Interviewer: There’s been a lot of information lately on Pex piping as people get their homes replumbed with that. I heard there’s concerns about it, what can you…can you shed any light on that whole idea of putting Pex in your home?
Rick Allen: Well there are quite a few concerns about the Pex piping. It seems like the greatest answer in terms of preventing pinhole leaks, and it certainly does not have a pinhole leak problem like copper plumbing does in today’s current water conditions, but there are concerns about the plastic off-gassing a variety of chemicals, many of which are considered to be carcinogenic. There are concerns about the ability for Pex to actually leech chemicals through it from the outside and have it taint the drinking water in the home. There’s certainly concerns about bathing in water that has been heated and run through plastic, hot water and plastic. There are a multitude of studies showing problems with regard to biofilm actually growing internally in the Pex, which is not something that occurs in copper materials.
Interviewer: Wait, what is biofilm? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that.
Rick Allen: Basically that’s a situation where you have bacteria, you know, catching hold on the pipe wall and growing. It’s virtually the ability for Pex tubing to grow slime internally, which then can overrun things or become an issue in the future. It’s certainly not something you would want to have in your home, a situation where you’ve got a particular type of tubing material that is actually breeding bacteria or enhancing the growth of bacteria on the interior of the entire pipe system.
Interviewer: So what can you offer as far as a solution to somebody that, you know, let’s say that they bought Pex and they’ve already got it in their house, it sounds like they’re a little bit maybe in danger, what can you do?
Rick Allen: Well we have to be cautious about that, but I will tell you we are severely concerned about what’s coming down the pipe with regard to what we’re learning about the Pex, you know, plastic tubing. The reality is we don’t know a lot about it right now, and the concerns are mounting, and I have a great deal of fear, actually, for production homebuilders, plumbers alike who are doing large volume in the Pex without us really knowing the long-term effects of it, both from a health standpoint and from basically a standpoint of possibly getting brittle if you don’t address the water quality issues. So to answer your question, what we wanna do for somebody who has re-piped a house in Pex, is we want to remove the chloramines and the aggressive chemicals that could possibly shorten the life of that Pex. So we wanna protect that new piping infrastructure. We wanna do what we can to minimize the growth of biofilm, and that’s a little trickier said than done. We certainly wanna make sure that we are doing everything possible to protect all of that plumbing, but again the chemicals and things that are coming in in the city water right now are highly aggressive and we’re seeing that because it’s eating through copper, but it’s certainly…
Interviewer: Is that like all districts around through Orange County and LA area, or?
Rick Allen: It’s very…it’s West Coast-driven, definitely from San Diego up through Santa Barbra, in through the Inland Empire, the Coachella Valley, but it’s not limited to that, there’s a lotta problems happening with this in Florida, in Texas, in Colorado. It definitely is a national situation, and the reality is we feel like we found the hot new material to solve one problem, but we don’t know yet what the ramifications are of using it.
If you’re concerned about the epidemic pinhole leak in South Orange County and you live in any of these cities: Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, El Toro, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, or San Juan Capistrano, you need to take control immediately and address your water chemistry to protect the copper plumbing infrastructure in your home, as well as your family’s health. So please give us a call with the number below and we’ll be happy to help you out.
This is an instructional video on how to set the time of day that your Pure Elements Whole House Water System backwashes, as well as the number of days between the backwashing process.
To get into that programming mode, you simply hold the Set and the up arrow until the display changes to a time. This time is the time of day when your whole house water filtration system backwashes. In this case, it’s at 2:00 a.m., which is our default. You can leave it there, or let’s take it up to 3:00 a.m. So the hour’s flashing. You tap the Set button once. Now the minutes are flashing. Let’s make it go at 3:30, so 3:30 a.m. You tap the Set button one more time. This is the number of days between backwash cycles. Our default for this in the current drought condition is 10 days, so you want to have that set at 10 days, unless you’d like to change it for your personal preference.
When you tap the Set button and it goes back to displaying the time of day, you have accomplished your goal of setting the time of day for your backwash and how many days in between.
