Blog: Crystal Clear Systems


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.


I recently saw a meme on social media warning that there is dihydrogen monoxide in our food and drinks. Of course, this meme was made as a joke. Considering dihydrogen (h2) monoxide (o) is just water, it seems unlikely anyone is seriously concerned about it being in their food or drink. However, it does bring up an interesting concern about the chemicals that are found in our tap water.

The EPA has certain standards for drinking water that allow a “safe” level of some chemical contaminants into our drinking water supply. These chemicals can include antimony, arsenic, asbestos, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, copper, cyanide, fluoride, lead, mercury, nitrate, selenium, thallium and others.  (read more about the regulated drinking water contaminants here) of that is allowed, in certain amounts, in our drinking water supply. The EPA may be correct to assume that the water is perfectly safe to drink with those levels of contaminants in it, but you don’t drink it from where they are testing it. After it is tested by the EPA, it travels through miles of pipes (some over 50 years old) before it gets to your house, and goes through your pipes. What might it have picked up along the way? Have any of those pipes developed cracks over the years? could nitrates from fertilizer, or pesticides be seeping into the pipes that carry your drinking water? The only way to know for sure how good the quality of your drinking water is would be to test it where you get it from… your tap.

Unfortunately, the EPA doesn’t test the water at your house, they leave that up to you. And if you get your water from a well, the EPA doesn’t test your water at all. However, we do test the water quality at your house… you just need to give us a call and set up an appointment.

Crystal Clear Water can perform a simple test at your home for sulfur, iron, hardness, tannins, nitrates, and pH. We can also send a sample of your water off to one of our labs for more in depth tests. After the tests results are back, we can formulate a proper water treatment system for your home that will ensure your family is getting safe, clean tasty water that won’t leave hard water stains on your clothes, dishes, or appliances. (We can also eliminate those ugly water stains that your sprinklers leave on the side of your house.)

Experts say that your home water should be tested every year. Don’t delay, give Crystal Clear Water a call and let us come out and do a full inspection on your water system. Because having clean water is something you shouldn’t have to worry about, and it may be interesting to know what other chemicals have dissolved in your Dihydrogen Monoxide.

tap water

Water is arguably the most important nutrient in a human being’s life. A human adult has to drink approximately 8 glasses of water in a day so as to replenish the water he losses through urine, respiratory track and through sweating. Even though the better part of the earth is covered by water, 99.7% of it is not safe for human consumption. To make it fit for human consumption it must first be purified. Below are some reasons why your drinking water needs to be purified.

1. Bacteria

Water contains a whole host of bacteria, Escherichia Coli being the most common bacteria in water. The sources are human faeces, decaying corpses and also rotting vegetation. If this bacteria is ingested it can cause abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhoea. Luckily they are easy to kill but with the right purification process.

2. Chemicals

tap water waste raging from heavy materials to toxic sludge dumped in rivers and lakes is a huge contributor to water pollution. Not to forget the gasses and soot coming from the factory. Chemicals such as chromium, barium and arsenic are known to cause kidney damage, intestinal lesions and even cancer. One way of removing the pollutants is by evaporating the water and condensing the steam. This process could take long that is why it is advisable to get a professional find the most suitable purification process for you.

3. Viruses

Viruses such as hepatitis A found in water are mostly from human faecal matter. It is the most common virus that you will find in the water. Drinking tap water and ingesting contaminated water it might take a few days or weeks to start experiencing the symptoms.

4. Water hardness

When water falls either as snow or rain it is soft water but after it penetrates the earth it absorbs metals in the soil such as calcium ions and magnesium ions. When the water absorbs these ions it becomes hard water. Hard water can cause several inconveniences around the house such as increasing the heating electricity bill, increased use of detergents and decreased life span of appliances. If used for bathing it can cause skin irritations.

5. Low water pH

The pH value of water shows the relation of hydroxyl and hydrogen ions. When the pH of your water is low it means that the water is acidic. Acidic water can be aggressive and can corrode metal surfaces such as those of house hold appliances and pipes. It is therefore wise to keep the water pH high to avoid corrosion.

