- Water Saving
- June 12, 2019
- Highly effective way to save water
- Decreases your need to rely on municipal water
- Clean and eco-friendly
- More affordable than other systems
- Quick and easy installation
What makes rainwater so great?
Rainwater has a very pure composition with a low total dissolved solids content.
However, it should be treated in the proper manner before being used in your home.
Why should rainwater be treated?
Rainwater tends to be acidic (pH±5.6). This is due to factors such as the interaction with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and plant & animal matter in the catchment areas. And this also means that it may be contaminated with organic matter.
With these pH values as well as low total dissolved solids, the water is aggressive and corrosive to infrastructure such as plumbing and machinery.
It also contains micro-organics which contribute to undesirable tastes and odours, as well as being a food source for the growth of micro-organisms.
How should rainwater be treated?
Hence the catchment water is treated by correcting the pH by the dissolving of calcite media. This increases the pH to neutrality as well as increasing the calcium and magnesium concentration of the water. This process makes it less aggressive and corrosive.
The organic matter is removed by adsorption mechanisms in granulated activated carbon filters as well as the microbial activity eradicated by UV radiation.
What do I need to treat rainwater?
Depending on the size of the water catchment storage tanks, as well as the predicted daily usage there are a variety of systems which can be implemented to suit your needs.
The systems come equipped with booster pumps and variable speed drives to provide a constant pressure into the household as well as automatic backwash heads for the carbon filters.
The systems are also ideal for treating municipal water, hence when rainwater is not available, the system can be utilized to purify municipal water. This helps to remove undesired disinfectants such as chlorine and organics, as well as stabilizing the pH.
Here’s how we can help you…
Our systems come in 5 sizes depending on the size of the household where it is to be installed. Pricing starts from R 25 000.00 (Incl VAT) for the 3-phase big blue system.
Here’s a look at the basic systems…
|BB3||Scala 2||Block||Block||In pump||UV12||BTSV|
|WHF2||Scala 2||10”35”||10”35”||In pump||UV12||BTSV|
|WHF7+||2 x CHL4-60||2 x 10”54”||13”54”||2 x ITMP1.5-BC||UV45||BTSV|
- Water Saving
- June 12, 2019
In recent years, the need for water in South Africa has increased beyond freshwater surface water; enter the increased need for borehole water. With water shortages, droughts and furthermore an increase in the population – we have now realised the need for water and also alternative water supplies to feed the high demand for water. We would expect things to improve as we enter the rainy season. The only problem is that the rainfall doesn’t always result in a significant increase in freshwater dam levels, as the levels are the lowest experienced in many years. Therefore looking at alternative water sources is vital to the survival of residents, as well as the farming industry.
Let’s take a deeper look at borehole water, the disadvantages as well as the benefits thereof.
What are water boreholes and bore water?
Water boreholes are how you access pure and natural underground water. It is a small open, narrow shaft that is drilled vertically or horizontally into the ground to provide access to water. When it rains, and water seeps down through layers of soil and rock, this is known as groundwater. Other sources that contribute to bore water would be creeks, dams and rivers.
Advantages of boreholes and bore water
Having access to a borehole or bore water is a very affordable option per capita. It is arguably the cheapest way to deliver water to homes or crops. Once a borehole has been dug it can be used endlessly for all water needs, while there is sufficient groundwater. Furthermore, it’s a safe alternative source of water. In normal conditions, groundwater that is tapped is safe and pure enough for domestic and certain agricultural use (limited) but may need some form of purification. It is always advisable to have a new source of bore water tested before use.
Bore water is suitable for domestic non-potable uses such as toilet flushing, car and clothes washing as well as wetting of grass, gardens and even crops. Bore water is a terrific way of decreasing your municipal water usage from a tap – limiting that use to cooking, drinking and bathing.
Disadvantages of boreholes and bore water
A significant downside to boreholes is the impact on the immediate environment where it is dug, but this can be negated through effective environmental controls.
Groundwater is found far below the surface, but it can still be affected by contaminants. When there is a high level of contamination in any location in the area near the bore water, it is likely that the water will be affected.
