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Filtered Water makes Thanksgiving taste better

On Thanksgiving day, millions of people will come together with their family and/or friends to celebrate that holiday. The people that have a dinner in their home will probably spend the whole day cooking the turkey and the delicious side dishes. They will focus on all the details from ensuring that there are plenty of marshmallows on the sweet potatoes to the napkins that are on the table. Also, instead of serving tap water as one of the drinks for their guests, they will serve filtered water. Starting off with drinking filtered water, there are quite a few ways that filtered water can make your Thanksgiving festivities better.

Toasting Thanksgiving

Filtered Water makes Thanksgiving taste better guests filtered water is the best way to use filtered water on Thanksgiving day. One of the reasons for this is that both tap and well water may have a lot of contaminants such as heavy metals, petrochemicals, pesticides, and disinfectants. In very bad cases, they also have pathogens like bacteria, parasites, and viruses in them. Even if the levels of these things are not harmful, the thought of contaminating stuff in the water that people will be drinking and the host will be cooking with is not appealing at all. The guests will want to cleanse their guests with purified water, so it is a good idea to keep a lot of filtered water on hand in the refrigerator. Filtered water also makes great tasting ice. The ice will taste good in the filtered and the guests will love toasting Thanksgiving with terrific tasting filtered water.

Rinsing Off of The Food Residue

For those people who plan to serve a turkey on Thanksgiving day, the first thing that they need to do with the thawed out turkey is to rinse off the outside of the bird as well as the cavity. The goal is to “clean” the turkey and then cover it with the seasonings of choice. People like to season their turkey with sage, thyme, and other herbs, but absolutely not contaminants. Rinsing food off with water that is not purified can change the flavor of food for the worst. Chlorine is the disinfectant that is used mostly in water systems and it either has a bleach or medicine-like taste. This taste can be absorbed into a turkey if unfiltered water is used to rinse it. It can also be absorbed into the fresh fruits and vegetables that will be used in Thanksgiving dishes, therefore filtered water should be used for preparing and cooking food every day, especially when the company is coming over, like on Thanksgiving day.

Boiling Water For Food Preparation and Making Hot Beverages

During the time Thanksgiving dinner is being prepared, they often boil potatoes, pasta, rice and maybe some other food items as well. Filtered water can be helpful during this part of food preparation also. Just like with rinsing the turkey, fruits, and vegetables, boiling the ingredients for side dishes in water that is not filtered will leave that awful aforementioned residue behind. On Thanksgiving day and other days, water is boiled to make tea, coffee, and other hot beverages. In old houses with lead lines or copper pipes with lead solder joints, there could be lead in the drinking water. Time-consuming efforts and precautions must be done to get the lead of water lines. When time is limited and there is a lot to do on Thanksgiving day and really every day, these extra efforts not only are a bother but take up precious time that is not available. Then the dinner host will worry about their guests get a lot of lead in the unfiltered water. For this reason, it is best to boil filtered water, that is free of lead and will not leave the awful aftertaste of lead behind.

People may not realize how important water is when it comes to preparing Thanksgiving dinner and other meals as well. Filtered water is free of contaminants, but it also adds more flavor to the food that you serve on Thanksgiving day. Having a lot of filtered water on hand for cooking and drinking on Thanksgiving day will make your turkey more tasteful, and you will not have to be concerned about the toxins in unfiltered water.

SWFL well water

If your home uses SWFL well water you probably already know that the water smells bad. You may have also noticed that you constantly need to replace shower heads. You may also prefer to take your clothes to a laundromat, and buy bottled water. All of these things could be because your SWFL well water could be destroying your plumbing.

Where Does SWFL Well Water Come From?

Most wells in SWFL tap into the Florida Aquifers. These are limestone formations known as a sequence of Paleogene carbonate rock systems that underlies the entire state of Florida and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

There are two main problems most people see as a result of their SWFL well water coming from the Florida Aquifer system. The first, is that water flowing through rock formations erode the rock and pick up microscopic particles from the rock. These minerals create what is known as “hard water”.

