Florida is second in the country for the most violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act

A 26-page report states that Florida is second in the country for the most violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Texas ranks number one.

What an achievement to be proud of… the top five “WORST” Drinking Water Systems in America!




How old is your RO unit

Do you have an RO filter system for clean drinking water? Many people do but, they just don’t maintain it properly and most people wouldn’t even know where to start.

RO systems will work great if they are properly maintained. After all, it was purchased so, you have clean drinking water however, if the filters are never changed, the water passing through them will soon go south. It is important to change the filters regularly, for an RO system to perform properly.

As the filters age, they become full of the contaminants they are supposed to remove. The longer they are left unchanged, they start to pass excess contaminants to the membrane which, can become overwhelmed and clogged. Since, the membrane is the most expensive filter of the system, you want it to last as long as possible.

The filters before the membrane should be changed often and the timing of changing these filters should be gauged on how much water is passing though them. The pre-filters before the membrane should be changed at 1500 gallon intervals maximum. When 1500 gallons of water has been filtered by the pre-filters, these filters will gradually start to pass on the contaminants they are meant to catch.

If the pre-filters are changed regularly, the membrane will last a lot longer. Membranes are flushing filters designed, to pass the contaminants they trap, down the drain while, sending contaminant free water to a storage tank. By testing the TDS level Of the incoming, unfiltered water, against the TDS reading of the filtered water from the membrane, you can determine the membranes rejection rate. An inexpensive TDS meter will give you the ability to see if the membrane is working or not.

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If your RO unit is older than 5 years, consider replacing the entire unit. Most Ro units are made from plastic and most of them contain rubber o-rings. Over time an RO made of plastic can become contaminated and no matter how well it is cleaned or sterilized, it never really gets 100 percent cleaned out. To make sure you always have clean drinking water, replace the whole thing every five years. 4 stage RO systems are as low as $265.00 and in most cases this price includes installation.  4 stage RO

AquaTek Pro Inc.
A Water Purification Company


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We are located and licensed in Vero Beach Florida and located in Indian River County, Florida

We service the entire Treasure Coast which, is a large area on the central east coast of Florida.

Online items can be purchased at shop.aquatekpro.com

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Don’t neglect your water softener or other filtration equipment

Do you have a water softener that is not working the way it did when it was new?

When was the last time you had it inspected or serviced? Are you having to call your water service company to come out frequently and is your water softener needing expensive repairs every time? Maybe it’s time to get a second opinion!

Water softeners are great when they work properly and can save you a lot of money if:

it was sized correctly for the amount of water used on a daily basis when, it was purchased.

it has the proper sized control valve for the flow required.

it was installed with the proper sized piping.

it is using the proper salt type.

it has a brine valve with adjustable float and check.

it has a brine tank with a brine valve well.

it’s brine tank was sized properly for the correct amount of brine needed for regeneration.

it was installed with a correctly sized, sediment filter before the water softener.

it receives sufficient flow of water for regeneration.

it doesn’t regenerate when something else is using water like, a sprinkler system.

it is allowed to drain without restriction and has the proper drain line size.

it has the correct pickup line to the brine tank.

it is properly set for the water conditions which, is determined by a water test.

it is not receiving a high amount of chlorine from the source water.

it is not receiving high salinity source water.

it is not receiving a high amount of iron from the source water.

the system water pressure is regulated properly and is not fluctuating.

The biggest problem?

Water system neglect. Sometimes people get busy and do not check their system on a monthly basis and some don’t check their system for years. People put faith into their water service company and expect they are doing the maintenance properly and never check behind them. The main rule of water purification is to never totally rely on someone else. If you do not know how your system operates, you will never know if your water company is taking care of you properly. So, Take the time to learn about your system! If, your water company won’t teach you, call us because, we will.

Check that pre-filter!

Don’t neglect your pre-filter (aka STF sediment or sand trap filter)! It is very important to check the sediment filter that is before your system on a regular basis. Monthly checks are highly advisable especially, if your water company or you are using paper filters. Paper filters are inexpensive but, they have two major problems; they can have a drastic effect on water flow and they can fall apart and clog up your control valve.

Above: Clogged, paper sediment filter.

The unseen culprit!

