinate amount of water to do so. With so many water restrictions in place in and around the southwest, a high efficiency drinking water system might be a better option.

The LINX Drinking Water System offers the latest technology for water filtration and uses up to ninety percent less water than a reverse osmosis system to operate. The water reservoir will fill up in minutes for a continuous supply of fresh, great-tasting water. Another great option with this type of drinking water system is that it offers a Dial-A-Taste control where the consumer is able to customize the taste of their drinking water, dialing in the amount of mineral content they find most palatable.

If the taste and smell of your drinking water is affected by the municipal water disinfection process, contact us and we will help you find the right water filtration system to fit your unique needs and budget. No one should have to be subjected to bad tasting water!

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

27 October, 2015 (13:37) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

drinking waterDrinking water is essential to good health, but how much water should we be drinking? There are so many conflicting reports on the topic that it’s hard to decipher an exact amount; there are some common guidelines however that can help. While eight glasses of water per day has been the recommendation in the past, many dieticians are now saying it depends on your body weight and activity level; eight glasses may not be enough for some people.

As a general rule, it is recommended to drink approximately one ounce of water per pound of body weight, especially if you are moderately active. More sedentary individuals should drink at least half an ounce of water per pound of body weight and extremely active individuals should drink at least an ounce and a half per pound. Your body is probably the best gage to determine if you are drinking enough water however; the following signs are a good indication that you need to increase your water intake:

  • Feeling Thirsty: This might seem obvious, but oftentimes we don’t realize that we need water until we are dying of thirst, but by then we are already partially dehydrated.
  • Headache: When hydration levels in your body drop, a chemical reaction takes place which triggers a headache. As your blood volume continues to drops due to dehydration, less oxygen flows to the brain causing the blood vessels to dilate and your headache will worsen.
  • Hunger: Those hunger pangs you think you have, they might not actually be hunger pangs, but your body telling you that you need to drink. Drinking a glass of water or two will often reduce hunger pangs.
  • Constipation: The digestive system needs hydration to stay lubricated and if you aren’t drinking enough water throughout the day, the colon will steal it from the intestine which causes you to become constipated.
  • Fatigue: When a person experiences that mid-afternoon slump it is often attributed to lack of hydration. As your blood volume drops, oxygen flow decreases and this lack of oxygen causes you to feel sleepy if not downright exhausted.
  • Bad Breath: If you are dehydrated, there is a decreased amount of saliva in the mouth which is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria; the end result is bad breath.
  • Decreased Urination: Urinating fewer than four times a day is another sign that you are not drinking enough. You should also take a minute to look at your urine color as well; it should be a very pale yellow. If it is dark yellow or orange-ish you need to increase your water intake.
  • Mental Fog: Even mild dehydration can cause your mental acuity to suffer. If you are feeling mentally sluggish, drink a glass of water and see if it helps you get your focus back.

Our bodies are mostly comprised of water, so it makes sense that it needs water to function properly. Every single organ is affected when we aren’t drinking enough so the first thing you should do when you aren’t feeling well is to reach for a tall glass of water – who knows it just might cure all your ills!

Signs of Hard Water Easy to Spot

22 October, 2015 (16:56) | Hard Water Solutions, Water Softeners | By: admin

Have you ever wondered if you have hard water? Well, if you do not currently have a water softener or other water treatment system in your home, you very well may. The majority of households in our region do have hard water and the signs are everywhere. If you’re wondering if you have hard water and do not have access to your water treatment company’s most recent water test results, keep reading! We can help you answer the question right now.

Hard water often causes white scale buildup on dishes, pots and pans and other surfaces. It often leaves a detergent film on newly washed clothes or hair and usually is a pain to deal with. People with softened water often claim that the soft water makes their skin smoother and their hair more manageable. Would this be something you could use? Most people would love improvements like this with a water softener.

Hard water is not dangerous to your health, thankfully, but is simply water that contains a high level of the minerals magnesium and calcium. These minerals make everyday chores difficult and could end up costing you more money in the long run. Dealing with your hard water now could leave you with more time to spend doing things you actually need to do apart from those pesky household chores. Often, people tell us there is a substantial reason to purchase or lease one of our water softeners  simply because they have had enough of the mineral buildup everywhere they look in their home.

Hard water may cause more problems than you noticed. While white film on surfaces and dishes is embarrassing enough, hard water also creates a scale buildup inside your pipes and water appliances reducing the efficiency of your water heater. This means more energy is used to heat water which will result in increased energy expenses. It can also mean clogged pipes and breakdowns in those water appliances. Shortened lifespans mean more money. It is mostly important to protect your home with softened water to prolong the lifespan of pipes and home appliances from scale buildup and clogging.

Water spots, however, as mentioned above are one of the easiest ways to check if you have hard water. If you wash your dishes well and still see the water spots when they air dry, you probably have an abundance of hard minerals. They complicate soap and detergent dissolving in water, and leave behind those water spots. Soap is also less effective in hard water because it reacts to form the calcium or magnesium salt of the organic acid of the soap. Skin washed in hard water is typically reported as feeling scratchy and dry as a result of the soap scum.

There are many benefits to installing one of our water softenersEffects of Hard Water. Mostly the elimination of all of those annoyances listed above but also because the quality of your water may also improve. Although it is minerals that give water the refreshing flavor many people find desirable, our systems also produce great-tasting water thanks to advanced technology and efficiency.  You will instantly enjoy cleaner and shinier silverware and dishware, softer skin and smoother hair, reduced soap needed to clean clothing or skin, reduction in housework, cost savings on detergents, soaps and replacing water appliances, reduced costs for your energy, and less damage to appliances down the road. If you said yes to having hard water, give is a call. We have what you need!