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Archive for November, 2017

Santa Barbara Delivers High Tech Drinking Water

Posted by Rayne Water

Santa Barbara has opened a state of the art Desalination Plant in hopes to deliver filtered water to homes using less power. The plant can produce almost three million gallons of filtered water a day. That is almost 30% of the city’s water needs. The process includes conditioning the water to make it compatible with existing infrastructure and water supplies. The city will continue to monitor for lead contamination and copper in the water supply, along with corrosion testing to make sure that desalinated water has no negative impacts on the city’s water pipes. The city of Santa Barbara relies on multiple water sources to meet customer’s needs – including surface water from Gibraltar Reservoir, Cachuma Reservoir, the State Water Project, groundwater, and conservation. With recurring droughts across the state, some of these sources are less reliable or unavailable, making desalinated water a key addition. Desalinated water alone cannot solve all the water challenges; the city of Santa Barbara continues to examine all opportunities to increase the quantity, and improve the quality of their water supplies. Conservation will continue to be an important part of ensuring a sustainable water supply for Santa Barbara. The impacts of current drought in the region, will last several years and the groundwater basins will take five to ten years to recharge. The most notable difference with desalinated water is that it is generally softer. Soft water contains lower levels of naturally occurring calcium and magnesium, meaning it could eliminate or reduce the use of water softeners for some customers. It will be important to check with your water softener service to see if you need to adjust your current system. It’s important to follow water conservation programs to help with the continued drought and demand for clean drinking water. It may be a good time to evaluate getting a water softener in Santa Barbara to help conserve water. Keep in mind when buying plants for your yard, some plants require more water than others. Adjust the time and amount of water that goes on your landscape. Removing sod and replacing with a “desert” landscape will help water conservation also.

Filtering Well Water is Essential for Homeowners

Posted by Rayne Water

Maybe it has been suggested to you in the past, but it’s time to make a drinking water system in your home a priority, especially if your home gets water from a well and not a municipal water source. Well water, is susceptible to many different environmental conditions affecting the water supply in the locality. From bacterial contamination, to off putting smells and taste once it’s in its storage tank, well water can be less than ideal for daily consumption. Well water is NOT treated like that of public drinking water, so you’re left to filter it and treat it yourself. The good news? We can help!
According to one study from The University of Minnesota, clear, clean well water can still carry large amounts of bacteria which can cause a very bad smell, even if the water looks okay to drink. They can be very hard to eliminate with certain kinds of drinking water filters and you’ll need to make sure that the product you choose is right for the type of water contamination you have.  Not all water filters on the market can handle multiple types of contamination. Plus, if you choose to invest in a home water filtration system, you’ll save time and even money if you’ve gone the route of buying bottled water for your household to drink in the past.
One of our most popular drinking water systems is our reverse osmosis drinking water system. It is equipped with a post-carbon filter for great fresh taste, and effectively reduces 95-97% of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and other harmful contaminants. That’s really important for well-owners. Plus, our systems add the advantage of being incredibly eco-friendly!
Water wells can be unpredictable sometimes when it comes to drinking water contamination. Proper testing is essential for maintaining quality water for your home. Unfortunately, even that isn’t foolproof, and you’ll still need to take action should you find contaminants at or above a safe level. When you have a home drinking water system to filter your water, your family will feel better knowing that the water they’re drinking or using is safe for all. Drinking water contamination doesn’t have to be harder for those with wells when you have our drinking water filters on your side!