A disadvantage to using borehole water is that you cannot use this for every form of consumption such as cooking, water edible vegetables and drinking. This cannot be done straight from the source due to the possibility of contaminants. As a result, the water needs to be tested and a water purification system installed which increases costs.
One other problem is that with a drastic increase in boreholes it does decrease the water table which will have an environmental impact in the long run.
Can bore water be purified?
It is possible to purify borehole water by putting the water through a testing process and installing the correct purification system. This will then make the borehole water suitable for drinking as well as irrigation.
- Water Testing
- June 12, 2019
The average human being is supposed to consume at least eight glasses of water per day, which equals to around 2 litres. This is due to the fact our bodies are constantly losing water and need to replace that for us to continue absorbing nutrients, as well as maintaining our body’s regular temperature. However, we as the consumers have to be cautious about what our bodies receive throughout our day. Did you know the body is made up of 60% of water; the brain 70% and the lungs 90%. It’s crucial that it receives the best liquid but from where? Opening a tap and quenching your thirst might seem like a simple task, but do you know what you’re drinking? And whether or not it’s risk-free. Consuming unsafe water can lead to a number of bacterial diseases and illnesses such as waterborne disease, skin and eye infections.
A great way to prevent this is implementing regular water testing in your home or business to ensure a safe, healthy environment.
What is water testing?
Water Testing is the process of sampling of different liquid streams and the study of its quality. Examples of these streams are groundwater, cooling streams, process effluents, boiler feed water, lakes and rivers.
When should you test your water?
If you own a private water source, you should have your water tested at least once a year. Water used for consumption from dug wells, as well as surface water sources, should be tested more regularly as its more at risk of contamination.
Yearly water testing should be done on both drilled and dug wells to check for any harmful bacteria and nitrates.
Don’t be fooled, you might think your water is safe due to past consumption, but it could change over time without your knowledge and affect your drinking water.
Common contaminations found
Pollution found in water can be divided into various categories such as organic chemicals, microorganisms and inorganic chemicals.
Water Testing Methods
- In the field water testing
This entails the quality of water being tested by measurement or taking samples of the water for testing it for turbidity, dissolved oxygen, acidity and colour. This gives the water utility operator more insight into the conditions of the water source.
- Biological water testing
This test clarifies whether the sediments are toxic to human, animal and plant health and if there has been an increase in the number of toxins. This test is best performed in a laboratory and will give more accurate results than self-analysis.
Water testing is a crucial part of aiding better health and should be taken seriously. Get your water tested today by purchasing a water test kit from a supplier and follow the instructions and send it in for analysis.
Water filter bottles protect children from the harmful effects of unfiltered water
Every child has the right to clean and safe drinking water, but exactly how safe is our water? It may look clean and normal to the naked eye, but it may be unsafe for drinking without purifying it. According to recent studies due to contaminated water and weak immune systems, diarrhoea is the second leading cause of ill health in children under the age of five years old. Diarrhoea takes the lives of around 525 000 children every year as it contains elements such as ammonia, arsenic, copper, pathogens and fluoride, but it can be prevented through safe drinking water. There are many ways of filtering your child’s water source however it’s not portable, which is one of the many benefits of a water filter bottle. Here are the reasons why.
You’ve heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but did you know that providing your child with filtered water from a water filter bottle is just as effective? By allowing them to quench their thirst with pure drinking water, you’ll be protecting their developing immune system. How is this possible you may ask? Well, it removes any harmful particles, as well as protects their bodies from diseases, which all leads to fantastic overall health and sustained energy levels.
The children of today are the future leaders of tomorrow and they need to be taught the importance of an ever-increasing scarce resource like water, especially clean drinking water. Bottled water is not always the answer and is not always environmentally friendly. You’re probably under the impression that bottled water doesn’t cost that much either; however, add it all up and it’ll total to a pretty penny.
Instead of purchasing water or installing water filters in your home if you don’t have financial resources, invest in a water filter bottle. You’ll be saving money at the end of the day, which can be put towards your child’s education or extra-curricular activities.
The earth is our home, and it’s in our best interest that we take care of it with renewed effort. By giving children bottles with water filters, it will not only help the planet (no plastic throw-aways) but also teach them about preserving water and Mother Nature at the same time. Most plastic bottles end up in landfills which have a massive impact on the environment as it takes time for the plastic to degrade. In addition to this, it takes a significant amount of energy to produce plastic bottles, as well as the energy it takes to deliver and store the bottles before going to market.