When you first plug it in, you will note that the display is flashing. You need to hold the “Set” button for approximately three seconds, until only the hour is flashing, and then take the hour, using the up or down arrows, to the appropriate time of day. Tap the “Set” button once, and the minutes are flashing. Take the minutes to the appropriate time of day. Be sure when you set the hour that you pay attention to the p.m. arrow. So when it’s lit, it’s 3 p.m. in this case. If that arrow were not there, it would be 3 a.m. Tap the “Set” button and the display goes solid, and you have effectively set the time on your Pure Elements Whole House Water Filtration and Salt-Free Conditioning System.
Hi, this is Rick from Pure Elements. I wanted to talk to you a minute about epoxy pipe lining that is being considered an alternative to stop pinhole leaks in existing homes.
There are several issues with epoxy lining.
The first is there are concerns about MTBEs and BPAs being given off by the resin. There are several different mixtures, and the jury is out as to whether or not this could possibly create a negative health effect.
The second thing is epoxy pipe linings do not always coat evenly. So when you get a spot that doesn’t get coated, you instantly have a leak situation. The epoxy lining companies guarantee that they’ll come back and fix it, but that’s what they end up doing is coming back and fixing it a lot.
Another thing is the longevity on epoxy lining is definitely affected by the chloramines in the water, and over time it will break down and shatter like glass. It will clog shower heads, fixtures, and everything else, and actually come out in shards that are not appealing for either drinking or consuming. And a lotta times when we’ve reached that point, the only answer is to completely repipe the house, because you can’t get it all out.
Hi, this is Rick from Pure Elements and I want to talk to you a little bit about how to prevent pinhole leaks in the future in your home. Chloramines are playing a role in copper pipe corrosion. They are eating the copper and the metal from the inside out until the point where you have a very slow and very sneaky leak. We focus on developing chloramine reduction filters that are getting the majority of the chloramines out and stopping that problem. There are other issues also that can be affecting your pipes, but we have to stop the corrosion in your copper pipes as it sits today. So we would love to help you with that. We have a very strong track record with no further pinhole leaks caused by chloramines over the last eight years after people have installed our systems.
If you’re concerned about the epidemic pinhole leak problem in Orange County and you live in any of these cities: Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, El Toro, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, or San Juan Capistrano, you need to take control and protect your copper plumbing infrastructure as well as your family’s health right away. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you out.
Hi, this is Rick from Pure Elements and I wanted to talk to you for a moment here about the plague that we have in Southern California.
Chloramines are being used to disinfect our water, and in a short story, they’re actually eating the copper pipes from the inside out. You need to seek very carefully to find a filter that is capable of removing the chloramines.
A good chloramine filter has very special media in it in a precise order, and we’re the experts at that. We can actually test below detectable levels. No chloramine is getting through our systems, and this is a key thing in preventing pinhole pipe leaks.
If you’re concerned about the epidemic pinhole leak problem in South Orange County and you live in any of these cities: Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, El Toro, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, or San Juan Capistrano, you need to take control immediately and address your water chemistry to protect the copper plumbing infrastructure in your home as well as your family’s health. So please give us a call at the number below and we’ll be happy to help you out.
Fitz: Appropriate time to catch up with my friend. Rick Allen, from Pure Elements, the parent company of Crystal Clear Home. You hear me talking about Crystal Clear Home Water Filtration System. Wendy and I have enjoyed it for years. We got a new one recently, and it works spectacular. And Rick, how do you like all this rain water, baby?
Rick: Listen, I’m a big fan of the rain Fitz. We need water to treat.
Fitz: No doubt.
Rick: We actually need good water coming out of the sky to dilute what we got coming out of the ground, to be honest.
Fitz: Well, we’re definitely getting our share of it, that’s for sure.
Rick: Well, it’s good to have a little bit more seasonal transition I think for all of us.
Rick: It couldn’t be better. It’s a New Year, fresh perspective, and just moving forward. And as you know our water quality is not getting any better, so we’re helping a lot of people address those issues, and I thought I’d just kind of take a bird’s eye view of what’s going on with the water in the desert right now, and at least the high points of what we’re keeping an eye on.
Fitz: Go for it.
Rick: And basically, in summarizing what we got going on in the desert, the biggest thing on the radar right now is the metals issue with Chromium 6, which is, you remember, is the Erin Brockovich one.
