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Are California Wildfires Affecting Our Water Quality?

November 30, 2018 | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

California wildfires affect water qualityRecent news has been full of pictures of the devastation caused by California wildfires. Area residents are left wondering if the fires will affect their water quality.

How wildfires affect water quality

When fires clear out large quantities of plants, there are fewer plants to absorb water, leading to an increased water supply. While this may be a benefit in some areas, it can lead to flooding in others. Additionally, the loss of plants and their roots that hold soil in place can result in erosion and excess sediment reaching our freshwater streams, lakes, and ponds. During active burning, fires can also leave a layer of ash on top of bodies of water – the ash can then find its way into the drinking water of both animals and humans.

Post-fire runoff can also carry with it contaminants from other locations, especially in areas where urban developments have been burned. These contaminants eventually seep into groundwater which can then affect drinking water supply and water reserves used for agricultural purposes.

How to protect your drinking water quality

If you live in California, you’ve likely seen efforts by state and federal officials to prevent, or at least contain, wildfires to minimize their effect on human life. While these efforts are admirable, they often take time to implement and are typically out of the control of the average homeowner. There is something you can do, however, to at least protect the quality of your drinking water and the water you use on a daily basis in your home or business.

Drinking water systems, including a whole house reverse osmosis system, can provide safe, healthy drinking water at every tap in your home. Give us a call today to find out which reverse osmosis system makes the most sense for your family and do your part to protect one of our most valuable resources.

Eradicate Water Contaminants with Eco-Friendly Power!

November 15, 2018 | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

Rayne Eradicator Drinking Water Filtration SystemWe want to shine a little spotlight on one of the most eco-friendly and effective drinking water systems  available for your home – the Rayne Eradicator. This is one of the leading products on the market today for removing drinking water contaminants.

So many Americans take their tap water for granted – we know that the EPA does a pretty good job of regulating the water we drink. They require tests for over 90 contaminants, which is a good reason to not have to think about what is in your home’s drinking water. However, not ALL contaminants are tested for. Expecting a water treatment facility to monitor for thousands of chemicals, is just not practical, not to mention cost-prohibitive.

The Solution to Drinking Water Contaminates

If you worry that your water may have unregulated contaminats in it, we can help. This is where products like the Rayne Eradicator come into the picture. You don’t have to worry what contaminants could be finding their way into your tap. There are many avenues for contaminats to get into your water, but you only need ONE to keep them out – and that’s with one of our effective drinking water systems.

The Rayne Eradicator is both economical and efficient, well worth the low monthly cost, but what sets this product apart from our competitors is that it is extremely eco-friendly as well. This innovative water treatment option uses 75-95% less water than traditional reverse osmosis systems!

Not only does it alleviate the worry about potential contaminants, it also alleviates the concern about water usage as well. This is a huge advantage, especially here in California where water usage is closely monitored.

The Rayne Eradicator

We first introduced this product in 2017 and are excited to shine the spotlight on it today. With its special sediment filter, carbon and post-carbon filters and membrane, it is capable of providing superior water to your family without all the water usage of a typical reverse osmosis systems.

Whatever filtered drinking water demands your household requires, the Rayne Eradicator is more than capable of meeting those needs. Learn more about this special, one-of-a-kind product here!


PE Tank Service: The Smart Solution For Water Conservation AND Hard Water

October 9, 2018 | Hard Water Solutions, Water News, Water Softeners, Water Usage | By: admin

water conservation lawsWater conservation has long been a hot topic among environmentalists and politicians alike. This is especially true in California, where densely populated areas combined with adverse environmental conditions have made water scarcer than ever. It’s no surprise then, that the water conservation topic leads the headlines wherever you look.

New water conservation laws

Over the last few years, many municipalities and water authorities have taken conservation efforts into their own hands and begun water saving programs to help make a difference. More recently, however, the state government has stepped in and passed new laws that make certain water saving measures mandatory, not optional.

On a personal level, new California water conservation laws provide regulation regarding how many gallons of water each individual can use on a daily basis – the current goal is to reduce water usage to 55 gallons per person per day within the next few years, with another 5 gallon per day reduction coming in the future. In addition, outdoor water use by individuals and communities will be regulated. Regardless of how you feel about governmental control over such things, the bottom line is that water conservation affects us all and we should take it seriously.

Water saving solutions

We believe water conservation efforts can start at home, and that includes what type of water softener you use. Traditional water softeners are salt-based and can be harmful to the environment due to salt contamination of waste water, leading many localities to enact water softener bans. With much of California having hard water, however, there is still a high demand for water softening solutions. One remedy for hard water is a Portable Exchange (PE) Tank Service.

