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245 S. Quince St.
Escondido, CA 92025
(800) 928-3749
www.boncor.com

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How to Give your RO System some TLC

Reverse Osmosis MaintenanceOnce you’ve made the investment in a reverse osmosis system for your home, you’ll want to know how to maintain it properly in order to get the best results for the longest time. We offer a variety of products for home water filtration, but some need a tad more TLC than others. Our technicians are prepared to give you lots of support, but doing some at-home, regular maintenance on your RO system will help to ensure that you’re getting the safest, highest quality drinking water it can provide. After all, isn’t that why you invested in reverse osmosis in the first place?

Whole-house water filtration systems require regular maintenance. It is important to:

  • replace the filters at least once a year
  • replace any sediment filters at least once a year
  • have the system sanitized and the filter housings cleaned
  • check the reservoir tank pressure
  • replace membranes when needed
  • check for leaks
  • contact our technicians for any assistance

It seems like a lot of work, but we are here to help. You pay for clean water and that’s exactly what we want you to get! Many of our drinking water systems also come with exceptional warranties; ten years for any defects in the materials and one whole year for the reverse osmosis membrane itself.

Protect your investment and clean your system frequently. All of the contaminants and minerals that you’re filtering can clog a system or at least reduce its productivity. Clean filters lead to clean, quality drinking water. You’ll also keep your system lasting longer. which means you’ll save money because you will repair and replace less. Let us know if we can help you with your RO maintenance!

Is Drinking Water Making You Tired?

There are numerous benefits to drinking water – from increasing energy and relieving fatigue to helping with weight loss and boosting your immune system, the list goes on and on. But, instead of benefiting your body, what if your drinking water is making your TIRED? Yes, this has actually been the case in some areas! But why?

Why would drinking water make you tired?

drinking water making you tired

The answer is dissolved lithium in your drinking water. Sound familiar? It probably is, since lithium is commonly used to make batteries, and to treat mental conditions such as bipolar disorder. It is also found naturally, in varying concentrations, in the ground, all around the world.

Lithium is an alkali metal that is found in nearly all igneous rocks (rocks formed from lava and magma) and in mineral springs. Lithium is the lightest metal with a density about half that of water. When lithium is exposed to groundwater, which happens frequently across the U.S., it can make its way into your home drinking water.

Why would lithium make you tired?

The problem stems from the effect lithium has on your thyroid. Several studies have linked hypothyroidism to dissolved lithium in drinking water. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain important hormones resulting in depression, memory loss, weight gain, sensitivity to cold and of course excessive fatigue.

Lithium, when used to treat bipolar disorder, is known to have negative impacts on both your kidneys and your thyroid. While these side effects might be a necessary evil for some patients, we shouldn’t all have to suffer them. Unfortunately, many of us are exposed to this metal everyday – just by drinking water from our tap.

Will a Water Filtration System Help?

Most cities have municipal water treatment facilities that treat drinking water, making it safe to drink. However, these treatment processes don’t always remove all contaminants; some contaminants just aren’t known yet to exist in the water, whereas others have not yet been identified as dangerous.

When it comes to safe water, perhaps the safest water, is water that we have treated ourselves. Home water filtration systems, such as our reverse osmosis systems, do a remarkable job of filtering out contaminants such as lithium. There is no reason why we should have to be exposed to potentially dangerous compounds in something that is so healthy!

Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to improve our health. Why compromise that by ingesting contaminants that can cause us harm? For more information on drinking water systems and how to make sure your drinking water is the cleanest, safest, water available, visit our website.

 

Brilliant Benefits of Bottleless Water Coolers

 

We know that owning a business these days can be expensive, and while you want to save some money, you also want your business to provide the best to your customers and your employees. It isn’t always easy to find a balance, but our bottleless water coolers provide so many benefits for both your business and the people you work with on a daily basis. From eco-friendly advantages to cost-saving options, you’ll soon see the benefits of investing in your business with a bottleless water cooler

The question is simple – how could your business benefit from a bottleless water cooler?