Rick: So I’m not sure how many people are aware but you are seeing it in your water bills, you’re seeing it in the news because it’s very much top of mind right now. The Feds set a legal limits for Chromium 6 about a year and a half ago, and that was about 14 years after Erin Brockovich came out with her movie exposing the issues of that. And her office is all up in arms because the legal limit that the Feds set is actually 500 times less stringent than she wanted, that’s 500 times less stringent.
Fitz: Sheesh. That’s unbelievable.
Rick: She’s not really happy.
Fitz: I guess not.
Rick: But at least they’re moving towards regulating it, and it is something that we address in our whole house water systems. It is something you don’t want to have in your drinking water if you can avoid it.
Fitz: What does it do to you?
Rick: It’s been tied to a whole bunch of different birth defects and cancers and a whole grab bag of different health concerns.
Fitz: This is a naturally occurring deal, right?
Rick: Well, it’s both. It’s naturally occurring and it’s also a man-made waste by-product of industry, because the Chromium itself is naturally occurring, with Chromium 6, a lot of times is coming from different production and manufacturing processes and things. So we got a situation where the greater majority of the wealth in the valley, they’re somewhere within compliance or over the line in terms of what’s going with their levels of Chromium 6. So the water districts are scrambling right now to figure out how they’re going to address that. They have several different ways to do it. One is completely build a new plant and then just rest the Chromium 6 that way. Or address it on a well by well basis, or even somewhere in the middle, and tie four or five wells together and then create one mini-plant to address them.
Rick: Right now, my belief is that everything is being done on a well by well basis. So that’s one of the heavy metals, is the one at the top of the radar right now, but of course, arsenic has been something in the valley for a number of years, and all up and down the coast. And that one is more regularly naturally occurring. So the metals are something that we need to address to make sure that we have the best quality drinking water that we can. And then of course we have loads of disinfectants, Chlorine and those different things that we’re actually introducing ourselves. That helps keep our water safe, but it’s something that you don’t need to adjust nor do you need to bathe in it. It can irritate your skin and make your hair dry, and all of those different things. So that’s certainly an issue that we need to address for the water coming into anyone’s home.
Rick: And then we got hard water. And although it’s not as hard as some areas, it certainly destroys water heaters and fixtures and it wreaks havoc in the dish washer and laundry and all those things.
Rick: So, that’s something that we also need to address. And I know you know that we are very big on doing that in a salt-free manner. So, we have a great alternative to the old fashion water softeners. And as you know over the last 15 years or so that’s been very, very popular in the desert as a way to not only help protect fixtures and water heaters and appliances, but also to reduce staining of things on swimming pools and water features, and make things grow better with less fertilizer and less water.
Fitz: Well, Wendy and I love our system. As you know, we encourage everyone to give you a call Rick, at 346-4850. Find out how you can get your own Crystal Clear Home Water Filtration System, it’s a total property system. It is a lot about your health and not wanting to ingest all this weird stuff when you take a bath or shower and when you drink from your faucets, but it also is about is about keeping your pipes clean and just all the functioning appliances that the water goes through because of the hard water system. It’s fascinating how it works. It’s no maintenance. You’ve got to come out and what, check it like every five or six years or whatever.
Rick: Yeah, now we’re looking at pretty much every three to four with the higher levels of metals.
Fitz: Okay. Gotcha. And that’s awesome that you come and test it for that, Rick, and they can personally talk to you, you’re happy to consult them on any questions and you’ve been great with us and we encourage everyone with all the news of this weird water and, of course, not to mention the Chlorine and everything else and the pharmaceuticals and the drinking water, more important than ever to check this option out. 346-4850, find out how you can get your own Crystal Home Water Filtration System. Rick, I appreciate your support of the show and our station and we love spreading the word. “Mr. Rick, water man,” as I love to call him.
Rick: Thank you Fitz.
Fitz: Because you know more about water than anyone that I know, that’s for sure. And I really appreciate you filling our audience in on the ever changing water situation here in the desert, and we look forward to seeing you soon, Rick.
Rick: Alright, keep all the good work up with all that great music you’re playing all the time.
Fitz: There you go. We’re going to get back into it right now. Thank you so much Rick.
Rick: Thanks Fitz.
Fitz: Alright, make it a great day man. Rick Allen, Crystal Clear Water.