By having a water filter bottle, your kids can enjoy fresh water, while living in the education of preserving nature and water.
In today’s society, everything is modernising and moving toward conservation and education. Move with the times and join the movement in conserving our water.
- Water Filters
- June 12, 2019
Are you experiencing any of these problems? Your clothes and linen feel rough; your dishes have strange white spots, there’s a build-up of grime and unattractive stains on the faucets in your kitchen and bathroom. If you answered yes to one of these, then you might be experiencing something we in the water industry, like to call hard water.
What is hard water?
Hard water contains a significant amount of minerals such as calcium and magnesium which accumulates in the water cycle. The aqua is safe for consumption, however, in time it can cause expensive and embarrassing issues, such as a costly plumbing bill, damage to your favourite ensembles, as well as ugly stains in the bathroom and sinks, eventually requiring repairs.
Now you might be thinking, sure this might be true but how do I lessen the damage from hard water. Well, a good start would be to install a water filtration system.
Water Filtration System
Just because something can’t be seen, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not there. The primary purpose of a water filtration system is to capture all the unwanted particles, as well as allow filtered clean water through. This process is achieved using a material with “holes” or fine pores. These “holes” can be less than a 1/1000th of a millimetre in diameter, only allowing H2O molecules to go through while trapping viruses and bacteria in the filters.
How a water filter helps the water softening process
Having chlorine in your water is like having cholesterol in your bloodstream. It thickens and hardens anything it comes into contact with.
The water filter works well for this, as it reduces the levels of chlorine and magnesium from your water source by removing contamination, ensuring that you’re left with cleaner and slightly softer water.
With our hurried lives these days, time is precious, and a water filter will undoubtedly save you time in the future, as well as large sums of money.
Once you’ve completed your water filter installation, it would be best to install a water softener, so you’re guaranteed soft water.
What is a water softener?
A water softener is a unit that is used to soften water, by completely removing the minerals that cause the water to harden.
How does it work?
It’s known as the ion exchange. The main component of a water softener is the mineral tank. A separate brine tank is located in the water softener, which uses ordinary salt to make the brine solution. When in operation, the hard water moves into the mineral tank, whereas the magnesium and calcium move into the beads, replacing the sodium ions.
Water is becoming a scarce commodity, and it is essential that we as a country not only use it sparingly but also maintain it to the best of our ability. Apart from boiling water, installing a water filtertogether with a water softening unit is the perfect solution.
- Water Filters
- June 12, 2019
4 Water Purifiers for Healthy Living
With the recent water contamination problems taking place in cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town, it’s crucial that we as consumers take preventive measures, to protect the health of ourselves and our loved ones. However, with all the new contraptions on the market, it’s difficult to distinguish which water purifiers are best suited for your needs.
In today’s market, you might come across a water purifier and just purchase it, because its primary purpose is to purify your water, right? Wrong. Water purifiers come in different sizes and use different kinds of technology to clean water that contains germs and bacteria.
This is considered a favourite amongst most homeowners and companies. Reverse Osmosis removes dissolved salts, germs, as well as other impurities with the help of membrane technology.
These impurities are separated using the semipermeable membrane, which leaves you with clean, crystal clear aqua.
This water filtration is cost effective and convenient as it can easily be installed under counter for daily home use in the kitchen or bathroom.
Ultra Filtration (UF)
It removes bacteria from muddy and cloudy water, doesn’t require electricity and is easy to maintain, which is why homeowners prefer this piece of technology.
An Ultra Filtration system can get rid of any unhealthy particles in water by making use of an Ultra Filtration membrane. Slightly larger pores are found on the membrane, which enables the product to clean water containing many forms of bacteria.
Activated Carbon Filter Purifier
This product is easy to use and cleans one’s water by using activated carbon filters for the purification process. Chemicals such as chlorine, impurities, as well as pesticides, are all removed using the carbon filters. The best part about this is that it not only betters the taste and odour of the H2O but does not require electricity to operate correctly. Talk about value for your money.
