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Water Waste and Overuse Costs More than Just Money

Posted by Rayne Water

The livelihood of the Imperial Valley in Southern California – and a large portion of our enjoyment of fresh fruits and vegetables in the winter – depends on the crops that grow there and the water they use to grow these vegetables. The Imperial Valley, according to one article from National Public Radio, produces about 80% of the nation’s winter vegetables. These crops grow from the same water source as the residents’ drinking water – the only water source – Lake Mead and the Imperial Dam filled by the once-mighty Colorado River. When the river was flowing years ago, an agricultural giant emerged as the water from the river was sent to the Imperial Valley’s dry, desert lands. The amount of water needed for these crops, combined with population trends on the rise and recent years of drought, has put a very serious warning from climate researchers on the area. They say that Lake Mead (which feeds the Imperial Valley and most of the southwest), “has a 50 percent chance of drying up in as few as ten years.”

This recent claim has sparked a lot of interest in the area among local governments, cities, residents, farmers, and business owners in how to preserve the water so that their crops and livelihood will continue to flourish for many years to come. Without these crops, food prices would affect the rest of the country, local economies like fertilizer or tractor companies, as well as the Imperial farmers themselves. In an already unsteady economy, the Imperial Valley needs this water to keep farms going but to also preserve low prices for these winter vegetables for the rest of the country.

Water usage and water waste is to be addressed and some areas are regulating the water allowed for the residents and farmers. The farmers aren’t keeping all of their water there, as they are pressured to sell some to bigger area cities by officials. They know, however, that the water is necessary for growing their crops. Lake Mead, a reservoir that holds the Colorado River water for the Imperial Valley, needs to have a fundamental change.

So researchers predict that if the trends continue, there will not be sufficient water in the source to provide both drinking water and agricultural water, both needing the other to survive. Many residents are encouraged to save water as well. One way in doing this is to look into drinking water systems that will use less water than traditional reverse osmosis. In today’s economy and climate, residents need to find a drinking water system that is both affordable and eco-friendly. Changes on every level are necessary before the water source in that area is no longer available.

We have many Southern California locations in most major metropolitan areas. We have many SoCal locations and can provide water softeners in Santa Barbara all the way down to San Diego. Please contact us if you are looking for water filtration or water softener systems in Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Barbara, or San Diego. We’re here to help!

High Efficiency Water Filter with Low Costs

Posted by Rayne Water

Wouldn’t you love to get more from your money without actually having to pay more? In this day in age, we have so many appliances and electronic devices. We live in a world driven by technology which translates to using a lot of energy and paying for it with our monthly energy bills. A couple of days ago, we (as a nation) celebrated National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, a day to create an awareness on how to lower energy costs and promoting less energy use while saving more money. Interested in a home drinking water system, but afraid to add yet another system to your home’s energy bills and consumption? With our water filters which use LINX® technology, you may not have to worry about that at all.
Our reverse osmosis systems are leading the competition in water technology and efficiency. For instance, a recent study by Van Newenhizen and Associates evaluated the use of water in several types of POU water treatment systems under various conditions – and our LINX product came out head and shoulders above the others. Not only was it shown to be incredibly effective, its efficiency demonstrated advantages when compared to other competitors making it a great choice for a water filter. In their executive summary, they stated that “The LINX system demonstrated superior efficiency in this study comparing typical and enhanced RO systems and a capacitive deionization system.” The temperature and pressure of the water tested didn’t even make an impact on the system efficiency. Water waste can be excessive with other systems and National Cut Your Energy Cost Day is a great reminder to reduce waste in all forms and save energy in whatever ways we can to protect and preserve this great planet – and our bank accounts!
When we conserve energy, we conserve money and time. Our water filters require less energy and electricity to function. The electricity cost is about $0.004 per gallon of drinking water produced based on the highest electrical rates in the US. That’s less than it costs to run your toaster or your blow dryer. Likewise, if a customer used one gallon of drinking water per day they can expect to save money on their water and sewer bill. The more water you use with our products, the more the savings add up. To learn more about the features and benefits to one of our drinking water systems, contact us today. When it comes time to remind ourselves to conserve energy and cut energy costs through financial savings, you will feel good about choosing us as your energy partner and know you have done something right.

