Archive for May, 2011

Rayne of Phoenix Receives Environmental Honor

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Rayne of Phoenix is adding another very distinguished award to their list of accomplishments. The Arizona Water Association is recognizing Rayne Water’s Zero Liquid Discharge Facility for Centralized Water Softening Regeneration Operation with the Arizona Water 2011 Water Reuse Project of the Year award. This award will be presented on May 4th at the 84th Arizona Water Association Annual Conference. These awards are presented every year to recognize those companies that show outstanding engineering excellence and achievement in the water, wastewater, and water reuse categories. All the projects that are submitted are judged based on criteria including innovative application of a new or existing technique, social and economic considerations, and the ability to meet consumer needs.

Traditional water softeners use and discharge a lot of salt throughout the water softening process. This discharge of excess salt has been found to be contaminating water that was being reused for irrigation purposes. While reusing the water was a step in the right direction, this water was actually found to be killing the grass on golf courses in Scottsdale Arizona.

Rayne Water of Phoenix is the first to take these traditional water softeners and change the way they work to make them environmentally friendly. Rayne Water now focuses their water softening products almost entirely on metered systems and soft water exchange tank services. They took it one step further in guaranteeing that at no point will their systems flush salt down the drain and into any septic system. Their solution is to desalinate and recycle the water before discharging it as wastewater. Tank regeneration is confined to a properly designed desalination facility so that the salt discharge is nearly 0% and water usage is reduced by at least 2/3. Because the spent tanks are regenerated at a special facility, Rayne provides the exchange tank service in which a Rayne representative comes to the home and picks up the spent tank leaving a recharged tank in its place. The spent tank is transported back to the facility and is emptied into a regeneration vat, the resin is backwashed, and the tank is recharged. The water used in the backwash and regeneration process is captured, filtered, and reused in the next regeneration cycle. The solids that are filtered out in the backwash water are recycled as well, so no water is wasted, and no salt is dumped.

This process certainly changes the impact on the consumer as well. Consumers no longer need to buy and carry salt bags home to run through the water softener. And they don’t have a guilty conscience over the effects of flushed excess salt on the environment. Consider now if just 100 homes were to use this type of water softener and tank service for one year, over 3 million gallons of water would be saved, over 400,000 pounds of salt would be kept out of the septic systems, waste water treatment costs would be greatly reduced, and reclaimed water would be useful for irrigating without damaging the land. These are some very big advantages for communities and in fact the entire country.

Rayne of Phoenix is proud to be partnered with Arizona Water Association in the common goal to preserve the quality and availability of our drinking water. To become more educated about the Zero Liquid Discharge process, visit https://www.raynewater.com/exchange_tank_services.php to watch two brief educational videos. Join Rayne of Phoenix as they begin making a better tomorrow for all of us.

Are you looking for a water softener system in Arizona? We have multiple Arizona locations and can provide water softeners in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, all the way up to Bullhead. Give us a call today!

Contact us today if you are interested in a Phoenix water softener system. Located outside of Phoenix? We have multiple Arizona locations to meet your water treatment needs. Whether it’s a reverse osmosis system in Scottsdale or a Glendale water softener…we have you covered.

How much longer will your tap water be safe to drink?

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American’s who have traveled to foreign countries can appreciate the confidence we have that water running out of taps in American households is safe to drink. It isn’t necessarily that way in other countries due to contaminants and lack of municipal treatment facilities. In the United States we have put forth a lot of effort – and money – making certain our water is safe to drink. This particular job is the responsibility of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They have enacted laws that help to guide municipalities in their water treatment practices.

We don’t ever want to find out what it is like to not be able to simply drink our own water. But that is potentially in our future with the constant budget cutting that is going on in Washington. Our government has to find ways to cut expenses to improve our deficit, however endangering our clean drinking water would have far more expensive outcomes than the cuts could save. Unfortunately, those cuts have been made to the Safe Water Revolving Fund when it is in the process of urging upgrades and improvements in the declining water treatment systems that provide American’s with clean drinking water.

Municipal water treatment facilities need to be kept up to date in order to guarantee the removal of contaminants. When these facilities are strapped for money they don’t keep their facility in top working condition. Everything ages and breaks down, whether it is repaired or properly maintained depends on the money provided. If that money is lacking then the repairs will likely be lacking as well. When this all begins to fall apart, safe clean water will simply be a distant memory. Our public health will be at stake, but it can be prevented.

