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The Science of Clean Water

A Simple Molecule

It has no taste, no smell, no real color of its own (except when diffusing light). It seems like the least substantial thing next to air itself, yet this transparent liquid with no nutritional value is the most important substance on earth and vital to all known forms of life. Chemically it’s identified as H2O, but most folks just call it water.

The chemical formula of H2O represents that the molecule of water contains two hydrogen atoms paired up with a single oxygen atom. Somehow this magic mix of two of the most common gases creates a liquid while in the temperature range that exists on most of the planet Earth at our particular distance from the sun. This wacky concoction even breaks the rules and expands when it freezes, unlike almost every other substance.

It didn’t take mankind long to figure out that water wasn’t just good for drinking—it could play a part in planned agriculture and other economic pursuits. Most of the freshwater used by people today is used in farming, while cooking, cleaning and even heating and cooling largely depend on it. People travel on water, fish in water, recreate on water and sometimes just sit back to enjoy looking at large bodies of water.

Health Risks of Polluted Water

While water itself is critical to life, the tiny things that can get it are often just the opposite. Microbes and other pollutants and pathogens often cause sickness and even death, especially in third-world nations where means for treating water aren’t readily available. No country is completely free from polluted water. Major outbreaks of disease in U.S. and Canadian cities in recent decades have been traced to contaminants such as E. coli and parasites.

The most common results from drinking tainted water are various gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, aches or cramping of the stomach or intestines and diarrhea. Ironically, ingestion of polluted water can lead to severe dehydration as the body seeks to rid itself of the contaminants.

Diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever and polio can be contracted through bad water, and long-term health problems such as kidney and liver damage can also result. Water that contains radioactive elements like radium or radon gas can cause cancer and other diseases.

The very young, the very old, and those with weakened immune systems are the most vulnerable to illness and death from ingesting unclean water.

Supplying Clean Water

Nearly a billion people across the world don’t have access to clean water. Fortunately, in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (or EPA) requires communities to regularly test public water systems for coliform bacteria to ensure that they are supplying potable water, meaning water that is safe for drinking.

While it is difficult to test for every pathogenic organism that might be present in water, testing for coliforms—the most well-known of which is E. coli—gives a good indication if other contaminants might be present. Coliforms come from the same sources as pathogens, are usually present in larger numbers and are fairly easy to identify. This makes them a good indicator to determine if other pathogenic bacteria are present.

Water can become contaminated through chemical as well as microbial means, so along with bacteria and viruses, things like lead, nitrates, pesticides, petrochemicals and even pharmaceuticals can pollute drinking water. While boiling kills most types of biological contamination, the process will evaporate water and ironically increase concentrations of chemical contaminants.

One indicator that water might be compromised is if it looks cloudy or has a bad smell or an odd taste. Many contaminants, however, are just as odorless and tasteless as pure water itself. It’s important to test your drinking water to gauge the levels of impurities contained in it, and then install a home filtration system that can remove contaminants, sediments and hard water, leading to a healthier body, inside and out.

NuWater Can Help

Northern Utah company NuWater Technologies offers a professional testing service for homeowners and businesses alike that will show in detail what unhealthy substances and excess minerals could be trickling out of your tap.

In addition, NuWater will give you a competitive quote on a high-quality water filtration, heating and softening system tailored to your specific floor plan and needs, regardless of whether your water comes from the city or your own well.

Give NuWater a call today and start on the path to a healthier tomorrow.

What To Do about Dry Skin

It’s totally normal for your skin to feel like the plains of the Sahara Desert. Right?

As the temperature and seasons change our skin has a tendency to dry out. When the humidity level drops, air outside becomes drier, and our skin is drained of its moisture.

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The Causes of Dry Skin

It would be nice if the climate was the only thing that affected our skin. However, recent research has shown that hard water can have drastic effects as well.

A recent study conducted by the University of Sheffield and King’s College London concluded:
“Exposing the skin to hard water damages the skin barrier – which is our defense against outside threats such as bacteria or sunburn – and increases the sensitivity of the skin to potential irritants found in everyday wash products such as soap or washing powder.”

Winter months coupled with hard water is a formula for more serious problems to occur. The occurrence of eczema, dermatitis, and other skin issues arise and are exacerbated further by hard water.

The presence of these unfriendly, inorganic-minerals (hard-water) can strip the skin of its natural protection and moisturizers. Then when we introduce soaps, lotions, or other chemicals onto our already tender skin, more serious skin issues occur.

The Soft Water Solution

Soft water has been freed of the harsh, negative minerals which cause skin irritation and dryness. Instead of stripping the skin of its natural moisturizers it leaves it feeling smooth and protected.

Other temporary measures that can potentially ameliorate dry skin include:

  • Taking shorter baths or showers
  • Using a minimal amount of soap
  • Rubbing a small amount of olive oil on the skin before your regular moisturizer
  • Using warm water, not hot
  • Switching to a natural cleanser

If you are noticing the ill-effects hard water has had on your family, consider switching to a soft water system. NuWater Technologies offers soft water systems that are the highest quality the market has to offer. Contact us for a free demonstration today.

