Organization Hacks You Will Actually Use

Organization Hacks You Will Actually Use

I don’t know about you, but the storage in the cabinet under my kitchen sink is the most dysfunctional and frustrating space in my house for me to organize. The under-sink cabinet is a pretty large area and has the potential to store a lot of my kitchen supplies, but I always had trouble fitting my filter in with the rest of the supplies that that I wanted to store.

To further add to the issue, most plumbing pipes don’t nicely tuck away in the back. Instead the elbow joints and different pipes jut out and make the space awkward and uneven. I live in an area that uses the city’s water source (and I am not fond of all of the chlorine and bacteria is the water), so it is important for me to keep my water filtration system and tank installed under my sink so that I can use filtered water for cooking and drinking. I can’t move or get rid of the filtration system, so I finally decided to make organizing my cabinet under the sink a priority.

Use Tension Rods To Hang Spray Bottles

I set up a tension rod along my under-sink cabinet so that I could hang my spray bottles, and any other cleaning supplies that could fit. This way, I can just grab them and go and they are not just cluttered together in a corner.

Use Containers To Hold Sponges

I put all of the sponges and other cleaning supplies that I had in stackable containers. I like this because when I am ready for a new sponge, I can just throw out the old one and grab a new one.

Use a Paper Organizer To Hold Foils And Wraps

I mounted a paper holder to the door of my under-sink cabinet and put all of my foils, plastic wraps, and wax paper containers in it. This way, I can just open the cabinet and grab what I need.

As for a water filter, I use Fresh Water System’s Watts Premier RO Water Filtration System. I use this filter because it doesn’t take up as much space as some other under-sink filters do. The filter itself lines up again the wall of my cabinet and the size of the tank (to store a few gallons of water so that it doesn’t just trickle out at the faucet when I turn it on) is manageable. I bought this filter also because it filters out a lot of the contaminates that are in my water supply like pesticides, herbicides, and lead.

Our water used to have a funny taste to it too, but the system filters out any bad taste or smell. There is also a 3-gallon filter that gets installed with the system. This is basically because the process of properly filtering the water takes a long time, so the storage system lets us just turn on the faucet and pour a glass of water, rather than having to wait a 10 or 20 minutes for a cup.

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How’s Your Tap Water?

How’s Your Tap Water?

Drinking plenty of clean water every day can bring big improvements to your health. Unfortunately, even well-treated municipal water may still contain too many dangerous contaminants. If you’re a big user of bottled water, you should know that reverse osmosis is actually one of the main methods used by big-brand bottlers to purify their water.

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Drinking plenty of clean water every day can bring big improvements to your health. Unfortunately, even well-treated municipal water may still contain too many dangerous contaminants. These can include dissolved metals and toxic chemicals. An inexpensive reverse osmosis (RO) filtration system will significantly reduce water contamination and completely filter out all natural and synthetic toxins, microbes, debris and minerals, as well as chemicals like arsenic, chlorine and THM’s.

If you’re a big user of bottled water, you should know that reverse osmosis is actually one of the main methods used by big-brand bottlers to purify their water. A home RO system will give you high-quality purified water that tastes great, and you can stop wasting money on water in plastic bottles that contribute to environmental problems.

This month Fresh Water Systems is having a special purchase promotion on one of our most popular complete 4-stage RO Systems.It’s easy to install and filter change is literally a snap.

Click HERE to check out our special promotion

 

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Boil Order Advisory: What Does It Mean for Your Water?

Boil Order Advisory: What Does It Mean for Your Water?

On the way home from work, you are stuck in traffic.

With the cars at a standstill, you decide to look for a different song or voice on the radio. Flipping through the stations, suddenly you hear the news announcer say, “The water municipality has issued a ‘boil order’ for the Smithton area.”

Wait! That’s where you live! So, what does that mean for your family tonight? How does that affect your supper or evening plans? Ultimately it means that whether you are washing grapes or making a cup of tea, all of the water used will have to be brought to a boil for at least two minutes before consumption. Even taking a shower during a boil order can be risky.

Boil orders can be issued by water municipalities for several reasons. First, they can be issued because of natural disasters. Due to the record amount of rainfall in Colorado this month, many communities and towns have experienced horrific flooding, damaging property, and costing lives. Flooding washes away top soil, damages entry points of water pipes to homes and businesses, and exposes underground main pipes that were previously buried. Flooding can also compromise the quality of well water, introducing bacteria and contaminants into the water supply. (For more information on natural disasters and water related safety, see the CDC’s page on “Water-related Emergencies.”)

