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Fullerton Groundwater Cleanup – What’s Happening?

4 January, 2016 (09:59) | Drinking Water, Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

It is no surprise to most residents in the Fullerton area that groundwater cleanup needs to get underway. Officials will tell you that you well water and tap water is fine, but are you prepared for what you can’t see or what could possibly happen? Groundwater contamination is tricky and it does happen – sometimes too often. And with so many people relying on groundwater to stock our reserves and supply water treatment plants, we encourage you to protect your home with a home drinking water system like a water filter or RO system. Being prepared for the unknown is better than being told that things are fine when they really could use some serious improvements.

According to a recent article from the OC Register contaminated water around Anaheim and Fullerton has been identified as a real problem and the EPA has been asked to step in and clean up. The contaminated water basin under the cities could reopen a long-running dispute over who should pay for getting pollutants out of an area that threatens wells used for drinking water. This aquifer is important to our area but at least one city official in Fullerton is now worried that if the contamination isn’t cleaned up, the county’s biggest source of drinking water could be threatened. Though wells currently aren’t affected, tainted water previously destroyed three drinking-water wells so we don’t want history to repeat itself and we certainly cannot afford to let this water get the point where it is unusable either.

Why ask the EPA? Local water officials are seeking their guidance because federal scientists have technical experience with this type of cleanup project. This doesn’t mean they will – so how can you stay prepared in case this dispute goes around and around in circles again? Who will take control of this situation if no one will? When it comes to your own household, you can! Installing a home drinking water system doesn’t have to cost a lot of money but it will protect you from a lot of harmful or potential contaminants. We can’t predict what will happen tomorrow, but knowing the potential circumstances and repeating history should be enough to make the change you want to see for your own drinking water.

Great Green Living Decisions Start with Rayne Exchange Tank Service

2 December, 2015 (09:32) | Hard Water, Hard Water Solutions, Water Softeners | By: admin

Soft Water Delivery with Exchange Tank ServiceWhen you choose Rayne of Fullerton water treatment systems or Portable Exchange Tank Systems  or soft water delivery service, you’re making smart and responsible environmental decisions which will have an impact on your household and your community. We may not always be able to see what kind of bigger impact our choices have on the world we live in, but as you can see in our informational video, this decision has a positive impact on the environment surrounding us.

Our PE tank service comes with a feature called zero liquid discharge which will eliminate most of the negative rumors about how water softeners are bad for the environment and salt-water waste can affect groundwater quality. PE tank service is simply a greener way to enjoy the softened water you need. Kudos to you for being more environmentally aware and wanting to live eco-friendly! Just like wanting to recycle, conserve water or turn off your lights and appliances to save energy, this service will allow you to make the decisions you’d like in a world that needs it.

How you treat your hard water can most certainly affect the environment, particularly when you’re using a low-quality, wasteful, or polluting water system. There are multiple ways to soften your drinking water but some are clearly more eco-friendly than others. Choosing a high-quality water softener means you will use less soaps and detergents resulting in less plastic waste and your appliances and plumbing will last longer, too. Each day, the average American uses about 75 gallons of water. With an undersized and unmetered, cheap water softener, the water softener will have to regenerate each day. The more often your water softener regenerates, the more waste and salt discharge you are putting into the environment as you can see from the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSo9mY5i9ls#t=219. There could be 85 gallons of waste water and 11 pounds of salt wasted each day without proper equipment. The salt goes down the drain, through the sewer and isn’t good for the environment.  

Exchange tank service allows for no water or salt discharge. Until you exhaust the resin tank, you will enjoy softened water with nothing going down the drain and into the sewers. The tanks require no electricity in the home and no drain because a Rayne technician simply exchanges the tank when needed. Your exhausted resin tank will be replaced by a Rayne Water  technician who will then bring it back to the plant for yet another environmentally-friendly process as seen in the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSo9mY5i9ls#t=219.  You can enjoy the ease and convenience of this service for a small monthly fee as we meet your household’s need for softened water and we’ll do all of the work for you! Contact us today here at Rayne of Fullerton to learn more about our PE tank service. We make green living easy! 


