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.
If you haven’t already heard in the media by now, Flint, Michigan is in the middle of what we’d like to call a serious water crisis. There is huge controversy and a debate on whether or not Flint’s water meets healthy drinking standards. Government officials are trying to cope with the public as a whole, but for the most part, the people are not having it because they truly believe the water is unhealthy to drink on a regular basis. The problem with Flint’s water is that the lead levels are much higher than most areas, and now, The Lead and Copper Rule, which dictates that amount of lead that is allowed in order for water to be considered healthy drinking water, is now under consideration for revision in response to Flint’s crisis. The full details on the crisis can be examined in the video below:
There is now pressure on the EPA to raise healthy drinking water standards, and although the The Lead and Copper Rule was not set to be revised until 2017, there is a good chance now that it could be revised much sooner. Even officials in the state of Ohio are calling for the revision of this rule, especially after the town of Sebring, OH also had a surplus of water that was not considered healthy for drinking by the current regulations. The head of the Ohio EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Craig Butler, has actively called for the citizens of Ohio to test their own water on their own accord. He says that 60 days is far too long for a resident to go without realizing they could be consuming lead-contaminated water, and urges the local citizens to test their water today instead of waiting.
Now, the country is turning to President Obama, who is in charge of the water budget moving forward into the new fiscal year. Obama released a $4.1 trillion budget in February for the fiscal year of 2017, where he takes a stand in his case on energy and environmental friendly initiatives. $260 million of this budget is set to go toward activities that specifically boost the data and research focusing on these water issues, as well as $88 million being handed to the National Science Foundation to help them understand and increase the overall U.S. water supply.
What does this mean for us here in Connecticut, or the future of the water industry? Overall, the people in charge are responding pretty positively to the problems that have been put into focus surrounding the water crisis in Flint, which is great for our industry. This means there could be healthier drinking water standards on a national basis, which is in fact a good thing. These problems shouldn’t affect us locally, but remember, if you ever have even a doubt or concern in your mind on the quality of your water, you can get your water tested for free! Aqua Pump is here to help, with all needs, worries, or issues surrounding water here in Connecticut.
The Ground Source Heat Pump Market’s New Standards
That’s right, there’s a new standard in place for ground source heating water pumps, and it’s good news for everyone.
“A binational standard for the design and installation of ground source pump systems for commercial and residential buildings has now been published by CSA Group, a leading American National Standards Institute and Standards Council of Canada accredited developer of standards, codes, guidelines, and personnel certification programs.” – Water Well Journal
Long story short, this standard is official, and came into place after stakeholders everywhere called for the standardization through a neutral third party, to set guidelines for installation and design of these ground source heat pump systems. But what does all this mean exactly?
Well, for the water experts, it means that we have new standards to follow when dealing with these types of systems. These standards are meant to “harmonize the differences between existing resources, simplify referencing in regulations and contract, incorporate the latest advancements, clarify compliance using standards language, and provide credibility through an accredited neutral standards development process," as also stated by the Water Well Journal. Not only that, but both the NGWA (National Ground Water Association) and the IGSHPA (International Ground Source Heat Pump Association) have taken the initiative to enter an agreement, specifically a signed memorandum of understanding, which will strengthen the relationship between these two organizations to support the new standards for ground source heat pump systems.
So what does this all boil down to for you, the customer? Essentially, these changes are a very good thing for anyone that has a ground source heat pump system. The process will be safe, streamlined, effective, and efficient. With new technology coming into play, regulations in place, and standards that set the tone for the work that needs to be done, we can assure a job well done by making these things a requirement for any and all professionals dealing with these types of systems. The water industry has once again taken another step forward, and we expect it to continuing to make these types of advancements moving forward. Aqua Pump has already taken the initiative to incorporate new trends and technologies into how we conduct our business, and when it comes to any and all things water related, we are here to help.
To learn more or ask about your water system or water supply, concerning any problems and/or issues or questions you may have, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-642-0420!
Here at Aqua Pump, we believe in providing fresh water solutions for the local residents here in Stafford, as well as all throughout Connecticut. There are many things that can factor into water not being fresh, clean, or properly maintained, but you can leave that to us, the professionals in everything pertaining to water!
Here’s the thing, you could have hard water, iron in your water, pH issues with your water, or there could even be manganese in your drinking water, and there’s a good possibility you may not even realize it to begin with. If you have any concern about the quality of your water, we are here to help.
To learn more, visit our homepage, or check out our about page as well! When it comes to any water related issues, you can count on the professionals here at Aqua Pump to help out!
Have you ever been somewhere and noticed that the water has a "unique" taste to it? In some places throughout Connecticut, there are areas that have more trouble than others based on location. Homeowners sometimes dont realize the difference between clear water and water they have been dealing with for longer periods of time.
One easy fix is when there is a presence of acidity or low pH.
Acidic water is when the pH is less than 7 on the pH scale. Having acidic water can have not only an adverse effect on the quality of water, it can lead to potential damage concerning pipes throughout the home or location.
Signs such as:
If you believe that you have low pH, a simple test from the Aqua Pump team can clarify the problem and present an easy, affordable fix for the issue such as a pH Neutralizer or something else to fix your current issue.
Call our team today at (860) 684-5349.