Water could contain microorganisms that could reproduce and make you sick. To avoid common water borne illnesses such as cholera, test your water and discuss the available water purification processes available and which would be best suited for your house hold. On top of keeping you and your family in great health, you get to keep your appliances in the home working more efficiently.

Southwest Florida water

It is no surprise that living in Southwest Florida, water is a part of your life. Water is everywhere. From the temperate waters of the Gulf of Mexico to our abundance of rivers and canals, to our 56 inches of Average annual precipitation, if you live in Southwest Florida and don’t enjoy water, you live in the wrong place.

Southwest Florida Water for Fun

With Southwest Florida’s amazing climate, there are activities that you can do on the water all year long. From boating and sailing to paddle boarding, kayaking and wind surfing, to snorkeling and scuba diving. If it can be done in the water, Southwest Florida is the place to do it. (If you enjoy scuba diving, and haven’t yet been to the Naples Spring, AKA “The Black Hole”, it is something to see. There is also the Captiva Blue Hole as well as numerous sunken ships and artificial reefs to explore.)

Southwest Florida Water for Sustenance

Southwest Florida water don’t know many people in Southwest Florida who have never been fishing. Whether you like to fish for sport, or are trying to catch dinner, there are an abundance of places to find fish in Southwest Florida waters. You could cast a line for redfish in the waters around 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge, or head out to sea for Grouper or Tarpon. Whatever you like to cast a line for, you can find it is Southwest Florida.

The abundant rainfall in Southwest Florida also makes gardening a dream. Unlike some places where it is cheaper to buy your fruits and vegetables then to irrigate your garden, Southwest Florida water falls from the sky on a regular basis. Many people that don’t garden still have citrus, mango and avocado trees in their yards. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish make for great healthy dinners brought to you by Southwest Florida water.

Southwest Florida Water for Ambiance

Southwest Florida has an easy laid-back feeling. I tend to think that Southwest Florida water has a lot to do with that. It creates an ambience of relaxation. Whether you are laying out on of the amazing beaches, eating at an incredible waterfront restaurant, or just floating around in your own pool, Southwest Florida water is relaxing and peaceful.

Southwest Florida Water is Life

Over half of the adult human body is made up of water. Maybe that is why we love living in a place where water is such a large part of life. But although we may love to live and play in the waters around Southwest Florida, the Gulf and the Rivers aren’t the best place to get a cool drink. Luckily, Crystal Clear Water is in Southwest Florida as well. We have water purification systems that can make sure the water you use for cooking, cleaning and drinking is the best quality water you can fin in Southwest Florida. Let us come out to your home and test your water. Whether you have a well system, or use city water, we can make your Southwest Florida water better.

southwest florida summer

southwest florida summer grew up in Southwest Florida and water was a huge part of my life. I learned to swim at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, and spent many a sweltering summer afternoon cooling off by jumping off the Cape Coral pier (and in some cases, into the canals off Aqualinda.) My Grandparents lived on Coronado and had a pool, so it was always a treat to visit them. I remember my Grandfathers signs on the porch “Welcome to our ool. That’s right, there is no P in it. Let’s Keep it that Way.” “Mac’s Swimming and Drinking Club”. Of course, as a child the drinking I did was mostly water. And in Cape Coral’s sweltering heat, I drank a lot of water.

When I got older, I would go away occasionally. Flying back into Southwest Florida was always a unique experience because as soon as the plane door opened you could feel the humidity envelope you. My wife would say that Southwest Florida was welcoming us home with a warm hug.

The Southwest Florida Summer is Here Again

Now we have reached another Southwest Florida Summer. The heat and humidity are back. The afternoon thunderstorms are starting to roll in, and we all are nervously keeping an eye on the tropics for any sign of a hurricane heading our way. As an adult, many days it seems like a mad dash from the air conditioned house, to the air conditioned car, to the air conditioned office. Sooner or later, however, we will all face the heat of outdoors.

In the heat of a Southwest Florida summer we all need to stay hydrated. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very real threats, and the best way to avoid them is by drinking plenty of water. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, some doctors recommend drinking 2-4 glasses of water per hour. If you are buying bottled water, this can get expensive rather quickly.

