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News and Information on Water Quality & Filtration

Water Softener Benefits Infographic

Hard water is the most common problem found in the average home. Hard water happens when calcium, magnesium, lime or other hardness minerals are dissolved in the water supply. This can cause soap to be less effective, such as dishwashers, laundry and showers. Water softeners remove these minerals through an automated process and without adding any sort of chemicals to your water supply.

 

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific garbage patch is a whirlpool of marine debris, mostly tiny pieces of plastic, in the central North Pacific Ocean. The patch mostly consists of pelagic plastics, formed from plastic bags, plastic water bottles, bottle caps and styrofoam. Plastic does not biodegrade, the sun breaks these down into smaller and smaller pieces through photodegradation, which is why it is so difficult to judge the size of the patches, since these pieces are not visible from satellites or planes.

 

Nutrient Pollution in Water

Nutrient pollution affects air and water around the country. Pollutants often enter upstream waters like creeks and streams and then flow into larger water bodies like lakes, rivers and bays. Excess nitrogen and phosphorus can also travel thousands of miles to coastal areas where the effects of the pollution are felt in the form of massive dead zones, such as those in the Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay. More than 100,000 miles of rivers and streams, close to 2.5 million acres of lakes, reservoirs and ponds, and more than 800 square miles of bays and estuaries in the United States have poor water quality because of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution.

 

Why a Bottleless Water Dispenser?

You may ask "Why choose a bottleless water cooler over a bottled one?" While a bottleless model may require a little more maintenance, like changing the filter cartridges, the benefits more than make up for this. You will save money in the long run with no bottle deliveries to schedule or hassle of changing a 40 lb. bottle with, and the water is made fresh at the point of use.  With a bottleless dispenser you have more space as there is no bulky water bottles to store. Bottled water is less regulated by the EPA and FDA than your tap water and may come from unknown sources or even be public water filtered by reverse osmosis you are paying a premium for. By filtering at the source you can guarantee you are getting quality water, saving money, and helping the environment since there is no big delivery truck driving to your home or office.  You can use a variety of filtration systems with bottleless water dispensers, such as under sink systems, reverse osmosis systems, and inline filters.

Hydraulic Fracturing & Water

Hydraulic fracturing (sometimes referred to as fracking or hydrofracking) is a relatively new form of natural gas extraction where a well is drilled and then highly pressurized fluid is injected into the well which then opens fractures in the rock formations deep below, releasing natural gas from reservoirs which would have otherwise remained trapped or released slowly through natural hydraulic fracturing or more traditional forms of gas drilling.

Hydraulic Fracturing and Water
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Hexvalent Chromium & Drinking Water

Hexavalent chromium (or Chromium 6) is a group of chemical compounds containing the element chromium that is odorless and tasteless. It is used in the production of stainless steel, textile dyes, wood preservation, leather tanning, and a variety of other applications. Hexavalent chromium is a probable carcinogen and was brought to national attention when it was found in the drinking water supply of the southern California town of Hinkley, and the subsequent involvement of Erin Brockovich.

 

Ultraviolet Spectrum and Water Purification

Ultraviolet light is split into several different ranges: (near the visible light range) UV-A, UV-B, UV-C, Vacuum-UV (near the x-ray range). The UV-B range is what causes sunburn on humans.

UV water purifiers use the UV-C range because of its germicidal abilities. In this range the light light will break molecular bonds in the DNA of viruses and bacteria, rendering them unable to reproduce and effectively killing them. Our Sterilight and Trojan systems utilize this small range of light to purify drinking water.

Sterilight Ultraviolet Purification Systems

UV Max Ultraviolet Purification Systems