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Monthly Archives: October 2017

  1. Algae Blooms in Water

    Algae in Water

    Source of Algae: Algae are tiny plants that grow in water and in moist places. Lakes, rivers and reservoirs contain algae as part of the natural ecosystem. Sometimes algae will grow at a very fast rate when provided with nutrients like phosphate. This can cause taste, odor and health problems when drinking water is pumped from these open sources of water.

     

    Effects of Algae: When algae die they release taste and odor-causing chemicals like geosmin, creating a musty taste and odor to water. While most algae cause aesthetic problems, certain types of algae release harmful chemicals called microcystins.  Microcystin-contaminated water has killed pets, birds and livestock. There is growing concern that algae blooms can cause

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  2. Big Blue Sediment Filter Installation

    Sediment in your water supply will reduce water flow by clogging faucet aerators and water filters. Rust, sand and grit damages dishwashers, washing machines, coffee makers and toilet fill mechanisms. A sediment filter captures abrasive sediment before it damages appliances and clogs plumbing. A whole-house sediment filter protects every faucet and water outlet in the home.

    1. Read the installation instructions that came with the filter. It will give you an idea of what you’ll need to connect the sediment filter to the main water supply. Installation is a DIY project but a plumber is recommended if you are unfamiliar with plumbing practices. 
    2. Select a near the incoming water source. Ideally the filter can be located where it is easy to access during cartridge changes. Be sure to leave about four inches of clearance below the filter so the housing can be removed. 
    3. Turn off the main water supply. 
    4. Turn off power to the water
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  3. Installing a Backwashing Arsenic Filter

    Installing a Backwashing Arsenic Filter

    Arsenic in well water

    Arsenic (As) is a part of the earth’s crust, occurring naturally in soil and rock. Arsenic can dissolve into groundwater, the primary source of drinking water for many Americans. Some industries in the United States release thousands of pounds of arsenic into the environment each year. Airborne arsenic is washed from the air by rain, snow, and gradual settling. Once it is on the ground or in surface water, arsenic can slowly leach into ground water. High arsenic levels in private wells may also come from certain arsenic containing

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