Filter Your Water at Home

A better solution then buying bottled water is to have a home filtration system. Most bottled water companies just filter tap water, and then bottle it to sell to you. Granted, that is usually better then plain old tap water, but if you filter it at home it is even better. Home filtered water is as clean as bottled water is before it is bottled. Once bottled water gets put into the bottle, chemicals from the plastic bottle begin to leach into the water. How much contamination depends on how long the water has been in the bottle and how it has been stored.

But water filtered from a home filtration system is fresh and clean from your tap into your glass. It doesn’t sit in a hot warehouse for weeks or months before getting to the store, and then sits on a shelf for who knows how long before you buy it. And in the long run, it really is the cheapest, cleanest water you can get.

Give Crystal Clear Water a call, and we can send someone out to test your homes water, and help you determine the best, most cost effective solution for your water needs.

the Best Water Filtration System For A SWFL Home

Water is a basic human need, and when water gets polluted, it is not only catastrophic to the environment but the human health as well. Tens of millions of people worldwide lose their lives every year due to water-related ailments, the majority of which can be prevented easily. Due to this reason, having your water tested on a regular basis for bacteria and nitrates is very important since some problems are not detectable by color or smell. Some of the benefits of having the water tested include human health, plants, crop and nursery health, animal health, protecting equipment and pipes as well as avoiding outbreaks in pools and spas.

Approximately 90% of Florida residents have groundwater as their source of drinking water. Florida’s ambient monitoring network states that the water is generally of good quality. However, potential sources of the contamination of groundwater in Florida are numerous especially from agricultural chemicals, animal wastes, salt water and more. In Southwest Florida, whether the water comes from wells or public water systems, the quality of the drinking water can be a huge concern. It is for this reason that a lot of people in Southwest Florida are turning to plumbing nerds for installation of water filtration systems in their homes.

Having a professional water filter installation in the homes is very important. This system has various benefits which include health and safety for the family. The other benefits include:

• Removal of lead and other contaminants which are one of the biggest dangers in the contaminated water.

• Removal of toxins which when consumed at high levels it leads to health problems.

• It saves money. While it could be true that bottled water is relatively safe, they can be expensive in the long run compared to paying water bill on a monthly basis. It is also cheap to maintain a water filtration system since the majority of the systems in the market is specially designed to function without electricity. Once the water filtration system is installed, there is no need to worry about additional costs.

the Best Water Filtration System For A SWFL HomeWhen choosing the best water filtration system for a home in Southwest Florida, residents can adopt these four recommended simple tips:

1. Get your water tested by a professional to find out what is in your water. Testing helps to know exactly what is causing the problems and determine whether there are risks involved that one might not be aware of. Testing can as well involve evaluation of the general condition of the plumbing system to ensure that the water quality issues are not also as a result of disintegrating iron pipes, buildup of sediment, problems with the septic tank or other problems.

2. Having clean water is not a luxury but a necessity, therefore, look for the best water filtration system that you can afford. Also, based on what would be found after the test, the professionals will recommend for you the best type of treatment system for your home that offers the flow rate that you require and at the same is energy efficient and cheap to maintain.

Many residential and commercial Southwest Florida customers prefer reverse osmosis systems because they are very effective in attacking a wide spectrum of contaminants found in Southwest Florida water. There are also whole house systems which are also effective in cleaning and purifying water.

3. Choose a reputable local company with years of experience and commendable services. Read reviews from customers who have received services from those companies.

4. Ensure that they offer you a lifetime warranty plus a price protection guarantee.

tap water in Lee County Florida

The Safe Drinking Water Act requires that Florida Counties release an annual report detailing the quality of water in respective counties. If you live in Southwest Florida, you likely look forward to reviewing the report to determine water quality in your Florida home.

Learn about water quality reports and potential dangers associated with relying solely on those reports on water quality. Discover how to get more reliable results on water quality in your home and important steps you can take to better ensure cleaner, safer water at your Lee County area home.

Understanding Lee County Water Quality Reports

tap water in Lee County Florida County Utilities (LCU) calls its annual Water Quality Report an “Annual Consumer Confidence Report.” The LCU further explains that it “Regularly” monitors “Your drinking water” to test for contaminants and states that LCU conducts testing from water samples to make sure water in Lee County is safe for human consumption.

