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Unsafe Drinking Water in California is a Huge Problem

1 May, 2017 (18:40) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

It’s being estimated that 3,000 households have unsafe drinking water supplied to their homes in the San Diego area. Local area schools have been tested and have been told they have high levels of lead, copper and bacteria that exceeds the levels of safety. Drinking water contaminated with these elements, can lead to some serious health complications, and it is becoming more and more of a concern every day.

Even though the drinking water at the affected schools were shut off immediately, thousands of students had already been exposed. The health risks associated with drinking lead and bacteria contaminated water can be quite significant, which is a serious problem for students and residents.

It was determined that the contamination problem stemmed from plumbing that was outdated and in need of repair. Until the school system can replace the plumbing that caused the problem, students will be unable to drink the water. In the meantime, students are being provided bottled water and will continue to use bottled water until all repairs and testing is complete.

In addition to the lead, copper and bacteria found in schools, some areas in the state are dealing with uranium in their water as well. Testing revealed that their water had 5 times the maximum recommended levels of uranium present. Water contaminated with uranium can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea as well as liver and kidney damage.

Some other water concerns in the San Diego area, deal with their water supply. Approximately 3500 people have reported that they have dry wells. Testing has shown that tainted water in wells and public water systems in the San Diego area contain unsafe levels of uranium, fluoride, nitrate, and arsenic, per the state data.

Water contamination is a huge issue and not one we can afford to ignore. With our state dealing with so many water issues lately, we have seen more and more residents opting for water filtration systems in their homes. A water filtration system such as our RaynePure Plus or RayneClear Reverse Osmosis system has the ability to filter out the majority of major water contaminates, including lead, bacteria, and heavy metals such as uranium and copper.

It just isn’t worth it to take the chance that you, or your family, could be ingesting harmful contaminates from your drinking water. Having high quality, safe drinking water is something we rely on here in America, and it should be readily available for everyone. If you are ready for some peace of mind when you fill a glass from the tap, give us a call and we will help you find the right drinking water system to fit both your need and your budget.

Reverse Osmosis Troubles: They May Come and Go …

21 April, 2017 (18:48) | Drinking Water System, Reverse Osmosis, Uncategorized | By: admin

Reverse Osmosis ProblemsDo you own a reverse osmosis water filtration system? Who maintains it? We hear from many of our customers that they feel like over time, their RO system just isn’t working like it used to and they’re begin getting concerned all over again about the quality of their drinking water. They want to know more about our products, which come with service and assistance should you ever need it.

If you don’t have one of our reverse osmosis systems, you’re missing out on the customer service, warranty and product services that are available to you. Likewise, you may also be paying for a water filtration system that isn’t that efficient … and that’s like throwing money right down the drain, right along with the water it’s supposed to be filtering.

So, what are the signs that your reverse osmosis system could be on the fritz and need some service?

  • Low flow rate
  • Slow regeneration or no water left
  • Cloudy water and ice cubes
  • Bad taste or odor of the water
  • Leaks in pipes or membrane housing
  • System is continually running

If any of these issues sound familiar, you could be having a problem with your RO system. Unfortunately, not all water treatment products are made equal. Over time, membranes clog, filters clog, hoses leak and valves break. Just with any appliance or product in your home, your reverse osmosis could face problems or need repairs.

As your local water specialist, we want you to get the most out of your system. When you’re relying on your reverse osmosis system to improve the quality of your drinking water, you can now rely on us. Our products are effective, efficient and we offer exceptional warranties. So, if you suspect your system needs some service, or even a complete overhaul, we’re here to help.

 

How to Quickly and Easily Maintain a Water Softener

20 March, 2017 (14:57) | Hard Water Solutions, Uncategorized, Water Softeners | By: admin

Rayne SaltTo better understand soft water, we first need to understand what hard water is. Hard water is simply water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium. Hard water issues are one of the most common water issues we see here in the United States. In fact, 85% of people in the US have hard water.

Over time, hard water can damage appliances, pipes, and other items in your home.

Here are some of the most common complaints, and symptoms of hard water. If you experience any of these issues on the list, you most likely have hard water.