Rayne technicians simply deliver tanks of soft water to your home or business with a frequency depending on your usage. The tanks do not require electricity or a drain, meaning no salty waste water gets discharged into the environment. When empty, the tanks are returned to a state-of-the-art facility where they are regenerated under controlled conditions.

PE Tank Service is an excellent solution for not only preventing waste water contamination but also conserving water overall. Give us a call today to see if this service makes sense for your home or business and together, we can lead the water conservation efforts in our own communities.

Smart Solutions for 4 Common Home Water Problems

October 2, 2018 | Drinking Water System, Hard Water Solutions, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis, Water Softeners | By: admin

Home Water SolutionsWhether it’s for drinking or for everyday household tasks, water is an integral part of our lives. Yet, there are many problems that can arise when trying to get and maintain the best water for you and your family. Here, we look at smart solutions for some of the most common home water problems.

1. Hard water

If you live in California or Arizona, you’re likely familiar with this common water problem, and it’s prevalent in other areas of the country as well. Left untreated, hard water can cause discoloration of fixtures and appliances, dull hair and skin issues, and spotting on dishes, among other problems. The easiest way to resolve hard water issues is to install a water softener. Since every home is different and every family has different needs, it’s important to talk to one of our experts to find out the best fit for your situation.

2. Rust stains and iron

If you see orange colored stains on washed clothing, or rusty residue on fixtures such as sinks, toilets, and baths, your water likely has a high iron content. This not only affects the appearance of whatever it touches but can also cause permanent damage to water-using appliances such as dishwashers. Solve this nuisance by installing a whole house water conditioner which helps to reduce heavy metals and protect appliances.

3. Bad tasting or smelling water

There’s nothing pleasant about pouring a glass of water, expecting a refreshing drink, and being turned off by the taste or foul smell. Since this can be caused by many different sources, it’s important to have a professional water test done to determine the root of the problem. An easy fix in most cases is the purchase and installation of a Reverse Osmosis drinking water system, leaving you with great tasting water that is safe to drink and free of contaminants.

4. Local water regulation

If you live in an area with a water softener ban, yet you have hard water or another water problem listed above, a smart alternative to a softener is our Portable Exchange (PE) Tank Service. Our technicians simply bring tanks of softened water to your home at predetermined intervals with no maintenance, materials, or electricity needed.

No matter what water problem your home is plagued with, we have a solution that can help. Give us a call today to schedule a free water test and we’ll soon have you hooked up with the best water treatment solution to meet your needs.


Free Water Testing for Lead in California Schools

September 7, 2018 | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

Lead Free Drinking WaterCalifornia schools can have their drinking water tested for lead for free … so why aren’t many schools getting the tests done?

According to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle two-thirds of the state’s 1,026 school districts have not taken advantage of a free … yes free … state testing program to determine whether lead is coming out of the taps.

We obviously want our children to be safe in school; and while there’s plenty to worry about these days, the quality of drinking water should not one of them.

Concerns of Lead in Drinking Water

Why is this a significant issue for parents to be concerned about? Well, exposure to high levels of lead can cause irreversible neurological and brain damage, including lowering a child’s IQ.

There’s a continued urgency to instill healthy habits in our children. One of the most important being that they drink more water throughout the day. But how can we encourage our children to stop at the water fountains in school if the drinking water could contain lead? It’s been reported that some California schools have even had to close off their water fountains due to known lead contamination.

An Easy Solution for Lead Free Drinking Water

If your school has had lead in their drinking in the past or has not recently tested their water for lead, you may want to start the year off by taking matters into your own hands. Make sure they have plenty of lead free drinking water available to them. It’s easier to do than you may think!

Buying and sending your students off with bottled water is not the answer. While this might seem like a simple solution, this will likely lead to toxic plastic waste not properly being recycled. Some schools don’t have recycling programs and even if they do, many water bottles still end up in the garbage.

Instead, consider installing a home drinking water system which can filter your home’s tap water. Not only will you be assured that your home drinking water is free of lead, your children will have access to lead free drinking water to take to school. Just send them with a reusable water bottle filled with safe high-quality drinking water they will be able to drink throughout the day.

Parenting is hard. Being a kid is hard. Knowing what is in your child’s drinking water doesn’t have to be hard. We make it easy. Give us a call and start enjoying water that you KNOW is safe for your family.

This is the Month for Drinking Water Safety!

August 31, 2018 | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis, Water News | By: admin

safe drinking waterNow is a great time think about the drinking water quality in your home. Have you ever considered what could be in your tap water and the potential contaminants you could be consuming? There’s no doubt that this country has some of the best drinking water in the world. But even here, we have issues and contamination that we may not even know about.