Hard water has the unfortunate side effect of leaving these mineral deposits behind when the water evaporates. These deposits can clog faucets, shower heads, and sprayers in dish washers. They can also build up in pipes, restricting the water flow, and in water heaters, reducing the efficiency of the water heater. Hard water can also wear out your clothes causing colors to fade, and fabrics to become brittle.

The second problem people have with SWFL well water is that rotten egg smell. The smell is the result of hydrogen sulfide gas and can result from a number of different sources. It can occur naturally in groundwater. It can be produced by certain “sulfur bacteria” in the groundwater, or in the well. In most cases, the rotten egg smell does not relate to the sanitary quality of the water. However, sometimes the gas may come from sewage or other pollutants. It is always a good idea to have the well tested for coliform bacteria and nitrate if your water starts to smell different. Sulfur bacteria are not harmful, but hydrogen sulfide gas in the air can be hazardous at high levels. If your SWFL well water smells like sulfur, you should take steps to remove the gas from the water, or vent the gas to the atmosphere.

Crystal Clear Water is Southwest Florida’s premiere water treatment company. If you are having problems with hard water or smelly water from your well, you should give us a call. Our team of experts can test your SWFL well water and come up with a comprehensive course of action to correct any water problems you have to make sure your have great tasting, great smelling water that is safe to drink, coming from your taps.

what causes a boil water notice?

Living in Florida, we are no strangers to the ever common “boil water notice”. Sometimes the causes are obvious: hurricanes, flooding, water main breaks. But sometimes, a boil water notice seem to come out of the blue. The astute observer, however, may notice that a drop in water pressure tends to foreshadow some of these mystery boil water notices. Why is that so?

How is Water Pressure Lost?

what causes a boil water notice?

Water treatment plants pump water out to the main water lines. These pumps usually keep the pressure up. However, if the treatment plant is far away, or there are many different directions  that the water is going , some additional help may be required. Sometimes there are substations that have additional pumps, and sometimes there are water towers where the water is pumped up into the tower, and gravity increases the pressure as it comes down.

Water pressure loss can be caused by many factors. A water pump at the treatment plant, or sub station may have broken, or lost power.  One of the water lines or mains may have had a large failure or break. In some cases, high usage from industrial use and many fire hydrants being open at the same time can even cause the water pressure to drop. No matter how the water pressure is created or lost, it is important that it is maintained.

Why Does Low Pressure Trigger A Boil Water Notice?

The pipes that bring the water around the city and eventually to your faucets are old and have been underground for decades. Many of these pipes have small cracks in them that leak water. As long as the pressure in the pipes remains sufficiently high, any water leakage in these cracks will be the water inside the pipes being forced out due to the pressure. However, if the water pressure in the pipes dips too low, then ground water from outside the pipe can seep into it for these same cracks. This ground water has not been filtered or treated and can be contaminated with all sorts of things from bacteria and spores to gasoline and pesticides.

What Does A Boil Water Notice Mean?

First of all, a boil water notice doesn’t mean that your water is definitely bad. In cases where low water pressure triggered the boil water notice, it just means that there is a chance that the water pipes leading to your home have suffered ground water intrusion.

In most cases, the cause of the drop in water pressure is fixed very quickly, but the boil water notice remains. This is because the water system needs to be flushed before the water is considered good again. This usually takes about 48 hours.

Don’t Ever Worry About A Boil Water Notice Again

Fortunately, you don’t need to ever worry about a boil water notice again. Crystal Clear Water has full house filtration systems that will make sure the every drop of water coming from those old city lines has been filtered before it gets inside your home and in your taps.

Call us today for a consultation on how we can set your home up to have safe, great tasting water for less money then you think

clean tap water

A recent study has shown that 83% of all the worlds tap water contains microscopic plastic fibers in it. I know what you are thinking, that must be third world nations that don’t have quality standards like the US does. Well, in fact, the same study revealed that 94% of of all water samples in the USA contained these same microscopic plastic fibers. Even samples from the EPA offices contained them.

These plastic fibers enter the water supply in many different ways from being part of large plastic items that have been grounded and sheared away, to being from tire dust that gets taken from roadways in storm runoff. With bout 300 million tons of new plastic being produced annually, it is easy to see how this problem is only going to get worse.

