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Why Every Sacramento Well-Water Homeowner Should Consider a Water Softener

Posted by Rayne Water

80% of Sacramento’s drinking water comes from surface water. Around 20% of Sacramento’s drinking water comes from wells. Why does that matter?

Because according to the Department of Utilities’ Consumer Confidence Report, the City of Sacramento’s groundwater hardness can go up to 320 mg/L. For scale, drinking water hardness should not exceed 170 mg/L —  and that’s on the higher end!

(Salt on the wound? Northern California neighbor Yuba City has only 58 mg/L).

With public health concerns around the city’s management of its aging water infrastructure, Sacramento homeowners are well within their rights to be worrying about wells.

RayneWater’s water softeners are the ultimate solution to Sacramento’s water hardness. Our top-rated residential water testing and filtration systems provide soft and safe water, protecting your home and health from hard water damage.

But don’t just take our word for it. Let’s take a deeper dive into the issue.

The Hard Truth about Sacramento’s Well Water

Hard water is a common problem in many households, and it can detrimentally affect your appliances and plumbing. Hard water is defined as having high levels of calcium and magnesium ions, which can cause scale buildup in pipes, fixtures, and other appliances.

This buildup can reduce water pressure and flow, leading to costly repairs or replacements. Additionally, this kind of poor water quality can cause dry skin and hair due to the lack of protective oils stripped away by the minerals.

Hard water can have an unpleasant effect on water quality, taste, and odor. The high mineral content in Sacramento’s well water can leave it tasting as metallic and bitter as the rusty pipes it traveled through.

Iron is a common mineral found in Sacramento’s groundwater, and it can significantly impact water quality. Iron can cause staining and discoloration of fixtures, clothing, dishes, toilets, bathtubs, laundry, and other surfaces.

A comparison of a cleaned vs. iron-discolored tub.

The Solution: Water Softeners

RayneWater’s water softeners are the perfect solution to hard water problems in Sacramento. Our residential water softeners work by removing the calcium and magnesium ions before they enter your home — leaving you with soft, safe drinking water.

Water softeners are sophisticated systems designed to remove hardness, mineral content, and iron from drinking water. They use a process known as ion exchange to filter out these impurities. The system passes water through a resin bed containing tiny polystyrene beads charged with ions. As the water passes through the resin beads, the calcium and magnesium ions are exchanged for sodium or potassium ions.

The result? Soft water, free of impurities.

With RayneWater’s water softeners, the taste and odor of your well water can also drastically improve. Our systems effectively remove calcium and magnesium ions, as well as iron, from your drinking water, leaving behind a softer, cleaner-tasting water that won’t leave a lingering aftertaste. That means fresher coffee, sweeter tea, creamier sauces, and even more aromatic meals.

Water Softeners vs. Reverse Osmosis vs. Activated Carbon

RO and activated carbon filtration are used to remove a broader range of contaminants from water, including heavy metals, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

RO uses a semi-permeable membrane to filter out impurities, while activated carbon filtration uses a carbon filter to absorb impurities. These methods are very effective at removing various contaminants, but they may not be as effective at removing hardness minerals.

When it comes to water hardness and mineral content, however, ion-exchange water softeners are the best. They are designed specifically to remove the calcium and magnesium ions that cause hard water.

A water softener system provides many long-term benefits for homeowners. Installing a water softener can:

By removing hard mineral content from groundwater and protecting pipes and appliances, RayneWater’s water softeners provide you with clean, safe drinking water for years to come.

Real-Life Success Stories with Rayne

Once again, you don’t need to take us just at our word. Here are some from a happy Sacramento customer:

I had scheduled for a serviceman to come out to take a look at my water softener since it hasn’t been regenerating like normal. I’ve owned my water softener for over 17 years (older than my youngest daughter…)

… I appreciated Miguel’s friendly and professional mannerism.

All in all, the service time took about 30 minutes. I have my soft water again… thanks, Miguel. Happy customer here! — May

Need more proof?

