8-22-2018 Mailbag

August 22, 2018

Question #1: I need a recommendation for a “water softener” that uses neither salt of potassium? I have kidney disease and my doctor says I need one that does not contain either of these. Pelican tells me what they have PSE1800 is the answer. Is this correct? R.W. Answer: The PSE1800 does not soften the water.  Oh, I know they call it a “water softener” but ask them if the…

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It’s Time to Get Serious About Irrigation Water

Starting in March of this year, at least 210 people in 36 states were sickened with a particularly virulent strain of E. coli O157:H7.  The contamination was from contact with lettuce or spinach.  According to CNN News, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was able to determine that the E. coli bacteria sampled from those who became ill was closely related genetically, so a single source of infection…

June 30, 2018
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Compare US Water Systems To Aquasana

February 25, 2018

Q.  [Can you compare] prices for a whole home carbon filter and water softer and the specs? We are about to buy the AquaSauna 1,000,000 gal carbon filter and their saltless softer but I want to compare it to others and their prices too. Thanks — Deanna A.  It’s impossible for me to compare our systems to Aquasana salt-free water softeners and their carbon filters for a few reasons: We…

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How We Can Make the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Better

August 27, 2017

Southwest Texas is getting pounded by Hurricane Harvey in what could be the worst hurricane that has hit the US in a long, long time.  It is predicted that Harvey will cause more than $40 Billion Dollars in damages.  Hundreds of thousands of people are without power and services and if they have water, it may be contaminated. Many families will be decimated and the President has declared a Southwest…

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Does Reverse Osmosis Strip Out Minerals?

July 30, 2017

QUESTION: We are customers of an RO System from US Water.  Speaking with a long time plumber familiar with these systems he stated ours is a very good unit but RO would strip the water of important minerals?  Is this true or false? Our unit is: https://www.uswatersystems.com/5-stage-usa-made-arsenic-reverse-osmosis-filter-pack-fp5a-usa.html If above is true, what is your recommendation for adding this stripped minerals back into the water prior to reaching the drinking faucet?…

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Water Deionization 101

July 25, 2017

Years ago, high purity water was used only in limited applications. Today, deionized (or “DI”) high purity water has become an essential ingredient in hundreds of applications. Just a few include the following: Medical offices Laboratories Pharmaceutical companies Cosmetics companies Large aquariums,fish tanks,and reefkeeping facilities Electronics manufacturing plants Food processing plants Plating and anodizing And even the final rinse at the local car wash! DI or deionized water is simply…

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Buy a Filter or Be a Filter!

July 23, 2017

Every day we read about chemical spills, problems with lead in the water, the dangers of chloramine and chlorine, Chromium 6, Rocket Fuel, Pharmaceuticals and on and on…  There are lots of problems with our water in America, leaving us with the feeling that our water is under attack.  Well, it is! We have all read about the problems in Flint, Michigan and then  find out that Flint is the…

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Is RO Water Good for You?

Question: I am looking for an under the sink water filter/purifier. I have well water in upstate NY. I also would like to have the water tested (it was tested for bacteria but not anything else). Do you have a water test the would check for chemicals, pesticides…etc? Also radon? We currently have an RO filter under our kitchen sink but I think RO removes too many minerals and since…

March 31, 2017
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Water Can Cause Eczema Problems With Skin and Hair

Question:   Our city switched to chloramines two years ago, which I found out when discussing our skin issues with friends. Son has had eczema since birth, which has erupted into what looks like heat rash on the lightest parts of his body. Telling him to take yet another shower doesn’t seem to help. Baby powder does seem to help in the summer. We’ve all had terrible dandruff, brittle hair,…

February 20, 2017
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