The Reason Hard Water Gets a Bad Rap

Hard water is a concentration of inorganic minerals (mostly calcium and magnesium) in water. The hard thing about hard water is what it does to your house, skin, and pocketbook.

How Do Minerals Get into My Water?

There are a variety of reasons these minerals enter your water. Water, being a universal solvent, naturally attracts what it touches. Generally speaking, when there is a concentration of limestone in nearby soil, the water comes into contact with the deposit and picks up these nasty little minerals that end up in your water.

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How Do Minerals Affect My Home?

The effects on your house can be significant and swift. These little molecules “stick” to other hard surfaces in your house. Namely pipes, faucets, appliances, drains, glass, sinks, and their favorite your water heater. Depending upon the hardness of your water these minerals can build up quickly and cause problems. By clogging drains, dishwashers, faucets, and settling on the heating element in your water heater the toll on your pocketbook can be draining!

How Do Minerals Affect My Health?

The last and most irritating point is the effect on your personal health. The molecules in your water block and hinder the effects of detergents and cleansers. Because of the cleanser not properly doing its job there is residual soap which remains on your skin and in your hair. This can cause a myriad of problems most especially to those more susceptible to skin conditions (toddlers, babies, children). There has been more research poured into this area of study recently and results indicate a correlation between hard water and those who develop or have eczema. Suffice it to say Hard Water affects your skin in a negative way.

Many people postulate that drinking hard water also increases the occurrence of kidney stones. These painful little collections of calcium and magnesium afflict 1 in 11 people and, if you have not had one, can be quite painful.

There has been little to no research which supports this theory. However, I would choose to err on the side of drinking less of the mineral of which these dastardly stones are composed, just to be safe.

Having subpar water can have negative effects in many areas of your life. This is owed to the fact that water is an integral part in the day-to-day operation of our lives. Some form of filtration/softening is a way to remedy the nuisance that is hard water.

4 Ways Soft Water Saves You Money

Soft water can make your family’s life better in many ways.

Your water will taste better. You will enjoy a host of health benefits, including softer, shinier hair and healthier skin. Housework becomes a breeze too, when you no longer have to fight mineral built-up on everything.

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But did you know that softer water can also save you money? It’s true. In fact, for many families, the savings can really add up.

No. 1: Soft Water Extends the Life of Your Home Appliances

You’ve invested thousands of dollars in your home appliances but, every day, your home’s hard water is shortening their life.

The mineral scale builds up in the pipes and hoses of your dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator and water heater. This reduces the effectiveness of operation and overtaxes the mechanical components, as they labor to function as designed.

And most extended warranties will not cover repairs or replacements of those appliances that fail due to mineral scale buildup.

With a home softener system, you will spend less on repairs and replacements of your home appliances.

No. 2: Soft Water Cuts Down on Utility Use – and Cost

Much like your home appliances, mineral scale builds up inside your home’s plumbing system. Your water heater, especially, pays the price for this buildup.

When the pipes in and out of the H2O heater become restricted, the hot water cannot flow normally. Consequently, the heater must labor longer and harder – and use more water – to do its job.

And, if you’re like most families, you’re running your dishwasher and washing machine longer and more frequently, as you attempt to overcome the many detrimental effects of high minerality.

With a softener system, you will cut down on both power and water use – and the costs that go with them.

No. 3: Soft Water Saves Money on Cleaning and Personal Care Products

When you have hard water, soaps, shampoos and detergents simply do not work well. In fact, you may be using twice as much laundry detergent, dish soap and shampoo as you would if you install a salt-based softener system in your home.

And, because of hard water’s negative effects on the hair and skin, you’re likely using more lotion, conditioner and other personal care products to compensate.

Install a residential softener system and you’ll see your product use go way down.

No. 4: Soft Water Helps Your Clothes Last Longer

Every time you wash your clothes, hard water deposits harmful minerals in the fibers of the fabric. This turns light-colored clothes gray and dingy and leaves dark clothes looking gray.

Not only does this make your clothes look bad but it makes them wear out quicker. And because clothes never truly get clean, you’re likely washing them much more frequently than necessary – and using excess laundry detergent to do so.

Your clothes will last longer and look better when you treat them to a softener system.

NuWater Technologies provides high-quality home water softeners, filtration and heating systems to customers in Draper and throughout Northern Utah. If you’re unsure about the water quality in your home, we also offer professional testing. Contact us today to schedule your testing appointment, and to learn more about how you can save money with a home soft water system.

Should You Choose a Salt or Salt-Free Water Softener?

If you’re researching water softeners, you have probably discovered both salt-based and salt-free (or saltless) systems. And, if so, you may be heartily confused about which one is best for you.

