Elite Water NC https://elitewaternc.com Local Water Softening, Filtration, Reverse Osmosis, & Water Delivery in Morris, IL & Surrounding Areas Sat, 07 Sep 2019 15:33:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.11 https://elitewaternc.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-Water-Drop-Fav-32x32.png Elite Water NC https://elitewaternc.com 32 32 8 Ways To Tell If Your Drinking Water Is Potentially Harmful https://elitewaternc.com/8-ways-to-tell-if-your-drinking-water-is-potentially-harmful/ Thu, 01 Aug 2019 03:15:02 +0000 https://elitewaternc.com/?p=11544 Often, people assume the public water they consume is safe to drink. Though we wish this was the case, it’s not usually true.

Think for a moment about the pipes that carry your city’s water. Over time, these pipes can corrode. When that happens, toxins are able to sneak into the water that comes into your home.

In 2014, about 10,000 Michigan residents had poisoned water due to this exact situation.

Scary to think about? Absolutely! That’s why Elite Water Systems believes water education is so important, to help protect the families in our Jacksonville area.

Though the most effective way to find out if your water is safe to drink (or use at home at all) is by having a professional test your water, here are some clear signs you can look for yourself, while you’re at home:

1 – Discoloration or Cloudiness in the Water

Safe drinking water should be clear and should not have an odor or a weird taste either.

2 – Dry Skin After Hand Washing

Do your hands ever feel dry after you wash them – like you need to put lotion on right away? Maybe you find yourself dumping more laundry detergent into the washer to get your clothes cleaned? This can be caused by hard water, which is a buildup of different kinds of deposits (such as calcium, magnesium, lead, or aluminum, to name a few). This issue is usually what causes the hard water stains you might find on your dishes or the deposits found on the faucet and/or sink.

3 – Water With a Yellow, Brown, or Orange Tint

If your water is yellow, there’s a chance your water could have one or more of the following:
  • chromium-6 (this is known to be a cancer-causing chemical) 
  • manganese 
  • lead
  • copper or 
  • iron

It could also be a sign that the pipes are being cleared out, which is why a professional test is more beneficial (we offer these for FREE by the way! Click here for more info).

Orange or brown colored water could be a sign your water has an excessive amount of the following:
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Lead
  • Rust (a breeding ground for bacteria)

4 – Water With a Slightly Blue or Green Appearance

When the pipes are corroded,  you may notice the water is blue or green colored. This is usually an indication of high copper levels due to the pipe corrosion and can be damaging to your health.

5 – Bleach or Chlorine Smell

Your water contains chlorine, because it’s used to kill the germs and bacteria in the water you drink. Too much or not enough chlorine added to the water could have harmful repercussions physically, ranging from diarrhea and cramps to increased cancer risk and more.

6 – Water That Smells Like Rotten Eggs or Sewage

No one likes to drink water that smells like this. It’s typically a sign of the presence of hydrogen sulfide. If you’ve ever consumed water that smells like this, beware of dehydration and possible diarrhea, which can happen if the gas turns into sulfate.

7 – Fishy Water Smell

If you live near a lake full of fish, it’s probably just the fish. However, a fishy water smell can also be a symptom of barium or cadmium chemicals, which can create all kinds of damage to your body, including (but not limited to) your kidneys and liver.

8 – Water That Tastes Metallic

Ever feel like you’re drinking a penny? You might have rusty pipes, which can be signaled by the metallic taste. That taste could be a metal like iron, copper, lead, manganese or zinc. Sometimes the taste is salty, but take it as a sign that your water may need to be tested.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, a whole home filtration system might be the best thing for your home. Give us a call today at (910) 601-2289 and schedule your free water test to find out what’s in your water!

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Coal Ash Excavation in North Carolina – What Will it Do to Your Water? https://elitewaternc.com/coal-ash-excavation-north-carolina/ Sun, 30 Jun 2019 17:00:51 +0000 https://elitewaternc.com/?p=11479

With orders to excavate the coal ash sitting on their sites in April 2019, all six North Carolina coal-burning power plants owned by Duke Energy Corp. have quite the task at hand. Coal ash contains toxic chemicals, such as lead, arsenic and even mercury, which is part of the reason it has not been moved previously. These ashes have been piling up for years, as coal is used as a natural resource for energy.  

While the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality believes this is, “the only way to protect public health and the environment,” the risk may outweigh the benefits. In the past, there have been several cases of ashes being dumped into the water streams we drink from.

At Elite Water Systems, we help local families remove up to 99% of contaminants from their drinking water while also filtering the water in your entire house, so you don’t have to worry about any of the water coming into your home. For more information on getting better water with an affordable system, click here!

 

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Contaminated Well Water Makes Wrightsville Beach Scramble Before Summer Hits https://elitewaternc.com/contaminated-well-water-makes-wrightsville-beach-scramble-before-summer-hits/ Thu, 02 May 2019 19:47:20 +0000 https://elitewaternc.com/?p=11392 Can they fix it in time?

As most of our residents know, in the summertime, the population increases significantly in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

The problem is, because of water contamination with PFAS chemicals, in January one of the most utilized water wells for the area’s water supply was shut down. These chemicals have been released into the Cape Fear River and our area’s water supply for nearly three decades.

Other nearby water wells are still being used, but they also contained PFAS. These wells do not contain as many PFAS levels as the well (well No. 11) which is currently shut down.

WECT News 6 reported: Well No. 11 water test results in February revealed a total PFAS concentration of 621.16 parts per trillion (ppt). This level includes a concentration of 37 ppt for GenX, which is below the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ health advisory of 140 ppt.

The cause for this high amount of contamination? We are told Gen X contaminants in well No. 11 are most likely the result of its close proximity (within 3,500 feet) to a Recovery Well and an Aquifer Storage operated by Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

Though water will be offered at a discounted rate to Wrightsville Beach, it doesn’t change the fact the water is contaminated. There is no timeline as to when well No.11 will be turned on again for public use.

Gen X contaminants are used in things such as cleaning products, foam firefighters use to extinguish fires, fabrics, packaging, teflon and paint. These chemical compounds could be a cause of cancer.

The only way to effectively get rid of Gen X in your water and have clean, healthy water, is by reverse osmosis. To learn more about reverse osmosis and how you can keep your home safe, click here.

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