He was very friendly and cheerful. He explained each step he was taking and what I needed to have done. He returned once I had a cold water connection and installed the new water tank I purchased separately. I will definitely consider asking him to return when the RO filter system needs replacing. — Richard

Get Started With RayneWater Filtration Today

Rayne always puts your experience first, and we’re proud that customers like May and Richard are happy with our work. We’d love to make you our next satisfied customer. Contact RayneWater now to get your first three months of service half-off!

When it comes to the safety and health of our families and ourselves. Safe drinking water is essential for the sustenance of life; it helps us stay hydrated and healthy, prevents disease, and supports sustainable agriculture. With RayneWater, you can rest assured that you will receive a high-quality product with superior customer service for all your filtration needs.

Our real-life success stories speak volumes about how we put customers first in everything we do – so contact us today to get started!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Sacramento water OK to drink?

Yes, Sacramento’s water is safe to drink. The City of Sacramento tests the water for contaminants and publishes the results annually. Water quality in other Northern California cities like Grass Valley or Rio Linda is also not a public health risk.

However, if your home has hard water or other contaminant problems, you may need an additional filtration system. RayneWater offers a variety of products specifically designed to meet your needs.

Is Sacramento water hard or soft?

Sacramento’s water has a hardness range of up to 320 ppm (parts per million). While surface water is generally softer, well water is the prime offender here.

This classifies the water as moderately hard to hard. Some people may find this hardness level too high, so they opt for an ion-exchange softener system from RayneWater.

Are wells drying up in California?

The water levels in many wells throughout California have been decreasing steadily due to over-pumping for agriculture and urban purposes. Many communities are looking towards groundwater management to protect the water supply, but even with these efforts, some wells may continue drying up.

Understanding the Costs of Commercial Water Treatment Systems: A Guide for Business Owners

Posted by Rayne Water

For business owners looking to improve their water quality, the cost of a water treatment system can be daunting — but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, businesses without the right system risk falling behind competitors on financial and environmental goals.

Water treatment systems are becoming increasingly important in commercial settings due to the need for businesses to keep their operating costs low and reduce the impact of water-related expenses on their overall financial bottom line. With that in mind, it is essential for business owners to understand the different types of commercial treatment systems and how they can use them to maximize cost savings.

This guide will provide an overview of the costs associated with different types of commercial water treatment, and cover the unique ways different industries spend on water filtration.

The Cost of Commercial Water Treatment Systems

A wide variety of systems are available for any kind of commercial requirement:

Ultraviolet (UV) sterilizers

UV sterilizers use ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and other microorganisms in the water supply. Your cost breakdown may be impacted by such factors as the system size and flow rate, the type of UV bulb employed, and maintenance costs arising from periodic bulb replacement. When measuring installation costs, consider the size, complexity, and location of the treatment system.

Reverse osmosis systems

Reverse osmosis systems force water through a semipermeable membrane to remove dissolved salts and other impurities from the supply.

Most cost factors of a reverse osmosis system are expected; installation, size and complexity, and maintenance. For example, RO filters and cartridges should be professionally replaced every twelve months — this should be accounted for in your cost projections.

Softening systems

Softening systems use salt to filter out dissolved minerals from the water, making it softer and easier to use. These systems range significantly in price. Water softening can take on many forms, including salt-free, magnetic, or ion-exchange systems — more on those later. The type and quality of the system selected will have an impact on costs.

Activated carbon filters

Activated carbon filters remove chemicals, odors, and other impurities from the water. Part of the ongoing cost of an activated carbon filtration system includes replacement carbon filters, cleaning, and backwashing.

Distillation systems

Distillation systems use heat to evaporate water, leaving behind contaminants and other impurities. Upfront costs may be especially influenced by the quality of the still, heating element, and condenser.

Ion exchange systems

These systems use an ion exchange process to remove dissolved minerals and other impurities from the water. (They fall into the water-softening category). The most impactful cost buckets are likely to be the ion-exchange resin and control valves, the former of which will require periodic replacement.

