It is hard to know what to think when it comes to tap water. Our government says it is mostly good. They say that the contaminants they test for are within the legal limits. But what does that mean? How many contaminants do they not test for? Just because tested contaminants are within legal limits does that mean it is healthy to drink? Do you feel good about drinking the water or want to take the chance in case the government is wrong?
Many independent groups do studies that say water quality is not good and not to be trusted. A recent study by an environmental advocacy group called Environmental Working Group believe that 15,500 cases of cancer in California could be contributed to the chemicals found in the water supply.
“Researchers from the environmental advocacy group Environmental Working Group estimated that the contaminants found in public water systems in California could contribute to about 15,500 cancer cases there over the course of a lifetime. These contaminants include chemicals such as arsenic, hexavalent chromium and radioactive elements such as uranium and radium. The study was published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health.”
“We need to look at contaminants as a group — not just one at a time. It’s more important to analyze co-occurring contaminants to understand the real world exposure,” said lead author Tasha Stoiber, a senior scientist with EWG. She explained that cancer risks are typically determined at the individual element level.”
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power believe the report is over the top. Marty Adams stated “California water agencies are subject to very strict water quality standards. Anyone living in an urban California city should be absolutely confident in the quality of the tap water,” the utility’s COO Adams said. “Although not the norm for California, it is important to note that there are a handful of small, mostly rural communities that may have challenges with contaminants in the drinking water, and the state is helping to address that.”
In this additional video, famous environmental activist Erin Brockovich discusses why you cannot take the chance of not filtering your water. The Health risks are too great. “We are in a national water crisis, you just don’t know it.” Erin Brockovich.
Problems caused by hard water in Orange County CA are a pain. Hard water is caused when dissolved calcium and magnesium separate from the water as scale. Scale builds up on the insides of pipes, water heaters, teakettles, coffeemakers and industrial machinery and clogs them. Scale reduces flow through pipes and is a poor conductor of heat. Eventually pipes will become completely clogged and a home must be re-piped. This is expensive.
Hard water also reduces soap’s ability to lather whether in the shower, sink, dishwasher, or washing machine and reacts with soap to form a sticky scum. Yuck.
You can combat hard water in various ways including filtering it by distillation or adding a reverse osmosis system. You can try adding a packaged chemical softener such as powdered borax or washing soda (sodium carbonate) and running it through a water softener. Or cut the hassle and choose a salt free water conditioner.
Consumer Reports comments that in order to soften water a process called “ion exchange” is performed to remove dissolved minerals – like iron, magnesium, calcium, and manganese. These cannot be trapped in a softener bed. Water softeners have resin beads with sodium attached to the resin. As water enters the tank, dissolved magnesium and calcium ions are attracted to the resin. The minerals attach to the resin pulling them from the water and releasing sodium into the water at higher levels than the hard water minerals it removed. Salt-free water conditioning provides a proven alternative without the problems of sodium (salt) being added to the water.
In sink tap filtration and refrigerator water dispensers improve water’s taste but its steep price tag makes it impractical as a household solution because the filters must be replaced constantly in order to be effective. Packaged chemicals can soften water in small batches such as washing machine loads but render the water undrinkable. Plus they take a toll on clothes and in some cases contain phosphates that harm the environment. Salt-based water softeners are also bad for the environment and planet. Salt-free water conditioners are an effective an alternative to water softeners.
Descaling offers an alternative to water softening. Whereas a water softener removes the problem (minerals in the water), a de-scaler addresses the damage caused by the problem (scale buildup). You will sometimes see ads for “salt-free water softeners” which are actually de-scalers or for magnetic water softeners which remain unproven and don’t change the chemical composition of water so buyer beware. While magnets are controversial and inconsistent, catalytic water conditioning has been proven for 60 years. Conditioning offers benefits of scale reduction and reduces hard water problems.
With all this in mind, it is clear why water softeners are so popular. They appear to be the least costly and an effective way to rid your water of the troublesome minerals that cause hard water. However, this is true in some but not all cases. Many times salt free water conditioning is a better choice because there are no foreign chemicals added to the household water. There is no slippery slimy feeling characteristic where you cannot rinse the soap off, and the healthful calcium is maintained in drinking water.
Turning Hard Water Soft – Also Salt Free Conditioner Systems Connected To Whole House Filtration Systems – Solve Hard Water in Orange County CA
Water softeners operate on a simple principle. Calcium and magnesium ions in the water switch places with more desirable ions usually sodium. The exchange eliminates both of the problems of hard water because sodium does not precipitate out in pipes or react badly with soap. The amount of sodium this process adds to your water is quite small — less than 12.5 milligrams per 8-ounce (237-milliliter) glass. That is well below the standard set by the Food and Drug Administration for “very low sodium.” However, if you have health concerns discuss them with your doctor or consider using softened tap water only for washing clothes and dishes. Salt free catalytic water conditioning is the best choice for anyone on a low or no sodium diet, who is concerned about hypertension, high blood pressure or other health concerns.
