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Archive for July, 2017

Softened Water Means Softer Skin!

Posted by Rayne Water

Ahhhh … that feeling of clean, soft skin as you get out of the shower! There’s nothing quite like the smell and feel of freshly cleaned skin … don’t you agree? Well, if you have NO idea what we’re talking about, there could be something in your water that is sticking to your skin. When this happens, your skin can feel sticky or slimy, even after you get out of the shower or the bath. No, there’s nothing wrong with your soap or your skin – the culprit could be the result of hard water.
Hard water is one of the most common issues in US households – in fact, about 85% of homes in the country are known to have some level of hard water, and many of those homes do not have a water softener to remove hard minerals like calcium and magnesium.
Could this be what you’re feeling on your skin?
It most certainly could be! Hard water isn’t going to help your skin. It is known to create dry, itchy, irritated and slimy skin. In fact, people who have psoriasis often complain that their condition is worsened with hard water minerals.
What does hard water do to your skin?
For starters, the hard minerals we mentioned above, make it harder for water to form a solution with soap, and it leaves behind a scummy residue. Do you see white residue on your fixtures or dishware in your home? That same residue is left on your skin. That residue also clogs your pores the same way it clogs your pipes. Clogged pores can lead to breakouts and worsen skin conditions like acne or eczema. Experts also warn that the natural oils your body produces are distributed through the pores of your skin. When those pores are clogged, the oil gets trapped, and blemishes like pimples and zits form. Might not be genetics – might just be that you could benefit from softened water after all!
Dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross, told that many of the impurities in hard water, like iron and magnesium, can form free radicals that damage healthy skin cells. No one needs that in their life!  Our water softeners give you plenty of advantages that make the investment worth it; besides just ease of cleaning, laundering and saving your pipes, you’ll see better hair and skin as a result of eliminating hard minerals. Soft water is so beneficial to your skin – you’ll finally start to realize what soft, clean skin looks and feels like!

Water Pollution: Bad for Humans and Animals Alike

Posted by Rayne Water

When we talk about drinking water contamination, we usually talk about the dangers to human health and what we can do to prevent our tap water from harming us. We look into water filters and other home drinking water systems which are incredibly helpful in removing drinking water contaminants in our homes, but what we don’t talk about enough is the harm it is causing to wildlife. Water pollution is a human crisis but it is also harming other living beings in many situations.
Water pollution in any ecosystem comes in many forms; we see toxic chemicals flowing into streams due to poor industrial practices, farm and agricultural waste are overloading rivers, trash from landfills are blowing into ponds, and the smog from city pollution is landing in waterways. Plus, water pollution doesn’t affect just the immediate area it is found – it can have an impact on wildlife hundreds or sometimes thousands of miles away!
Clean, freshwater is essential to human life but it is also essential to wildlife. About 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water in the world, and 2.4 billion don’t have adequate sanitation for water. But the pollutants that are harming us can make life difficult and sometimes just impossible to animals and other organisms just like it is making life hard for humans.
Human activity, especially when it comes to agriculture, has led to large increases in nitrogen and phosphorus levels in the environment. This can affect wildlife and plants – even creating dead zones where no life can be sustained.
Fish, plants, and mammals are all affected. Medications in drinking water are killing off fish and other species in record numbers. There have been cases where aquatic toxicologists are studying what happens to fish that live in water contaminated with at least 13 different medications — from over-the-counter painkillers to prescription antibiotics and mood stabilizers. The results are saddening.
Whether it is acid rain, toxic plastic waste being ingested, chemical runoff from pesticides and fertilizers on farms, wastewater and sewage being dumped by cruise ships or any of the other forms of serious water pollution, we need to think about wildlife and the impact it is having.
It is evident of the impact of water pollution on wildlife, and sadly the same toxins that are harming them can be harming us as well. Make sure to protect yourself and your family from these potential hazards with a water filtration system. Action starts with each individual. Let’s all try to make more eco-friendly choices and be more considerate of the environment.