While those costs may seem steep, there are several long-term advantages to equipping your business with a commercial water treatment system:

  1. Reduces water consumption: A water filtering system can help a business reduce its overall water consumption by removing contaminants that can cause damage to plumbing fixtures and appliances, and by reducing the need for frequent repairs and replacements.
  2. Increases water efficiency: By filtering and purifying water, a water filtration system can improve water efficiency and reduce the amount of water wasted due to leaks, drips, and other problems.
  3. Lowers energy costs: By reducing the need for hot water and other forms of energy, a water filtering system can lower a business’s overall energy costs and reduce its carbon footprint.
  4. Improves equipment performance: By removing impurities and contaminants from the water supply, water filtration systems can improve the performance and longevity of equipment and appliances, reducing the need for repairs and replacements.
  5. Increases product quality: For businesses that rely on water for manufacturing or processing, a water filtering system can help improve the quality and consistency of the final product.
  6. Enhances customer satisfaction: By providing clean, safe, and high-quality water, water filtration systems can enhance customer satisfaction and help a business build a positive reputation.
  7. Reduces liability risks: By removing contaminants that cause health problems, a water filtering system can help a business reduce liability risks and protect its customers and employees.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Commercial Water Treatment Systems

While specific costs may vary, some factors play into the pricing of nearly every kind of water treatment system:

Manufacturing is far from the only sector that needs industrial water treatment. Let’s look at how water filtration differs between industries and settings:

How Rayne Water Solutions Help Your Business Thrive

How Rayne Water Solutions Help Your Business Thrive

Rayne Water provides commercial water treatment systems that use advanced filtration and softening technologies to remove contaminants and minerals from your water supply, resulting in clean, safe, and soft water for your business.

Rayne Water’s systems can be tailored to meet the specific needs of any commercial application, ensuring that you get the best possible results. Their products are designed to be efficient and cost-effective, making them an excellent choice for businesses looking for reliable water treatment solutions.

The right water treatment solutions can:

We know that choosing the right commercial water filtration system can be a daunting process, so let Rayne Water help you find the right solution for your business. With our years of experience in design, installation, and ongoing maintenance, you can ensure that your water treatment system will be up and running with minimal downtime. So contact Rayne Water today to get started!

Enjoy Safer Water and Better Margins Today

Enjoy Safer Water and Better Margins Today

Let’s recap some of the key takeaways from this guide:

Finding the right commercial water treatment system can be a time-consuming process. But with Rayne Water by your side, you can rest assured that you’re getting the best possible solution for your business needs. Reach out to us today to get started!

And as always, be mindful of how important it is to keep your water clean, safe, and healthy — your friends, family, and employees will thank you!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a commercial water filtration system cost?

The cost of a commercial water filtration system will depend on the type/size of the system needed and who performs the installation. Costs can range greatly depending on application and needs.

What is the best commercial water filtration system?

The best commercial water filtration system for a business will depend on its needs and budget. For heavy-duty sectors like manufacturing, industrial water treatment costs will vary greatly. Filters (like a reverse osmosis system) that are more suited for commercial users have more predictable costs.

 

Commercial Water Treatment Systems and Energy Conservation: How They Work Together

Posted by Rayne Water

Commercial water treatment systems have secret weapons for modern businesses. Why? Their ability to reduce consumption, improve water quality, and improve energy efficiency — simultaneously.

With energy costs rising by more than 14%, it’s mission-critical for businesses to conserve resources and maximize efficiency everywhere — including the office sink. Commercial water treatment systems offer a solution by filtering out contaminants and providing clean drinking water for businesses and their employees.

As increasingly more businesses take steps to reduce their carbon emissions, transition to recyclable packaging, or switch to renewable, energy conservation isn’t just the eco-friendly move — it’s the business-savvy one.

With nearly 100 years of experience solving water problems for businesses and homeowners alike, here at RayneWater, we know exactly what you need to take your business into the future. So over the next five minutes, we’ll cover everything you need to know about water filtration systems, energy conservation, and what it means for your business.

The 5 Most Common Commercial Water Treatment Systems

Businesses can benefit from various water treatment systems, all of which play essential roles in energy conservation. Let’s go through some of the most popular ones (some of these overlap, but that’s okay!):

Reverse osmosis

Reverse osmosis (RO) is one of the most reliable and popular methods of water treatment for commercial use. This process relies on pressure to push tap water through a semi-permeable membrane, removing microscopic contaminants like bacteria, viruses, and chemicals.