Natural disasters are not the only cause for boil water alerts. Any loss of pressure to a water main can create a high risk of bacteria intrusion through backwash. This drop in pressure can be caused by pipe breaks or even an industrial or traffic accident that compromises the integrity of the pipes. System maintenance on our aging infrastructure of water supply systems can also cause the water delivery mains to be compromised. In the midst of constant testing, the municipalities may issue an order because of unsafe testing results for everything from turbidity to the presence of fecal matter.

If you live in Canada,
this website offers a simple way to find out when and how long your
boil alert will be on. In the United States, however, residents are
dependant on their local news agencies. In a recent article titled, “Boil Water Orders Abound in the US,” in the industry-leading Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine, author Kelly A. Reynolds, PhD noted that in the first 14 days of August 2013, there were at least 29 US regions that were under an alert. These alerts covered both large and small areas, with some covering a few blocks and others including entire communities.

When a boil order is issued, all water used  for ingestion, including washing fruits and vegetables and using coffee makers, must be boiled. Government agencies even warn that after hand washing, antiseptic washes should be used to keep bacteria from being accidentally ingested.
If you are concerned about the safety of your water, there are other options besides boiling tap water or purchasing expensive bottled water. The AquaCera countertop filtration system offers a simple and easy to use option for filtering drinking water. To provide water for a larger household, the AquaCera Gravity Water Filter System offers an excellent and safe option, providing your home with safe water, even during a boil order. A whole house Trojan UV System is also a great way to protect your family during natural disasters or boil alerts.

If you are concerned about the safety of your water, call our water experts at 1-877-335-3339.

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What is a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System?

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Many people have heard of "reverse osmosis" or even "reverse osmosis water,"  but most don't know what "reverse osmosis" actually is.

In the 1950's, reverse osmosis was employed in the quest to desalinate saltwater in an effort to make potable drinking water. Since then reverse osmosis systems have been used in homes where water is less palatable due to a high mineral content or other contaminant levels.

Reverse osmosis (RO) systems are also used in manufacturing processes to provide water that can be used in clean rooms or sterile environments. They are also used in bakeries and restaurants to provide water for steam ovens. Pharmacies and dialysis systems utilize water filtered by a reverse osmosis system for patients who may be particularly susceptible to contaminants, bacteria, and cysts in unfiltered water.

Are you wondering if an RO system is the best choice for your water filtration needs? If you have questions, we have answers!

Click here and check out our Reverse Osmosis Frequently Asked Questions page. It answers many questions often asked about RO water filtration systems, including installation and maintenance questions.  Here are some featured questions:

  • How does a reverse osmosis system work?
  • Does a reverse osmosis system remove impurities like bacteria and cysts?
  • Where do I install the reverse osmosis system? Does it always need to be mounted under the kitchen sink?
  • Does RO remove parasites such as bacteria, cysts or cryptosporidium?

One advantage to shopping with freshwatersystems.com is our staff. We have eight staff members who are Certified Water Specialists. If we can help you select the perfect RO system for your needs or if you have questions about an existing one, contact us. We would be happy to help.

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Water Pressure Gauges

Water-pressure-gauge Have problems with water dripping or slowly coming out of your faucets? Fell like you have to dance around in your shower to get wet? There could be a number of potential issues that is the cause of poor water pressure in your home or office. Do you use a water filtration system such as reverse osmosis water system? As you well aware of this type of system uses air pressure to force the water out of a RO water tank. Another common situation where people have issues with water pressure is if you get your water supply from well water. If your water supply comes from a well you have several components such as a booster pump and a pressure well tank that are used to ensure water pressure. There are many other potential issues that can cause poor water pressure, but to troubleshoot the issue you need to start somewhere.

A starting point for people and professional is to determine what the actual water pressure is coming out of the faucet or other point of use. The best way to do this is using a water pressure gauge. Many of our water pressure gauges usually have stainless steel or brass threads, along with a rubber washer for a pressure fit. We offer pressure gauges for measuring water pressure that are available in economy models as well as high-precision types.

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Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Systems

Reverse osmosis water filtration works by using pressure to force water through a
reverse osmosis membrane, retaining the
harmful minerals and particles on one side
and allowing the pure clean filtered water to pass to the other side.

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The PuroSmart Reverse Osmosis system attaches to your faucet and
includes carbon block filtration. The carbon block pre-filter removes
chlorine, tastes, and odors. The reverse osmosis membrane in the
PuroSmart removes nearly all the other contaminants common to tap
water. The PuroSmart is the most compact reverse osmosis system
available. Unlike other small filter systems that require frequent
cartridge changes and only remove taste and odor, the PuroSmart truly
purifies water at the molecular level. Similar to the Nimbus Watermaker
Mini and the AquaWizard.
 
This compact portable reverse osmosis system is ideal for offices, RV's  and college dorm rooms!

PuroSmart Water Filter

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