Conserve Water with the Right Appliances

It’s true that last winter, we were able to replenish some of our water reserves in the state of California, but the amount of rain and snow California received was still slightly below average. Precipitation is always welcome but residents need to remember that water conservation is for life – not just when we are amongst a drought or when rainfall isn’t enough. In order to protect what we do have and to ensure that we don’t lose more water than we need, choosing the right drinking water system is essential. It’s also true that some reverse osmosis systems waste a LOT of water and are not environmentally-friendly just when we need it the most.

Why is RO bad for the environment? The water waste adds up! Reverse Osmosis (RO) filters use membrane technology to filter impurities, minerals, calcium, chloride, sodium, chlorine, etc from the water. The benefit is the filtration, but the disadvantage is the wasted water that occurs when water is pushed through the membrane – only the filtered drinking water remains and the rest goes down the drain. Literally – down the drain.  If the water coming from the tap is 64° then a normal RO filter will require 12.5 gallons of municipal water to make one gallon of filtered water – that’s 12.5 gallons that you never even use. 12.5 gallons that we desperately cannot afford to lose these days.

Just because we aren’t feeling this drought day after day, doesn’t mean that we can afford to waste water. That which we don’t waste, we won’t have to want. Not all RO systems are made equal or equally efficient. According to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, assuming a RO filter is even 16% efficient discharging 5 gallons 18.92 L for every 1 gallon 3.78 L of filtered water, a typical home will produce 3,600 to 9,000 gallons 13.6 m3 to 34.1 m3 of discharge water per year; all needlessly wasted when drained into the sewer system.  An older, less efficient RO filter might produce more than 30,000 gallons 113.5 m3 of discharge water per year.

Our drinking water systems reduce water waste because we waste up to 90% less water than traditional reverse osmosis systems. Using the most advanced filtration technology, we can save water but still produce the best water of your life. Contact us today to learn more!

Wild Fires Threaten Water Quality

This summer has been a rough one, with wildfires ravaging the lands in eight different states. As if a wildfire doesn’t do enough destruction to a community, some of the aftermath includes drinking water contamination, which many people overlook. But what impact will these wildfires have on our  local water quality? Is our drinking water safe after the fires we’ve had in our  region? With so many Americans in this situation right now, we think it is a good time to inform people about the impact wildfires may have on the safety and quality of your tap water.

When we first consider what a wildfire destroys, we obviously think of the land and the threat to aquatic animals. There is also the increased danger from flooding and mudslides during the immediate post-fire period. While these immediate impacts are important for officials to address, residents also need to know that there are often problems in water systems that don’t necessarily manifest in the days and weeks immediately after a fire. It’s often the months or even years afterward that highlight the vulnerability of water systems. For example, quickly after the 2010 Fourmile Canyon fire in Colorado, researchers found a small increase of contaminants in the community’s water sources. Researchers then recorded large spikes in contaminants as heavy rain months later pulled in residue from the fire. Even today, research is still taking place to truly determine all of the impact that wildfires have on community water systems.

A wildfire could damage the structure and integrity of the community water treatment facility, which could put residents at risk when not addressed. But it is the contaminants that can get through these water treatment services and to our taps or into our private wells that has experts trying to inform residents and find ways to protect the quality of the drinking water. At the household level, our drinking water systems can add an extra layer of protection to your home’s water contaminants should your water be affected post-wildfire. Whether the impact is immediate or long-term, you can feel good knowing that our drinking water filters are effective and efficient, removing harmful contaminants one by one so that your water is safe and pure. Whether it’s phosphorous, nitrates, parasites, chemicals or any other type of contaminant, installing our drinking water system will take care of it for you.

 

Why is Lead in Drinking Water So Concerning?

There is a plethora of contaminates that can find their way into our drinking water, however, lead is one of the worst offenders. Why? Well the simple answer is because it is highly toxic, especially to young children. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) there is no safe level of lead in drinking water due to the fact that not only does it bioaccumulate in the body over time, it can cause health concerns even at low exposure levels.

Children and young infants who are exposed to lead can develop damage to the central and peripheral nervous system, hearing loss, stunted growth, learning disabilities, hyperactivity and anemia as well as abnormal formation and function of blood cells. In severe cases, lead poisoning can cause seizures, coma and death. If a mom is exposed to lead during pregnancy, it can cross the placental barrier and expose the fetus as well. This can cause premature birth and slowed growth rate.

While children are exceptionally susceptible to lead exposure, adults can also suffer some serious health consequences. Adults who are exposed to lead can develop cardiovascular problems, such as hypertension, reproductive issues and decreased kidney function. While lead exposure can come from the soil, paint, dust, air and food, the EPA estimates that drinking water can account for up to 20 percent or more of an individual’s total lead exposure. That number increases up to 60 percent for infants who drink formula mixed with lead contaminated water.

