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WaterTech Achieves IAMPO R&T Certification and Now Carries the Acclaimed UPC Symbol


If you’ve done any research on water softeners, you’ve come to realize that there are a lot of choices when it comes to selecting a water softener for your home. In making the purchase decision, you can be sure you’re getting a top-notch water conditioner that has gone through rigorous testing and meets industry standards when you see the UPC Symbol.

What does International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) R&T UPC Symbol Mean?

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Ultraviolet Water Disinfection: The Final Barrier Solution

Ultraviolet Water Disinfection the Final Barrier Solution

Ultraviolet water purification has become the most widely-accepted form of “final barrier” water treatment because UV can destroy 99.99% of waterborne microorganisms.

The U.S. water supply is arguably one of the cleanest in the world. But recent studies have found that despite treatment at U.S. municipal water plants, contaminants are still being found in water entering homes. A 2009 report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned that “threats to drinking water are increasing” and that “we can no longer take our drinking water for granted.”

Three Reasons Why Contaminants May be in Your Water Post Treatment

Even with the Safe Water Drinking Act and increased environmental awareness, millions of Americans still drink unsafe tap water each day unknowingly.

1. Aging Infrastructure: After water is treated at your local municipal treatment plant, water often travels through miles of piping before reaching your home. Leaching pipes and corrosion are common culprits in introducing contaminants to the water stream. The EPA estimates that to fix the problem by repairing or replacing the aging water infrastructure would cost nearly $335 billion. And this won’t happen anytime soon.

2. Lack of Regulation: There are 60,000 chemicals used in the U.S. Yet, The Safe Water Drinking Act only dictates regulation for 91 of those contaminants. This means any of those 59,909 chemicals (not on the EPA list) could show up in our water and be completely undetected–including pharmaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides, disinfection by-products, and more. A Harvard study conducted in 2016 found unsafe levels of industrial chemicals in the drinking water of 33 states affecting six million people.

3. Main Breaks and More: Each year, there are more than 240,000 water main breaks in the United States, not to mention power outages, backflow contamination or loss of pressure. When these incidents happen, contamination can occur and “Boil Water Notices” are issued. Unfortunately, boil water alerts are many times overlooked or residents simply don’t get word of the advisory.

The three above-mentioned reasons are enough to make many people concerned about what’s in their drinking water and to seek a purification solution.


The Final Barrier Solution: Ultraviolet Water Disinfection

Waterborne pathogens cannot be removed 100% of the time with conventional water treatment methods. Thus, solutions for “final barrier treatment” have become the topic of much discussion. In simple terms, a water purification system is used to provide a “final barrier” to protect residential and commercial drinking water prior to use or consumption.

Ultraviolet (UV) water purification is the most widely accepted form of “final barrier” treatment. Even if corroding pipes introduce contaminants or your neighborhood is on a boil water alert, a whole-house ultraviolet system is one way to ensure your water is safe from harmful microorganisms, and give your household peace of mind.

What Can UV Remove?

UV is a safe, chemical-free way to treat water and is effective in destroying 99.99 percent of harmful microorganisms, including:

  • BacteriaUltraviolet Water Purification
  • coli
  • Viruses
  • Giardia
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Polio
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Coliform
  • Salmonella
  • Cholera & more


Nine Benefits of Ultraviolet Water Purification

1. Cost Effective: water treatment can be expensive. But UV is a cost-effective way to have safe, bacteria-free water in the home.
2. Low Maintenance: Changing the UV lamp once a year is typically all that is required.
3. Powerful Filtration: A UV water disinfection system destroys 99.99% of viruses, bacteria and cysts.
4. Energy Efficient: Only uses as much power as a 40-watt light bulb.
5. Entire Home Treated: A UV system will treat all the hot and cold water entering your home.

6.Quick: Some filtration methods require time for chemicals to work or holding tanks. UV purifies the water instantly as water flows under the UV light.
7. Taste & Odor: Chemical disinfection methods change the taste and odor of water, but ultraviolet does not.
8. Clean & Safe: With UV, there’s no handling of chemicals.
9. Reliable: UV works around the clock, 24/7 to consistently keep your water safe.

To learn more about UV final defense barrier and get pricing on a system for your home or business, let us put you in touch with an authorized WaterTech dealer near you.

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How Often Should a Water Softener be Serviced?

How Often Should a Water Softener Be Serviced? Service softener annually

Besides adding salt to your softener and occasionally cleaning out the brine tank, most water softener manufacturers recommend that you service your softener annually.

4 Reasons to Annually Call A Professional

The annual service visit is important for a few reasons:

  1. Cleaning & Upkeep:

    During the annual service call, a water treatment professional can recharge your resins and clean out your brine tank. They can also check for salt bridging in the brine tank and sanitize your system, when needed.

  2. Settings Optimization:

    Having your water softener serviced annually ensures the valve settings are optimized to save you money. For example, if your family size has changed because a child went away to college, you probably are now using less water. Your local water treatment specialist can adjust your valve settings so that your softener regenerates less frequently. Note that the valve on many water conditioners, including WaterTech’s Reionator, calculates and regenerates based off of consumption, so there may not be a need to adjust settings.

  3. Needed Maintenance:

    Like any appliance, your softener has moving parts and o-rings that wear out with time, and need replacement. Your softener’s valve may also need servicing or maintenance.

    When you install a softener, you invest financially to have great water and you want to protect your investment by maintaining it properly. Proper maintenance will enable you to enjoy the benefits of soft water for years to come.  Remember, a softener saves you money by reducing detergent and soap usage, as well as protecting water-using appliances in your home like your hot water heater, dishwasher and washing machine.

    A professional can keep your system in top shape which will help extend the life of your water conditioner.

  4. Water Assessment:

    In addition to the above, a water treatment professional can test your water to make sure that the constituents in your water have not changed in the past year. Even if you receive your water from a public water suppier, changes at your local municipal plant can alter the water coming into your home. Based on water test results, a professional can modify your system settings, install a prefilter, or whatever is needed to ensure you continue to have outstanding water flowing into your home. And for well water, storm runoff and farming herbicides can seep into groundwater, thus, annual water testing is highly recommended.Free Water Test

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When Scary Isn’t Cool: Scare Tactics in the Water Treatment Industry

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When it comes to water, there is plenty of scary news about water-related issues. For example, in May 2014, 670,000 Oregonians were advised to boil their water after testing revealed the presence of E. coli. Then a few months later, more than 400,000 residents in Toledo, Ohio were told not to consume, cook with or even boil their water after a toxin called microcystin was found in the water supply.

Some in the water treatment industry pounce on these scenarios, using “scare tactics” to sell their systems. Here are four ways to avoid being pushed into a purchase when it comes to water treatment products.
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Do You Know What’s in Your Tap Water?

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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.
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New Discoveries – The Benefits of Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration

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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.
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