The ion replacement takes place within a tank full of small polystyrene beads also known as resin or zeolite. The negatively charged beads are bonded to positively charged sodium ions. As the water flows past the beads, the sodium ions swap places with the calcium and magnesium ions, which carry a stronger positive charge. During the catalytic salt-free conditioning process, minerals are permanently changed to reduce the problems caused by raw hard water. There are no foreign chemicals or salt added to the water in the process.
Installing Water Softeners Benefits and Salt-Free Catalytic Water Conditioner Benefits
Cleaner dishes: Dishes glassware and silverware washed in soft water come out spot free and sparkling.
Softer hair and skin: Hair feels silkier and soaps and shampoo lather more easily. Salt-free water conditioning will provide a better bathing experience without the slippery slimy feeling caused by salt-based water softeners. Whole house water filtration also helps with healthier hair and skin by removing disinfectants, chemicals and drying agents that can irritate skin, make hair dry, brittle, and unmanageable.
Whiter whites and brighter colors: Clothes washed in soft or conditioned water are free of hard water minerals that result in dingy buildup over time. Fabrics come out softer and stay brighter.
Longer lasting appliances: Water softeners and salt free water conditioners can help preserve the life of appliances by reducing hard water buildup in coffee makers washing machines water heaters and more.
Less housework: Water softeners remove the minerals responsible for lime scale buildup and soap scum on shower walls bathroom fixtures and kitchen sinks. Salt free water conditioners also provide these benefits, without the added sodium.
This is good information to know when it comes to come maintenance on a water conditioner. Watch the whole “how to” video below.
We’re going to show you now, how to clean the core in one of our exterior catalytic water conditioners. (Water conditioners help solve hard water issues without the use of salt like a regular water softener would use.)
First, you need to break the seal on the unions so that you can remove the core. This will require a pipe wrench and a pair of Channel locks
It is best to disconnect the unit at both ends with both unions, so you can easily slide the core out for cleaning.
The core will slide out of the body with the serial number end at the top. . .
The second step in this process is to clean the catalytic water conditioning core. This is best done with a mixture of muriatic acid to water. So, we fill our bucket up with about four gallons of water, and we add one half a gallon of muriatic acid to the water to clean our core. Obviously, be very careful in handling muriatic acid. Be sure to wear eye protection and follow all the instructions on the bottle.
Next, we are going to dip our catalytic conditioning core into the muriatic acid and water solution. Again, pay attention to the warning labels on the muriatic acid and follow all the instructions. With the core in the murky water and the muriatic acid mixture, we found that it’s best to leave it in for 10 to 15 minutes for a proper cleaning.
As you can see it.
After soaking in the muriatic acid and water for about five minutes, you’ll notice the core returns to its natural color of grey. Be sure to thoroughly rinse your core with clean water prior to re-insertion.
This core is now clean and ready to be re-assembled into the conditioner.
Also, be sure to dispose of your muriatic acid and water solution properly with regard to codes in your own area.
Before reassembling the catalytic conditioner into the copper body, be sure to use Teflon tape amply on the threads for a complete seal.
Make sure when you put your Teflon tape in place, that you cover the entire lip to create a proper seal and for ease of re-installation.
Take note that the serialized end is the inlet. Refer to the sticker on the body for the proper flow direction.
Once the conditioner is back in the place, the tank can be reconnected to the system and bought online.
The Pure Elements Water HealthyHome Solution is designed for people who own their own home and/or have access to the incoming water main. It will filter all the water coming into your home.
However, what do you do if you do not own the place you live? Can you still effectively filter the water?
Yes and No. You can filter your drinking water and water you use for cooking but not your shower water. We do not recommend the little shower water filters. They do not make enough of a difference to bother with them. They are too small to handle the amount of water run them and remove enough chemicals to justify their expense.
However, if you do not own your home but would like to filter your drinking water, we recommend two types of filtration systems.
You will taste the difference and receive the benefits from either one of these filters immediately after installing them.
The first recommend drinking water system is the under the counter reverse osmosis system. This type of system will remove the majority of contaminants your water supply might contain.
You can learn more about the RO system we recommend…
The second recommend drinking water system for non-home owners is the large carbon block type water filter. These can be either installed on top of the counter or under the sink utilizing a dedicated dispensing faucet. You can read more about our recommended filters of this type on this page.