There are ways to reduce the lead in drinking water, such as flushing the pipes before cooking or drinking with the water. Allowing the water to run until it is as cold as possible does help reduce lead levels, however it is an inaccurate process. Depending on the lead levels and water usage, it could take anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes of running the water to significantly reduce the lead levels. On the other hand, if your water has an exceptionally high lead content to begin with, even proper flushing won’t be enough to make it safe to drink. 

The only way to definitively ensure acceptable lead removal from your drinking water, is with a water filtration system. There is no guesswork involved, and even if the lead content fluctuates over time, a water filtration system will continue to filter it out. Our LINX Drinking Water Systemfor example, is able to remove 99 percent of the lead content in drinking water. There are other water filtration systems able to reduce lead levels, but even reverse osmosis filtration systems can’t beat the 99 percent removal rate. Lead contamination is a serious health concern and should not be taken lightly. If you suspect you could have lead in your drinking water, have it tested as soon as possible.

 

Purchase or Lease – Which is Better?

Drinking water systems are a must in many areas these days, especially where the widespread risk of water contamination is a serious concern. From naturally occurring chemicals such as arsenic and iron to manmade ones such as pharmaceuticals, nitrates, lead and pesticides, many homeowners feel the risk is just too great to ignore. But once the decision is made to install a water filtration system, and the type of system needed for maximum protection and water quality, the question is often asked, which is better – purchasing a system or leasing it?

There is no right or wrong answer here. The decision to purchase or lease a water filtration system usually boils down to a couple things – cost and whether you are looking for a short term or long term solution. Purchasing a system outright gives some homeowners “sticker shock” and the up-front investment can seem a bit overwhelming. Renting alleviates this huge up-front outlay of cash and breaks down the cost into much easier to manage monthly payments. While renting can be an easier to handle initial outlay, if you are thinking of keeping your water filtration system for many years, you may be paying more in the long run to rent instead of purchasing.

Another thing to consider is the length of time you are going to be in your home. If you own your home, but are thinking of selling it within a few years, owning a water filtration system can be a big selling feature and will add value to your home. Even if you plan on staying long term, owning a system will pay itself off over time. One drawback to that however, is that you are responsible for maintenance and repairs to the system. Pionetics does offer a limited lifetime warranty on all of our LINX drinking water systems though, which will help alleviate any repair costs associated with your unit.

Renting a water filtration system makes more sense if you are in a temporary location, such as renting your home or in a short term living situation. For less than what you pay for your cable bill, you have the opportunity to enjoy safe, healthy drinking water right at your faucet without having to worry about contamination or unwanted byproducts in your water. As an added bonus, you won’t have to worry about any maintenance or repair services because they are typically included with your rental agreement. When you move out, all you need to do is cancel your rental agreement and you are free of any obligation.

Both purchasing and leasing have their benefits, but the greatest benefit is that either one affords you the ability to enjoy quality drinking water in your home. We would be happy to go over the costs of both options with you and help you choose what is right for your situation – give us a call at (866) 611 – 8624 to get started.

The Charm of a Bottleless Water Cooler

linx water dispenserIf you give a bottleless water cooler a try, you’ll instantly fall in love with the many advantages your home or office will enjoy. When you think of water coolers or water dispensers, you probably picture those big, heavy plastic water coolers that sit on top of the plastic box, right? The noisy big bubbles that float when you fill your cup combined with the battle of who will lift the new plastic tub on the system make water coolers less than appealing. A bottleless water cooler could change your mind.

Your home or office deserves to have the option of filtered drinking water as an alternative to the sugary drinks found in typical vending machines or water bottles that cost money and mostly end up as plastic waste in landfills. Our bottleless water coolers are a great choice for a number of reasons:

  • the LINX® three filter system is effective at removing drinking water contaminants and reduces them by more than many traditional reverse osmosis systems
  • ion regeneration technology means that the system can clean itself and maintain the quality of your drinking water – there is NO bottle swapping or maintenance that you’ll have to do.
  • mineral adjustment allows your dealer to adjust the mineral content of the water to match your taste preferences
  • you can select from hot or cold water instantly
  • the system will let your LINX technician know how much water has been used and when the filters need changing – you don’t have to worry about that!
  • you’ll enjoy water savings of up to 90% compared to some traditional reverse osmosis systems in normal household conditions
  • they come with some great warranties

It’s a great time to get healthy and enjoy the many benefits of our bottleless water coolers. As you can see, the economic and environmental advantages of switching to bottleless water coolers and dispensers are many. Bottleless water coolers employ a sealed, airtight bottleless system that greatly reduces the risk of water contamination by completely eliminating the need for human contact with the water source. Water jugs and bottled water cooler reservoirs are highly susceptible to airborne contaminants and contamination from bottleneck handling during bottle changes.  If you’re looking to cut costs in your office, or provide your family with an option for high quality drinking water, a bottleless water cooler provides the nostalgia and convenience of just that.