World Water Day Brings Global Communities Together

Posted by Rayne Water

When we hear the word community, we don’t always think of everything that makes one function. We know people, places, and leadership are essential, but we often forget other important resources which make a community function and survive. Freshwater and freshwater resources are vital to the functioning and success of a community. All over the world, people are celebrating World Water Day, an annual event held on March 22nd to raise awareness and advocacy for the importance of freshwater sustainability. Threats to freshwater and freshwater resources, as well as their ecosystems, can also pose a threat to communities. Drinking water sources and drinking water quality are annual themes, but this year the UN’s focus is on water cooperation.
According to the UN, the fulfillment of basic human needs, our environment, socio-economic development and poverty reduction are all heavily dependent on water. Even more so, every action involving water management requires effective cooperation between multiple actors whether at the local or international scale. Water cooperation is essential in providing water resources to all people in all countries. Unfortunately, 783 million people still do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. A startling 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases. And as demand for water increases due to population growth and water shortages, now is the time to see what you can do for your community.
Responsible and eco-friendly decisions are the best ways consumers and residents can support their community and water supplies. We all have a stake in the water we drink, from residents and businesses, to officials and water treatment companies. This year, make the responsible choice for safe drinking water and eco-friendly products with one phone call – to us! Our drinking water systems are eco-friendly and reduce water waste by up to 90% less than traditional reverse osmosis systems. We can provide your household with unlimited water right from the tap. You can feel good about wasting less water during the filtration process while still providing your household with safe, pure drinking water. In the grand scheme of things, the United States certainly has some of the best drinking water in the world. However, even our tap water can contain harmful contaminants affecting our health. Here in Irvine, California and surrounding areas, we do not put effective management of freshwater resources at the top of our to-do list. But when you choose a water filter from our selection, you can feel good about doing your part to provide safe drinking water as well as choosing an eco-friendly system which will keep water where we need it – in our community.

A Call to Conserve Water

Posted by Rayne Water

Water conservation is the exorbitantly high water bills California has in comparison to other states and with the water supply rapidly dwindling those rates are sure to increase. Lake Folsom in northern California illustrates this crisis perfectly.  The lake is capable of holding 977,000 acre feet of water and it currently only holds 200,000.  As it sits right now, lake levels are dropping several feet per day and long lost gold mining towns are emerging and a bridge that once was buried under water now has water flowing beneath it. So what impact does this drought have on the residents of California?  Well Governor Brown has asked that residents reduce their water usage by at least 20%.  A good portion of that reduction can come from reducing landscape irrigation which comprises about 80% of daily household water usage.  This solution is fantastic for the time being, however what about future water shortages and drought? California is a mostly arid state and water is always at a premium.  The quality of the California water supply has also had its share of problems; the huge agricultural industry continues to contaminate the ground and subsequently the water supply with harmful chemicals.  Nitrates in our water supplies continue to be a pervasive problem that calls for many residents to run their water through a water filtration system before consuming. When considering water conservation along with water filtration systems,  there is only one logical conclusion to make.  A reverse osmosis system will certainly do the job of removing harmful contaminants from drinking water, however it can waste up to 27 gallons of water for each gallon of water it filters.  A LINX Drinking Water System, on the other hand, uses up to 90% less water to filter the same amount of drinking water.  With our water supply already in jeopardy, switching over to a LINX Water Filtration System is the only environmentally smart decision to make.

Looking for water softeners near Lake Folsom or Sacramento? We have many California locations and can provide water softeners in Sacramento all the way down to San Diego.

Businesses Also Facing Water Risks These Days

Posted by Rayne Water

Joel Makower of GreenBiz, “company awareness about water risk” is vital. The good news for the situation (and about the only good news) is that scarcity and risk drive innovation and new products on the market, and there’s a mini-boom taking place in water tech — everything from “filtration and desalination to sanitation and efficiency.”
Conservation is the key. In order to both protect yourself from impurities and harmful contaminants as well water waste, consider one of our eco-friendly drinking water systems which can filter  your water and reduce water waste. Our advanced water filter technology can save you up to 90% more water than traditional reverse osmosis systems and will allow you to do your part to conserve when this nation needs it most.

Recycled Wastewater as Potable Water

Posted by Rayne Water

Water Technology recently published an article on recycled wastewater and potable water reuse that we found fascinating and thought really addressed our existing water crisis needs. The majority of our Earth is covered in water so it shouldn’t seem as though we would ever have to worry about a water shortage.  The reality of the situation however is that of the 326 million trillion gallons of water in or on the earth, less than 1 percent (about 0.72 percent) of it is actually usable.  Then there is the additional dilemma of water not being located in adequate amounts in some parts of the world, even though others have an overabundance of freshwater. Some states have begun looking at the possible ways in which we can recycle our wastewater; Southern California in particular has been a leader for many years in this regard. Because of this recycled wastewater, household water filtration & salt-free water softeners in Orange County are becoming increasingly common.

