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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Do Salt Free Water Softeners Work?

May 6, 2018

Actually, before you ask that question, you really should ask “Is there really such a thing as a salt free water softener?” You see, some companies are selling what they call “salt free water softeners” as well as “salt water softeners.”  That begs the question:  If salt free water softeners worked, why on God’s Green Earth would they sell salt water softeners?  No one would buy them. Salt water softeners would…

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Removing Micro-plastics From Your Tap Water

December 28, 2017

A few Months ago, Time Magazine reported that “Plastic Fibers Are Found in 83% of the World’s Tap Water”.  It has even been repoted in some bottled water.  Everyone is worried about what it might do to humans and animals with prolonged exposure, but no one knows the consequences yet.  So, if you believe what you can’t see can’t hurt you, then you can skip the rest of this blog.  However,…

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Water Deionization 101

July 25, 2017

Years ago, high purity water was used only in limited applications. Today, deionized (or “DI”) high purity water has become an essential ingredient in hundreds of applications. Just a few include the following: Medical offices Laboratories Pharmaceutical companies Cosmetics companies Large aquariums,fish tanks,and reefkeeping facilities Electronics manufacturing plants Food processing plants Plating and anodizing And even the final rinse at the local car wash! DI or deionized water is simply…

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Removing GenX and 1,4 – Dioxane From Water

July 24, 2017

Chemical contamination or water pollution is something nearly every individual is aware of unless they have been living under a rock. Two chemical contaminants that have been in the news recently have been discovered in an area of Southeastern North Carolina around Cape Fear, Wilmington and surrounding areas.  These are what we call  “emerging contaminants” because they are currently unregulated as scientists are trying to gather more definitive evidence about their…

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Toxic Algae Blooms in Water

May 13, 2017

Many people have never heard of microcystin, but what you don’t know can harm, or even kill you.  This issue first arose when the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich has declared a state of emergency in Toledo, Ohio  in 2014, after the water treatment plant testing results showed the water contains microcystin.  Also, on May 8, 2017, residents of Summit Lake near Olympia, Washington were advised not to drink or…

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Don’t Get Scammed into Buying a Salt-Free Softener

May 2, 2017

… because there is no such thing as a salt-free softener, unless you want to include a whole house reverse osmosis system in that definition. Selling “salt-free water softeners” is a marketing dream, because there are no rules and conventional and usual definitions of certain words can evidently just be ignored.  That might explain why many “marketing” companies are selling devices which they call “salt-free water softeners.”  The truth is:…

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Question About Drinking Soft Water

A reader recently asked: “Have you guys ever tested how much salt is actually put into the water supply with a salt-based water softener? How do salt-free conditioners prevent calcium and other minerals from coming out of solution? Does this prevent the body from absorbing such minerals? There are so many videos out there that say one thing or the other, but they’re all sales pitches which leaves me not…

February 23, 2017
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Is Alkaline Water Beneficial?

I think the better question should be:  Is Alkaline Water Safe? This is going to be the start of an ongoing discussion and several sources will be listed: Dr. Mercola has this to say about alkaline water: Many alkaline water enthusiasts are convinced its powers are unparalleled and will vehemently defend it. I am also certain that many will post vigorous objections to my position, and that is their choice….

January 4, 2017
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