Contaminants

Little Girl, Big Problem

BY MICHELLE RUCKS & TOM KINNANE Feb. 25, 2019 LITTLE GIRL, BIG PROBLEM Dealer installs custom system to address child’s health concerns Some times you meet someone and just do not know where the story will go. Rocky Mountain Water Conditioning was fortunate to be allowed to set up a table and sign at a local home and ranch store in suburban Denver. We had the opportunity to speak with some locals about their water quality. One young woman we spoke with was concerned about her water quality—specifically hardness—and we scheduled a time to come speak with her.  During our presentation a few weeks later, I determined her water characteristics to be the following: Total dissolved solids (TDS): 133 ppm;  Hardness: 5 grains per gal;  pH: 7.5; and Chlorine: 0.2 ppm.  At first glance, aside from the hardness, the water was not challenging. After my tests and our discussion about how we could address the water issues, it became clear to the customer that the system would not only soften the water, but reduce certain metals. She shared that her young daughter is not able to excrete metals as most of us do, and the metals build up in her body. She also has cerebral palsy, so the elimination of any unhealthy variables always is beneficial.  We are an authorized Hague Quality Water Intl. independent dealership and Hague’s equipment, specifically its technologically advanced design features, allows us to customize our systems to address specific water quality issues. The customer focused on this fact and asked us to modify one of our standard configurations to address a broader spectrum of metals. The compartmentalized design of our systems allows us to use multiple media in a single tank to address a number of issues. This generally is not possible, but can result in significant space savings and reduce client costs. The customer asked me to research ways to reduce other metals in their water supply. Since moving to Colorado from Indiana, her daughter’s metals test results had returned much higher than previous tests. I began to research how different media could reduce different metals.  Once my research was complete, I sent the customer a proposed design that would reduce a wide spectrum of metals, including copper, lead, barium, fluoride, nitrate, nitrite, molybdenum, strontium and vanadium. The Trouble With Metals In “Toxicity, Mechanism and Health Effects of Some Heavy Metals” by Monisha Jaishankar, Tenzin Tseten, Naresh Anbalagan, Blessy B. Mathew and Krishnamurthy N. Beeregowda, the authors state that heavy metals “[i]n small amounts they are required for maintaining good health but in larger amounts they can become toxic or dangerous. Heavy metal toxicity can lower energy levels and damage the functioning of the brain, lungs, kidney, liver, blood composition and other important organs. Long-term exposure can lead to gradually progressing physical, muscular, and neurological degenerative processes that imitate diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and muscular dystrophy. Repeated long-term exposure of some metals and their compounds may even cause cancer. The […]

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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, […]

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