Archive for the ‘Water Quality’ Category

Protect Your Health: Test Your Drinking Water for Contaminants!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

drinking water, water qualityWater!  It comprises more than 70% of an adult’s human body and nearly 80% of an infants’.  You need it to live, and in fact, can’t live without it for more than a week whereas you can live without food for a month.

Hopefully, if you’re healthy – and you wish to remain that way – you’re drinking over 2 liters of water per day.  But do you know what type of contaminants, if any, may be lurking within that water?

Understanding Your Water Quality

In Phoenix more than 1.5 million people, within a 540 square-mile radius, are supplied with drinking water from the city itself.  Of which, approximately 95% comes from area lakes and rivers, and the other 5% from groundwater.

All water prior to being delivered to residents goes through a mandated 4-step water treatment process.  A process that has been designed to ensure the highest quality drinking water!  This process includes:

Step 1 – Screening and Presedimentation

Step 2 – Coagulation, Flocculation and Sedimentation

Step 3 – Filtration

Step 4 – Disinfection

But is it safe?  The City of Phoenix, per the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, currently tests their water for more than 100 various contaminants.

But is it safe?  YES!  In fact, each May, the City of Phoenix posts to the web a Water Quality Report that contains pertinent information regarding just how safe your drinking water really is.

Still Suspect Unsafe Drinking Water?

If you suspect your drinking water is unsafe to consume – whether you’re having issues with its taste, odor, color or hardiness – you have several options that are fairly easy and inexpensive to do.

The easiest of which is to have your drinking water, regardless of where it came from, tested for specific contaminants.  Specifically those that have the potential to adversely affect your health including the following contaminates’:

  • Disease Causing Bacteria
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Hydrogen Sulphide
  • Lead

You can do this by having a professional plumber test the water for you or purchasing a cheap do-it-yourself water quality test kit at your local home improvement store.  You can also opt to purchase a water filter that attaches directly to your kitchen faucet.

5 Common Plumbing Myths Busted

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Don't allow water to go out the drain!

The following 5 common plumbing myths share one thing in common – no one knows where they started from – let alone who told them.  At A-Peoria, we wanted to take the time to bust these plumbing myths, in order to ensure you save both time and money. These guys know what they’re talking about when it comes to plumbing, because the folks at https://flotechsplumbing.com are highly professional and experienced.

#1 – Lemon Cleans Your Garbage Disposal – Wrong!  While lemon may make your drain smell better, they are in fact, they aren’t very effective at doing the job of actually cleaning it.  In fact, lemon could cause more damage than its worth, by clogging your sink up and corroding your disposal.  As a Dallas plumber, I learned that ice works nicely to polish your disposal and when life gives you lemons don’t throw them down the drain, check tip #4!

#2 – In-Tank Cleaners Can Save You Time – No matter how much we wish it to be true, or how much cleaning manufactures promote it, there is just no magic way of cleaning your toilet.  Often times, these cleaning agents, are just not worth the expense as their main ingredients are harsh on both your bowl and the environment.  A cup of white vinegar every week works just as good, if not better than, these “magic” cleaning agents.

#3 – Running Water while Using the Disposal – I have to admit I am guilty of this one myself!  However, allowing the faucet to run while using the garbage disposal doesn’t help if you’ve already added the waste, as is often the case in most homes (mine included).  Rather than waste water or use it as greywater, you should fill your sink with a 4:1 ration of water to waste, as this allows the separated waste to all too easily flow away. If you with to learn more about greywater, read this WaterCraft WA: What is greywater blog article.

#4 – Water and Soap Works Can Save You Money – Have you ever found yourself attempting to wash your bathroom or kitchen fixtures with just soap and water?  If you answered yes, you couldn’t inevitably be harming your fixtures!  Even the littlest amount of soap can cause your fixtures to corrode over time.  A safer alternative that will save you money, without damaging effects, is to use lemon juice.

#5 – All Plumbers are the Same – Hold on for just a second there!  Just because a plumber says they’re a plumber doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true.  The best plumbers you can hire for your money are the ones that are both licensed and certified; such as the one’s found at A-Peoria.  If you chose the first plumber your Google search brings up, you may found yourself spending more time and money calling another for heating pump repairs since the original plumber didn’t fix it properly the first time. If you are struggling to find a reliable plumbing contractor in San Diego, contact THA Heating, Air, and Plumbing Inc.

Testing The Quality of Water in Your Home

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Arizona Water QualityWe hear more and more stories of water supplies being contaminated with toxins, bacterias, and pesticides which may lead you to ask, ‘how is the water quality in my home?’. Well there are a few ways to check your water quality.

One way to check is with a home water quality test kit. These kits are relatively cheap and easy to use. However, many sites warn that while the test strips will give you an idea of what is in your water, they don’t actually represent the full story.

Water quality reports is another way to check the water quality in your area. In most states, water suppliers provide consumer confidence reports that will give you information on where your water comes from and what may be in your water. The EPA’s website provides helpful links to these reports (Arizona – http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/az.cfm).

A third method recommended by the EPA is to have a state certified laboratory check the quality of your water. List’s of state certified labs are also available on the EPA’s website at http://water.epa.gov/scitech/drinkingwater/labcert/statecertification.cfm.

One thing to note is that if you have a private well, you are responsible for the water quality. Here is a helpful link if you happen to have a private well. http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/well/index.cfm

Lastly, the EPA recommends being prepared in case of an emergency. Major storms and other incidents can affect the water supply, so if you live in an area prone to disasters, it’s suggested you store a 3-day water supply per person in your home.