Questions About Water and our Products
IS TAP WATER SAFE TO DRINK?........Yes, tap water is safe to drink. It has been put through a filtering process by the water companies: http://www.sjwater.com/for_your_information/education_safety/ frequently_asked_questions/safety_and_overall_quality/. However, some people find the taste to be less than desirable. The reason for this is that the water company has added a very small amount of chlorine to the water for disinfection purposes. Besides the chlorine, tap water also contains minerals. While this might cause some unpleasant taste, it is sometimes good for nutrition purposes.
........Due to the taste, there are many people who believe that tap water may cause illnesses like cancer. Some people are even afraid that the minerals might stick to their stomach or intestines just like it adheres to their faucets and sinks. There are some vendors, who will try to state these concerns in an attempt to sell their products.
........Remember, most restaurants use tap water to serve their customers and it is quite legal.
IS RUSTY-COLORED WATER UNSAFE TO DRINK?........No. The rusty color is caused by old water pipes that are plagued by galvanization and old water heaters. The water may have a bad smell but it should pose no harm: http://www.sjwater.com/for_your_information/education_safety/ frequently_asked_questions/color_and_sediment/
........In this case, we recommend that you replace the pipes in your house with copper pipes and replace the water heater too.
DOES THE WATER COMPANY RECYCLE WATER?........No. The San Jose / Santa Clara water companies do not recycle drinking water. Actually, with today's technology, we are able to do it. However the cost would be higher than simply importing water from other places such as Yosemite and Sacramento.
........All raw sewage from San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and Saratoga are collected by the "San Jose / Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant" and are treated before it is discharged into San Francisco bay. 10% is recycled by "South Bay Water Recycling" company for purposes such as landscaping, agricultural irrigation, and industrial needs around the South Bay.
HOW MANY TYPES OF WATER FILTERS ARE THERE?Normally, there are two types of water filters sold on the market:
........1 - Carbon filter: This type is able to remove dust and chlorine in water. It is inexpensive and easy to install, but it does not produce a particularly good taste. Refrigerators with water dispensers use one
........2 - Reverse Osmosis: This system takes space under the sink, requires a minimum water pressure to operate, and yields a limited volume. It is capable of removing dust, chlorine, and at least 90% of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). The taste is great. All of the water supply stores use this method.
........If you consider buying drinking water
a must, then a water filtration system under the sink might be the answer.
It saves you time, space, labor, and most importantly, it prevents potential
injuries due to
carrying heavy loads.
........Reverse Osmosis can provide filtered water for drinking and cooking. The water can wake up the taste of your cup of coffee, tea, or rice pot.
........We also provide the option to hook up the system to your refrigerator, so you can enjoy pristine crystal ice.
DO SYSTEMS AT WATER STORES PRODUCE BETTER WATER BECAUSE THEY ARE BIGGER?........The water produced at your neighborhood stores is using the same Reverse Osmosis process. Bigger means it produces a larger volume. It does not mean better quality.
........Although the Reverse Osmosis system might give a slightly different result due to a variation in water supply, the difference is only minor. On-time maintenance is also a major factor in maintaining the performance and quality of the system.
........Finally, if you have special requirements, we are capable of building a system to meet your demands. Please give us a call. We are glad to answer your questions