Black Water Pouring Out Of Texas Faucets

Black Water Pouring Out Of Texas Faucets

A Texas town is facing a serious health crisis as black contaminated water is pouring out of the town’s residents’ faucets, according to an Fox News article written last night. This comes on the heals of a serious political scandal as the town’s “mayor, city manager, mayor pro tempore, a city councilman and a former councilman were arrested earlier this week.” Not only have the residents been left with little to no government representatives, they also have “no water to drink.” Concerned citizens have banned  together and are donating bottled water to the town until the municipal water is safe.

According to Fox News, “Joel Barajas – the only City Council member not facing criminal charges – told the San Antonio Express-News that he was grateful to residents elsewhere in the region who donated water. The city has blamed the water problem on dirt and mud build up in a water tank that was flushed, the newspaper reported.”

Despite the water bottle donations, the town’s residents are not happy. “We didn’t get a warning” one resident said, “We didn’t get a warning that this was going to happen.”

The Laredo office of the Texas Commission on Environmental is investigating the reports of black water and a water department employee said residents should boil water before using it.

While the people of this Texas town have real signs that they should be worried about their water, your water doesn’t have to be completely black to be unsafe. As we know, the people of Flint (and many other towns) have been dealing with a serious health crisis as unsafe levels of lead were found in the drinking water. This was exceptionally scary because heavy metals like lead, and contaminants like E. coli or Giardia do not change the look or taste of your water. That means that you can’t tell if your water is contaminated by taste or look alone.

So how can we be sure that our water is safe?

“This is  reminder to all of us,”  says Fresh Water Systems Water Quality Specialist Geoff Dethloff, “that even if we have a municipal water source, we are not immune to having contaminants in our water.” Dethloff goes onto explain that while black water is not a common problem, we should be aware of what could potentially be contaminating out water. Fresh Water Systems offers a number of water quality tests that you can do quickly and easily. There are at-home test kits and lab send-in test kits depending on what you prefer.

“If you are concerned about bacteria or particulate matter,” says Dethloff, “you should look into getting a UV system [for the bacteria], and a filter [for the dirt.” Fresh Water Systems offers the Viqua IHS UV system, which filters our sediment and also disinfects your water.

If you have any questions, please call us at (866) 986-8895. One of our certified water quality specialists will be happy to assist you.

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Fracking Linked To Water Contamination

Fracking Linked To Water Contamination

A recent article posted in EcoWatch links fracking to water contamination. As the story reads:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published their long-awaited draft fracking drinking water study and concluded:fracking has had no widespread impact on drinking water. But if you’ve had your ear to the ground in fracking communities, something didn’t sit right with the EPA’s takeaway. Though the gas industry claims fracking is safe and doesn’t harm drinking water, that story doesn’t match what many landowners report from the fracking fields.

In Pennsylvania, 271 confirmed cases of water degradation due to unconventional natural gas operations (a.k.a. fracking) have been reported.


So how can you protect yourself from contamination in your private well? has all the answers and products that you need.

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Could Your Tap Water Be Unsafe?

Could Your Tap Water Be Unsafe?

Fox News recently posted an article asking the question, “How safe is your tap water?” And while the EPA’s Safe Water Drinking act does regulate close to 90 water contaminants, the U.S. uses 60,000 chemicals that could get in our water supply. So how can we be certain that our water is safe to drink?

“My biggest concerns are pharmaceuticals and fluoride,” water expert Michael Cervin told “Sure, arsenic, lead, uranium and mercury all sound bad, but they are far less worrisome than man-made toxins.”

While this may seem scary, Cervin tells us not to be afraid, saying: “Fear does no good, education does.” And “There are hundreds of different water filter systems available for consumers to choose from – everything from pitchers and dispensers to mounted filter faucets and reverse osmosis systems.”

What are those systems? It depends on what contaminants you are worried about, but has a range of filters and disinfecting systems that can help any water problem. Click here to figure out what will work best for you.

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Unsafe Lead Levels Not Limited To Flint, According To The NY Times

Unsafe Lead Levels Not Limited To Flint, According To The NY Times

According to an article written today in the New York Times, lead contamination is not only in Flint, Michigan and we all have reason to be concerned. In recent years, unsafe levels of lead have been found in:

  1. Sebring, OH (2016)
  2. Washington, DC (2001)
  3. Durham and Greenville, NC (2006)
  4. Columbia, SC (2005)
  5. Jackson, MS (2015)

While “Federal officials and many scientists agree that most of the nation’s 53,000 community water systems provide safe drinking water…such episodes are unsettling reminders of what experts say are holes in the safety net of rules and procedures intended to keep water not just lead-free, but free of all poisons.” So what can we do about it?

