There is a water shortage in America, and it’s hitting the nation’s West Coast particularly hard this year. California, one of the biggest food producers with one of the largest populations in the United States, is facing one of the most drastic water shortages in recorded history, and no part of the state is immune. Governor Jerry Brown actually declared an official state of emergency in January, and state officials are faced with the task to prepare for the inevitable. Now the inevitable is here and California drought conditions have reached a tipping point.
LifeSource Water Systems joined forces with Wells Fargo, US Bank, Century Housing Corporation, YouthBuildUSA and the Century Center for Economic Opportunity to celebrate the official opening of the South Bay Energy Efficiency Demonstration (SEED) House. This unique educational center is designed to make a huge impact in the South Bay, with a focus on green building education, and increasing awareness of the cost-saving benefits that come with green living habits. Of course, if it's green, you won't find a water softener here. The SEED House is equipped with a LifeSource whole-house water filter, the only eco-friendly water system on the planet.
Is it possible that 98% of the population does not drink enough water? Since water makes up 70% of our body, it is essential to good health. In the hot summer months, it is even more important to pay close attention to the amount of water you drink. We tend to be more physically active in summer months and are more prone to sweating. This causes an increase in dehydration. What is dehydration? Dehydration occurs when your body does not have the amount of fluids and water as it should.
It’s true confession time. I love reality TV…I know who all the Housewives are, no matter what state they live in…never miss an episode of The Amazing Race and if singers and dancers are competing, you will find me passing judgement like I’m getting paid for it. But without a doubt, in my opinion, the best reality TV show of all time is…drum roll please….Whale Wars!! This action-packed Animal Planet series is truly exhilarating to watch. You never know when a whaler’s going to decide to turn his harpoon gun on our fearless heroes, the Sea Shepard crews.
Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek Helps Install his LifeSource System This was a very different installation, a customer wanted to help install their own system, and it was Alex Trebek no less. I was there to get a photo or two of Alex with his new water filter system, but I got many more. I found him to be very nice, gracious and friendly but also very serious. On March 10, 2011 we met Alex at his home after he had taped a few Jeopardy segments. He was ready for two things, the LA Lakers game and his LifeSource water system installation.
Monterey Peninsula Country Club, one of the courses that hosts the famed Pebble Beach Pro Am, has recently done their part to help the planet by eliminating bottled water on two of their world class golf courses. Management chose LifeSource because a water softener can't be used on a golf course. Inspired by their neighbor course, Pasatiempo Golf Course, Club House manager Brian Hein led the effort to place 8 LifeSource Water System hydration stations throughout their 2 courses. This allows their golf members and guests to enjoy great tasting water, either using corn compostable cups or re-useable water bottles.
As residents of the United States we have regular access to clean drinking water, especially with the help of whole house water filters. Nearly 900 million people, however, are not so lucky, and a significant number of these people are children. LifeSource Water Systems is acutely aware of this unfortunate fact, which is why we work with the House of Children project in Peru to help supply clean drinking water. We’re not the only ones working towards a brighter future – the Unicef Tap Project is on a mission to cut the number of people without water in half by 2015.
Today is a great day to think about water filtration, since March 22nd is World Water Day! World Water Day is an international day of observance created by the United Nations in 1992 to address the growing global water crisis and focus attention on the importance of freshwater resources. Most of us can’t imagine living without safe, running water. Unfortunately, this is the case in most parts of the world. And since a water softener is not a filter, they are no help. Water is earth's most precious resource and all of us need to concentrate on water preservation.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, physician and author, is best known for his numerous appearances as a health expert on The Oprah Show, as well as his own syndicated series, The Dr Oz Show. In October 2009, Dr. Oz led a serious of discussions with leading experts in the field, during which he repeatedly recommended that homeowners use a water filter. He insists that a whole house water filter is crucial in order to protect their family from the chemicals in municipal water.
Water filtration is typically seen as a more mature topic, but it's time to get youth involved. Traditionally, university and college campuses are the place to go when you want to find the latest in-thing. Dorms and the Greek system are great spots to gauge what’s hot and new in popular culture, and college radio is how you discover new music. But ask American college students about other options for bottled water; perhaps clean, healthy water served from a water filter and you may get a blank stare in response. Hopefully, soon that’s going to change.
Habitat for Humanity not only provides affordable housing options, but now it is working to eliminate water softeners and bottled water waste by providing LifeSource Water filtration systems on their construction site. Habitat’s seventh project in Glendale, CA breaks ground on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity affordable-home-ownership project at 624-630 Geneva Street will feature five three-bedroom town homes and a community garden. Project manager Paul McAnnally-Linz contacted LifeSource Whole House Water Systems for an alternative to supplying numerous cases of bottled water to its volunteers.