Hi, this is Rick from Pure Elements, and we are experts at preventing future pinhole leaks in copper plumbing. Chloramines are the disinfectant that are plaguing the coast in California. The levels have more quadrupled in the last four years and crossed the tipping point, so they are eating your metal from the inside out. We focus on chloramine filters and the reduction of chloramine to levels below detectable in lab tests so that we can help you prevent future pinhole leaks. Chloramine filters are not created equal. It is a very tricky process to effectively get those out of your water, and it’s important to get them out not only to protect your copper piping infrastructure, but also for health concerns and other issues in the home. So we can help you prevent the pinhole leaks and we look forward to working with you.
Fitz: My long-time friend and supporter and water guru expert, Rick Allen, on the phone with me from CrystalClear Home. Good morning, Rick.
Rick: Good morning, Fitz. How are you? Hey, I want an invitation to that dinner, though.
Fitz: I’m telling you, man. You know, Barry Minniefeld was on “The Voice” last year, if you didn’t know. He was one of the stars of Season 8, he’s a desert resident and entertains us out here on a regular basis. And was the executive chef at The Improv in L.A for about 10 years, and became close friends with Jay Leno and Roseanne and a whole list of George Wallace holistic comedians. He has gone on after that opening for them in Vegas, and has forged long-time friendships with them. And he’s been talking about all of these culinary taste treats that he whips up and all these different dishes. And I’ve just been salivating all morning, Rick. So I’m starving right now.
Rick: You’re gonna have to have a big lunch.
Fitz: I’m telling you, baby. So Rick has CrystalClear Home, the water filtration system, Barry. Now, as a chef, you’ll be interested in this. Because if you have a CrystalClear Home water filtration system in your home, when you rinse those vegetables off and everything, you’re not getting any chlorine on them and you’re not getting any pharmaceuticals, which is in our drinking water, as you know, these days. You’re not getting chromium-6, you’re not getting arsenic. This is all the stuff that’s in the regular drinking water. But if you had a CrystalClear Home water filtration system, you could drink worry-free from every faucet in your home. You could shower worry-free because, you know, you ingest that chlorine in your body through its pores. Soaks that stuff in.
Rick: And through your lungs too.
Fitz: Through your lung…wow, I didn’t even think about that, Rick.
Rick: Yeah, it’s all aerosol.
Rick: So it’s in that steam.
Fitz: Okay. It’s in the steam, that’s right and you suck that in and you’re thinking you’re taking a nice healthy shower and you feel good. Lord knows what you’ve ingested. So as a chef, you should check out this CrystalClear Home water filtration system. It’ll actually make your food taste cleaner.
Man: What if I rent?
Fitz: What if he rents, Rick?
Fitz: Talk to landlord into getting…
Rick: Exactly. Start talking to that landlord and then take it with you when you go.
Fitz: There you go, and take it with you when you go. Talk to landlord. Because it’s a unit, they put it outside your property. And it even takes care of the landscaping as well. You use less water, less fertilizer. Makes your landscaping more vibrant green, and you know that salt leaching you see around the pool, those white spots and stuff, gets rid of that as well.
Man: I’m going talk to my landlord about that.
Fitz: There you go. All right, Rick. Did we cover everything?
Rick: Well, yeah. I don’t have anything to say. I just kind of wanted to take a quick run-down of the five things that we do when we do a total property system.
Fitz: Right, the five points. I love this.
Rick: And you’ve really touched on them. My biggest passion is getting the chemicals and things out of the bath and shower water because that is the greatest area of exposure to the potentially harmful things. And it is aerosol and in the steam. So you’re right. You’re taking in through your pores and through your lungs. That’s a much more direct shot into the blood stream than me giving you a glass of water with that stuff in it, and you have at least…you’ve got the digestive track and the organs to do some filtering. But through the pores and lungs, that’s not good.
So we’re all about creating a chemical-free home living environment and bathing experience, that’s number one. And then you touched on it, the drinking water from every faucet. It’s chemical-free, we’ve addressed the heavy metals. It tastes great, it has the natural mineral content left in place and it’s slightly alkaline. So somewhere in our desert, maybe 7.6 to 7.8, slightly alkaline. It seems like the health care and longevity guys are on that path right now, that that seems to be the optimum for drinking water. So we wanna give that from every faucet.
And then, you know, we’re reducing the hard water issues throughout the interior of the home without a softener. Using a chemical-free, salt-free approach. Doesn’t create the slimy feeling like you can’t get the soap off.
