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Reverse Osmosis:  What It Is and Why You Need It!

It is hard to watch the news or read a newspaper (you know, that thing you used to read at breakfast before the internet and laptops) or magazine without seeing something alarming about our water. In certain parts of Colorado Springs and Fountain chemicals have been found in the water that are indisputably harmful to humans, precipitating water utilities to hand out bottled water and change water sources. There have been Drinking Water Advisories and lead issues in Denver and surrounding areas where Brita pitchers have been issued to use for drinking water, and in Washington, DC which is also a municipal water system instructing residents and businesses not to drink the water! In Time magazine, there was a lengthy article regarding the seepage of pharmaceuticals—prescription drugs—into our water supplies. And by now we have all heard about the tragic lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s water. Clearly, we cannot simply rely on the powers that be to make sure our water supplies—municipal or private wells—are both safe and desirable. Just because it won’t make you sick doesn’t mean you necessarily want to drink it. That’s where water treatment, and specifically reverse osmosis, can help.  Reverse Osmosis, or RO, when used in conjunction with a whole-house (a point-of-entry treatment system), or on its own for some applications, can ensure that your water is both safe and enjoyable to drink and use throughout your home or business.  The RO process uses filtration and a semi-porous membrane to filter out the very smallest dissolved matter and particles that can impair water quality. It is far more effective than common filtration (like a sediment or carbon filter you can acquire at a grocery or hardware store), removing matter as small as some bacteria. Examples of things that RO will remove include lead and other metals, pharmaceuticals, asbestos, radium, uranium, benzene, PCBs, PFCs, nitrate, chromium and arsenic. RO units will reduce the total dissolved solids (TDS—everything in your water that is NOT water) in your water by 90% to 99%. At the end of the RO process, you will be drinking and cooking with the finest—i.e., highest purity and quality—water that you can get.   There is no reason to just hope for the best when it comes to your water. We will help you make sure you are getting the best! We have a variety of systems available to give you RO water where you drink the water or throughout your home or business. Give us a call! 303-728-4899 or 888-741-1711.


Did You REALLY Drink That?

Picture this: I come over with a shovel and dig a hole in your yard until I hit water. I put a screen on the end to keep the big chunks of dirt out (most people don’t like to chew their water), then I put a lid on it with a small hole in the middle and hand you a long straw. Take a sip? I doubt it. Now, I have some guys with a big drill on a truck dig a really deep hole, put a lining in the whole (the straw) with a screen on it (again, at least to keep the big chunks out), put a lid on it and run a hose to your house. Take a sip? Sure! That’s your well water now.  Now this: You have municipal water. I drop a strand of spaghetti in the water at the treatment plant. You turn on your tap. The spaghetti winds its way through pipes big and small, old and new, past tree roots, leaks and bio-film (really interesting stuff that builds up in water lines), then out it drips from your tap right into your hand. Go ahead, pop it in your mouth! No? Why not? You don’t hesitate to drink the water it was in!  We are very cavalier about our water quality. We just assume (hope really) that something as basic as our water — vital and necessary — will actually be healthy. Unless we are buying a new home almost none of us ever has our well tested (frequently required by lenders to protect their investment — not you). If no lender is involved there may be no testing. The EPA recommends annual well testing (pediatric groups recommend twice annual well tests in homes with small children). Similarly, there are contaminants in municipal water supplies that you may be sensitive to and may not want to drink. Yet, annual water quality reports, which the US EPA requires water utilities to issue, frequently line the insides of trash cans and recycling bins without ever having been read. But there are things like lead, chromium-6, radium, Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), chlorine, chloramines and fluoride, to name a few, that can produce adverse health effects under certain circumstances. There things that are not even tested for, such as pharmaceuticals and pesticides, and other contaminants that could adversely affect your health, that are simply too expensive to test for or remove. More often than not, if the water is cold, doesn’t smell or have junk floating in it, we gulp it down in blissful ignorance. The Water Quality Association (WQA) recommends implementing “Final Barrier Technology” to protect yourself and family (for more information www.wqa.org or call us at 888-741-1711 or 303-728-4899). WQA defines Final Barrier Technology as devices and systems installed at the point of water use — your drinking water. Typically, it’s the least expensive part of any water treatment system. On municipal water, a point-of-use Final Barrier system can often be used alone, […]