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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.

Sick Day? Pamper Your Body with Water

We have all been sick a time or two in our life. If you’re anything like most of us, the only thing we want to do when under the weather is to sit at home in our comfiest of clothes, watch movies, and sleep. Sometimes, even the thought of getting up to get something to eat or drink seems like too much effort. Unfortunately, it’s times like these when we will just reach for the comfort food and the easy-to-get drinks. Ginger ale, for one, seems to be a staple in most sick households. However, what most individuals don’t realize, is that drinking water is by far the best choice you can make when you are sick. .

It is vitally important to increase our fluid intake when we are under the weather. Water will provide our body the strength it needs to heal itself. Sure, it may take a bit more effort to get a glass out of the cupboard and fill it up with some ice water, than to just grab a soda, but it is truly the best thing for us. Our bodies are about 60% water, and this water is used to perform everyday tasks in the body, such as maintaining hydration and getting rid of toxins from the body. Hydration is key when you’re sick. If the body doesn’t have enough fluid, it can’t function properly, and whatever is making you sick will hang on longer. So drink up!

A common complication of being is sick is having a fever. This elevation in body temperature causes us to become further dehydrated, leading to an increase in fever, which increases dehydration, and so on. It’s an endless, ruthless cycle. Rehydrating yourself with water is the best thing to do for yourself in this case.

Sometimes, when we are really sick, we may feel nauseous, which discourages us from eating or drinking anything. However, keeping hydrated actually helps keep the nausea at bay. Sucking on ice chips or slowly sipping water would be the best way to combat this. It can help soothe your tummy and keep you hydrated at the same time. Win-win!

If you’re plagued with vomiting, or even diarrhea, you’re losing more fluid than you think. And as you lose fluid, you are losing electrolytes, which are necessary components of bodily function. Increasing your intake of water, or even a Gatorade here and there (which contains electrolytes), is key to staying hydrated and to getting back on your feet sooner.

For those of us who’ve ever had a cold, we know all too well that being congested is miserable. But what some might not know, is that water helps tremendously with congestion. A little gross detail here, but increasing your water intake also helps to thin the secretions that go along with the common cold, and therefore making them easier to expel.

While drinking water is the best choice, an even smarter water choice is drinking filtered water. A drinking water filtration system will eliminate contaminants, odors, and weird tastes, making drinking our water even easier on an already sensitive stomach. So, do your body a favor, and make the effort to drink more water when you’re sick, and get well soon!

What is all this talk about deionized water?

Drinking waterlab-217041_1280 has been in the news a lot these days, sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad. But water quality is pretty important and it is finally beginning to get some of the recognition it deserves. If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you may be hearing about deionized water and what benefits it can bring to your business. Deionized water is a fairly new concept to many, however our products are some of the best on the market and could be just what your business needs to step up its game. The big question is, do you know what deionized water is and what benefits it can provide?

If you answered no, you aren’t alone. Our customers often ask us about deionized water and want to know more about it; if it is such a positive thing, why don’t we hear more about it? In simplistic terms, deionized water is water that has had its ions removed. Ions are electrically charged atoms or molecules found in water that have either a net negative or positive charge. For many applications that use water as a rinse or ingredient, these ions are considered impurities and must be removed from the water, and there are a significant number of ions in typical water.

Deionized water is one of the purest waters you can find and is often used in microelectronics, printed circuit boards, instrument manufacture, pharmacy, washing liquids, and more. For example, it can be particularly good for food processing, drycleaners, medical clinics, medical laboratories, dental labs, power plants and so many more. In order to obtain the high quality pure deionized water, a multi-stage water purification process can be used. We have many DI products that can help your business to purify water so that excess ions don’t get in the way of your processes. Our DI water experts can answer any questions or concerns that you may have and we can custom design your system to meet your water quality and flow requirements needs. To learn more about how you could benefit from uninterrupted flow of ultra-pure water, contact us today. We’d love to help!


Erin Brockovich Chemical Returns with a Vengeance

chromium-6Most of us have probably watched the movie “Erin Brockovich” a time or two since its debut in 2000. The popular movie shed some light on the severity of drinking water contamination and water treatment, particularly with the chemical chromium-6. The carcinogenic chemical was wreaking havoc on towns and families out west and she was determined to make the culprit pay – and they did. Danger and health risks were determined, yet the US Environmental Protection Agency has never set a specific limit for chromium-6 in drinking water. If you don’t have a drinking water system in your home, you could be at risk.

After a couple of years, we didn’t hear much about chromium-6. Well, it’s back and according to a recent article from CNN, dangerous levels of chromium-6 are contaminating tap water consumed by hundreds of millions of Americans. The problem is, according to some experts who know just how dangerous this chemical can be, there is some uncertainty when it comes to the safe levels in drinking water and the possible long-term issues from ingesting it. However, if we don’t know how much is safe, how will we know if our drinking water is harming us? It seems as though we won’t know until it is too late and the damage has already been done. That is just not right. You can, however, take the first step in protecting the quality of your drinking water by installing a water filter in your home. Our drinking water systems can remove all kinds of chemicals and other types of drinking water contaminants so your water is safe, clean and won’t cause you the same risk that some tap water does.

As the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been examining evidence and their analysis, they concluded that the tap water of 218 million Americans contains dangerous levels of chromium-6. Could you be one of them? Public drinking water systems are still in high need of improvement and awareness. Even Erin Brockovich agrees that this water crisis still exists; whether it is chromium-6, PFOA or lead, it is reaching Americans across the country. Seven million Americans receive tap water with levels of chromium-6 that are higher than the legal limit established by California – 10 ppb – which is the only state to actually enforce a maximum contaminant level.

