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!

 

TEXAS:12,066,920 PEOPLE SERVED
FLORIDA: 7,540,465 PEOPLE SERVED
PENNSYLVANIA: 5,645,903 PEOPLE SERVED
NEW JERSEY: 4,487,703 PEOPLE SERVED
GEORGIA: 3,846,734 PEOPLE SERVED

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

772-538-0284

© 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

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

772-538-0284

© 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

772-538-0284

© 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

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 valve

This 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 valve

Although 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

772-538-0284

© 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

Water Filtration Yes or No?

Aquatek Pro is a water purification company with over 27 years of technological experience and knowledge (TEK) in the filtration field. We help our clients with their individual purification needs. We sell water softeners, whole house chemical filters, reverse osmosis systems, UV sterilizers, pumps, pressure tanks aerators, and hundreds of other products which, are all made in the USA!

Whether you are on a municipal water source or your have your own private well; we will test your water to determine what professional grade components you need, to filter out the undesirable impurities in your water. No matter what your water problem is, Aquatek Pro Water Purification Company has a solution. We offer a complete line of professional series water treatment systems and components. If you have city water or well water, we can test your incoming water supply and let you know what equipment you need to remove the contaminants in that supply.

Contaminants can be found in both city water and well water but, both have specific requirements for removing the contaminants. City water, although treated by your local municipality, can still contain harmful contaminants that should be removed. Well water tends to be hard and in a lot of cases may contain iron, tannins, and in some cases, Hydrogen Sulfide (rotten egg smell) or may be susceptible to bacterial contaminants especially, if the well is located in an agricultural area. All contaminants can be removed from the water supply with the proper filtration components.

As a dealer of some the finest, professional grade, water treatment systems in the industry, we specialize in custom assembled solutions; built with the best brand name components including Clack, Fleck, GE & Pentaire, that meet the specific needs of each project. Residential or Commercial, we help home owners and professionals get the pure, clean water they demand.

More and more, people are really starting to wake up in regards to the quality of the water entering their home, place of business and their bodies. Now people are actually disconnecting from municipal water sources and going back to private wells because of all the contaminants in the municipal source water. Well water will usually have one or two contaminants that need to be dealt with while, municipal water may have hundreds of contaminates. Our overburdened municipalities do the best they can to deliver a quality product, however, our infrastructure is in need of serious attention. Case in point, Flint Michigan. Flint is not an isolated case. There are infrastructure problems are all over the United States; you just don’t hear about them because, your nightly news would be nothing but water issues and that would be rather boring.

Among all the contaminants on the list list which, happen to come down the pipeline; Fluoride is one of the biggest municipal induced contaminants people want to get away from. Fluoride removal requires a special, expensive, media and for those wanting to get away from fluoride, drilling a well and putting in the necessary filtration to deal with the well conditions, is sometimes, a more cost effective, long term solution, for many people. People who want to stay on their municipal water source and are not concerned about fluoride, can filter out up to 98% of fluoride and all the other known contaminates inexpensively with an R/O system. R/o filter systems are great for drinking water but are expensive at filtering your entire home or business. Fluoride removal media cannot be regenerated so, the best approach is to use an in/out filter setup that can be rebed every year.

Our number one priority is to save the customer money and we look at water filtration a bit differently than other companies. For example, did you know it is more economical in the long run to filter the entire building over putting in a small, inadequate r/o filter under the sink for drinking water? Why do we say inadequate? Well, most people have been told the filters will last up to a year before needing to be replaced; this is simply not true. For the exception of the r/o membrane itself, all other filters should be replaced every month due to depletion, bacterial and spore growth. Most people however, don’t or won’t change the filters or let someone change them and will let it go well beyond a years time due to the expense. Some companies charge $199.00 to come out and change the filters in a small r/o filter system.

When you treat the entire house, you know you are good for a year and in some cases longer because the system is easy to monitor and test. When you can draw test samples after each filtration unit, you know exactly when the filter media is exhausted and needing to be replaced and at an expense far less than properly maintaining a small r/o system. Plus when you filter the entire structure, you not only have clean drinking water, you also have clean bathing water.

So, what is the best approach to filtering the water in your entire home? Well, it depends on whether you are on city or well water; as the size of the filters needed may need to be sized differently, for both situations. As a rule of thumb, the top four things which. may need to be filtered or killed out of the water supply are, Sediment, Chemicals, Minerals and Bacterial contaminants and knowing which, contaminant to filter or kill first is determined by the water test.

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.
Five stage R/O system
Five stage R/O system

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.

Click to view price.

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

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Don’t neglect your water softener

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.

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Don’t buy a water softener based on price alone!

