We recently have hit a statewide drought advisory for Connecticut’s current water condition. This means that moving forward this summer, the conservation of water will be incredibly important. While this is our current water condition here in Connecticut during August of 2016, the state of water condition may change. For live updates, you can always check the U.S. Drought Monitor directory for more information.
There could be many negative effects of drought if things were to get serious. Economically, farmers could lose money from destroyed crops, businesses that depend on crops/livestock could suffer, businesses with boating/fishing equipment may see a decline in their numbers, and water companies may have to spend money on new or additional water supplies. Don’t worry though, we’ll always have your back if you have an issue with your water. A drought could also affect the environment as well though. We could see the loss/destruction of wild fish habitats, some wildlife migrating, increase stress on endangered species, poor soil quality, and more.
Droughts generally speaking result in a lack of rain or other forms of precipitation, and by now, we’ve all experienced the lack of rain first hand. Here in Connecticut, we haven’t seen any water precipitation with the extreme temperatures we’ve seen lately, but hopefully it won’t last too much longer for the sake of our state. With the weather being against us recently, it’s incredibly important that we begin to conserve water, as you may have already seen in the news.
So what can we do? Well, as we mentioned, water conservation is incredibly important. Here are some ways that you and your family can practice water conservation to keep Connecticut in a good state for the time being:
Take baths instead of shower, or have a shower bucket.
Turn off the sink when you brush your teeth and/or wash your hands.
Don’t flush the toilet over excessively, only when you need.
Fix any leaks in any of your plumbing.
Re-use liquid to boil pastas.
Take shorter/faster showers.
Don’t run a dishwasher and/or washing machine unless they’re completely full.
Access your water in early morning (the cooler temperatures will mean less water evaporation and you can store it for later).
Fill up your sink with soapy water when hand watching an excessive amount of dirty dishes.
We hope you practice safe water conservation, and if you ever have any troubles with your water, give us a call any toll free at 1 800-642-0420.
Have you ever wondered who checks the water at your favorite restaurant or school to make sure it's safe for you to drink?
When it comes to Connecticut locations such as a facility, business or location such as a school, there is a Certified Operator checking the water for the personnel and public safety. When it comes to water that is used by the public needs to be at the highest level of quality. When water is being consumed by a larger population, its essential it is constantly monitored and maintained.
This is where a Connecticut Certified Operator at Aqua Pump comes into play. As the Department of Healthstates, the Certified Operator facilitates the following:
Knowing a company such as Aqua Pump with Certified Operators on staff is a benefit! Our company proudly serves hundreds of facilities throughout the state of Connecticut. As a small business, we have our Certified Program layed out for our customers so they always interact with the same Operator, understand that our company takes the pressure off of them, but most importantly, conduct business in a professional and affordable manner.
Whether you are opening a restaurant, public business or any other location, Aqua Pump is ready to earn your business and make finding a Certified Operator right for your business, that much easier!
For more info, please check out our Certified Operator Program page or call one of our certified operators at Aqua Pump today at (860) 684-5349
Residents in West Virginia affected by the water contamination have been through quite a ride over the past few weeks with the recent water contamination issue. While this didn't happen in Connecticut, it is surely something that we have talked about at length.
One of the points that we have mentioned in the past, is knowing your location and that agriculture and industrial area's can raise concern for regular testing.
However, this isn't the only story of possible contamination. As USA Today states in recent article regarding drilling for natural resources throughout the country, "The Associated Press requested data on drilling-related complaints in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas and found major differences in how the states report such problems. Texas provided the most detail, while the other states provided only general outlines. And while the confirmed problems represent only a tiny portion of the thousands of oil and gas wells drilled each year in the U.S., the lack of detail in some state reports could help fuel public confusion and mistrust."
So what can you do as a private well owner?
First and foremost, you can start by making sure you regularly test your well water. As a private well owner, it is up to you to do the testing.
Secondly, hire the proper water company to do your water testing. Aqua Pump is a great example of a water company that knows Connecticut and problems and possible contaminants throughout the state and common problems within certain areas.
