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Rick Allen Interviewed By Jim Fitz Fitzgerald CV 104.3 Radio – Chromium 6 in Our Drinking 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?
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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.

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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.

Jim: Who?

Rick: The Desert Water Agency.

Jim: Right.

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.

Jim: Unbelievable.

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.

Rick: All right, Fitz, thank you very much.

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Five Great Benefits You Receive with a Quality Water Filtration System

Fitz: My long-time friend and supporter and water guru expert, Rick Allen, on the phone with me from CrystalClear Home. Good morning, Rick.

Rick: Good morning, Fitz. How are you? Hey, I want an invitation to that dinner, though.

Fitz: I’m telling you, man. You know, Barry Minniefeld was on “The Voice” last year, if you didn’t know. He was one of the stars of Season 8, he’s a desert resident and entertains us out here on a regular basis. And was the executive chef at The Improv in L.A for about 10 years, and became close friends with Jay Leno and Roseanne and a whole list of George Wallace holistic comedians. He has gone on after that opening for them in Vegas, and has forged long-time friendships with them. And he’s been talking about all of these culinary taste treats that he whips up and all these different dishes. And I’ve just been salivating all morning, Rick. So I’m starving right now.

Rick: You’re gonna have to have a big lunch.

Fitz: I’m telling you, baby. So Rick has CrystalClear Home, the water filtration system, Barry. Now, as a chef, you’ll be interested in this. Because if you have a CrystalClear Home water filtration system in your home, when you rinse those vegetables off and everything, you’re not getting any chlorine on them and you’re not getting any pharmaceuticals, which is in our drinking water, as you know, these days. You’re not getting chromium-6, you’re not getting arsenic. This is all the stuff that’s in the regular drinking water. But if you had a CrystalClear Home water filtration system, you could drink worry-free from every faucet in your home. You could shower worry-free because, you know, you ingest that chlorine in your body through its pores. Soaks that stuff in.

Rick: And through your lungs too.

Fitz: Through your lung…wow, I didn’t even think about that, Rick.

Rick: Yeah, it’s all aerosol.

Fitz: Okay.

Rick: So it’s in that steam.

Fitz: Okay. It’s in the steam, that’s right and you suck that in and you’re thinking you’re taking a nice healthy shower and you feel good. Lord knows what you’ve ingested. So as a chef, you should check out this CrystalClear Home water filtration system. It’ll actually make your food taste cleaner.

Man: What if I rent?

Fitz: What if he rents, Rick?

Rick: Well…

Fitz: Talk to landlord into getting…

Rick: Exactly. Start talking to that landlord and then take it with you when you go.

Fitz: There you go, and take it with you when you go. Talk to landlord. Because it’s a unit, they put it outside your property. And it even takes care of the landscaping as well. You use less water, less fertilizer. Makes your landscaping more vibrant green, and you know that salt leaching you see around the pool, those white spots and stuff, gets rid of that as well.

Man: I’m going talk to my landlord about that.

Fitz: There you go. All right, Rick. Did we cover everything?

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Rick: Well, yeah. I don’t have anything to say. I just kind of wanted to take a quick run-down of the five things that we do when we do a total property system.

Fitz: Right, the five points. I love this.

Rick: And you’ve really touched on them. My biggest passion is getting the chemicals and things out of the bath and shower water because that is the greatest area of exposure to the potentially harmful things. And it is aerosol and in the steam. So you’re right. You’re taking in through your pores and through your lungs. That’s a much more direct shot into the blood stream than me giving you a glass of water with that stuff in it, and you have at least…you’ve got the digestive track and the organs to do some filtering. But through the pores and lungs, that’s not good.

So we’re all about creating a chemical-free home living environment and bathing experience, that’s number one. And then you touched on it, the drinking water from every faucet. It’s chemical-free, we’ve addressed the heavy metals. It tastes great, it has the natural mineral content left in place and it’s slightly alkaline. So somewhere in our desert, maybe 7.6 to 7.8, slightly alkaline. It seems like the health care and longevity guys are on that path right now, that that seems to be the optimum for drinking water. So we wanna give that from every faucet.
And then, you know, we’re reducing the hard water issues throughout the interior of the home without a softener. Using a chemical-free, salt-free approach. Doesn’t create the slimy feeling like you can’t get the soap off.
It doesn’t require you feeding big bags of salt into it or any of those things, and it’s environmentally friendly. So that’s a great way to help protect the asset, protect your fixtures and appliances and get better results in laundry, and dishwashing and all of those things. So those are the kind of the interior things. I thought today I’d just take a second and talk about the last two things that we do in a total property system, and you touched on them.

The first one is landscape irrigation. When you have a total property system, you are able to, first, protect the infrastructure of your irrigation system, your bubblers and your control valves and all of those different things.

And secondarily, you’re able to cut back your water usage and your fertilizer usage. In big applications like golf courses that might be using 3,000,000 gallons of water a day, we can actually cut their water volume and fertilizer by about 40% and their pumping costs by somewhere along the lines of like 23 to 27%. It’s a tough nut for the golf courses because they have to come up with a chunk of cash.

