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- Common Water Problems
Common Water Quality Problems
The Water Cycle
To better understand how water quality problems occur, it is helpful to explain the way water continuously moves above and below the surface of the Earth. This process is called “The Water Cycle”.
Although the balance of water on Earth remains fairly constant over time, individual water molecules can come in and out of the atmosphere, as water moves from the physical processes of evaporation, condensation, precipitation, infiltration, runoff and subsurface flow.
By transferring water from one reservoir to another, the water cycle purifies water, replenishes the land with freshwater and transports minerals to different parts of the planet.
Access to quality water is limited, and conditions will most likely get worse due to population growth, urbanization and increased industrial activity. The need to improve water quality is essential, regardless if you get your water from a municipal water treatment plant, community water system or private well.
COMMON WATER QUALITY PROBLEMS ARE DESCRIBED BELOW:
WATER HARDNESS: As water seeps through the ground during the “water cycle”, it dissolves Calcium, Magnesium and other minerals. When water has high amounts of minerals, it’s considered “hard”. Hard water results in scale build-up in pipes and on plumbing fixtures, mineral stains and spotting on glassware, soap build-up on shower walls and doors, and requires additional amounts of soap, detergents and shampoo for them to be effective. Hard water can also become costly, due to scale formation in hot water heaters, dishwashers and coffee makers, adding to repair and replacement costs.
FOUL TASTES, MUSTY ODORS & HARMFUL DRINKING WATER CONTAMINANTS: Poor water quality from industrial chemicals, harmful bacteria from farm animals or improper septic systems and harmful by-products from water treatment chemicals are serious health concerns. In fact, according to a Gallop Poll, 59% of all Americans surveyed feel “the deterioration of water quality” is the “number one” environmental concern. Even the President’s Council on Cancer suggests we filter our tap water!
ROTTEN EGG ODORS & IRON STAINS: Rotten egg odors are generally a sign your water contains Hydrogen Sulfide, which is often part of what water treatment professionals refer to as the “troublesome trio”. If Hydrogen Sulfide, Iron and Manganese have you in “time out”, a simple water test is necessary to indicate if this is the case and what concentrations you are dealing with.
TURBIDITY (CLOUDY WATER): Cloudy water is easily corrected; however, there are many factors that may contribute to this condition, and testing may be necessary.
BOTTLED WATER? If you think bottled water is the answer, think again. Bottled water is inconvenient, expensive and a serious environmental concern!
- Water Softeners & Conditioners
Water Softeners & Conditioners
High Efficiency Water Conditioning Systems
With Advanced Electronics:
- Requires less salt!
- Uses less water!
- Affordable prices!
Why our valve and systems are better!The Safeway Water® high efficiency electronic control valve.
- Uses up to 60% less salt per regeneration.
- Uses up to 50% less water per regeneration.
- All cycles are adjustable to “dial-in” your specific requirements.
- Operational data is viewed on the valve’s large LED display.
- Designed for use on tanks up to 16″ (for water softeners).
- Best warranty in the business! (Call for details).
Get these endless benefits with Safeway Water® conditioning systems!
No soap build-up on shower walls & doors.
Spot free dishes and glassware.
Save money with less soap & detergents!
- Twin Tank Water Softeners
Twin Tank Water Softeners
Enjoy soft, conditioned water
24 hours per day
Looking for the most effective water conditioner money can buy?
Look no further than our twin tank models, providing soft, conditioned water without interruption, 24 hours per day!