It doesn’t require you feeding big bags of salt into it or any of those things, and it’s environmentally friendly. So that’s a great way to help protect the asset, protect your fixtures and appliances and get better results in laundry, and dishwashing and all of those things. So those are the kind of the interior things. I thought today I’d just take a second and talk about the last two things that we do in a total property system, and you touched on them.
The first one is landscape irrigation. When you have a total property system, you are able to, first, protect the infrastructure of your irrigation system, your bubblers and your control valves and all of those different things.
And secondarily, you’re able to cut back your water usage and your fertilizer usage. In big applications like golf courses that might be using 3,000,000 gallons of water a day, we can actually cut their water volume and fertilizer by about 40% and their pumping costs by somewhere along the lines of like 23 to 27%. It’s a tough nut for the golf courses because they have to come up with a chunk of cash.
But it ultimately will probably be something they’ll be revisiting, as we continue to deal with imported water and drought conditions and all that stuff. But on your landscape and your house and everything, like you said. Really what you see is everything is much more vibrant and kinda grows like crazy. It’s interesting – in a golf community, when you drive down the street, you see houses that have one of our systems and it’s kind of the me-too landscaping a little bit in the entryways and things. You’ll be able to pick ours out because all the green stuff has grown twice as crazy as everything else and you can really see it. So that’s very helpful also, to be able to cut that water volume back. With what’s going on with the restrictions, and especially Palm Springs is pretty tight right now. So that’s the benefit there.
Fitz: These are great points, Rick. I wanna go back real quick and just to emphasize, and this is something that we don’t really think about, but your pipes, a lot of places have old plumbing and old cast iron pipes and fixtures and stuff. And this is a great way, as you said, to preserve your infrastructure.
Rick: Absolutely, absolutely. Sorry, I was just taking a sip of good water there. But yeah, absolutely. Everything that you have and own, this helps to protect it and extend the life of it. And that kind of leads to the last or fifth thing, which you had touched on also, which is swimming pools. Nothing is perfect. Swimming pools are an art piece unto themselves, and they’re an open-air body of water, so you’re always gonna have some stainings and some issues.
But by having the pool filled and continually re-filled with water through the system, we’re able to reduce the staining at the water line.
We’re able to actually protect that infrastructure, so the recirculating pumps and all of those different things, and reduce the staining at the spillways on the stack stone and all of those different areas. So that’s been quite an added benefit also. In fact, some people buy the system just to try to enhance the beauty of their pool and spa.
Fitz: You see that all the time. It’s frustrating for homeowners who have those beautiful stack stone and maybe paver walls and stuff around the pool and then they see all this white leaching and stuff. And that’s the beauty of CrystalClear Home is that you don’t have to deal with that.
Rick: Well, it really helps. It certainly dramatically affects the surface situation, where water sits on the surface and evaporates. There is this situation where the stone in the desert, water can leach underneath and then it actually wicks up through the concrete. And if the contractors didn’t put in a moisture barrier, then what happens is it comes up and it’s kind of interesting. It’ll create some spotting in the middle of nowhere and you’ll kind of wonder. You say, “We don’t have any sprinklers there. There’s no water there. Why do we have a spot there that looks like we have water?” That’s kind of a desert phenomenon. But I actually, in my house on the Coast, have concrete floors and we actually have that occur in certain areas at certain times of the year. So we’re super ultra conservative and wanna provide exceptional quality water and everything that we can do.
So we can’t deal with anything coming up, but we certainly can deal with stuff…surface-mounted… And like you said, it’s sprinkler spraying on a wall, that’s kind of one more interesting thing to do when we wrap up. But it seems to me that everyone should be aware that using traditional sprinklers that spray into the air, and you drive by and you see all this mist and everything, how much of that water is really getting to the plant life. So it’s quite wasteful. There are rotary sprinklers now that use maybe 40% less water. When you have water ending up on a glass window or on a stone wall, as you mentioned or whatever, part of the issue there is to rethink your landscaping and get that water close to or on the ground. So all the bubblers and rotary sprinkler and things that are out right now. Just go to your Home Depot or your Lowes and ask them for that, you can change your heads out and you’ll save up a lot of water. And you’ll minimize the problems that occur, especially when water in the desert gets on the glass. That’s a real pain to remove.
Fitz: That’s so annoying. Rick, I’m going to lobby for you to change your name from Rick Allen to Rick Waterman. Okay? Because you are the water man. Okay?
Rick: I think that’s been taken, Fitz, but I appreciate it.
Fitz: I like Rick Waterman, I’m gonna have to lobby for that. 346-4850, that’s the number to call to get your own CrystalClear Home water filtration system. You can check them out online, crystalclearhome.com. As always, Rick, great information and a great time of year for people to look into this. You make the process so smooth and we’re going through a new installation of another place where we’re gonna have your product, which I’m excited about. We’re gonna talk about that when it’s all done and will be posting some pictures on Facebook and everything and show everyone that Wendy and I do walk the walk and talk the talk.