Reverse osmosis systems also reduce energy use by working with other systems, such as UV filtration or activated carbon filters, to maximize efficiency.

Water softening

Water softening systems remove minerals like calcium and magnesium from hard water (often through RO), making it easier for businesses to use less detergent, soap, and other cleaning products when cleaning or washing dishes. Softened water also helps reduce energy costs associated with running dishwashers and washing machines.

Deionization

Deionization systems remove dissolved minerals and salts from water, making it purer for consumption. Businesses can also use deionized water for industrial processes such as cooling towers, helping them reduce energy consumption in the long run.

Ultraviolet filtration

UV filtration is a popular choice for businesses because of its ability to quickly disinfect water and destroy any organic contaminants that might be present. UV filtration systems use short-wavelength light to kill bacteria and other microorganisms, making the water safe for drinking or cleaning.

UV filtration systems are incredibly energy-efficient, requiring just a tiny amount of energy to operate — and they’re 20,000x more potent than just boiling water. This makes them an ideal choice for businesses looking to reduce their environmental footprint with energy conservation.

Activated carbon filters

Carbon filters are excellent for removing chlorine, taste, and odors from water. They work by trapping contaminants in the filter media, typically made of granular activated carbon (GAC).

Like UV filtration systems, they require very little energy and can be used as a stand-alone water treatment solution or in combination with other systems.

How Commercial Water Treatment Systems Save Energy & Money

How Commercial Water Treatment Systems Save Energy & Money

Deionization, reverse osmosis, ultraviolet filtration, and water softening systems:  these water treatment solutions are designed to reduce energy consumption and help businesses save money in the long run.

But now, let’s go through some of the exact ways water filtration systems can help your business reduce its energy consumption:

Variable frequency drives

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) help reduce energy usage by automatically adjusting the speed at which pumps operate. By using VFDs, businesses can determine exactly how much water they need and change their pump’s speed accordingly. VFD implementation can result in less electricity used and energy cost savings of up to 60%!

Low-energy membrane systems

Low-energy membrane systems are specifically designed to reduce the energy needed to operate reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, and other water filtration systems.

LEMSs work by pressurizing water through a semipermeable membrane to filter out contaminants. They boast more than 60% energy savings when implemented in wastewater treatment — the Olympics of water filtrations. Now just imagine how much they can save you.

Increased plumbing longevity

Unfiltered hard water compounds in your plumbing system can lead to corrosion, scale buildup, and clogging (oh, my!). In the long run, these problems can cause expensive repairs and replacements that one could have easily avoided with a quality water treatment system in place.

By reducing the amount of corrosion-causing particles in your plumbing system, commercial water filtration systems help extend its longevity and reduce costs associated with frequent repairs or replacement. Some estimates even place the savings on plumbing and appliances at 75%!

How Rayne Water Helps Your Business Thrive

How Rayne Water Helps Your Business Thrive

Rayne Water ‘s blend of reverse osmosis and water-softening technologies helps create the perfect water quality system for your business. With the right commercial water treatment system, you can expect all of these benefits:

Ultimately, investing in a quality commercial water treatment system is an investment in the health of your business— one that pays off in both the short term and long-term!

Boost Your Bottom Line and Water Quality All At Once

Let’s go over some of the key takeaways from this mini-guide:

Our comprehensive commercial water treatment solutions are designed to enable your business to succeed and thrive in an energy-efficient future. Contact us today to book a consultation or schedule an installation!

And as always, remember to keep up-to-date with the health of your water supply and take action to protect yourself and your colleagues from potentially adverse consequences. The best way to avoid negative impacts? Consult with professional water treatment solutions like RayneWater.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a commercial water filtration system cost

The price of a commercial water treatment system can vary depending on the size and type of system that is needed. RayneWater offers free consultations to help customers find the best solution for their needs and budget.

What is a commercial water filtration system?

A commercial water filtration system is designed to purify large amounts of water for industrial, commercial, or municipal use. These systems typically use a combination of technologies such as reverse osmosis, deionization, ultraviolet filtration, and/or chemical treatment to remove harmful chemicals and contaminants from the water supply.

What is hard water vs. soft water?

