You turn on your faucet and suddenly—ugh! That rotten egg smell! You may have hydrogen sulfide in your water. Hydrogen sulfide is a compound that occurs naturally in wells with inadequate wellhead protection but can also enter water supplies in runoff from sewage treatment and other manmade processes. The jury’s out on what the long-term health effects are at low concentrations, but we do know that hydrogen sulfide corrodes your plumbing, tarnishes your silverware, stains your laundry and fixtures, and keeps your water softener from working right. Luckily, there are many options for getting rid of it. Call Angel Water today, and we’ll help you get rid of that gross swampy smell!
Iron bacteria may be forming deposits in your well—did you know this slimy rust-colored buildup is made up of not just living bacteria but also dead bacteria and their secretions, sheathes, stalks, and other waste? Gross! These bacteria make your water smell and taste musty and swampy, and stain your fixtures and clothes brown or yellow. The slime deposits also corrode plumbing equipment and clog screens and pipes, wasting your hard-earned money. Don’t let this happen to you: have Angel Water test your drinking water, and get rid of that bacteria with a chlorine injection system!
In this interview, Andrew tells us all about many of the most common contaminants found in drinking water in the Chicago area and the nation at large. He also discusses one solution for keeping your drinking water safe—reverse osmosis systems. Andrew gives us a rundown of how they work, how much they cost, and what to look for when choosing one. Don’t miss this interview with Mr. Angel Water himself!
Chromium-6 is a metallic element which, when consumed in even small amounts, causes cancer, kidney and liver failure, ulcers, anemia, reproductive damage, and more. It’s produced by industrial facilities like steel and paper mills, and is found in the water supplies of over 218 million Americans in every state.
If you live in Chicago, your city has lied to you about lead in your water. Several years ago, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel rushed construction projects that involved replacing water mains and meters. This disrupted the protective sheathing inside outdated lead service lines. As a result, the EPA found that lead has been leaching into people’s drinking water. The city failed to tell residents the risks these projects posed, and the water commissioner told aldermen there was nothing to worry about. Don’t trust the city—keep yourself safe with a lead-removing filtration system from Angel Water.
Wells are the natural way to get water, so it must be clean and healthy, right? Wrong! Well water doesn’t go through a water treatment plant like municipal water. That means it might contain contaminants like volatile organic compounds, coliform bacteria, lead, and other toxins. Municipal sources disinfect their water with chlorine, so you need well water chlorination to fill that role. Get your water tested at Angel Water and invest in a chlorinator so that your well water is safe and clean!
Do you know what reverse osmosis is? There are lots of different filtration techniques out there, including carbon, ion exchange, and ozone, but an RO system beats them all. Osmosis is when water passes through a membrane to reach a solute like salt. Reverse osmosis forces water the opposite direction, leaving behind toxic solutes and producing clean water. An RO system removes all sorts of contaminants that other systems leave behind, including lead, arsenic, chromium, and more. So, call Angel Water today and ask about installing a reverse osmosis system in your home!
We’ve all heard of the dangers of lead poisoning, if not from the warnings about lead paint on old homes and children’s toys then from the widely-covered crisis unfolding in Flint, Michigan. Drinking water especially is now known to be a leading risk for lead poisoning, with water supplies across the nation potentially containing hazardous amounts of the dangerous metal. As a result, many who previously had never thought about the issue are now asking—do I need a water filter to keep my family safe?
The repercussions of lead poisoning are deeply damaging and often irreversible. It affects multiple bodily systems, inflicting neurological damage, gastrointestinal issues, and impaired reproductive health. Symptoms range from subtle psychological issues like irritability and fatigue, to hearing loss and seizures, to nausea and constipation, to miscarriages and stillbirths.
So where does this threat come from and how can it be stopped? Here’s a breakdown of where the lead is coming from and how to keep it out of your drinking water.
Where Does Lead Come From?
While lead is a naturally occurring element, it isn’t normally found in natural bodies of water, and isn’t in your water when it leaves the treatment plant. Instead, the water often picks up lead on the way to your home.
Before the 80s, most of the nation’s water systems used lead piping. Lead was eventually banned from use in plumbing, but the ban only restricted newly installed products, and didn’t require the removal of all old lead-based plumbing. As a result, much of the piping in water systems across the U.S. still have a lot of lead pipes. Since Chicago had even required that all plumbing use lead, today about 80% of Chicago properties are hooked up to service lines with lead in them.
But lead pipes aren’t the only problem. Even if your pipes aren’t lead, your water could still be picking up lead from other parts of the plumbing. The water main on your street could be lead, or your copper pipes might have lead solder. Your faucet might be made of brass (even if it isn’t a “brass” color), and these often contain trace amounts of lead as well. As these parts chip and age, lead leaches into your water.
A Water Filter and Other Removal Methods
There are a few different precautions you can take in order to minimize your exposure to lead in your drinking water.
The most basic method of removing lead from your water is letting it run for a while, so that the standing water that has been sitting and absorbing lead can be cleared out before you start drinking. The Center for Disease Control recommends you run your kitchen tap for at least two minutes before filling up with water, and to run your shower or other high-volume tap for at least five minutes before that if you suspect your header pipe has lead. The CDC also recommends you only ever use cold tap water for drinking and cooking, never warm or hot water.