Groundwater pollution, pesticides, chemicals and agricultural runoff, along with old water treatment facilities losing their effectiveness at filtering our drinking water, is causing drinking water all around the country to be compromised. This month, how about thinking about installing a home drinking water system to relieve you of any contamination concerns?

Is Your Drinking Water Safe?

There are 100’s of reasons to filter your home’s drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency currently has set regulations for over 100 contaminants, but there are another 100 or so that are not even regulated. California is having a drinking water crisis – no, not just the drought – where rural communities and almost 1 million people are drinking water that is not up to par and is loaded with contaminates.

Now is the perfect time to read that water quality report that your municipality sends you. It’s important to educate yourself on where your home’s drinking water comes from and to learn about the potential contaminants in your drinking water. After that, you need to investigate the advantages (and pure necessity it seems these days) of a home water filter or other drinking water system to remove potential or present contaminants. You want your tap water to be as safe and contaminate free as possible for you and your family.

Our products are eco-friendly and affordable – two reasons you need to stop waiting and start browsing. When it comes to our water quality we can be responsible and part of the solution too!

What Effect Does Water Pollution Have?

February 7, 2018 | Hard Water Solutions | By: admin

Do you know the effects that water pollution has on the environment and on you?

Waterwater filtration system covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and makes up over 60% of the human body. Water pollution affects marine ecosystems, wildlife health, and human well-being. By understanding the effects of water contamination, we can make small changes in our daily routines to help solve the issue of pollution in our water.

One big culprit leading to water pollution is sewage. Sewage from domestic households, factories and commercial buildings is often disposed into the sea.  Sewage can be more problematic when people flush chemicals and pharmaceutical substances down the toilet. Sewage, fertilizer, and agricultural run-off contain organic materials, that when discharged into waters, increase the growth of algae, which causes the depletion of oxygen.  The low oxygen levels are not able to support most indigenous organisms in the area and therefore upset the natural ecological balance in rivers and lakes.

Another concern facing our water supply is when humans, factories and businesses dump solid waste. Add to that, littering by humans into rivers, lakes and oceans. The most common items that people throw into water supply are cardboard, styrofoam, aluminum, plastic and glass. Human-produced litter of items such as plastic bags and 6-pack rings can get aquatic animals caught and killed due to suffocation.

Water pollution can also cause flooding, due to the accumulation of solid waste and soil erosion in streams and rivers.

Industrial waste from factories, which use freshwater to carry waste from the plant into rivers, contaminates waters with pollutants such as asbestos, lead, mercury and petrochemicals. Fertilizers from industrial waste, or run-off from farmland can end up in aquatic environments and accumulate in fish that are later eaten by humans. Fish are easily poisoned with metals that are also later consumed by humans. Mercury is particularly poisonous to small children and women. It has also been found to interfere with the development of the nervous system in fetuses and young children.

Water pollution has been extensively documented as a contributor to health problems in humans and marine animal ecosystems. It has a huge impact on our lives, and if we do our part by not throwing trash or chemicals into our water supplies and drains, we can contribute to the improvement of aquatic life and of our own health and well being.

This effect of water contamination is one of the most compelling reasons to install a water filtration system in your home. A reverse osmosis system has the ability to filter out many of these harmful contaminates, which in turn, protects you from some of the harmful effects of water pollution. For more information on our water filtration solutions, visit our website or give us a call.

Safe Drinking Water after Days of Flooding

February 7, 2018 | Uncategorized | By: admin

water contamination after floodingThis year has brought us many ups and downs. Many parts of the country suffered from flooding, threatening lives and homes. Residents of Texas and Florida have experienced the power of flooding and are still trying to put their homes and communities back together. Extreme flooding can cause serious problems such as septic issues and damage to pipes and structural issues, which can compromise the quality of our drinking water.

How safe is our water after a flood? What types of drinking water contamination can occur?

Here are some things that you NEED to do after a flood to make sure your family doesn’t drink contaminated water:

  • Drink and use stored water. Keep enough water somewhere in your home which can last for seven days in the event that an emergency happens. After a flood, this water comes in handy for drinking and cooking. You will know that it is safe.
  • Test your well water as soon as you can. Well owners have to test and treat water on their own so if there is an issue after flooding, you’re responsible for dealing with the contamination. Don’t use your well water until you’ve tested it. Agricultural runoff, sewage, bacteria, and chemicals can make their way into your well and must be identified before treatment. We can help test and treat your well water.
  • Do you have a home water filter? After a flood, you should disinfect your filter. Need some help? We’ll be right there.
  • Boil your water if your home doesn’t have a water filtration system and your local municipality tells you to. These alerts should always be taken seriously to avoid major health problems stemming from contaminated drinking water.

