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Apr, 2017

Soda vs. Bottled Water vs. Tap – We’re Heading in the Right Direction

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 18 Apr, 2017 | Updated: 23 Apr, 2018

A CBS News report shared that consumption of bottled water outranked consumption of soda in 2016, according to statistics released by Beverage Marketing. Consumption of bottled water jumped from an average of 36.5 gallons per person in 2015 to 39.3 gallons in 2016, surpassing the average person’s soda consumption by 0.8 gallons last year. With the exception of the beginning of the recession (2008 and 2009), bottled water sales have grown every year for the past four decades. The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) recorded an average annual bottled water […]



Mar, 2017

How to Remove Iron and Rust Stains in Sinks, Bathtubs, and on Other Surfaces

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 27 Mar, 2017

If you’re seeing rust stains in your sink, in your shower or toilet, or even on your clothes, you probably have a few questions. Namely, why is rust forming on surfaces that aren’t made of iron, and how do I prevent it? Rust stains are the result of a chemical reaction between water, iron, and oxygen. The reason rust forms on surfaces that don’t contain iron is that the rust is present in your water instead. Well water is known for having higher levels of iron, but the iron could […]



Feb, 2017

What is Causing My Smelly Water?

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 27 Feb, 2017

Smelly water has a handful of common causes, depending on the smell. The usual odors are sulfur (aka “the rotten egg smell”), sewage, and chlorine bleach, which are caused by naturally occurring anaerobic bacteria and chemicals that accumulate in wells, water heaters, pipes, and sinks. Decaying organic matter (i.e. your hair, soaps, or food waste) can also cause your water to smell bad. Why does my water smell like sulfur? The common source of smelly water is water heaters. Anaerobic bacteria that naturally occur in water can react with the […]



Dec, 2016

Water Softeners and the Superior Performing Kinetico Water Softener Solutions

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 14 Dec, 2016

Hard water is more of a nuisance than anything else. The levels of soluble minerals calcium and magnesium determine whether water is “soft” or “hard”. At the right levels, these minerals can give water a taste that many people actually enjoy. They do not cause any adverse health effects and are actually essential daily nutrients. The presence of calcium and magnesium only become a problem when their levels rise to a point where build-up occurs inside pipes, on faucets, in showers, on glassware and dishes, and in or on other […]


When Your Water Smells Likes Rotten Eggs

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 07 Nov, 2016 | Updated: 10 Jan, 2017

When your water smells like rotten eggs, the stench is an unmistakable sign of sulfur-contaminated water. While it doesn’t cause any serious health effects, the odor is extremely off-putting, and the sulfur can damage your plumbing and other objects in your home. Effects Around the House Hydrogen sulfide gas dissolved in water corrodes metals such as iron, steel, copper, and brass. People will often see stains on plumbing fixtures and blackened or discolored utensils and silverware. Similar problems can occur with your clothes; not only does hydrogen sulfide hinder the […]


Common Contaminants in Drinking Water

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 31 Aug, 2016

Contaminants can get in drinking water from all different kinds of sources. Many of which are from industrial processes, metal corrosion, and chemicals, such as preservatives and disinfectants. Most contaminants can be removed from drinking water through reverse osmosis. This is a process of passing water under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane to remove the majority of contaminants. This is the most common process of filtering water. Kinetico’s K5 drinking water station, a reverse osmosis system with flex filtration, is certified to remove more contaminants than any other reverse osmosis […]


A Guide to Hard Water in Your Home

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 27 Jul, 2016 | Updated: 27 Jul, 2016

Get answers to all your questions about hard water in your home. What does it mean to have “hard” or “soft” water? Hard water contains a noticeable amount of dissolved minerals, namely calcium and magnesium, but also chalk and lime. Soft water is treated water that only contains sodium. What are some indicators of hard water around your home? Signs of hard water in your home include: White scaling on faucets Soap scum on tubs and sinks Dingy whites from your laundry Mineral residue left on dishes and glassware What […]



May, 2016

Bottled to Tap: Change Your Habit of Drinking Water

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 31 May, 2016 | Updated: 15 Feb, 2018

There are numerous reasons why people buy bottled water: it tastes better than tap; they perceive it to be cleaner and therefore healthier than tap; they like the convenience of grabbing a bottle as they’re headed out the door, etc. But for those of you who are all the wiser and want to switch from bottled to tap, here are some ways to change your habit. The easiest way to kick the habit of reaching for a bottle of water rather than the faucet is to stop buying bottled water. […]



Mar, 2011

Detergent Study WQA

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 16 Mar, 2011 | Updated: 23 Apr, 2018

LISLE, Illinois – Consumers can cut back on dish and laundry detergent use by 50 percent or more and lower washing machine temperatures from hot to cold just by using softened water, as shown by two new independent studies that were recently released. The benefits of softened water in people’s daily lives are significant, said Peter Censky, executive director of the Water Quality Association. These studies show how consumers can save money and energy by softening their water. The detergent savings studies conducted by the independent testing firm Scientific Services S/D, […]


Battelle Study Press Release

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 25 Feb, 2011 | Updated: 23 Apr, 2018

LISLE, Illinois — Water softeners can save significant amounts of money and energy in the home, a major new study by the independent Battelle Institute revealed. Softeners help preserve the efficiency of water heaters and major appliances and keep showers and faucets unclogged, the report found. The study was commissioned by the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) in 2009. Battelle Memorial Institute is a renowned independent testing and research facility dedicated to applied science and technology development. Among some of the key findings of the study: Gas water heaters: Gas […]