Stop Wondering if you Need a Water Filter

28 October, 2015 (10:34) | Drinking Water, Drinking Water System, Hard Water, Hard Water Solutions, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

As any homeowner knows, there are a gazillion things that go into making your space your own. Paint, flooring, decorating and updates are all the little touches that make your home unique and special. Of course regular maintenance of your home’s vital components is required as well, and the condition of your water is one of those components that needs some attention. So how do you go about checking the quality of your water and what determines whether or not your home could benefit from the use of a water filtration system?

The first is simple; have your water tested by a reputable water company. A water test can determine if you have hard or soft water and can also give you a good picture of what contaminates could be lurking there. Once you know the condition of your water, you can make an informed decision as to whether your water could benefit from a water filtration system or not. There are several types of water filter systems and water conditioning treatments available, but first you need to know the condition of your water.

One good indication that you should have your water tested is if you notice an unpleasant smell or taste in your water. Oftentimes, even though your water might be safe to drink, it can have an unpalatable taste or smell which can easily be filtered out. Municipal water companies typically utilize chlorine or some variation of chlorine to disinfect the water supply and it can easily change the taste or odor of the water coming from the tap. A reverse osmosis system is stellar at removing chlorine as well as many other harmful components in your water.

Another warning sign that you might need a water filter is if you notice water spots or discoloration on your fixtures or water using appliances. Homeowners typically see these types of issues when their water contains high amounts of calcium or magnesium, meaning that they have hard water. A water softener is easily able to correct this problem plus has the added bonus of saving you money on costly appliance repair from early failure due to scale buildup.

We use water in just about every facet of our daily lives, so it makes sense that we keep it as clean and healthy as possible. If you think you might have a water issue in your home, or if you just want to have better tasting water at the tap, consider installing a home water treatment system We would be more than happy to come out and test your water and help you determine whether or not your home could benefit from one of these types of filtration systems. You can contact one of our representatives here:  http://rayneoffullerton.com/contactus.php

Why Choose a Whole House Filter?

13 October, 2015 (10:12) | Drinking Water, Hard Water, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Water, Water Safety | By: admin

There are many different types of water filtration systems you can choose for your home, but before you make the decision, you first need to know the quality of your water. Obtaining an in-depth water report will alert you to any hidden contaminants in your water and can help you decide which water filtration system is right for your water. If your water suffers from poor taste, quality or appearance you might want to consider a whole house filtration system which can alleviate these problems and more.

Whole house water filters are typically connected to your incoming water line and will remove a whole host of contaminants right at the source of your water. Some of the key benefits of this type of filtration system are as follows:

  • Every water source in your home will produce clean filtered water without any risk of harmful contaminates
  • It is the only truly effective filter for your shower and is able to filter water at lower temperatures which works fabulously for removing chlorine as well as other chemicals
  • When filtering out chemicals at the source, it doesn’t allow them to be released into the air
  • Filtering out chlorine and other contaminates can help alleviate allergies and asthma associated with their release into the air
  • A whole house water filtration system will greatly improve the overall taste, appearance and health of drinking water

Homeowners who chose to install a whole house system typically do so because they have a specific type of contaminant that they want to filter out. Due to the fact that these types of systems are so versatile and offer several different types of filters they are able to treat the widest variety of contaminates. From naturally occurring contaminates, to man-made chemicals to heavy metals and bacteria, whole house filters are able to do it all. For more information you can contact us here http://www.rayneoffullerton.com/contactus.php, we can discuss your water needs and come up with a personalized treatment system to fit your unique water situation.


The Battle (or Bottle) Rages On!

21 September, 2015 (09:01) | Drinking Water, Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

It has become increasingly evident of late that buying bottled water at the local store is becoming taboo. It’s not just bottled waterbecause it was a “fad” that is going out of style, but rather because consumers are not buying into the scare tactics and advertisements that the multibillion-dollar beverage industry have been touting. There have been numerous research studies conducted that have concluded that at least twenty five to forty five percent of all bottled water comes from filtered tap water – the exact same source of your own drinking water at home!