While the municipal systems may be in danger of not being reliable, we can take the matter into our own hands. There are home water treatment systems available on the market today that will also remove contaminants from our water and make the tap water safe to drink again. The reverse osmosis systems and home water filtration systems will become more and more important. We need to keep ourselves and our children healthy and if it comes down to the homeowner providing safe drinking water, these systems will be invaluable. Many Americans have discovered the use of these systems and have found the drinking water to be far superior to any regular tap water. People don’t usually drink water if it tastes or smells bad; these systems make it easy to drink water. While boiling water would remove many pathogens and bacteria, there are certain contaminants that can’t be removed with boiling. The only way to guarantee safe drinking water is through water treatment or filtration. Don’t trust the municipality to take care of you and provide you with safe water to drink; we aren’t certain that we can trust in that now or in the future. Budget cuts have to be made; don’t let them affect your health and well being. Do that for yourself by installing your own water treatment system. For information on the systems available on the market today visit Rayne Water.

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Does Your Child Come Home Thirsty?

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Most parents naturally assume as their children walk out the door that they will have plenty of water to drink throughout the day. However, that doesn’t seem to be the situation at all. In fact most schools across the nation have a few drinking water fountains around, but no cups available. This means that if children want a drink during their lunch period they have to get up and go to the nearest fountain, wait in line to sip a drink and then go back and continue eating. How many adults would put up with that scenario? None of us would put up with that at our work, we would expect cups to be available.

Children at school can choose between flavors of milk and sometimes orange juice. If they want water, they must use the drinking fountain and those may or may not work and may or may not be convenient. According to the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, only 15% of kids in middle school consume adequate amounts of water. That indicates that a huge percentage of kids are spending their school days being thirsty and dehydrated. Nutrition advocates believe school children’s access to water is a national problem the federal government is only just beginning to address.

Children spend the largest part of their day in school; they should be drinking at least 4 glasses of water at school. Considering how much playing goes on during recess, these 4 glasses hardly would seem to be enough hydration. Standard recommendations for children are 6-8 glasses of water per day; teen boys need about 11 glasses per day. If school children are only getting 4 glasses of water each day or less, they are actually in a dehydrated state most of the day. Dehydration can affect learning as well as mental and physical performance.

Congress recently passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 in December to improve school nutrition in the National School Lunch Program. This same legislation requires that clean water be easily available in school. The question is, will these new rules be enough to address dehydration in students? School districts now have to provide water in student eating areas, but accessibility isn’t discussed. As long as water fountains are around the lunchrooms that may be all the requirements that must be completed. The main challenge appears to be the provision of cups to drink the water provided. Like was mentioned above, it seems that students are expected to get up during their short meal time go to the fountain and get a drink and return to eating.

Many educators and advocates say that too many of America’s largest school districts simply choose to not provide cups. Chicago Public Schools don’t, Miami-Dade County Public Schools don’t, Newark Public Schools don’t, Atlanta Public Schools don’t, and Clark County School District in Nevada also doesn’t provide cups to students. Some schools only provide cups if students ask for them. Educators say that providing cups can get expensive and take too much from the already shrinking school budgets.

A new program called Water Intervention, a 5 week research program that includes installing a water filter in the school, filling 5 gallon jugs, chilling them overnight, placing them in the eating area during mealtime and serving with cups. “We’ve seen students really gravitate towards the water out here and fill their cups right before and after lunch to hydrate” says Burt Cowgill, the project manager. “The water is very popular and we have a lot of participation.” This water intervention program has been done in 5 schools in the Los Angeles school district, provided free during the program. Now that the research has ended, it is up to the school district to continue funding it if it so chooses. According to CNN, the Los Angeles Unified School District says it cannot afford the estimated $1.8 million to $2.3 million it would take each year to provide the cups and water for the entire district.

Aside from the money expense, school districts may be paying attention to the loss in revenue from bottled water and other drink sales. These schools would have to come up with other ways of fundraising to replace the revenues lost from these drink sales.

Hard to imagine that our children’s water consumption – and health – could be significantly improved with the addition of paper cups or water bottles. Providing filtered water systems and cups would encourage students to actually stay hydrated and could make a difference in behavior and focus in the classroom.

Parents can perhaps help the situation out by sending a water bottle to school with their children. The only problem with this practice is some schools won’t allow students to store their water bottles at school. If they can’t leave them there, they forget to take them to school each day and the whole process is a failure. The fact is that water is of great importance to all of us, we all require a certain amount of water in order to survive. The amount of water we drink has a large effect on whether or not we are obese. In fact the lack of available water may be contributing considerably to the obesity of children. We can’t allow the lack of water to have such a huge impact on our children’s lives. It’s time school districts and parents got together and made certain that simple water is a part of every child’s school day for more than just a sip or two. Don’t let your school tell you that water is just too expensive for them to supply, they are taking care of your children.

Even if your child’s school won’t help, you should consider a service for water softening system in Los Angeles to ensure your home’s water supply is pure and contaminant free.