Hard water is water that has a high mineral content, such as calcium and magnesium. Soft water has a lower mineral content and is often preferred for drinking, bathing, and even industrial uses. RayneWater offers hard water treatment solutions to meet the needs of any business.

Chloramines in Orange County’s Water: Understanding the Impact and How to Mitigate It

Posted by Rayne Water

Water treatment is a critical process that helps to ensure that our water is safe and free from harmful bacteria and other contaminants. One water treatment method that has gained popularity in recent years is the use of chloramines, a combination of chlorine and ammonia.

In recent years, Orange County and other Southern California cities have switched to using chloramines in their water supply, a move that has generated controversy among residents and public health experts. This blog post will look closely at chloramines and how to keep your drinking water safe from these disinfectants.

Why listen to us? RayneWater has been in business since 1928, and we have been developing and improving our water treatment systems ever since. With our years of experience, we are committed to ensuring our customers get the highest water quality possible. Now, let’s uncover the reality behind chloramines in the Orange County water supply.

What Are Chloramines and How Are They Used in Water Treatment?

Chloramines are chemical compounds used to treat drinking water. Chloramines are formed when both chlorine and ammonia are combined with water and act as an alternative to traditional chlorination methods.

Since chloramine remains active in water for longer than chlorine, it is added to municipal water supplies (such as those in Southern California) to reduce bacteria growth.

Chloramine vs. Chlorine vs. Ozone

Ozone is a potent oxidizing agent that one can use to improve water quality by destroying bacteria and viruses. It is a powerful disinfectant, but it has a short half-life and needs to be generated on-site, which can be expensive.

Chlorine is a widely used disinfectant that has been used for many years to treat water. It is effective at killing bacteria and viruses but can form disinfection byproducts that are potentially harmful to human health.

Impact of Chloramines on Orange County’s Water Supply

Regional wholesalers like Metropolitan Water District have determined chloramine is the superior compound for disinfection. But while chloramines may provide benefits for ttap water treatment, they come with their own set of risks:

A study done on Shanghai mother-infant pairs found that elevated chloramine levels in drinking water were associated with gestational diabetes mellitus and hypertensive disorders in children. While these relationships may not be causal, it is not a risk many are willing to take.

Another study revealed that chloramine DBPs were more toxic in the presence of bromide and iodide than the ones produced by chlorine. This can be especially concerning since bromide and iodide are naturally found in drinking water.

How to Mitigate the Impact of Chloramines with RayneWater

Impact of Chloramines with RayneWater

RayneWater provides comprehensive solutions for residential drinking water filtration. Our systems are designed to protect your home from contaminants and provide clean, safe, and soft water. RayneWater offers a variety of products, including whole-house filtration systems, reverse osmosis home systems, water softeners, and drinking water purifiers.

A prime example perfectly geared to removing harmful chloramines from your drinking water is the Rayne Pure Plus RO drinking water system. It’s a multi-step system that employs:

Customers are never disappointed with their RayneWater filters:

I love the RayneWater service, I have the softener and the purifier, don’t know what I would do without it.  —  Katherine Jones

We also provide the customer experience and knowledge to match:

Had a great customer service experience with [RayneWater]… It is so refreshing to work with a company that makes a concerted effort in customer service!  —  Madison Tenaglia

So you can rest assured your drinking water is clean, healthy, and care for by a team of dedicated professionals with a RayneWater filtration system.

Drink Safer Water Today With RayneWater Filtration

To recap:

Whether you need a whole-house system or a drinking water purifier, RayneWater has the perfect solution for you. With our commitment to quality and customer service, we will provide you with the best possible solution for your residential drinking water filtration needs.

Book a consultation today to see how RayneWater can make your Southern California home’s drinking water safer, tastier, and healthier. And as always, remember to stay informed on your local water quality and policy, ensuring you and your family the peace of mind you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does California water have chloramine?

Yes, many municipalities and water wholesalers (like Metropolitan Water District) in Southern California use chloramine to treat their drinking water. Check with your local water agency for more information on their specific treatment methods.

Which cities use chloramine in water?

Chloramine can be found in the drinking water of many major cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

How do I know if there is chloramine in my tap water?

You can contact your local water authority to find out what treatment they use. Check with them when investing in a filtering system.