Friday, January 30, 2015

Hold your water to a higher standard

The best drinking water doesn't come straight from the ground.

There are seven identified sources of water pollution, all of which make it necessary to treat life’s most precious commodity before we consume it.

In developing countries, up to 70% of industrial wastes are dumped straight into the waterways people use to cook, drink and bathe. Additionally, 99 million pounds of fertilizer and chemicals are used on farms around the world, and many of those chemicals make their way into the groundwater people use to drink.

Industrialized countries like America aren’t free of groundwater contaminants. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that up to 40% of our surveyed rivers, lakes and estuaries are not clean enough to meet basic uses such as fishing or swimming.

And even though many communities are required to provide clean drinking water to their residents, water treatment plants don’t remove everything. A joint research project between the United States Geological Survey and Virginia Tech discovered that petroleum spills cause drastically elevated levels of arsenic in groundwater.

Safety is at hand
Despite all the dangers that can be lurking in your glass, obtaining safe-clean drinking water can be easy.

Bottled water companies that utilize water treatment equipment like Norland’s Reverse Osmosis, distillation, vaporization and Ozone machines remove 99.9% of harmful contaminants.

RO, or Reverse Osmosis, systems are designed to produce low dissolved solids water from tap or well water. These systems use highly efficient RO Membranes and the resulting product is so clean it is used in everything from food processing to hospitals.

Vapor compression, water is heated the resulting steam is separated. The end result is high-quality, distilled water (less than 1 ppm TDS) at the lowest possible cost. Spectrum Vapor Compression Systems from Norland can produce up to 3,000 gallons a day and have 98% less waste water than other models.

For an easy read explaining the difference between vapor compression and multiple effect distiller, click here.

Last but not least, Ozone machines shoot a stream of ozone through water as it runs through a pipe, killing almost all biological organisms in the water.

Ozone is an unstable, colorless gas, a powerful oxidizer and a potent germicide. It has a much higher disinfection potential than other disinfectants such as chlorine.

Ozone consists of three parts of oxygen. Once ozone is generated, it takes a short time for it to break apart and return to its natural form of oxygen. As this phenomenon occurs, the free atom of oxygen will seek out any foreign particles in the water and be attracted to them. This action creates an environment where bacteria or organic matter virtually disintegrate when they come in contact with this free oxygen molecule. This in turn protects water from waterborne, bacterial contamination. Ozone is used in the bottled water industry because it controls the growth of bacteria in water. It is desirable because it can do this without leaving a residual taste, such as you would find with chlorine.

When you reach for a bottle of water that’s been purified by Norland’s equipment, you and your customers can rest easy knowing you are drinking the cleanest water possible.