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How is Barrington Water Treated?

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.

Treatment of City Water by Angel Water Inc.
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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.
(847) 382-7800
214 S Hager Ave
Barrington, IL 60010

Water Filtering Systems:Providing Safer, Softer Water, for Life.

Lead and Drinking Water in Private Wells

After an increase in cases of lead poisoning in children who live in Flint, Michigan, a state of emergency has been declared. Although these cases cause serious concern, there is a solution to prevent lead from creeping in to your water supply.

What is Lead?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), lead is bluish-gray metal found in small amounts on the earth’s outer layer. Lead can be found in all parts of our environment. Much of it comes from human activities including burning fossil fuels, mining, and manufacturing.

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How does lead infiltrate your water supply?
The biggest culprit in contaminating the water supply is lead pipes. Other sources of contamination include lead solder used to join copper pipes, brass in faucets, coolers, and valves. Brass generally contains low lead levels, however the lead can still dissolve into the water.

How does Angel Water remove lead from the water supply?
There are numerous ways to remove lead from your water supply and there are many factors to consider when doing so. One of the first things to think about is if your water supply comes from city water or well water.

Once that is assessed, Angel Water will decide if lead can be removed from your system by flushing it. If your water is severely contaminated, installing a reverse osmosis system can remove lead from your water supply.

Why should I be concerned?
An article from the Huffington Post emphasizes how the long-term consequences of lead poisoning can harm children on a physical and psychological level. Some of those problems include:

• Kidney dysfunction
• High blood pressure
• Behavioral disorders

Is there lead in my drinking water?
One of the most effective ways to find out if there is lead in your drinking water is to schedule a water test with Angel Water Inc. We can be contacted at 847-382-7800 or through our Facebook Page.

Our water tests are performed by trained professionals and will help you identify what’s in your water. Once we know what’s in your water, we can help remove any contaminants or impurities.

What Well Owners Should Know

Are you a new well owner and not sure of the proper steps to care for it? No need to worry, it isn’t as tough as you may think. Here are a few things to remember as you go about being a private well owner.

1. Test well water at least once per year.What Well Owners Should Know by Angel Water Inc.

2. Have a certified well contractor inspect the well system once a year.

  • Contact your local health department to find a list of the state-certified laboratories in your area.

3. Install water filters to insure that your family has safe drinking water.

  • A Water filter is used to remove impurities either by a physical barrier or a chemical or biological process. Angel Water, INC has a few different filter styles for private well owners to consider for keeping your family’s drinking water safe. Click this link for more information: water filter

4. Be cautious of what you put down your drain, and have a certified operator inspect your septic system.

  • Most people don’t know the first thing about their septic tank. However, it is very important to keep it clean. It is not a good idea to flush things that could be thrown away or dump harmful chemicals down the drain. They will cause complications in your septic system. They may even destroy the helpful bacteria within. When septic systems fail that poorly treated household wastewater is released into the environment resulting in substantial health risks. It may even effect public drinking water.

Hopefully this information on what well owners should do gave you a good idea about how to take proper care of your well. If you have any questions or would like to purchase a quality water filter in Barrington please give us a call. We are here to help!

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Angel Water, Inc.
(847) 382-7800
214 S Hager Ave
Barrington, IL 60010
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Alkaline Water: Fact or Fiction

The facts and fiction behind alkaline water

Whether it’s reverse osmosis or straight from the tap, water is an essential part of life. But what does it mean when the water you’re  drinking is alkaline water? Some experts have disputed the benefits of being alkalized but others have experienced its health effects.

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What is alkaline water?

When you turn on the tap and water flows from it, it’s filled with dissolved solids like dust, salt and minerals. These impurities influence the pH of the water and also the quality. Pure water, or water without impurities has a pH level close to 7. Reverse osmosis water has a pH level close to 5.

Alkaline water is different from tap water and reverse osmosis water because it retains a pH above 7. Because of the alkalinity in this water, some people believe the body will become less acidic while creating an internal environment that fights disease.

Possible Benefits of Alkaline Water

Gut health: The negative charge in ionized water could protect your immune system and improve the environment of your stomach and intestinal lining.

Boosts athletic performance: If a body’s environment is acidic, fatigue will set in. That’s why athletes and professional athletes will opt for alkalized water. It can help boost performance and decrease the effects of dehydration.

Cleansing properties: Drinking alkaline water can help remove fecal matter from the colon. This helps decrease the constipation, bloating or other issues related to digestion.

Problems associated with Alkaline Water

Health experts and doctors are skeptical of alkaline water because the human body is already designed to manage its own pH. Each organ system can regulate itself and adding alkaline water can disrupt the fragile balance.