Drought Recovery Diminishing Like Snowpack

When the prediction of drought recovery doesn’t meet its goal, residents are forced to take action and continue to conserve water the best they can. Cutting back on the quantity of water used indoors requires efficient water treatment systems for those of us who filter our tap water and expect high quality drinking water. Traditional reverse osmosis systems waste a lot of water in the process of filtering out drinking water contaminants. To conserve more water, consider our drinking water systems which can reduce water waste up to 90%. But with the California snowpack melting plus the rain from El Niño, do residents in California even have to be worried about their water consumption anymore?

People once thought that the drought recovery was solved and our problems had faded away. After a four-year drought with some of the driest weather the state had ever seen, Californians had hope and encouragement from the predictions that the snowpack was melting at a steady pace and the rains brought by El Niño would be enough to sustain our water needs. However, residents of the state are already realizing this may not be the case.

Recently, as discussed in an article in the NY Times, we have found ourselves living through a three-week dry spell. March weather has not helped the drought recovery, that’s for sure. Now, we learn that this dry spell has left the California snowpack at just 83 percent of average, snow surveyors found Tuesday. From this snowpack, we typically get about one third of our water. To add more concern, this powerful El Niño system was thought to bring plenty of snow and rain. However, it seemed to have come to a halt and temperatures in the 90s here in Southern California are not helping our drought recovery. It still seems far from over!

Water conservation must continue until we can break out of this record drought. Continue to water your yards less, take quicker showers and invest in home drinking water systems that will waste far less water than traditional systems. If we each continue to do our part to save the water we do have, we will feel less pressure during the drought recovery about that water we don’t have.  Though we have seen some improvements in our reservoirs, it is not enough to say that this record drought it over and life is back to normal.

 

 

 

Desalination Costs and Impact

waterWhile desalination – the process where highly pressurized ocean water is pushed through tiny membrane filters and distilled into drinking water – is becoming more popular these days, critics are still wary of the economic and environmental implications of this form of water treatment. The root of the problem is water scarcity around the world, but desalination is said to just be one more quick-fix for a growing problem that no one can seem to solve yet. With human population expected to explode another 50 percent by 2050, experts and officials are increasingly looking to alternative scenarios for meeting the world’s drinking water needs.

Desalination is also showcased by supporters. Desalination plants are popping up here and there and proving to be effective in some aspects but not so perfect in others. But what is the opposition saying? It’s worth learning…

A recent article from About News, Food & Water Watch, a non-profit environmental organization, claims that desalinated ocean water is the most expensive form of fresh water out there, given the infrastructure costs of collecting, distilling and distributing it. It costs about five times as much to harvest in comparison to other sources of fresh water or filtered drinking water. Secondly, they claim that widespread desalination could take a heavy toll on ocean biodiversity. What happens to all of the living creatures displaced? Is that safe if they or their waste products are in the ocean water?

So how can poor, arid communities, both foreign and domestic, afford desalinated drinking water? Well, they probably can’t. So desalinated water may be a possibility for areas that can pay for the cost and don’t mind the environmental impact it has, but it isn’t a solution for providing filtered drinking water or at least safe drinking water to residents.

What else is there that is eco-friendly and affordable? What other products waste less water in a time where water scarcity is one of our biggest problems? Water treatment companies like Pionetics provide great household options for delivering safe drinking water that is filtered, pure and affordable. Plus, LINX® drinking water systems waste up to 90% less water when compared to traditional reverse osmosis systems.   The group calls desalination an expensive, speculative supply option that will drain resources away from more practical solutions. Practical solutions start with LINX Water Systems. Check it out for your household today!

 

 

Could THIS be the Answer to CA’s Water Woes?

As California struggles to find new sources of water and to conserve their existing water supply, there might be an easy answer to their water woes. Stopping water leaks! Sounds like a no brainer right? It is insane the amount of water that is wasted every year in the state just due to water leaks and water main breakages. Finding a way to stop these leaks could just about solve their water conservation challenge completely.

One paper reported that in the Bay Area alone, they are losing 23 billion – yes billion – gallons of water every year. Fixing just this one problem in the Bay Area would account for enough water to supply more than 70,000 families for a whole year. California is in the unique position of dealing with frequent land movement which is at the root of many of their water leakage problems. From the earth moving to excessive traffic in their major cities, causing the pipes to constantly bend and flex, over time cracks form leading to leaking and eventually to pipe breakage.

