Update 15 Oct 2014:
Governor Deal of Georgia has been making headlines recently after his comment, “I heard…that water kills the Ebola virus. I’ve never heard that before. I thought it was something that was so contagious there wasn’t much you could do to prevent it or anything else, so her advice was ‘wash your hands.'” (Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal)
Critics are quick to point out that water does NOT kill Ebola. Although research indicates that Ebola won’t live long in water as water is not a very rich medium to host the virus, Ebola is more effectivley “killed” with a chlorine bleach and water solution prescribed on the World Health Organization’s website.
When was the last time you cleaned your water softener’s brine tank?
Yes, cleaning your softener’s brine tank is right at the top of your “Weekend Fun Activity” list, right? The good news is, a brine tank only needs to be thoroughly cleaned once each year–and it’s really not hard. We’ll take you through the 12 easy steps to clean a water softener brine tank.
Do you have extra privacy when showering thanks to beads of hard water that have dried and left your glass shower door clouded? If so, you’ve probably got HARD WATER. You’re not alone—more than 85 percent of US households have hard water.
The scale or mineral deposits from hard water and soap scum often leave annoying spots on shower doors, dishes, and fixtures that are cumbersome and tough to remove. Here are a few tips that might make the laborious task of removing hard water spots a little easier.
What to do During a Boil Water Advisory
When a water pipe broke just outside of Boston, more than two million people were left without clean water for three days. Within hours of the break, a “Boil Water Advisory” (BWA) was issued and cases of drinking water in stores quickly disappeared, restaurants closed their doors, schools sent children home, and hotels refused reservations.
While this incident affected millions of people and caused the governor of Massachusetts to declare a state of emergency, most water supply contamination events only affect a neighborhood or two. Yet thousands of BWAs are issued each year, so understanding what steps to take during a BWA is important.
In today’s world, most of us do our shopping with a few keystrokes and within 48 hours, the item arrives at our doorstep. It’s wonderful and magical–and often thrilling to have our needs and wants instantly met. And we feel great knowing that after a few minutes of online research, we can be sure we’ve gotten the absolute best price available. So why when it comes to purchasing a water softener or conditioner shouldn’t purchasing work the same way?
Red is great color for roses, but redish-orange stains in the toilet, sink and tub aren’t pleasant. Red staining generally indicates the presence of iron in the water. So what can be done about it? How commonly is iron found in water? And is iron present in YOUR water supply?
Chlorine vs. Chloramines: What is the difference?
Ideally, you want your water to be clean, pure and tasteless. Yet, often times it can have disinfectants, like chloramines and chlorine that cause foul odors and leave undesirable tastes behind.
Since the majority of us receive our water from a public water supply, we understand that chlorine and chloramine is in our drinking water is there for a reason. For more than 100 years, chlorination has saved lives and played a critical role in defending America’s drinking water supply from pathogens that can cause waterborne diseases such as typhoid and cholera.
In the last 40-plus years, I’ve lived in six different states. With each move, it’s taken some time to get used to taste of my tap water in the new location. Sometimes the water coming from my tap has had a very strong chlorine odor and taste. Other times the water has had a bitter taste or ‘rotten egg’ odor.
Like most people, my water has always come from a municipal water source. In fact, most of us (about 86 percent) receive our water from a public water supplier where water is treated and monitored at a municipal water treatment plant and then piped to individual users for consumption.
Why the Bad Taste In My Water?
There are a number of different reasons why your water might have an unpleasant taste.
Like many people, I look at the return on investment (ROI) on most everything.
I’ve analyzed (and purchased) the energy-efficient light bulbs that pay for themselves in energy savings. I’ve convinced my husband to install the “high-efficiency” showerheads that reduce water flow rates, to lower water usage and water heating bills. Then there’s the rechargeable batteries and the programmable thermostat—all have quickly paid for themselves.
When it came to investing in a water softener or conditioner, it made sense to analyze the ROI, as well.
Here are a few ways I discovered the cost of a water softener or conditioner can pay for itself—quickly!!
Those of us in “hard water” areas of the U.S. know what’s it’s like to have gritty scale from water hardness at the bottom of a swimming pool. So the idea of filling swimming pools and hot tubs with soft water sounds fantastic.
Although there are pool owners who have successfully filled and maintained their pools with softened water, pool owners should understand that filling a pool with soft water is not simple. It involves a very delicate balance. In fact, maintaining the right levels of hardness AND softness is essential for a healthy pool.