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Zappos: A Lesson in Business

A couple/few years ago, I bought the book “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) who is the CEO of Zappos.  I read it in one night and realized that Tony had condensed the essence of how we were trying to do business.  Now, I have to say that selling shoes is a little different [...]

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“They Said They Would Give Us a Free Water Analysis”

“Isn’t that wonderful that Big Name Water Conditioning Company is going to send out a Water Consultant and give us a water analysis absolutely free?”  Maybe you have experienced that and it sounds great, but let me remind you that you usually don’t get anything for free without some strings attached.   There are exceptions and [...]

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What on Earth is Brooklynized Water?

A few years ago, an upstart bagel company approached US Water Systems about treating the water for their new chain of bagel stores.  Their story was that some of the best water in the country is in Brooklyn, New York and they say the best bagels come from that type of water.  Brooklyn gets their [...]

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Neo-Pure Jumbo 170 Verses Harmsco Hurricane 170

A little history lesson is in order before we start this comparison: Harmsco was founded in 1958 by John Harms.  Harmsco Up-Flow Cartridge Filters were patented and introduced to the market in 1968. Almost immediately, people in the filtration industry took note of the many advantages Harmsco Filters provide. As a result, sales began to [...]

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Do They Really Soften Water Without Salt?

I keep telling you NO, salt-free water softeners do not soften water and do not exist, but some people don’t want to believe me. At any rate, I am going to keep telling you and today, I will let you prove it to yourself.  Maybe the truth hurts… Anyway, here are but a few companies [...]

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How Do I Really Know if my Salt Free System Works?

Lots of companies are selling salt-free water softeners and salt-free conditioners.  There are a few tests that you can perform to determine if they are indeed doing what they say. 1.  Test to see if the water really is soft This can be done by purchasing a small professional-grade water hardness test kit like this: [...]

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Explain the Slimy Feeling With Soft Water

Question: Dear Mr. Timmons, You may have received questions similar to the one that I will pose to you from others, but I am quite confused as to what I have read on the internet.  Please allow me to provide you with details. When I take a shower, I want to feel as if all [...]

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Microcystin Emergency in Toledo, Ohio

Many people have never heard of microcystin, but what you don’t know can harm, or even kill you.  This issue arises because the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich has declared a state of emergency in Toledo, Ohio after the water treatment plant testing results showed the water contains microcystin, First, let’s learn about microcystin.  Toledo, [...]

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New and Improved Iron and Sulfur Filters

A backwashing filter, often called an iron filter or oxidizing filter, is the most widely used system for removing iron and sulfur. Iron filters work by oxidizing the iron and/or sulfur and then filtering it out through the media bed. The best medias at removing these contaminants are medias that are manganese dioxide based or [...]

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Will a Salt-Free Water Softener Work for Me?

Let’s get this out of the way immediately:  There is no such thing as a salt-free water softener!  By definition, to be called a “water softener” a device must take the water to below 1 grain per gallon (gpg) of hardness.  You have to be careful of what you believe… even on the internet (SHOCK).   [...]

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