When minerals contaminate our water supply, the build up from them clogs our appliances and stains our sinks and tubs. When metals like iron contaminate our water, we see rust stains on our sidewalks and exterior walls. When bacteria contaminates our water, we get sick. But no one is really sure what type of effect these microscopic plastics will have on us, or our bodies, as studies on this have yet to be done. However, I am sure the effects of constant ingestion of plastic can not be good. I mean, plastic in my car, or TV, or phone is good. Plastic in my body… not so much.

How Do You Make Your Tap Water Safe?

clean tap water all want to know that the water coming from our tap is not only safe to drink, but great tasting as well. The best way to do that is by installing a water filtration system. Some people worry that a water filtration system is expensive, but when you compare it to buying bottled water for your whole family, week after week, month after month, the prices are very reasonable. There are also several different types of water filtration systems that you can get for your home that vary in price. If a whole house filtration system is out of your budget, then you could try an under the sink filtration system. Sure, it won’t protect your appliances and faucets, but at least your tap water will be clean and great tasting.

There are many different types of filtration systems to choose from, so the first thing you should do before choosing is to have your homes water tested. That way you can see if one type or another filtration system may be better suited to your specific water needs. (Why get a water softener if you don’t have hard water?)

In southwest Florida, Crystal Clear is the largest water treatment company. Our team can test your water, go over water treatment options with you, and get the best system for your needs and budget installed. We also offer service packages, emergency assistance, and supply deliveries. Whatever your water needs in Southwest Florida, Crystal Clear can help, just give us a call!

Have Your Water Tested

So we made it through hurricane Irma. That was a rough one. Have you ever notice that whenever there is a big storm like this, they city puts out precautionary boil water notices? The reasoning behind this is that the city doesn’t actually know if the city water supply has been contaminated. They need to test the water before they can say it is safe to drink.

How could the city water have been contaminated?

Have Your Water Tested are many violent forces at work when a large storm passes. flood waters can seep into water lines, sub stations can be compromised, and power outages can make water unsafe.

How do power outages make water unsafe? Most drinking water is treated with chlorine or a similar chemical to kill harmful bacteria that may grow in the water between the treatment plant ad your home. These chemicals evaporate from the water. The further your home or business is from the water treatment facility, the more evaporation of these chemicals occurs. In many cases, the city has substations set up to add more chemicals into the water to keep it safe. But if thee substations loose power, they may not be putting the chemicals into the water creating a situation where bacteria can thrive in your water after it was treated by the city. Add to this the threat of flood water intrusion into those water lines, and you could have problems. This is why you almost always see boil water notices after these large storms.

But What If I Am On A Well?

Being on a well can be even more risky in a big storm like this, especially as our cities grow bigger. Wells usually tap into shallow aquifers under ground. When you have flood waters, those flood waters drain into those same aquifers. However, it is not just rain water that is draining into the aquifer. It is also all the pollutants that the storm picked up, as well as all the oil, pesticides, and other dirt that the flood water picked up once it reached the ground.

What Can I Do?

After any large storm that brings flooding or long power outages, have your water tested. Crystal Clear Water has several highly trained professionals that can test your water and make sure that it is safe for you and your family to use.

If you don’t want to wait for your water to be tested, you could get a whole house filtration system from Crystal Clear Water. Our systems can guarantee that you have clean, safe, great tasting water all year long. We can even install a holding tank that can make sure you have safe water to drink even if the city turns off the water, or a water main breaks leaving your neighborhood without water.

We are all grateful that Irma wasn’t as bad as they had forecast. Now that it is over, let’s get cleaned up, and get prepared for the next one.

southwest Florida rain

Does Southwest Florida Rain Affect My Drinking Water?

Unless you haven’t been out of your house all week, you may have noticed that we have had an excessive amount of rainfall in Southwest Florida these past few days. Roads are flooded, vacant lots look like marshlands, and most people have small rivers in their front yards.

If you are living in a home that gets its water from a well, you need to be extra diligent over the next few weeks.

southwest Florida rainHas Your Well Flooded?

