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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.

Why is Detergent More Effective in Soft Water?

23 December, 2014 (15:47) | Uncategorized | By: admin

soapIt is common knowledge that soft water, either naturally occurring or from a water softener, has greater cleaning power than hard water.  If you have ever taken a shower in soft water you know that a little bit of soap goes a long way.  The same is true when washing clothes in the washing machine or even washing dishes in the sink; it takes about half the amount of soap as it does in hard water to produce a nice rich lather.  But why is this?  Why are soaps and detergents more effective in soft water than in hard water?

To answer this question, let’s first look at the chemical make-up of hard water.  Hard water, by definition, is water which contains a high concentration of calcium and magnesium ions; it is these minerals which prevents soap and detergents from being as effective as they should be.  When the “soap” molecules come in contact with the magnesium and calcium in hard water, a chemical reaction occurs and magnesium stearate or calcium stearate forms; this is the waxy substance we all know as soap scum.  This reaction prevents the soap from producing the cleansing lather as it was intended.

It is a completely different story for soft water.  Naturally occurring soft water does not have these minerals present and therefore detergents and soaps do not react as they do in hard water.  Water that has been softened by a water softener, typically replaces the magnesium and calcium minerals with sodium or potassium; these minerals do not react with the compounds in soap or detergents so they perform as they were intended.

Not only does soft water require much less detergent than hard water to be effective, there is another cost savings benefit associated with soft water as well.  Due to the fact that detergents clean more efficiently in soft water, washing machines do not have to be set on hot in order to achieve good stain removal.  Cold water washes accomplish the same or even better stain removal, and produce whiter whites than clothes washed in hard water.  So not only do you see a 50 percent reduction in detergent needed, homeowners can also save energy by not having to use hot water.




Dishwasher Problems from Hard Water

21 October, 2014 (15:52) | Uncategorized | By: admin

Do you love your dishwasher? Well if your home has hard water, chances are that you don’t know what love is. Hard water creates an array of issues for dishwashers and many consumers avoid using their dishwasher altogether. Not only are hard water nuisances multiplied with the use of a dishwasher, but cost of operation skyrockets and you shell out more money than it is worth in the long run. An estimated 85% of homes in the United States deal with hard water, so you are not alone.  So how do you fall in love with your dishwasher? The secret is easy –  a water softener to reduce mineral content in your tap water while improving the quality of your home’s water at the same time.

You see, hard water contributes to inefficient and costly operation of water-using appliances. Heated hard water forms a scale of calcium and magnesium minerals that can contribute to the inefficient operation or failure of water-using appliances. Pipes can become clogged with scale that reduces water flow and ultimately requires pipe replacement. These are dishwashersome pretty serious problems for your dishwasher. You may also notice a film on the interior walls of your dishwasher known as hard water buildup, as well as a whitish film and spots on your dishes after using your dishwasher.

With a water softener, you can instantly see the benefits of having a dishwasher and you will extend the life of your appliance. Dealing with hard water problems in your home can be frustrating and quite embarrassing when your guests eat or drink off of your dishware. The amount of hardness minerals in water affects the amount of soap and detergent necessary for cleaning.  Soap used in hard water combines with the minerals to form a sticky soap curd. Without a water softener, it is really quite a task to remove the minerals.

Money savings are skyrocketed with a water softener as well. Not only will you be buying less detergent for your dishwasher and your energy costs of operation will also be reduced, but the softer the water, the longer your dishwasher will last. Under moderately hard water, your dishwasher will last several years–even though it’s not entirely soft water. On the other hand, if you’re on extremely hard water, your dishwasher may only last a few short years before hard water completely incapacitates the appliance. Although it may run fine, the lifespan is shortened due to clogged pipes and water holes on the interior.

Contact us today so that we can determine your water’s hardness and need for a water softener. Your dishwasher is just one of the many appliances that will benefit from lower mineral content and you can fall in love with your home all over again. Do not let hard water minerals frustrate you because there is a solution and it all starts with one simple phone call.


When Should You Have Your Water Tested?

30 September, 2014 (13:45) | Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions | By: admin

Water testing is something that all homeowners should take into consideration, especially if you rely on a private well for your water supply.  Drinking water can quickly and easily become contaminated and if not caught right away can cause some serious health concerns.  It is recommended to have municipally supplied water tested periodically, however well water should be tested at least once every year.

Bacteria is one of the biggest concerns with well water; in fact, approximately 40 percent of private wells tested, come back positive for bacteria.  Every year you should at least test for bacteria (total coliforms), nitrates, total dissolved solids and pH levels.  Testing for arsenic, chloride, pesticides, metals and hardness is also highly recommended as they are often found in well water as well.