Many times, people will know something is going on with their water softener or other controlled filtration device and have checked everything but, still find no cause. Sometimes, you have to call in a water service company to resolve the issue. If you call your company out and they tell you there is nothing wrong or if they charge you for a fix and it is still not fixed. Maybe, it is time for a second opinion. A second opinion may cost you the price of a service call but, it also may save you money in the end and land you with a more qualified service person capable of taking care of your particular needs.

Above: Clogged internal component left unchecked by another water service company.

Above: Iron precipitation from an incorrect installation of components.

Above: The result of; wrong filtration equipment for the filtration need which, created a fouled filtration unit.

Above: Another example of fouling from a filter that was not sized correctly before being sold to the customer.

Your water passes through those filtration units; if they are not checked regularly and maintained properly, your health may become effected by it. Water softeners and other types of filtration units are nice to have but not if they are inoperable or redundant.

Aquatek Pro
Water Purification Company


© Copyright 2017

We are located and licensed in Vero Beach Florida and located in Indian River County, Florida

We service the entire Treasure Coast which, is a large area on the central east coast of Florida.

Online items can be purchased at shop.aquatekpro.com


Melbourne FL | Palm Bay FLPalm City FLVero Beach FLSebastian FLFort Pierce FL | White City FL |  Vero Lake Estates FL |Fellsmere FL | Okeechobee FLPort Saint Lucie FLStuart FLHobe Sound FL | Jupiter FL

How the AquaTek Pro series Hi-Flow water softeners and whole house filters work and save you money

Hard water passes through the media tank that contains resin beads coated with sodium or potassium ions (depends on salt type used). The calcium and magnesium ions which are part of the total hardness of the incoming water are ex-changed for sodium (or potassium) ions, thus softening the water. When the beads have trapped all the hardness they can hold, they need to be regenerated, the Pro Line control valve charges them by pulling in the brine from the brine tank. As regeneration occurs, calcium and magnesium (hardness) ions are freed from the beads and replaced with sodium or potassium ions making the system ready to soften water again.

AquaTek Pro Water Softener

All Water softeners have a certain total amount of hardness they can remove from the water passing through them. When all of the hardness removing resin beads have dropped it’s sodium or potassium ion and has captured the hardness causing ion, the water softener has reached it’s capacity. After a water test determines the amount of total hardness in your incoming water supply, we know what capacity water softener you will need.

The average family uses 80 to 100 gallons of water per person, per day. That means a household of five requires 400 to 500 gallons of softened water daily. Always look to the higher amount of water needed because, you don’t want to run out of soft water before the water softener regenerates. If your water has a total hardness rating of 30 grains per gallon (gpg), for example, you would need to remove 15,000 grains per day (500 gallons x 30 grains). With a water softener that regenerates every 3 days (time clock valve), your softener’s minimum capacity would need to be 45,000 grains (15,000 grains x 3 days).

The total grain capacity would be determined by the size of the mineral tank used on the system. It is always recommended that the total capacity needed, includes a 25% reserve in case the occupants of the household uses more water in a day over the households per person, per day average. If the average daily water usage exceeds the 3 day regeneration setup on a time clock valve, the household will run out of soft water allowing hard water to pass to the house. Adding a 25% reserve capacity to a time clock controlled water softener will help get you through the last hours before regeneration on the third day. Adding 25% to a 45,000 grain capacity water softener (45,000 grains X 25% = 11,250 grains) will give you a water softener that has a capacity of 46,250 grains. Therefore, a 46,250 grain capacity water softener would be our recommendation for your household.

Time clock valves are a good choice for singles or couples that pretty much know how much water they use a day and are regular in their water use. However, if you have a large family and some of the kids haven’t caught on to water conservation yet; a metered control valve will be the way to go. A large family’s daily water demand can change from day to day making a meter controlled valve a better choice. The meter reads how much water is being used, the electronic control board on the valve will know how many gallons of water has been softened and when it will need to regenerate. On single tank systems, the regeneration generally happens when the household is asleep and the time at which this occurs is adjustable. Multiple tank systems operate differently and are always metered. When the electronic control board determines a tank has reached it’s capacity, it automatically switches the household to a clean tank and regenerates the exhausted tank never leaving the household without soft water.

Metered control valves can save you money! The electronic control valve only sets up to regenerate when it needs to which, will save water and up to 40% in salt usage and now that our new solar powered control valves are available, you can also save money on your electric bill.