If you have seen flooding near your well, you should have it tested before you drink it. Rainwater itself is usually fine, but when it collects on the ground, it usually includes rainwater that has run through other yards that may have fertilizer or chemicals in them, or across roads that may have vehicle fluids on it. As the water sits in your yard, bugs can land in it and lay eggs, animals may walk through it or drink from it and leave behind bacteria, and fungus can start to grow in it. All of this stuff can seep into the ground and contaminate your well. If the area directly around your well has been flooded, you should assume it is contaminated, and not drink from it until you have it tested.

Keep an Eye, and Nose, on Your Water

Even if your well does not look like it has been flooded, all this rain may still be causing problems. Sometimes it can take days or even a week for the contaminants in the surface water to make their way down to your well, or the aquifer that your well has tapped. Be extra vigilante with your water. If you notice any change in the way it looks, smells or tastes, you should have your water tested. You can’t be to safe with your families health.

Be Prepared For Future Events

Of course, the best thing you could do, if you have a well, is to have a full house filtration system installed. A full house filtration system, like one of our reverse osmosis systems, can make sure that all of the bacteria, and chemicals that are floating around in that storm water outside, does not seep into your well, and end up coming out of your tap. If you are already drinking bottled water, a home filtration system will save you money. Not only does it supply you with safe, great tasting drinking water, it also removes sediment that can clog water heaters, washing machines, dish washers and faucets. This will save you money on your electric bill (if you have an electric water bill) and it will save you money on repairs to your other appliances.

Crystal Clear Water is a top rated Southwest Florida water specialist that can test your water, install any type of water filtration and service that system. Give us a call, and we can figure out how to give you and your family the best tasting, safest water around.

Whole House Filtration, or Under Sink Filtration

If you live in southwest Florida, you are probably aware that our tap water isn’t the best water on the planet. It isn’y bad, but a little filtration makes it a lot better. The only question that remains is: should you get a whole house filtration system, or an under the sink filtration system? Let’s look at some of the pro’s and con’s of each system to help you decide.

Under Sink Filtration Provides Clean Drinking Water

Using an under sink filtration system (also known as a POU, or Point of Use system) is an inexpensive solution to have safe, great tasting water fresh from your tap.

If you live in an older home that may have some contamination coming from the pluming within the house, an under sink filtration system will address those issues because the water goes through the filter, and straight to your sinks tap. This means that no matter where there is contamination, whether it be at the waters source, through the miles of old city piping that it takes to get to your home, or from within your home itself, water from a POU system will always be filtered at the tap. (or right under the tap…)

Under Sink Filtration is Less Expensive

Another advantage of an under sink filtration system is that it is less expensive at the point of purchase then a whole house system. An under sink filtration system is smaller, and handles less flow. This reduces the price of the system, and even lowers the price of replacement filters. (However, a whole house system may be cheaper in the long run).

If you want clean, safe water from your kitchen sink without a large out of pocket expense up front, an under sink filtration system might be for you.

Whole House Filtration, or Under Sink FiltrationWhole House Filtration Protects All Your Appliances

Why choose a whole house filtration system over an under sink filtration system? well, let’s face it, you likely use water in more then one place in your house. An under sink filtration system may give you good quality water from the kitchen sink, but you don’t brush your teeth in the kitchen, do you?

A whole house filtration system filters all the water going into your house. All the sinks, the showers and tubs, the appliances, and even the toilet will have good water. Why does that mater? because sediment that is filtered out by a filtration system can clog up nozzles in toilets, shower heads and dishwashers. It can corrode clothes washers, and water heaters. The mineralization can coat tiles, and faucets. Simply put, bad water can cause all sorts of problems with your appliances, and water using parts of your home.

A whole house filtration system may cost more money up front, but it also protects more thing in your home. Having a whole house filtration system can save you money in the long run by extending the life of almost everything in your home that water flows through.
If you are in the Southwest Florida area, Crystal Clear Water can come by and talk to you about the best system for your home and budget. Give us a call, and get great quality drinking water in your home.

Southwest Florida City Water

We all know that Southwest Florida city water isn’t the best tasting, but did you know it may be ruining your appliances as well? I recently met a family that lives in south Cape Coral who was buying 2 of those 24 counts of bottled water at the grocery store per week. That is around $80 per month in bottled water (and an enormous amount of plastic in our landfills every year).