While many states have completely overlooked the fact that wastewater is a fantastic source of essentially 100% reuse, there are others that have developed large scale projects looking at ways to convert wastewater into drinking water. Currently, there are potable reuse technologies in the works that are more thorough than conventional treatments. However, water softeners in the San Fernando Valley and other large Southern California cities are still recommended until wastewater technology becomes more widespread.  Even though the process begins with wastewater, they are ultimately able to produce even higher quality drinking water than conventional treatment plants that begin with “clean” surface water.  Utilizing multiple treatment configurations, they can essentially remove all microbial and chemical contaminants (including industrial and bio-chemicals) with exceptional effectiveness; conventional treatment plants are not capable of this type of water filtration.

Wastewater contains nitrogen, phosphorous nutrients and biosolids that can be used for agriculture as well as oils and grease that can be recycled as biofuels. Technology is currently available that can convert even the most contaminated water into safe high quality drinking water, however many consumers are still leery of drinking recycled wastewater.  We agree – it is hard to overcome the perception and stigma of wastewater even though it is readily available and can be successfully converted into safe and reliable quality drinking water. We believe it is essential to look at alternative ways to conserve, recycle and reuse our existing water supplies.  Drinking water systems and water filters have seen some amazing advances these last few years and if we can overcome the perception of recycled water, it would go a long way toward solving the water crisis in the world.

NASA Involved in California Drought Crisis

Posted by Rayne Water

Water Technology Online, NASA will be meeting with officials at the California Department of Water Resources to talk about the drought and what could be done to help. NASA can track the levels of underground aquifers using satellites, and plans on advising the state on how to keep those crucial water supplies from getting too low. This may be the information people have been waiting for and one way to deal with the future implications.
But how can a satellite in space monitor something like an aquifer which is deep below ground level? Good question. As the article explains, NASA geologist Tom Farr says one way involves sending radar signals down to earth. These signals can measure changes in surface elevation. “As you pump water out of an aquifer the ground actually does subside or sink,” Farr said, adding that when it rains and aquifers fill up the ground rises slightly. Another way NASA monitors groundwater levels is by measuring the mass of the Earth at various locations. Both of these methods are important because draining too much water from an aquifer can undermine its ability to store more water.
After their discussions, the state hopes to minimize some of the possible scenarios that could be a result of limited water in the aquifers. Residents, too, can do their part to minimize the water crisis by using and wasting less. You can conserve more water with the right drinking water system. Technology has evolved into eco-friendly solutions which waste less water than traditional reverse osmosis systems and filter water so that your family can enjoy great-tasting, safe drinking water. Contact us today to learn more about how our drinking water systems can conserve water. You can do the little things while NASA and the officials figure out the big things when it comes to these drought conditions.

Will Californians follow rules set forth due to the severe drought?

Posted by Rayne Water

The drought here in California has caused many issues for residents, business owners, farmers and government officials who are now staring down the barrel of a gun. The drought is forcing all parties to make decisions and set precedents when it comes to water conservation and water filtration. But without the proper drinking water system installed in your home, are you prepared to deal with both contamination and restrictions? Whether or not Californians will follow new rules is unknown, and even more alarming is whether the new rules will prove sufficient to meaningfully curb California’s water use — which won’t be clear for a while.Will Californians follow the new water laws?
According to a recent article from New Republic discuss some devastating news that keeps the situation looking bleaker by the minute. Last week, The Association of California Water Agencies released a list of water-saving measures that local governments have rolled out in response to the drought. Unfortunately, what is listed in their report is beginning to define California and the era we live in. Everyone in the state—including homeowners, farmers, and environmentalists—has failed to make the tough choices when it comes to water conservation that now stare them in the face.
Why is the crisis so severe? Well after decades of dealing with the pressure of dwindling water resources, the drought is starting to force life-changing choices. Some estimate that half a million acres of farmland will go fallow in California this year, and the reduction in farming already is raising food prices in much of the nation.
Change is imminent. In January, Gov. Brown called on Californians to curb their water use by 20 percent. Implementation of other ideas like the use of “recycled,” or used, water—something that makes many people cringe because of the health impact.
How can you protect your own household? Our drinking water systems will filter water efficiently and waste much less water than traditional reverse osmosis systems. You can simultaneously conserve water and filter water, both two important answers in coping with our drought situation in California. Contact us today and starting conserving water tomorrow.

