Category: Blog

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 »

Fluoride in Our Water – Is It Really Necessary?

In January 2011, the Des Moines Water Works chose to reduce the amount of fluoride in our tap water by 0.3 parts per million (from 1 ppm to 0.7 ppm) following recommendations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, American Dental Association, American Water Works Association and Iowa Department of… Read more »

Trihalomethanes Review for Des Moines

Trihalomethanes (THM’s) are chemical compounds that show up in different forms such as chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane, and bromoform.  THM’s are considered carcinogenic (having potential to cause cancer).  They are created when chlorine reacts with natural occurring organic and inorganic materials in the water.  The risks associated with exposure to THM’s are liver, kidney and central… Read more »

Total Dissolved Solids in Your Water

Total dissolved solids (TDS) are everything that can be dissolved in water. Sources of TDS include industrial discharge, sewage, fertilizers, road run-off, soil erosion and organic sources such as leaves, silt and plankton. TDS can give a murky appearance and affect the quality and taste of the water. In drinking water, a limit of 500… Read more »

Soft Water Feel on Your Skin vs Squeaky Clean

In a society of commercialism and strong, effective marketing, we have been raised with the belief that the “squeaky-clean” feel from our water is a nice, clean feeling. We imagine we are cleansed, fresh & well, squeaky-clean. What these companies fail to tell us is that being squeaky clean is actually not the best for… Read more »

How Are Nitrates Metered in Des Moines?

Des Moines Water Works has a public website with a nitrate meter.  You can go to this often and see the daily flucutations of the nitrates in the Des Moines, Iowa area water system.  If you recall a previous blog on nitrates in your water, you will see why it is so important to meter… Read more »

New Year’s Resolution – Drink More Water!

How many of you made a resolution to drink more water?  That is a step in the right direction to a healthier, more well……..well, you.  Water is the most precious commodity, other than food, we have been given to survive.  you want to be sure to consume the required daily amount of 60-80oz of water… Read more »

Dogs, Cats, Bottled, or Tap Water?

There is compelling evidence that animals on tap water have more harmful agents in their tissues than animals using water that has been treated to remove those contaminants. Sadly, many animals are used for testing risks of water contaminants & those tests find increased cancer risks in animals. One website even mentioned that the compounds… Read more »

Hard or Soft Water – What Do Your Clothes Say?

As I was perusing water articles for my next blog, I found a WQA (Water Quality Association) informational soft water piece. It talks about all the waste that occurs when you don’t have your hard water treated to be soft water. Within the first paragraph this sentence caught my eye……”An often overlooked budget waster is… Read more »

Coffee Frustration? The Solution: Single Cup Brewing

Who is with me on this? You just want a cup of coffee and it seems forever for the coffee pot to brew. Some days it just seems like it should be simpler. Guess what?! It is! Now you can brew coffee by the cup. Within a minute you could have a perfect cup of… Read more »