However, this should only be the baseline for the precautions you take. A water filter is a far better method of removing lead from your water. But not all filters are equal. First, you should make sure that the product is approved by the NSF for lead removal. Next, you want to consider what sort of filter you want. While there are many models out there that attach to your faucet, the reality is that the water doesn’t spend much time passing through these filters and so not as much lead is removed. Models that attach under the sink, such as the PurAsure that we offer, filter more lead than faucet-attachment models. You need to make sure you ask how many gallons the filters are rated to remove lead.
Hands-down the best thing you can do though is get a whole-house filtration system. We recommend the PurAsure WHRO, a reverse osmosis drinking water system that provides the best filtration for people who want the cleanest, safest drinking water. In addition to lead, these filtration systems also filter all the other contaminants found in both well water and Lake Michigan water: chromium-6, chlorine, mercury, fluoride, and pharmaceuticals. And with filtered water running from every faucet in your home, you won’t have to bother with flushing your tap every day.
If you’re still unsure what sort of filtration system is right for your home, or if you want to get your water tested to see how much you’re at risk, Angel Water is here to help. Simply contact us with your information or give us a call at (847) 382-7800 and we’ll be happy to discuss testing and filtration with you. We’ll help make things crystal clear—including your water.
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Angel Water, Inc.
214 S Hager Ave
Barrington, IL 60010
Lead is a major problem in our world today and most people have no idea that they are consuming it. It is extremely important to determine what is in your water and take the necessary steps to ensure you and your loved ones are safe.
How Does Lead Get into the Water?
Lead enters the body through a number of ways but the most common is through the water supply. Many water pipes were created using lead and have not been replaced in decades. Because of this, as the water travels through the pipes, lead leaks into the water due to corrosion of the old pipes. By the time the water reaches the faucet it has a number of harmful chemicals, including lead, and when consumed it causes major health problems.
Too much lead in the body will cause serious damages to the nervous system, brain, and blood cells. Therefore, those who are most at risk re young children and pregnant women. Side effects and damages that have been found in children who have had lead poisoning include: slower physical and mental development, behavior problems, mental retardation, liver damage, kidney damage, blindness and death.
Am I at Risk of Lead Poisoning?
At least ten to twenty percent of our over-all exposure to lead comes from contaminated water. Babies have been found to get between thirty and forty percent of their lead exposure by drinking formula which has been mixed with contaminated water. As it turns out, only nine U.S. states have reported safe levels of lead in their water, these include: Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee.
What can be done to Reduce Risk of Lead Poisoning?
If you believe you are at risk you should take the following safety precautions:
- Periodically Inspect and Clean Faucet Aerator
- Test Water for Lead
- Purchase a NSF Certified Filtration System
Lead in pipes is a serious issue. It is vital to take the necessary steps to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe from lead poisoning. Call Angel Water, Inc. to have your water tested today!
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Angel Water, Inc.
214 S Hager Ave
Barrington, IL 60010
Barrington alone supplies water to over 10,000 residents and businesses. In doing so, over 1.5 million gallons of water gets pumped every day. The water is provided from 4 large wells which draw from an underground aquifer. Once the water is pulled from the wells it goes to a village-owned water treatment plant where it is processed to reduce iron and help prevent rust stains. After treatment, the water is moved into one of 6 reservoirs used to store the water before it gets delivered. Before arriving to your sink, the water travels through 90 miles of service lines. The city water really seems to go through a lot of processing to ensure our water is clean. However, there are some things you should be aware of once the water reaches your faucet.
Many things can hide in your water and, potentially, cause you harm. The contaminants in city water are only dangerous at high levels and the city is required to measure the level of each contaminant within the water. However, these levels often exceed the EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG). Here are a few contaminants which have been found at high levels in Barrington’s city water along with impacts they can have on you and your health.
Arsenic: This is an inorganic that can cause skin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may increase the risk of cancer.
Iron: Another inorganic that causes increased energy consumption, damage to plumbing, appliances and clothing.
Trihalomethanes: This is a disinfectant which is added to the city water to kill bacteria. It can cause Liver, kidney or central nervous system problems along with an increased risk of cancer.
Alpha Emitters and Radium: These are radionuclides which are usually naturally occurring. The increase the risk of cancer. And can be inhaled as well as consumed.
It can be quite alarming to learn that your everyday drinking water is contaminated. However, there are steps that you can take to ensure that your drinking water is safe along with your family’s well-being. Installing the following systems in your home will help keep out any type of contaminant.
Water Softeners: These help combat water hardness. Barrington’s water hardness level is 23gpg which is rated extremely high by the USGS.
Reverse Osmosis: This product does an exceptional job at removing any inorganics found in the water.
Whole House Filters: These Filters are great for an extra protection layer for any radionuclides that are left in the water.
It is important to know what is in your drinking water. If you have any questions or concerns about your Barrington water or if you would like to get a water treatment system installed in your home call Angel Water today!
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Angel Water, Inc.
214 S Hager Ave
Barrington, IL 60010