While regulations on companies, factories and farms seem to be strict, something like the West Virginia incident could happen anywhere.
Dont let your family be in danger. Contact Aqua Pump today at (860) 684-5349 to schedule your CT water test today!
Your water tastes great, no smell, no taste and you've never had a problem with it. We hear all the time, "I have the best water around". In some instances that may be true. However, it doesn't mean your water doesn't contain dangerous contaminants.
There is no regulations for homeowners to have their wells tested, so it is up to the homeowners to do so. The EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) has outlined several key situations where water should be tested more frequently (more than once a year).
In addition to the situations where testing is advised to do so more frequently, you can do your own inspection as well for possible contaminants:
If you have any questions, our certified technicians are ready to help answer your questions and ease any concerns with treatable solutions should there be any arising problems! Our team at Aqua Pump is very aware of surrounding towns in and throughout Connecticut and can also offer testing should you think its time do so.
In past blogs, we have talked in great detail the reasons why hard water can be very harmful to your home's plumbing and appliances that use the hard water to function. We get phones calls all the time regarding hard water and soft water issues.
Did you know however, that soft water can actually SAVE you money? Here are three reasons why soft water is easy on your wallet:
1. Appliances love it: Softened water actually helps benefits the lifespan of your water-using appliances as it helps prevent buildup that can usually damage appliances or cause replacements early.
2. Less Detergent: When you have soft water, you are not forced to use more detergent as you may have with hard water. Detergent is expensive!
3. We Dont Need A Plumber!: Similar to appliances being affected by hard water, plumbing within your home does not like hard water either. The buildup created by hard water can cause issues and require licensed plumbers to fix issues not normally associated with soft water.
Do you notice your glasses, dishes and other kitchen appliances are hazy or spotted? Thats a good sign that your water is hard. While those signs might not be bothersome, what hard water can do inside of your plumbing and your appliances can be costly and unexpected.
Call our team at Aqua Pump today to test your water and offer simple solutions to your hard water problems! Aqua Pump: (860) 684-5349.
Just like other parts of the country, Connecticut residents often have one or more reasons to have some type of water filter installed. One of the biggest misconceptions is that water filters are too expensive to consider. Our team at Aqua Pump proudly offers a plethora of water filter options for any household.
1. Evolve Series® EVBF backwashing filters are custom-configured to address the specific water treatment issues of any household. Used alone or in combination with our other conditioners, EVBF units deliver exceptional results.
Water treatments issues the Evolve Series Filters can correct are:
2. Golden Eagle Neutralizers are needed to raise pH. A neutralizer is a closed vessel filled with limestone. The water passes through the neutralizer and dissolves the limestone raising the pH.
Golden Eagle Neutralizers Eliminates
3. Impression Series® Air Sulfur & Air Iron Filters
Golden Eagle water filters provide the finest sparkling clear, filtered water. All Golden Eagle filters have long-life, corrosion resistant fiberglass tanks. There are no diaphragms or inlet manifold to plug, no solenoids to burn out.
4. Golden Eagle Manganese Greensand Filters
In addition to these treatments, we proudly offer these treatment products as well:
Are you experiencing bad taste or smell in your water? Don't feel as though your need to live with these issues. Often times, small, inexpensive fixes can make all the difference in the world. To talk more with our team, call us today at (860) 684-5349.
Several months ago, we had talked about an incident in Connecticut with the toxin EDB and homeowners. While you can still read the JI article here, let's take a look at EDB a bit further to understand it more.
Here are a few facts from the EPA regarding EDB:
There is no doubt that EDB is a very dangerous toxin. So where exactly did it come from?
EDB was used as an additive to leaded gasoline. It was also used as a fumigant to protect against pests, vegetable or grain crops, insects and as a fumigant for turf such a golf courses. The use of EDB's as a soil and grain fumigant was banned in 1984 by the EPA.
While it has been banned, testing is still required regularly as EDB can still be found in soil which can affect water sources. As we read in the previous article, EDB is still causing issues from its usage in the past in the East Windsor region of Connecticut.
