Category: Blog

Fluoride and Your Water

There has been a lot of speculation about fluoride in our water and if it is good for us or not.  Everything we seem to be reading tells us that it is not good for us.  Just in Des Moines, Iowa there is a huge concern for the amount of fluoride in our tap water.  One… Read more »

Dehydration and the Body

Water is such a crucial element to our existence.  A person could only survive one week without water.  Our bodies are made up of 70-80% water.  On an average day, an adult can lose 80oz of water.  This is through normal processes: breathing; perspiration; and normal bodily functions.  Studies have shown that being fully hydrated… Read more »

Tankless Water Heaters and Your Home

Last week we received a call from a woman, in the Des Moines, Iowa area, about needing a water softener for her new tankless water heater she had purchased.  We briefly mentioned the energy savings of a tankless heater in a previous blog in April, in honor of Earth Day, which is April 22nd. There… Read more »

Water Softeners and Septic Tanks

I have been reading about concerns of having a water softener with a septic tank.  There is much speculation for and against.  The argument being that the sodium content of the water can negatively affect the bacterial growth in a septic system.  Some states, thankfully not Iowa, even ban the use of water softening equipment… Read more »

Do You Ever Get Water at a Restaurant?

What is up with the water needs at restaurants?  Do you find it displeasing that they do not offer good tasting filtered/purified water or even a bottled water option.    Then when they do offer it, they want to sell you a bottle of water for way too much!  I buy bottled water so I know… Read more »

Soda Pop, Diabetes, and Water

I found this great quote…..’Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet, but one of the most vital’…….Kelly Barton.  I was thinking about a topic of soda pop and diabetes, and this seemed like an appropriate quote for this week’s blog.  Coming from a family with a history of diabetes through the generations, this… Read more »

Iowa State Fair is Coming!

How exciting!!  The Iowa State Fair is back in town.  August 11th, 2011 through August 21st, 2011. Listed in the book of ‘100 things To Do Before You Die’, you will find the Iowa State Fair.  I have not seen a huge portion of the world, but I have been to an Iowa State Fair and… Read more »

Contaminants in Your Water?

It is hard to imagine our drinking water having chemicals in it, but there are many present.  The amount allowed is set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and communicated by the ‘Maximum Contaminant Level’ or MCL, which is based on “what is feasible using the best available water treatment technology and taking cost into… Read more »

Chlorine in Your Drinking Water

Chlorine:  A halogen element that is isolated as a poisonous, greenish-yellow gas described as having a pungent/choking odor, that has many uses. It is often used as a disinfectant in water treatment.  It is a very corrosive and hazardous chemical. The body does not absorb chlorine well.  According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) the… Read more »

What You Should Know About Nitrates in Iowa Water

Nitrates are released into the ground by fertilization methods, septic leakage, animal manure & decay of natural deposits. Nitrate levels in Iowa  continue to be among the highest in the nation. Nitrates, consumed over time, can harm the kidneys and spleen.  High nitrate levels in infants can cause shortness of breath and fatal “blue baby” syndrome, due… Read more »