Water Quality after the Wildfires
Wildfires ravaged many regions throughout eight states this summer and so many residents have been at risk. Besides losing homes, structures, land, aquatic animals and living with threats of mudslides and flooding post wildfires, many people are also concerned about the quality of drinking water after a wildfire is finally put to rest. If the land around so many residents has been devastated, how is the quality of tap water going to be and what contaminants should residents be worried about? Without a home water filter, there are definite concerns about the quality of drinking water immediately after a wildfire – and even years down the road, too.
According to experts who have looked at this topic in the past, large fires burning close to communities and water sources, water treatment facilities need to pay close attention to drinking water contamination in the short-term and long-term as well. After the 2010 Fourmile Canyon fire in Colorado, researchers found a marginal increase of contaminants in the community’s water sources. Researchers then recorded large spikes in contaminants as heavy rain months later pulled in residue from the fire. After the 2003 Lost Creek Fire in southern British Columbia, researchers recorded high levels of phosphorus in sediment in the water, which can lead to toxic algae blooms. None of these types of situations are safe and residents, especially private well owners, are encouraged to install a home drinking water system to filter dangerous contaminants from a wildfire’s effects. Besides the large amounts of suspended and dissolved material can get dragged into downstream water supplies, there are also changes in the physical and chemical properties of surface waters.
As one may expect, the communities most vulnerable to disruptions to their drinking water will be those whose water supply passes through the forest in an area of high fire risk. If you’re concerned about a wildfire burning close to your home, or your community has been impacted by a close wildfire in the past, installing a home drinking water system with our advanced water filtration technology could help preserve the quality and purity of your drinking water. Our water filters can remove phosphorus, nitrates, parasites and many other chemicals or drinking water contaminants that could pose a threat to your family’s health and well-being. Contact our water treatment company today and learn more about which models of drinking water systems could benefit your household and protect your drinking water after a wildfire is finally put out. Stay safe and we look forward to sharing how we can help with your community and your household’s healing.
Lead Drinking Water Crisis is Extensive
The Flint, Michigan lead contamination water crisis has cast national spotlight on excessive levels of lead in drinking water systems across the country. In fact, USA Today recently reported that harmful lead levels were discovered in nearly 2000 water systems here in the US over the last four years. High levels of lead in water have been discovered in businesses, homes, schools and even daycares across the country. Compounding this problem, is that even though federal law mandates that water suppliers are required to inform residents if there is a harmful amount of lead in the water supply, almost ten percent of the nearly 2,000 failed to do so.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has deemed that there is no safe level of lead exposure, and as such, have set a maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) of zero for lead in drinking water. While MCLG’s are not enforceable, the EPA does set an enforceable maximum contaminant level (MCL) for most contaminates based on the MCLG. Lead, however, is unique in that the EPA has established a “treatment technique” rather than an enforceable MCL.
Considering the fact that most lead contamination of drinking water occurs after it leaves the water treatment plant, this treatment technique regulation requires water treatment systems to control the corrosivity of the water instead. They also require water treatment companies to collect tap samples from various sites served by the system, specifically homes and businesses that are more likely to have lead plumbing materials, such as those built before 1980. If they find lead levels in excess of 15 parts per billion in more than 10 percent of their tested samples, they are required to take further action.
There are steps that can be taken to reduce lead content in drinking water, such as flushing the pipes before using or drinking the water. Flushing cold-water pipes until the running water gets as cold as possible will help reduce the amount of lead from water that has sat in the pipes for a while, and can take up to two minutes or longer. While this measure will help reduce your exposure to lead, there are still risks involved; not letting the water run long enough will not flush out sufficient lead and if your water has really high lead content to begin with, even proper flushing won’t be enough.
The best way by far, to ensure adequate lead removal from your drinking water, is with a water filtration system. There isn’t any guesswork involved, and even if lead content fluctuates over time, you and your family will still be protected. Our LINX Drinking Water Systems, for example, remove 99 percent of the lead content in drinking water which makes getting that zero MCLG possible in most cases. Other water filtration systems can reduce the level of lead contamination, but even reverse osmosis filtration systems can’t beat that 99 percent removal rate. Lead contamination can cause some really serious problems, in both adults and children, so making sure your drinking water is as lead free as possible just makes sense.
Advantages of Bottleless Water Coolers You’ll Love
Consumers are always looking for products on the market that are easy to use, affordable, effective and eco-friendly. That, plus great service, is what we strive for with all of our drinking water systems. Our bottleless water coolers are another product that homes and offices can enjoy at a low price but high efficiency. Particularly in the office setting, bottleless water coolers can help provide that healthier beverage option to workers, aside from the vending machines which sell soft drinks and other beverages containing high fructose corn syrup. More water during the workday is also shown to increase productivity.
So how exactly do our bottleless water coolers work? Well, ours is different because it still utilizes an ion exchange process that uses electricity rather than chemicals for operation. Your water cooler filters the water and allows the user to choose from hot or cold water as well. The system can clean itself, saving you the need to swap out those big, heavy plastic bottles that sit atop most other water coolers. No chemicals are released into the environment either. But the best advantage? Our bottleless water coolers conserve water when they’re compared to traditional reverse osmosis drinking water systems that provide similar water quality. The LINX® Water Cooler is also self-regulating so you don’t need to worry about changing the filters — we do that for you! All that heavy-lifting and recycling of those heavy plastic water bottles is avoided with this product.
If you’re looking for a product that your home or office will love, our bottleless water coolers are it. Any water cooler that reduces contamination and is good for the environment is worth installing and enjoying on a daily basis. We’ll take care of the rest. Easy, effective and efficient – that’s our purpose!
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