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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!

 

 

 

 

How Does Water Become Contaminated?

28 September, 2015 (13:59) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Have you ever considered the fact that the water on the Earth right now is the same water that was on the Earth millions of years ago? National Geographic is quoted as saying “The water the dinosaurs drank millions of years ago is the same water that falls as rain today.” How amazing is that? When we stop and think about this fact, it makes us want to keep our water as clean and unpolluted as possible for future generations. While we can certainly take steps toward this goal, there are times when our water supply becomes contaminated due to circumstances beyond our control. One of those circumstances is natural events such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides and here in California lately, wildfires.

One of the byproducts of wildfires is the tremendous amount of debris that is generated. This debris tends to end up in our water reservoirs, lakes and streams, causing increased sediment and turbidity in the water supply. This sediment can be so extreme that the contaminated water can be unpotable for several years. Another byproduct of wildfires is the vast amount of chemicals that find their way into the water chain. Water quality studies have shown that after a wildfire, there is a significant increase in the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous found in the surrounding water; some studies have even shown a tenfold increase in nitrates as much as three years post fire.

Earthquakes are another concern that Californians face and can also be a source for water contamination. When a significant earthquake occurs, municipal water lines can be damaged or broken and underground wells can be dislodged or disrupted from the shaking. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) earthquakes have a direct impact on groundwater. Water wells have been known to become turbid, dry or even begun flowing again, new water springs have been formed, old water springs have dried up and both well and surface water quality suffer from varying degrees of degradation.

Our water supply can become contaminated from a variety of sources, those in our control and those beyond our control. A water filtration system can help eliminate the risk of ingesting contaminated water; it adds that extra layer of protection for homeowners and their families. The Centers for Disease Control (CDS) rates reverse osmosis (RO) systems with very high effectiveness for removing protozoa, bacteria, viruses, sodium, chloride, copper, chromium, lead, arsenic, fluoride, radium, sulfate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, nitrates and phosphorous. Whatever the initial quality of your water, you can be assured that filtered drinking water is going to be as safe and contaminate free as possible

What Makes Water Healthy?

21 September, 2015 (17:58) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Water News | By: admin

We love how the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) looks at water. They say that water is our most precious global resource and that clean, safe drinking water is critical to sustain human life. But this begs the question – what makes water so healthy? We thought we would take a few minutes to look at the health benefits of water. We tend to focus much of our attention on drinking water and we would be remiss if we didn’t look at its myriad list of health benefits, but we also want to look at water in general and how it can help keep us healthy.

Considering the fact that our bodies are predominately water (approximately 60%), they require quite a bit of it to function properly. Every organ in our bodies is affected if we aren’t drinking enough water; in fact, humans can live for three weeks without food but only 3 DAYS without water! Drinking water can help with digestion, weight loss, fatigue, building muscle, clearer skin, kidney function, pain prevention and is one of the best hangover remedies around.

Water can also keep us from getting sick. One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the flu is frequent hand washing. Proper hygiene can prevent the spread of many different types of diseases which is why it runs rampant in parts of the world without access to clean water and soap. The CDC estimates that hand washing alone could reduce diarrheal disease associated deaths by up to fifty percent. Proper hand washing can also reduce the risk of food borne illness.

Have you ever considered the fact that water can give you a fantastic workout? Swimming is an excellent form of exercise; it gives your heart a great cardiovascular workout, it builds and tones muscles and burns a ton of calories. Just thirty minutes of swimming the butterfly will burn almost 500 calories – more than double what you will burn running. Swimming is also one of the lowest impact workouts you can do and will protect your joints from stress. It is strongly recommended by the Arthritis Foundation for this very reason.

Yep, water truly is our most precious global resource and we need to value and protect it as such. From its countless health benefits to its use in agricultural and industrial environments, we could not live without it. So the next time you lift your glass to take a drink of water, just think about all the good it does on a daily basis all around the globe.