If any of this news concerns you, or you’ve been thinking about installing a home drinking water system for some time, the time is now. Our products can ease your worries until somehow, someday, something is done. Don’t sit back and wait for change – change your own water so you know it is safe instead of wondering what could be contaminating your drinking water.

Are Your Kids Drinking Enough Water?

Making Drinking Water Fun for KidsChildren need to drink between 5-8 glasses of clean, healthy water every, but unfortunately, most kids don’t drink enough water throughout the day. Our bodies are made up of 65% water, which is why we need to drink plenty of fresh water to keep it in top working condition. Children who don’t drink enough water, tend to be tired and easily distracted at school. Here are some simple hydration facts for children that every parent needs to know in order to help keep their children hydrated and healthy.

  • Weather – Hot, humid weather will have an impact on your child’s health. Children can lose water by sweating, playing and even crying. Our bodies sweat more in hot, humid weather, so make sure to offer and encourage drinking water often throughout the day.
  • Thirst – If your child is asking for a drink, they are probably already on their way to dehydration, since thirst is one of the first signs of dehydration. One way to ensure children do not get thirsty, is provide them with their own water bottle and encourage them to drink often. If they are drinking often enough throughout the day, they will not become dehydrated.
  • Sickness – One of the biggest causes of dehydration in children is due to illness. Children lose fluids when they run a fever, vomit or have other tummy troubles. Offer small sips of water to a sick child as often as possible. Water will help flush out toxins, speed healing and even help regulate body temperature.

We know that kids need to drink more water, but how can we help ensure that they are getting adequate amounts of drinking water throughout the day? Well, one of the best ways is to make drinking water fun! Try offering a fun colorful straw; small children love drinking from a straw and who can’t deny that a bright, twisty straw isn’t fun? Another idea is to let your child pick out his/her own cup. Allowing them independence in choosing and letting them have something that is exclusively their own makes them feel proud that they can drink all by themselves.

Let your children help make fun shaped ice cubes and let them put those cubes in their own cups.  Another great, simple idea is to have a pitcher of water in the refrigerator that is easy to pour from; kids can get their own water that way, which is another great way to allow them independence in drinking water.

Whatever way you choose to encourage your children to drink more water, just make sure they are drinking enough. Drinking water will help them feel better, perform better in school, improve their mood and even keep their bowels regulated; and a drinking water filtration system will help ensure that the water they are drinking is as safe and healthy as possible.

High Quality Drinking Water at Your Fingertips!

So you want to drink plenty of high quality drinking water at home, but you don’t want the cost or plastic waste of bottled water (good for you!) and you don’t want to lug around those big, heavy water cooler bottles from the purchase site to home. We don’t blame you! So where do you go from there? You know what you want – and we can help! Our home water coolers come with LINX®  technology so it is filtered without the water waste and without the price tag of an expensive filtration system. High quality filtered water is literally at your fingertips.

Your family needs to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay healthy. This can help to promote a healthier diet and will instill good habits in young children. Drinking more water means that you will stay hydrated and this is important for the functions of your bodily fluids which include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. Drinking plenty of water also means you will energize your muscles, hydrate your skin and support healthy kidney function.

All of the advantages of staying hydrated still have millions of Americans forgetting or ignoring the facts. We go about our busy days at home and at work and we forget to drink our several glasses per day. Tap water can worry us and bottled water can cost us, so we grab something else to drink or we don’t drink anything at all. Now, there is a better solution, one that is eco-friendly, user-friendly and wallet-friendly! Our home water cooler.

Our water coolers come with different options; you can get them installed with LINX® Technology, Taste and Sediment Filtration, or a Reverse Osmosis System. The biggest benefit?  Our LINX water coolers waste virtually zero water when compared to a traditional RO system which can waste up to 4-10 gallons of water for every gallon produced. No more wasted space, wasted money or wasted water. You can enjoy contaminant-free water by renting, renting to own or buying the drinking water system and we’ll do all the work. One thing is for sure – your family will LOVE our water and drink more than you ever thought they would. Contact us today for more information.

Five Magical Powers of Drinking More Water

Drinking plenty of high-quality filtered drinking water has so many benefits that it almost seems like it has magical powers. From helping your bodily functions, to looking and feeling better overall, drinking plenty of filtered water is the best way to support a healthier lifestyle. A healthier you doesn’t have to take a lot of work, but it does take some simple changes to make it happen. By knowing what drinking water can do for you, you’ll be happy to reach for another glass and start enjoying the many benefits. Here are five of our favorite reasons right here:

  • Water can assist with weight loss. Drinking more water helps your body to flush out toxins and by-products of fat breakdown. It also reduces hunger and is an effective appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less. It also doesn’t have calories so you’ll save calories by choosing water over sugary soft drinks and high-calorie juices!
  • Water helps you to reduce your chances of getting sick and will help you to feel healthy. Water will help you to fight against flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attacks. Adding some lemon to your water is good for ailments like respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis. Drinking plenty of water also has a positive effect on your immune system which is good news for everyone!
  • Water helps replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases elasticity. In other words, your skin will look and feel younger and healthier. Who doesn’t want to look a few years younger than their real age?
  • Productivity is also improved at the workplace. Since your brain is composed of mostly water, drinking more water throughout the day can help you concentrate more, be more alert and think clearer.
  • We also love that drinking water helps with digestion and constipation. Drinking water is said to raise your metabolism because it aids digestion. Fiber and water are necessary for a daily bowel movement. Can you see the importance of water to your body after understanding the above benefits of drinking water?

There are plenty of other reasons to drink water too, as one recent article explains. The benefits are amazing and your body will thank you. Contact us today and learn more about our drinking water systems which can help you to ensure that the water you’re consuming is safe, clean and great-tasting. Adding water to your diet never felt so good!