Treat My Water Local Water Softening, Filtration, Reverse Osmosis, & Water Delivery in Morris, IL & Surrounding Areas Mon, 06 May 2019 22:22:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Treat My Water 32 32 10 Negative Effects of HARD Water Mon, 10 Sep 2018 03:00:41 +0000

Our definition of hard water is water that contains dissolved minerals in it, or more specifically, calcium and magnesium. The kind of water that creates white residue on your fixtures, buildup on your bathtub and shower walls, hair that feels like someone just coated it with glue, and glassware that is etched and cloudy. Have you experienced any of these?

Although hard water is not a riveting discussion to most, it is an important one. Most of us have a water softener in our home and…..some don’t. Those that do, usually know when their water softener is no longer working properly because they can feel, or see, results of the hardness in their water. Those that don’t have a water softener may have become accustomed to the hard water and may not have experienced the difference between hard and soft water. Whether you own a water softener or not, many don’t understand the negative effects hard water can have in their everyday lives.

First, here is a video that helps you visualize the hard water. You can actually see the dissolved minerals in the hard water compared to the soft water which, despite the yellow color from the added chemicals, remains clear.

Second, here is another video that may help you understand the term Hard Water. As you view it, I would like you to pay close attention to the sound the hard water sample makes as it is agitated in the beaker. It sounds like there is a fine gravel in the water, yet nothing is visible. Compare it to the sound of the soft water.

Hopefully, these videos help you better understand the definition of hard water. Now, let’s get to the meat of this discussion. Here are 10 Negative Effects of Hard Water:

  1. You will spend more $$ on soaps and detergents– The soap test video was designed to show how soft water can save you money in your use of soaps and detergents. With hard water, you will use 4x or 5x or more soap/detergent and still may not have the same results as soft water. Picture dollar signs going down your drain. Uh oh!
  2. Buildup of soap scum– during the soap test, also look at the soap scum in the hard water that adheres to the beaker as it is spun. This is in on your fixtures, bath walls, skin, hair, and clothing. Yuk! If you have this in your tub or shower stall, we have a great product to remove it!
  3. Shorter life of clothing – just as the hard water was noisier when agitated, those same dissolved minerals are hard on your clothing when washed. If you see an unusual amount of lint in your dryer trap, you have hard water because those minerals are beating up your clothes. Little bullies!
  4. Cloudy or spotted glassware– those same dissolved minerals will scratch your glassware. Not pretty!
  5. Spotted or dull dishes – same effect as on the glassware. Guests will not approve!
  6. Dry skin – this can happen because your soap is not thoroughly rinsed off your skin (remember the buildup on the beaker?) Scratch, scratch, scratch!
  7. Stiff, unmanageable hair – your shampoo in not rinsing from your hair completely. The ultimate bad hair day!
  8. White residue on fixtures – this is the buildup of calcium from hard water and will have a damaging effect on water using appliances (coffee makers, dishwashers, wash machines, etc.). Can you say tedious cleaning?
  9. Stained or discolored fixtures and/or clothing– especially if you are on well-water and have an iron content in your water. More elbow grease!
  10. Your hands don’t glide over your skin in the bath or shower – we’re back to the soap scum. Imagine a snake sliding out of its skin. Uh huh!

If your water softener is over 5 years old, it may not be working as efficiently as it should. Just like your car, your water softener needs regular maintenance to maintain its peak performance. Guess what? We have your solution!

If we can be of assistance, please fill out the form to the right. Or you can contact us in the south metro of Mpls/St. Paul at 952-447-2160. In Central MN, call us at 320-587-2950.



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10 Proven Benefits of Drinking Water Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:16:26 +0000 Here are some great benefits to drinking water consistently each day.  We found these on and thought we would share them with you.

  1. Drinking more water can help you lose weight – lookin good!
  2. Water helps our muscles perform at their best – turn on beast mode!
  3. Water can help boost your brain functions and mood – smarty pants!
  4. Water can help prevent and treat headaches – ouch!
  5. Drinking more water may help prevent constipation – more ouch!
  6. Drinking water helps flush toxins from your kidneys – get outta here!
  7. Water can help make your skin look good – can you say “younger”?
  8. Water helps prevent hangovers – never an issue…right?
  9. Water helps regulate internal body temperature – unless you like hot flashes!
  10. Drinking water fights bad breath – back up, dude!
To see more details on each of these, check out the article at the link below.

Your water and education. Our solution. Fri, 01 Jun 2018 21:17:58 +0000

We are in the water business………and we are passionate about providing our clients with the best water quality for their home or business in Central Minnesota and the Minneapolis-St. Paul South Metro area. 

We understand water treatment is not a riveting discussion to most, but it is an important one. If you would like to be more informed on water treatment for your home or business, please follow our business page on LinkedIn. 

You will find many helpful articles and some motivational quotes to keep you moving forward.

Come and follow us and be sure to submit any questions you may have. You can also follow us on Facebook for all the same info plus a few more tidbits.

We’re here to help. Your water. Our solution.

The 7 Wonders of Water from WebMD Fri, 25 May 2018 19:52:58 +0000

The 7 Wonders of Water

Do you know all the WONDERful things water can do for your overall health?

Take a couple of minutes and view this slideshow.  It might just raise an eyebrow…or two.