Fitz: Speaking of the king, the water king, my buddy Rick Allen from Crystal Clear Home, the parent company, Pure Elements, on the phone with me. Good morning, King.
Rick: Good morning, Fitz. How are you?
Fitz: I’m good, Rick. How are you, man?
Rick: I’m having a great day so far. Thank you for asking.
Fitz: That’s a spectacular thing. Summer time is just churning. We’re so busy in the desert. And everyone is just getting ready for, you know, what happens out here the last part of the year. And it’s gonna be here before we know it. So there’s a great energy happening. I just feel it. There are so many new people coming to town. And, you know, of course, Desert Trip is not that far away. And, you know, the eyes of the world are on the Coachella Valley. Everyone is finding out about our music Mecca out here. And they’re all talking about Crystal Clear Home and how they’re sick of hearing about pharmaceuticals in the drinking water, carcinogens, chlorine, chromium-6, all that stuff that you have the magic potion for.
Rick: Well, it’s not really magic. I think it’s just a lot of engineering and a lot of years and a lot of experience. It’s gets more challenging every day. They threw another curve ball at us, you know? So we just adjust.
Fitz: There you go. So what’s happening this morning?
Rick: Well, I thought I just do a refresher for everybody about what they should be looking for in a total property system in The Valley in terms of home water systems. So, you know, you and I have talked about the five really critical things. This is not all-inclusive. There are a lot of other benefits. But I just thought I do a quick rundown on those again so that anybody who wants to improve their water out there has the ability to know what to look for, because that’s an important starting point.
Fitz: All right, go for it.
Rick: So, well, I mean the first thing…and you know my biggest passion is to get the chemicals and things out of the bath and shower water, everything we got going on, the chlorine and the disinfection byproducts, which are largely considered carcinogenic. They’re all aerosol. They’re all in our steam. We absorb those readily though our skin and also through breathing. And then, you know, those are two direct shots into the body versus me giving you a glass of water where you can actually have at least some filtration with the digestive track and organs and things.
So the first and foremost thing is to effectively get the chemicals out of both the bathing experience…
And those things, they don’t stay relegated to the shower stall. You know, they hang out in the house for two to three hours after a bath or a shower. So that’s my number one priority from a health-related standpoint. Although we can’t make formal health claims, you know, it’s just makes sense. And, obviously, if anybody has sensitivity to drying agents, like chlorine and those different things, which dries out hair and skin and everything else, removing those things from the bathing experience is gonna give everybody a much better situation when they take their shower or bath.
Fitz: Sure, sure.
Rick: So, you know, and then the drinking water, you got to have protection from the heavy metals in our valley. I mean arsenic and chromium-6 are high on the radar right now, arsenic being more naturally occurring, chromium-6 being a combination of naturally occurring and industrial waste byproducts. And I think you’re seeing the big stir in The Valley right now with everybody…all the water agencies scrambling to try to figure out how to get the chromium-6 out of the well water, because their new regulations that have come in in terms of the feds. So you wanna make sure you have that out of the drinking water as well as the gaseous chemicals, the chlorine, and those disinfection byproducts we talked about and everything. You got to have a good-tasting water too. That’s really important.
So you wanna have that at every facet in the house, which is done with good whole house filtration. And you wanna leave the minerals in. And you want something slightly alkaline in pH at least and nothing acidic like standard reverse osmosis drinking water systems create. So the drinking water is the second priority.
And then not so much on the health front, but you wanna reduce the hard water issues without the use of, you know, the nasty salt-based water softener whenever possible.
And so you wanna protect your plumbing and your tankless water heaters and your fixtures and appliances from the really costly and unsightly scale that occurs, which is really a calcium content in The Valley. You want better dishwashing and laundry, and you wanna be able to use less soaps and less detergents. And, you know, you should be able to do that. And you should be able to accomplish that without having to suffer the slippery or slimy feeling, you know, that happens when you add salt with the traditional water softener.
And then moving in to the total property side of things, you know, everybody has pools or at least water features and fountains. And that’s tricky in our desert climate, because the water evaporates, and that concentrates the minerals. And you get more staining and more stuff going on. So you wanna do everything you can to reduce the scale at the waterline in the pools.
Fitz: Yes, it looks gnarly. It just looks dirty and filthy.