Don’t buy a water softener based on price alone, it will cost you in the end!

GE all in one water softener brine tank. One of the biggest problems with this type of softener is, you cannot easily clean out the brine tank portion of the unit on your own and must pay for someone qualified to do it.   Copyright John Warren / eyeunit.com

Time and time again we have arrived to a customers house or business and find water softeners that are way too small for the water quality the customer has and they are complaining that something is just not right with the water. Low water pressure issues are another common complaint. We have attached some photos here which were taken of a GE water softener where the customers complaint was both low pressure and foul water and it was due to being sold a water softener that was way too small for his water quality coming from his well.

This particular unit appears to have never been cleaned out. The salt is loaded with sand and precipitated iron which, can clog the brine valve and not allow it to work properly. Copyright John Warren / eyeunit.com

This customers main complaint? Poor customer service! He would call the company he purchased the equipment from and tell them something was wrong. A service person would show up and do what ever they were doing and charge him $160.00 and a few days later the water was back to being horrible again. This customer was billed $160.00, nine times in 2 1/2 months after, we reviewed the receipts to find out what they had actually done. That’s $1440.00 which was billed to this customer who is an elderly gentleman that can’t get out to work on the equipment himself and all they did, aside from simple things like check the sand trap filter (not pictured here), as noted on one of the receipts, was to put the GE water softener in a regeneration and then leave.

The lower portion of the brine valve so encrusted with precipitated iron, it would not open and close properly and had become clogged not allowing the salt water brine to be pulled into the softener curing regeneration. Copyright John Warren / eyeunit.com

We did a water test and found his incoming water was 16 grains hard and he had 3.5 parts per million of iron coming from the well, this is a water quality of 33.5 (3.5 X 5 + 16). His water softener was a 26,400 grain unit and with a reserve of 25% which, left him with 19,800 grain trigger capacity would need to regenerate every two days. If you look at this in a gallon aspect, he would have 591 gallons of water to work with before the unit would need to regenerate. 2 people reside in the house; him, his home bound wife and three dogs and they have a pool. So, after a little chat about water usage we found they use about 300 gallons a day between the two and the dogs. This means the unit would need to regenerate every two days and would make available 776 gallons of soft water and a regeneration would be triggered when they use 591 which, would leave a reserve of 185 gallons to get through the day.

Upper distributor basket fully encased in minerals and iron deposits, showing a total lack of maintenance by the company that was charging the customer to take of the equipment. Copyright John Warren / eyeunit.com

Does your head hurt yet? Just wait, it gets better! Remember the pool I mentioned? Ordinarily, adding a bit of water to a pool due to evaporation is not a big deal for people who have a water softener if, this is taken into consideration when recommending a system capable of handling the water demand, the customer will have. In this case the pool was totally left out of the equation and to make matters worse, the customers pool pump had a substantial leak which, increased the amount of water he had to add to his pool on a regular basis. So, a service person during one of they’re visits, decided to change the water softener from being a metered unit, to a time clock unit and forced it to regenerate every day which, added $300.00 a year to the customers yearly salt bill.

The softening media resin within the media tank was almost totally solid from being iron bound because there was no salt being pulled in during regeneration. Copyright John Warren / eyeunit.com

Upon inspecting the water softener and it’s operation we found a lot wrong with it. Number one! The drain was underground and clogged up which, meant it could not flush out all the hardness and iron it took in. The water softener became iron bound and became clogged with iron bacteria, calcium and magnesium (hardness). The water pressure had dropped greatly and foul water was being sent into the house. The control sitting on top of the tank was leaking down the side of the tank which, left iron staining on the outside of the tank and because this was a GE style, all in one cabinet unit, the rust was running down into the salt.

Softening media resin after being pulled from the media tank shows the build up of iron covering the resin. Copyright John Warren / eyeunit.com

The salt also had sand in it. So we decided to check the sand trap filter but, could not open the filter housing. The housing was so encrusted with calcium due to a leak, it could not be opened. If there was service being done at $160.00 a pop, this should have been the first thing that would have been checked but, obviously was not and had not in a very long time, even though, one service person noted that he checked it.

Looking down at the top of the media tank with the encrusted, upper distributor basket. Copyright John Warren / eyeunit.com

We removed the controller from the top of the tank to inspect the resin beads. We found the distributor basket which, keeps the resin from coming out of the tank during backwash, was totally clogged. The resin was iron bound to the point it was totally unsalvageable. The meter impeller was clogged with harness and iron and would not spin which, is surely the reason the unit was changed to a time clock system without notifying the home owner of the problem or the change.

