San Diego Water Quality

San Diego Water Quality

San Diego Water QualitySan Diego is famous for it’s sunny weather, gorgeous beaches, and it’s outdoor activities, but how does San Diego’s water quality stack up against other areas in the country? We’re here to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly in regards to San Diego water quality.

Hard Water San Diego

If you live in San Diego you may have noticed that the water coming from your tap feels very hard. That is because San Diego has come of the hardest water in the country. Typically water in San Diego has a water hardness of 270-280 ppm (parts per million). What exactly is water hardness? When people refer to hard water they are referring to the amount of minerals, typically calcium and magnesium that is dissolved in your water. If water has more than 180 ppm it is considered hard. Therefore San Diego water quality is definitely considered hard.

How to treat hard water in San Diego?

In order to remove hardness from your water supply you need to remove, exchange, or neutralize the dissolved minerals in your water. This can be achieved by installing and ion exchange system, a NAC (Nucleation Assisted Crystallization) system, or reverse osmosis system in your home.

Ion Exchange Water Softening System

An ion exchange system, also known as a salt-based water softener is one way to remove hardness from your water. This is achieved by exchanging calcium and magnesium for sodium. Although these are a great way to soften your water, there are many downsides to salt-based systems. For one thing, salt systems require adding salt to the water on a regular basis. This requires a lot of maintenance and the waste water is full of sodium which can be harmful to the environment. Also these types of systems can waste up to 15,000 gallons of water each year.

NAC (Nucleation Assisted Crystallization) Whole House System

A NAC Water Conditioning system is a salt-free water softener that uses nano-technology to neutralize the calcium and magnesium ions rather than removing them from the water. With this system the minerals are transformed from a positive ion to a negative ion which allows the minerals to remain in the water without allowing the to stick to the surface of your pipes or fixtures. These systems are a great salt-free alternative for water softening and will remove and prevent scale buildup in your pipes, appliances, and faucets.

Reverse Osmosis System

Reverse osmosis is a process in which the water goes through several filters and membranes, removing all impurities from your water. Although this is a great way to be sure your water is free of impurities and contaminants, this process also removes all of the healthy minerals from your water. In order to add these minerals back into the water an alkaline system ypically has a final stage in the reverse osmosis process which will put these healthy minerals back into the water.

San Diego Water Quality – Is it safe to drink?

In general, San Diego’s water is within the EPA standards to be considered drinkable. Does that mean it’s safe to drink? Not necessarily. Just because San Diego’s water quality falls within the regulatory guidelines doesn’t mean that their are no risks in drinking it. There are many contaminants that are not regulated, that can cause adverse effects with long term exposure. Additionally, many of the water tests performed are performed at the treatment plant, not at the point of use. As the water travels through miles of old pipe, there are many contaminants that could be introduced into your water supply.

How To Improve San Diego Water Quality

If you live in San Diego, there are many ways to improve your water quality. The most effective way to make sure all impurities, chemicals, and contaminants are removed from your water is by installing a reverse osmosis system or a whole house water filtration system. Want to get a quote for a home water filtration system? Call us at 760-317-9741 to schedule a free in home consultation and free water testing.

 

Hidden Dangers of drinking tap water

dangers of drinking tap water

San Diego Water SoftenersUnfortunately the concerns with drinking tap water are not a recent development. Many factors contribute to the toxicity in our tap water, such as Industrial dumping, pesticides, permeable storage tanks, and government requirements that create these problems. These toxic chemicals have been directly linked to creating certain types of cancers, heart attacks, skin rashes, deafness and voluminous negative side effects. Let’s take a closer look into the most notable hidden dangers of drinking tap water.

Fluoridation. Fluoride and the process of adding it to our tap water is so toxic that most countries worldwide have banned this practice. America, on the other hand allows fluoridation since 1940. We now know that the negative effects of fluoride outweigh any potential positive effects. The fluoride used in the water filtration systems is not the same as the pharmaceutical grade fluoride in toothpaste, it is the discarded industrial waste fluoride that is added to our tap water and thus causes so many disturbances.

  • Evidence suggests that fluoride from our tap water is directly linked to osteosarcoma (bone cancer), lower IQ in children, higher Infertility rates, higher premature births, higher percentage of underweight births, Arthritis, Heart disease, brittle bone disease, it aids the growth of tumors, increases the risk of bone fractures, suppress thyroid and lowers your body’s immunity to fight off viruses.

Chlorine. The same chlorine that is used to kill bacteria and viruses in swimming pools and toilet bowls is the same toxic chlorine found in our tap water.

  • Consuming chlorine, even in the small “acceptable doses” are again directly linked to illness such as birth defects and urinary bladder, rectum and breast cancers. Recent findings also suggest that it may even be the leading cause for bladder cancer in men.
  • Simple exposure to chlorine from tap water can cause immediate respiratory problems and organ cell death.

Lead. Another toxic chemical that has profound harmful qualities and is found more often than known in the public water systems. Lead is toxic to every organ in our body, and affects the young the most.

  • Children are at the highest risk when drinking tap water contaminated with lead. Unlike Chlorine, lead cannot be detected with smell or vision.
  • Studies that verified lead in drinking tap water have shown a significant defect in children that range from stunted growth, learning disabilities to brain damage and deafness.
  • Lead found in drinking tap water is also linked to autism, prostate cancer and reproductive illnesses for all sexes. It has been known to affect our neuromuscular systems, thus we might present shy symptoms such as prolong fatigue at first while irreversible brain damage can co-occur. Oh and let’s not forget the rapid kidney damage!

Arsenic. This toxic chemical will not only make you age fast but is linked to physical deformities, organ failures and a vast range of skin problems (ache and sun spot marks are the least of your worries).

Take care of your body better by filtering the water you consume!

If you live in the San Diego area and would like to have your water tested for FREE, call 760-317-9741 or 888-317-7595 today!

 

San Diego City Council approves turning sewage into drinking water.

San Diego Water Softeners & Filtration Systems

This past Tuesday the city council has officially voted to move forward with the high-pressure pipeline that will move sewage from the Moreno neighborhood to a treatment facility in Miramar.

The pipeline that the city has proposed to begin construction on by 2019 will run through some of the busiest intersections in Universal City and Clairemont.

Many local residents are against the proposed pipeline raised concerns of sewage leakage, foul smells and decreased home values due to the sewage that will be traveling through their neighborhoods.

San Diego Water Softeners & Filtration SystemsThe council meeting Tuesday sparked a whirlwind of comments both in favor and in opposition of the plan. Many people on the opposition side stated, although they were in favor of the water purification plan they voiced concerns that the pipes could potentially break or leak causing sewage to spew out among their community.

Keli Balo, the project manager stated, “Our analysis concludes most of the potential environmental impacts can be mitigated below a level of significance.”

Although it is unsure whether or not this program will prove to be successful over the next several year, we highly encourage residents in the San Diego are to have their tap water tested to make sure that their drinking water is safe to consume. It is also advised that homeowners install their own reverse osmosis system in their home, which will ensure that the water they’re drinking will be cleaned of all contaminants.

If you live in the San Diego area and would like to have your water tested for FREE, call 760-317-9741 or 888-317-7595 today!