San Francisco has always been at the forefront of environmental ideas, and now the city is revolutionizing water filtration. They were the first city to ban plastic grocery bags. A couple of years ago, Mayor Gavin Newsom also banned plastic bottle use in restaurants and city buildings. Now, San Francisco has taken even further steps in hopes of becoming a bottle less city. If you have taken a recent walk through the city of San Francisco, you may have noticed some strange new contraptions: metal boxes that dispense tap water with the push of a button.
We’ve talked a lot in this blog about the importance of replacing bottled water and water softeners with filtered tap water, and it looks like our message isn’t going unheard. The Beverage Marketing Corporation reported a decline in sales and volume production of bottled water for the second year in a row. According to the press release from the Beverage Marketing Corp., bottled water sales and production hit its peak in the mid-2000s, but in 2008 the industry reported a drop in sales and in volume.
We spend a lot of time choosing a water softener or water filter to make sure our homes have clean water, but have you ever considered how important it is to have water readily available in schools? It was recently reported that at least 40% of schools in California have no access to free drinking water for students during meals. As a result of this shocking statistic, the Governor just signed legislation SB 1413, written by State Senator Mark Leno.
Most people are justifiably concerned about what is in the water that they drink and the water from their softener. Informed people also are concerned about the water in their showers and baths. Whole House Water Systems and water filters for the faucets are a potential solution to ensure that you get the best possible water in your house. The recent report by the Environmental Working Group on Chromium-6 has many people questioning the safety of the water that comes from their municipal water company.
I bet you never thought you'd see snow in Malibu! On Saturday December 11 and Sunday, December 12 you will see just that at the Malibu Winter Wonderland. The Lumberyard and The Malibu Country Mart will be magically transformed into a sight that kindles that magical feeling of the holiday season and inspires us to partake in wonderful seasonal activities, such as singing Christmas carols, stringing holiday lights, drinking hot chocolate and shopping. How about welcoming Santa and listening to the period dressed carolers at the Malibu Lumber Yard?
Actor Ed Begley Jr. and his wife, Rachelle Carson-Begley, have been opponents of water softeners and advocates of eco-friendly water filtration long before they discovered LifeSource Whole House Water Systems. Although famous for his work in dozens of TV shows like St. Elsewhere, Arrested Development, and Six Feet Under and movies like Best In Show and A Mighty Wind, Ed has been well-known for his environmentalism since the 1970s. He began driving an electric car long before it was socially acceptable to do so.
Interested in some news that impacts water softeners and filters? On Monday, November 29, 2010, Fiji Water Inc. insisted it was closing their operations in the Pacific Island nation, due to the Fijian government’s decision last week to raise their taxes. On Wednesday, December 1, Fiji Water Inc. reversed their decision and agreed to pay the increased tax from 1/3 of a cent to 15 cents per liter.
You may know that your water softener doesn’t remove chlorine from water, but do you know what chlorine specifically does? Chlorine is a highly efficient disinfectant and it is added to public water supplies to kill disease-causing bacteria that the water or its transport pipes might contain. Chlorine is a savior against cholera and various other water-borne diseases. Its disinfectant qualities have allowed communities and whole cities to grow and prosper by providing disease-free tap water to homes and industry but this disinfecting has not come without a price.
LifeSource Water Systems has had the great opportunity to remove water softeners and install our eco-friendly systems in the homes of some very well-known customers. One of our newest LifeSource customers is actor/model Rene Russo (The Thomas Crown Affair, Ransom, Outbreak, and Get Shorty). Rene contacted LifeSource after seeing an advertisement in Smart Saver Magazine. That ad featured her friend Ed Begley Jr. Knowing Ed’s dedication to the environment and his vast knowledge of eco-friendly products, she knew that if a LifeSource Water System was good enough for him, it’d be good enough for her.
In Los Angeles, we’re used to giving our local eateries the once-over before we walk in because all our restaurants and cafes have a letter grade posted by the Health Department. Now, that scrutiny should include a quick search for the TapIt logo. A business displaying the TapIt logo will happily refill your reusable water bottle with filtered water. This way, you don’t have to carry a water filter with you – and you don’t have to waste money buying expensive bottled water and sending even more empty plastic into the environment.
Many people rely on private wells for their water and are confused about whether they need a water softener or a whole house water filter to treat their water. Much of this confusion is driven by companies that irresponsibly claim to treat well water problems without knowing what issues they are trying to solve. At LifeSource Water Systems, we believe that it is negligent to sell a customer a water treatment system without first knowing exactly what is in the customer’s water. If a customer is on municipally treated water, a simple internet search will produce the local water.