- Systems provide soft water without interruption, 24/7
- One tank is operational, while the second tank is on stand-by
- Greater efficiency because the entire resin bed is utilized, before the stand-by tank goes into operation
- Highly advanced metered control valve uses less salt and water
- Totally automatic – ideal for residential and commercial use
- Tank jackets are included
- Ten year warranty
(tank #2)Mineral TanksTank JacketsBrine TankTTS-1001.0 Cu. Ft.1.0 Cu. Ft.10×44Yes18×36TTS-1501.5 Cu. Ft.1.5 Cu. Ft.10×54Yes18×36
- Municipal Water Treatment
Municipal Water Treatment
TRIPLE TREAT WATER™ CONDITIONING SYSTEMS
Provides “Triple Treatment” for
- Harmful chemicals
- Chlorine taste and odors
- Water hardness
Twin Tank Models
Here’s how it works:
The process starts in tank #1, where harmful chemicals that may be in your water are reduced using an NSF certified activated carbon. Chlorine, bad taste and odors are removed during this process, so you get high quality, great tasting drinking water from every tap in your house!
The final treatment process occurs in tank #2, where your water is softened using our ion exchange water treatment process. This treatment prevents Calcium scale from forming in your hot water heaters, dishwasher, coffee maker and other hot water appliances.Model #Tank #1Tank #2SizeMediaCu. Ft.SizeMediaCu. Ft
SWTT-100-B9×48Coconut Shell Carbon19×48Softener Resin1 SWTT-150-B10×54Coconut Shell Carbon1.510×54Softener Resin1.5
Single Tank Models
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Chemical Removal
Water enters the multi-media tank from the top and flows through our special blend of NSF certified catalytic coconut shell carbon. During this process, potentially harmful chemicals such as VOC’s, pesticides, industrial chemicals, benzene, ethyl bromide, cleaning compounds, cresol and chemicals used in fertilizers are removed.
Step 2: Filtration for Chlorine Taste & Odor Removal
As water continues to flow through the catalytic coconut shell carbon bed, Chlorine tastes and odors are removed through adsorption, adding a “sweet” taste to your water.
Step 3: Water Conditioning
During the final treatment process, Calcium, Magnesium and other water hardness minerals are removed from your water to provide soft water for whole house water treatment and conditioning.Model #ValveTank SizeCarbon Cu. Ft.Resin Cu. Ft.
SW1TT-150BMetered10×54.75.75 SW1TT-200BMetered12×5211 SW1TT-300BMetered14×651.51.5
- Well Water Treatment
Well Water Treatment
IRON ZAPPER SYSTEMS
No Sulfur Ordors
No Iron Stains
Iron Zapper Systems work when others fail!
Iron Zapper® systems from Safeway Water® come with our highly effective Iron Zapper media, NSF certified pressure vessel, Safeway Water control valve, programmed for air induction to accelerate the oxidation process and the best warranty in the business!
Iron Zapper® systems effectively treat the “troublesome trio”
How Iron Zapper Systems Work
The Safeway Water electronic control valve is programmed to introduce air to the filter’s tank for increased oxidation. Next, the Iron Zapper filter media acts as a catalyst to promote the oxidation process so Iron, Hydrogen Sulfide and Manganese become more filterable. Finally, the oxidized particles are removed from the filter during the backwash cycle.
The Iron Zapper filter media acts a catalyst to provide greater oxidation because our media has more active ingredient.
- No chlorine (for oxidation)
- No Potassium Permanganate
- No chemical pump*
*Provided Chlorine or Hydrogen Peroxide are not required for disinfection or needed to enhance performance at higher concentrations.
SULFUR SHIELD SYSTEMS
Sulfur Odors from Well Water
have you in Time Out?
You may need a Sulfur Shield system!
No sulfur odors
Enjoy your water more without “rotten egg” odors from Hydrogen Sulfide.
We’ve used this same technology for years with our Iron Zapper systems. Now, with the five step Sulfur Shield filtration progress and additional media, performance is dramatically improved!
Sulfur Shield systems require little maintenance. Simply, set it and forget it!
Save money without oxidizing chemicals and by eliminating the need for an expensive chemical feed pump!
Although Sulfur Shield systems typically work without the use of chemicals for oxidation, chlorine or Hydrogen Peroxide may be required for disinfection if your water contains bacteria or iron bacteria. If this is a concern, site evaluation and testing are recommended.