Rick: Yes, it can be really unsightly. And, you know, you wanna keep your pool looking great. But just as importantly, you know, you need to protect the pumps and the infrastructure and all of that, because the hard water just eats that alive too. And repairing a pool can be very expensive, you know?
Fitz: A lot of people don’t think about that, you know, what that does to the pipes and the corrosion and everything else. I mean, you know, Rick, I can attest to everything that you’re saying. And, you know, Wendy and I put our money where our mouths are and believe in this Crystal Clear Home water filtration system big time. I always tell you when we’re out and about oftentimes, because, you know, we’ve been talking about your great product for many, many years and have been using it. And they go, “Does that really work?” We go, “Of course, it does. Yes.”
Rick: Well, that brings us to the last thing, which we did something really cool in your new pad. You know, these systems, they backwash. And it’s very important that in any of this global situation to help on a total property basis, it’s very important that you address the irrigation also. And although we’ve got desert landscape going on, which should use less water and things, you should be able to protect your irrigation system and that infrastructure from hard water issues. And you should be able to achieve a reduction in water usage and fertilizer and keep everything live and vibrant. But these systems…any good system that you would put in always should have an automatic self-cleaning feature. And so that expels a little bit of water. And that water is actually great quality of water. You’re gonna catch me on YouTube drinking that stuff just because it goes backwards though there. It’s very heavily treated.
Fitz: Yeah, I thought that was great. Wendy told me that you explained that to her. And I thought that was a great new feature that you’ve added to that.
Rick: Well, on your house now, that water is being used to irrigate. And so that’s saving, and that essentially makes that system a zero-water-use system also. So environmentally, that’s really cool.
Fitz: Well, thank you so much for explaining this and for hooking us up, Rick Allen. We encourage everyone to get in contact with you, 346-4850, 346-4850. And Rick will be happy to come out and meet with you and answer any questions that you might have. You can check them out online at crystalclearhome.com. And, yes, it really does work. crystalclearhome.com for your health, for just great-tasting, clean, worry-free water, so you don’t have to think about what could be in your drinking water, 346 4850 plus all the other benefits that Rick just outlined. Rick, always a pleasure. Thank you so much, and we’ll talk to you next week.
Rick: Hey, Fitz. I totally appreciate it. You have a great rest of your day.
Fitz: You too, Rick. Make it a terrific Thursday.
Rick: All right, rock and roll.
Fitz: Thanks so much.
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Fitz: On the phone with me is the man who knows more about water than anyone I know. From CrystalClear Home, the parent company Pure Elements, my friend, Rick Allen, on the phone with me this morning. Good morning, Rick.
Rick: Good morning, Fitz. How are you?
Fitz: I’m spectacular. How are you?
Rick: I’m great, getting ready for a holiday weekend.
Fitz: Remember what the weekend’s all about. In addition to the barbecues and the parties, it’s all about our independence.
Fitz: And our great country. So Rick, you got some new info on what’s happening water-wise here in the dessert.
Rick: I do. I’m going to get on my soapbox for a couple of minutes here.
Fitz: Let me help you up here.
Fitz: Okay, there you go.
Rick: So I’m gonna talk a little bit and try to maybe give a little bit of consumer advice to try to help our people in the valley. I’ve got something that’s been sticking in my craw for a little bit and it was really apparent yesterday what’s going on.
And so what I wanna talk about is the proper application of water systems for people’s homes.
And specifically water softeners in our valley. We know they are not favored and they’re actually disliked by all of the water districts because they’re really tough on the environment and create a whole bunch of problems for reclamation and recycling.
But what we’re seeing in the desert is a situation where the water softener companies and you know the names, the big guys, they are installing water softeners on homes without any regard to what is going through the water softener itself.
So a water softener is introducing salt into the water and when you go that route, that creates a water that is disastrous for pools. It destroys the plaster and it does things at the grout lines and has all kinds of other issues, throwing the salt balance off if you have a salt pool.
So water softeners should never be on the feed line to anybody’s pool and secondarily traditional soft water is horrible for plants. It adversely affects them and over a very short period of time in the valley, it actually will kill plants.
So we were in several homes yesterday where water softeners had been installed and the pools and all of the irrigation were going through the water softeners and the plant life, the lawns were dying, the ficus trees were in trouble.