  • Our drinking water systems have the most advanced water technology – LINX® technology, Taste and Sediment Filtration or Reverse Osmosis. Our water coolers can be installed with any of these! You’ll get the best of both worlds.
  • You can save space in corners or closets! No more storing those big, unsightly plastic water containers.
  • We can work to design a system that will go perfectly with the demands of your business and your location.
  • You can enjoy hot or cold water.
  • You’ll save 25%-50% over providing bottled water to your employees and customers. In fact, here is an estimate of some savings; Bottled/delivered water = $0.79/gal. Reverse Osmosis purified water = $0.02/gal. By switching to a RO bottleless cooler system, you could save $ 0.77/gal. If you have a small business with 15 employees you will probably use around 7 gallons per day, 1,825 gallons per year, you can save $1,405 per year!
  • You pay an affordable monthly cost. Bottleless water coolers can be affordable!
  • Reducing plastic water bottles is good for the environment!
  • Everyone will have access to great-tasting water! Purifying your water will reduce harmful contaminants or poor-tasting contaminants that no one wants to drink. Plus, the more water your employees drink during the day, the more productive they’re likely to be! Dehydration symptoms include fatigue and moodiness. Focus on a friendlier, more productive workplace by providing high-quality drinking water.

Intrigued? Good – we thought you might be! Our water filtration specialists can help you find the best bottleless water cooler for your office and you’ll start to enjoy the many benefits right away!

Is a water conditioner the right choice for you? 

water softenerHard water is not particularly unhealthy, but it’s capable of causing some costly problems for your home. The costliest issues include scaling, pipe blockage and even pipe leaks. Scaling is the buildup of minerals to form a deposit called lime scale. Hard water, mixed with soap, forms nasty soap scum, which leaves a bathtub ring on your surfaces. Eventually, the scaling in your pipes will allow less water to flow through. Showerheads will dribble instead of spraying and faucets will deliver a weak stream of water. Buildup in your faucets can also lead to faulty shutoff mechanisms and dripping faucets.

The effects of hard water are not limited to your home and plumbing fixtures; it can also affect your quality of life. Hard water requires more soap or detergent and water for showering and laundry. Hard water also leads to mineral deposits in your hair, making it harder to untangle post-shower.

How do you know if a water conditioner is the right choice for your home? Hard water is found throughout the world, and in about 85 percent of the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. But despite the need for water softening where hard water is prevalent, conventional ion exchange water softeners are not always the right answer.

For example, multiple cities in California have now banned self-generating water softeners and increasingly stringent water discharge requirements have caused many to search for no-sodium alternative. A water conditioner is the answer to bring soft, safe drinking water into your home.

When it comes to the questions of water softeners, treatment options come with their own pros and cons. Arguments can be made on either side, but what it truly comes down to is that the decision on how to filter, purify or otherwise treat water is largely personal.

Boncor is one of only a handful of water treatment dealers who still provide this convenient service. When you are a Boncor soft water customer you get all the benefits of soft water without purchasing, or having to otherwise maintain a system. Boncor does all the work. The service is tailored to fit your needs based on usage patterns and the characteristics of the water entering your home. In addition to softening, we can also treat for chlorine, taste and odor.

The Safety and Quality of Reverse Osmosis Water

Reverse Osmosis WaterWhen something as important as your drinking water comes into play, there are bound to be concerns. While we can all agree that not all reverse osmosis systems are created equal, many systems are able to provide the safe, high quality drinking water your family needs. Removing unwanted and harmful contaminants is the main job of any drinking water filtration system, but are we losing out on the good stuff, too? Do reverse osmosis systems remove too much? Is RO filtered drinking water actually safe to drink?

As with any water filtration system, there are some definite pros and cons. While some consumers believe reverse osmosis water to be unhealthy to drink, the truth is that it is actually very clean and very good for our bodies. RO water is not just meant to be used in industrial applications but can be used in households for human consumption.

Most people think that there is no such thing as mineral-free water, therefore filtered water cannot be good for you. Let’s compare it to rainwater – it has been stripped of all minerals and is one of the purest and cleanest forms of water on Earth, aside from contaminants due to excessive air pollution and the industrial age. It’s also true that with all the scientific research that has been done over the years on reverse osmosis water, none has ever documented any negative health effects from water treated by this method. In fact RO technology was actually invented by the US military and our military personnel still use it currently for drinking water.

Do you consume more RO water than you think?

You probably do. Bottled water is typically RO treated tap water. Some US city and municipal water facilities in Orange County, CA are already providing RO treated water to their communities. When you drink soft-drinks and soda, you are drinking mineral-free treated RO water. Vitamin water, sports drinks & energy drinks are also made from RO purified water. General Electric and DOW chemical are two of the largest and most respected companies in the scientific community, and both sell and endorse reverse osmosis technology for drinking water. Arrowhead, Culligan, Aquafina and Dasani are just a few brands that sell reverse osmosis water. Finally, even Google campus water is RO filtered drinking water.