  • Crusty, white buildup on faucets, shower heads and water-using appliances
  • Dishwasher that no longer cleans dishes well
  • Reduced water flow due to clogged pipes
  • Hard-to-clean film on bath and kitchen fixtures, shower walls and toilets
  • Spotty, glasses and dishes
  • Soap that refuses to lather
  • Gray, dingy clothing
  • Towels that feel hard and scratchy after washing

The best solution to hard water issues is to install a water softener.

Water softeners reduce, or even eliminate, many of the problems associated with hard water. However, once you have decided to install a water softener, now you need to know what kind of maintenance is required. Fortunately, most water softeners are easy to take care of, if you follow some simple maintenance procedures.

One of the most important things you can do for your water softener is to make sure you are using the right kind of salt.

The top 3 salts to choose from are rock, solar and evaporated. Most stores stock the shelf with rock salt, since it is the least expensive of the three. The problem with rock salt though, is that it tends to have more insoluble minerals and that can lead to a muddy tank. Solar salt, is middle of the road salt, with fewer insoluble minerals. The purest form of salt is evaporated salt, this is the best option for a water softener.

A few things to check when maintaining your water softener.

Salt bridges and mushing, along with clean parts that are free of residue are the top three maintenance items for your water softener.

A salt bridge occurs when a hard crust forms in the brine tank and creates an empty space between the water and the salt. Common causes of bridging include high humidity, temperature changes around the water softener or using the wrong kind of salt. You may have a salt bridge if your salt tank appears full, but you know your water isn’t soft. The quickest way to test for a salt bridge is to take a broom handle and carefully push on the top of the salt to break it up, if it has become hard.

Next thing to check is mushing. This happens when sludge or mushy stuff forms on the bottom of the tank. If this happens, draining the tank is the best way to clean up the problem. Another cause of mushing is the kind of salt you are putting in. Opt for a better salt that is more soluble, which will drastically reduce mushing concerns.

Last item to check when taking care of your unit – clean valves. Make sure parts are clean and free of and residual buildup.

Taking care of your water softener is fairly easy, but important. Simple maintenance of your water softener will ensure a smooth-running system and allow you and your family to continue enjoying the benefits of soft water for years to come.

Water Filtration is a Necessity Not a Luxury

15 March, 2017 (16:06) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

splash-1991842_1280Almost 54% of homeowners feel that having a home water filtration system is a luxury. There seems to be misinformation about home drinking systems. So, when is a home water filtration system needed? Well the answer is more often than you might think!

As ground water water flows into lakes, rivers, and streams, it will pick up a bit of everything it touches. And there is the possibility that any of these contaminates could eventually find their way into your home’s drinking water supply. A drinking water filtration system is the best way to help clean up some of those items left behind in your water.

A water filtration system helps remove harmful contaminants. The list of contaminates that can lead to health issues includes well-known dangers like arsenic and lead, but it also includes bacteria and organic and inorganic compounds that are less well known, but dangerous nonetheless.

In addition to harmful contaminants that may be in water, there are also contaminants that might not make you sick, but they affect the look, taste, and smell of water. These contaminants can give water a chlorine or rotten egg smell or turn it cloudy or off-color.

Some contaminates, while not harmful to humans, are corrosive and can damage pipes and appliances. The disturbing thing is that your water utility is not required to test for all of these contaminants.

It’s important to also remember that without a filtration system, drinking bottled water is the other option. Bottled water is expensive! It can be 2,000 times more expensive than tap water. The other issue with bottled water – insane waste. Most households don’t recycle them, so instead, they sit in landfills and take a toll on our environment.

Give us a call and we will take you through the different water filtration systems we offer. We can help you determine the perfect system for your own unique household water filtration needs.

Small Town Utilities Under Fire for Water Contamination

2 March, 2017 (17:13) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

water-tower-1895264_1280A recent study showed that people living in smaller communities were more likely to have drinking water that contains high levels of lead. It has been found that many small utility companies are not being held to the same standards as large companies.

About 100,000 people get their drinking water from utilities that discovered lead contamination in their water supply, but failed to treat the water to remove it. Of these locations, it was found that the utility companies took over a year to come up with a proper treatment plan and it took even longer for them to start treatment.

Almost 4 million Americans get water from small operators who skipped required tests or did not conduct the water tests properly. Families in these areas weren’t notified about the unsafe levels of lead in their water.

