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October 2005 - Volume 2 - Issue 4




What’s In Our Water? Why We Should Care

I am often asked why someone should care about what is in their water. After all, the government wouldn’t send me water that is bad for me, would they?

First, let me say that I don’t think the government would send us water that is bad for us. Given that, the answer to this question depends on what we would like to accomplish.

Consumers like you and me are always better off having good information about the products we consume. In this case the product is water. We should care about what is in our water so we will know if it satisfies our needs or if we can benefit from making a change.

While our local water utility companies do the best they can to provide safe water to our homes, they provide only one type of water for us to use for everything. Unfortunately, we use water for many different things and can benefit from using different types of water.

We use water for many things, drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning our homes, clearing the driveway, chasing stray dogs, watering the lawn, etc. Different uses have different needs that can be matched up with different types of water. Let me explain.

Purified Water

Purified water is water that has had the contaminants removed. These may include minerals, chlorine added by the water company and other undesirables. Drinking and cooking benefit from using purified water. Doing a side-by-side comparison of coffee, tea, lemonade, and other water based drinks made with purified water versus raw tap water reveals a dramatic difference in flavor and aroma. Purified water lets the natural flavors come through resulting in a richer experience. Many people find they can use less coffee or tea and don’t have to use as much cream and sugar to overcome the bitter taste imparted by tap water. Purified water is usually provided by a reverse osmosis (RO) system typically installed under the kitchen sink.

Softened or Refined Water

Softened or Refined water has had the hardness impurities (typically Calcium and Magnesium) removed. These are the impurities that lead to the build up seen on shower doors, shower heads, faucets, and dishwashers. Hardness impurities shorten the life and increase the cost of operating hot water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers and plumbing components including pipes and fixtures. These are the same impurities that cause the spotting on glasses and dishes in the dishwasher and on cars after washing them. They also cause a lot of the dry skin so many of us get after showering each day. Removing the hardness impurities saves us money on soaps, shampoos, cleaning products and repairs. Cleaning the house, bathing the kids, doing laundry are tasks that benefit from refined or softened water; they do not require purified water. This is usually provided by using a whole house softening system.

Raw Tap Water

Cleaning the driveway, watering the lawn and chasing away stray dogs are tasks that do not require the higher quality water provided by purification or softening systems. They can be serviced by city supplied water or the canal or lake water so many of us use to water our lawns.

What Can I Do?

The best thing you can do to find out the quality of your water is to seek out the advice of a reputable water dealer. You should expect to get a free, no obligation to buy anything test of your water. If the dealer finds issues, you should ask for recommendations so you can make an intelligent decision about your alternatives. A good dealer will be able to make recommendations that match your water, your lifestyle and solutions properly. Like a doctor, no one should prescribe a solution without first diagnosing the problem. Your test may reveal that you are fine but without one, you won’t know.

John Schneyer, President and Owner of AQUAtiva of Florida, Inc., a member of the Water Quality Association and the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, can be reached at (561) 994-0701 or
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