Our system works when other systems fail!
No Sulfur Odors!
- Hydrogen Sulfide
- Sulfur odors
- UV Disinfection
PURE LIGHT UV SYSTEMS
Provides Disinfection without the Use of Chemicals
- Well water
- Food service
- Water coolers
- Pre-treatment for RO
Destroys (by 99%)
- Harmful bacteria
- No Salt Systems
No Salt Systems
GREEN TREAT WATER SYSTEMS
Good for the environment…
Good For You!
Two tank system for whole house water filtration and conditioning!
- Provides dual treatment for whole house filtration and scale control.
- Removes chlorine, taste, odors and organic chemicals.
- NO salt required.
- No need to lug salt home from the store!
- NO backwash!
- NO drain needed!
- NO wasted water!
- NO electricity!
- NO electrician required!
- Simple installation
Get high quality water from every tap in your house, plus scale control to protect plumbing fixtures and your hot water appliances!
Here’s How It Work’s
The process starts in tank #1, where harmful chemicals that may be in your water are reduced using our NSF certified activated carbon.
Tank 1 Treats / Removes:
The final water treatment process occurs in tank #2, where our Green Treat Water media provides treatment for scale control and prevents hard water scale formation.
This treatment protects appliances, such as hot water heaters, dishwashers, coffee makers and ice machines.
How the Green Treat Water® anti-scale media works!
The underlying principle of the Green Treat Water media is based on the technology called seed crystallization. This process converts Calcium and Magnesium ions into millions of microscopic Calcium Carbonate “seed crystals”. These minute crystals dramatically reduce the potential for scale formation because they are so small they travel with the flow and do not attach to surfaces.
The Green Treat Water media outperforms other anti-scale materials because our media’s surface is coated with these crystalline substrates, allowing the media to attract more dissolved hardness ions, for greater efficiency.
- Drinking Water Systems
Drinking Water Systems
REVERSE OSMOSIS DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS
Which glass of water is
NOT safe to drink?
This is because some of the most harmful drinking water contaminants are invisible so you don’t know they’re in your water!
This is why you need the protection reverse osmosis technology provides!
Reverse osmosis systems typically reduce:
- Foul tastes
- And More!
Safeway Water® reverse osmosis drinking water systems come with quick change cartridges, NSF certified 75 GPD membrane, plastic storage tank, dedicated faucet, saddle valves and instructions.
Safeway Water RO system benefits:
- 75 gallon per day NSF certified membrane for the best quality water possible!
- State-of-the-art quick change cartridges. Easy, quick and sanitary!
- No service calls simply to replace cartridges.
- Flow shuts off automatically when cartridges are removed.
- Plastic storage tank will not rust or dent.
- Membrane is installed in a replaceable module, so change-out is sanitary.
- Long reach chrome faucet is included. (Optional colors are available.)
- Two year system warranty.
Enjoy 6 step filtration
- Pre-filtration for sediment and other particulate.
- Activated carbon to remove Chlorine, tastes, odors and other chemicals.
- RO membrane to remove additional harmful drinking water contaminants.
- Storage tank.
- Post-carbon treatment for final polishing.
- You get great tasting, high quality drinking water from the dedicated RO faucet.
ULTRA FILTRATION DRINKING WATER SYSTEM
The quality of your drinking water generally depends on where you get your water. Sources include municipal water treatment plants, community water systems and private wells. No matter where you get your water, drinking water quality is being challenged by our urban living, increased chemical production and greater industrial activity.
Features & Benefits
- Compact Design
- Twist ‘n Turn Cartridges
- Easy Cartridge Replacement
- No Service Calls simply to change out cartridges
- Automatic Shut Off
- Easy Installation
- Dedicated Faucet Included
- No Storage Tank
- No Wasted Water
- No Pressure Problems
- No Flow Issues
- Low Cost to Buy
- Low Cost to Use
- Taste & Odors