Archive for December, 2015

The Truth about Uranium in Drinking Water

Posted by Rayne Water

Water Test for UraniumIt has recently been reported that uranium in drinking water has increased significantly since 1990; in fact, in some parts of California the uranium in public water supplies has seen as much as a seventeen percent increase. U.S. Geological Survey researchers say that the increased uranium contamination is coming from year-round farming, irrigation, over pumping of underground water reserves and the pervasive drought in the southwest. Uranium is a naturally occurring element and with the increase in irrigation and farming, is beginning to leech out into our water supply. Irrigated plants produce a weak acid that is leeching uranium out of the ground’s sediment and it is finding its way into ground water. Considering the drought that many southwest areas are facing, this groundwater has become one of the primary sources for water, which is why uranium is showing up in so many water supplies. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set standards for the allowable levels of uranium in drinking water, this does not apply to privately owned wells. One of the problems that the Associated Press reported is that authorities are doing little to inform the public about this increased risk of uranium contamination. Due to this oversight, many homeowners are drinking uranium contaminated water without even know it. There has been no health risk associated with showering or bathing with uranium contaminated water, however there is a significant health risk associated with drinking it. Due to its toxicity as a heavy metal, the EPA has established that it carries a risk of kidney damage and also an increased cancer risk. As such, it is vitally important to determine if there is uranium in your drinking water and take steps to mitigate it if it is present. The good news is that uranium can be easily and efficiently filtered out of drinking water with the use of a reverse osmosis system or an ion exchange drinking water system such as our LINX Drinking Water System. If you have any questions on uranium or how to filter it out of your drinking water, one of our water specialists would be happy to answer them for you, so don’t hesitate to give us a call.  ]]>

How to deal with potential groundwater threats

Posted by Rayne Water

If you watch the news, you have probably seen drinking water stories from around the country making the cut more frequently than ever. Between Mother Nature and industrial events, groundwater has issues not visible to the human eye making it a concern amongst many living without a water filter or other home drinking water system. Groundwater is a pretty amazing thing; it isn’t a lake or river flowing underground. Rather, it is composed of tiny droplets of water whose combined volume is greater than the volume of all the lakes and rivers of the world combined. Wow! But even more impressive than the volume of the groundwater that serves us is its influence on California drinking water. For more than 100 years, groundwater has provided a substantial and essential resource for California’s agriculture, its industries, and its cities. Groundwater in California is crucial in ensuring that people have access to drinking water and enough of it. Between 25 and 40 percent of California’s water supply in an average year comes not from surface streams or reservoirs but rather from beneath the ground.  California groundwater, however, is not immune to issues like most groundwater around the country. Experts admit that groundwater stored in underground aquifers is “fragile” and at times can be found to contain above average levels of contaminants. Expensive treatment is possible or the water should be not and usually is not used. However without human intervention, the National Resources Defense Council admits that contamination not only results in a reduction in the amount of immediately usable water, but may also result in human exposure to hazardous levels of contaminants. Do you know if your household is exposed to contaminants through your drinking water? While many contaminants are tested for and treated for, there are several others found in groundwater that we cannot tell. Since they are not visible, many homeowners are simply left wondering if their groundwater turned tap water is even safe. When you have a home drinking water system, water is filtered and you won’t have to give a second thought to the potential groundwater issues in your area. We like to assume that all Irvine drinking water is completely safe, but most findings conclude that is not the case and due to costs and time management, that is the long-term reality. Better to install a water filter for your tap water than spend your days wondering if groundwater contamination is exposing you to potential dangers. Are you ready to purchase a water softener system? We have many California locations in both Northern California and Southern California! Whether you need a reverse osmosis system in San Diego or a water softener installation in San Jose, we have you covered.  Contact us today to be safe and secure when it comes to your drinking water.