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/.

How does LINX work? Secrets of LINX® Technology

How LINX works videoSo maybe you have heard of LINX drinking water technology or you currently own a system and are interested in the science behind your incredible machine – either way you’ll be intrigued by how this advanced technology works to give you high quality drinking water while staying more effective and more efficient than traditional reverse osmosis water filters on the market. Wasting less and conserving more water is easily seen in our video showing just how LINX® home drinking water systems work. Keep reading as we explain more or watch the video to see it for yourself!

LINX® drinking water systems were developed to reduce waste water that happens during the filtration process. With so many contaminants caught in our tap water these days, drinking water needs to be of a higher quality now more than ever. The drinking water system is made up of five parts; the sediment prefilter, TDS reduction cartridge where the patented ion exchange technology magic happens, carbon filter, an optional UV or UF filter and the Dial-A-Taste® controls. This allows the user to control the amount of minerals found in their water and can adjust them according to taste preference. This is the only drinking water system that allows a consumer to select mineral content based upon taste preferences right at the system via a dial.

Our system will do everything that an RO system will, but even better. There is less wastewater which is the biggest advantage these days. Your filtration starts in the sediment prefilter where you will immediately notice a reduction in sediments and a higher quality of your water. The RO filter removes impurities without wasting any water. Nitrates, lead and copper are just a few of the most common contaminants removed during this stage of filtration. Even with no waste drain, these tanks are filled faster than an RO system – about a gallon per hour faster! High quality drinking water is produced in a batch process.

In order not to waste water during production of high quality drinking water, our technology includes ion sheets within a cartridge. Water passes through the spirals of the sheet wound within the round cartridge rather than forced with pressure through a single wall. As it passes through the sheet, an electrical current causes the ion exchange process to occur right then and there. Positive and negative ions separate and so on. Minimal water is used during the regeneration process producing much more clean water rather than wastewater. With typical systems, gallons of water are wasted just to produce one gallon of water. With our technology, the exact opposite occurs.

Unaffected by water pressure, tank levels or water temperature, our systems can handle any demands and will therefore waste less water. One of our systems can reduce up to 90% less water wasted than traditional processes yet produces the same high quality drinking water. With these results, we encourage you to enjoy our eco-friendly system over wasteful ones!

 

 

RO or LINX? The Benefits are Clear

There are many benefits of installing a reverse osmosis drinking water system in your home, especially when you want to reduce your risk of drinking water contaminants which could or maybe even have made their way into your tap water. Well, the decision to invest in a RO system is certainly a good one, but which kind of RO system will you go with and how do you decide with so many available these days? We want to run through a few very clear benefits with you and let you decide. Traditional reverse osmosis systems have a tough time keeping up with our latest advanced drinking water filtration technology.

There are some occasions, especially when entertaining, that your RO system may not be able to accommodate your household’s water demands. With smaller systems, you could actually run out of filtered drinking water which can be embarrassing or frustrating. Our drinking water systems differ from traditional RO systems because they provide continual water supply which means never having to worry about running out of water. From quiet evenings to large holiday parties, your demands will always be met because our tanks filter faster than other models and you’ll be able to provide 25-40 gallons each day.

Another significant benefit is less water waste and that means more water conservation. At a time in our state when we need to conserve as much as we can of our precious resource, the more water we can save, the better. In a study which compared several reverse osmosis drinking water systems, the results showed that our high-efficiency system demonstrated “superior efficiency” compared to all of the other units. Other independent studies have shown that a traditional reverse osmosis filter  wastes at least 86% of its feed water under normal household conditions.  That is unacceptable during drought situations. Our advanced design allows for water savings and if you only consume one gallon of drinking water a day, you can save over 7,000 gallons of water in a year as compared to a traditional R.O. filter under typical household conditions.

Another important consideration in comparing LINX to RO is nitrate removal.  Better nitrate removal means better filtration. Our R.O. systems have been proven to reduce the levels of nitrates and nitrites by over 99%, taking them down to non-detect levels in drinking water. In fact, our most advanced unit is the first device certified to reduce nitrate and nitrite contamination to NON-DETECT levels in certification testing.  We are proud of this!  Other traditional systems miss contaminants during the filtration process.

If you currently have a reverse osmosis system and are ready to enjoy more benefits, contact us today and learn a little more about our advanced drinking water systems. Or for a blow-by-blow comparison of LINX and RO, visit this webpage:  http://www.linxwater.com/ro-wastes-water/

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