Let’s take a look at how each type of softening system works and consider which might be better for your home.

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What Is a Salt-Free Water Softener?

The first thing you need to know about salt-free softening systems is that this technology does not technically soften water – because it does not remove the very minerals that create hardness.

Technically, a saltless system conditions or descales the water, which is very different than softening. Depending on the system, this is achieved by passing the water over a catalytic or magnetic medium, which binds the minerals together into crystals – leaving them in the water!

Salt-free softeners give you none of the health benefits or practical advantages that come from soft water. You will still have to use much more soap, shampoo and laundry detergent than you would with a salt-based system. You will still have gray, dingy clothes and milky spots on your glassware and shower doors.

The one benefit provided by a saltless softener is that, for some customers, it can reduce (not eliminate) the buildup of lime scale in your plumbing system.

What Is a Salt-Based Water Softener?

This time-tested technology has been around for more than a century – since 1903, in fact.

Salt-based softeners use the scientific process of ion exchange, during which calcium and magnesium ions are removed. This is achieved by passing the water through a negatively charged substance known as an ion exchange resin. The softened water then travels through your home’s plumbing system.

By removing these minerals, you reduce the pervasive mineral scale that clogs your pipes and shortens the life and reduces the efficacy of your dishwasher and washing machine.

Which Type of Water Softener Is Right for You?

Salt-based systems are not only more effective than salt-free softeners, but they are also more cost effective. And salt-based systems are adaptable to the level of hardness of your water. In other words, salt-based softeners can work for virtually any home.

Salt-free systems, on the other hand, do not work with every type of hard water. Depending on the nature of your water, a saltless system may not make any appreciable difference in your home’s quality at all.

Ultimately, the choice is up to you. However, for the excess cost and typically inferior outcome, saltless softeners do not deliver a good return on investment for most homeowners.

In Draper UT, NuWater Technologies offers a full range of home softening, filtration and heating systems. We also do professional water testing for residents of northern Utah. Contact us today to learn more about how a salt-based water softener can benefit you and your family.

The Top 5 Health Benefits of Soft Water

Good water is good for your health – and soft water is really good water!

Unfortunately, an overabundance of minerals can cause a variety of problems for your family. Hard water can irritate your skin, dull your hair and put your family at risk for developing a host of health problems.

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No. 1: Soft Water Is Good for Your Skin

Hard water interacts poorly with soap so, instead of a rich, dense lather, it produces an unpleasant film. That film can accumulate on the skin, causing a variety of aesthetic and health challenges.

And, the more soap you try to use to cut through the sticky film, the more problems you may have.

This sticky film can block pores, leading to breakouts. Your skin may become dry and feel sticky to the touch, and you may feel like you can never get your skin truly clean. Both children and adults with sensitive skin may develop eczema as a result.

When you add a softener system, your skin will feel and look radiant.

No. 2: Soft Water Is Good for Your Hair

When you have hard water, you never seem to have enough shampoo.

No matter what brand you use – or how much money you invest in hair products – you’ll never get that rich lather with hard water. Your hair never quite feels clean after a shower either.

Heavy minerality also dulls the hair and dries it out, causing scalp problems like dandruff.

With a softener system, you will enjoy shiny, vibrant hair and a healthy scalp all year long.

No. 3: Soft Water Is Good for Your Kidneys

The primary minerals responsible for hard water are carbonate and sulfate salts of calcium and magnesium. When you drink this from the tap, these minerals proliferate in the body.

Consequently, the regular consumption of hard water can lead an increase in urinary calcium and magnesium levels. This can, in turn, can lead to the formation urinary or kidney stones.

Softened water, on the other hand, does not contribute to the formation of kidney stones.

No. 4: Soft Water Makes Starting a Family Easier

Research indicates that hard water can potentially interfere with fertility.

Specifically, the minerals can disrupt the production of male reproductive hormones. Even more disturbing, an excess of dietary calcium – as found in hard water – can reduce sperm count and disrupt key functions of the male reproductive system.

When you add a home softener system, you help ensure that every member of your family – current and yet to come – enjoys optimal health and well-being.

No. 5: Soft Water Means You’ll Enjoy Staying Hydrated

You know the importance of staying hydrated but, when your water tastes nasty, it can be a chore to drink the recommended 2.7 liters per day that the research says our bodies need.

When you add a softener system, however, you improve the appearance, smell and flavor of your home’s water.

This ensures that you will always enjoy a clean, clear and refreshing glass straight from the tap. No lugging bottles or paying a fortune for delivery.

NuWater Technologies, based in Draper, Utah, provides high-quality, affordable softening, filtration and heating systems. If you don’t believe you need a softener system in your home, see for yourself. Whether you have your own well or you’re attached to the municipal supply, our professional testing will tell you exactly what excess minerals and unhealthy substances may be coming out of your tap.

Contact us today and let us show you how soft water can benefit the health of your entire family.