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UV - Water Cross Contamination

UV - Water Cross Contamination

"Water cross contamination occurs when a water source containing bacteria is allowed to pass through the UV system"

Elements present in ground or surface water can have an impact on the UV’s ability to “see” through the water or quartz sleeve with a high enough dosage to ensure disinfection.

If you own a UV system, consider how it operates to ensure that it is providing proper disinfection of your water. 
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Water in Rural Subdivisions

Water in Rural Subdivisions

"Areas with >40 septic systems per square mile are areas at high risk of groundwater contamination"

Rural communities across the country consist of residences in close proximity to each other, commonly known as a “hamlet”. These “hamlet’s” often do not have municipal water and sewer services.

Water quality is often overlooked as assumptions are made for the distances from well to septic systems. 
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Nitrates in Drinking Water

Nitrates in Drinking Water

"Nitrate is an invisible, colourless & tasteless water contaminant that goes undetected unless specifically sampled for."

Nitrates are compounds that occur naturally within the earth but are found in elevated levels in agricultural communities and rural towns. While they do not present any taste or odor, drinking elevated levels of nitrates can cause illness in both humans and in livestock.

Without a proper test, it is not possible to know if this contaminant is present in a water supply.                                                                                                         
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Well Water Quality

Well Water Quality

"Ground water can become contaminated by many of the same pollutants that contaminate surface water."

A drilled well is a mainstay for many Canadians, with 30 percent of residents, or nine million residents, within Canada obtaining their water from a ground water source. Approximately 15 percent of this water is within rural areas and some parts of the country rely on ground water exclusively. 

A water sample should be taken for comparison against the Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines.
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What is Hard Water?

What is Hard Water?

"If you notice white calcification, you very likely have hard water."

Hard water is generally found in areas that are composed of limestone. Calcium and magnesium are absorbed into the water as it comes in contact with the limestone. The level of absorption varies by region. Hardness in water is found in both deep drilled and shore wells, it can also be present in rivers and lakes with spring fed water sources.

Removing hardness from water will save money and reduce the amount of cleaning products used.
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How to Remove Lead from Water

How to Remove Lead from Water

"Lead is a toxic heavy metal, for many years it was widely used in a variety of products."

Lead is toxic and can be harmful to human health, even in small amounts. It can pose a significant public health risk if ingested or dissolved in drinking water. Scientists agree there is no level of lead that is considered safe, and Health Canada recommends reducing levels as much as possible.

To check for lead in water, it is important to know the source of your water.
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Best Residential UV Systems of 2020

Best Residential UV Systems of 2020

"Will the UV system I choose have the necessary output to deal with a high level of e.Coli or coliform bacteria?"

Choosing an ultra violet disinfection system to treat your water can be a challenging and complicated purchase as there are many different models on the market. How do you know what system to trust with your water quality? What system is right for a small cottage, average or large home?

Consult a water treatment professional if you are unsure about the proper application of any UV System.
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Well Water Experiences

Well Water Experiences

"Water safety is important, and the best way to ensure that safety is a full scale water test conducted by a professional."

Three recent experiences have highlighted the need for improved water testing and awareness of potential contaminants in rural areas of the country. The absence of odour, colour, or bacterial contamination does not indicate that water is safe and in accordance with the Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines.

Properly test a dug, shore or drilled well before purchasing a property or installing any equipment.
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Selecting Water Treatment

Selecting Water Treatment

"Commonly, the standard belief is that any installed system will remove “everything” from the water."

How do you know where to go for proper advice when you are looking for water treatment equipment? There is no single place for credible information about the multitude of treatment devices on the market today, spelled out in simple everyday terms.

Water treatment equipment is routinely purchased and installed by homeowners without proper testing or comprehension.
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Certified Real Estate Water Testing

Certified Real Estate Water Testing

"For most people, purchasing a home in the country is one of the most important transactions they make."

In the interest of water safety for the purchaser, a properly conducted bacteriological water sample is a good practice and is in the best interests for all parties involved in the real estate transaction. Adherence to the Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines should be required as part of water sampling for any rural real estate purchase.

Sampling conducted during a real estate transaction can be taken by the seller, buyer or a third party.
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What is Hiding in Your Water?

What is Hiding in Your Water?

"The reality is that it is not possible to know all contaminants in a water source at any given time."

Looking at a glass of water, you may assume it’s safe, pure and free from harmful substances. However, new studies and publications are identifying water contamination in rural and urban water supplies at an alarming rate. These findings have been found throughout Canada as more study and testing is conducted.

Consider contaminants which have been identified in water sources across the country.
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Enteric Viruses in Water

Enteric Viruses in Water

"There are more than 200 recognized enteric viruses of which approximately 140 variations are currently known to infect humans."

Health Canada recently published Enteric Viruses in Drinking Water, a review of the health risks associated with these viruses. This document indicates viruses are present to some degree in all sources of Canadian drinking water and the human illnesses associated with enteric viruses are diverse.

Enteric viruses have been detected in surface water and groundwater sources.
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UV Education Quartz Sleeves

UV Education Quartz Sleeves

"Water quality can have an impact on your UV Quartz Sleeve and result in it becoming fouled with dirt, scaling, stains or scratches."

An often overlooked or unknown component of a UV system is the quartz sleeve / dome. It’s purpose is to act as a protective shield, preventing water from coming in contact with the electrically charged UV lamp. Quartz sleeves are located within the stainless steel chamber that that is part of most residential and commercial UV systems.

