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What’s the Difference Between a Water Conditioner and a Water Softener?

If you live in the Tucson area, you should know that Arizona has some of the hardest water in the country. Hard water is determined by magnesium and calcium content. Water is “hard” if it has between 7.0 and 10.5 grains per gallon (gpg) of these dissolved minerals. But even readings over 1.0 gpg are considered “slightly hard” and can cause problems. Anything above 10.5 gpg is considered “very hard.”

The hardness of Tucson’s…

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How Long Does a Water Softener Last?

As a Tucson resident, you should know that Arizona has some of the hardest water in the country. Water hardness is measured in grains per gallon (gpg), with anything over 10.5 gpg considered “very hard.” Tucson tap water is off the charts, typically around 12.0 gpg or higher.

The best way to combat hard water is to install a water softener. But how long will this system last before you need to replace it? How can you ensure the longest…

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Hard vs. Soft Water Effect on Showers

Did you know that the hardness of your water has an effect on your shower?
We’re not just talking about the shower itself, even though it does impact your shower fixture and walls. Hard water also affects the quality of your shower, and if your water is too hard, you’re likely to notice dry skin and damaged hair, and maybe even skin irritation. How can hard water have that much of an impact? To understand, you’ll need to understand…

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Benefits of a Water Softener

Are you confused by the concept of hard water and soft water? Isn’t water all the same? How much different could one kind of tap water be from another? In fact, there’s a big difference between hard and soft water, and it can definitely impact your life. Hard water, true to its name, is hard on your plumbing, your appliances, your laundry, and more. That’s why it’s beneficial to install a water softener in your home.
So, what determines…

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The History of Clean Water: Filtration Systems Through the Years

Throughout all of the time, clean water has been essential to the survival of mankind. With advancements in technology and improvement on it, we’ve now perfected bringing clean water to people, and rarely is it hard to find. We may take it for granted nowadays, but the accomplishment of bringing clean water to the masses took a long time to improve. Take a look at how people in history have come up with innovative ways to bring clean water…

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Drinking Tucson Tap Water vs. Purified Water

You’ve heard it time and again—you should drink eight glasses of water every day to keep your body hydrated and functioning at its peak. But what many people overlook is the importance of drinking clean, healthy water. Is it okay to pour yourself a glass from the tap, or should you purify your water first?

Even though tap water is technically “purified” because it undergoes a treatment process, many contaminants…

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Is Tucson Water Safe to Drink?

Life in the desert can be harsh. With average summer highs exceeding 100 degrees F in Tucson, Arizona, it’s vital to stay hydrated. Of course, this means you need uninterrupted access to clean, safe drinking water.

If you have ever noticed rust stains on your sinks or toilets, hard water spots on your utensils, or dry skin after taking a shower, you may be wondering—is Tucson water safe to drink? The contamination level…

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How Much Chlorine Is in Tap Water?

Whether you’re getting a drink, taking a shower, or cooking a meal, all you need to do is turn on the faucet. You probably don’t give much thought to your tap water or the journey it takes to get there, but water quality is critical for your family’s health and safety.

Disinfection is the key to maintaining drinkable tap water, and chlorine is the backbone of modern water disinfection. But how much chlorine is in your…

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Septic Tanks-Are There Harmful Effects Of Water Softener Discharges On Household Septic Tanks?

Here are the answers to that question and the effects of using a water softener with a septic system.

It is not true that water softener regeneration discharges pose a problem to septic systems or to the leach field. Studies have shown that water softener regeneration wastes do not interfere with the septic tank system drain field soil percolation, but because of the polyvalent water hardness cations in the regeneration discharges improve…

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Bottled Water vs. Water Filters

Bottled Water vs. Water Filters: Why You Should Switch Today

Have you made the switch from bottled water to a water filter yet? Bottled water is a hassle to haul from the store, and it hurts our environment. The U.S. needs more than 1.5 million barrels of oil to keep up with creating plastic water bottles annually, many of which also end up in our landfills. Quit buying bottled water and wondering if it contains harmful chemicals such…

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