Water quality varies from place to place, and is mostly dependent on environmental and ecological factors. Obviously, water coming from a remote location in the mountains up in Alaska is not going to contain the same contaminates as the water supply in New York City. A water’s hardness will depend on the mineral deposits that ground water percolates through before it reaches the water supply distribution centers. The area around a watershed will determine its water quality as well; if it is surrounded by farmland, the nitrate levels will most likely be much higher or if there are industrial plants in the area, you have to look for other types of contamination.
The water in Lompoc has reports of high levels of arsenic, selenium and nitrates and is also classified as being hard. According to Sperling’s Best Places, the water quality in Lompoc only rated a 43 on a scale of 1-100, the average US water rated a 55. So what does that mean for residents? Well it simply means that there are a few water quality issues that residents need to consider treatment for.
When it comes to contaminates such as arsenic, nitrates and selenium, you need to be really careful to make sure they are filtered out of drinking water before consumption. All three can cause some serious illnesses and nitrates in particular can be especially harmful to young children. The best water filtration for these types of contaminates is a drinking water system such as our LINX Drinking Water System or a Reverse Osmosis System. Both of these have the capability to effectively filter out these contaminates and the LINX Drinking Water System can even reduce nitrates down to a non-detect level.
As far as the hard water is concerned, this is a very common problem in our area. In Santa Barbara, for example, the water measures in at about 25 grains per gallon; the water hardness scale runs from zero grains (very soft water) to 10.5 grains (very hard water). So the 25 grains per gallon is two and a half times off the scale! Fortunately, hard water has a very easy solution – installing a water softener. Hard water might be very common, however it is not to be ignored.
The biggest issue with hard water is that it is exceptionally hard on plumbing and plumbing fixtures. Untreated hard water will not only dramatically shorten the lifespan of plumbing fixtures and other water utilizing appliances and utilities, but it will also drastically lower their efficiency as well. This translates into high maintenance costs as well as higher utility bills.
The good news, is that even though water quality in Lompoc might not be as pure as we would like, it is very treatable. Here at Rayne of Santa Barbara we are experts in treating the water quality issues in our area, so give us a call or stop on in and we will help you determine the best options in water treatment for your unique water needs.