Made in China is Not How We Got Our Name

August 20, 2018

The Water Quality Association (“WQA”) is seeking tariff exemptions for Chinese water treatment products that American Water Treatment Dealers are selling.  I guess that is all well and good, but as the tariffs apply to US Water Systems, all I can tell you is that our name is US Water Systems, not China Water Systems, and we have been phasing out Chinese products for years.  So, while most other Water Dealers,…


Who Is Treating Your Water?

That may seem like an odd question, but it is one that you really have to consider.  There are several water treatment companies that have popped up across the internet the past few years.  These companies were started by slick marketing and business people who have taken an idea and parlayed it into big business.  Most of this centers around “salt-free water softeners” which are close cousins to Santa Claus…

December 21, 2016

Isn’t the EPA Supposed to Protect us?

August 10, 2015

Hey, I’ve got news for you – the government will let you down!  I know that shocks people who believe that “cradle-to-grave” stuff, but they will let you down – write it down and count on it!  The latest example is the incredible case of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) who are supposed to be the guardians of our environment, dumping three million gallons (That’s 3,000,000 gallons)  of…


How Do You Size a Water Softener?

February 3, 2014

Traditionally, water softeners have been sized using the following formula: Step 1 – Enter the hardness in gpg (grains per gallon); Step 2 – Enter the iron in ppm (parts per million) multiplied by 4; Step 3 – Enter the manganese in ppm multiplied by 6; Step 4 – Add Steps 1-3 to get what is called Compensated Hardness; Step 5 – Multiply the number in the family by 75…


What do I do about tetrachloroethylene in my water?

January 10, 2014

Well, I could joke that you could start a dry cleaning company because that’s where it comes from, but it is really no joke!  Just recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started an investigation into the groundwater around Sandston, Virginia in Henrico County.  This means that tetrachloroethylene has been found in water in that area and the EPA is trying to determine the extent of the contamination.  It’s likely the…


The truth about salt-free water softeners

I’ve had enough!  I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!  I am sick and tired of hearing companies call their salt-free water treatment systems “Salt-Free Water Softeners.”  I have complained about it publicly for years and now I’m going to do something about it.  This blog is just to put companies who are being deceptive on notice as to what is coming. If you Google…

November 2, 2013

What bottled water is the best?

September 13, 2013

Choices!  We all like choices – paper or plastic, red or blue, steak or chicken, etc., etc.   In terms of choices, it seems like bottled water brands are growing by leaps and bounds every day.  It seems that there are now hundreds of choices for bottled water, the most common are listed below: Spring Water – This is water that is taken from an underground spring containing significant amounts of…


Why do I need a water test?

August 25, 2013

This is a question that we hear almost all the time.  Some people will say “Well, I’ve got the worst water you have ever seen, so just quote me a system for that.”  If you have the worst water we have ever seen, then it will probably cost a quarter of a million dollars to fix it.  Odds are, we have seen a lot worse water than what you have,…


Finally, a Compact Professional-Grade Water Softener

June 2, 2013

US Water Systems introduced new line of high-performance, high-efficiency water softeners called the FLEX series this month.  After many months of research and development and testing the FLEX water softener has been released to the public.  The first thing you will notice is it’s size – available in three models, they all have a very small footprint of 13 inches wide by 18 inches deep. That means that these compact…


Anode Rod

April 28, 2012

Question of the day: I was looking at purchasing the Fusion Hybrid Professional Grade and was wondering if your customers have seen an increased need to either replace their hot water tank or to increase the anode rod on a regular basis. I have been told that I will need to replace the anode rod about every three years or replace the hot water heaters every 5-6 years. – Pat…