Who is Responsible for Safe water for your family?

It is the responsibility of our municipal water supplier to provide our homes and offices with water quality that meets the US EPA standards for maximum contamination levels. Overall our municipal water treatment facilities and systems do a great job in maintaining supplying us with good water. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the user to make sure the water is safe for his or her family needs.

Water composition may undergo changes when being transported to your tap. When everything is working correctly water travels through miles of piping (steel, plastic and copper pipes) before ever reaching homes, potentially picking up impurities along the way. Then there are other common issues such as Pipes leaking, flood waters can backup, and sewage pipes can rupture.

Water treatment facilities often use high levels of chlorine to help protect the water supply against bacteria build up. While protecting from bacteria, high levels of chlorinated water is not necessarily safe water for. Try putting this same water in a fish tank, and they will go belly up.

There are many household water filters and treatment systems that can help improve the aesthetics (i.e. color, taste, odor ) of our water. Granular activated carbon (GAC) water filters is a good example of filters to help with drinking waters CTO. Another such system that can help improve the aesthetics of your water is an under-the-sink reverse osmosis (RO) system. This type of system can provide you with crystal clear ice cube and great tasting drinking water. If you use a GAC filter or under the sink RO system, and your water starts exhibiting CTO and the ice cubes are becoming cloudy then it is time to change your water filter.

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Water is the Key for Preserving Flowers

Water-flowers A favorite gift to give someone on Valentine's Day is a bouquet of flowers. There are several things that can be done to keep cut flowers fresh. Fresh flowers actually continue to grow while in a vase. So in order to keep flowers fresh, you need to consider what the flowers need to grow and stay healthy: 1) water, 2) light, and 3) food. Try to keep cut flowers in an upright position prior to being placed in vases. Handle them carefully so as not to inflict any damage to the stems.

One thing to consider is the temperature of the water in the vase. While most flowers prefer lukewarm water, some plants, like many bulbs, do well in cold water. Change the water every couple of days, and if possible, place cut flowers in a cool location, away from any direct sunlight.

Another trick is adding a teaspoon of sugar or glycerin to a pint of water can help extend vase life by acting as a preservative. Likewise, flower food (floral preservative) from the local florist, prepared in lukewarm water, also works well. To help with water pH levels, some people add a couple tablespoons of lemon juice. When it comes to keeping cut flowers fresh, it is also important that all shears or pruning tools are kept sharp and clean. Water buckets and vases should also be kept clean, disinfecting with chlorine bleach.

Now that you know how to keep flowers fresh longer, you can enjoy them both inside and outside your home.

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