In addition to water hardness, consumers are also growing more and more concerned about the purity and safety of their drinking water. Escalating media reports of contamination or abnormal levels of impurities are causing some consumers to invest in home drinking water filtration systems such as the Rayne Evolution with LINX Technology – or a high quality Rayne Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System.
Since 1928, Rayne has provided Home Water Softeners and Water Treatment Solutions
* The USGS is responsible for collecting data on water quality and water supply throughout the nation.
The Hard Facts About Soft Water
For years, we've talked about the benefits of softened water for your home, your health, your pocketbook. Now, a recent independent laboratory study by Battelle Memorial Institute has put cold, hard facts to those benefits we've been talking about.
For this study, Battelle researched the effect of water hardness on the performance of faucets, showerheads, dishwashers, clothes washers, and water heaters. The results? Overwhelmingly, soft water produced better function, efficiency, extended life, and appearance. There were no clogged pipes or water lines. The appliances used significantly less energy to ... [Read more]
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Softeners: Fact vs. Fiction
Water Softeners: Fact vs. Fiction
There is great confusion in the marketplace about the differences between water softeners and water conditioners. Water Softeners will produce Soft Water. Water Conditioners will produce Conditioned Water.
What does Conditioned Water really mean?
The catchall term "conditioned water" as defined by the WQA* is, "Any water which has been treated by one or more processes to improve the water's usefulness and/or aesthetic quality by reducing undesirable substances or undesirable conditions."
So Conditioned Water can be Soft Water, but not ALL Water Conditioners are able to Soften Water.
But is it a Water Softener?
Reverse Osmosis/Water Purifier
Electronic wave technology
And a host of others
*The International Water Quality Association (WQA), the trade association that represents the water treatment industry
Water "Spots" is an educational service provided by Rayne Water Corporation to help consumers stay informed about the water they use in their homes. It includes the latest water news and information as well as links to current water events.
A recent article from Cordis and the European Commission discusses lithium in drinking water and the health effects and concerns that go along with it. New Swedish research, according to the publication, has found that large quantities of lithium in groundwater can trigger hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism, also known as underactive thyroid, is a condition where there is too little thyroid hormone in the bloodstream in which the body needs to function normally. Inadequate stimulation of cells and organs in the body due to low levels of thyroid hormone causes the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism, which is generally a "slowing-down" of the body's processes. These symptoms include slowed heart rate, tiredness, inability to tolerate cold, mental fatigue, and constipation.
Lithium is used to treat such diseases as bipolar disorder and other depressions. According to the article, "high concentrations of this element were found in villages of the Argentinean Andes Mountains, where [...]