So crystalclearhome.com or 346-4850, ask for Rick. If he’s not around, he’ll get back with you and you’ll answer anyone’s questions. You know so much about this. I’m so impressed and the water is coming up in the conversation big time, with the drought and everything that’s going on with our water in the valley here. You are the water man. 346-4850, always a pressure, Rick. Once again, thanks for all your support and…
Rick: We’re gonna see you on Sunday. Aren’t we?
Rick: In a different capacity.
Fitz: Yeah. I’m looking forward to jamming with you in the Pinch Me! band at Pierce Street Annex, 17th Street in Costa Mesa for OC homies. If you’re around, come on by and have some fun. We’ll be there late afternoon.
Rick: That’s sounds great, Fitz. Looking forward to it and appreciate talking to you, as always.
Fitz: Thank you so much, Rick. Thanks for the support and we’ll keep spreading the word for you.
We think you will be surprised to learn how much Chromium-6 is in your Orange County and Southern California city water. The video below gives you a quick run through of the EWG website and overview of the article featuring Erin Brockovich. It goes over what Hexavalent Chromium is and why it is so dangerous to everyone’s health.
The video highlight for us is when the narrator gets to the Interactive Chromium-6 map. You see how you can plug your zip code into the map and find out exactly how much Chromium-6 your OC city tap water contains. But be sure to watch the video because the author tells you what the different testing numbers mean. We think you will be shocked.
Click on the map image and you will go straight to the interactive map. Here you can put your zip code in.
Here is what a recent Costa Mesa client had to say about his new water filter system.
Benefits of filtered and RO water so far:
1. Kids say they feel more rejuvenated from showers
2. Water tastes 100% better than bottled
3. Saving $ and minimizing waste by cancelling bottled water
4. Vegetable garden significantly healthier and plants more vigorous
5. Feel better about the water quality given to dogs and chickens
6. Install was as promised; clean, quick, professional, discreetly located
7. System was designed and properly sized based on our individual needs
“Rick is a consummate professional and delivered a great product as promised! We would highly recommend contacting him for an evaluation.” J.O., Costa Mesa, California.
We have created a new satellite website called stoppinholes.com. This site will thoroughly address the pinhole leak epidemic that many people are experiencing in Southern Orange County.
This new site goes into greater detail in regards to the causes of pinholes in copper plumbing as well as a homeowner’s possible options to solve the problem.
There are also many examples of chloramaine filters we have installed for happy clients in Ladera Ranch, San Clemente, Newport Beach, Dana Point, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Lake Forest and all over Orange County, California.
If you do not own your home and live in an apartment or rental but would still like the benefits of filtered water, this is a good option.
The reason a person might choose a carbon block filter over a reverse osmosis system is because carbon block filters do not strip out the minerals and calcium like RO systems. Therefore, if you wish to keep the minerals and calcium in your drinking water this is the better choice for you.
We like the Multi-Pure filters best in this category. The solid carbon block units like the Multi-Pure drinking water filters do a much better job than the cheaper plastic Aquasana and similar counter top filters. We do not recommend any of the filters with plastic housings as they tend to crack easily, leak and require more exterior cleaning maintenance.
Multi-Pure filters contain a high-quality solid block of carbon that is set inside a stainless steel casing. The container seals tightly and we have personally never experienced any leaks. These filters are well-made, high quality items.
Most of the systems are flexible in that they can be placed either on the counter top, under the sink with a dedicated filtered water dispensing faucet, or in some cases below the sink in line with the existing faucet hardware. Installation is relatively easy. We put in this filter ourselves and it took minutes to install.
We noticed a dramatic improvement in the taste of the water immediately after installing it. Tap water tends to have heavy chemical odors and tastes, and this filter set our minds at ease quickly.
The filters cartridges need replacing periodically. The model we have direct experience with is the Multi-Pure MPCT. This filter is currently used by two adults and the filter cartridge is replaced once a year.
The MPCT has since been replaced by the MP750 series, which offers even more options for mounting or placement.
The models we recommend are: The MP750 series, MP880 series, or MP1200EL model. The letters after each model let you know what type of replacement the filter requires. SC is for counter top placement. SB is for below the sink with a dedicated filtered water faucet. SI is for the filter placed under the sink but mounted to the existing hardware. EL is a filter with a special meter that alerts you when it is time to replace the filter – This is the newest model.
To see what others have to say about these filters you can read more consumer reviews and