Tag Archives: ecosystem

Salt-Based Water Softeners Slowly Killing Limited Water Supply

Salt-based water softeners are “old technology” water softeners that primarily remove “hard” minerals, like magnesium and calcium, from families’ drinking water. The process that removes these hard minerals is ion exchange, in which ions of the undesired minerals are swapped with those of sodium ions. The result is a “softer” water that allows detergents and…
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5 Good Reasons to NEVER Drink Bottled Water

As you might expect, at Enviro we’re not thrilled with prepackaged bottled water. In many ways bottled water is the antithesis of our commitment to the environment, public health, and sustainability. There’s no doubt bottled water is popular—America alone consumes nearly 9.7 billion gallons of bottled water a year, a figure that makes the multinational corporations…
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Flint is a Symptom of a National Crisis, Not an Anomaly

Two years … for two years the residents of Flint, Michigan, were exposed to lead-contaminated water while local and state authorities dismissed claims that the brown-colored, odious water pouring from city taps represented a health threat. Exposure lasted two years despite the fact evidence indicated a problem within weeks of switching from Detroit’s water supply…
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Santa Paula’s New Salt Water Softener Buy Back Program

Goodbye Salt! The City of Santa Paula, California banned the use of salt-based water softening systems, but estimates up to 1,200 households still use such systems, which release environmentally-damaging chloride salts into wastewater. Under a new initiative introduced in June of 2015, residents still using salt-based softeners can take part in a buy-back program offering…
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