If you notice any change in your water, such as taste, smell or appearance, have your water tested at once.  This could definitely be a sign that something is not right.  Some other warning signs to look for are:

  • Your well is close to a septic tank.
  • Your well is in an area where livestock are kept.
  • Your well in near an area where pesticides and other chemicals are used.
  • You notice water stains on your fixtures or clothing
  • You are pregnant, or have a child under six months old (nitrates can cause a fatal condition in young children)
  • You notice recurring gastrointestinal distress in you or your family members
  • You have a newly installed well
  • Your property is near a gas station, mining operation, dry-cleaners, chemical plant, heavily salted roadway, an oil / gas drilling company or junkyard

Knowing the condition of your water and having it tested as recommended is the first step in preventing any potential health concerns.  The Environmental Protection Agency has a link on their website you can use to find certified testing labs in your state.  Most home improvement stores have a basic water test, however it is very limited as to what contaminants it can detect.  A certified lab is the best route to go since are able to provide a much broader scope of testing.

Once you determine the condition of your water, you are in a much better position to choose a water filtration system that will compliment your unique water concerns or whether you need one at all.  Keeping tabs on your water regularly will help prevent any health issues before they arise.



What is a Salt-Free Water Conditioner?

29 July, 2014 (15:57) | Hard Water Solutions, Impurity Solutions, Water Softeners, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

Let’s face it, water is an essential and vital component to sustain life, but in order for drinking water to provide its full range of health and household benefits, it often must be treated.  The question most often asked is, “which water treatment system is the best?”  We wish there was just one answer to that question, it would make it so much easier for homeowners to know what to purchase, however that is not the case.

The type of water you have in your home, as well as the local regulations and your own personal preference will determine which type of water treatment system will water conditionerwork best for you.  Today, we are going to look at salt-free water conditioners; their pros, their cons and why they would or wouldn’t work for your situation.

First, we need to understand how a salt-free water conditioner works.  Unlike a water softener, which removes calcium and magnesium in the water and replaces them with sodium ions, a salt-free water conditioner leaves the minerals in the water but changes their form so they will not adhere to surfaces.

When homeowners make the decision to treat hard water, it is usually to eliminate mineral buildup in their pipes and appliances which can damage and shorten the life of water using appliances as well as drastically reducing water flow in pipes.  A salt-free water conditioner works great in this instance since it breaks up the minerals in such a way that they will not adhere to surfaces.  If homeowners want to eliminate the minerals in their water and enjoy the luxurious feel of mineral-free water, then a water softener would be a better option.

The fact that salt-free water conditioners do not remove calcium and magnesium is actually a positive aspect of their features.  Numerous studies have been done that tout the health benefits of both calcium and magnesium.  In fact the World Health Organization (WHO) did an in-depth study of why calcium and magnesium should be left in our water.

Inadequate intakes of calcium have been associated with increased risks of osteoporosis, kidney stones, colorectal cancer, hypertension and stroke, coronary artery disease, insulin resistance and obesity.  Low magnesium levels have been implicated in hypertension, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, mellitus and metabolic syndrome.  When left in drinking water, it is much easier to get adequate amounts of both these beneficial minerals.

Another consideration to take into account is how your water treatment decision affects the environment.  A salt-free water conditioner not only does not waste any water, it also eliminates the addition of sodium into groundwater.  Sodium has been declared as one of the biggest contaminates affecting water supplies in the nation and around the world.  It has become so prevalent that it is beginning to destroy crops and affect groundwater across the globe.  In fact, many states now have communities which have banned the sale of some types of regenerative water softeners since they flush sodium back into the ground.

As we said earlier, there are many factors to take into consideration before choosing a water filtration system.  The best way to start the process is to have your water tested to see what issues you need to address.  Next, do your research; evaluate each water treatment system on the market to see which one fits your needs and the needs of the environment while still providing the best tasting, healthiest water possible.

Forecast predicts tough times for Southwest water supply

1 July, 2014 (19:18) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Money Savings, Reverse Osmosis, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

A recent article from Water Tech Online has predicted a grim forecast for some states in the Southwest United States, including California, this year when it comes to drought conditions and a dry water supply. Whether you have a drinking water system in your home or not, water conservation is a topic that we urge all residents to become familiar with these days. Water waste must be avoided due to drought conditions and less snowpack than average. Some models of water filters or RO systems waste a large percentage of the water they use during the filtration process, but not having a home drinking water system can also pose health risks due to drinking water contamination. Meanwhile, bottled water leads to a large percentage of toxic landfill waste and could be avoided by making an eco-friendly choice.

