How Soft Water Benefits Detergent Usage

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At Kinetico, we’re proud to provide water filtration systems and expertise that will help you and your family receive clean, healthy water at all times. Our technicians have decades of experience in the field of water decontamination and filtration.

We’re also a top provider of water softener systems, which take hard minerals present in water and remove them to give you a cleaner, less abrasive liquid. And that isn’t the only benefit of a water softener – did you realize that a water softener can also save you major costs when it comes to your yearly laundry and detergent costs? Let’s look at how a water softener saves you soap and detergent costs while also making your water more drinkable and comfortable to bathe in.

Basic Detergent Statistics

You might be surprised at how much a water softener can reduce your home’s detergent use. According to the Water Quality Association, a water softener in the home can reduce detergent use by up to 50 percent – that’s right, half your detergent use can be eliminated just by installing a water softener to remove minerals that might soak up detergent.

Water Considerations

The temperature of water you use might also play a role here. The WQA found that washing clothes using roughly half your usual amount of detergent plus soft, cold water is just as effective at removing stains as a full dose of detergent in hard, hot water – or even more so, in some cases. You also save energy by using cold water, which doesn’t force you to stress your water heater during the wash.

Dishwasher Factors

When it comes to the dishwasher, similar trends abound. Research has shown that areas with hard water can find the same cleaning results by using half the amount of soap, along with water that’s been passed through a water softener in advance.

For more on how a water softener can benefit you, or to learn about any of our water filtration systems or services, speak to the pros at Kinetico today.

Learning About PFOA Contamination

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Among many contaminants possible in drinking water, one of the most common in the US and many other countries is PFOA, a nonstick chemical that was previously used to make Teflon. PFOA has been linked to cancer, immune system damage in children, and several other major health problems.

In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency Reported that a relatively small sample of public drinking water systems around the country were contaminated with PFOA. But a bit over a year later, this data has come into question. Let’s look at the updated data, plus how a water filtering system from Kinetico might help you.

Original Study

In the original study carried out by the EPA, it was reported that just 1 percent of public drinking water samples are contaminated with PFOA. But a year later, the same company that analyzed these samples now says that over 20 percent of the samples were likely to have been contaminated.

Re-Analysis

Why the change? Well, it’s all about thresholds for reporting PFOA pollution. The EPA required utilities to report this pollution only when detected above a minimum level – this level was 10 times higher than what most labs can detect, and far higher than what many scientists believe is an unsafe level of PFOA.

During a re-analysis, Eurofins Eaton Analytical took over 10,000 samples from between 2013 and 2015. They found that over one in five were contaminated with PFOA, though research was not done to determine exactly how many additional systems were contaminated.

No Safe Level?

In effect, this gives the EPA a convenient legal excuse to take no action. The Safe Drinking Water Act allows the agency to decide whether to set a legal limit for contamination based on its spread. Nationwide levels of PFOA continue to exceed what the best independent sources have said is a safe level (1 part per trillion).

In fact, scientists in New Jersey and Germany say there might actually be no safe level of drinking water exposure to PFOA, as well as similar chemicals called PFCs or PFASs. But there are still no EPA limits for these, only advisory levels. Even replacement chemicals, meant to come in place of PFOA, were not tested fully and may be contaminated drinking water as well.

Because of this and the uncertainty surrounding drinking water, it’s prudent to install additional water filtration solutions to prevent this kind of contamination. Speak to the pros at Kinetico to learn about how a home water system can protect you from PFOA and other dangerous chemicals.

Health Benefits of Drinking Water

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Drinking water is one of the foundations of human life, but it’s also far more than that. Beyond just providing the basis for continued life, water is a big factor in several specific health areas.

At Kinetico, our home water treatment systems are here to help ensure that you and your family are never without clean drinking water. What are some of the health areas that a proper water filter system can help benefit? There are several, in fact. Here are a few to know about.

Toxins and Acne

Drinking regular water throughout the day helps the body to flush harmful toxins that build up over time. This is particularly beneficial for those who deal with acne, which is due in large part to these toxins – drinking more water will directly influence your skin’s appearance.

In addition, cold water on the face can specifically help limit the redness and visual signs that generally come with acne. First wash your face with warm water to help open up clogged pores, then finish up by putting a cold washcloth or another source of cold water over your skin to seal them and limit clogging issues.

