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Electric vs. Non-Electric Water Softener System

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 16 Jan, 2019 | Updated: 16 Jan, 2019

Comparing Electric and Non-Electric Water Softeners Water softener systems are devices used to soften home or business hard water supply. The process of softening water aims to remove magnesium, calcium and other unwanted minerals from hard water through a process called ion exchange. Softening water has many benefits as well as cost savings including prevent limescale build up on water using household appliance and water heaters, better for hair and skin, improved taste and smell, and less water scale build up on faucets, sinks, glassware to just name a few. […]

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What Homeowners Should Look for When Choosing a Water Treatment Company

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 20 Dec, 2018 | Updated: 20 Dec, 2018

Homeowners in northwestern Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas take notice the hardness of their water as well as the overall poor taste and harsh smell. To help find the right water treatment solution for their home’s water, they’ll turn to local water treatment and filtration companies. However, with something as important as your home’s water, you’ll want to be sure that you’re hiring a top professional company to perform the job and provide the best solutions. Hiring the right water treatment company will not only provide you with the most […]

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Managing and Removing Chlorine in Erie’s Drinking Water

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 16 Oct, 2018

Recently, Erie’s water management organization, Water Works, announced their intention to increase the levels of chlorine introduced to public drinking water reservoirs. The new mandate is aimed at reducing high levels of bacteria in the drinking water supply and should help the city meet statewide regulations governing bacteria levels. The Use of Chlorine in Drinking Water  We are all familiar with the use of chlorine in swimming pools or spas to kill bacteria and maintain the cleanliness of these facilities. However, it may surprise you that chlorine is also used […]

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Maintaining and Repairing Your Kinetico Water Softener

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 26 Jul, 2018

One of the many unique features of Kinetico water softener systems is that they are powered by kinetic energy, which is effective in reducing energy cost. However, like other water softeners, Kinetico water softeners still utilize brine tanks and salt. Therefore, it is crucial to make sure you properly clean and maintain your water softener on a regular basis to minimize the dirt and sediment in your water lines and extend the overall lifespan of your system. How Water Softeners Work Water softener systems can malfunction over time for a […]

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Jun, 2018

Plastic in Water: Don’t Contribute to the Problem

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 29 Jun, 2018 | Updated: 23 Oct, 2018

Plastic is one of the most versatile and ubiquitous materials that humans use. Some of the most common uses of plastic include containing food and beverages, shopping bags and constructing objects such as furniture, pipes, or storage containers. But everyday uses of plastic go well beyond these familiar functions. Traces of plastic are found in our clothing, our home insulation, and even our computers. The lure of plastic is that it is inexpensive and relatively simple to manufacture. As a result, we often view plastic a disposable commodity, made to […]

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Feb, 2018

Remodeling Your Home Should Start with Your Water

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 14 Feb, 2018 | Updated: 23 Apr, 2018

The home remodeling season is in full swing, as home shows advertise around the northwestern Pennsylvania area. The winter of 2018 may have wrought changes not readily apparent to the eye, but if you are considering a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, you will want to pay closer attention to hard water’s effects on your appliances, showers, sinks, and tubs. This season it may be time to remodel more than a room of your home. Make 2018 the time to remodel your WATER! Once and for all get rid of […]

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Nov, 2017

How does Water Contamination Affect You?

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 28 Nov, 2017 | Updated: 23 Apr, 2018

This past May, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a New York-based environmental advocacy group found that United States residents have a 1 in 4 chance of drinking unsafe water that has not been properly monitored for contaminants in accordance with federal law. That’s close to 77 million Americans who ought to be concerned about water contamination. The problem is not only that contaminants, like lead, nitrates, arsenic and other pollutants are in the water, it’s that there is a major lack of reporting on contaminants in local tap water. […]

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Oct, 2017

Blue-Green Algae Jeopardizing Lake Erie’s Water Supply

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 17 Oct, 2017 | Updated: 23 Apr, 2018

What’s green and smelly that you definitely don’t want to drink right before Halloween? Lake Erie, and it’s not a joke.   The lake is covered in blue-green algae or cyanobacteria and it is starting to pose a health threat close to our area. You can see it best via satellite images taken on September 26, 2017, by the Landsat 8 satellite. http://cdn.iflscience.com/images/aa275d6e-4e59-56b3-845f-19e05b26a654/content-1507133089-landsat8.jpg While “our side” of the lake is still algae free, the western shoreline of Michigan, Ohio and even up into Ontario is covered with the thick green slime. […]

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Sep, 2017

Should Fluoride be Added to Local Area Tap Water?

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 28 Sep, 2017 | Updated: 23 Apr, 2018

This October, the Meadville Area Water Authority will be adding Fluoride to its water. http://www.meadvilletribune.com/news/full-story-water-authority-votes-to-add-fluoride-to-meadville/article_1a5d2522-5152-11e7-b599-87c4c8ce7f25.html Whether or not you approve of the addition of Fluoride to a local water facility we wanted to provide you with some facts from the Water Systems Council and Water Quality Association about Fluoride.   Fluoride Facts Natural trace element Occurs naturally only in the reduced (fluoride, F-) form in combination with other minerals creating Fluorspar, Cryolite, and Fluorapatite Exists in almost all soils As water passes through the earth, it absorbs Fluoride, thus most […]

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Aug, 2017

Summer Quick Pickling with Delicious Water

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 23 Aug, 2017 | Updated: 23 Apr, 2018

The end of summer is fast approaching. What are you going to do with all of your seasonal fruits and vegetables? Why quick pickling? The quickest and simplest way to preserve almost all your produce is to quick pickle them. Quick pickling is super simple. All you need is boiling water, vinegar, salt (and/or sugar) and spices. Mix them all together then cover your fruit or veggies with the liquid and wait for a few hours. A good quick pickle has that sharp tang and crisp snap, leaving behind a […]

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