Next Monday, November 15th, is America Recycles Day. Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour and most of them are thrown away and never recycled. If you own a water filtration system, you don’t have to worry about recycling water bottles. At LifeSource Water Systems, our mission is to eliminate bottled water from the planet. We have a vision of having water filling stations on every campus, school, public facility, street corner, mall, or anywhere the public gathers. Everyone would carry their own reusable drinking container and have access to clean and delicious water.
Drinking bottled water seems like an easy out – it’s convenient and portable. You don’t have to worry about getting filtered drinkable water from your water softener. Unfortunately, as we’ve discussed in previous blog entries, bottled water is a huge waste of money and resources. It’s expensive, it often leaches chemicals from the plastic container, and it creates a big environmental problem. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I see people with big disposable water bottles when they could easily carry a reusable bottle instead.
Here in America we have easy access to water softeners and water filtration. Not everyone is so lucky. We at LifeSource Water are honored to work with The House of the Children in Peru. Nancy Santullo, Founder and Executive Director of House of the Children, first visited Peru in 1999 because of her interest in the medicinal healing properties indigenous to the region. Nancy observed that children were drinking contaminated water, suffering from chronic health problems and had extremely limited educational opportunities.
Are you interested in learning more about water filtration and water softeners? On November 6 and 7, 2010, LifeSource Water Systems will be in Booth 212 at Green Festival San Francisco. A project of Green America and Global Exchange, Green Festival is the nation’s premier sustainability event and is taking place this year at the Concourse Exhibition Center on 8th St. in San Francisco. LifeSource factory representatives will be on hand to educate attendees about the growing list of communities that have banned water softeners.
LifeSource spreads the word about and the advantages of our whole house water system over water softeners and reverse osmosis systems at over 250 events, fairs and shows every year. These include state and county fairs, home shows, green shows, farmers markets and various events. At almost all of these events, we allow people to taste and enjoy our filtered water, and we educate people about our benefits. Last week, we had the opportunity to attend an event that was a little different than our normal events.
Every day, there are more articles being written about the importance of a water filter for overall health. Dr. Oz and the Presidents Cancer panel previously published info on this topic, and now Prevention Magazine has recently published an article titled 13 Everyday Ways To Avoid Cancer.
I have been asked this question frequently, as more and more cities throughout the US are banning the use of salt based water softeners. One of these cities is Santa Clarita, CA. The Santa Clara River Chloride Reduction Ordinance of 2008, approved as Measure S by voters on November 4, 2008, required the removal of all residential automatic water softeners by June 30, 2009. Santa Clarita businesses have been prohibited from using automatic water softeners since 1961.
It seems like more and more water softeners and water filtration companies are claiming to be green when in actuality they’re harming the environment. This deceptive promotion of environmentally friendly products is known as greenwashing. It’s important to educate yourself about what makes a product green so you will invest in a water filter that not only helps you but also helps the environment. By the very nature of how they work, water softeners and reverse osmosis systems cannot be green.
I think it’s easy to take simple things for granted like good food and clean water. In my book that means fresh ingredients, simple preparation and a good quality water filter (as opposed to water run through a water softener - nasty). In this country, we have the freedom to choose from a constantly changing, cheap convenient smorgasbord of food and drink. Everywhere you turn, advertising reminds us that there’s something out there you just have to try.
It’s important that you wash your homegrown food in filtered water. A healthy diet can start in your own backyard and to celebrate that, HomeGrown Culver City is hosting an event to demystify growing food at home. They hope to help those who are inspired to take the first steps towards harvesting food in their own yards.
We typically think of using water softeners and filters as means to stay hydrated – but have you ever considered that drinking water might help you lose weight? Whenever I want to shed a few pounds (which, let’s be honest, is 99% of the time), I usually try counting calories, obsessing over my meals, and exercising. I drink water, but I never concentrated on it as a means to lose weight. That’s all changed since I read about the new research done by the American Chemical Society.
Have you ever considered how your water softener might effect your household pets? Water has a huge impact on their well being. For example, there is a beautiful fish tank in the front lobby at the LifeSource factory in Pasadena. Visitors marvel at the clarity of the tank and the abundance of fish. Jason, the fish technician from Aquatic Federation, raves about the LifeSource fish tank.
LifeSource Water Systems has been in the business of replacing water softeners with whole house water filters for 26 years. Over that time, we have seen a lot of strange things. However, this letter and picture from one of our customers may top them all! Read below: Hi Mark, Here's my story: I used to think that bottled water was the smartest way to get my drinking water...delivered, consistent, and well, I would like to say convenient or pure, but that's just not the case. One spring day I went to look for my water delivery on my front step.
I rarely contemplated the importance a water softener might play in my beauty routine. I thought about nearly everything else – cleaners, moisturizers, foundations – and have always attempted to choose my products after thoroughly researching the ingredients. I try to be a wise consumer. So why not pay the same careful consideration to my water treatment? We spend so much money on products for beautification, yet we usually don’t think about how the water we bathe in might be affecting our skin and hair.