Protecting and Preserving our Water

Posted by Rayne Water

So many people talk about the environment and how we are polluting it at an alarming rate, but are there actions behind their impassioned words?  Our environment is comprised of many different things, but the most simplistic ingredients are water, air and non-living organisms.  When even one of these components is compromised, it puts our entire eco-system at risk.  All living things depend on a healthy environment so what can we, as individuals, do to ensure we are both protecting and preserving our environment.
As a water treatment company, we work with one of these vital components on a daily basis.  We so often see how water is either being wasted or contaminated so we thought we would look at ways in which we can protect and preserve this precious commodity right in our own homes.
There are many areas that are faced with some serious water contamination issues.  We encounter nitrate and arsenic contamination as well as hard water and mineral deposits in many of the homes we go into, so the first step is to determine the quality of the water your family is using and drinking so you can know the best way to treat it.  Then the next step is to determine which water treatment system will cure your water issues in the most eco-friendly way possible.
If a water softener is what your home needs, you might want to consider using a salt-free water conditioning system.  It reduces chlorine, removes any minerals that are causing problems, improves the taste and odor of your water and provides cleaner, clearer water from every faucet in your home.  This is the same as any other water softener, but with one huge eco-friendly advantage – No salt consumption and no wastewater contamination.  Water softeners in general are eco-friendly; they help preserve the integrity of your appliances, so there is no need to replace them as frequently.  But, how much better would it be if you could eliminate the wastewater contamination part by using a salt free conditioner?
Next, let’s look at water filtration systems.  Unfortunately, we encounter arsenic and nitrate water contamination all too frequently when we test water in homes; the only way to remove these chemicals as well as others that might be lurking in your drinking water is to employ a water filtration system.  Not all water filtration systems are eco-friendly however; in fact some are downright wasteful.  A typical reverse osmosis system does a fantastic job of filtering water; it removes harmful chemicals and other contaminants found in drinking water, but it wastes a TON of water in the process.  In fact, it can waste as much as 8 gallons of water just to produce 1 gallon of filtered drinking water.
A much more eco-friendly choice would be an ion-exchange water filtration system such as the LINX Drinking Water System.  Not only will it supply an almost endless amount of filtered water, but does so at a 90% water waste savings.  So for virtually no water waste, you are able to remove all of the same, plus more, chemicals and contaminates as a typical reverse osmosis but in a much more eco-friendly way.
This is just a sampling of the small steps you can take in your home to be more environmentally conscious, but if we are all willing to make even small changes, we can collectively make a huge impact on our environment.

Forecast predicts tough times for Southwest water supply

Posted by Rayne Water

Water Tech Online has predicted a grim forecast for some states in the Southwest United States, including California, this year when it comes to drought conditions and a dry water supply. Whether you have a drinking water system in your home or not, water conservation is a topic that we urge all residents to become familiar with these days. Water waste must be avoided due to drought conditions and less snowpack than average. Some models of water filters or RO systems waste a large percentage of the water they use during the filtration process, but not having a home drinking water system can also pose health risks due to drinking water contamination. Meanwhile, bottled water leads to a large percentage of toxic landfill waste and could be avoided by making an eco-friendly choice. The article mentioned above discusses data in a press release from the USDA National Water and Climate Center NWCC. There is some positive news for some states though, as Washington, most of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the northern parts of Colorado and Utah are expected to have near normal or above normal water supplies through the rest of the summer, according to the forecasts. However, far below normal stream-flows are expected for the southern parts of Oregon and Utah, southwestern Idaho, California, Arizona, New Mexico and western Nevada. Areas like Arizona have been more drought conscious due to their naturally dry climates. For example, Phoenix water softener systems are becoming more and more common. As stated in the article, many of these areas are in the nearly 500 counties across the country experiencing drought, according to USDA disaster designations. Some experts have found that 100% of California is under drought conditions with water supplies in high demand but limited quantity. Officials and experts are scrambling to find ways to save water and limit its use. Our drinking water systems can help residents do their part in this water crisis and save on water waste thanks to our advanced water filtration technology. Household demand for water doesn’t always decrease even though our water supply has here in Irvine. That is why a water filter at the tap may be perfect for your family; water conservation meets high quality drinking water with reduced contamination. Not only is this a cost-effective solution for you, but it is also an eco-friendly solution for our area. Every little bit counts and unfortunately, we just do not have enough water supply to waste what little we do have. So, are you a California resident interested in conserving water? We are here to help with our many California locations in both Northern and Southern California. If you need a salt-free system in San Diego, a drinking water system in Los Angeles, or a water softener in San Jose. Call us today to schedule a free water test!