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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!


Extending the Life of a Water Heater

Appliances in your home don’t come cheap and with the quantity that you’re responsible for as a homeowner, you want them to last. Part of helping your appliances, especially those that utilize your home’s water, means paying attention to the quality and hardness of your water. Homes with hard water that don’t have a water softener may see more issues with their water appliances, especially operating costs of a water heater.

Homes across the country have hard water and many people are paying more to operate their household appliances due to increased energy costs, excess repairs or replacements or more detergents or soaps to work with hard water. A water softener can have a positive impact on your energy costs and your wallet – especially when it comes to your energy bills and your water heater.  

Whether you have a gas heater or an electric heater, both types will work better and require less energy when you have softened water. In a gas water heater, limescale from hard minerals will settle to the bottom of the tank and create a layer in which heat must pass through to heat the water. As this layer grows thicker over time, it reduces the efficiency of the water heater and increases the costs through longer heating cycles and reducing the water heater’s ability to heat the water at all. Likewise, with an electric water heater, limescale from hard minerals is known to build up on the heating elements themselves, as well as settling on the bottom of the tank. Again, the result is reduced efficiency, higher costs of operation, reduced capacity to function and even breakages.

Although some people will try to drain and clean the water heater, the best line of defense is putting in place an efficient and effective water softener in your home to remove the hard minerals which cause the buildup. Whether you want the benefits of a home water softener or to lower your utility bills, give us a call to learn more about our water treatment systems. A high-efficiency water heater, or any type for that matter, will do little good if it is not in the right environment. We want to help you get the most from your water heater, extend its life and capacity to do its job, while saving you more money on your energy bills. Sounds promising right? We thought so, too. Give us a call and start saving today!


Lead in your water – it’s a tricky contaminant!

Lead in drinking waterLead in drinking water can be very tricky because the only way to know if your tap water contains lead is to have it tested. While most communities have their levels of lead monitored, some homes around the country are facing serious health effects due to high levels in their water regardless. From Flint to Florida, lead is becoming much more common in the news – which is never a good thing. There have certainly been measures and some improvements to reduce exposure to lead, but it still can find its way into our tap water and if you don’t have a home drinking water system like reverse osmosis, you may also be at risk.

Lead gets into our drinking water from metal water taps, interior water pipes, or pipes connecting a house to the main water pipe in the street that are older and have not been replaced or updated. Newer construction doesn’t have lead pipes. Lead found in tap water usually comes from the corrosion of older fixtures or from the solder that connects pipes. When water sits in leaded pipes for several hours, lead can leach into the water supply. This can create problems for people with older homes.

So what happens when levels of lead in tap water are too high? An article from Popular Science explains very clearly that “Once it’s in the body, lead competes with calcium to be absorbed by the body. There are lots of factors that can affect just how much of the lead is absorbed, but there is an overall higher absorption rate for lead that is inhaled versus ingested. It sticks to red blood cells—doctors usually test the blood for proof of exposure to lead—and then moves into soft tissues, like the liver and lungs. If lead is absorbed into bones, it can stay there for decades and recirculate in the person’s blood if a bone is broken or when a woman is pregnant, potentially poisoning both the mother and the fetus.”

This is why for homes with children or pregnant women and with water lead levels exceeding EPA’s action level of 15 ppb, CDC recommends using bottled water or water from a filtration system that has been certified by an independent testing organization to reduce or eliminate lead for cooking, drinking, and baby formula preparation. Some experts are now pushing for an even lower level of 10 ppb to reduce risk. Our drinking water systems can help protect your family by reducing contaminants such as lead from your tap water. Our LINX® drinking water system is both highly effective and efficient – and wastes up to 90% less water than traditional reverse osmosis. If you’re concerned about lead in your water, now is the time to contact us!

Water Softener Saves You Money

Between high utility bills and buying extra soaps and detergents just to do their job, hard water costs a lot, both in the short-term and the long-term. Anyone who lives with hard water and doesn’t enjoy the many benefits of a water softener will tell you that hard water makes life that much harder. Though not harmful to your health, daily chores take longer, water appliances wear out quicker and many costs increase. Who doesn’t like to save money anyways, right? It’s true, you can reduce your spending by investing in a water system like a home water softener.

