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Water Softener Bans

29 February, 2016 (19:23) | Hard Water Solutions | By: admin

California is facing a water crisis of epic proportions and has been for several years now. With the available water sources dwindling and no end to the drought in sight, the state of California has been looking at other alternatives for their water supply. This has led them to look at utilizing wastewater where they can. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) water recycling can be used for agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, toilet flushing, and replenishing ground water basins among other things.

The problem with much of the wastewater in California is that it is contains a high level of total dissolved solids (TDS); a lot of this has been attributed to the widespread use of inefficient water softeners in the region. Many parts of California have hard water and a vast number of residents employ the use of water softeners to alleviate the problem. Since the majority of water softeners are salt based, the discharge of sodium into the ground can be quite significant. In some instances, they can discharge a pound of sodium and potassium in the sewer system every day.

This contamination of waste water has led many communities to ban the use of water softeners. The bans started about six years ago and are continuing to spread to other communities throughout the state. There are currently more than 25 counties that have banned the use of water softeners and those numbers are expected to grow. So what other options are there for homeowners who are faced with hard water?

Hard water is more than just a nuisance, it can wreak havoc on household appliances, pipes and even hair, skin and clothing. If a home has hard water, some sort of action must be taken, and if a water softener is not an option then a Portable Exchange (PE) Tank Soft Water Service  is a great option. The PE Tank Service provides the same benefits of a water softener but without the use of salt and as a consequence, salt discharge.

The regeneration of the water takes place in a state of the art facility by trained technicians. The water is stored in a portable tank that is then delivered to the home by a Rayne technician. The tanks do not require any electricity and no drains because a technician simply exchanges the tank when it is empty. The frequency of the exchange will depend on the number of individuals living in the home and the level of the water hardness. The PE Tank Service is an excellent option for areas with a water softener ban in effect as well as for homeowners who don’t want to be bothered by having to service and maintain a water softener but still enjoy the convenience of softened water.

How to Drink More Water and Avoid Kidney Stones

26 January, 2016 (17:49) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Have you ever had kidney stones? Do you know someone who has? If so, then you probably know that they’re in no way enjoyable whatsoever. The good news is that drinking water can help! The key is to know how to drink more water during the day and to monitor your intake properly. Once you make drinking more high quality drinking water part of your daily routine, or you use a water filter to remove harmful contaminants in order to increase your water intake, you’ll be feeling better and hopefully can reduce your chances of having kidney stones.

A recent article from the University of Chicago gives some very helpful tips for drinking more water and making it a part of your healthier lifestyle all while avoiding severe risks of kidney stones. The article begins by giving ways to drink more; start increasing your daily water intake slowly but surely. Don’t try to overdo it the first day or even the second. While drinking more water is a simple way to reduce the risk of kidney stones, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Set new goals each week or each month to increase consumption. It’ll easily and slowly become a part of your normal routine. The article then says to be willing to spend time using the restroom. Most people avoid drinking water to avoid having to use the restroom. This is not a good excuse – better hydration means less risk of kidney stones. Would you rather spend a little extra time in the bathroom or in the ER with a kidney stone? Lastly, be willing. Make the time to drink water and reap the consequences and don’t wait until you are out of work to drink all your water. Intermittent dehydration can be a real problem. Drink water throughout your day, even if you are at work. Plus, input doesn’t always match the output. Four factors make the answer of how many times you’ll be running to the restroom harder to come by: sodium intake, geographical location, occupation, and exercise.

Other tricks which can help you drink more water include investing in a fancy water bottle, adding fruit to your water like lemons, watermelons, raspberries and grapes, downloading an app to help you track progress, eating your water through fruits and vegetables, using a straw, and also investing in a home drinking water system. As you increase your water intake to reduce kidney stones, you’ll want to ensure that the water you’re drinking is safe and pure. A home drinking water system will filter out harmful contaminants and also provide you with safe, great-tasting drinking water. If your water tastes good, then you’ll want to drink it! Contact our water treatment company today to learn which of our drinking water filters would work best for your new healthier lifestyle. Making a commitment to your health and avoiding painful kidney stones starts with drinking more water! Day by day, we can work together to support your kidney health! To read the full article, click here http://kidneystones.uchicago.edu/how-to-drink-enough-water/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Unnoticed Water Contamination Issue

19 January, 2016 (16:52) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

Glass of water

Flint, Michigan’s problem with lead contaminated drinking water has made headlines across the nation. Residents in the area complained about the odor, taste and appearance of their water soon after state officials switched its supply source from Lake Huron to the polluted Flint River. Their complaints went largely unnoticed and unanswered for nearly TWO YEARS before officials finally acknowledged the lead contamination problem.

The state Department of Environmental Quality admitted their mistake of failing to require the addition of corrosion-control chemicals to the water which lead to the contamination. Now the city of Flint is in a state of crisis; President Obama even pledged five million dollars in federal aid to assist in the effort to provide much needed water filters and other water filtration supplies for Flint residents.

Lead contaminated drinking water can lead to permanent brain damage, especially in children … and unfortunately the damage is irreversible. Pediatricians fear that the Flint children found with elevated lead levels will suffer lifelong consequences from this problem. Lead poisoning is also associated with gastrointestinal problems, headaches, irritability, fatigue, kidney dysfunction and high blood pressure in both children and adults. So how could something this serious go either unnoticed or unacknowledged for so long?

Many fingers have been pointed at the Department of Environmental Quality as well as to Governor Snyder. Bottom line however, an attempt to cut costs was the main catalyst for this crisis. This type of problem is not unique; companies looking to save a few dollars have dumped toxic chemicals into the water supply leading to water contamination and others have cut back on safety measures which has led to chemical spills. It happens way too frequently, which makes water filtration all across America a necessity, now more than ever before.

A water filtration system, such as an RO system or a LINX Drinking Water System can filter out lead and other harmful contaminates before they have the opportunity to reach the tap. They can help homeowners filter out known contaminates, but they are also an extra step of protection for those unknown contaminates that may sneak into the water supply. While the water contamination problem would have still existed in Flint, the lead poisoning residents are seeing in their children would have been completely avoided if they had access to a drinking water filtration systems.

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.