The article mentioned above discusses data in a press release from the USDA National Water and Climate Center NWCC. There is some positive news for some states though, as Washington, most of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the northern parts of Colorado and Utah are expected to have near normal or above normal water supplies through the rest of the summer, according to the forecasts. However, far below normal stream-flows are expected for the southern parts of Oregon and Utah, southwestern Idaho, California, Arizona, New Mexico and western Nevada. As stated in the article, many of these areas are in the nearly 500 counties across the country experiencing drought, according to USDA disaster designations.

Some experts have found that 100% of California is under drought conditions with water supplies in high demand but limited quantity. Officials and experts are scrambling to find ways to save water and limit its use. Our drinking water systems can help residents do their part in this water crisis and save on water waste thanks to our advanced water filtration technology. Household demand for water doesn’t always decrease even though our water supply has here in Irvine. That is why a water filter at the tap may be perfect for your family; water conservation meets high quality drinking water with reduced contamination. Not only is this a cost-effective solution for you, but it is also an eco-friendly solution for our area. Every little bit counts and unfortunately, we just do not have enough water supply to waste what little we do have.

Large Families Demand Quality Water

3 June, 2014 (16:26) | Uncategorized | By: admin

Homes with large families do not have to pay more for high-quality, great-tasting drinking water just because their demand is higher. Even large families who use more water can stay protected with a home drinking water system or enjoy the benefits of softened water with one of our effective water softeners. We have water systems that have advantages like economical models, ideal for home plumbing and salt-free perfect for large families.

Our water filters provide clean, healthy, great-tasting water right at your kitchen sink. In a large family, buying bottled water can get expensive – and take up a lot of space too! Our drinking water systems are the most cost-effective way to provide a continuous supply of sparkling clean water without the bottle. Our unique filtration technology can produce 25-40 gallons of water per day and the tank fills in minutes for a continuous supply of fresh, high-quality drinking water, never leaving your family members waiting around for long periods of tank regeneration and refilling. We understand that bigger families use more water and shouldn’t have to wait around for water. Our tanks vary in size so that small and large families can choose which system would fit their home and their family’s demands best – some tanks hold more water while others regenerate on demand. Talk to one of our technicians to learn which would benefit your needs and support a household with filtered and softened water.

We also offer water softeners able to serve large families. In our most efficient model, we have included a computer chip that calculates daily usage and regenerates on demand – that means no one goes without softened water and the whole family can enjoy the benefits. It also produces soft water using maximum efficiency and large capacity and has user-friendly controls so that the whole family can use it and enjoy it.

Our models which can handle large home plumbing can handle heavy duty applications and even light commercial flow – superior flow rates and comes in a durable, long-lasting system. To learn which drinking water systems  are right for your family or home, try this online form by clicking here.  We have plenty of models to offer you and all of the members of your family. After all, large families deserve softened water and filtered drinking water too.

Protecting and Preserving our Water

2 June, 2014 (15:40) | Drinking Water System, Hard Water Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water Softeners, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

So many people talk about the environment and how we are polluting it at an alarming rate, but are there actions behind their impassioned words?  Our environment is comprised of many different things, but the most simplistic ingredients are water, air and non-living organisms.  When even one of these components is compromised, it puts our entire eco-system at risk.  All living things depend on a healthy environment so what can we, as individuals, do to ensure we are both protecting and preserving our environment.

As a water treatment company, we work with one of these vital components on a daily basis.  We so often see how water is either being wasted or contaminated so we thought we would look at ways in which we can protect and preserve this precious commodity right in our own homes.

There are many areas that are faced with some serious water contamination issues.  We encounter nitrate and arsenic contamination as well as hard water and mineral deposits in many of the homes we go into, so the first step is to determine the quality of the water your family is using and drinking so you can know the best way to treat it.  Then the next step is to determine which water treatment system will cure your water issues in the most eco-friendly way possible.

If a water softener is what your home needs, you might want to consider using a salt-free water conditioning system.  It reduces chlorine, removes any minerals that are causing problems, improves the taste and odor of your water and provides cleaner, clearer water from every faucet in your home.  This is the same as any other water softener, but with one huge eco-friendly advantage – No salt consumption and no wastewater contamination.  Water softeners in general are eco-friendly; they help preserve the integrity of your appliances, so there is no need to replace them as frequently.  But, how much better would it be if you could eliminate the wastewater contamination part by using a salt free conditioner?