Other concerns are that reverse osmosis filters change the water itself, some even going as far as stating that RO water is some high-tech, super, genetically altered water that could one day destroy the world. This is simply not true. RO uses a normal film based filter that pushes water through a film-membrane from one side to the other. The only difference is that the RO membrane is much more refined which means it restricts more contaminants than other filter systems.

Does reverse osmosis remove inorganic healthy minerals that we need?

Studies show that these water filters remove unhealthy inorganic minerals. We typically get all the minerals we need just from the foods we eat, not from our drinking water. In fact, drinking one glass of orange juice has the same amount of minerals as 30 gallons of tap water. Most tap water contains only inorganic minerals which cannot be properly absorbed by our bodies. Humans require organic minerals which are only available from living organisms, like plants and vegetables, and are easily absorbed by our systems. Then there is the claim which estimates that over a 60-year lifespan, a person drinking tap or mineral water, will be ingesting about 200 to 300 pounds of rock that their body cannot use! Wow!

Finally, it is important to remember that some of the minerals found in our drinking water can cause health issues down the road. One of the most common is calcium salts; over time they can cause gallstones, kidney stones, bone & joint calcification, arthritis, and hardening and blocking of our arteries. Dr. Paul C. Bragg, a World Renowned Nutritionist and Pioneer in America’s Wellness movement once said, “What the human body cannot utilize or excrete, it must store. Consequently, the inorganic salts and  inorganic minerals which are stored over time, can take their toll in the form of hardening of the arteries, stones within the kidneys, urethras, gall bladder, joints and an etiologic factor in enlargement of the adipose cell fat cell. To be one hundred percent healthy, the human body must be free of inorganic minerals.”

So while we want to stay healthy and drink plenty of water, do not be concerned about reverse osmosis filtered drinking water being unhealthy, rather be concerned about the unfiltered drinking water you’re consuming and the dangerous contaminants that could be lurking. In this debate, the pros seem to always outweigh the cons. Learn more about our drinking water systems today and how we can help provide you and your family with safe, high quality drinking water!

The Future of Water Filtration

water filtrationClean water is essential for life. Unfortunately, there is not enough drinking water to meet the requirements of all the people in the world. The UN has predicted that around 1.2 billion people, or 14% of the world’s population, will experience difficulties sourcing clean water by 2025. Researchers also say two-thirds of the world’s population is experiencing water shortages. The good news, is there are a lot of new and upcoming technologies for advanced water filtration.

Desalination of Water

One new breakthrough in water treatment comes from a team of scientists who have come up with a way to filter salt water from the sea, into drinkable water. The team at the University of Manchester, where colleagues won a Nobel Prize in 2010 for first extracting graphene, have managed to precisely control the sizes of pores in a graphene oxide sieve. The discovery allows them to filter out salts from water to make it safe to drink. Professor Rahul Nair, who led the team of researchers in Manchester, said it is a “significant step forward” that will “open new possibilities for improving the efficiency of desalination technology”.

UK engineers and scientists have come up with a superior system that can be utilized to purify and desalinate ocean water with ultrasound waves. Researchers say that the system utilizes powerful ultrasound to explode unclean water into particles of a size below ten microns. The microparticles evaporate and condense, resulting in pure water.

“Super Sand”

Some of the countries with the lowest amount of safe drinking water, could use the latest research in using sand and gravel to purify dirty water. Gravel and sand have been utilized for water purification for thousands of years. Straining water through grains of sand gets rid of bigger particles of contamination that are also the ones that assisted with transmitting the microbes responsible for water-borne diseases. Of late, researchers have determined how to coat sand grains with graphite oxide to develop “super sand” that apparently can filter detrimental substances (as for example, mercury) from water five times better than ordinary sand. Efforts continue to discover techniques to make super sand absorb even more contamination, and ultimately utilize it in developing countries where water quality is perilously polluted.

Solar Technology

We keep hearing about the advancements of solar technology, and a group of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, have created a solar-powered device that can produce drinking water out of air. It can also be used in desert climates.

