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Residential Septic Systems

Residential Septic Systems

"It is important to remember that what you see on the surface is not always what is going on under the ground."

As septic systems age, the effluent can work its way through this shallow depth and enter directly into fissures in the bedrock.

A septic system is out of site, and therefore quite often forgotten.
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Sizing & How Does a Water Softener Work?

Sizing & How Does a Water Softener Work?

"It is important to know the hardness level of the water before selecting a water softener"

Hardness is commonly known as lime, hard water is composed of calcium and magnesium and leaves scaling white deposits.

A water softener is a device that reduces the hardness of the water, typically installed at the main water entry point of a home.  
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Ultraviolet (UV) vs Reverse Osmosis (RO)

Ultraviolet (UV) vs Reverse Osmosis (RO)

"There are many common misconceptions about which water treatment equipment is best-suited to treat various contaminants."

The incoming water should be tested prior to the installation of a UV system or Reverse Osmosis drinking water system.

Understanding what each system can treat and how it works is important when considering drinking water equipment. 
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The Rural Water Paradigm

The Rural Water Paradigm

"In Canada, individuals who are not supplied with a municipal water source are left to decide what quality of water is acceptable for their residences."

The standard bacteriological test, while important, is not sufficient in indicating all contaminants in a water source.

It is considered reasonable to say that all water sources in Canada have some level of water contamination, no matter how remote. 
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Granular vs Block Carbon Water Filters

Granular vs Block Carbon Water Filters

"Carbon based filters are essential for removing organic compounds, tastes and odours from water."

Carbon filters remove contaminants through adsorption and require replacement.

Thanks to their larger surface area, carbon block filters have a better contaminant removal capacity than GAC filters.
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Test the Water Before You Purchase

Test the Water Before You Purchase

"The complexity of water contamination in rural water sources should be a decisive factor in the purchase of a home."

A proper water test is just as important as the home’s decor, structure, location and appeal.

Conducting water sampling in advance provides peace of mind for all involved when purchasing a property. 
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What are Total Dissolved Solids?

What are Total Dissolved Solids?

"Water is commonly known as the universal solvent, particles of soluble materials are absorbed into the water."

TDS refers to the amount of minerals, metals, organic material and salts that are dissolved in a certain water volume that is expressed in mg/L or parts per million (ppm)

Conducting a TDS test is a good practice to ensure the safety of water or verify proper equipment operation.
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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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