Home drinking water systems can come in handy after floods to ensure that your water is safe to drink and use while your community overcomes the many obstacles it will face. Besides just water contamination, officials may be preoccupied with structures and more obvious public safety issues.

By following the recommendation and guidelines of the Water Quality Association, you will feel better knowing that your household can control the quality and safety of your drinking water even during uncertain and difficult times.

Softened Water Delivery Made Easy!

January 30, 2018 | Hard Water Solutions, Water News, Water Softeners, Water Waste | By: admin

Soft Water DeliveryJust when you thought water softeners couldn’t get any easier to use, we show you yet another service which has US doing all of the work and YOU enjoying all of the benefits of softened water. But besides the fact that it is super easy to enjoy, what else should you know about PE tank services and our soft water delivery? Well … THIS!

  • Homeowners with hard water who want a water softening solution with minimal maintenance – like as in 100% maintained by us – will benefit from PE service. Furthermore, any homes or businesses where traditional water softeners are prohibited due to the salt or brine aspect, water restrictions or water conservation could also benefit tremendously.
  • Our systems work without electricity and you won’t need a drain. These are NO-SALT water softeners and your electric bill won’t go up with this service.
  • We provide PE tank service to Santa Maria, Northern Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties, Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, Oceano, Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo and surrounding areas. We take pride in being able to provide softened water to so many California residents who need it.
  • You can typically bypass HOA regulations where traditional water softeners are banned.
  • The service schedule is flexible! We can deliver and install your new PE tank even when you’re not home. Do you need water weekly, bi-weekly or monthly? No problem! It is all based on your home’s soft water demands and the hardness level of your water. We can work with you to customize a Portable Exchange Service schedule that makes sense for your individual household.
  • There’s no extra water usage – you will be able to enjoy soft water while still conserving water. That’s amazing!
  • We provide 24/7 emergency support – day or night we will come to you whenever you need us to be there!
  • The service is affordable and worth every penny.

Life with hard water is hard enough. It’s time to have more time to do the things you love and let us do all of the work for you.

How to Keep Your Water Softener in Great Condition

December 12, 2017 | Water Softeners | By: admin

One of the things you might have in your home if you live in a hard water state is a water softener. Abrasive ‘hard’ water contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, causing lime scale buildup and interfering with soap’s ability to clean.  Water softeners can save you money, and increase the lifespan of many of your home appliances. In hard water states, the build-up of scale on the insides of pipes, water heaters, showerheads, and faucets can create a headache for homeowners. This often leads to costly repairs and maintenance.

There are two main components of a water softener: a brine tank and a resin tank. Some of the water softener models are both tanks in one, and some have the two tanks separate. Both need maintenance.

The main thing you should do to maintain your brine tank is to make sure you have the right amount of salt inside of the tank. Don’t let the tank run out of salt, but also don’t overfill it. That’s what creates annoying salt clogs or bridges, that will need to be taken care of.  A good rule of thumb is to put salt into the tank when it has dwindled to about a fourth of a tank.

Know what kind of salt to add. Your water softener manual will tell you whether your machine runs on granular, tablet, or block salt. Granular salt is the most common choice because it dissolves most easily. Buy it in pellet form if possible, since ordinary salt crystals can easily clog the tank.

Break up salt bridges. Salt can form a solid layer or “bridge” in the brine tank. This prevents the loose salt on top from mixing with the water down below, preventing the softener from working. Push a long broom handle several times around the center of the tank, all the way to the bottom, to break up any solid layers that have formed

The salt can also form a soft pile at the base of the tank, causing the water to rise around it instead of mixing in. You can use a broom handle to break this up if it forms a large mound.

It’s also important to keep the tank clean. Modern water softeners can go without cleaning for 5–10 years. Clean them only if your water has turned hard and the basic maintenance above doesn’t fix the problem within a couple days. Older models can benefit from an annual cleaning.

Empty all the water from the tank, and scrub and rinse the tank well before refilling with water. You can use a scrub brush and dish soap to scrub away dirt and residue.

Another item to check is the valves. About once a month, adjust the bypass valve in to temporarily cut off the softener from your water supply. (The bypass valve is usually a rod you push in to block water flow.) Twist the intake and outtake valves to the off position, then back to their original position. Return the bypass valve to its old position. This keeps the valves in good working condition. If a valve leaks or drips, take it apart and replace any washers or seals that are damaged.  It is important to take care of your water softener appliance so that it can perform in top condition.  Taking care of your hard water issues is important. Having a water softener system will save you time and money down the road.