When it comes to soaps, softened water requires over 50% less detergent to do the same amount of laundry. Detergents do not mix well with hard water due to the minerals, so by utilizing softened water, you’ll find yourself purchasing detergent less often and using less – all while enjoying cleaner results. The same goes for fabric softener. Your clothes will look and feel better and you won’t even have to use as much detergent!

You can also enjoy a longer lifespan of your appliances which use water. Hard water minerals can build up inside pipes or the appliances and cause clogs. You spend extra money repairing or replacing the appliances when softened water could prevent this altogether. Additionally, when this mineral scale builds up inside of pipes, it can restrict water flow into appliances and also impede water heating. You end up spending a lot more energy to your water which translates to spending more money on energy bills. Your energy bill isn’t the only one that may decrease; water heating bills also tend to be lower with efficient appliances and pipes. Your water won’t need to be heated so high to remove stains or effectively clean your dishes and showers.

Avoiding this scale and getting right to the source of the issue, you can save your appliances and save more money.  You’ll also be making an investment for your home, thus adding value. A water softener will save you money while you use it, but it will increase your home’s value since potential homebuyers want to enjoy softened water and avoid dealing with hard water stains on sinks, showers and dishware. If you’re interested in saving money and improving the quality and efficiency of your water-using appliances, our water treatment systems are right for you. We offer different sizes and models to meet the needs of any household. Save with softened water!

Commercial Water Systems Galore!

We’re pretty proud of the variety of water treatment systems we offer households, but we also think our selection of commercial water systems are also pretty impressive. From commercial water softeners to water coolers, your business or commercial setting can enjoy the same benefits of high-quality, great-tasting water. Our selection offers ways to provide your customers, employees or products great water. Restaurants, hospitals, universities, dry cleaners and many more types of businesses require mineral-free or impurity-free drinking water. If you’d like to learn more about our drinking water systems, keep on going!

Water Softeners can be beneficial to a variety of businesses because hard minerals like magnesium and calcium can be difficult to work with sometimes. Hard water minerals create a buildup that can clog pipes, so if you often use a dishwasher, boiler or other water appliance, a water softener can help you get the most out of their lifespan and save you money along the way. You can enjoy softened in the form of a traditional system or our PE tank service which a great way to manage the water treatment requirements for businesses like hotels or dry cleaners. We’ll tailor your service to fit your commercial needs based on the demands of the water and patterns and characteristics of the water entering your business.

Any commercial setting can also benefit from filtered drinking water. Instead of providing bottled water to your customers or employees, our commercial reverse osmosis systems will consistently produce water that is as good as or better than bottled water and is more economical.  They can provide up to 10,000 gallons per day and custom configuration, installation and support are standard. Water stores, beverage bottling, spot free make-up water, car wash and window washing are just a few applications that work well with RO treatment.

We also offer point of use cabinets and water coolers which can handle the demands of a commercial setting. Allowing your customers to have safe drinking water or your employees to stay hydrated at work says a lot about the type of business that you run. No more big, bulky plastic bottles that are heavy to change and too big to store.

All of our commercial water systems will add value to your business. If you use, serve or require water, give us a call.

Drinking Water Inventions Improve Quality

With plenty of drinking water inventions on the market these days, some are bound to change our lives. Some are eco-friendly, some are good at doing their jobs and with enough research, some will do both. Our drinking water systems use the best water filtration technology on the market – they do their job and they help prevent water waste which is one common disadvantage of many traditional reverse osmosis water filters.

There are, of course, plenty of other water inventions worth mentioning, too. In honor of World Water Day that takes place each March, an article from Mashable discusses the current status of the world water crisis  and some amazing water inventions that are ready to take the crisis head on. The world’s water crisis is still in high gear, requiring brilliant minds to create ways to sustain our resources and improve the quality of drinking water for millions. According to the article, approximately 750 million people around the world still lack access to safe, drinkable water — 90% of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, according to the World Health Organization’s latest statistics.

From everyday items to unheard of devices, here are 5 of the most remarkable and amazing inventions improving drinking water quality around the world.