It might seem like the number of areas served by small utilities isn’t that big. But together, the number of people exposed to lead-contaminated drinking water, or water not properly tested for lead, since 2010 is about 5 million.

Money seems to be the number one factor as to why small, often rural community utility companies don’t test their drinking water. It can cost up to $50 per tap to check for lead in drinking water.  Some areas have skipped testing the drinking water for lead for the past 10 years!

It’s important to keep your family safe and healthy. And obviously, relying on small town utility companies is not the safest course of action. Fortunately, homeowners have the option of protecting their own drinking water. Installing an in-home water filtration system, such as a reverse osmosis water filtration system, is the easiest way to ensure that the water you and your family are drinking is protected.

Water filtration systems are able to protect against not only lead contamination, but from other common contaminates as well; nitrates, arsenic, chlorine and many others. Give us a call and we can test your water and recommend the best water filtration system available to meet your unique water filtration needs.

How Does Fracking Affect Drinking Water Safety?

1 March, 2017 (22:35) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

fracking-699657_1280What was once said to be safe for drinking water is now taking a different direction. When fracking and water contamination first became a topic of discussion years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies said that fracking would be safe for drinking water and water contamination was not a likely outcome. Thankfully, more research was done and the results are what many people had orignially thought could happen – possible drinking water contamination.

As explained in a recent article from The NY Times, the EPA has concluded that fracking has definitively contaminated drinking water in some circumstances. They came to this conclusion after the final version of a comprehensive study first issued in 2015 was published.  Do those circumstances really matter? Yes, they do! When it comes to the safety and quality of your drinking water, every household deserves high quality, safe drinking water.

The report is the largest, and most in-depth to date, of the effects of fracking on water supply. It comes as President Donald J. Trump has vowed to expand fracking and roll back existing regulations on the process. Is this in the best interest of the health of all citizens, or is this in the best interest of financial gain and oil?

As we learn more about the EPA’s change in position and new results from these studies, it is motivating residents around the country to protect the quality of their drinking water, whether it is due to fracking or other means of contamination. Even though the U.S. has some of the best drinking water in the world, it is far from perfect. Now, fracking is yet another concern which could impact American water quality and consistency.

The report may not be faultless and critics are pointing out the gaps already. However, the new report found evidence that fracking has contributed to drinking water contamination in all stages of the process. As the article explains, these include acquiring water to be used for fracking, mixing the water with chemical additives to make fracking fluids, injecting the chemical fluids underground, collecting the wastewater that flows out of fracking wells after injections, and storing the used wastewater.

Is this enough motivation for you to protect your drinking water from contamination from fracking, as well as the decisions at the federal level, which may not have your best interest at heart? We thought you may agree. If you’re ready and willing to consider our drinking water systems, you’ll be happy to know that ours utilize the most advanced drinking water filtration technology, as well as a low cost that you can afford to protect your family from water contamination. The time is now to protect your drinking water from fracking!

How to Make Water Conservation a Way of Life

9 February, 2017 (15:55) | Drinking Water System, Reverse Osmosis, Water News, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

Living with Less Water in California

Water Conservation CA Drought

Here in California, we have had to learn how to live with less water while still trying to maintain the same quality of life. While it has been no easy feat, Californians have done a pretty decent job of conserving water during the last several years of drought. Most of that was probably due to the restrictions that came from state officials. Now that those restrictions have been lifted however, the question is:

Have Califorian’s committed to making water conservation a way of life?

It is much easier to commit to short term changes – long term changes are another matter altogether.  Limiting water waste in our homes must be a lifelong commitment. We live in an arid climate and even if the drought conditions subside, water is always going to be at a premium here. Historically, Californians have been some of the biggest water wasters around, with some areas not even monitoring water usage at all!

Californians have been known for their lawns and landscaping. That takes water, water we desperately need to be responsible with.

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What can we do?

A recent article in the Washington Post, by author Darryl Fears, discusses water conservation trends as a way of life.

Too often, we see water wasted as it runs down sidewalks instead of grass, or watering at the wrong time of day when the grass won’t drink it up as much. Tracy Quinn, a water policy analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council, has seen enough.

There could be some dramatic changes in store for the state when it comes to how residents use their water.

