You might be shocked at what could be living and growing in your water heater tank. Many homeowners neglect the maintenance task of flushing the water heater. In many conditions that may be less of a concern. That is definitely not the case for the residents living in the Buffalo Mountain community located in East Asheville, North Carolina.
Approximately 187 residents of Buffalo Mountain are served by the community's well water system. Although the system operates within EPA drinking water standard (with some past exceptions) there are several violations of Federal regulation between 2014 & 2017. This is a more common scenario with small water system purveyors than is generally known to the public.
I recently had the opportunity of assisting some long time residents of this community with replacing thier 10 year old water heater and installing a whole-house filtration system to correct unhealthy conditions. Upon draining and removing the water heater I was shocked to see what came out of the unit. Watch the video below and see for yourself!
I collected samples of the different mineral deposits and unidentified objects that spewed from the tank In hopes performing further analysis. What is certain, is that residents of Buffalo Mountain need to be diligent about water heater maintenance, and should be concerned about what's in their water!
If I can offer one situation to best express my intention and desire it would be of an experience I had while vending at an environmental trade show in Raleigh, NC. I was at the event primarily to market water conservation products for a business I started in 2003; AquaPro Solutions llc.
I had decided to display our H2O Easy water filtration products to help introduce the new WaterGenie to the regional market. I was approached by a middle aged woman from North Carolina named Kathy, inquiring about the capabilities of the WaterGenie. We'll not disclose the city in NC where she lived as I have no desire to enter into a liable suite with any municipality, but trust me it is a large city/county in the heart of NC.
Our conversation began in a typical way but didn't stay that course for more than a couple minutes. Kathy was much more serious with her questioning than usual; It was clear that she had a sincere distrust. As I attempted to carry the conversation as sensitively as I could she became more open about her concerns. Kathy had experienced and lived through a devastating bout with breast cancer, and was continuing to experience health problems. She discovered that she had mercury toxicity. She had spent several months trying to determine the source of her exposure, which turned out to be the municipally treated water supply. As soon as this became evident she had her two young children and husband tested and all were found to have elevated levels of mercury. Kathy was certain this condition had caused her cancer and continuing health concerns.
I was appalled to find out that she had attempted to seek assistance from the water purveyor and bring the problem to light but her concerns were dismissed by county officials; the municipality would not assume any liability for her condition or acknowledge in any way the water may contain high levels of Mercury; and furthered the insult indicated that she could choose not to drink the water!
After about an hour of heartfelt communication I proposed to have an H2O Easy system installed in her home at no expense to her family until she decided the system performed to her satisfaction. She agreed, two weeks later I had performed the installation and after six months and several lab tests to verify the water quality, Kathy offered to pay for the system in full, including installation costs; which we declined to accept.
Kathy and her family have sense moved out of state and purchased a new H2O Easy WaterGenie system for her new home.
I often reflect on this experience, which continues to be an enduring reminder of why I do what I do, and why I will continue to do it as long as I can help others out of bad situations, like Kathy's.
My advice; never take for granted that someone else is looking out for your best interests, and always remember, municipalities are businesses not people; they don't put your health and wellbeing ahead of their own unless it serves their purpose. They do what they do because the law requires them to; and most do the minimum
they possibly can. This means using very dangerous chemicals rather than healthy alternatives because chemicals are the least expensive option available. It is up to you to take responsibility and be proactive when it comes to the food you eat and the water you drink, bathe in and cook with. I don't want you to trust me because I say you can, I want to earn your trust, gain your respect and deserve your business.
That's the H2O Easy way.
C. A. Hanson
The most significant advancement in carbon based water filtration technology in decades makes clean, healthy water more affordable.
H2O Easy Filtration Products introduces "Compound-Catalytic™" Carbon with the launch of the WaterGenie ”Advanced” series Whole House and Point-of-Use water filtration systems.