Whether you are purchasing a new home, or havent had your water tested in some time, its critical to understand your surroundings and town by doing research on its past to determine if there are any issues such as EDBs in water testing within your area.
Our team here at Aqua Pump is ready to talk about your water and EDB testing. If you have questions regarding EDB's and your location within Connecticut, call the team at Aqua Pump today for more information regarding Connecticut water testing or water treatment, call (860) 684-5349.
Buying or building your first, or even second or third home can be extremely excited as well as stressful. Between dealing with lenders and contractors, water sometimes hits the "backburner" until the sale or building process is already underway. So why do we stress the importance of water testing a location before a purchase of a home?
The fact of the matter is, water can be completely different 2 miles away or 20 feet away. Knowing this, its critical that testing is done regardless of the relocation. Soft water, hard water and arsenic are just three of many possible potential issues. Depending on which one, your budget might be in for a surprise when it comes time to correct the issue.
As the EPA states, "The first step to protect your health and the health of your family is learning about what may pollute your source of drinking water. Potential contamination may occur naturally, or as a result of human activity."
Testing regularly will ensure the long list of contaminants are not lurking in your water. Between the atmosphere, human influence and other outside contributers, water is always at risk for being contaminated. While do-it-yourself tests can certainly detect certain issues, having a local professional who can do an in-depth analysis which can offer a full lab analysis is always the best choice. Water testing is inexpensive, yet can ensure the safety of you, your family and anyone who will be digesting the water for any and all types of use.
Aqua Pump takes great pride in working with new homeowners and real estate agents by offering testing as well as the knowledge regarding areas all throughout Connecticut. If you are a new homeowner or thinking about moving, call Aqua Pump today for more information regarding your home, your well and new location! Call us today at (860) 684-5349.
Aqua Pump, we are always a little more excited during the holidays! When we arent here working, we are usually trying to find fun and different things to do with our children. Over the past month, several of our team members have traveled throughout the state and stumbled upon these four great ideas. The best part? They are free and a lot of fun for the entire family!
1. Festival of Silver Lights – A wonderful display of 200,000 white lights in trees, characters and more! Located at Hubbard Park, West Main Street in Meriden Connecticut, this festival is open 24 hours a day!
2. Winterfest Hartford – From November 23, 2013 to January 21, 2014 Hartford’s Bushnell Park transforms to one of the most popular holiday attractions. A free ice skating rink is open Sundays through Thursdays from 12pm-8pm, Friday and Saturdays from 12pm-9pm, and skate rentals are also free. Free photos with Santa are offered Saturday and Sundays from 12pm-3pm until December 23rd. The carousel is up and open until December 23rd.
3. Stew Leonard’s Elf Workshops – Stew Leonard’s will be featuring a variety of holiday events for children through the month of December. Some come at a cost but others are free of charge. Stew Leonard’s Elf Workshop Family Fun Night On Friday is one of their featured events on December 13, 2013. This free holiday event is for children of all ages. The main attraction will be Christmas caroling and holiday themed games. Milk and cookies will be served free of charge. The fun kicks off at 6:30pm. Stew Leonard’s is located at 3475 Berlin Turnpike in Newington, CT. For more information call (860) 760-8100.
4.Gingerbread House Festival – The Wood Memorial Library and Museum is hosting the Gingerbread House Festival from November 29 to December 15, 2013. Take a walk through the library’s Gingerbread Shop to view gingerbread houses created by bakers from your own community. This event is free of charge and will leave you with the desire to create your own masterpiece out of candy. The museum is located at 783 Main Street in South Windsor, CT. For more information call (860)289-1783.
For these ideas and more, head to the examiner.com!
If you and your family come across any great ideas, please share them with us!! While there is less than two weeks, that still leaves enough time for families to go out and enjoy the festivities!
When it comes to public water supplies in Connecticut, there are now strict regulations regarding the monitoring of the water which is why in certain instances, a Connecticut Certified Operator is required.
