8-22-2018 Mailbag

August 22, 2018

Question #1: I need a recommendation for a “water softener” that uses neither salt of potassium? I have kidney disease and my doctor says I need one that does not contain either of these. Pelican tells me what they have PSE1800 is the answer. Is this correct? R.W. Answer: The PSE1800 does not soften the water.  Oh, I know they call it a “water softener” but ask them if the…

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Made in China is Not How We Got Our Name

August 20, 2018

The Water Quality Association (“WQA”) is seeking tariff exemptions for Chinese water treatment products that American Water Treatment Dealers are selling.  I guess that is all well and good, but as the tariffs apply to US Water Systems, all I can tell you is that our name is US Water Systems, not China Water Systems, and we have been phasing out Chinese products for years.  So, while most other Water Dealers,…

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It’s Time to Get Serious About Irrigation Water

Starting in March of this year, at least 210 people in 36 states were sickened with a particularly virulent strain of E. coli O157:H7.  The contamination was from contact with lettuce or spinach.  According to CNN News, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was able to determine that the E. coli bacteria sampled from those who became ill was closely related genetically, so a single source of infection…

June 30, 2018
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It’s Time for the WQA to Enforce Their Own Code of Ethics

June 26, 2018

The Water Quality Association (hereafter “WQA”) is a trade association which, according to their website… “is the leading voice of the residential, commercial, industrial and small community water treatment industry, representing more than 2,500 manufacturers, suppliers and dealers worldwide.” There is an immediate problem in that this “voice” is sometimes blurred and ethics are compromised. Let me explain… On their website (www.WQA.org), the WQA states this under their Code of…

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How Long Does Carbon Last?

March 26, 2018

Question: Tom asked the following question (evidently while also trying to make a statement) about a subject on which he has very litle knowledge: You say you beat Lifesource hands down but nowhere on your site can I see how many gallons your system is rated for. Lifesource Elite is rated for 2.2 million gallons about 12 years for a typical family of three. Your system only indicates 7 year…

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Ask A Question: TDS Creep

March 7, 2018

Question: Hi. I have well water. The TDS in the tap water is 700. I have a 3 stage RO system. Number 1 is the sediment filter. Number 2 is the TFC membrane. Number 3 is the carbon post filter. I have added a permeate pump. The water coming out of the RO is 200 ppm. Is this too high? Is there anything else that I can add to the…

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Ask a Question: Remineralization

March 7, 2018

Question:  Hi read through the info you have about RO systems and how they strip the minerals. You don’t talk about putting them back and only state you really don’t have to anyway. OK, but the water tastes bad, tea tastes bad. So what am I to do learn to live with the taste or is there something that will actually add some safe amount and type of minerals back…

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1/29/2018 – Questions Answered

January 29, 2018

Q.  “After testing our well water it is showing Nitrate-N at 11.62. The County limit is 10. What type of filter would you suggest?“ A.  I would recommend a reverse osmosis drinking water system, like this:  https://www.uswatersystems.com/aquapurion-plus-5-stage-reverse-osmosis-system.html  Q.  Can the Pulsar Intercepter pre-filter + Pulsar Disruptor sub-micron filter work together as a standalone system? A.  They can, but the water should be pretty clean (Free of iron, sulfur and manganese along with…

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Should I get my water tested?

January 13, 2018

No, you should never get your water tested – you might find out that something in there is bad for you or you might learn how to treat it properly and who wants to do that?  What are you – Crazy?  Treating your water should be hit and miss proposition.  What good is it to do it scientifically and get it right?  Just mess around with it… try this… try…

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