Stymied Packing Plant Sails Through CA State Inspections Thanks to LINX Technology

In a state facing epic water shortages, LINX systems are the solution for so many California homes and business that are faced with nitrate-contaminated water.

Progress is rarely clouded with notions of failed inspections, denials of permits, or delays in obtaining final occupancy certification; however, that’s the situation Lehr Brothers’ Big L Citrus Packing in Bakersfield, California faced last month.

In planning for expansions to their current operations, Big L was informed by the California Department of Public Health that the property’s well water contained nitrates in levels nearly double the state maximum allowable level. “Progress nearly came to a grinding halt,” recalls John Foley of Rayne of Santa Monica, the mastermind behind the LINX Water System that put the plant’s expansion back in motion. Foley continues, “Big L’s water wasn’t safe enough for hand washing, much less drinking.”

Skookum H2O, the local water monitoring and compliance expert in Bakersfield, discovered that there were no reverse osmosis (RO) systems on the market, approved by the State Department of Public Health for Nitrate Reduction, that could reasonably produce the volume of water needed here. This led the search to Pionetics Corporation, maker of the LINX Water Treatment Systems. LINX Systems are not an RO system, rather they employ ion exchange technology.

According to Marty Jessen, Vice President of Pionetics, “If you need water quality that traditional RO systems can’t deliver, we’ve probably already worked out the solution. State water standards are just a starting point – LINX 140 systems reduce nitrates and nitrites by over 90% compared to 70-80% with RO. Our newest system, the LINX 160 reduces nitrates and nitrites to non-detect levels. That’s as near to ‘0’ as you can get.”

While contaminant reduction is vital, in California water savings are just as critical. Jessen continues, “What is most impressive is that our LINX systems accomplish state-required contaminant reductions with minimal water waste. And it can produce water in quantities that can meet nearly any demand. The best a low pressure RO system would do is 50% water efficiency while the LINX 140, configured in the six-pack set up, will operate at 70% water efficiency. This configuration will save thousands of gallons of water per year which is very important in California and particularly in the current drought.”

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