Rick: I think a couple of them we caught in time before the pools got actually severely damaged. But I just kinda wanted to give a public service announcement here.
For anybody who is considering doing traditional soft water…and we have those clients. Maybe 2% of what we do, a traditional water softener is the right application. But if you have a water softener or you’re considering doing a water softener, you need to ensure that that water softener is treating the water only for the domestic hot and cold water inside the home and is not treating the water for the pool or the landscape.
And in addition, there’s a push to salt potassium for water softeners as an alternative to the basic salt because it is a little better on the plant life and things. And at \$25 or more a bag, it’s quite expensive and water softeners run through that stuff based on how many gallons of water are used.
So you can imagine, I mean, in a hot week, we can have a pool, average pool, you know, 500 to 750 gallons of evaporation. All that water has to be softened and uses all that potassium, not to mention the irrigation water.
So it’s a super expensive proposition to do it that way also and so I just wanted to spend a minute and tell all of your listeners out there that if you’re considering doing a water softener, make sure whoever you’re talking to figures out the plumbing infrastructure for your house and ensures or guarantees you that you will not have soft water in the pool and you will not have soft water going through your irrigation.
And so of course, you know we’re salt free, so we’re the opposite end of the spectrum. Everything we’re doing is extremely beneficial for both plant life and pools.
That’s the other thing. I wanted to mention to anybody who has a water softener currently that you should check and see that your system has been installed properly. And if you have trouble figuring out what’s feeding what, we’re happy to come out without any charge or anything and take a look and simply figure out what’s going on with your plumbing, where all the lines go and what is going through a water softener and what is not.
So that’s a very important thing and it seems to me that the big brands, and you know those guys, seem to be just throwing these things on and moving on to the next home with no regard for what’s being treated.
So we actually saw some homes yesterday that were, you know, that had devastating results and…
Fitz: Wow, because you don’t stop and think about all the carnage that that kinda stuff can create and the disintegration of pipes and how bad it is for the environment. And like you said, dead landscaping and ficus trees and plants.
That’s the beauty of CrystalClear Home, is that it’s a total property water filtration system that actually is good for your plants and your landscaping and you use less water and less fertilizer and it makes it more vibrant green.
So Rick, you are happy to go consult anyone. This is creating a lot of curiosity. It’s more important than ever for us to be making sure that we’re giving our families pure water and not have pharmaceuticals, carcinogens, chlorine, chromium-6 and all that nasty stuff.
You’ll talk to anyone who wants the information, 760-346-4850. That’s how they get to you and if you’re not around, they’ll leave a message and you’ll get back to everyone.
You can get more detail online, crystalclearhome.com. That’s crystalclearhome.com or the phone number that we’ve been giving you for years, 760-346-4850, 760-346-4850, Rick Allen, you are the man who I am lobbying to change your name to Rick Waterman.
Rick: Keep lobbying. I think it’s been taken, like I said.
Fitz: Okay. But I’m gonna still drill it into you and I don’t know anyone who knows as much about water as you do and I thank you for sharing this information as a public service with our audience.
Rick: Thanks very much, Fitz, for having me on.
Fitz: All right, Rick. Thank you so much and thanks for the support and we’ll keep spreading the word about CrystalClear Home.
Fitz: All right. Rick Allen of CrystalClear Home. No one knows the water biz like Rick does, that’s for sure, 760-346-4850.
Jim: Great time to pay attention to what’s going on with your water and all the stuff in the water that you hear about, the pharmaceuticals, all the chemicals. You hear me talking about Crystal Clear Home, that amazing water filtration system that Wendy and I are constantly asked when we’re out and about. Does that really work? You know, I’ve been telling you about Crystal Clear Home for many years, and on the phone with me this morning is the head of Pure Elements which owns Crystal Clear Home, our friend, Rick Allen. Good morning, Rick.
Rick: Good morning, Fitz, how are you?
Jim: I’m spectacular. We’re working hard to make sure that we spread the word about Crystal Clear Home. In this day and age, with all the craziness about our water, it’s more important that people check it out, and you are the man who knows everything from A to Z.
Rick: Thank you. I don’t know about that. I learn something new every day. If I ever stop learning, you know, that will be the end.
