Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology was developed in the late 1950’s through U.S. Government funding as a possible method of desalinating seawater. Today, RO drinking water systems are used in millions of homes and even by NASA to ensure the astronauts have clean, safe drinking water while in space.
So why do millions of consumers choose reverse osmosis drinking water systems for their homes? Let’s explore the advantages–and even the disadvantages of point of use RO systems.
Becoming Familiar with Your New WaterTech System
Congratulations on choosing a WaterTech water conditioning system. The best way to make the most of your new water conditioner, is to understand how a water conditioner works. This video walks you through parts of your system such as:
If you have a water softener in your home, you may feel pretty good about your water. But in fact, even after being processed by a water softener, impurities may remain in the water you drink and with which you wash foods and cook. Reverse osmosis can remove those impurities from your already-softened drinking water –including 98 percent of all sodium left in the water from the softening process.
And that’s not all, here are three reasons why reverse osmosis and a water softener make a great combination.
Is Your Water Spooky? Do You Know What’s in Your Tap Water?
Halloween might be right around the corner, but no “tricks” here. We want to talk seriously about the aesthetics of your water. Perhaps your senses have alerted you that something is amiss in your H2O?
It’s nothing life threatening. But you are wondering why you’re seeing “floaties” and “suspendies” in your water? Or you’re smelling something similar to rotten eggs? Or you’re noticing red staining in the sink?
First off, rest assured that all municipal water systems in the United States that serve more than 25 customers must comply with federal Safe Water Drinking Act regulations. Your water municipality is required to regularly test the water to ensure potentially harmful contaminants are not passed on to customers. At the same time, your water may still not taste, smell or look the way you want. Let’s discuss some issues you may have.
Today we celebebrate new discoveries. More than 500 years ago, Columbus sailed across great waters to discover the Americas. We raise our glass in toast of other great discoveries today, too –discoveries in drinking water! Specifically, the discovery of “Reverse Osmosis” (commonly known as RO) technology that now allows millions of homes to have great-tasting DRINKING WATER right at their kitchen tap.
The drought in California is now entering its fourth year. Since the summer of 2011, rainfall seasons have had precipitation levels far below normal, and winter snowfall, which feeds many reservoirs, has been inadequate. Most cities throughout California have deficits of at least one full year of rainfall, and some cities are close to deficits of two years’ worth of rain.
Even if two years of higher-than-average rainfall occur, it’s doubtful the state could fully recover from the drought in that time period. Reservoirs are low, farmland lies fallow, and 2014 is shaping up as the driest year on record since 1977.
Learning to conserve water at home is important during severe droughts like the one in California, but there are other reasons to avoid using water in the home when it’s not necessary. For one thing, it can lead to lower water bills every month. And it’s not difficult to conserve water. Simply turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save over 100 gallons of water per month. Here are seven other ways you can conserve water at home.
On hot summer nights in the early 1900s, people would often sleep on screened-in sleeping porches. Electric fans would pull the outside night air through damp sheets hung to cool the room. That concept, after being refined, became the evaporative cooler (also known as a swamp cooler, desert cooler and wet air cooler) and has been in use for more than 100 years. Although not as popular as air conditioning systems today, millions of Americans still rely on evaporative coolers to reduce household temperatures by as much as 30 degrees.
It’s Tuesday and I’m still facing a big pile of laundry that accrued over a busy weekend. If you’re also facing a mountain of laundry today, here are a few tips to help you conquer that mountain with great results while spending less. Read more
Softened water can do a world of good in a home. From reducing the amount of soap needed to wash clothes and dishes, to extending the life of a water heater, and saving on energy bills. But does softened water bode well for indoor plants and outdoor gardens?
What about the salt?
Most water softeners utilize an “ion exchange” process where calcium and magnesium (minerals that make water hard) are exchanged for either sodium or potassium chloride in order to soften the water.
The amount of sodium or salt in your household water (after processing through a water softener system) can vary depending on the hardness of your water, but it certainly isn’t “salt water”. In fact, on average, those that own a water softener get less than three percent of their daily sodium intake from drinking softened water.
So, you’ve figured out you have hard water (like 85 percent of homes in the US) and are researching water softeners. One of the first things you may want to consider, is the warranties offered by various manufacturers. You’ll notice there are a wide range of warranties in the water softening industry and these warranties certainly are NOT created equally.
Generally, the standard water softener warranty is for a one-year limit on parts (labor not included) and a 10-year warranty on the fiberglass resin tank and plastic brine tank.
But because softener tanks are usually not the issue when it comes to water softener problems and repairs (rather the valve and electronics)– most warranties end up falling short when you need them most.