The new device looks like a box. Inside the box is a layer of a custom metal-organic framework (also called a MOF), which is essentially a material that acts as a sponge to capture as much water as possible when the box is open. Water can be collected from the air as well as rain.

Once the water is captured, the box is closed manually and exposed to the sun. The sun heats up the material so it releases water from its surface in the vapor phase. The vapor is then converted to the liquid phase with a condenser, which can cool the vapor even in hot climates to create clean drinking water.

Safe Drinking Water for All

It is important that we keep our focus on clean drinking water. Too many people in the world are currently without safe water. If we can find a way to provide safe drinking water faster, easier and more environmentally friendly we will make the world a better place. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about how Boncor is helping to provide safe filtered drinking water to our area.

California’s Drinking Water is Plagued with Lead

Lead in CA drinking waterThere are areas in California where the drinking water contains higher levels of lead than Flint MI, and yet people aren’t talking about this public health issue! Despite national knowledge, and efforts to rid our communities of lead, the hazard still remains all over our country. Recent data revealed that tests on children in many areas of CA show high levels of lead. The hardest hit area is in Fresno where 13.6% of the children tested, had elevated lead levels.

What is the Source of Lead Contamination?

Some potential sources for lead water contamination include; old paint, contaminated soil, and tainted drinking water. Lead is a neurotoxin that causes health issues such as cognitive impairment and attention disorders to name just a couple. The city of Fresno faces high poverty rates and substandard housing that both point to higher levels of lead poisoning.

Most experts agree that the lead came from old paint, industrial waste, and plumbing. Water that flows through old lead pipes or faucets, will become contaminated, if the pipes begin to break down. Contaminated soil, which is found near busy streets, is another source of lead contamination. In part, because lead was an ingredient in gasoline until the late 1970s. The soil that surrounds homes that were painted with lead-based paint also might be contaminated. Contaminated soil is a concern because it can introduce lead dust into the home.

What is Being Done?

It is a widespread problem in California, and more needs to be done to find out where the lead is coming from and how to clean it up. Last December, a Reuters investigation demonstrated that while the crisis in Flint may have been the story that drew attention to the issue of lead poisoning, the Michigan town was far from alone in the realm of Americans at risk.

Whether lead is inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin, it can cause problems. Lead is dangerous because once it gets into a person’s system, it flows throughout the body just like helpful minerals such as iron, calcium, and zinc. Lead can cause harm wherever it lands in the body. In the bloodstream, for example, it can damage red blood cells and limit their ability to carry oxygen to the organs and tissues that need it, thus causing anemia. Almost all lead ends up in the bone and causes more problems.

So what can you do to protect your family from lead contamination? Well, the easiest and most effective way to protect against water contaminates, is to install a water filtration system. Not only would you be filtering out any harmful lead that finds its way into your drinking water, but you would also be filtering out a host of other harmful contaminates as well. Being aware, involved and proactive about your water safety is the best way to keep you and your family safe from harmful contaminates.

Simple Reverse Osmosis Maintenance Tips

reverse osmosis drinking waterMost homeowners purchase a reverse osmosis system (RO) in order to have access to safe, great tasting drinking water for their home or office. If you’re not sure if you need a water filtration system, contact your local water supplier, and ask them to test your water.

If you find that you need to purchase a water filtration system make sure you read the owner’s manual and perform all the required maintenance for your particular system. It’s so important to take care of your RO water filtration system in order for it to continue to perform properly.

The first thing to consider is replacing water filters. The pre-filter cartridge is the best place to begin. This is the first stage in filtering out dirt, silt, sand, and other sediments. This is important to keep the unit from becoming clogged. This cartridge should be changed every 6 to 9 months.

The next piece to look at is the carbon filter. This is the filter that removes chlorine from the water. It is also responsible for removing any bad tastes or bad smells from drinking water. The carbon filter should be replaced every 6 to 9 months also, depending on your unit’s requirements.

The last thing to maintain is the membrane. This is where any remaining contaminants are piped down the drain. A RO membrane should last between 2-3 years. It’s important to remember that the filters and membrane lifespan depends on the water conditions in your home and the household usage.

Maintenance on most units is fairly simple, however, forgetting to change the filters can cause the system to not work properly, or even fail to produce any water at all. Of course, our water technicians are available to not only install a reverse osmosis system, but they can also perform any required maintenance on your unit. Just contact our office to set up an appointment.