Hair Growth

Hair growth in the body is controlled by the circulatory system, which stimulates follicles to grow. Water is a trigger for this circulatory system, meaning drinking the proper amounts of water can impact your hair growth directly.

Skin Health

Water plays a big role in hydrating the skin as well, and helps fill it in and plump it up. This can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and make the skin appear younger and healthier.

Healthier Nails

Like the hair we mentioned above, nail growth in the body is simulated by the circulatory system. More water means more blood to the nails, leading to stronger and healthier nail growth.

For more on the benefits of drinking water, or to learn about any of our filtration services, speak to the pros at Kinetico today.

Cooling Spring Drink Recipes

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The air is quickly warming up around the country, and we’re not far at all from the dead of summer. That means that staying hydrated is more important than ever, especially if you live in a particularly hot area.

At Kinetico, our water filtration systems enable you and your family to always have a steady supply of clean, filtered drinking water during this important season. For some people, taking a simple liquid and putting a small twist on it can help them remember to drink enough water even when there’s lots going on – with that in mind, here are a couple basic spring or summer drinks we can suggest.

Citrus and Cucumber Water

For many people, adding a basic infusion of citrus and cucumber to water is a fun little spin that keeps them actively drinking. The ingredients you’ll need:

  • Half a gallon of water from a high-quality Kinetico filter
  • One large lemon
  • One large lime
  • One large orange
  • One large cucumber
  • One large pitcher to hold everything

To start with, slice up each of the fruits and veggies into smaller pieces and slide them all into the pitcher. Add your filtered water, then simply give the solution at least a couple hours to sit and infuse together. If you choose to, you can garnish the drink with an orange or a lemon slice to top things off.

Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca

Looking for something a bit more involved? Here are the ingredients you need for a tasty watermelon and mint agua fresca drink that will serve up to eight people:

  • Four cups of watermelon (about three pounds worth)
  • 24 mint leaves cut down the middle
  • Half a cup of purified water
  • Eight tablespoons of fine sugar
  • Four thin lime slices
  • A muddler

For this drink, you first cube and seed four cups of watermelon, then puree your water and watermelon. From here, you’ll make each glass individually – place six mint leaf halves, a tablespoon of sugar and a single lime piece (cut into half-moons, then halved once again) into each glass, then muddle all these together. Add ice to each glass, then pour the watermelon solution in. Stir the drink up, and serve them up.

For more on tasty spring or summer beverages, or to learn about any of our water filters and how they can help, contact the pros at Kinetico today.

The Process of Water Finding Your Home

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At Kinetico, we’re proud to provide water filtration systems that provide you and your family with clean, healthy water. You don’t want to have to think about the quality of your water every time you get in the shower or grab a glass to drink, and our water filter systems will stop you from ever having to do so.

As professionals in this field, we have a great appreciation for every step of the process of water moving from natural sources to, eventually, your home. Let’s look at the basics of how this process takes place, including some of the most common sources of water.

Sources of Water

In general, there are two possible sources for your drinking water: Wells or a public water supply. The former are generally sources for people who live in rural areas, while the latter are usually used by those who live in or close to cities and larger metropolitan areas.

If you live near a large body of water, it’s likely the supply originates from there. People who use a public supply will be charged a monthly bill for the amount of water used in the home.

Process of Water Entering Your Home

Well water, also called ground water, requires drilling to access. On the flip side, surface water will be found from sources above the ground like lakes, rivers and streams.

In either case, water is collected using pipes to siphon it to a desired location. From here, it’s treated through a water filtration process that helps remove any chemicals or buildups that are unwanted. It’s then sent to either water tanks or an underground reservoir to be stored. From these locations, it can be pumped through pipes or mains that connect directly to your home water supply. When it’s already been used, waste is sent to a wastewater treatment plant for filtration and recycling.

For more on the process of water reaching your home, or to learn about our water filtration systems, speak to the pros at Kinetico today.

Winter Weather and Water Facts, Part 1

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At Kinetico, water is our business. With products like our water filter system or water softener, you and your family can be content knowing you have clean, healthy water in all the areas you need it.

The winter is a particularly interesting time when it comes to water all around the world. In part one of our two-part blog series, let’s look at a few interesting winter weather trends, many of which relate to the very water you drink and interact with daily.

Snow in Unexpected Places

Most people expect snow to fall in northern areas of the world, but snow has been seen virtually everywhere on earth – including the Sahara Desert, even. Even the driest location on earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile, got over 30 inches of snow back in 2011 due to a strange cold front in from Antarctica.

