Category: Blog

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 »

Why does my water smell like rotten eggs?

In some parts of the country and “well water” from rural Iowa, water can contain the chemical, hydrogen sulfide gas, which smells like rotten eggs.  It is formed largely by the decay of organic materials.  Only a small amount, a few tenths of a milligram per liter, can cause the rotten-egg odor.   Hydrogen sulfide… Read more »

How Much Salt Will My Softener Use?

You can easily calculate the amount of salt your softener will use with just a little information.  Salt consumption is based on a few parameters, such as: How many people are in the home? What are the average daily gallons used per person? How hard is the water? How often is your softener set to… Read more »

Is BPA in water bottles harmful?

More and more evidence is showing that BPA (Bisphenol A) may not be as dangerous as once thought.  We will continue to offer BPA free 5 gallon bottles to our customers in the Des Moines area who still have concerns as we feel that this is the right thing to do.

Arsenic – The Silent Contaminant

What is arsenic?  Arsenic is a highly poisonous metallic element and considered a contaminant in the drinking water.  Arsenic is found naturally in rocks and soil, plants, air and water.  It can also be released into the environment from some agricultural and industrial sources. It is primarily found in two forms: trivalent (arsenic III) and… Read more »

Trihalomethane’s – It’s what you drink!

In an earlier blog, I explained about trihalomethane’s (THM’s) in the tap water and how years of exposure can lead to serious health problems.  This link addresses levels of trihalomethane’s recently found in Iowa’s local water source (s).  The levels found are higher than set by EPA standards.  This article is for residents of Waukee,… Read more »

Does my softener tank need to be cleaned?

Over time scum will build up on the sides and bottom of your brine (salt) tank. This build-up or sludge residue occurs sooner if cube-style or pellet salt is used. Build-up in the brine tank can also occur sooner in areas of higher total dissolved solids, such as West Des Moines, Iowa. Generally, it is… Read more »

Wonder what Norman thinks about Drake’s Bottled water Ban?

Drake University, in Des Moines, chose to ban bottled water sales on the campus.  The story is getting some attention, even wrote an article.  Let us know what you think, was this smart or will it end up similar to Norman’s experience?

Nitrates Hit Record High in Des Moines

According to the Des Moines Water Works, Nitrate levels hit all time highs this last week.  Des Moines Water Works continues to do an excellent job of providing Des Moines and the surrounding area (Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, Pleasant Hill, and parts of West Des Moines) quality water to perform daily needs.  However, Nitrates are dangerous… Read more »

What water should I use for my infant’s formula?

Have you noticed the influx of babies being born in this decade?  There seem to be a lot of babies recently born to family, to friends, and there is always news of another celebrity baby.  Which raises the question of what is the safest water to use, with formula, for your infant?  Having researched many… Read more »