Next, let’s look at water filtration systems.  Unfortunately, we encounter arsenic and nitrate water contamination all too frequently when we test water in homes; the only way to remove these chemicals as well as others that might be lurking in your drinking water is to employ a water filtration system.  Not all water filtration systems are eco-friendly however; in fact some are downright wasteful.  A typical reverse osmosis system does a fantastic job of filtering water; it removes harmful chemicals and other contaminants found in drinking water, but it wastes a TON of water in the process.  In fact, it can waste as much as 8 gallons of water just to produce 1 gallon of filtered drinking water.

A much more eco-friendly choice would be an ion-exchange water filtration system such as the LINX Drinking Water System.  Not only will it supply an almost endless amount of filtered water, but does so at a 90% water waste savings.  So for virtually no water waste, you are able to remove all of the same, plus more, chemicals and contaminates as a typical reverse osmosis but in a much more eco-friendly way.

This is just a sampling of the small steps you can take in your home to be more environmentally conscious, but if we are all willing to make even small changes, we can collectively make a huge impact on our environment.

How do I choose a water softener?

6 May, 2014 (15:06) | Hard Water Solutions, Money Savings, Water Softeners | By: admin

Almost 85% of homes in the United States have hard water, making daily household tasks harder than they need to be. Water softeners  are an effective and affordable choice for people who want to eliminate the trouble caused by high mineral content but knowing which to choose is something we can help you with. Hard water is not dangerous for humans, but it can cause harm to water appliances in your home. Likewise, glassware and dishes are left with spots which can be embarrassing when you have guests over. Clothes appear duller and feel coarser. Bathroom fixtures develop unsightly film. Soaps and laundry detergents don’t lather as well. Even your skin and hair don’t feel as clean. The most costly problem? It is definitely related to your appliances; especially on washing machines and hot water heaters, causing them to wear out up to 30% faster. Your pipes and appliances will also remain clog free with less maintenance and repair.

The instant benefits of soft water is noticeable to the eye. Your clothes, pipes and appliances will be better off and function better thanks to softened water. It will save you time and money – two things that we cannot waste these days. No one has time or money to throw away freely.

Before you choose a water softener for your home, it is important to consider the size and demands of your household, eco-friendly solutions and whether or not your area has a ban on traditional salt-water softeners. Should this be the case, we have an option for you so you don’t have to go on living with hard water. We offer a PE tank service, or soft water service, where a certified technician will come and switch your tanks for you. A fully-regenerated tank will be delivered to you and the old tank is brought back to our centralized facility to be re-generated. More than 25 communities around California have banned some water softeners that use salt on the grounds that they are hazardous to the environment. Don’t invest several hundred dollars in a salt softener only to find it cannot be used. Contact us today to learn how our products could change your life for the better and give you back precious time and money that you can never get back!


Will Californians follow rules set forth due to the severe drought?

22 April, 2014 (16:56) | Drinking Water System, Impurity Solutions, Money Savings, Reverse Osmosis, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

The drought here in California has caused many issues for residents, business owners, farmers and government officials who are now staring down the barrel of a gun. The drought is forcing all parties to make decisions and set precedents when it comes to water conservation and water filtration. But without the proper drinking water system installed in your home, are you prepared to deal with both contamination and restrictions? Whether or not Californians will follow new rules is unknown, and even more alarming is whether the new rules will prove sufficient to meaningfully curb California’s water use — which won’t be clear for a while.Will Californians follow the new water laws?

According to a recent article from New Republic discuss some devastating news that keeps the situation looking bleaker by the minute. Last week, The Association of California Water Agencies released a list of water-saving measures that local governments have rolled out in response to the drought. Unfortunately, what is listed in their report is beginning to define California and the era we live in. Everyone in the state—including homeowners, farmers, and environmentalists—has failed to make the tough choices when it comes to water conservation that now stare them in the face.

Why is the crisis so severe? Well after decades of dealing with the pressure of dwindling water resources, the drought is starting to force life-changing choices. Some estimate that half a million acres of farmland will go fallow in California this year, and the reduction in farming already is raising food prices in much of the nation.

Change is imminent. In January, Gov. Brown called on Californians to curb their water use by 20 percent. Implementation of other ideas like the use of “recycled,” or used, water—something that makes many people cringe because of the health impact.

How can you protect your own household? Our drinking water systems will filter water efficiently and waste much less water than traditional reverse osmosis systems. You can simultaneously conserve water and filter water, both two important answers in coping with our drought situation in California. Contact us today and starting conserving water tomorrow.