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Geosmin: An Overview

Everybody wants their water to taste clean and pure. Unfortunately, despite our nations strict standards of filtration, sometimes certain things slip through. One of the more common compounds that does this includes geosmin, a byproduct of a bacteria called Streptomyces. We’ll go over its effects here.

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Where it comes from:

When streptomyces dies, it releases geosmin. Usually, its death comes from cold temperatures. Because of this, you might notice that your water has a bad taste/smell during the winter.

What it does:

Geosmin can’t harm you, so don’t worry about that. It does, however, create a bad taste and smell from your water. Your nose can pick up traces of geosmin at 5 parts per trillion. Normal methods of filtration don’t get rid of it.

 

If you’ve noticed a foul taste and smell coming from your water, it might have geosmin. Don’t worry, Oliver’s Pure Water can fix that for you. To find out more about our services, don’t hesitate to give us a call today at (817) 205-6411. We look forward to working with you!

Which Animals Can Last The Longest Without Water?

Water, we know that it gives us life; it gives all animals life. However, some of them need it more than others. A select few can last a very long time without it. We’ve listed them for you.

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Camel: 

Everyone knows about how the camel can survive weeks without drinking water. Actually, it maxes out at about 15 days. They need this ability in their desert environments.

 

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Giraffe:

Giraffes can actually last longer without drinking water than camels! They will go up to 3 weeks without a drink. When they do drink, they’ve been known to down 12 gallons in one sitting.

 

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Kangaroo Rat:

Believe it or not, this little animal can last longer without drinking water than any other. They go their whole lives (3-5 years) without drinking any!

 

Technically, all these animals have to have water to survive; they just go a very long time without drinking it. Unlike them, humans should drink it every day. If you have concerns about your water quality, Oliver’s Pure Water can help. For more information, give us a call at (817) 205-6411.

Study: Drops of fuel could seep into our water

rainwaterAccording to researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the small amount of fuel that gets dripped from our gas-station pumps could end up in our drinking water.

The study’s lead author, Markus Hilpert, told NBC News that “people should be worried about the cumulative volume of gasoline that might infiltrate into the subsurface over the life of the gas station. And that is aggravated by the fact that there is a trend to build bigger gas stations — ones that will sell 10 times the amount of gas sold in stations now.”

The study estimates that at one gas station, approximately 1,500 liters of fuel (including about 8 liters of benzene, a carginogenic compount) are spilled over the span of 10 years.

What can you do? Environmental experts advise to be careful when you’re at the pump to to spill anything, which obviously contributes to the problem. But for extra peace of mind, trust the team at Oliver’s Pure Water to ensure what you drink is not only delicious, but safe.

How Home Water Filters Work

The quality of tap water is generally good and safe to drink in the U.S. Many people turn to home water filters that they can buy  at the store. Most of these water filters are either pitchers or dispensers that you can fill with tap water. Some of them you can connected directly to the faucet.  So how doe these home water filters work?

The first step is pouring tap water into the pitcher or dispenser filters. The tap water will then start to go through the filtration process.  The water goes through a carbon and ion charged resin that starts to filter water impurities. The resin reduces the chlorine , copper, cadmium and other metals in the water and improves the taste. The faucet filters trap sediments, chlorine and other impurities in water by using a non-woven screen that traps the impurities. The clean water then passes through the faucet.

The water filters should make tap water taste better and be healthier to drink, but those water filters don’t even compare to an Ozone water treatment system. If you have question about water filters and purification systems, call Oliver’s Pure Water.

The Dangers of BPA in Plastics

BPA (bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical that is used in the making of plastic and resins. BPA has been used since the 1960’s and can found in numerous plastic containers that store food and beverages.

BPA can get into the food and beverages that they’re containing . BPA exposure can have harmful and damaging effects on a person’s body. It can cause damage to the brain, prostate gland and the behavior of infants and young children.

You should seek out BPA free products to reduce your exposure to it. Most containers that are  BPA free have it labeled on them. Check the bottom of plastic containers for their recycled codes. Plastic that are label with a 3 or 7 were made with BPA. Reduce your use of cans. The lining on most can contains BPA.  Don’t heat up any contaiers that have BPA in them. The heat can break down the plastic over time and cause the BPA to leak out. Use glass, steel, or procellian containers to store hot food and drinks.

Modern Challenges for Ancient Water

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In centuries past, an entire civilization’s fate was decided by it’s proximity to an abundant, clean supply of water.  Today – Abundant, clean water can be had in just about every home, office, and retail shop.  We drink it, water our lawns with it, even clean the day’s dirt and oil off our bodies with it in the shower – and we do all these things with water all of the time.

Compared to ancient times, there are also a few billion extra thirsty people roaming the earth in big polluting vehicles by land, sea, and air.  Is there really enough clean water out there to support all of it?

There is a wealth of eye-opening information about the challenges water faces as the primary life-giving element not just for our species, but for almost all forms of life on Earth… and it’s (mostly) been condensed into one easy-to-read infographic for your review.

