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You may think buying bottled water is a good idea to ensure you aren’t consuming any impurities that could be in your tap or well water. While it may appear like the best remedy, the bottled water you’re buying could be doing you, your budget, and the environment more harm than good. Why could it...

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What’s a Salt Based Water Softener? A salt-based water conditioner makes use of a process called ion exchange to remove the minerals that cause hard water. These minerals mostly consist of calcium and magnesium. Here’s how salt based softeners work. A regular salt based conditioner includes two storage tanks. One container has a metered shutoff...

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Deionized water is produced by taking water and exposing it to electric-charged resins. The electric charges remove all ions from the water. It removes all salt. The water has no ionic charge to it. So, should you deionize your water? What are the uses, but also the risks, of deionized water in everyday life? One...

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Lead is toxic in water. While many of us might not realize the specific health effects of lead in water we consume, we all know it’s a serious problem if lead is present in a water supply. First, any amount of lead, even a very small trace, is a toxin. Next, consuming lead can cause...

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A person uses 80-100 gallons of water in and around the house each day in the U.S. Less than 1% of it is water we drink. There are many ways, across all the ways we need water, to conserve water around your home. Here are a few that are pretty easy. You can help the...

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Many people like Brita water filters for removing contaminants and pollutants from water. But, if you haven’t changed the filter in way too long, it’s probably not helping much. If your tap water is hard water, you might need to replace a Brita filter more often than the norm. To keep a water filter filtering...

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Acidic water is very corrosive and causes plumbing damage, this may cause major expenses you might not have been planning for. It can also be a serious health concern if left unresolved. Acidic water, or water with a low pH value, also leaches heavy metals from eroding pipes, exposing your water to copper, zinc, and...

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If you need to make water safe to drink while outdoors, during an emergency or in another country, you might think about water purification tablets. Are water purification tablets 100% safe, though? Tablets are used by campers, backpackers and outdoor sportsmen. They are easy to use, easy to carry and don’t need other equipment or...

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Total Dissolved Solids, or TDS, are both organic and inorganic material or compounds found in water. Metals, minerals, salt and traces of organic matter become dissolved in water. Overall, what does TDS have to do with water quality? The organic matter present in water and the environment overall can be essential for life. Some can...