High levels of toxins are very common in private wells throughout Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Payette, McCall, Cascade, Donnely, New Meadows and our surrounding areas.

Your private well water supply may not be as safe as you believe it to be.

This article is not meant to scare you, but we do want to inform you of what we are also seeing every week in our home town areas.

The following story tells the recent story of Diana Alcantar from Nampa:

High levels of pollution are common in water from private wells in southwest Idaho. Agriculture and the area’s volcanic history are two causes.

It’s a fact Diana Alcantar learned the hard way in November 2013.

That’s when Alcantar moved to rural Nampa with her husband and two children. Before closing on their new home on Farmway Road, the couple decided to have their drinking water tested.

The test came back positive for high levels of nitrates and arsenic. Alcantar’s realtor said it was a problem that could be fixed.

“I was in shock and I was panicking, but she said there was ways for us to purify the water and drink it safely,” Alcantar told KTVB.

The water quality for private wells in our valley has not gotten better since then.

The affects of nitrates and arsenic on health?

Contaminants like nitrates and arsenic can have an adverse affect on health, especially for children.

Nitrates usually originate from fertilizer, animal waste or human sewage and end up seeping into your well. These nitrates mainly affect infants under the age of six by interfering with the blood’s ability to carry oxygen.

Arsenic is just as bad. It has no taste or smell so you wouldn’t even realize it was there. Arsenic can cause skin damage and circulatory problems, and long term exposure can cause cancer of the liver, bladder and other organs.

E. Coli in South Nampa Private Well

“A series of privately-owned wells south of Nampa tested positive for E. coli last year are being contaminated by sewage”, Southwest District Health announced recently announced . E. Coli in south Nampa private well water

Have you had your well water tested lately?

For the sake of your family and children, it is recommended you test your water supply regularly. At least once every 6 months to 1 year.

To test your water supply, just go to the Southwest District Health website for information. They can test for nitrates, arsenic, and other toxins at a cost of only $16-$75.

But what if you do find contaminants in your well water?  What do you do?

Let us help you find a solution

Don’t panic if you find toxins in your well water. We offer many types of proven, quality, dependable water filtration systems including Reverse Osmosis.

Simply contact us for a FREE equipment needs assessment. There is no obligation. Providing residents of Idaho with clean drinking water is what we strive to do.

Call to Schedule Your FREE Water Filter System Needs Assessment!

Also feel free to call if you simply have water problem or equipment questions…

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I am asked every day: “What is the difference between a Salt Free and Salt Based water softener?” In many cases we are led to believe both work the same, and the only difference is that one doesn’t use salt. This really isn’t the truth. So here’s the scoop:

Salt Based Water Softeners

Let’s take a look at how this system works. Water Softening by definition is REMOVING Calcium (Ca2+) and Magnesium (Mg2+) from the water through a process called ion exchange using a polymer resin bed which gives off a sodium particle in exchange for hardness minerals.

A water test would show this type of result –  Before treatment 10 grains/gallon, results after treatment 0 grains/gallon. The system works great.

Salt based water softeners use an electronic metered valve mounted atop a fiberglass resin tank that meter water by the gallon and then run a cleaning cycle when the ion resin bed reaches a saturation point. During the cleaning cycle, the electronic valve cycles a series of back flushes to purge the hardness particulates that have been captured from the system and flush them down a drain line. The sodium is also replenished in the resin bed during the cycle and all is ready to go again.

Salt Free Water Softeners – Descale Treatment

In the salt based process above (true water softening), hardness minerals are actually removed from the water. In the salt-free process minerals are retained in the water, but their form is changed so they will not adhere to surfaces. “Salt free” water softeners are actually not softeners, they are “water conditioners”.

Water is processed through a catalytic media using a physical process called Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC). What happens is the hardness minerals are converted to a hardness crystal that is not able to bind to surfaces. This is actually water conditioning, not softening.

A water test would show this result: Before treatment 10 grains/gallon, result post/treatment 10 grains/gallon. Again, The hardness is still there… just changed so it won’t adhere to surfaces.

There is no electrical valve needed on a salt-free system because the system works as a conditioner and never captures anything therefore eliminating the need to purge any minerals.

Which System Will You Be Happy With?

So, now you are asking yourself: “Okay, now I know the difference in the technology and how it works…but what system will I be happy with?”

Even though both systems are set-up to take care of the water hardness issue of scaling, this is where the difference in the technologies become more apparent.

Salt-Based Water Softeners will  give you more of the “slick” feeling of the water in the shower and you will notice the soap creating more bubbles. The reason and what many water experts will tell you is “this is the feeling of being clean.” This is due to the minerals being taken from the water and no longer being present to dry your skin. Other benefits you’ll see include keeping brighter colors in your clothes with the abrasive minerals no longer present. Is your skin feeling dry? Are you getting scale build-up on shower doors/glassware? Are your clothes dingy? Do you want to use less soap?  A salt water softener would be your better choice.

Salt-Free Water Conditioners create hardness crystals but leave minerals present in the water. The crystals won’t adhere to surfaces so you will see a reduction in scale build up. You may see less soap usage and possibly brighter laundry. The main benefit you receive from a salt free system is the maintenance free aspect. No electricity, no waste water, and no salt/chemicals.  Are you getting build-up on shower doors/glassware?  Do your clothes not seem dingy? Do you NOT like the slick feeling of soft water?  Do you not want to deal with any salt/chemicals? You might consider salt free technology, as long as you are not expecting the same results as salt based technology. Salt based systems will outperform salt free for overall water softening. The best way to soften water is with a salt based softener.

The best way to tell what system you’ll be happy with is to have a water analysis done… and we can help you with that!

Call to Schedule Your FREE “No Pressure” Water Analysis
& System Needs Assessment!

Also feel free to call if you simply have water problem or equipment questions…

Call Now: 208-475-4046

Or use our Quick Contact Form

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