Jim: Hey, my grandfather died at 84, and that was one of his favorite sayings, I learned something every day, when he was in his 80s. Rick, what is the deal with this chromium-6 and explain what is chromium-6?
Rick: Chromium-6 is both a naturally occurring contaminant. It’s a heavy metal, and it’s also something that’s not naturally occurring that is caused from chemical plants, and tanneries, cooling towers, different industrial processes.
There are really two different sources of it, and obviously, the latter is potentially more harmful to you and me, but it’s something that we’ve been watching, and it’s rearing its ugly head in the valley. It’s been there for a while, but there’s been a variety of things that are happening.
And part of my message this morning, I believe, needs to be in support of the water districts, the different areas as they try to battle the things that are going on.
You know, Fitz, you might remember, this is the thing that the movie Erin Brockovich brought to the forefront, and that was her first gig with PG&E in Inland Empire. It was these things causing cancer, and birth defects, and all other sorts of issues, and obviously, that was the industrial grade of this stuff.
So what’s happening in our world in general is that, scientifically, we’re able to test to lower and lower levels of different contaminants and things, and then we’re able to jab lab rats with these things and start to figure out that maybe they aren’t so great, and maybe they’re causing cancer or other ailments in the rats.
Then what happens is, of course, our government agencies come in and say, “Well, okay, with that happening, we need to protect you and me, and so we’re going to either set new limits or we’re going to lower limits that the water districts are required to comply with to keep us all safe.”
The infinite battle between the water districts and the large, large volume of water that they drive through there and that they treat and the limits is money, because in order to meet new limits, sometimes the technology is so expensive that it makes it prohibitive or almost impossible for a water district to meet the levels.
And so recently, that’s happened with chromium-6. California has lowered the levels to 10 parts per billion.
What’s happening in the valley is there are a large number of wells in all of the water districts or almost all the water districts that contain naturally occurring chromium-6, and those are at or above the new legal limit.
What is happening is, of course, the state and the feds are coming in saying, you know, “This municipality, you need to meet these new limits, and how are you gonna do it?”
Obviously, Coachella Valley Water District, being one of the largest there, is faced with quite a challenge on this, and they’ve got about 40% roughly of their wells that are over the new legal limit and roughly 20% more that are sitting right at the legal limit.
I thought I’d talk for a second, and I do want to give a shout out to The Desert Sun, they just did an article on this recently that’s a very accurate article and great information, so if you Google that, you can see that.
But the water district is trying to figure out how to meet these standards, and so one of the things that’s going on in the valley, and everybody should understand this, is that most of the water coming to you and I for drinking and use in our homes is local well water.
Most of the water coming to irrigate farms, to water the golf courses and all of those things is imported water from the Colorado River. That plays into this whole mosaic of trying to figure everything out.
The water district has some choices to try to address this issue, and they’re reviewing them all.
One is to treat every single well individually. Another is to kind of bundle the wells together and create small plants that would treat water from a variety of wells.
Another option is to start importing or using the Colorado River water for a portion of the supply for drinking and all the things in our homes. So they’re looking at all these options.
Of those options, treating the wells is probably the least expensive, because they don’t have to pre-create any new piping or piping infrastructure, which is very expensive.
But these guys are faced with…the Coachella Valley Water District is are faced with somewhere between \$75 million and, you know, maybe \$450 million in costs to figure out how to meet the standards in terms of the chromium-6, so it’s really a problem.
They’re looking at talking about how they’re gonna treat all these things.
One thing I didn’t see in the list of that is something that’s done regularly by the Metropolitan Water District in LA, which is bringing its water through the Colorado River and the Sacramento Delta. They are blending.
So if you have two wells, and one has got a very low level of a contaminant and another well has over the limit level, you could blend water from those two wells and give a better quality water that meets the federal standards.
It’s interesting I haven’t seen that being considered at this point. But basically, it seems like the highest levels in the valley are Desert Hot Springs, Thousand Palms, and Indio, and Coachella, and Thermal and so…
Jim: Why do you think that?
Rick: Well, I mean, that’s what they’re stating, and there are charts that are showing that.
I honestly don’t know the reason that one area would be higher in naturally occurring chromium-6 than others, but it’s kind of what these water districts are faced with.
