Overview

The water that you use today to drink, cook and clean is literally the same water that existed on the planet billions of years ago. Nature doesn’t make new water: it recycles existing water. More critically, while over 67% of the earth’s surface is covered by water, only about 0.3% is “usable” by humans.

While the supply of water is fixed, the demand for water is growing exponentially, due primarily to the continuing growth in population and the many things we do in our daily lives that require water. Think about the different ways people use water. Drinking. Cooking. Bathing. Doing laundry. Housecleaning. Watering the lawn. Washing the car. Giving the dog a bath. The average family of four consumes 250 gallons of water each day.

If you’re concerned about the water you and your family drink, you’re not alone. A survey by the Water Quality Association found that 75% of Americans don’t believe their household water supply is as safe as it could be. In a recent USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll, 47% of respondents reported they won’t drink water straight from the tap.

Water runoff from industrial plants and farms, acid rain and other forms of pollution have tainted groundwater and surface water supplies. Population growth, urban and suburban sprawl, and industrial and agricultural expansion continue to stress fresh water supplies.

Water contamination in highly industrialized nations adds to the problem. In the last half dozen years, numerous cases of contamination have been recorded, affecting tens of millions of consumers in more than 1,000 communities.  

Today municipal and state governments are investing hundreds of billions of dollars to improve infrastructure and mandate higher water quality standards. Despite these investments, however, more and more individuals are relying on home water treatment systems to assure an ample supply of fresh, pure, safe water for their families at the most local of all levels—their home.

What are the benefits of whole house water softeners and treatment systems?

The benefits of water softeners and treatment systems go beyond cleaner, odorless, better-tasting water. After softening hard water, your skin may feel softer, your hair silkier, soap suds may last longer and your clothes feel softer. All with a reduced need for detergents and cleansers! Appliances like water heaters, dishwashers and washing machines will not only perform more efficiently, but last longer. Pipes and other appliances will also benefit from the reduction of calcium and magnesium buildup. And don't forget the positive impact on the environment.

Water Treatment Questions

Water treatment is the process of filtering or chemically treating water. The most effective ways to improve water quality are point of entry (POE) and point of use (POU) systems. POE systems include products such as water softeners and whole-house water filters. Water softeners remove minerals such as calcium and manganese that cause sediment buildup from an incoming water source, resulting in “hard water”. POU systems include products such as under-sink water filtration using reverse osmosis, which removes extremely harmful contaminants such as arsenic, lead, sulfate, chlorine, VOCs, rust, sediment and more.

The simple definition of water hardness is the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. Hard water is high in dissolved minerals, both calcium and magnesium. When hard water is heated, such as in a home water heater, solid deposits of calcium carbonate can form, which can impact the performance of the water heater over time.

Hard water can turn the simplest of household tasks into hard work for you. Glassware and dishes are left with spots. Clothes look duller and don’t feel as soft. Bathroom fixtures develop unsightly film. Soaps and laundry detergents don’t lather as well. Even your skin and hair don’t feel as clean. Hard water is also tough on appliances, especially on washing machines, dishwashers and hot water heaters, damaging the internal components.

Hard water can also cause white scale. The higher the concentration of hardness in your water, the more scale you will notice on the ends of faucets and other fixtures. White scale requires more aggressive cleaning chemicals to clean off your fixtures. Scale will also develop in appliances, pipes and in your water heater, possibly decreasing the life of these costly appliances and plumbing fixtures.

Water softeners filter out minerals like calcium and manganese, in effect reducing the “hardness” of the water that enters your home. During this softening process, a small amount of sodium (the equivalent of a piece of bread) is added to the water. After installation, additional sodium (in the form of salt) should be added to the softener about once a month to ensure the highest quality softened water. <b

Water is never destroyed. The same water that nourished the dinosaurs nourishes us as the never-ending water cycle continues to purify the same water over and over. However, as water falls back to earth in the form of rain, it picks up air pollutants and dust. Once it hits the ground, this universal solvent dissolves and collects everything from sediment, including calcium and magnesium, to pesticides. In the U.S., 80-90% of the total available water supply comes from this ground water.

If your water comes from a public or municipal water system, it is regularly tested for contaminants regulated by federal standards. However, these tests are conducted at the source (e.g., a reservoir), not at the point where it enters your home. Over time, the pipes that carry water from the source to your home age and erode. In some cases, municipal water treatment or distribution systems are breached by unforeseen occurrences that result in water alerts.

Most municipalities address this issue by treating water with compounds containing chlorine. These compounds are very important in helping ensure that water supplied by utilities is free of potentially harmful bacteria. However, these compounds can also cause odors and tastes that many people find objectionable. More importantly, the byproducts of chlorine can cause other serious health problems. Moreover, chlorine does not help make the water “softer”.

© 2014 - 2024 Powered by Installation Made Easy, Inc.