Which water softener control valve is best for you?

There are 3 basic types of water softener control valves that are used in residential applications to manage the regeneration process. The control valve will manage the frequency of recharging the resin beads that clean the water and flushing the contaminated water out of the system.

Computerized  / Metered Control Valve The most popular of the 3 types, computerized systems regenerate based on actual water usage. The gallons of water used are counted by a meter that in the out flow of the water softener or whole house filter. If you are away on vacation or if you have guests staying, the control will adjust accordingly. Computerized controls are programmed with the grain capacity of the softener or filter, water hardness and how many people are in the home. Since this type of unit only regenerates when capacity in gallons is used, it is the most efficient in salt pellet usage thereby saving you money. Selecting this type of control valve that has solar capabilities will save you even more money!

AquaTek Pro Metered control valve

Time clock control valveThis type of system regenerates based on a time clock (i.e. every 3, 4, or 5 days). The control is set to run at a predetermined time generally while everyone in the house is sleeping, regardless of the actual amount of water that has run through the system. Timer controlled systems tend to be less costly than computerized / metered control valves, however salt usage tends to be higher and there may be times when hard water is delivered due to higher than expected demand.

Manual control valveAlthough rare, there are some applications where a manually controlled system is needed. Manual systems simply use a lever controlled valve that regenerates the system when you want it to. An example of a manual control application is when a permanent drain is not available and a hose is temporarily used to flush the water softener or filter. It’s best to oversize the system in this case so that the system doesn’t need to be regenerated as often.


Consider this important information before buying a water softener!!!

In the market for a water softener? If you are on a well in Florida, the first thing most people on wells need is a water softener due to the hardness of the water here. If you try to save money on the water softener itself, it will cost you more per year to run than if you had bought a more expensive water softener.

A water softener removes hardness and iron from the water flowing through it and must clean itself (regenerate) now and then to remove the impurities it captured from the water. If your water softener is a small, inexpensive unit it will need to regenerate more frequent than a larger, more expensive unit. To save money in the long run, you want a unit large enough to extend the time between regenerations. A water softener uses sodium or potassium chloride (salt) to clean itself.

On average, salt runs about seven dollars per 40 lb. bag if, you go and buy it yourself and lug it home. The more salt you use each year, the more your system will cost you and even more so if, your water softener is an under sized, inexpensive unit. Buying a water softener due to the expense of the unit should be examined very carefully or it will cost you more per year in salt than the unit itself.

This is how a 10″ x 54″ water softener with metered control valve, can save you money!

40 lb. bag of regular crystal salt = $7.00 on avg.
$7.00 / 40 lbs. = .175 cents per pound
10″ x 54″ unit uses 20 lbs. avg. salt per regeneration
20 x .175 = $3.50 per regeneration

regeneration interval in days:
every day     – cost per year $1277.50 savings $0
every 2 days – cost per year $638.75  Savings $638.75
every 3 days – cost per year $425.84  Savings $851.66
every 4 days – cost per year $319.38  Savings $958.12
every 5 days – cost per year $255.50  Savings $1022.00
every 6 days – cost per year $212.92  Savings $1064.58

Obviously, you want a large enough unit to handle your water conditions and extend the regeneration interval enough to save you a lot of money in salt every year. The initial cost of the unit is a one time thing, while the cost of salt is not and fluctuates. Don’t be fooled by the low priced units, they will cost you in the end!

Our units are professional grade and built to handle Florida’s water conditions. They have a 5 year warranty and will save you even more money because, you use up to 75% less cleaning products to do the same jobs. Call us today for a free water test and we will show you how to save money with our made in the USA and WQA certified systems.

AquaTek Pro Inc.
A Water Purification Company


© Copyright 2017

We are located and licensed in Vero Beach Florida and located in Indian River County, Florida

We service the entire Treasure Coast which, is a large area on the central east coast of Florida.

Online items can be purchased at shop.aquatekpro.com

Melbourne FL | Palm Bay FLPalm City FLVero Beach FLSebastian FLFort Pierce FL | White City FL |  Vero Lake Estates FL |Fellsmere FL | Port Saint Lucie FLStuart FLHobe Sound FL | Jupiter FL