After showing the customer everything that was found, needless to say, he was furious and honestly, so was I. This is a terrible way to treat a person! If you have a company that is being paid to take care of your water system and the water is still not right, do not continue to pay that company! Get a second opinion from a company that won’t charge you if, they have to come back out because something is still not right.

Although broken, this photo shows the in and out ports of the bypass. Since, both ports show staining, it is safe to say the machine was not removing all of the iron from the water. Copyright John Warren / eyeunit.com

Water softeners are designed to remove hardness from the water and are very poor at removing iron. When deciding to purchase a water softener, ask how many days are between registrations; this will give you a good idea of how much money you will save every year in salt and if the unit will be capable of handling your water needs. A water softener that needs to regenerate every seven days is more desirable than one that has to regenerate every day or even every two days. Always ask how much iron is in your water; anything above 1 PPM should be dealt with by a unit that will remove all the iron and take the heavy load off the water softener and uses no chemicals.

The underside of the top distributor basket, after it was removed from the media tank showing, the build of deposits that should have been removed during a maintenance check of the water softener. Copyright John Warren / eyeunit.com

Never, buy a water softener based on price but, rather based on capacity then, compare prices. If you need a 64000 grain capacity system, buying a 30000 grain system because it costs less, will cost you more money over time than a 64000 grain system plus the loss of savings in salt every year and all the headaches and grief this customer was given. Plus, the GE water softeners which are sold as Ecowater system, Kenmore and others, are hard for a home owner to maintain.

Water softeners can save you money every month because, you will use less soap and other cleaning products. If the water softener is properly sized for your particular water quality (determined by water test) you can save a lot of money. You will be able to use 50% – 75% less soap than you would with hard water. However, if you purchase a water softener that is too small for your particular water quality, headaches and regret will surly follow!

Aquatek Pro Water Purification Co. does not sell GE all in one water softeners due to many of the reasons mentioned in this article. We can however inspect them and in many cases repair them but, when they get this bad, we recommend looking at another option that will handle the poor water quality coming from the well.

 

Check this before you buy bottled water

Original post from: Briteside.me

What do you know about the risks of buying different kinds of plastic water bottles? The chances are no one’s ever told you all the details which you need to know in order to look after your health.

It should be indicated somewhere on every bottle precisely what kind of plastic it’s made out of. This information is very important, as every kind of plastic contains chemicals which can cause varying degrees of harm to the human body.

The type of plastic is indicated in the form of letters and numbers, as shown in the graphic:

This is what they all mean.

PET or PETE

PET is one of the most commonly used plastics in consumer products, and is found in most water and soft drink bottles, and some packaging. It is intended for single use applications; repeated use increases the risk of leaching and bacterial growth. These bottles can release heavy metals and chemicals that affect the hormonal balance. PET plastic is difficult to decontaminate, and proper cleaning requires harmful chemicals.

HDP or HDPE

HDPE plastic is the stiff plastic used to make milk jugs, detergent and oil bottles, toys, and some plastic bags. This kind of plastic releases practically no chemicals. Experts recommend choosing these bottles when buying bottled water, because they’re probably the safest (and thus, contain the cleanest water) you can find on the market.

PVC or 3V

PVC is a soft, flexible plastic used to make clear plastic food wrapping, cooking oil bottles, teething rings, children’s and pets’ toys, and blister packaging for myriad consumer products. It releases 2 toxic chemicals that affect the hormones in your body. Experts recommend buying an alternative if you can find it.

LDPE

This plastic cannot be used in the production of bottles, even though it does not release any chemicals into the water. However, it is nevertheless not a good idea to buy food you find in the shops which use this packaging. You might end up eating not only what you paid for, but also some highly dangerous chemicals.

Another white-colored or semi transparent plastic, used as packing for syrups and yoghurt cups. Polypropylene plastic is tough and lightweight, and has excellent heat-resistance qualities. When heated, it doesn’t melt. It is thus relatively safe. It also serves as a good barrier against moisture, grease and chemicals.

Polystyrene is an inexpensive, lightweight plastic with a wide variety of uses. It is most often used to make disposable styrofoam drinking cups, take-out “clamshell” food containers, egg cartons, and plastic picnic cutlery. It releases some carcinogenic substances when heated. It is completely unsuitable for long-term use as a food or drink container.

PC or non-labeled plastic

Often used in the production of sports water bottles and food containers, this is the most dangerous plastic you will encounter. This category was designed as a catch-all for polycarbonate (PC) and “other” plastics, so reuse and recycling protocols are not standardized within this category. Of primary concern with these plastics, however, is the potential for chemical leaching into food or drink products packaged in polycarbonate containers made using BPA (Bisphenol A).

As of today, check the bottom of the bottle twice!