2017: This is the Year of Smart Water Trends

This past year brought us a LOT of things to be concerned with and plenty to celebrate, too.

Drinking water seemed to be a topic in California and around the world more than ever before. From the effects of the drought, to water contamination in the US and beyond. We heard more about the quality of tap water, the disadvantages and myths about bottled water and the technological advances of keeping our water safer and purer than ever before.

For some of you, you’re probably not that excited – but you should be!

We are on the brink of better tap water and easier ways to filter the water we have at hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re all concerned about things like water scarcity, water reliability, water security and water conservation. As we fight to improve municipal water treatment facilities and improve the efficiency of town water utilities, we are excited to share some of the smart water trends that we’re likely to see in 2017, according to a recent article from Water World.

Online Customer Engagement

This is a positive change. Letting customers get involved at the water utility level will hopefully lead to more communication and awareness. They believe that this may happen through direct two-way communications from customer meters to the utility, then back to customer web portals and smartphone apps. This allows utilities to deliver high quality service by alerting customers about possible leaks, blockages, pollution, etc. Would you sign up for this type of app?

Smart Irrigation

This is also going to help battle water scarcity and technology will hopefully allow farmers and the irrigation industry to monitor and maintain when and where crops need water through sensors.

Smart Wastewater Management

Here in California, we know not to waste water. Data-driven solutions will allow operators to detect infiltration and inflow, prioritize actions, quickly respond to system failures, and apply predicative modeling.

Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring

This means more attention to water pollution and water contamination issues, management of potential pollutants and avoiding potential crises. This would at least give many Americans some extra peace of mind, don’t you agree?

Mergers and Acquisitions

Not exactly as exciting as preventing major catastrophes or Smart Phone apps, but this one has to do with deals and partnerships which will get us the best water for the best cost … at least we hope.

An Automated Future

Maybe drones will be collecting water data for us or a wastewater system will pump based on data. Through remote controlled systems, more will be automatic and controllable, with technology really taking over this side of things.

Industry Collaboration

Imagine that all stakeholders will be working together to make things better for all of us.

We are also excited about our drinking water systems and water filters which add to water filtration technology trends. With more awareness on the quality of your drinking water, we can’t wait to share our solutions and products with more of the world.

Fracking’s Dirty Little Secrets Uncovered

The fracking boom in America is alive and well going into 2017. Back in 2000 when fracking first came on the scene, there were roughly 23,000 fracking wells. Fast forward to 2016, and there is a whopping 300,000 fracking wells pumping out oil in the United States. Currently, fracking contributes nearly half of all U.S. oil output. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding fracking through the years as to both its environmental safety and its impact on drinking water – this controversy is continuing still today.

A comprehensive study that began in 2010, has reversed it’s one time statement that “there is no evidence that fracking systemically contaminates water.” In the final version of the study, EPA scientists chose not to include that sentence, they concluded that it could not be quantitatively supported. Madeleine Foote, the legal representative for the League of Conservation Voters stated that “this report acknowledges what far too many communities across this country know to be true – fracking is a threat to our clean drinking water.”

There have been numerous reports through the years, which state that fracking is linked to air pollution, groundwater contamination, surface water pollution and health problems. Fracking releases benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene and n-hexane into the air. Long term exposure to these chemicals have been linked to cancer, neurological problems, blood disorders and birth defects.

One of the scariest concerns with fracking is that companies are exempt from some requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act, most notably, the requirement to disclose the chemicals that are used in the well injections. Another report noted that drinking water near fracking wells had levels of methane that were considered dangerous and required hazard mitigation action as defined by the U.S. Department of Interior.

Due to the nature of fracking, and the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks and boreholes etc., another grave concern is earthquakes. Currently, fracking is being investigated as the root cause of earthquakes in Texas and Oklahoma. Scientists are also looking to fracking as the reason for an increase in seismic activity in several states.

With the new administration in the White House, it is anticipated that there will be even more fracking wells being drilled in the coming years, and with even fewer regulations. This should be a concern to all of us. While studies haven’t definitely determined the impact of fracking wells on water contamination, evidence is certainly pointing in that direction.

We need to take steps now to ensure that the drinking water coming out of our taps is as safe and contaminate free as possible. Water contamination can happen too easily and none of us can afford the drastic consequences. A home water filtration system will help to ensure that you and your family are drinking the cleanest and safest water possible. Check out our website to see what filtration products are right for you and your family.