Water Quality FAQ

There are several distinct differences:

  1. A Brita filter is a single carbon filter used to remove Chlorine, Taste and Odor that may be present in tap water. Our multiple stage water filtration system uses several carbon filters, sediment filter and membrane filter. The use of multiple filters enables our system to filter out more of what you don’t want in your drinking water such as dirt, rust and chlorine just to name a few thereby providing you with higher purity drinking water.

  2. The life span of our filter also has a longer useful life of up to 12 months when compared to the 4 month replacement schedule of the Brita filter.

  3. Brita filters utilize single cartridge filtration whereas our system uses reverse osmosis purification, a higher level of water purification.

  4. Fridge filters are similar to Brita filters because they utilize a small carbon filter to remove Chlorine, Taste and Odor that may be present in tap water.

There are several ways to look at this comparison:

  1. From a water process standpoint, if the bottled water you are purchasing is purified by reverse osmosis, then they are processed in the same manner.

  2. From a cost standpoint, when you’re purifying your own tap water, you are saving in the cost per serving when compared to the store purchased bottled water.

It should be noted that bottle water is not all processed the same way. Some bottled water companies simply bottle naturally filtered spring water. Take a moment to read the label and if it says the water is purified by reverse osmosis, then a higher level of water purification was used to filter the water.

Water hardness shows up as scale in water heaters or on plumbing fixtures, soap deposits on dishes and fabrics, and soap scum in sinks and bathtubs.
A water softener replaces the hardness minerals with sodium or potassium. The amounts of these elements added to the water are relatively insignificant in comparison to what is ingested from your food and should not pose a health problem.

Most often, water softeners are regenerated with salt and water. Regeneration is a process by which the softening materials inside the softener can be used over and over again. Once the regeneration is complete, the salt and water solution is flushed into the drain.
The slickness felt after a soft water shower is the real you. Hard water does not easily rinse off the residue from cleaning products. When bathing in softened water, the use of less soap is desirable. Use sufficient water to rinse thoroughly and your skin will feel softer and much smoother than it did with hard water.
There could be several reasons for funny tasting water. If it tastes like a swimming pool, then it’s the chlorine in the water which is used to disinfect the water. If it tastes metallic, then it could be the older pipes carrying the water to your tap, leaving trace metal taste.
Yes. You will notice an immediate difference after installation.
If sodium is a concern to you, your water professional can explain the amount of sodium in softened water. This varies depending on the hardness of the water supply. Any person on a sodium-restricted diet should follow the advice of his/her physician. All municipal water supplies contain some naturally occurring sodium. If the sodium-restricted diet is very strict, discuss the use of reverse osmosis (RO) drinking water systems, or some other water quality improvement system to reduce the sodium to meet your health requirements.

For sake of comparison, one slice of white bread contains about 114 mg of sodium, and an 8 oz glass of milk contains 120 mg of sodium. If your water contains 10 grain per gallon (GPG), and if you consume a total of one quart of softened water a day, your intake of additional sodium would be 75 mg, which is less than a slice of bread or a glass of milk.

One of the most common water treatment problems found in well water is iron, which can stain plumbing fixtures. There are 3 different types of iron.

Ferrous iron (dissolved) – Although not visible it is the most common type of iron. When mixed with oxygen it stains sinks, toilets and laundry, especially when bleach is added. To reduce levels of ferrous iron, softening and/or filtration is performed.

Ferric iron (suspended) – Ferric iron or brown water iron is oxidized and forms particles. Normally these particles are seen once settled down in a glass of water. Sometimes these particles are too small to be seen and very difficult to remove.

Iron bacteria – This is a general term used to describe a slimy growth or buildup in toilet tanks, which can clog filters, softeners and pipes. This bacteria is not harmful, but considered a nuisance because of the difficulty in removing.

Brown or black stains found in dishwashers are usually from high levels of manganese. Dissolved manganese will leave stains when the level is above .05mg/l. The dishwasher is a perfect mechanism to oxidize it because it heats, agitates and mixes the water with air. Manganese can also stain clothes in the washing machine. If bleach is added, staining may worsen.
This indicates that the water is corrosive and usually acidic. Acidic water can leach metals from pumps, piping and fixtures. If left alone without treatment, it can cause leaks in copper pipes and fixtures. Acidity is measured on a scale of 0-14 (7 is neutral, less than 7 is acidic, and above 7 is basic).
Hydrogen sulfide gas is a naturally occurring contaminant, which gives water an unpleasant odor or taste. This usually indicates the presence of some form of non-harmful mineral reducing bacteria in the well. Testing is very difficult because it is a gas and it comes out of solution very quickly. There are no known health effects; however, hydrogen sulfide can also make the water somewhat corrosive.
Nitrate is a naturally occurring compound that is formed in the soil when nitrogen and oxygen combine. Small amounts of nitrate are normal, but excess amounts can pollute supplies of groundwater.
Common sources of nitrogen in the soil are fertilizers, livestock waste, and septic systems. Excess nitrate in the soil is most often found in rural and agricultural areas.
For most people, consuming small amounts of nitrate is not harmful. Nitrate can cause health problems for infants, especially those six months of age and younger. Nitrate interferes with their blood’s ability to transport oxygen. This causes an oxygen deficiency resulting in a dangerous condition called methemoglobinemia, or “blue baby syndrome.” The most common symptom of nitrate poisoning is bluish colored skin, especially around the eyes and mouth. Infants six months of age and younger, as well as pregnant and nursing women should avoid consumption of water high in nitrate. Cattle, horses, sheep, and baby pigs, are also susceptible to nitrate poisoning.

There are two types of water problems:

Primary problems – Potentially dangerous problems that affect one’s health.
Aesthetic problems – Things that affect the taste, look or smell of the water.

Strange as it may seem, you could have an aesthetic problem (such as iron or manganese) that will not pose health risks.

Once in a while you get a glass of water and it looks cloudy; maybe milky is a better term. After a few seconds it miraculously clears up. The cloudiness is due to tiny air bubbles in the water. Like any bubbles, the air rises to the top of the water and goes into the air, clearing up the water. The water in the pipes coming into your house might be under a bit of pressure. Gases dissolved in the pressurized water will come out as the water flows into your glass, which is under normal atmospheric pressure.
Most of the chemical data that is reported for water is expressed as a concentration: One-Part-Per-Million can be thought of as one inch in 16 miles or one cent in $10,000. One-Part-Per-Billion can be thought of as one second of time in 32 years.

It is EXTREMELY MISLEADING to interpret these analogies to minimize the magnitude of the risks. Even miniscule amounts of certain contaminants can poison water.
Any type of clean salt can be used. We recommend the use of either block or solar salts. These salt types are the cleanest and will cause the fewest problems in the brine tank.

At no time do we recommend the use of iron cleaner additives or “iron treatment” salts with the use of the equipment. These cleaners will be harmful to the media in the EV conditioner equipment. Please consult with your local dealer or contact us for proper salt usage.
Yes. Any water softener will work with potassium chloride salts. However, some loss of capacity between regenerations can occur. Please consult with your dealer. If your reason for using potassium salt is health related, remember that potassium chloride is also a salt. Consult with your doctor whenever there is a health concern about your water.