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Common Water Problems and Solutions in Lethbridge & Southern Alberta

Water Problem: Hard Water

Hard water is created when water passes through rock formations and picks up calcium and magnesium.  Hard water is easy to spot; it leaves a bathtub ring made up of hardness minerals and soap.  This scum collects on shower walls, clings to hair, clogs skin pores, and makes house cleaning extremely difficult.  Hard water deposits also clog pipes, cause water heaters to operate inefficiently, and increase the maintenance on water-using appliances.

Solution: ECR 3502 | ESD 2502

The top of the line EcoWater ECR 3500 will remove all of your hardness along with 100% of the radium and barium in a super-efficient manner.  Many of our customers have experienced a savings of at least 50% in their usage of salt.  The EcoWater ESD 2502 is a budget-priced alternative that will provide the same great water with fewer advanced features.  To learn more and get a FREE in-home water test and estimate, contact Holmes EcoWater today.

 

Water Problem: Iron

Iron water is created when water passes through iron-bearing rocks.  Because iron accounts for 5% of all the earth’s crust, it can be found in just about all types of water supplies.  It can also be caused, usually temporarily, by water standing in iron pipes. Iron has the tendency to leave stains on sinks, clothing and linens, or it can form scale on pipes and water-using appliances that make water look, smell and taste bad.

Solution: ETFAIV | IMB Filter

The top of the line EcoWater ECR 3502 is rated to remove up to 15 ppm of clear water iron. Customers, who have installed this unit, solved all their iron problems. In most cases, our equipment can remove triple the iron compared to competitive brands. Should your water run red out of the faucet, an ETFAIV Air Injection filter ahead of your water softener will usually fix the problem. In severe cases, a separate iron filter may be needed.  To learn more and get a FREE in-home water test and estimate, contact Holmes EcoWater today. 

Water Problem: Chlorine & Chloramine

Chlorine and chloramine can make water smell and taste bad and is a known carcinogen.  These contaminants are a powerful oxidant and is commonly used as a disinfectant in commercial and household sanitation, bleaching, and maintaining swimming pools.  The most significant application is the disinfection of public water supplies where it’s used to manage bacteria levels in drinking water and kill potentially agents that seep into lakes, rivers, streams or ground water.

Solution: ETF 2100 | ERRC 3502 | HERO 375

When removing chlorine or chloramine the sole objective, the EcoWater ETF 2100 Central Water System (Whole House Solution), is the ideal choice.  If hard water is also present, the most efficient way for a homeowner to eliminate chlorine or chloramine is through the ERR 3502 whole home refining system, which combines water softening with chlorine removal in one integrated piece of equipment.  For a drinking and cooking solution only, e.g. kitchens, ice makers and wet bars, the Holmes EcoWater Reverse Osmosis System is the best option.  To learn more and get a FREE in home water test and estimate, contact Holmes EcoWater today. 

Water Problem: Nitrates

Nitrate (NO3) is a naturally occurring form of nitrogen (N) which is very mobile in water.  It is essential for plant growth and is often added to soil to improve productivity.  Water moving down through soil after rainfall or irrigation carries dissolved nitrate with it to ground water.  In this way, nitrate enters the water supplies of many homeowners who use wells or springs.  Drinking water high in nitrate is potentially harmful to human and animal health.

Solution: ESS 1000 XR32 | HERO 375

The unit of choice for a whole house point of entry system is an EcoWater ESS 1000 XR32 with a specialty resin.  This unit regenerates with salt (like a conventional water softener), but with the specialty resin it removes nitrates.  Should you choose to just purify your water supply for human consumption, EcoWater’s advanced HERO375 Reverse Osmosis System will provide you with outstanding drinking water.  To learn more and get a FREE in home water test and estimate, contact Holmes EcoWater today.

 

 Water Problem: Bacteria

Different types of organic matter can cause your water to taste bad, often fishy or earthy.  Bacteria in water takes many forms and the best way to know the type of bacteria present is to have your water professionally tested.  A common symptom of bacteria in water is slime build up in the toilet tank.

Solution: EPS 1000 Microbiological Filter

After we determine what form of bacterial contamination is affecting your water supply, the EPS 1000 microbiological drinking water purification system is often the solution of choice.  Certified to meet or exceed the EPA requirement for the removal of bacteria, viruses and cysts such as giardia and cryptosporidia, the EcoWater EPS 1000 can be installed on both municipal and well water supplies.  The only thing left behind is pure water and minerals that help improve the taste of filtered water. To learn more and get a FREE in-home water analysis and estimate, contact Holmes EcoWater today. 

Water Problem: Tannins

Tannins make water look yellow or brownish in colour.  It causes staining on clothes and fixtures and makes the water look murky and unclear. Tannins are composed of tiny pieces of organic material floating in the water and are typically caused by decomposing vegetation getting into water supplies.

Solution: ESS 1000 XR32

For tannins in your water the most often recommended unit is an EcoWater ESS 1000 XR32 with a specialty resin.  This unit regenerates with salt like a conventional water softener, but with the specialty resin it removes tannins.  To learn more and get a FREE in home water test and estimate, contact Holmes EcoWater today. 

Water Problem: Toxic Chemicals

These chemicals are more commonly referred to as Volatile Organic Contaminants (VOC).  But there is nothing organically good about them.  They are very dangerous man-made chemicals like TCE, PCB, THM, PCE, benzene, insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, etc.  They commonly enter the drinking water from leaking underground storage tanks, industrial runoff, leaking landfills, toxic dumping/spills or were used in farming before they were known to be harmful.  Many of these man-made toxins are known to cause cancer when humans come into contact with them.  These dangerous chemicals can be ingested in your drinking water, inhaled in the shower, or absorbed through your skin when bathing.

Solution: ETF 2100 | HERO 375

The Holmes EcoWater Central Water System is the whole house solution for the removal of toxic chemicals. For higher flow rate needs, the ETF 2100 is the system of choice.  For the best drinking water solution, a Reverse Osmosis System is the recommended solution while chemicals alone may be removed by a cartridge filter.  To learn more and get a FREE in-home water test and estimate, contact Holmes EcoWater today.