Mineralization Wrecks Faucets

Southwest Florida City Water I spoke with this family, the father told me that they have to replace all of their shower heads and faucets yearly because the mineralization in the water makes them run horribly after a while. He said they clean them once, and then they replace them. Typical Southwest Florida Tap Water contains calcium and magnesium that leaves deposits on faucets and other surfaces (called Lime or Lime scale). Usually this can be cleaned off, but some people like to replace mineralized faucets.

Hard Water Ruins Your Appliances

Those same scale deposits that are causing problems to this families faucets, also hurt their appliances. These mineral deposits can cause problems with water heaters, ice makers, dishwashers and laundry machines. In fact, some studies have shown that hard water causes these appliances to wear out more then 30% faster. As appliances wear out, they become less efficient. Your water heater has to work harder (and your electric bill goes up) as mineral sediment builds up inside of it.

Hard Water also reduces the efficiency of your washing machine. Your clothes begin to get dingy, and eventually become ruined by the mineral deposits in the fabric.

Iron Wrecks Your Exterior

Some water picks up iron deposits from the pipes it goes through to get to your home. These iron deposits make them selves known by leaving reddish (or rust) colored stains both inside your house (in your toilet, or tub) and outside where sprinklers spray the iron deposits on your driveway, sidewalk or even walls. If you have been wondering why your Southwest Florida City Water has been leaving rust stains on the outside of your home that you need to have pressure washed off occasionally, it is because of these iron deposits in the water.

Sulfur Wrecks Your Serenity

Another problem we have in Southwest Florida is sulfur. Although, sulfur is more of a problem with well water then with city water. I do have a friend that has a nice piece of property that used to be on a well, and then the city came by and graciously hooked them up to city water and sewer… However, they kept the well for watering the rather large lot they own and the gardens that they keep on it. The gardens are truly beautiful and taking a walk in their gardens is a very pleasant experience until the sprinklers kick on. The sulfur in the well water is enough to turn your stomach.

Whether you have Southwest Florida City Water, or Well Water, Crystal Clear Water has a water treatment system for you. In most cases, our systems are cheaper in the long run then buying water and replacing appliances. So give us a call, and we can send someone out to your home to evaluate your water needs and set you up with a system that will make everything better.

Drink More Water

Everyone knows that drinking more water is good for you. We have all heard about the “drink eight glasses of water per day” rule. And we all know the dangers of becoming dehydrated. Living in Florida, many of us have had experience with heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke. But how many of us are really drinking enough water every day?

Water Relieves Aches and Pains

A lot of people don’t realize that many of the aches and pains we suffer every day are actually symptoms of mild dehydration. When we sweat, muscles loose water, and that water loss causes us to feel tired, and sore. When we loose even more water, our joints can become sore, and our muscles become tight leaving us prone to muscle strains. The pounding headache of a hangover is also nothing more then a symptom of dehydration. So you see, many of the aches and pains we feel can be cured by simply drinking enough water. When you feel tired, sore, or have a headache, sit down and have a big drink of water. You will be feeling better in no time.

Water Regulates the Balance and Flow

About 60% of our body is made up of water. Replenishing this reservoir maintains the bodies fluid balance. Water helps regulate body temperature as well as transporting nutrients through the body, and water takes toxins out. Our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood per day. The kidneys use water to sift through the bad stuff, and transport it to the bladder so we can get rid of what we don’t need. Drinking enough water also makes sure we have enough fluids in our colon. This helps in the digestion of food,  makes the elimination of waster easier, and stops constipation.

Drink More WaterDrink More Water to Look Better

I mentioned already that drinking enough water helps the body eliminate waste. Well, they say the average person has anywhere between 5 and 25 pounds of waste in their colon at any time. So helping to eliminate that waste will help you to shed a few unhealthy pounds. Not only that, but drinking enough water also helps you feel fuller. So if you drink more water, you will eat less food. That is the simplest way to loose weight. Another benefit you receive from water clearing out the toxins and waste in your body is that it makes your skin clearer and more youthful looking. So if you drink more water you will loose weight and have clearer skin! That makes anyone look better.