Ultra Violet Water Purifier (UV)
If you prefer simple yet extremely effective methods, then this could be the purifier for you. This filter uses ultraviolet light to get rid of any cysts, microbes, germs and bacteria from the water. How does this work you ask? Well, a small mercury lamp is located in the purifier that creates short UV radiation. It then illuminates the water and destroys any viruses and bacteria, so they aren’t able to multiply and eventually die off.
This purifying method only kills the germs, it doesn’t remove the dead cells from the water. Separate filters are needed for the bacteria to be discarded.
This form of water purifying is usually used with various types of filtration, like reverse osmosis or activated carbon filters. UV filtration is the most effective form of purification.
Various diseases can be transmitted via contaminated water, and without the proper water purifier, you’re more likely to be a victim of contamination. Don’t waste your time and money by purchasing any filter, make sure it’s suits your specific needs first. It is always best to speak to a professional first, so as to avoid installing the wrong system.
- Water Filters
- June 12, 2019
You’ve just got home from a long, eventful day and you’re exhausted. Taking out your pyjamas and slippers, towel in hand, you head to the bathroom for a nice hot shower. Once that’s done, you pour yourself a tall glass of cold water. Finally, you head off to bed, only to be awoken during the night by your thirst, taking three big gulps of the water, you fall back into a deep slumber. The next morning as you get up for work, you discover that you’re ill, but you’re unsure of what could have caused it.
When it comes to water, it’s a crucial part of life, we use it in many ways, from food preparation and washing clothes to drinking and bathing.
The average human uses 20- 50 litres of water per day; this is why we have to ensure that its contamination free. By consuming unsafe water, you’re increasing the chance of bacteria and diseases.
Stop spending money on bottled water and save in the long run but installing a water filtration system. This handy technology will ensure you’re kept fit as a fiddle.
Now you might be asking, what is a water filtration system?
A water filter removes impurities by reducing contamination of water using a thin physical barrier, a chemical process, or a biological process.
The most common way to filter water is through the process of Reverse Osmosis.
How does Reverse Osmosis work?
The process works by using a high-pressure pump to increase the pressure on the salt side of the Reverse Osmosis (RO). This forces the water across the semi-permeable RO membrane leaving almost all dissolved salt behind in the reject stream.
There are two types of water filtration systems, one of which is an under the sink water filter and the other a whole house system.
They may serve the same purpose, but they are, however, different.
What is an under the sink water filtration system?
Also referred to as point-of-use, this system is known as a drinking water system. It refers to any under sink filtration system installed at the top level or a different water access point.
Better Tasting Water
This system works wonders, removing any bad taste from your glass of H20. It removes anything ranging from strange colours and odours to other water solubles which may not be life-threatening. However, it’ll certainly improve the quality of water consumed, making it more palatable.
It’s not a quality product for no reason. The system reduces any health contaminants such as lead and organic chemicals that could cause harm to the human body.
What is a whole house filtration system?
Commonly known as Point-Of-Entry, a whole house filtration system refers to the system installed at the end point of water lines of the house. It connects to the main water line, which then enters your home so that all water dispensing items such as faucets, toilets, showers and baths have treated water.
The filter works in such a way that it removes all chemicals from the water. Chemicals such as heavy metal, chlorine and chloramines will be a thing of the past.
Healthier Bathroom Time
Due to the removal of chlorine and chloramines, one will feel better health wise, as these contaminants can cause headaches, dizziness and red eyes.
Clothes will stay soft and colourful with this filtration product. Hair and skin will look and feel healthier and better. How is this possible you may ask? Well by removing contaminants, you’re not just investing in a water filtration system, but also a cleaner Laundromat and natural beauty product.
Maintains Water Using Appliances
Better quality filtered water free of contaminants and chemicals used by certain household appliances will leave your pocket feeling fuller, as you will not need to replace these or maintain them as often.
If you’re looking for safer drinking water to consume, then the under the sink water filtration system is the best option for you, however, if you’re looking for better quality water in all aspects of your home, then the whole house water filtration system will be your best choice.
Remember, despite having pure water; we should use it sparingly and consciously, to both save money and our natural resources, as most of South Africa is either in a water crisis or will be in one in the future.
