Water Contaminant: Lead

You’ve probably already heard that Lead is a toxic metal that you don’t want in your drinking water.  Interestingly, the connection between Lead and water delivery goes back to at least Roman times.   In fact, the Latin word for Lead is plumbum, which gives us the chemical symbol Pb, as well as the words “plumbing,” […]

Written by on January 22, 2016

What’s in Your City Water Supply? Part 2

In my previous blog, I explained how city water is typically treated and posed the question, what is still left in the water after it has gone through the city’s water treatment process? Let’s start with a big concern for some people, bacteria. For the most part, all cities add chlorine to disinfect the water, […]

Written by on January 17, 2016

Standards for Bottled Water vs. Standards for Tap Water

“The elephant in the room” is probably one of the most overused phrases in the last several years. It is basically meant to call attention to an impending situation which we know is looming but choose to ignore in the hope that it goes away. A current example of this elephant is the overall health […]

Written by on January 15, 2016

Great Tasting Holiday Meals Start With Quality Water

Even with modern conveniences such as microwaves, automatic bread makers and convection ovens, cooking can consume a lot of time and effort in the kitchen.  However, a simple solution can make a difference in the taste and appearance of prepared foods-quality water. Most people who own drinking water systems use them strictly for drinking purposes.  […]

Written by on January 15, 2016

Beauty Secret…The Missing Link

Want to lose weight, have better skin and hair in the new year?  Drink more water. Water should become your best friend.  It not only does wonders for your looks; it could be the missing link to your weight loss!  In fact, water will make you look younger.  By flushing out all the impurities in your […]

Written by on January 14, 2016

The Water Conditions in Ethiopia, Part Two

While in Ethiopia in August to learn more about what they do about drinking water, I visited the Debre Damo Monastery.  About 1,600 years old, it is situated on a flat-topped outcropping of solid rock. The only way in or out is by climbing a sheer cliff using a 15 meter rope made from woven rawhide. The […]

Written by on January 10, 2016

Is drinking water your home’s only water safety concern?

As water treatment professionals, most of our time is spent thinking about improving the quality of either drinking water or working water. (Working water is water used for cleaning, washing clothes, cars, dishes etc.) For drinking water, we often focus on aesthetics and health concerns, and for working water we typically just focus on the […]

Written by on January 8, 2016

The Water Conditions in Ethiopia, Part One

In August, I was able to visit northern Ethiopia to look at some of the drinking water issues.  As you might guess, there are many, ranging from polluted water to almost no water at all.  That made it interesting to discover the inhabitants of Adwa and Aksum rely on a reservoir.  The reservoir water is […]

Written by on January 3, 2016

Finally, something older than dirt.

We know how important water is to us…but where did it come from? The conclusions of a University of Michigan team, recently published in Science magazine, state that up to 50% of the water now on Earth may have existed before the birth of the sun, 4.5 billion years ago. The article states “water is […]

Written by on December 27, 2015