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Not all Carbon is created equal

 

Not all carbon is created equal NWI systems use medical grade carbon 06.27.14
“By “medical grade” carbon NWI is acknowledging there are different grades of carbon used in filtration. Typically home whole house systems use a 8-30 mesh activated carbon. Carbon that is used in “dialysis” uses 20-40 mesh which is more expensive. 20 to 40 mesh carbon has a larger surface area for an equal amount of carbon. NWI uses the 20-40 mesh carbon used in dialysis (i.e.: medical grade)In addition the NWI filter uses a 13 x 54 inch tank(14.3 cubic feet capacity NWI uses 2.5 cu ft of carbon suitable for filtering 3,750,000 gals of water). In order to get the maximum life from the carbon, it should be back-flushed periodically.This is to re-bed the carbon and avoid water channeling. This accounts for a 10 - 15 year life. The back-flush cycle on the NWI is set for our water starved climate to use only 88 gals every 10 days. The back-flush water is perfectly good...I discharge my NWI unit to my tomato garden.” When buying filtration it is important to look at the cost of ownership...

 

Silica

 

The Effect of Hydropath Technology on Silicates

This is a brief description on the effect that Hydroflow has on Silicates, and particular the difference between this and the effect on calcium carbonate.

To summarize, Hydroflow will both prevent new Calcium Carbonate scale from forming on the pipe, and also remove existing Calcium Carbonate scale. Hydroflow will also prevent Silicate-based scale from forming on the pipe, but cannot remove existing scale.

Prevention of New Scale:

Scaling in pipes can be due to a range of different compounds. One of the most common of these is Calcium Carbonate (Limescale) but there are a range of others. One such family is the Silicates, (compounds containing silicon rather than carbon). In both cases, the minerals are in a dissolved form in the water as positively and negatively charged ions. Hydroflow technology acts to create clusters of ions. These clusters are groups of dissolved ions that are still in solution but nevertheless have some structure, and act as precursors to crystals. This means that when the water becomes supersaturated, the clusters act as “starting points,” and the crystals form in suspension in the water, rather than as hard “scale” on the surface of pipes and equipment. This process is based on the ionic nature of the crystals, and therefore this effect applies to any scale formed from ionic crystals. Hydroflow can prevent the pipes scaling due to any type of ionic crystals, including Carbonate Scaling and Silicate Scaling.

Removal of Existing Scale:

When dissolved calcium and bicarbonate ions come out of solution and crystallize, they release carbon dioxide into the water. This makes the water able to dissolve the existing Calcium Carbonate scale. This release does not occur with silicate-based compounds and therefore Hydroflow cannot remove existing silicate scale.

Combined Silicate and Carbonate Scale

In practice, the scale in many systems is formed by a combination of both carbonate and silicate scale. This means that what often happens in practice is that the silicate scale is formed in a matrix of carbonate scale. Therefore removing the carbonate scale can sometime remove the silicate scale. However, whether this happens or not depends on a range of factors, including the relative amounts of carbonates and silicates, the rate of deposition etc. For this reason, although we can in practices remove combined silicate-carbonate scale, we cannot guarantee this.

 

Steamy bath or shower

How wonderful to step into a refreshing hot, steamy bath or shower, where we get to relax and unwind from the stress of the day. Most of us perform this ritual on a daily basis without a thought about what we are bathing in. Is there something to be concerned about?  The answer, unfortunately, is YES,  if we are showering in Santa Fe’s water—or  any other municipal water for that matter.

It may be wise to take a closer look. Municipal water is treated to protect us from bacteria and make it safe to drink; however, most of us wouldn’t dream of drinking unfiltered tap water. So if we don’t want to drink unfiltered water, maybe we’d be better off not bathing in it either. Many of the chemicals used to treat municipal water are, in fact, known carcinogens. The water we bathe in DOES affect our health.

Our skin is our largest organ: Whatever it comes into contact with will be absorbed. Worse, when water is heated—as it is when we bathe—90% of the chemicals in it turn to steam, which we breathe in. These vapors go directly into our blood stream. Exposure to chlorine through inhalation and skin absorption has been directly related to many health issues.

What is the solution? Believe it or not, installing a whole-house filter for the removal of chlorine and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Contaminants) can be less expensive than filtering your drinking water. Our whole-house system requires no maintenance for 10 -15 years (using Santa Fe’s water). Do the math: How much do we spend on bottled water and filters each year? Multiply that by 10 years and compare prices.

Filtering ALL the water in your home makes sense.  You deserve to drink and bathe in clean, healthy,  chemical-free water.

Saving Santa Fe's Water

Santa Fe water users are encouraged to conserve water by changing our water habits. Santa Fe has some of the highest rates in the country for high-volume users. New Water Innovations has the ability to lower the amount of consumable water in commercial buildings, pools and on athletic fields. The City of Santa Fe offers rebates for residential and commercial savings with low flow toilets and faucets. Our hope is that our new Mayor Javier Gonzales will promote water savings by offering rebates for any documented water savings for commercial users.

Santa Fe's Water

Water, one of Santa Fe’s most precious natural resources, is also one of its leading environmental issues. In Santa Fe, as public awareness of the importance of protecting Santa Fe’s water aquifers increases, so too does the realization that many of the “accepted standard practices” of the past are no longer appropriate to conserve and protect water for the future.

One example of these outdated practices is the salt water softener, for years the accepted standard for treating hard water. High chlorides are now appearing in Santa Fe’s ground water as a result of the salt softener brine discharge. Where salt contaminated ground water is used for crop irrigation, salt softeners are being banned for the negative impact they have on our water tables. Fortunately, advances in water treatment technologies continue to be made giving us many environmentally safe alternatives.

There are now environmentally acceptable solutions to the many water quality issues that face Santa Fe’s residents today. New Water Innovations is at the forefront of providing economical and effective solutions to all clients who care not only about the quality of their water, but about the environment as well.

Saving New Mexico’s #1 Resource: What is our state government doing?

Here at NWI, we recognize that there is nothing more important than safeguarding our precious water—New Mexico’s #1 resource—WATER.

Clean water is the life blood of our communities and the environment. Water is essential for growing our food and hydrating our bodies. Most New Mexico rivers, streams and lakes are now at their lowest-ever points. After years of drought, the people of New Mexico are paying close attention to how we use water. What steps can we take to move into a healthier, more environmentally conscious place?

As we become more aware, we see that many water-treatment systems once considered the norm are now outdated. They’ve been replaced with technologies that protect our environment without wasting water.

It’s time to take a closer look at what the State of New Mexico can do  to require commercial and municipal building to lower the amount of water they use. Here’s an example of how we can save water.  A typical 500-ton cooling tower (which uses water to remove hot air from large buildings) runs 14 hours a day, uses 12 gallons of water a minute, and will blow down 300,000 gallons of water per month. If one of our Hydroflow Systems were installed on the cooling tower, the commercial or municipal building would save 150,000 gallons of water and at least $3,000 per month. With the installation of sidestream filtration they can save 285,000 gallons of water and $6,270.00 per month on one cooling tower. The typical return on such an investment is usually six to 12 months. Given that Hydroflow has a 35-year design life, we think this is a great investment opportunity.

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