Air Moisture and Snow

While rainfall is made up almost exclusively of water, snow – especially the fluffy kind – contains plenty of air, and this makes it bulkier. This means that not much moisture in the air is required to create snowfall, and a little air might lead to more snowfall than you’d expect.

Snow Fall Rates

For snowflakes with broad structures, snow generally falls at rates between one and six feet per second. Snow that falls in pellet form comes much faster.

Snowflake Sizes

An average snowflake will have a wide range of potential sizes: From just smaller than a penny to the width of a human hair. They can also grow much larger, though, with extreme cases being reported throughout history that reach up to 15 inches wide.

Thunderstorm Sounds

Most people associate thunder with rainfall only, but it can also be present during snow. This is called thundersnow, a rare winter occurrence that often happens close to lakes. Lightning can be tougher to see, though, and the snow can often limit the thunder sound.

Earth and Sun

The earth is closest to the sun during winter, though this distance has no effect on temperature drops in the winter – this relates to the direction of the earth’s axis, in reality.

Dropping Temperatures

During the winter periods, especially in the coldest months like January, temperatures can plummet in a hurry. In 1911, Rapid City, South Dakota began at 55 degrees Fahrenheit – only to drop all the way to 8 degrees in just 15 minutes, the quickest recorded cold drop in history.

For more on winter weather and how that affects your water, or to learn about our water filter offerings, speak to the pros at Kinetico today.

The Erin Brockovich Chemical is On the Rise

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Made in the year 2000, the film Erin Brockovich documented one woman’s fight against contaminated drinking water, and a particular cancer-causing compound called chromium-6. While the film may have ended well, recent data from the Environmental Work Group shows that about 250 million Americans may have drinking water that’s contaminated with this chemical.

At Kinetico, our water filtration systems will help keep this kind of harmful chemical away from you and your family. Let’s look at some test results, possible explanations, and how you can identify if chromium-6 is present in your water.

Test Results

Based on test results obtained from nearly 50,000 local utilities, drinking water supplies are contaminated with chromium-6 for about 250 million Americans. For about 231 million of these, average levels of chromium-6 exceed the cancer risk level, which is one-in-a-million.

Somehow, though, this still may understate the total number of people exposed. Water from most smaller water utilities and private wells isn’t tested for chromium-6 at all, and there are no federal regulations on chromium-6 in drinking water or tap water.

Possible Explanations

A couple possible reasons why chromium-6 levels are higher in the recent study:

  • The EPA classifies utilities that purchase finished water from other utilities as consecutive systems, and testing requirements here are less stringent. This suggests that many consecutive systems are therefore buying water contaminated with chromium-6 from other utilities.
  • California is the only state with a public health goal and legal limits for chromium-6. The areas that fall under their testing requirements only serve less than 10,000 people.

Identifying Issues

Until national limits are instituted, you can find out about chromium-6 levels by using the EWG database to search your area.

For more on chromium-6, or to find out about our home water systems, speak to the pros at Kinetico today.

Anti-Aging Benefits of Drinking Water

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In today’s modern age, people are looking for ways to stop the inevitable progression of aging. People use everything from creams and serums to alternative medicines, but they often overlook one of the simplest anti-aging remedies available: Drink more water.

At Kinetico, we’re dedicated to providing highest quality drinking water. How can clean water from a water purifier help reduce the effects of aging and help you maintain beauty? Let’s take a look.

Hydrated Skin

Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to keep the skin hydrated. Hydrated skin will look younger and have a “glow”. In addition, water also helps fill in and plum the skin, which helps get rid of undesirable wrinkles and lines that may form in the skin. Skin appearance is one of the first signs of aging, so this is a valuable benefit of drinking water.

Redness and Acne Reduction

Cold water on the face has been proven to help reduce redness and the visual appearance of acne. Follow the simple process of first washing with warm water to open the pores in the face and follow that with a cold cloth over the skin. This will seal those same pores right back up and prevent clogging that can lead to acne.

Hair Growth

Drinking water triggers the circulatory system, which controls hair follicle stimulation which can enhance hair growth – some people who have growth issues can find benefits simply from drinking more water.

Nails

Another area the circulatory system controls is the growth of nails. More water will increase blood flow to the nails and make them grow stronger and healthier.

Toxin Flush

Water also helps flush toxins out of the body, and can help with skin appearance. Water intake can be one of the most significant factors in skin appearance for many people.