Not only are many water bottles filled with inexpensive and readily available tap water, even those that aren’t often fail in quality and taste tests when compared to tap water. One perfect example of this is what happened when Fiji water came up with a disparaging ad campaign against the city of Cleveland. Their advertisement stated “The label says Fiji because it’s not bottled in Cleveland.” Needless to say, this angered many Clevelanders. In response to the ad, Cleveland’s public utilities director decided to test their city’s water against Fiji’s bottled water. The result? Fiji water contained 6.31 micrograms of arsenic per liter whereas Cleveland’s tap water contained no measurable trace of arsenic.

In addition, consumers are realizing that all that plastic has to go somewhere. It is an astounding statistic, but the U.S. population purchases more than half a billion bottles of water every week … let’s repeat … half a billion bottles of water EVERY WEEK! That is just crazy; in fact, it’s enough bottles to circle the globe five times. Multiply that by 52 weeks a year and that number becomes astronomical. It would be a little easier to swallow if we thought those bottles were being recycled, but only about twenty percent of them are slated for recycling. Even that figure comes into question since many are recycled into other cheap disposable plastic that eventually ends up in landfills as well.

So what can we conclude from all this? Well it’s evidently clear that we need to be drinking water, it is unquestionably the healthiest drinking choice we can make, however bottled water is not the answer. If there is concern about the quality of your tap water, installing a home water filtration system will provide your family with drinking water that is at least on par with, and in many cases, superior to anything you can buy in a bottle. Don’t get sucked in by misleading and sometimes downright false advertising, invest a few dollars into a reusable water bottle and turn on your tap for the healthy, great tasting water.


Healthy Kidneys Need Plenty of High-Quality Water

17 August, 2015 (10:19) | Drinking Water, Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Your kidneys are extremely important to your health, although they may not get the same attention as your heart or your lungs. They are not very big, but they do have a big job when it comes to working for your body. They keep a person healthy by maintaining the right balance of water and other substances inside your body. We must learn how to treat our kidneys well in order to stay healthy and live a long life. Investing in filtered drinking water through reverse osmosis and drinking plenty of it is a great start. Continue reading to learn why this is.

Your kidneys produce several hormones and these hormones help to control your blood pressure, make red blood cells and activate vitamin D, which keeps your bones strong. These are some pretty important jobs, right? You’re correct if you agreed. Healthy habits should start young because we lose a little of our kidney function as we get older. When a severe kidney issue occurs and kidney function reduces, it does create a reason to be concerned. Toxins and extra water can build up in your blood. Falling hormone production can cause other problems. About 1 in 10 adults nationwide, or about 20 million people, have at least some signs of kidney damage.

According to an article in Medical News Today, the kidneys rely on adequate water intake to function properly. When we do not drink enough water, it is harder for them to do their job and do it well. During normal everyday functioning, water is lost by the body, and this needs to be replaced. It is noticeable that we lose water through activities such as sweating and urination, but water is even lost when breathing.

Drinking water is the best way to replenish what we’ve lost and make sure our kidneys are flushing toxins and producing hormones. No one wants to live with excessive toxins inside their body.  According to WebMD, the main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine. Your kidneys have the role of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your fluids are adequate.

Your kidneys already have enough toxins to filter and remove, so drinking water contamination is even more excessive. As you increase your water intake, we encourage you to consider one of our drinking water systems. Our water filters remove harmful contaminants through leading filtration technology and will provide high-quality tap water supportive of healthy kidneys and an overall healthy body. Drinking plenty of safe drinking water also reduces your chances of kidney stones, especially in warm climates. Many people may take drinking water for granted, but keeping hydrated and using a reverse osmosis system can have a huge impact on overall health. Despite how crucial it is that people drink enough water, a significant amount of people may be failing to drink recommended levels of fluids each day. Don’t be one of them.





Beware of Nitrate Contaminated Water

29 July, 2015 (12:43) | Drinking Water, Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis, Water Safety | By: admin

One of the biggest reasons residents in our area look for water filtration systems is due to the level of nitrates found in our drinking water.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently estimated that as many as 52 percent of community wells and 57 percent of domestic water wells are contaminated by a measurable amount of nitrates and nitrites. In Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley of California, it is estimated that a staggering one in three domestic wells are contaminated with levels well over the EPA’s recommended guidelines of a maximum 10 parts per million (ppm).