A water management plan that could be finalized early this year, is designed to make water conservation “a way of life.” In the past, the Governor forced the state’s 410 water agencies to dramatically reduce their water use. The new plan would instead give each water agency a budget for how much water its customers are allowed to use.

Many agencies will be required to purchase technology that detects even the smallest leaks in water lines and to hire data analysts to record and report water use. While this is positive, and most residents are understanding of the changes that need to be made, there are some things that everyone can do to reduce their own water waste within their home.

Change is Good!

One thing Californians struggle with is their water quality; from nitrates to arsenic and pretty much everything in between! This is why so many residents opt to filter their drinking water. Unfortunately though, too many neglect to factor in the need for water conservation when choosing a water filtration system.

There are new products on the market today, with advanced water filtration technology, that drastically reduces the water waste seen in a typical reverse osmosis systems. Traditional reverse osmosis systems are known to waste water. It doesn’t have to be that way if you invest in a better product.

Change is good, and this case, water conservation is for the benefit both us and our state. This drought seems to be never-ending, and who knows if things will ever return to normal. All we can do is be responsible with the water that we do have. We can make better choices in how we use our water, how much water we use and even how we choose to filter our drinking water.

Winter Watering: What You Need to Know

31 January, 2017 (15:14) | Money Savings, Water News, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

Rayne Desert LandscapingThere are two very important things we want you to consider saving more of this winter; money and water. When it comes to winter watering and desert landscaping, there are a few tips you can try that will help you do a better job controlling your winter irrigation habits. According to the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association AMWUA, many businesses and homeowners are watering throughout the winter, as if it were still 110 degrees outside. We know that the other seasons, especially summer, require us to water our plants a little more and a little more often, but water conservation is still crucial to the well-being of the Southwest and Western United States.

Like many other homeowners in our area, desert-adapted plants can make it through the winter months with little or no water. Overwatering is just a waste of water and money. Experts agree that even rye grass can thrive with a watering every week or two. There is no need to water each and every day during the winter months. Water efficiency and efficient and eco-friendly water treatment systems are at the heart of what we do, so we wanted to pass along ten important things to know about winter watering straight from the water efficiency professionals at AMWUA:

  1. You can reduce your “sewer fee,” or part of your monthly water bill, as it is based off of your average water use during the winter months. Lower next year’s sewer fees by cutting back on water this winter.
  1. Overwatering can kill desert-adapted plants, whose roots need the soil to dry out between waterings, so they can absorb nutrients from the soil. Soggy soil prevents plants from pulling in essential elements, such as nitrogen and iron, and can suffocate the roots. This leads to yellowing leaves, poor health and even death.
  1. Sometimes, overwatering some types of shrubs and vines in the early winter months will make them too vulnerable to colder temperatures and susceptible to frost damage.
  1. Cactus plants suffer less frost damage if they have not been watered for several months before cold temperatures set in. They hold their water in their cells.
  1. Overwatering could lead to pools of water in your lawn that won’t evaporate as quickly as in the summer heat. These puddles and winter temps could breed mosquitoes.
  1. There are tools available to learn just how much water your specific plants and landscape need in the winter to thrive and survive.
  1. Rye grass is now established by the winter so no need to water as frequently. You are no longer germinating from seeds.
  1. Discuss these concerns and tips with your landscaper and don’t assume they know all about winter watering.
  1. Test once in a while for leaks in your irrigation system. You don’t want to be overwatering and not even know it.
  1. Trees should be watered deeply but far less in the winter months.

All of these tips can really help to save you water and money. 50-70% of a homeowner’s water usage happens outside. If we can lower our total usage during the winter months, it will really help with water conservation and making sure our region has enough water supplies should drought-like conditions hit us again in the future. To check out our water-saving appliances, visit our website or give us a call.

So Many Water Filter Choices, How Will You Decide?

27 January, 2017 (16:58) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Money Savings | By: admin

These days, there are plenty of drinking water systems on the market for you to choose from. But with so many options, and so many companies telling you that THEIR product is the best, how will you ever choose the right water filter for your household? How will you know what to look for in order to provide your family with high-quality drinking water? We are not here to just tell you we have the best drinking water systems on the market – we want to prove it to you.  Selecting a home water treatment system takes time and it takes some knowledge of what to look for in a product. In a recent article from NSF, they explain what makes a great, efficient drinking water system and how to narrow down your search.

