Category: Blog

Earth Day – Bottled Water is Green!

April 22, 2012 will mark the 42nd annual Earth Day event celebrated all over the world. Started by Senator Gaylord Nelson, in 1970, as an environmental protest to call attention to increased pollution, wildlife endangerment & disregard for natural resources. Locally, on Earth Day, we celebrate environmental education and “green” practices. Here at Crystal Clear… Read more »

Where is the Outrage over Water Quality?

With all the concerns about our water and these findings of contamination in our water sources, why are we still struggling to have good, clean water?  It is vital to our very existence.  Harsher laws and penalties need to be enacted……here is a piece to read that I found to be very exact to our… Read more »

Bottled Water – It Should Be Your Choice

The Des Moines Register recently printed an article written by Diane Heldt for ‘The Gazzette’, in Cedar Rapids, titled ‘Iowa schools offer alternatives to bottled water’. As a consumer that has concerns about water from the tap, I find this movement very disturbing. When did we come to a point that we are not given choices… Read more »

Sodium and Your Water Softener

There seems to be a lot of calls with concerns about sodium in their softened water. Questions like: “I have high blood pressure, is the soft water bad for me? “My Dr. told me I need a low sodium diet, can I drink my water that is softened with salt.” While this information can vary… Read more »

Sodium and Your Water Softener

There seems to be a lot of calls with concerns about sodium in their softened water. Questions like: “I have high blood pressure, is the soft water bad for me?” “My Dr. told me I need a low sodium diet, can I drink my water that is softened with salt.”   While this information can… Read more »

Coffee: Drink to Your Liking

How great is it to find that drinking coffee could be so beneficial to your health? As I sit here reading all the benefits of coffee, while enjoying a nice cup of Crème Caramel pod coffee, I think back to years past that coffee was considered an addictive drug and bad for your health. I… Read more »

Electronic Water Softeners-NO Salt required!

There is probably no better axiom that describes my experience as the one that says, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”   My story begins some 36 years ago; just after we built our new home. A few years later, we purchased a water softener. Mere days after its installation, we… Read more »

Why is it important to Buy Local?

We have all heard before that it is important to buy local, time to take action.  Ask your suppliers, “Where does the money end up in the end?  Who owns the company?”  If the money ends up outside of Des Moines, or even Iowa, or they don’t know who actually owns them, it may be… Read more »

What is the best salt for my softener system?

There are three types of softener salts:  rock salt, evaporated salt & solar crystal salt.   Rock salt is mined from salt deposits & used in its rawest form.  This means it contains more insoluble materials.  Impurities such as calcium sulfite would remain in rock salt & will not dissolve.  Using rock salt will lead… Read more »

Why would I want to soften my water?

What is hard water?  Hard water is water that contains more than 1 grain per gallon (gpg) of dissolved materials.  Hard water can affect everything from your soap’s ability to clean water, to the life span of your water appliances (dishwasher, washer, hot water heater, etc.).  Studies conducted say soap (laundry, dishwasher) costs are two… Read more »