Nitrates can find their way into our drinking water supply from several different sources. Nitrate is a form of nitrogen and is naturally a part of our soil and groundwater; however some areas have significantly higher concentrations due to other sources of contamination. For example, when fertilizers and manure are used for crops, they react with the natural bacteria living in the soil and their nitrogen component is changed into nitrate. Nitrates can also seep into the ground through septic systems as well as from irrigation and rain water that transports the nitrates through the soil into the groundwater below.

The reason why nitrate contamination is such a concern is because of the severe health issues related to ingestion. When an individual consumes water contaminated with high levels of nitrates, it affects how well the body is able to transport oxygenated red blood cells through the vascular system, which lowers the body’s overall blood oxygen levels. Infants in particular are especially vulnerable to nitrate contaminated drinking water; infants exposed to high levels of nitrates can develop “blue baby syndrome” which can be fatal.

Reducing nitrate levels in drinking water is a fairly easy task, however there are only a few ways to do so. The EPA states that a Reverse Osmosis (RO) drinking water system has proven effective in nitrate reduction as well as ion exchange and electrodialysis. Boiling your drinking water or using a carbon filter such as Brita will not remove or reduce nitrate levels at all. In fact boiling your water will increase the concentration of nitrates because some water will evaporate through steam but the nitrates stay right where they are.

RO systems filter out a host of harmful bacteria and contaminants and are estimated to reduce nitrate levels by as much as 92 percent. It is important to know what is in your drinking water, even if you have community water. Having an independent lab test your water is the best way to know what might be lurking in there, but you can also get a water quality report from your local water utility company. Every community water system is required to prepare a water quality report yearly by the EPA which is a good starting point to see what is in your water. Well water is NOT regulated by the EPA however so if your drinking water is supplied by a well it is imperative that you have your water tested to make sure it is safe for consumption.

What is my Water Footprint?

30 June, 2015 (12:59) | Drinking Water, Drinking Water System, Uncategorized | By: admin


With so much focus lately being on water conservation   and the scarcity of fresh water, most of us have probably heard the term “water footprint” jostled around, but what does it actually mean? What IS our water footprint? How can we measure it? What can we do about it? These are all good questions and worth the time to take a look at each one of them. It is estimated that by 2030 the global demand for water will outstrip water supply by forty percent, so any area where we can conserve water is worth a second look.

First, we need to understand what our water footprint actually is. Our water footprint is the total amount of water we use throughout the day; it includes the water we use directly such as from the tap for drinking water or showering etc., as well as the water we use indirectly. The majority of our water footprint is comprised of indirect water consumption and we never actually see it. In fact, only about 5% of our water footprint is from direct water consumption. The food we eat, the energy we consume and the products we buy are all included in our overall water footprint.

Next, we need to determine how our water footprint is measured. Our water footprint is measured in terms of the volume of water consumed, evaporated and polluted and is divided into three categories: Blue, green and grey

  • A Blue Water Footprint is the determined by the amount of groundwater and surface water required to produce a product.
  • A Green Water Footprint is the amount of rainwater it takes to produce a product.
  • A Grey Water Footprint is the amount of freshwater required to dilute pollutants in order to maintain water quality standards.


Each of these categories are taken into consideration to come up with an overall measure of how much water is used to produce a particular item. The sum of all the goods and services we use each day determines our water footprint. The average American water footprint is nearly 2,000 gallons of water per day!


The final question is how can we reduce our water footprint? The best way is to take a long hard look at our daily lifestyle and what types of goods we consume. Our food is a big contributor to our water footprint; for example, an ounce of beef takes 115 gallons of water to produce, whereas an ounce of chicken takes 32 gallons of water. By replacing some of our beef consumption with chicken we can reduce our water footprint. Waterfootprint.org has a great calculator you can use to determine your own personal water footprint. By getting an overall picture of where you are consuming the most water, you will be able to make some changes to help reduce your overall water footprint.