Fresh Water Systems offers a number of solutions to lead detection and decontamination. You can also read another one of our blog posts about lead contamination to help figure out if you have lead in your water.

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UV – Shedding Some Light On An Effective Decontamination System

UV – Shedding Some Light On An Effective Decontamination System

There is a dangerous misconception in America that the drinking water is always safe, and it is impossible to contract a waterborne illness in the States. This is not always true. Recent flooding in Illinois and Missouri caused health professionals to warn about the presence of Giardia in the drinking water, and a boil alert was issued in late January in Lake Hawea after E. Coli was detected. The drinking water in America is not always safe, and dangerous levels of harmful bacteria and viruses in drinking water cannot always been seen. So what is one way you can protect yourself and your family?

Ultraviolet Light eliminate 99.99% of all dangerous contaminants (like E. Coli and Giardia) that some filters cannot remove, and it is low-cost and environmentally-friendly.


How does UV work?

Ultraviolet or UV energy is essentially “invisible radiation.” In order to render microorganisms harmless, the UV rays penetrate the outer cell membrane, pass through the cell body and disrupt the organisms’ DNA, preventing reproduction.

UV treatment does not alter water chemically, and nothing is being added except energy. The sterilized microorganisms are not removed from the water, but they are rendered completely harmless.


UV Light Is Effective

UV disinfection is the only chemical-free, environmentally-friendly way of effectively inactivating 99.99% of microorganisms found in drinking water. Disinfection through a UV system is immediate, with no chlorination by-products created.

UV Light Is Simple

If you purchase a UV system, you only need to replace the lamp once a year and ensure that the quartz sleeve is kept clean. Installation is simple with two water connections and one electrical connection.



Watch this video provided by Fresh Water Systems for more information on why UV is right for you.



UV Light Will Make Boil Advisories A Worry Of The Past

Municipal water is disinfected at the water treatment plant but what happens the water gets contaminated while traveling to your home? Municipal infrastructure is aging, and water main breaks and leaks are becoming more common. If water can get out of those pipes, contaminants can get in.

Whether you don’t trust your town or city’s infrastructure, you have your own private source of well water, or your town or city issues a boil advisory, having a UV system installed in your home will protect you and your family from harmful bacteria in your drinking water.

UV Light Is Safer Than Chemicals

Chlorine to clean your drinking water? That just doesn’t seem safe or healthy. Chlorine has been widely used for public water treatment in the USA since the early 1900’s, which speaks to the fundamental need for disinfection to protect health. But in recent years, Americans have become increasingly concerned about residual chlorine finding its way into their drinking water, and more and more consumers are seeking chemical-free solutions like UV Light. It is just as effective as chlorine in removing (or rendering useless) harmful contaminates, and it does not use harsh chemicals.

Fresh Water Systems Offers UV Systems

Go on the website today and see what product is best for your lifestyle.

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Boil-Water Advisory Issued – What Do You Do?

Boil-Water Advisory Issued – What Do You Do?

Aqua New Jersey recently issued a boil advisory for the town of Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Aqua New Jersey’s website tells us that an equipment malfunction with an ultraviolet treatment system led to incomplete disinfection for some water distributed to properties.

So what exactly is a boil advisory? When a boil advisory is issued, it means that all water used for ingestion, including water used for washing fruits and vegetables must be boiled. Government agencies even warn that after hand washing, antiseptic washes should be used to keep bacteria from being accidentally ingested.

The advisory tells residents to “bring the water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute before using for cooking or drinking.”

But there are easier and more sustainable alternatives to filter your water in the case of a contamination.

The AquaCera countertop filtration system offers a simple and easy-to-use alternative to boiling your water. It filters out 99.9% of pathogenic organisms like E. Coli and Giardia, and it has a convenient flow rate of one half-gallon per minute. If you want to filter the water throughout your home, the AquaCera Gravity Water Filter System offers an excellent and safe option, providing your home with safe water, and removing the same bacteria that a boil alert warns you against.

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


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