While fixing leaks may be a no brainer, it does come at a significant cost. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, California has reported $39 billion in drinking water infrastructure over the next two decades. The American Water Works Association has estimated this number closer to $1 trillion over the next 25 years. While these numbers might seem shocking, running out of drinking water is even more outrageous.

While the state of California needs to take a closer look at their water leakages and water conservation priorities, homeowners need to do their part as well. Be on the lookout for leaks around the home; from toilets and sinks to water heaters, leaks can spring up just about anywhere. Frequent monitoring of your water meter along with visual inspection of your home’s plumbing could prevent water being lost from leaking. Of course, installing high efficiency appliances and water saving fixtures could make a significant impact as well. You can check out our high efficiency water filtration system at http://www.linxwater.com/

 

Efficiently Managing California’s Water Supply

water supplyA headline last year from the LA Times said “California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?” Needless to say this caused quite a bit of pandemonium in the area; it was later discovered that this wasn’t exactly true however. The writer later explained that the state’s water reservoirs only have about a one-year supply of water remaining but there is still enough groundwater remaining for another few decades. That being said though, satellite data, which measures a wide variety of water resources, has revealed that overall, the state is in even worse shape this year than last.

This isn’t exactly surprising news considering the abysmal amount of rain and snow California has received this year. It is becoming more and more evident that not only water conservation is important for the state, but also greater efficiency in managing the already depleted resources. An aging and insufficient water infrastructure along with inefficient water use and poorly managed groundwater supplies are some of the largest obstacles California needs to overcome to be able to survive the continued drought.

Another area where the state could be more efficient is in the collection of surface water. Their largest water systems, the State water Project (SWP) and the Central Valley Project (CVP) were created back in the 1970’s and little has been done since to update their infrastructure. The population of California has doubled since that time and therefore so has the water demand; the outdated infrastructure is unable to keep up with the demands of the current population.

As a California based company, we love our state and realize the need to do our part for water conservation and better water efficiency. That is why we are so proud to offer one of the most efficient and eco-friendly drinking water filtration systems available. Check out our website for more information on how we are not only conserving water, but also providing some of the best tasting, safest water possible for your homes and businesses.

Drinking water’s secret life revealed!

Courtesy of http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/road-to-rio/secret-life-drinking-water/

Courtesy of http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/road-to-rio/secret-life-drinking-water/

Already in the 21st century, drinking water has become one of the top issues worldwide and the cause of many problems both in developing and developed nations. As we head into the New Year, we encourage everyone to develop and promote an awareness of the issues we deal with on the topic of drinking water and its secret life, a term coined by CNN in a recent article. Concern is growing in respect to drinking water quality, quantity, scarcity, access, availability, production, filtration and so much more. In their coverage of The Road to Rio, drinking water has become both a problem and a controversial issue. As Rio prepares to host the Olympics in the future, their water issues must be taken care of and a solution found quickly.

The U.N. predicts that by 2025 two thirds of the world’s population will suffer water shortages. Access to clean, safe drinking water is frightening to say the least. In an infographic from CNN, statistics related to water issues and water inequality open eyes to a whole new world of problems. It shows exactly what happens to the water we drink. Where does it go? Who drinks it? What about the water we cannot access? Even in the United States, economically-disadvantaged communities have limited access to clean drinking water. Here in California alone, it is estimated that more than 1 million people do not have reliable access to clean drinking water. Rural communities like that of Arvin in Kent County cannot cook or drink their tap water because of high levels of arsenic — known to cause cancer — which become even more concentrated when water is boiled. Plus, the number of violated maximum contaminant level standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency with potential direct public health impact may affect even more people because of insufficient regulation and under-reporting, especially in areas served by small systems. If this is happening in the United States, imagine what is happening around the world!

The World Bank, according to their website, seeks to expand access to safe drinking water in rural areas and maintain the sustainability of rural water systems, from hand pumps to more elaborate systems. While this is great for poor, rural villages around the world, what can you do to protect your own drinking water in your own home here in the U.S.? How do you protect your drinking water from contamination or potential threats? How do you conserve your drinking water if you have a traditional reverse osmosis drinking water system or other inefficient water filter? With our advanced technology, we can improve the quality of your tap water through a patented ion-exchange technology and waste up to 90% less water in the process compared to traditional reverse osmosis  systems. In a time where the world’s water seems to be scarce and poor, you can enjoy clean, filtered water at an affordable cost and with very little water waste. Learn more here http://www.linxwater.com/.

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