People have different reasons for choosing a water filter or other drinking water system. In order to capitalize on the health benefits of water, it is essential to draw from a clean source of water. Keeping in mind that there are more than 2100 known drinking water contaminants that may be present in tap water, including several known poisons, don’t you think it’s time that you pay more attention to your own drinking water? Finding the right filter will help you to improve the quality and purity of your tap water for your family.

Start by finding out what is in your water. If you’re suspicious of drinking water contamination or you simply want to know what your neighborhood drinking water is like, your water quality report is the perfect place to read about it. If you have a private well, you’ll have to consider getting your drinking water independently tested to see what it contains.

Then, you’ll have to decide what contaminants you want to reduce. Which ones are the most concerning to you? Which ones have the highest levels? Not all water filters can reduce all contaminants, so before you decide, you’ll want to know which contaminates that product can remove and which it cannot. It should be certified to address your individual concerns. Once you do this, you’ll then want to compare which water treatment systems are right for you. There are point-of-use systems, whole house filters, pitchers and many more. Our water technicians can also help answer any questions you might have and help you make a decision about what type of system would work best for you and your family – they are only a phone call away.

Finally, NSF certified drinking water filters adhere to standards applicable to each type of treatment option. You may notice the NSF mark on a product and this is important. We know that not all water filters have this certification, but our drinking water systems do and can offer you numerous solutions to meet your household demands and water quality concerns. Our systems will reduce water waste, remove almost any contaminants, save you money, and finally, are certified and effective at improving the quality and purity of your drinking water. When the search for a home water filter becomes too daunting, make it easy on yourself and give us a call. All you need for water quality is right here.

Is your water bottle actually safe to use?

26 January, 2017 (19:58) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

Irvine Plastic BottlesBottled water has been the rage for a while now – it’s convenient, easily accessible and if you believe advertisers, much healthier for you than tap water. Unfortunately, we are coming to realize that bottled water isn’t all it’s cracked up to be! In fact, researchers are finding out that some bottled water can actually be harmful to your health. We have known for years now that water bottles are slowly killing our environment and our landfills are overflowing with plastic. Now we are finding out that water bottles might be slowly killing us as well.

As consumers, the first thing we need to be aware of, is what type of plastic our drinking water is stored in. There are various plastics used for water bottles, and some are much safer than others. Before you purchase any food or drink item packaged in plastic, you need to be aware of what type of plastic it is stored in, and whether it is safe. Everything should carry a label on it as to what plastic is it made of but most of us have no idea what those labels mean. Here is the breakdown of the different plastic labels, and what you need to know:

• PC/Other – This plastic should be avoided, if at all possible, and is likely the most dangerous of all the plastics. They have been known to leak a lot of chemicals into both food and beverages.
• PS – Polystyrene is typically used in disposable takeout containers, egg cartons, plastic utensils and Styrofoam cups. It can release carcinogenic chemicals when it is heated and should not be used repeatedly.
• PET/PETE – This is the most common type of plastic used for consumer products, such as bottled water. It is only intended to be used once and any repeated use can lead to bacterial growth. This type of plastic also has the potential to leach heavy metals and chemicals into its contents which is a serious health concern.
• LDPE – Not commonly used for water bottles, but it has been known to leak chemicals into other packaged foods.
• PVC/3V – This type of plastic has the potential to cause hormonal imbalances. If there is an alternative plastic available, experts recommend using that instead. This plastic is commonly found in food wrappers, pet toys, children’s toys and cooking oil bottles.
• PP – This is a relatively safe plastic. It doesn’t melt when heated and is a good barrier against chemicals, grease and moisture. It is commonly used to pack syrups and yogurt.
• HDP/HDPE – This plastic is a much stiffer plastic than the PET/PETE plastics and is commonly used for detergent bottles, milk jugs and even some children’s toys. This is one of the safest plastics available, so if you need to purchase something in plastic, definitely look for this label.

Of course, the safest bet is to avoid plastic water bottles altogether! Consumers can get just as good or even better quality water from a drinking water filtration system in their home. If you like the convenience of having a water bottle on the go, purchase a safe, reusable bottle and refill it with filtered water, right from the tap. You will be saving money, saving the environment and maybe even saving your health in the process!