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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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 FoxNews.com. “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 FreshWaterSystems.com 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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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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Can Ice Be Contaminated with E.Coli?

Can Ice Be Contaminated with E.Coli?

Packaged ice can become contaminated with heterotrophs, coliforms, and E.Coli a recent study by the University of Georgia shows. Solution for commercial ice machines is the Ice Wand ice water filter.

Have you ever thought that bagged ice you buy at a convince store could be contaminated with heterotrophs, coliforms, and E.Coli? Most of us believe the freezing temperatures would prevent any bacteria and or sanitation issues from find its way into ice cubes. In a recent study by the University of Georgia found stores, fast food restaurants, gas stations, and self-serve vending machines. If you make and bag your own ice or if you own ice vending machines, your customers are at an increased risk of being exposed to contaminated or tainted ice and you may be liable for damages and/or recall expense.

 

Following a regular commercial ice machine cleaning schedule will prevent the build-up of bacterial and bio-film that causes ice to become contaminated but it can be very costly. A solution to keeping your ice machine clean, preventing ice from becoming contaminated, and reducing your yearly ice product cost is the Ice Wand. The Ice wand is a commercial ice machine water filter that can reduce, or even eliminate, machine cleanings reduce your operating cost all the while protecting the quality of ice being produced.

Ice Wand Ice Machine Water Filter Features

  • Dramatically reduced cleaning and maintenance requirements and costs
  • Improved overall beverage and ice quality
  • Reduces taste and odor concerns
  • Extends life of commercial ice cube machine
  • Compatible with almost all commercial ice cube machines including
  • Long shelf life
  • No chlorine additives, carcinogenic chemicals, or toxic by-products
  • Safe to handle; easy installation after a thorough cleaning
  • Oxidation resistant – safe for ice machine parts
  • Made in the USA

Ice Contamination Infographic

How an Ice Machine Water Filter can Prevent Packaged Ice Contamination

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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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