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Here are some considerations when deciding how to change the quality of your water

We Test Your Water 
Prior to selecting a water treatment device, the Department of Environmental Services recommends that your water quality be tested for important contaminants common to your region. Some drinking water contaminants have taste, odor, or color characteristics that make their presence known without laboratory testing. However, many health related contaminants found in drinking water, such as bacteria, radioactivity, arsenic and fuels and industrial solvents, exhibit none of these simple taste and odor indicators. The presence of these contaminants and most others that pose a health risk can only be determined by laboratory testing. By testing your water we can also customize your water system to your particular needs.

We Customize Depending on Your Needs 
Water treatment devices come in two basic sizes: "point-of-use" or "whole-house." Each type is explained below. The nature of the contaminant dictates which type of treatment should be used. The concentration of the contaminant(s) and water volume needs to be determined to the relative size the treatment device.

Point-of-use devices are typically installed near the kitchen and treat only a few gallons of water per day. The purified water is taken from an extra faucet installed at a location of your choice, typically at the kitchen sink. Such a system might be used for such contaminants as arsenic, beryllium, fluoride, uranium, nitrate or radium where only the water to be directly consumed or used for cooking generally needs to be treated. Reverse osmosis (RO) is a commonly selected point-of-use device. 

Whole-house devices typically treat all water used within the home, about 100-300 gallons per day depending on family size. This size treatment device might be used for such contaminants as odor, iron, hardness, manganese and radon gas.

For Those Customers Who Want to Know Everything 
It is good practice for consumers to request information and study each proposed alternative treatment method before purchase. Asking the following questions will help you make the best selection:

  • What is the recommended generic treatment method (not just the marketing name of the device)?
  • What are the technical principle(s) governing the process?
  • What other treatment options are available?
  • If funds are limited, can plumbing connections be installed for the addition of future treatment devices?
  • Why were the other treatment options not recommended?
  • Which type of equipment and treatment options do your neighbors or co-workers use if they have the same problem with their water supplies?

When choosing a treatment device, identify the following:
  • Understand the chemical or physical principles used by the treatment device.
  • Understand how raw water quality changes can affect the device efficiency.
  • Identify any disadvantages inherent to the proposed treatment approach.
  • What chemicals does the treatment add to the water?
  • What desirable chemical(s) does the treatment process inadvertently take out?
  • Where do the waste products go?
  • Does the raw water require any preconditioning steps?
  • What factors would cause this treatment process to malfunction and how would these factors or malfunctions be detected?
  • What maintenance procedures are necessary for efficient operation of the treatment process?
If you have changed your mind and you don't want to do all of this above, Leave it to us. We are the experts!

We Are Licensed Installers with 23+ Years of Experience
In today's economic environment, it is important to find a company that is stable and will be around when you have questions or need something repaired. When you purchase from Water & Air Works you are buying a solution to the contaminant problem and not just a particular piece of equipment. It is important to us that you are satisfied with your level of treatment performance. 

Do not purchase a water treatment system under the stress of such conditions as "limited time offer," "we just happen to be in your neighborhood," or there is "pollution in your neighborhood." Similarly do not purchase equipment based only on water quality testing done at your kitchen table since such testing is usually for contaminants of little health importance. Many minerals exist in drinking water that can be identified by such simple kitchen table tests that present no health risk and, in fact, may even be beneficial.

And If You Simply Want Water Delivered Instead

We do that too! Our 5 gallon water is Reverse Osmosis water and taste great.

Water & Air Works
3110 NE Minnehaha St., Unit B
Vancouver, WA 98663
Phone: 360.696.9287  Fax: 360.695.1226