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Archive for February, 2010

Who’s Filtering YOUR Water?

Posted by Rayne Water

Unsafe drinking water warnings seem to be popping up in the news with an alarming frequency as of late. Sometimes these problems are the result of human error, a machine gone haywire, a flood, or simply an overgrowth of algae or bacteria. Regardless of whether your water is treated by your municipality or drawn from your own well, it is simply not feasible that every drop of water you drink can be safeguarded against contamination. Even with the best municipally treated water, your tap water may still contain chlorine, nitrates, iron, sodium, and prescription drugs. Well water may also produce water with higher concentrations of iron, manganese, sulfates, and even arsenic, gasoline, the gasoline additive MTBE, and pesticides.
So, who’s filtering YOUR water? Consider this:  without a water filtration system in your home, then YOU are the filter. We often read about need to drink large amounts of fluid to hydrate and cleanse our bodies, but that water may just be adding MORE toxins for your body to contend with. Fortunately, there are other alternatives.
Your body could really benefit from a reverse osmosis system to help filter out these impurities before you take a drink. A reverse osmosis system uses a process in which water is forced through a membrane that has extremely small holes or pores. Clean water passes through to your faucet and the impurities that are too large to pass through the membrane are left behind and flushed away. Generally, the molecules of common impurities like lead, copper, arsenic, chlorine, giardia, pesticides, cysts, and nitrates are too large to pass through an RO system, so that’s a huge burden off your body’s natural filtering system.
RO systems are typically installed under your kitchen sink and can save you hundreds of dollars every year because you never have to buy bottled water again. Not only is that a benefit for your wallet, it’s good for the environment – and your body!

Lack of Reporting Sited in Contaminated Water

Posted by Rayne Water

Only recently, West Union, officials learned about a spill took place over the summer at a location upstream from the community’s drinking water intake.
West Union’s drinking water treatment plant began experiencing high levels of manganese in the incoming water in mid-July through October. The levels recorded were four times higher than normal. While manganese is not dangerous, it does affect drinking water taste and odor. In fact it turned the water dark,”like tea”
They had no idea what was causing the elevated levels until Oct. 23, when a West Union City Council member called the treatment plant to ask about a spill that he had just read about in the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram. That spill had been reported to the WV Department of Environmental Protection’s Spill Hotline on Aug. 25. Until the Council Member saw the article, the plant was totally unaware the spill had occurred since the EPA had failed to report the incident to West Union officials.
West Union is demanding answers but this event serves as a reminder that home water treatment systems can remove manganese and provide homeowners with superior, healthier water.
Read more about this article here. For information about removing manganese or other contaminants from your home’s water supply, contact your local Rayne Dealer.