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Boncor Water Systems

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

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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


Widespread Water Contamination

As crazy as it sounds, due to heavy industrial and environmental pollution, the majority of our tap water and well water here in the United States contains some level of contamination. These contaminates range from naturally occurring minerals and elements found in the ground to man-made chemicals and byproducts. While it is true that in many areas, the level of contamination may not cause immediate sickness, it has been proven that continuous exposure to even low-levels of these contaminates can cause serious illness; cancer and liver damage to name just a couple.

Industrial water treatment plants do a pretty good job of filtering out most major contaminates, however some contaminates are missed; prescription drugs are one type of contamination that water treatment plants are not able to filter out. In fact, pharmaceuticals were found in the drinking water of at least 41 million Americans from 24 major metropolitan areas – drinking water that had already gone through a municipal water filtration process.

Lead is also a major concern and shows up in the tap water of many Americans. While water treatment plants do in fact filter out lead, the water can become contaminated again, as it travels through the miles of pipes after the treatment facility. Another issue with treated drinking water, is that many municipal water plants add chlorine and fluoride to the water. Chlorine does a fantastic job of killing off harmful bacteria, but the byproducts created from chlorinated water can be toxic.

Well water on the other hand can be home to a host of contaminates including lead, arsenic, nitrates and bacteria among others. Homeowners need to be especially vigilant if their drinking water is supplied by a private well; frequent water testing and installation of home water treatment systems are highly recommended.

Drinking water filtration systems, such as our LINX Drinking Water Systems, have the ability to filter out over ninety-nine percent of harmful contaminates and byproducts found in our tap water. While we can’t always control what contaminates show up in our water supply, we can certainly control what we do with them. A water filtration system will ensure that our families are protected against any known and potentially unknown contaminates that find their way into our water supply.



Is your Drinking Water Drugging you?

disposalSo many Americans rely on pharmaceuticals to stay healthy or to fight diseases, in fact a Mayo Clinic study stated that nearly seventy percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug. We are fortunate enough to live in a country where research and development of new lifesaving medications are second to none. That being said however, the more medications Americans take, the more they are beginning to show up in our water supply. From over the counter medications to controlled substances, minute traces of these compounds can be found in much of our drinking water 

According to the World Health Organization, pharmaceuticals can be introduced into water sources through sewage; the excreta of individuals who took them or from uncontrolled drug disposal such as flushing unused drugs down the toilets. They also said that “pharmaceuticals may be released into water sources in the effluents from poorly controlled manufacturing or production facilities.” So what does that mean for us? Are we getting drugged from our drinking water?

While many health officials have stated that the levels are too low to pose a significant risk to humans, they have already begun to affect aquatic life; even small amounts of estrogen in water have caused male fish to develop eggs. One study tested for 56 different medications in samples from 50 large size wastewater treatment plants nationwide and found that more than half of the samples tested positive with at least 25 of the drugs tested. Do you really want to be drinking this cocktail of medications on a daily basis?

There are currently no state or federal regulations in place which require wastewater plants or drinking water plants to monitor pharmaceutical compounds. This begs the question “Who knows how many medications you are ingesting without even knowing it?” Without a water treatment system or drinking water system it could be quite a cocktail! Doesn’t it make sense to protect you and your family from unnecessary drugs? Give us a call and we can discuss with you what options are available to ensure you and your family are drinking the cleanest and safest water possible.

Has the drought affected our water quality?

As a resident of California, you have probably already realized that there isn’t much the severe drought in recent years hasn’t affected. Clean drinking water is a necessity to human life, so when something occurs that affects the quality and quality of our water, it has a huge impact on all aspects of life. How does this California drought affect everyone? Experts agree that it goes beyond the possible fines and water restrictions; we live in fear, caution, worry and now we may have to live with water contamination. If you don’t currently have a drinking water system to filter your tap water, the time to consider one is now.

According to a recent article from the Record Net, Stockton’s water quality has some issues even though they’ve been saving the water over the last year or so. With one federal violation of drinking water standards in play, officials worry that the drought may have had just one more significant impact on their daily life. The city recently sent letters to north Stockton residents informing them that levels of a disinfection byproduct known as trihalomethanes (THM) exceeded the acceptable standard. Over years, THM may lead to a higher risk of cancer and problems with the liver, kidneys or central nervous system. City officials are working on a solution but that will take some time and some residents are already feeling urgency in taking matters into their own hands.

Drinking water systems can help remove harmful contaminants right at your tap. We cannot control the drought, we cannot control violations in public drinking water but we can control the quality of our drinking water within our own homes with a home water filter. Many people take for granted the quality of their tap water, but news like this is certainly reason enough to consider filtering your own water as a secondary means of contaminant removal should our public drinking water systems fail.

Yes, this city uses chlorine to disinfect its drinking water but chlorine can react with organic matter in the water to create potentially harmful byproducts. Yes, this city did a good job of conserving water over time but the longer water sits in pipes before being used, the more likely those byproducts will form. Yes, the city notified its residents and want to fix the issue but time means additional exposure to contamination. Too many buts!

The Pain of Hard Water Stains

If you, like many other people around the country, are living with hard water and do not currently enjoy the many benefits of one of our water softeners, then you know all about water stains and hard water spots left on your dishes and glassware. From drinking glasses to shower glass, hard water minerals like calcium and magnesium leave behind scale and deposits which are visible to the human eye (a.k.a embarrassing for the homeowner) and can be a real pain in the neck to remove. Not only do these spots require more time and energy to remove, that which you clean them with costs money.

Most experts recommend removing hard water spots from glassware via a couple of ways. There is the vinegar option or there are also products on the market which work well, too. These white, hazy-looking spots on glass require something tough enough to clean. White vinegar contains acetic acid and is a great place to start for cleaning these annoying stains.  If you’re dealing with older stains or large areas of heavy hard water build-up, you will need more than just elbow grease. Baking soda is a very effective non-liquid home remedy that’s all-natural. Toothpaste or other hard water cleaning paste products on the market have also been reviewed to be effective. Unless you’d like to work extra hard… then there is also the “elbow-grease” non-liquid way. Using magic erasers or non-scratching sponges, you can scrub hard with a moistened sponge as much as you can over and over again. Sounds like something enjoyable, right?

Preventing hard water spots is another option. Hard water affects more than just glassware. Over time, these mineral build-ups can damage sinks, toilets, and tubs and make soap scum harder to remove. Installing a home water softener is a great way to remove hard water minerals and eliminate the need to clean your glassware with products or methods like those mentioned above. There are many benefits to a home water softener and our professionals are ready to tell you all about them. From expanding the life of your water-using appliances and minimizing scale buildup in your pipes to better looking and feeling skin and hair, you will instantly see what softened watercan do for your family from the first time you try it out. Living with hard water isn’t easy – what are you waiting for?