It’s also very interesting, the Desert Water Authority has wells…all their wells are very low or no chromium-6, so they’re the one municipality in the valley that’s not being challenged with this.
Rick: The Desert Water Agency.
Rick. Yeah, so, you know, I think the real bottom line here is that they’re going to do what they can and move at the pace that is possible. We’re trying to not see our water bills go up, you know, tenfold to try to support this.
Jim: That’s been a big debate, and that’s been big information here the last week, as you said.
Rick: Yeah, I think they were taking…CBWD was at some point either did or is going to have a vote to raise water rates. They’re faced with a real challenge, and, you know, it’s a very small percentage of the water that drive through there that you and I get to our homes and we consume.
Jim: We take it for granted, don’t we, Rick? I mean we turn the faucet on. We don’t even stop and think where that water is coming from. It’s just like when you turn the lights on, no one stops and thinks about the infrastructure and how that amazing…
It’s a miracle how everything works together anyway in this day and age, and we take everything for granted, of course. But to cut to the Crystal Clear Home, does that take out the chromium-6?
Rick: It provides a good barrier for it. I mean, I think what has to happen here is that you and I have to take control of what’s coming into our home, because that’s certainly a less expensive alternative than a water bill that doubles and goes on and on and on.
Jim: No doubt.
Rick: There is a technology in our systems known as redox, and it provides a barrier for chromium-6 as well as arsenic, arsenic is on the radar right now.
Rick: We want to do everything that we can to provide a barrier for that and reduce the levels of this, and so that’s probably the very first step where you can take control and do it yourself. And I know you’re working on your new place, and we’re excited to see a totally property system going in there.
Jim: Yeah, no, I’m excited.
You know, you got me addicted from my other house, Rick. You got me totally addicted to the Crystal Clear Home. Wendy and I love it, but also we don’t talk much about it, but the savings, you know, so many people drinking bottled water and everything.
Bottled water has become so expensive onto itself, and you can spend a small fortune in the summertime trying to keep yourself hydrated, especially if you’re running around with your bottled water.
If you have a Crystal Clear Home water filtration system, you can fill up as many containers as you want and drink worry-free all day long and not have it cost you an arm and a leg.
Rick: Absolutely. You got to make sure you got BPA-free plastic or stainless steel.
Jim: Right, exactly.
Rick: That’s the goal, and certainly, there is portability in bottled waters, but with our climate and the temperatures, you know, as things get warmer and especially if you’ve got a bottle of water in your car…
Jim: Oh, forget about it.
Rick: You take a sip, and you get a nice healthy dose of plastic, you just throw it away.
Jim: Yeah, really spit it out, you know, it tastes like horse you know what.
So, Rick Allen, this is all great information. You’ve been in this game a long time, and it is much deeper than any of us have any idea.
And I thank you for shining the light on the chromium-6 situation.
You will be periodically…we’re gonna every week try to wrap it down and update people on the progress of what’s going on with these water districts and the purity of our water, and how people can eliminate all these worries by getting their own Crystal Clear Home water filtration system.
We encourage everyone to go online, crystalclearhome.com or call 346-4850, and you’re accessible, right, Rick?
Rick: I am.
Jim: If they call that number, and they say, “I’d like to talk directly to Rick, because he’s the guy that really knows about this water and knows the history of what’s going on.” You are such an expert. Call Rick Allen.
If you want to speak directly with him, he can answer any of your questions, he can explain how this technology works.
It’s so simple. They make a simple installation, and no maintenance.
You come out and check it like every five years or whatever, and I encourage everyone now. You know, this is the time of year where people start taking care of themselves and paying a little extra time. They have a little bit more time on their hands possibly with the summer time.
Take advantage of exploring the possibility of you getting this, and it will save you money in the long run, and it will really help your health big time. 346-4850 or online at crystalclearhome.com. Rick Allen, always a pleasure, and we will wrap it down once again next week, Rick.
Rick: That sounds great, I totally appreciate the time Fitz, and you have a great day.
Jim: Thank you so much for all your support for through the years, and we’re proud to be partnering with you, and always spreading the word, and telling people about Crystal Clear Home and how they can get their own total property water filtration system. All right Rick, stay cool, baby.