The new high performance “Compound-Catalytic™“ Carbon performs all filtration capabilities we’ve come to expect from catalytic and granular activated carbon products but also presents the ability to reduce; Fluoride, Hexavalent Chromium, Arsenic, Lead, Mercury, Selenium, and more.
“It’s a game changer for the industry and a money saver for consumers. This new product improves the cost effectiveness and sustainability of water filtration systems for everyday use. What typically requires multiple components in multiple tanks can now be done with one tank containing one media” says Chris Hanson, Founder of H2O Easy Filtration Products. With the introduction of this product consumers will see a 65% reduction in cost from $1.45 per day to less than 0.95 cents per day. ”Just think about that for a minute; clean, healthy water from every tap in your home costs less per day than a cup coffee! I am very excited for my customers” Says Hanson.
About H2O Easy Filtration Products & Services: Established in 2006, we are a locally owned/owner operated small business, in Asheville, NC. Offering custom design water filtration products that are hand assembled locally to ensure quality.
Founders/owners Chris and Kelly Hanson reside in West Asheville, where they have lived since 1987.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently revised its public health advisory on acceptable levels of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) compounds in public water supplies. The advisory are significantly lower than standards the agency established in 2009 as 0.4 ppb for PFOA, and 0.2 ppb for PFOS. In drinking water systems where both compounds are present the advisory recommends a maximum combined level of 0.07 ppb. As a result of this updated advisory, dozens of communities around the country are now considered to have “dangerous drinking water”.
PFOS and PFOA are members of a group of chemicals known as PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals/compounds). Both PFOS and PFOA are very persistent in the environment, and have known health risks including several forms of cancer including kindey, thyroid and testicular cancer.
The report also acknowledged research on human populations that has found associations between PFOS and immune suppression, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, and reduced fertility. It also acknowledged a possible connection between PFOS and bladder, colon, and prostate cancer.
The levels released today are based on numerous studies connecting the chemicals with health effects.
-For PFOS, the report notes, studies of lab animals exposed to the chemical reported “developmental effects (decreased body weight, survival, and increased serum glucose levels and insulin resistance in adult offspring), reproductive (mating behavior), liver toxicity (liver weight co-occurring with decreased cholesterol, hepatic steatosis), developmental neurotoxicity (altered spatial learning and memory), immune effects, and cancer (thyroid and liver).”
-For PFOA, the research included studies on monkeys, rats, and mice showing “developmental effects (survival, body weight changes, reduced ossification, delays in eye opening, altered puberty, and retarded mammary gland development), liver toxicity (hypertrophy, necrosis, and effects on the metabolism and deposition of dietary lipids), kidney toxicity (weight), immune effects, and cancer (liver, testicular, and pancreatic).”
The new health advisory for PFOA was also based on human studies, which showed “associations between PFOA exposure and high cholesterol, increased liver enzymes, decreased vaccination response, thyroid disorders, pregnancy-induced hypertension and preeclampsia, and cancer (testicular and kidney).” The EPA report noted that in humans “the developing fetus and newborn is particularly sensitive to PFOA-induced toxicity.”
“Taken together,” the report notes, “the weight of evidence for human studies supports the conclusion that PFOA exposure is a human health hazard.” The exact phrasing was used in the PFOS report as well.
The proprietary blending of NSF certified media in our H2O Easy WaterGenie products offers an effective filtering solution for PFOA & PFOS in drinking water.
Contact me to discuss the best and most cost effective option for your home or business.
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The LEAD contaminated water crisis in Flint Michigan is a horrific problem that could have been avoided. Whether it is determined to be the result of poor judgement or criminal neglect, the health effects will be lifelong for those poisoned by the water. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victoms in Flint.