If the body’s pH is already out of balance, identifying the underlying cause is essential. Adding alkaline water can cause serious harm if imbalances are left unchecked.

Angel Water Inc.
214 South Hager Ave., Barrington, IL 60010
Tel: (847) 382-7800 

 

 

 

Mr. Fix It talks Water Quality with Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson and Lou Manfredini discuss the benefits of water filtration on WGN 720AM

Have you ever wondered about the benefits of reverse osmosis or how water testing could impact your life? Lou Manfredidni asks the important questions about water filtration with the owner of Angel Water, Andrew Wilson.

Listen to the podcast here or download the original version.

Q: What is driving the trend in water filtration?

Andrew’s Response: “Knowledge. The internet is so prevalent, we learn so much so fast. The more we learn about water, the more we study it, the more we see what’s in it, the more we go, wait do I really want to drink that?

Q: In terms of water quality, what are some of the things you deal with?

“We deal with Chicago water and well water. Chicago water drove a lot of interest after people found out about Chromium 6. Chromium 6 is a cancer-causing agent that has been found in the water supply. The suburbs have their own problem, there’s usually radium in their water.”

Q: What are some options for in-home filtration?

“Less than one percent of water is used for drinking. The first thing we look at is the levels of chlorine n the water. As you become more educated the next step for a drinking Water system is a reverse osmosis system. That’s the type of thing I lean a lot of customers to.”

Q: What is Reverse Osmosis?

“In a membrane, the water molecule is stripped and discharges water along with waste. And then it purifies one droplet of water and it is put into a holding tank. Some of these systems are small enough to fit underneath a kitchen sink. A council on cancer says the best thing humans can do is filter their tap water.

Reverse osmosis also reduces the plastic impact that we have on our environment. They’ve outlawed plastic bottles in California because it’s so bad for the environment.”

Q: What do I do to maintain my reverse osmosis system?

“The unit must have the filter changed once a year. A less expensive system will need a filter replaced every three months. The more money you spend up front, the better the system you will end up with.”

Is Reverse Osmosis the Best Water?

At Angel Water, we believe the best water comes from a reverse osmosis water filtration system. A reverse osmosis system from Angel Water removes up to 97 percent of impurities and remineralizes the water when the filtration cycle is complete. Installing a reverse osmosis system creates the best water for you and enables optimum hydration.

Why is Reverse Osmosis the best?

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Better Than Bottled
By ensuring quality and removing toxins, Reverse Osmosis water lessens the dependence consumers have on plastic water bottles. Most often, people use plastic water bottles to avoid contaminants like lead and arsenic. Both are removed through the process of reverse osmosis along with a need for plastic water bottles and unnecessary waste.

Best tasting water
According to the National Rural Water Association, lead, iron and nitrates often make tap water unpalatable. While most reverse osmosis systems strip the water of necessary minerals, our filtration process puts the necessary amount of magnesium and calcium back into the water, ensuring the best taste.

Safe for compromised immune systems
By removing toxins and reinfusing essential minerals, reverse osmosis water is safe for people with compromised immune systems. For people who have been diagnosed with autoimmune disease, cancer or multiple sclerosis reverse osmosis water can ensure optimum hydration in the body and ease the physical stress of chronic disease.

Why our reverse osmosis water is different
Besides retaining the utmost quality and long lasting service, Angel Water strives to educate and empower customers on the choices they make. Our water educators work to provide customers with enough information and education to help them make the best choice for their lifestyle. We promise a 10-year guarantee for all products purchased as well as the peace of mind that goes with it.

By making a long-term investment with Angel Water, you can improve the quality of your life and prevent health-related problems in the future.

Angel Water
214 S Hager Ave
Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 382-7800
www.angelwater.com

Who is protecting the Great Lakes?

By David A. Kaiser III

Allow me to introduce the Lake Guardian. The US EPA’s Research Vessel.

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This photo is of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Research Vessel called the ‘Lake Guardian,’ docked at the University of Wisconsin School of Freshwater Sciences in Milwaukee Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Michigan.

It was just this weekend I stumbled upon this great research ship that is responsible for monitoring, testing and conducting experiments in the Great Lakes. This ship is 180 feet long and weighs in at 850 tons! This ship has been in operation since 1981. The EPA uses this ship to collect chemical and biological data from the lakes. One of the things that strikes me as interesting was the amount of radar and scientific instruments visible on the ship. After some digging around on the internet, I came upon the official Lake Guardian webpage where they feature a tour of the ship. The next question I asked myself was, “Who works on this ship and what do they do?” Because I wanted to climb aboard! After some more digging around I found this guy Dr. Michael Milligan and I listened to his story. Talking about contaminants in the lakes.

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