1. WATERisLIFE’s Drinkable Book – it is a two-in-one resource manual filled with safe water tips that comes in a variety of languages and aims at making those not aware of the potential for drinking water contamination that they could be in danger. The best part? It is printed on scientifically advanced filter paper, which kills deadly waterborne diseases. According to creator WATERisLIFE, each book can provide a user with clean water for up to four years. That’s pretty amazing and could change the health and lives of millions of people around the world once they have access to it. Every human being deserves safe drinking water in our humble opinion.

2. LUV Water – developed by students at the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, it is a cheap, self-powered water purification system that uses the weight of water to rotate a motor, powering UV-LED lights. These lights kill 99.9% of waterborne pathogens, and a coarse particle filter helps maintain the device’s efficiency. The creators are also applying the technology to water bottles for a more portable solution.

3. UTEC’s water-generating billboard – this is an advertising campaign and billboard that takes moisture from the humid air around it and converts it into filtered drinking water. The University of Engineering and Technology UTEC in Lima, Peru created this awesome invention in 2013. The billboard can produce up to 26 gallons of clean water per day. More safe drinking water  – excellent news!

4. Dean Kamen’s Slingshot – you may know him as the inventor of the Segway or the iBot wheelchair, he has also developed a water purification system with the goal of savings lives around the world. The invention uses a Stirling engine and the Slingshot boils water, creating steam and then compresses it to turn it back into pure, distilled water. The concept mimics the way the sun evaporates rain water. With some systems already being tried in Ghana, Africa, Asia and Latin America also have recipients planned.

5. LifeStraw – this product is perfect for filtering water anywhere. It looks like a thick straw, but it uses advanced hollow fiber technology to filter water, allowing users to simply suck water through it. This is good for people who need to filter their water every day in some countries, or those who find themselves without water in the wilderness and need to drink something that may not be safe.

We of course love our drinking water systems too and think they could be on the list. Worthy of your household, they reduce water waste and positively support the water crisis right here in our back yard.  We would love to talk to you more about how to save money and save water.



Lead in Drinking Water Making Everyone Nervous

Lead in drinking water is a public safety concern. WQA-certified master water specialist John Woodard explains in this video that people who live with tap water from city water supplies should be concerned about lead as a drinking water contaminant. He states that lead is the leading healthcare concern for small children and its devastation is irreversible. If you’re living without a home drinking water system home drinking water system or other type of water filter, you’ll want to continue reading on the topic of lead in your drinking water and why you should consider protecting your family with home water treatment systems.

Lead gets into the water in the distribution system. Its contact with lead is where the problem occurs. The majority of lead contamination comes from the pipes, plumbing, and fixtures that deliver your drinking water, especially those built before 1986 when lead in construction was banned.  A municipal water treatment plant usually does a good job of filtering the water, but beyond that, outdated infrastructure like old lead pipes is where the lead typically gets into your drinking water and creates health concerns.

Homeowners with young children should be especially nervous. Lead ingestion and lead poisoning pose serious threats to human health; consuming lead causes irreversible neurological and development damage. This typically means learning, behavioral and developmental issues. Lead poisoning can also lead to severe damage to the immune system, bones, and teeth.

Removing lead from your drinking water can be done when need be. Your public utility company should provide you with a water quality report where you can see if your water contains unsafe levels of lead. If this is the case, or you simply want to be proactive when it comes to drinking water contamination, you can filter water from your home’s tap, too. This is a good idea because your water company tests the water that is at their facility, before it comes into contact with your home’s pipes when contamination may actually occur.

Given the situations around the country, from Flint, Michigan to Hoosick Falls, New York, lead poisoning happens and is wreaking havoc. As Woodard points out in the video, even homes receiving water from a well-managed municipal water authority can have high lead levels in tap water under certain conditions caused by aging or damaged pipes carrying the water into, or within the home. The video also mentions the concerns people have about harmful bacteria found in water, such as those causing E. coli or Legionnaire’s disease. To protect your drinking water, contact our water treatment technicians. Our water treatment company offers water testing to see which of our products you could benefit from. Our reverse osmosis drinking water systems offer effective and efficient filtration for an affordable cost – cost much less than the potential risk of lead poisoning. To learn more about lead contamination in drinking water, watch the video here