For more on how clean drinking water can benefit your anti-aging remedies, or to learn about our water filtration system, speak to the experts at Kinetico today.

The Numbers on The Limit of Drinking Water

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The amount of water on planet Earth is literally the greatest concentration of H2O in the known solar system. Nevertheless, from the hundreds of millions of gallons of water out there, how much can humans really use?

A Lot of Unusable Water

First, it’s important to look at the exact of amount of water on Earth; geologists estimate the volume to be around 344 million cubic miles. Still, we can automatically eliminate 96 percent of that water (321 million cubic miles) because it’s saline water from the ocean, and another 5.8 million cubic miles are frozen in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves around 1.72 percent of water, or around 5.7 cubic miles of fresh water in groundwater, lakes, rivers, and other sources.

Much of Our Water is Already in Use

The Earth’s water volume isn’t locked in its liquid form though, as a significant portion of those remaining cubic miles are atmospheric moisture. This helps regulate global temperatures and seasonal changes, but can’t really be used for human consumption. Anyone keeping track should also deduct 3,400 cubic miles from the remaining supply, as these are already in use; locked within every living thing on the planet (biological water).

Most drinking water is inaccessible without heavy industrial drilling, as a significant portion of the water is in the ground beneath our feet. In fact, the total amount of readily available drinking water is around four percent of the world’s total supply of potentially drinkable water.

Looking at the raw number doesn’t raise much alarm; it’s still a significant volume that has been a critical part of human subsistence for millions of years. However, humans have to share that number with around six and a half million other land species of both plants and animals.

Drinking water is a finite resource that won’t last forever, and making sure that everyone has a clean supply of it should be a top priority for everyone. To make sure you are always drinking the cleanest possible water, check out our line of water filtration systems. Contact us directly for more information regarding our services in providing a supply of clean drinking water for your family.

Benefits of the Reverse Osmosis Drinking or Home Filtrations Water System

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Did you know that according to the EPA there are over 80 contaminants that could potentially be in your drinking water? Do you really know what is in your tap water?

According to the Mayo Clinic an average healthy adult should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day which equals about 1.9 liters of water. Depending on the circumstance your body may require more water than another person due to things like activity, illness or environment. Our bodies must stay hydrated in order to stay in good working condition.

It is easy to see that clean water is vital to our state of health and wellness. In order to stay healthy and happy we must consume water that is free of harmful contaminants. We use water not only to hydrate ourselves, but the people we love.

Some of the contaminants that may end up in our drinking water can be hazardous to our health. Some of the contaminants you should be concerned about are:

Tetrachloroethylene is a contaminant that researchers at Boston University Medical Center have found to cause higher rates of stillbirth and placenta abruption in women. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, people who have been drinking water containing high levels of tetrachloroethylene for many years could have problems with their liver and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Arsenic is a very toxic heavy metal classified by the International Academy for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Category I carcinogen, which means it is definitely a cancer causing agent. This is another contaminant that might end up in your drinking glass.

Fluoride is a very toxic substance that has been banned in several countries! There are some U.S. cities that have even banned the use of fluoride.

Chlorine is a chemical added to water to kill some bacteria but once it enters the human body it actually triggers the production of free radicals and causes cell damage.

The simple fact is that we can’t take the quality of our drinking water for granted anymore. Private well water can be affected by a number of factors and even municipally treated water that meets all of the federal guidelines has been found to contain bacteria, viruses and protozoa, some which may end up in your drinking water!

A Kinetico Reverse Osmosis K5 Drinking System offers clean, clear and worry-free drinking water and is certified to remove more contaminants than any other Reverse Osmosis drinking system.

Reverse Osmosis Filtration is a process where water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane that filters inorganic contaminants like metals and nitrates. It is customizable to your home’s specific filtration needs. If your needs change over time the Kinetico K5 Reverse Osmosis System is also expandable. Only the Kinetico Reverse Osmosis K5 Drinking System gives you this level of protection: three fixed filters- a PreFilter, Reverse Osmosis Filter and PostFilter- and then you also have 2 FlexFilters that allow for complete system customization for tackling your waters specific filtration needs.

Stay on track for a healthy and happy future protecting yourself and your family. Contact one of our water professionals today for a free water test at Kinetico Utah. Local callers: 801-576-8600 or call us toll-free at 1-800-969-4420.