As scary as the circumstances of the Flint water contamination may be, the reality is, our environment is much more contaminated than we are told or want to believe. Levels of toxic chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals and pharmecuiticals in our atmosphere, soils, oceans and fresh water supplies have become so pervasive there is no place on earth that is not impacted. The water crisis in Flint Michigan is a warning sign that we all should heed. In fact if you search related news stories you will discover just how common poor water quality is in the U.S. Some of this toxicity is by design, not by accident. Chlorine and the byproducts of chlorination are known carcinogens, yet most municipalities use this toxic chemical to control bacterial contamination. Why would they do this? Just follow the money! Fluoride is poison! A known neurotoxin and endocrine disruptor, its damge to the body is proven and indesputable. Why do 70% of public water supplys include fluoridation? Just follow the money trail!
How can you know your water is safe? Can you rely on the water purveyor for acurate, timly information about the quality of the water to your home? When was the last time you had your well or spring water sampled and anylized? When was the home you live in built? Have you purchased faucets online from sources outside the US? The truth is, the only way you can be sure of the water quality in your home is by controling the water at point of entry and points of use.
I began developing filtration systems as a means of creating an effective, affordable solution that was customized to the water conditions in the Western North Carolina area; specifically Asheville municipal water. Despite having some of the purest freshwater reseviors in the world, by the time this water gets to your faucets, it is contaminated; in many ways and for many reason.
Some of Asheville's water distribution system is 100 years old, and laydened with sediments which harbor bacteria, some of which are not efected by the chlorination process used by Asheville Water Authority.
There are hunderds of mies of piping old enough to still have lead packed joints. In fact, several years ago as I was excavating near the water meter at my home in West Asheville, I exposed the water meter service tap line which connects the meter to the city water line. I was horrified to discover the tap line was lead piping. Asheville's water maintenance department responded very quickly to my discovery and complaint by replacing the tap the next day. Installation of Lead piping was common until the 1930s when installation was discontinued by most municipalities. But that doesnt mean those lead pipes aren't still in use. If your home was built before 1940 there is a high probabilty that the water service line connecting your water meter to the municipal system will be lead.
To make things more concerning there is a good chance that Asheville will loose control of it water resources to the state of NC. Upon establishing this precident the state will likely pursue privitization of its water systems. What has occured in Flint Michigan will become far more commonplace as water purveyors become privitized, for proffit businesses.
The time to take control of your water quality is now!
We are very excited to announce the launch of our Customer Referral Incentive Saving Program. "CRISP" is available to H2O Easy customers and interested participants. The program offers multiple incentive options that give CRISP members the opportunity to earn cash reward and account benefits. Members can choose how they use the rewards they earned.
H2O Easy Customers are automatically eligible and non patrons can request affiliation. For additional information on our unique rewards program, follow this link and get signed up. It easy, and pays you for your time!
I recently completed installation for a new customer in Biltmore Park Condos located in the south Asheville, NC area. This custom build system includes the Total Containment filtration components for removal of chlorine and chlorine byproducts, fluoride, heavy metals, pesticides, MTBE, THM, and so much more. Also added is our Hard Water Genie Anti-Scale component and Ultra Violet filtration for the ideal municipal water solution, neatly packaged for life in a Condo or Apartment.
Congratulations Victor, and thank you for the opportunity to improve the water quality in your new South Asheville home!
An important thing to remember about well water condition is that it can and does change. What this also means is the water filtration system you've paid for and have serviced regularly, may no longer be effective or may no longer be necessary. This could also means you may now need fiktratikn and conditioning that you hadn't previously needed.I recommend an annual comprehensive re-test/analysis of wells and springs to identify any changes in water quality and conditions.
Changes can range from "no changes to dramatic changes". Even a minimal change in iron levels or harness can mean adjustments to a filtration system. Protect your investment and the health of your family.
Routine maintenance procedure leaves residents of south Asheville are dealing with discolored and potentially dangerous water conditions.
Residents relying on the Mills Gap water treatment facility are being told not to drink or or wash with the discolored water. Here's a link to the WFF4 News article: Discolored Water.
Our water filtration products help ensure the safety and quality of your water so you don't need to worry about dirty, discolored or unsafe water.
H2O Easy provides Customized Solutions with Guaranteed Results.