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Archive for January, 2010

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Herbicide Found in Water May Pose Greater Danger

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There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about the herbicide Atrazine. The debate? Just how much is allowable in our drinking water.
While many of us may believe that the correct response to this question should be, “None”, the reality is that according to the EPA, it is perfectly acceptable for trace amounts of the herbicide to be in drinking water. The problem is that documented spikes in atrazine in the water supplies in the agricultural areas of the US (primarily the Midwest and Southern states), may be causing unsafe levels of toxicity.
Because the EPA looks at annual average levels of the chemical in drinking-water systems, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says this methodology misses spikes likely to occur after rain and springtime application of the herbicide.
The concern is that Atrazine can interfere with the body’s hormonal activity and the development of reproductive organs. It could also be linked to menstrual problems and endocrine-related cancers in adults.
Concerned? The good news is that Atrazine can be removed by carbon filters found in many home water treatment systems. (Read more about this story here)

‘Little Polliwogs’ Found in Connecticut Drinking Water

Posted by Rayne Water

There have been some fantastic news reports about contaminated water, but in Hartford, Connecticut, what they found is nothing short of creepy.
In April 2009, in Hartford, Connecticut, a resident there spotted “little polliwogs” or organisms about the size of a pin head in his water filter. You can see a larger picture of the little critters here on the left.
Pretty soon, the town realized they were everywhere – homes, schools, hospitals, in the entire water supply.
Their solution was to flood the entire water system with elevated levels of Chlorine in an effort to kill the infestation. And although health officials insisted these little guys are not harmful, the whole thing just makes your skin crawl.
What prompted this creepy discovery — a home water treatment system. (Read more about this story here)

Unsafe Drinking Water Found at Thousands of Schools

Posted by Rayne Water

According to investigation released by the Associated Press in September 2009, the drinking water at thousands of schools across the country contains unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and dozens of other toxins. This investigation revealed contamination in both public and private schools, from small towns to large cities and in all 50 states.
The contamination was more pronounced at schools that had wells (roughly 8% to 11% of the nation’s schools). According to data provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, of those schools with wells, nearly 20% violated the Safe Drinking Water Act over the past decade.

It this problem is not simply isolated to the schools that have wells. Schools that get their water from public utilities showed contamination too. This was more evident with schools in older buildings. Older school buildings were more likely to have higher levels of lead concentration most.
Concerned? Most home water treatment systems like a Rayne Reverse Osmosis System will remove much of these toxins and produce healthy drinking water for our children in school. These Rayne Systems are fitted to Water Fountains and Water Coolers for public consumption applications. (Read more about this story here)

What is a Water Softener?

Posted by Rayne Water

WQA “Water Quality Association” defines soft water as any water which has been processed in some manner (like a Conditioner) BUT must be able to reduce the total hardness to 1 grain per gallon or less, expressed as calcium carbonate equivalent. The water softener system also needs to be certified S100 by the WQA in order to be a softener. If you are buying a softener, make sure it is WQA-certified S100 or similar standard.
In other words, unless a Water Conditioner actually reduces the total hardness to 1 grain per gallon or less, it cannot be called a Water Softener.
Consumers are advised to be certain that they understand exactly what benefits are claimed before they purchase any water conditioner device.
Only a Water Softener or a Reverse Osmosis/Water Purifier System can get your water below 1 grain of hardness. Only these two products actually soften hard water Period.