5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Drink More Water

30 June, 2015 (07:48) | Drinking Water, Drinking Water System | By: admin

Drinking water throughout the day is a must for good health, in fact there isn’t a kid waternutritionist out there who doesn’t stress the importance of drinking enough water. As good as water is for us though, it can often be a struggle to get in the recommended daily amount. This is especially true for children; it is estimated that up to 64% of school aged children are insufficiently hydrated. The really scary number however is that approximately twenty five percent of kids don’t drink any water – at all! We need to change those statistics, but how can we get our children to drink more water?

Kids can be stubborn little creatures, so the best way to get them to get on the water bandwagon is to convince them that they WANT to drink water. That might be easier said than done, however we have compiled a list of ideas that other parents have instituted successfully to get their children to not only drink more water, but enjoy doing so!

  1. First and foremost, your drinking water must taste good. No one will want to drink a tall glass of water if it tastes bad or smells funky. A water filtration system can help with the taste and appearance, making it the best tasting water possible.
  1. Make drinking water fun! Most kids love ice cubes, and that in and of itself can be a big incentive to drink water. Freezing some fruit in the cubes or using fun shaped ice cube trays takes it one step further. Of course silly straws and special cups reserved just for drinking water has also proven to be successful.
  1. Another important tool is to make drinking water accessible. Most children love being independent; putting them in charge of their special “water cup” makes them feel important. Showing them how to use the ice maker and water dispenser on the fridge or how to work the faucet at the kitchen sink allows them to be “grown up.”
  1. Lead by example; talk about how yummy water is and let them know how much better you feel when you get enough water to drink. Make sure you are filling up your glass frequently throughout the day and reminding them to fill up theirs as well. You can even have a water date where you sit down together and share a glass.
  1. Limit the options on what is available for them to drink. If there is sugary soda or juice in the fridge, kids will be more prone to forgo the water and reach for something else. Since kids do like options though, allowing them to pick an add-in for their water can help. Fresh fruit or a sprig of mint can add just enough flavor to jazz it up and make it exciting to drink.

It takes a bit of ingenuity and a little bit of work to get kids on board with drinking water, but it is well worth it in the long run. They will feel so much better and it helps to keep them healthy and their growing bodies functioning properly.

Office Water Coolers A Healthier Alternative

15 May, 2015 (05:44) | Uncategorized | By: admin

water_cooler_img[1]This week just so happens to be National Occupational Health and Safety Week and this is the perfect time to take a look at the office and see with what upgrades you may be able to improve the well-being of all personnel members. From dangerous locations to simple health initiatives, the safety of employees is nothing to be taken lightly. Safe working conditions and an emphasis on health can make for some happy and productive employees. The primary goal of NAOHS Week is to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. We also think this means providing workers with safe, high-quality drinking water such as you can get with one of our water coolers.

Commercial water coolers  support a healthier and safer workplace. Preventing illness in the workplace starts with drinking water. Our water coolers are also an eco-friendly solution for any office who wants to go green and do their part for the economy. With just the touch of a button, employees will have hot or cold water and will never have the responsibility of lifting and changing out those large, heavy plastic bottles. Our water coolers are maintained and filters are changed regularly, leaving the work to us.

How can office water coolers prevent illness? For starters, filtered drinking water is better for your health as it will remove the worst contaminants from your source water. Water coolers also eliminate some of the concerns of bottled water. For offices that rely on the tap, some drinking water contaminants may be harmful if consumed at certain levels in drinking water while others may be harmless. This is one of the most important reasons to install a water cooler in your office space. Both tap and bottled water have numerous organic and inorganic contaminants in them.

Employees can also enjoy more brain function and health when drinking sufficient amounts of water, too. High quality drinking water and access to drinking water throughout the day improves focus and memory for workers. Studies show that water provides essential energy to the brain, keeps the nerve signals going, delivers nutrients to the brain, and removes toxins. We need to be drinking enough daily to keep the brain fueled and energized for optimum function. Another great reason for an office to install a water cooler! To learn more about our commercial water coolers and how they could enhance the safety and health of office employees, give us a call today and make occupational health and safety a priority where you work.