You Will Get More Done

We mentioned earlier that not drinking enough water will make your muscles feel tired. Tiredness is one of the most common symptoms of dehydration. So drinking enough water will help you feel awake and invigorated. Some studies also show that drinking enough water helps improve focus, and clearer thinking. So not only will drinking more water give you the energy to get things done, it will help you concentrate on what you need to do, and help you do it right!

So Why Don’t You Drink More Water?

I’ve met people who say “I would drink more water, but I don’t like the way it tastes”.  Maybe you are one of those people. If so, may we suggest that you are just not drinking good quality water. Try water from one of our water filtration systems on a hot day, and we bet you will think it tastes amazing!

Southwest Florida Water Supply

There is an old saying that Hindsight is 20/20. Yet even 50 years ago the Southwest Florida water supply was a concern to the civic engineers of the time. Recently, a friend sent me a link to an old USGS report titled Water – Supply Problems in Southwest Florida that was dated 1968. The report showed some concern because four of the counties in Southwest Florida, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, and Lee, were among the 15 counties in Florida with the most rapid population increase for period 1960-64. In fact, the report claimed that the population of Southwest Florida had increased by 300 percent in the 15 years prior to the report being written. I am pretty sure part of that expansion had to do with Redfish Point being turned into Cape Coral in 1958, and expanding from uninhabited to having a population of 2,850 by 1963.

Where Does Southwest Florida Drinking Water Come From? 1968, the USGS claimed that most of Southwest Florida’s good quality water came from lakes, ponds, streams and canals, and some coming from ground water in shallow artesian aquifers. The Floridian Aquifer, they claimed, contained water of poor quality that is highly mineralized with high concentrations of Chloride with averages of about 1,000 ppm (parts per million). The report also concludes that salt water intrusion into the water supply is of great concern.

Today, cities like Cape Coral claim to get their water from places like the deep Lower Hawthorn Aquifer that isn’t mentioned in the 1968 report. Cape Coral claims this water does have Chloride in it, but is reduced by a reverse osmosis treatment process that reduces the concentration to 0.62 ppm.

Crystal Clear Water offers similar reverse osmosis systems for your house that range in size from whole house systems to under the sink systems. These reverse osmosis systems are great if your home gets its water from a well. You will get the same filtration technology that the city water supply uses without your water traveling through miles of pipes that have probably been around since before this 1968 report was written. Of course, if you are on city water, and are worried about those old pipes… we can install one for you as well.

The 1968 report is very proud of a recently completed facility in Charlotte County that pumps water from Shell Creek to supply drinking water to Punta Gorda and another facility in Ft Myers that pumps water from the Caloosahatchee to refill the existing well fields in the area.

Currently, Ft Myers is operating a water treatment plant that meets a demand of 6.5 million gallons of water per day. This plant gets source water from the Floridian Aquifer that was claimed to have poor quality water in 1968. However, the Ft Myers water treatment plant also uses a reverse osmosis filtration system.

Doing a bit of research, I couldn’t find any information on the facility mentioned in 1968, but I wonder if it is gone, or if it is still “recharging the existing well field”.

The Punta Gorda Water Treatment Division is apparently still using the Shell Creek facility to supply water to Punta Gorda. Of course with the increased industrialization, population, and subsequent pollution, and agricultural runoff polluting Shell Creek one would have to put some serious thought into getting an at home filtration system if they lived in Punta Gorda. Especially, as the report notes, that the reduction of rain water in the winter months tend to lower the quality of the surface water in places like Shell Creek (and I am sure the population boom do to the influx of snowbirds doesn’t help either).

Dealing with quality problems with the Southwest Florida water supply is something we have been dealing with since people first settled the shores of the Gulf Coast, and, as populations continue to increase, it is something we will always continue to deal with. Between problems with our natural water supply, and pollutants that contaminate our water as it travels through antiquated pipes to get to our homes, the best course of action will always be to have a good water filtration system as close to where you drink the water from as possible. For that reason, Crystal Clear Water is here to help you. Give us a call, and enjoy a clean, refreshing glass of water.