Water saving tips
- Instead of draining bath water and dirty dishwater, use the grey water for watering plants or flushing toilets.
- Install a cistern displacement device inside your toilet to reduce the amount of water used in each flush.
- Install a water meter. The meter will monitor water usage and the amount you spend while helping you save this precious resource too.
- Water Filters
- June 12, 2019
Research has shown that an average person consumes about 106 000 litres of water a year. This highlights the necessity of filtering your water at home. One’s quality of water affects one’s health and well-being, especially when you consider how much of it gets consumed in a year. Here are some benefits to installing a water filtration system in our home.
REMOVES WATER CONTAMINANTS
Researchers have found that there are over 2100 water contaminants in our tap water. The only way to ensure that our water is free from any contamination is to install a water filtration system.
REDUCE HEALTH RISKS
A water filtration system doesn’t just eliminate contaminants from water but also chlorine and other harmful bacteria commonly found in water. This removal helps eliminate water related medical conditions such as bladder cancer, colorectal cancer, colon cancer and other intestinal and digestive problems.
ADDED HEALTH BENEFITS
Healthy water is vital for the health of every cell and organ in the body. Clean water prevents dehydration, improves health and fitness and keeps one’s skin healthy. A constant intake of clean water also helps children develop a healthy immune system. Children have also been known to get psoriasis and eczema from drinking unfiltered tap water in some cases.
EFFICIENCY COST EFFECTIVE
A filtration system installed at home means that you have healthy drinking water on top. You don’t get more efficient than that. It is also cheaper to filter your own drinking water than to buy 106 000 litres of bottled filter water a year. Most water filtration systems are also designed to be passive, which means that there are no hidden costs. Once installed, they usually only require the filters to be cleaned occasionally.
BETTER TASTE. BETTER SMELL
Filtered water eliminates the bad smell and taste of regular tap water by removing the lead, chlorine and bacteria found in tap water.
The chemicals in unclean tap water will leave a deposit on one’s clothes, which will cause them to smell differently and can even cause allergies and rashes.
REDUCE PLUMBING REPAIR BILLS
Plumbing repairs can be reduced substantially when you use filtered water because the heavy metals, minerals and chemicals that cause damage to your plumbing systems are removed. Appliances using water also last longer as there is only clean water running through them.
Install a home filtration system to take advantage of all the health benefits and the savings on various home plumbing systems.
- Water Filters
- June 12, 2019
According to the NSF, the Public Health and Safety Organisation, there are a number of steps to follow in order to determine the best water filtration system for your home.
- They suggest firstly – determine what exactly is in your water.
- Then you decide what contaminants you want to eliminate before you choose your preferred water treatments.
A comprehensive water analysis or water testing is the only way to determine what exactly is in water. The municipal water supply is regulated to ensure a reasonable quality of water. However, some areas may have different water qualities due to a number of contributing factors, which can damage appliances, pipes and cause health issues for the people that drink it.
The kinds of contaminates to consider eliminating are chlorine, bacteria, lime scale, sediment, salt, iron and metals. Chlorine is usually used to sterilise municipal drinking water, which kills most harmful germs but it is harmful to your health if consumed for a long period of time. Bacteria in water could cause illness if consumed at all. The presence of lime scale will not harm consumers but it does cause damage to household appliances and reduces the flow through pipes and can even cause blockages. Sediment is all sand, organic material or small particles suspended in the water, which usually travels with dissolved components that are harmful to your health. Sediment is also very harmful to appliances. Salt needs to be removed to make water drinkable and iron needs to be removed to ensure good health over prolonged periods of consumption.
Once you have seen which contaminates your water contains and have decided which ones you want to remove, then you need to select the most effective way to remove it. There are several options to choose from, which range from whole-house systems to point-of-use systems. Whole-house systems treat the water as it enters a home, while the point of use systems treat the water at the point of use in the home.
So, for instance, if you get the results of your water analysis back and it indicates that you had salt in your water, you will need a filtration system with the process of reverse osmosis because this is the only way to remove salt from water to make it drinkable. This point-of-use system would be the best filtration system for your home.
Our health is extremely important and a home is a big investment worth looking after. Choosing the best filtration system for your home and family could be tricky. Consult a professional to give you the best advice, as it is a long term investment.