As the DPH states, "Every Community and Non-Transient Non-Community Public Water System shall designate a “Chief Operator” for each of its treatment plants, distribution systems and/or small water systems. The Chief Operator must be certified at or above the plant or system’s class level. An operator, certified at any class level, can be designated as the chief operator of a small water system."
At Aqua Pump, our Certified Operators have proudly monitored and maintained records, testing and all other requirements by the DPH throughout the State of Connecticut. While the businesses and locations may differentiate, The Aqua Pump Certified Operator Program includes:
In addition, the service and requirements fulfilled also include:
For more information, or to speak to one of our Connecticut Certified Operators regarding the processes and procedures or for more information, contact our team today at (860) 684-5349.
Over the weekend, many Connecticut residents questioned several ground shaking moments that have been confirmed as earthquakes. While Connecticut has been fortunate enough to never experience a large earthquake in magnitude, it is important to be aware of the affects larger earthquakes can have on water.
As Geology section at About.com states, "Even the very gentle movement of the daily Earth tide can be seen in some water-well records. Earthquake shaking can damage this intricate microstructure of an aquifer and compress it dramatically. Shallow groundwater can be displaced from the ground in sand blows or emerge in streambeds for short periods."
In some instances, water has been know to change in color after storms or earth movements. In small cases, the water systems can be flushed out and return to normal levels, colors, etc. Other times however, it might need further investigation.
Often times, it doesn't take much to disrupt the ground which means that storms or small events that seem minute can sometimes create more problems than expected.
While the latest series of felt earthquakes in Connecticut were considered small, be reminded that water can be altered by many events ranging in size.
The Aqua Pump team has spent over 40 years servicing Connecticut businesses with Certified Operators as well as personal homes and wells with water needs. If you have any questions, dont hesitate to contact the team at (860) 684-5349.
While there seems to be no chance of any blizzards anytime soon, it is important to be aware of the necessary steps to ensure your well being and safety in case of a storm such as the storms we encountered last year.
Here is a list of some reminders in case of an upcoming storm. Please note that Aqua Pump is available for emergency services at (860) 684-5349.
ATTN: ALL PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIERS
Public Water Systems should complete the following actions prior to the storm making landfall.
For more information regarding these tips or to talk to our Certified Operator Team, contact Aqua Pump today at (860) 684-5349.
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This year, our team at Aqua Pump has worked hard to help awareness regarding the dangers and hazards of drinking soft drinks over water. With our efforts through the Suffield school systems, we continued our message to other outlets including this television ad.
To help get our message across, we teamed up with Dr. Alan Nath, D.D.S. & Dr. Stacey Nath-Vinick D.M.D from AGN Dental in Suffield, Connecticut. Unfortunately, Dr. Alan Nath and Dr. Stacey Nath-Vinick have seen the effects of soft drinks and other beverages high in sugar and other additives.
We are not only business owners; We are proud parents and understand the dangers that come with consumption of soft drinks such as soda. Our goal is to continue to educate and help our youth and old audience understand what the dangers are and easy ways to prevent them.
For more information, please call Aqua Pump at (860) 684-5349. It's just as important to make sure the water we drink is free from any toxins and minerals that may also be hazardous to our health.
For more information from AGN Dental, contact the team at (860) 668-7303 or at AGNDental.com.
Nitrate is a naturally occuring form of nitrogen which is found in soil. Nitrates form when the microorganisms break down plants which are decaying, fertilizers, livestock manure, etc. Because plants require large quantities, they usually take the nitrates up. However, sometimes rain or irrigtaion water sources can leach them into the surrounding groundwater.
While we know that nitrates occur naturally in ground water, human activities can play a part including:
According to the EPA," Infants below six months who drink water containing nitrate in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome."
Many homeowners forget to test their water on a regular basis. It is suggested to have water tested annually for possible contaminants such as nitrates. For more information regarding testing in surrounding areas and to schedule a test for yourself, contact the team at Aqua Pump at (860) 684-5349.