But it ultimately will probably be something they’ll be revisiting, as we continue to deal with imported water and drought conditions and all that stuff. But on your landscape and your house and everything, like you said. Really what you see is everything is much more vibrant and kinda grows like crazy. It’s interesting – in a golf community, when you drive down the street, you see houses that have one of our systems and it’s kind of the me-too landscaping a little bit in the entryways and things. You’ll be able to pick ours out because all the green stuff has grown twice as crazy as everything else and you can really see it. So that’s very helpful also, to be able to cut that water volume back. With what’s going on with the restrictions, and especially Palm Springs is pretty tight right now. So that’s the benefit there.

Fitz: These are great points, Rick. I wanna go back real quick and just to emphasize, and this is something that we don’t really think about, but your pipes, a lot of places have old plumbing and old cast iron pipes and fixtures and stuff. And this is a great way, as you said, to preserve your infrastructure.

Rick: Absolutely, absolutely. Sorry, I was just taking a sip of good water there. But yeah, absolutely. Everything that you have and own, this helps to protect it and extend the life of it. And that kind of leads to the last or fifth thing, which you had touched on also, which is swimming pools. Nothing is perfect. Swimming pools are an art piece unto themselves, and they’re an open-air body of water, so you’re always gonna have some stainings and some issues.

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But by having the pool filled and continually re-filled with water through the system, we’re able to reduce the staining at the water line.

We’re able to actually protect that infrastructure, so the recirculating pumps and all of those different things, and reduce the staining at the spillways on the stack stone and all of those different areas. So that’s been quite an added benefit also. In fact, some people buy the system just to try to enhance the beauty of their pool and spa.

Fitz: You see that all the time. It’s frustrating for homeowners who have those beautiful stack stone and maybe paver walls and stuff around the pool and then they see all this white leaching and stuff. And that’s the beauty of CrystalClear Home is that you don’t have to deal with that.

Rick: Well, it really helps. It certainly dramatically affects the surface situation, where water sits on the surface and evaporates. There is this situation where the stone in the desert, water can leach underneath and then it actually wicks up through the concrete. And if the contractors didn’t put in a moisture barrier, then what happens is it comes up and it’s kind of interesting. It’ll create some spotting in the middle of nowhere and you’ll kind of wonder. You say, “We don’t have any sprinklers there. There’s no water there. Why do we have a spot there that looks like we have water?” That’s kind of a desert phenomenon. But I actually, in my house on the Coast, have concrete floors and we actually have that occur in certain areas at certain times of the year. So we’re super ultra conservative and wanna provide exceptional quality water and everything that we can do.

So we can’t deal with anything coming up, but we certainly can deal with stuff…surface-mounted…  And like you said, it’s sprinkler spraying on a wall, that’s kind of one more interesting thing to do when we wrap up. But it seems to me that everyone should be aware that using traditional sprinklers that spray into the air, and you drive by and you see all this mist and everything, how much of that water is really getting to the plant life. So it’s quite wasteful. There are rotary sprinklers now that use maybe 40% less water. When you have water ending up on a glass window or on a stone wall, as you mentioned or whatever, part of the issue there is to rethink your landscaping and get that water close to or on the ground. So all the bubblers and rotary sprinkler and things that are out right now. Just go to your Home Depot or your Lowes and ask them for that, you can change your heads out and you’ll save up a lot of water. And you’ll minimize the problems that occur, especially when water in the desert gets on the glass. That’s a real pain to remove.

Fitz: That’s so annoying. Rick, I’m going to lobby for you to change your name from Rick Allen to Rick Waterman. Okay? Because you are the water man. Okay?

Rick: I think that’s been taken, Fitz, but I appreciate it.

Fitz: I like Rick Waterman, I’m gonna have to lobby for that. 346-4850, that’s the number to call to get your own CrystalClear Home water filtration system. You can check them out online, crystalclearhome.com. As always, Rick, great information and a great time of year for people to look into this. You make the process so smooth and we’re going through a new installation of another place where we’re gonna have your product, which I’m excited about. We’re gonna talk about that when it’s all done and will be posting some pictures on Facebook and everything and show everyone that Wendy and I do walk the walk and talk the talk.

So crystalclearhome.com or 346-4850, ask for Rick. If he’s not around, he’ll get back with you and you’ll answer anyone’s questions. You know so much about this. I’m so impressed and the water is coming up in the conversation big time, with the drought and everything that’s going on with our water in the valley here. You are the water man. 346-4850, always a pressure, Rick. Once again, thanks for all your support and…

Rick: We’re gonna see you on Sunday. Aren’t we?

Fitz: Yes.

Rick: In a different capacity.

Fitz: Yeah. I’m looking forward to jamming with you in the Pinch Me! band at Pierce Street Annex, 17th Street in Costa Mesa for OC homies. If you’re around, come on by and have some fun. We’ll be there late afternoon.

Rick: That’s sounds great, Fitz. Looking forward to it and appreciate talking to you, as always.

Fitz: Thank you so much, Rick. Thanks for the support and we’ll keep spreading the word for you.

Rick: You bet. Thanks.

Fitz: All right, man.

Rick: Bye-bye.