Fitz: One of the many carcinogens and weird stuff that’s in our drinking water. And you hear my friend Rick Allen from Crystal Clear Home talk about his amazing water filtration system. Rick knows a lot about what’s going on with our drinking water. He’s back with us this morning. Good morning Rick.
Rick: Good morning Fitz. How are you today?
Fitz: I’m spectacular. There was an article in the paper talking about how they’re trying to find a more economical way to be able to get the chromium 6 out of the drinking water but if you have a Crystal Clear Home water filtration system, you can cross that worry off the list.
Rick: Yeah that’s absolutely true. The chromium 6 thing seems to be at the top of the news right now. You know in our valley, it’s my understanding that better than 90% of the wells are showing chromium either at or above the legal limits. It’s an interesting metal situation and that’s both naturally occurring and it’s also a waste byproduct of industry. That’s the big Erin Brockovich thing. It’s very interesting watching what happens in our world because Erin came out with her movie in 2000 which kind of exposed the whole big problem with chromium 6 being actually dumped in the local ground water and causing birth defects and a lot of really serious problems.
Fitz: I did not remember that that was chromium 6 that was causing that.
Rick: Yeah. That’s the chromium 6 issue. What’s interesting with her is that it, well with the whole process is that it took from 2000 until just about a year or so ago for the Feds to actually create a legal limit for chromium 6. So up until that point, there were no standards in terms of how much chromium 6 was allowable in our drinking water and in soap. So anyway, they set the standards. Erin was very upset because the standards are 500 times more lenient in the number than what she was seeking was a legal limit for chromium 6, 500 hundred times less than what she had wanted. Admittedly, she wanted to get to a much more perfect number, but yeah, this heavy metals, as you noted, the articles are coming out. If you’re getting your CVWD water bill or you’re getting any of these different water bills, they’re talking about the problem. They haven’t been very vocal about it until recently because now they’re getting called upon to work toward meeting this new federal standard. It’s going to take quite a bit of time. The other big one in the valley, of course, is arsenic which is naturally occurring. And actually, all up and down across the California too.
Fitz: When you say naturally occurring, where does arsenic, how does that get formed in the water?
Rick: You know, I don’t wanna go above my pay grade in terms of that. As water runs through the different pathways and rivers and different areas and gets to our locations, it strips things. As you know, water is the world’s greatest solvent. And so arsenic is naturally occurring in the rock and in different things. It’s also in the aquifers and the lower levels of the rock down there. Then, what happens is obviously it dissolves and gets introduced into our water. So you know these things are things to keep an eye on but in terms of your and my home and our health and our wellbeing, it just makes sense to put up a very effective barrier and, as you said, check those things off the list as far as worries. We’ve got enough worries with the political climate. We don’t need to worry about what water we’re drinking.
Fitz.: So to wrap it up Rick, bottom line is I have – Wendy and I have the Crystal Clear Home water filtration system. We love it. We can drink from any faucet in our home worry free and we’re not gonna be ingesting all of that chlorine and arsenic and chromium 6 when we take a bath or a shower. It just…there’s a great peace of mind. You hair feels nice and clean and smooth. Your coffee tastes pure and good. The total property thing is totally, totally great. You’re so helpful in spreading and sharing the information and I know that you have heard so many people say that Rick is great to deal with. So we encourage our listeners, if we’ve got your attention on this, this is a really cool filtration system that Rick has. Once again, it’s above my pay scale to be able to describe exactly how that works. It’s not a salt system. Give Rick a call, 346-4850. He’ll explain it to you. Basically, maintenance free. I mean it’s amazing, 346-4850. Ask for Rick Allen. He’ll get back to you and find out how you can get your own Crystal Clear Home water filtration system. Rick, always a pleasure.
Rick: I appreciate you Fitz. It’s great talking to you today.
Fitz: You too. Thank you so much. Make it a terrific Tuesday and don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend when you go to bed Saturday night, we get to grab an extra hour’s worth of shut eye.
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.
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.