Many people are not aware of the protective quartz sleeve in their UV system, which is critical for water disinfection.
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Deciding Where to Purchase a UV Lamp

Deciding Where to Purchase a UV Lamp

"A proper replacement UV lamp for your system should have manufacturer’s logos on the packaging and be sold by a company who can assist you with installation instructions, returns or any other questions you may have."

As the popularity of UV systems have increased, there has been an influx of “knock off” or non manufacturer replacement UV lamps (bulbs) on the market, which can compromise the output of the system and consequently water safety. A good retailer of replacement UV lamps should clearly state supporting information on their website which reflects the manufacturer’s information properly.  

Do not take a chance with a UV lamp that could compromise the water safety in your home, business or cottage.
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Water Education - Pitcher Filters

Water Education - Pitcher Filters

"It is a common assumption that the pitcher filter is a “catch all drinking water system which removes everything from water"

Before you use any filtration system, ensure that it is applicable for the water source you are putting into the reservoir. Many people use these devices on water that it was never designated for and are then disappointed in the results or are left with a sense of water quality that is generally incorrect.  

As more contaminants are identified, the quality of drinking water should be a priority for every individual.
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Emerging Drinking Water Risks

Emerging Drinking Water Risks

"There are far too many contaminants to effectively regulate, test and provide 100% safe drinking water from every tap."

As there is an increase in conducted research, new findings are becoming apparent regarding the potential for new or emerging contaminants in water posing risk to human health. No one really knows what actually lies in our drinking water, and no single test exists to test for every possible contaminant. 

It is impossible to know exactly what is in a water source at any given time.
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Real Estate Water Sampling

Real Estate Water Sampling

"Third party, certified water testing should be required in real estate transactions conducted by an accredited individual who is not associated with the buyer, seller or real estate agent."

In the province of Ontario, there is currently no requirement for who takes the water sample for the real estate transaction, only that it must be tested by an accredited laboratory. How do you know that the sample was taken properly and from the right location?

There is no guarantee that water in your real estate transaction is secure and conducted in an ethical manner.
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Jet Pumps Risks & Solutions

Jet Pumps Risks & Solutions

"Often people who live in rural areas are completely unaware that water in their well has the potential to be at an extremely low level and that their water pump is subject to possible damage."

People routinely leave their homes and do not consider the possible risks posed by their jet pump. 
A scenario where the jet pump runs dry, overheats and catches fire, potentially burning down the house, is possible under the right conditions.

A jet pump has the potential to start a fire under the right conditions.
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Country Water Education

Country Water Education

"Water is a “universal solvent” meaning it picks up just about anything it comes into contact with."

The average Canadian citizen is not aware of the potential risks to water quality outside of city limits where little regulation and testing are conducted. This is where the role of proper water treatment equipment is crucial.

In the country, you are responsible for your own water.
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Groundwater Education

Groundwater Education

" Drilled wells have the potential to have surface water contamination."

A drilled well is subject to influences from the incoming water table and surface water from runoff, septic systems and agricultural contamination. This article is a general summary of what can be in well water and provides information on contaminants, well practices and water testing.

Have you considered what might be in your well water?
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Water Perceptions

Water Perceptions

"You cannot judge the quality by the taste, smell or colour alone."

I have observed a recurring theme in my twenty years of experience with regards to water quality. There are a multitude of perceptions that have been expressed by people regarding the water at their home or cottage. For some the idea that their well water is clean, clear and safe is literally passed from generation to generation. 

I believe that this is the way that many people want to see their water.
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Water - Neutral Disinterest

Water - Neutral Disinterest

"Drinking water should be a personal choice based on water education."

The general public has developed a neutral disinterest to the multitude of water warnings and often dismiss them as “not in my backyard”. Water is called the "universal solvent" because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid. It is important to every living thing on earth and wherever water goes, it takes along chemicals, minerals, and nutrients it has encountered along the way.

Do you know what is possible to be in your drinking water supply?.
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UV - A Time for Change

UV - A Time for Change

"The risk of bacterial contamination is just as great for one family as it is for a daycare center full of toddlers."

Sales of ultra violet disinfection systems should be by licensed dealers / retailers who educate the consumer and properly apply the equipment to incoming water quality, flow and system requirements. Almost 20 years of field experience has shown me that 8 out of every 10 UV systems are installed incorrectly, do not have the proper incoming water quality and have no monitoring or shutoff devices.

The time has come for change in the industry to ensure the safety of consumer’s drinking water.


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Rainwater Systems - Old Ways Reinvented

Rainwater Systems - Old Ways Reinvented

"Rainwater collection and advancements in treatment technologies provide a safe water source for wide variety of uses."

Boil water advisories, rising water costs, declining lake levels, incidents of Blue Green Algae, Zebra Mussels, E-Coli and Coliform, adverse well water quality and dry wells have become regular occurrences on Manitoulin Island and throughout the province of Ontario. Rainwater Harvesting provides a viable, cost saving and environmentally sound alternative for water usage. Rainwater is a valuable source and a great way to conserve water in your home or cottage.

Rainwater is a valuable source of water and a great way to conserve water in your home or cottage.
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Blue Green Algae - Lake Kagawong

Blue Green Algae - Lake Kagawong

Public Health Sudbury & Districts have indicated that Lake Kagawong on Manitoulin Island has tested positive for blue-green algae. The health unit says samples taken by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks on September 17th 2018 have tested positive for the species of bacteria that can produce toxins.

Blue Green Algae have the potential to cause serious illness. Do not drink, bath or cook with the water. 
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