Most people confuse the term water softener system with water filter system. A water softener only replaces healthy minerals with sodium ions, and does nothing to remove chlorine and organic contaminants. Yet some people have always had a water softener on their house, or they are confused by the misinformation that has been propagated for years by water softener companies. This is understandable, as most people do not have the time to research water systems, and many simply do what their parents and friends have always done.
As I have written about before, buying a water system for your home or business can be tricky. Don’t be fooled by unsubstantiated claims. Whether you’re looking for a water softener, a water softener alternative or a water filter system, there are lots of choices and lots of conflicting information out there. Concerns over just what is in a glass of tap water have grown exponentially in the past decade. It's no surprise that the sheer number of water treatment devices on the market should be just as expansive.
First of all a water softener does not purify water. Purified water is actually acidic, dead or demineralised water. Demineralised water is defined as water almost completely free of dissolved minerals as a result of distillation, deionizaton, or membrane filtration reverse osmosis, electrodialysis or other technology. The most common way to purify water is a process called reverse osmosis. Many of these units are housed under the kitchen sink—especially homes with a water softener.
Water filtration should be one of the top priorities for restaurant owners, but unfortunately it seems to fall by the wayside. Instead, many owners seem to be more concerned with whether their water softener effectively works with their dishwasher. One of my biggest pet peeves is going to a nice upscale restaurant and tasting chlorine in their tap water (nice try using those lemons to cover the taste!). They can focus on great décor and high quality ingredients for their cuisine, so why not make every effort to serve filtered water to their guests?
What do schools need to give kids the competitive advantage? Computers! Metal detectors! Certainly not water softeners! What about water filters? On the front pages and in the hallowed halls of our state and federal buildings, the debate rages on about the quality of education in this country, the focus shifting from disagreements about budget management to evaluating and recognizing the performance of teachers and administrators.
One of the advantages of having a whole house water filter is that it allows you to virtually eliminate bottled water from your life. The environmental issues regarding bottled water are outlined in two recent books, Bottlemania by Elizabeth Royte and Bottled and Sold by Peter Gleik. Both do a great job analyzing the history and economics of the bottled water phenomenon. There are also two fascinating documentaries, Tapped and Liquid Assests that discuss the overall issues of clean water around the world.
It is of utmost importance that we drink water, especially clean, filtered water on a regular basis. According to medicinenet.com, water is a critical element of the body and adequate hydration is a must to allow the body to function. Up to 75% of the body's weight is made up of water. Most of the water is found within the cells of the body (intracellular space). The rest is found in what is referred to as the extracellular space, which consists of the blood vessels (intravascular space) and the spaces between cells (interstitial space).
Yes, it’s home sweet home, but what about your water? It’s important to think about the first line of defense for all the water in your home, your water filter. Tap water has been in the news a lot lately, so it is understandable why people are questioning their own water quality. How can you be sure your tap water is safe and of the highest quality? There’s a certain contentment that comes when you close the door and melt into the security of your home. But what elements in your home are dangerous?
How is a twenty-something living in a rented space supposed to find a good water filter? I don’t own a house or a condo, and I don’t plan on doing so anytime soon, so whole-house water filters or water softeners aren’t options. What other choices does an apartment-dweller have? First, if you’re lucky enough to have a new fridge (which I don’t), refrigeration filtration is perfect for filling up a cool glass of water. Unfortunately, it isn’t convenient for the majority of kitchen activities – the process takes way too long!
Join LifeSource Water Systems, the water softener alternative and The Solstice Green Directory at the Harvest Moon Green Mixer, September 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Kohana Pharmacy in San Luis Obispo. Admission is $5 and the proceeds will benefit the local Seeds of Hope chapter which offers hope, healing and comfort during times of intense challenges, catastrophic disease and loss. They welcome your donations and support.
Before You Buy a Water System, Do the Math Buying a water softener or any water system for your home can be tricky. With so many choices and so much conflicting information out there, how do you choose? Use the facts and do the math. LifeSource - Low Cost & Low Maintenance LifeSource Water Systems are tested and certified to last 4 times longer than any other whole-house water system, period.
A water softener is a water treatment device that helps to reduce the amount of calcium and magnesium ions in water by replacing those ions with double the amount of sodium ions. But is that all they do? Yep, that’s all.
Most people in industrialized countries today live in urban or suburban areas that are served by municipal water systems. These systems, which are questionable in purification quality to begin with, add chemical carcinogens like chlorine and fluoride to water that are harmful to health. People absorb these chemicals every day when they wash their hands, take a shower, wash their clothes and drink municipal tap water.