Precipitation Test – See the hardness in water Wed, 09 May 2018 20:18:03 +0000

Many people wonder what hardness is in water.  It is the dissolved minerals of calcium and magnesium formed by ionic reactions resulting in the formation of an insoluble precipitate. Thus, a precipitation test. 

Unfortunately, that hardness is invisible to the eye.  With this test, you will be able to visualize the hardness (calcium and magnesium).  Once you see it, you will understand why it is a problem for any water appliance (wash machine, dishwasher, coffee maker, water heater, etc.)

Take a look as our Water Specialist, Jason, demonstrates.

Hard vs Soft Water Soap Test – Video Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:43:51 +0000

This video shows how you can save money on your soap products with soft water vs. hard water.  Did you know it takes 3X the soap (or more) in hard water to create the same suds and cleaning ability as soap in soft water? Why is this important?  There are two reasons:

  1. Most homes have hard water, whether it is a municipal source or well water.  If you do not have a water softener, you are spending more money on your soap products to achieve the clean you want.
  2. If you have a water softener and do not have it checked every 3 – 5 years for efficiency, you may have hard water leaching through your system.  It may be small enough to not notice, but large enough to affect the efficiency of your soap.

In this video, our Water Specialist, Jason, shows you the difference in your soap efficiency between hard and soft water.  Take a couple of minutes to watch.  You might just be surprised.]]>
3 Scientific Ways Drinking Water Makes You More Productive Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:34:30 +0000  ]]> 11 Most Likely Cities (Around the World) to Run Out of Drinking Water Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:53:01 +0000 Water is not a commodity. Treat it with respect. In a recent BBC article, they listed 12 most likely cities to run out of drinking water. Some of these may surprise you.
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Bangalore, India
  • Beijing, China
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • London, England
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Miami, Florida]]>
Fluoride in Your Drinking Water – The Controversy Thu, 21 Dec 2017 16:42:05 +0000 Most of us immediately relate fluoride to toothpaste.  However, for many cities in the U.S., and around the world, there is fluoride in the drinking water.  Public water fluoridation was first practiced in 1945 and has been the center of controversy ever since.  If you would like to read an objective description of this controversy, Water Fluoridation Controversy on Wikipedia is a good source.

What is Fluoride?

According to Fluoride is an ionic compound derived from fluorine, which is the single most reactive element; it is naturally found in many rocks. About 95 percent of the fluoride added to public water supplies is produced from phosphorite rock, according to the CDC.

What is Water Fluoridation?

Water fluoridation is the process of adding fluoride to the water supply so the level reaches approximately 0.7 ppm, or 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water (recently reduced from 1 ppm); this is considered the optimal level for preventing tooth decay.


In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, adjusted the fluoride content of its water supply to 1.0 ppm and thus became the first city to implement community water fluoridation.

Proponents – Their Why

According to the American Dental Association website, “More than 70 years of scientific research has consistently shown that an optimal level of fluoride in community water is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults. Simply by drinking water, Americans can benefit from fluoride’s cavity protection whether they are at home, work or school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.”

Opponents – Their Why Not

Opponents will claim water fluoridation is unsafe for consumption for many reasons such as: the dose cannot be controlled, fluoride goes to all regardless of age, health, or vulnerability, etc. Other reasons include fluoridation is expensive for cities, and it is unethical as it violates individual rights (choice).   At , there are several reasons provided.

In the End

With any controversy, you will find information to support both sides. In the end, it comes down to a personal decision.  We all have to make our own choice based on fact or personal values.

Because we are a water conditioning company, our values, we admit, will be a bit biased.  If you like fluoride in your water, then it will more than likely come with other contaminants in your water supply.  We prefer our clients to have the safest water possible through filtration and/or purification.  Fluoride can be found in many other applications that can be helpful in fighting tooth decay (toothpaste, rinses, dental treatments, etc.) and does not need to be consumed into the body. Proper oral care will be much more effective in keeping healthy teeth than your water.

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Water Intoxication – What?! Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:33:13 +0000 What is water intoxication? Well, here is a surprise, it results from drinking too much water. The excess water dilutes blood sodium levels and causes fluids to move inside cells, which then swell. This is known as Hyponatremia.

How much is too much water to drink in a day?  Your kidneys can eliminate about 5.3–7.4 gallons (20–28 liters) of water a day, but they can’t get rid of more than 27–33 ounces (0.8–1.0 liters) per hour. Therefore, in order to avoid hyponatremia symptoms, you should not drink more than 27–33 ounces (0.8–1.0 liters) of water per hour, on average.

Wow!  That’s a lot of water!  Can you imagine how much time you would be spending in the bathroom each day?

Let’s put this in perspective. My goal is 90 ounces a day.  Assuming I am awake for 16 hours a day, that breaks down to just under 6 ounces an hour.  I can’t imagine trying to drink 27- 33 ounces in an hour, even if I am exercising. Now, if you are working outdoors in the heat, you will need more to keep up.

So, how much water should you drink in a day?  It can be different for each person, but a good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces.  That is where my goal of 90 ounces comes from and it works very well for me.

How can you tell if you are well hydrated?  Well, honestly…’s your urine.  You don’t know how awkward I feel right now.  Anyway, if your urine is clear, you are well hydrated.  If it is a deep yellow, you are dehydrated.  Be aware, if you are taking vitamins or other supplements, they can make your urine brighter yellow.  So, if you don’t know if you are drinking enough water, just pay more attention in the bathroom.

Here’s to healthy, happy, and hydrated!

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