Don’t feel bad about that long bath – Humans and all of their water consumption only accounts for around 8% of total use.  What do you think is the #1 thirstiest thing on the planet?

Don’t hesitate to contact us with water purification questions in Aledo, Benbrook, Bridgeport, Weatherford and other neighboring cities.

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Drink Plenty of Water this Summer!

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Why is it important to stay hydrated?

Water is needed to remove waste from the body, lubricate joints, control the body’s temperature, and a slew of other essential body functions. In fact, half of your body weight is made up of water and 95% of your brain is composed of water. It only takes a 2 percent drop in body water to cause shrinkage of the brain. This causes slow thinking, a lower ability to concentrate, and impaired neuromuscular coordination.

Are you dehydrated?

Did you know that by the time you feel thirsty, they body is already dehydrated? Approximately 75 percent of Americans suffer from mild dehydration, which is the most common cause of daytime fatigue. When water is lost from the body, it is important to replace it but more often than not, people excrete more water than they take it in. On a day to day basis, the body excretes on average 16 ounces of water from sweating, 16 ounces of water from respiration, and 48 ounces through the removal of waste. Diuretics, such as alcohol and caffeine, also increase the elimination of water from the body.

Signs of dehydration

  • Decrease in urination
  • Dark colored urine
  • Fatigue
  • Dizzy or lightheaded
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Extreme thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Nausea

How much water should I drink?

The amount of water you need depends on your size and activity level. On average, a person needs a minimum of eight to twelve cups of water per day. However, active people need to drink more water to replace water lost through physical activity. The body loses about a cup of water for every 15 minutes of exercise. If you are working out in a hot climate, you could easily lose a gallon of water through perspiration.

Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

eggDoes your water smell or taste like rotten eggs? This is caused by Hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S). The smell and taste is extremely unpleasant and can be damaging to your plumbing system. The sulfur bacteria associated with hydrogen sulfide gas often leaves a slime in your wells and plumbing system.  Hydrogen sulfide gas can also leave unsightly stains on your fixtures and anything metal you wash in it. Overtime hydrogen sulfide can cause corrosion to your pipes and any other metal component of your plumbing system.

Causation

If you are suffering from water that smells like rotting eggs you may wonder why your water contains hydrogen sulfide gas. One of the reasons can be the decay of organic matter from the bottom of lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, etc.

It also can be that the rock formations in your area are composed of minerals containing sulfur. It can also be produced by sulfur bacteria or chemical reactions inside water heaters.

Sometimes pollution is the source of hydrogen sulfide in your water, but this is a rarer circumstance. It is important to determine the cause of this unpleasant contaminant in your water so you can learn how to best treat the issue.

Solution

One of the best ways to get rid of the rotten egg smell your water suffers from is through ozone purification. At Oliver’s Pure Water we offer free water testing and can help you find a solution to your rotten egg water smell. We want your home to be a pleasant environment and can help you prevent damages to your plumbing system from hydrogen sulfide.

Is bottled water really better for you?

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It’s a common misconception that bottled water is safer and healthier than tap water. But don’t be fooled—this simply is not true. In fact, tap water is much more stringently regulated when compared to bottled water. Whereas bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, who is continuously under-funded and under-staffed, tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA constantly and consistently monitors the quality of tap water. On the other hand, bottling plants are only inspected by the FDA every two to three years.

The Reality

If you think your bottled water is coming from some magical, untouched waterfall in a mysterious jungle somewhere, you are sadly mistaken. The reality is that 50% of bottled water comes from a municipal tap water supply. In 2008, independent research was conducted on 10 popular brands of bottled water by an environmental group to test the purity of the water. In total, 38 chemical pollutants were found in the bottles of water. On average, 8 contaminants were found in each brand.

Many people choose bottled water over tap water simply because of the taste. If you don’t have the most pleasant tasting tap water, bottled water isn’t your only option. Having a water purification system installed in your Fort Worth home can drastically improve the taste of your tap water while decreasing contaminants and foul odors. Call Oliver’s Pure Water today to learn more!

Problems with Hard Water

If you look closely at you sink faucet or your shower head, there’s a good chance that you will see mineral deposits. This calcification is the result of hard water, which refers to water that has a high mineral content. This occurs when water accumulates minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, after it has percolated through soil and rocks such as chalk, limestone, and dolomite.

Although it is not harmful to your health, hard water can be problematic for your appliances and any other equipment that handles water such was water heaters and boilers. If you’ve ever noticed soap scum built up along the side of your bathtub, you can blame hard water for that as well. Soap scum occurs because the excessive calcium in the water interferes with the soap’s chemical properties that allow it to lather and instead it forms a solid precipitate called calcium stearate.

Hard water can also be problematic for pipes. When the hard water is heated, an insoluble precipitate called calcium carbonate is formed. This insoluble material is known as scale and often contributes to clogged plumbing because it coats the inside of the pipes with mineral deposits. Scale can also accumulate in dishwashers and leave behind difficult to remove mineral deposits on you dishes.

If you’re having problems with your water, then call Oliver’s Pure Water today and see what we can do to improve your water!