However, there is an issue in relying solely on such reports as a determinant of drinking water quality in your home. Have you ever considered how LCU knows for certain that there are no contaminants in the water specifically at your Lee County Florida home? If so, you are right to have concerns. A major reason for concern is the fact that county water supplies are routinely tested at the source, not at individual Southwest Florida homes.

The report information indicates that some contaminants do in fact come from homes. For example, when discussing lead in the 2016 report, LCU explains that while it is responsible for ensuring high-quality drinking water, the LCU “Cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.” Indeed, the report lists the likely source of the 2016 presence of lead and copper contaminants as being partly due to corrosion of household plumbing systems.

Importance of having your water tested

If you want to ensure that you have clean, safe water, have the water quality tested at your Lee County home.

Having your water tested is of utmost importance to help ensure high levels of safety and quality standards of tap water in your home.

Crystal Clear Water provides details about a variety of water problems that potentially affect water in Lee County homes and throughout Southwest Florida. The only way to know if your home has hard water, high levels of contaminants or other impurities is to have the water tested at your Lee County home.

Benefits of installing a water filtration system

There are multiple benefits to installing a water infiltration system in your home. Water filtration systems do much more than simply make your tap water taste better. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that various filtration systems potentially help remove bacteria, protozoa, viruses and other contaminants such as chemicals.

Rely on experienced professionals to test the water in your home. You receive a detailed explanation of any contaminants affecting quality of your water as well as options to best help you provide safer, cleaner water for your family. Remember that counties test at the source, not the water specifically at your home.


The presence of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) in water and that in particular which comes from a well makes it have a characteristic odor of “rotten eggs,” and this is especially noticeable in hot running water. Though such waters may not have health implications, being in an environment with such smells can be quite irritating.

Such waters will discolor tea, coffee, among other beverages and change the appearance and taste of cooked food. Water that contains H2S corrodes brass, iron, copper, steel, and any exposed metal parts on appliances that use water. Corrosion on iron and steel builds up ferrous sulfide, which causes discoloration of brass and copper utensils. The corrosion is responsible for darkening of silverware as well.

why your well water smells

Sources of Hydrogen Sulfide

There are multiple sources of hydrogen sulfide including sewage pollution. Other sources include sulfur and iron bacteria that are present in environments that are oxygen deficient. That means that wells from an appropriate environment for such bacteria to thrive and in the process, these bacteria use sulfur and iron as a source of energy and transform sulfates to produce H2S gas.

The sulfur, in this case, is from decaying plants, soil or rocks and the bacteria responsible for the production of H2S gas do well in an environment that is rich in iron. They may not be harmful organisms but are responsible for the bad taste and odor in water.

Testing your water

When experiencing well water smells, it is important to determine the source of the foul smell, and this should be the first step. If you realize that the smell is from your well, you need to carry out a mineral water analysis. Through the analysis, you will be able to check on tannin, pH, ORP, iron, sulfates, and hardness composition of the water.

The results of the analysis will help you identify the appropriate water treatment measures to take and the best system to use as well. If infants and children are set to use such water for drinking, it should be tested for metals, minerals, coliform and e-coli (fecal coliform), to ensure the water is safe for consumption.

If the source of water you are using is from a public water system and you are experiencing some foul smells, it is wise to contact a utility official. They will be in the best position to check whether the smell is coming from the piping or plumbing system of your home, or the public system.


When you decide to test the water you use at home; you need to check it when it is hot and cold by filling a bucket with the water. You can use one bucket for cold water and the other for hot water, which will help you identify if there is some odor from one bucket that is not present in the other.

If the water produces a cucumber smell or sewage, that indicates the presence of sulfur and iron bacteria. A ‘”rotten egg” odor signifies the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas, while and asphalt or the smell of oil signifies the presence of manganese in the water. It is important to test water the moment you start experiencing well water smells. If this simple test shows some signs of strange odors in your water, give Crystal-Clear Water a call, and we can come out to your house and do a more comprehensive test to determine what is wrong with your water, and how to fix it. Once a solution is found, the water will be safe both for household use and consumption as well.