LEARN ABOUT WATER
This section of our site is a great place to learn more about water quality and the effects it has on our lives, homes, and the environment.
How much do you really know about water? How is the quality of the water in your home? Have you become used to the hard water build up or the bad taste and odors in your drinking water? Get answers to these questions and many more!
Most Common Water Problems
- Hard Water
- Bad Tasting Water
- Bad Smelling Water
Hard Water - results from high levels of calcium and magnesium in your water supply. It is the most common water problem in the United States.
- Leaves skin dry and hair dull
- Uses more soap and cleaning products
- Leaves behind soap scum and bathtub rings
- Leaves spots on your dishes, glassware and flatware
- Increases hard scale formations in your plumbing
- Leads to higher electric and gas bills
- Shortens the life of your appliances
- You can significantly reduce the negative effects of these problems with a PuraFlow Whole House Water Conditioning System.
- You can eliminate these problems with a PuraFlow Water Softening System, to reduce hardness causing minerals from your water.
Bad Tasting Water - can have a sour, salty, bitter or metallic taste and can be a sign of high levels of total dissolved solids (TDS) in your water, normally Chlorides, Sulfates and Bicarbonates.*
- Bad taste to your water
- Cloudy ice cubes
- Scaling and spotting on your wetted surfaces
- Accumulation of "mineral" around your faucet outlets
- A "laxative effect" due to high sulfates
- You can eliminate high TDS problems with a PuraFlow Drinking Water System, to reduce high concentrations of dissolved solids from your drinking water.
*Contaminants may not be in your water.
Bad Smelling Water - can occur before the water enters your home. It can pick up odors from materials it comes in contact with as it flows and seeps through the ground. There may be multiple causes, requiring more than one solution.
- Musty, earthy or wood smell
- Chorine smell
- Detergent odor
- Chemical smell
- Occasionally, an odor occurs only in hot water. This can be caused by a chemical reaction with the water that takes place in your water heater.
- Treat all of your home’s water with a PuraFlow Whole House Water Conditioning System.
Analyze Your Water
If you want to have a professional water analysis conducted on your water, we recommend visiting www.ntllabs.com and purchasing their homeowner water test kit.
This is a relatively inexpensive and accurate way of finding out what contaminants may be present in your water. If you are on city or municipally treated water you may also contact your local water authorities and request a complete water analysis.
Why Drink Water?
Water is the nutrient that your body needs the most:
- It makes up 55 to 75% of your body weight (that's about 10 to 12 gallons)
- It's critical in regulating your body's temperature and organ functions
- It moves nutrients through your the body
- Proper hydration can minimize chronic pains such as rheumatoid arthritis, lower back pain, migraines, and colitis
Proper hydration can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure
- Water is naturally low in sodium, has no fat, cholesterol or caffeine and is absorbed by the body better than many other beverages
Special Water Needs
Expectant and Nursing Mothers
- Expectant mothers should drink six to eight 8-ounce servings of water per day.
- This amount may vary based on other factors such as your weight, age, activity level, weather conditions, etc.
- Once your baby is born, a breast-feeding mother should be sure to replenish water lost through nursing.
- Your child’s water needs varies according to body weight and activity level:
- Active children should drink 8 oz. before playing
- Children should drink once every 20-30 minutes during play
- Properly hydrated infants should require frequent diaper changes
- If you’re over 70, you should drink plenty of water because:
- You’re more vulnerable to dehydration
- Your kidney functions may decrease
- Your thirst signals may become dulled
- Your overall activity level declines
- Prescription drugs that can dehydrate your bodies
Exercise & Dieting
- Regardless of whether you do light or vigorous exercise, drinking plenty of water should be a part of your workout:
- Drink water before you feel thirsty
- Replenish fluids at least every 20 minutes
- Drink plenty of water before and after you exercise, regardless of thirst
- Water is the nutrient your body needs the most when you’re dieting. To avoid temptation of overeating, dietitians and nutritionists urge you to drink a lot of water when dieting.
- Dehydration creates urges for sweets
- Drinks with sugar and sweeteners actually increase appetite and hunger