Water Shortage Causing Concern Among Wine, Beer & Liquor Industries – USA

water shortage west coast usaBreweries, vineyards, wineries and distilleries are enjoying the growth of their fast-growing industries. Producing wine, beer and liquor are seeing consumer sales go up faster than producers can make. Overall, everything seems to be going well for these industries, but there is a major growing concern about a common ingredient that is threatening many beer, liquor and wine companies.

Grain, hops and grapes share one common denominator that all of them are competing for. That common ingredient is water. Farmers and viticulturists are running into problems trying to keep crops properly irrigated, as a result of the severe drought that occurred during the recent years. Viticulturists (grape growers), and farmers of hops and grain are competing for the same limited water resources. This will ultimately affect production, supply and demand, throughout many critical crop producing regions.

Just as water conservation is a major concern for various facets of the farming industry, it is an even greater concern for regular consumers. Be sure to check your home for leaks that could be sending your water bill through the roof each month. Here are a couple of items to help you conserve water in your home.

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Although there is a constant cycle of water that evaporates from the ocean – through the air – from the rain and then back to the ocean, about 98% of the water on this planet is in the oceans and thus unusable for human consumption, due to the salt content. This leaves approximately 2% of fresh water on the planet. In spite of the fact that water shortage is a growing concern with crops in many regions across the country, it is imperative that we get into the habit of protecting our natural water resources and use them wisely. Inevitably, our survival depends on it.

Dangerous Chemicals Found in Un-Filtered Tap Water

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“Should I filter tap water?” is a question that I get a lot. The answer is always yes. The amount of chemicals commonly found in tap water is alarming. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) there are over 2,000 contaminants that could be in your tap water. Some of the most dangerous tap water chemicals are:

Lead: Commonly entering tap water through corroded pipes, lead can cause great harm to your health. According to some studies, lead in drinking water can be especially dangerous to children and pregnant mothers. Studies through the years have also shown that lead poisoning can cause developmental delays and learning disorders.

Cryptosporidium and Giardia: Many point to these common types of protozoa for the cause of gastro-intestinal diseases. These contaminants will almost certainly end up in the water system when there has been a sanitation breakdown.

Chlorine: Perhaps the most controversial of the water contaminants, it also could be the most prevalent chemical found in the water system. It is commonly used for sanitation purposes to kill off any harmful bacteria in the water supply. However, according to healthguidance.org, it has recently been linked to some cancers such as breast cancer, bladder cancer and rectal cancers.

What can you do to avoid these problems?

It may seem like perfect sense to turn to bottled water, in fact, millions do every year. However, there are a myriad of issues with bottled water. The plastic that many brands of bottled water are shipped in contain harmful chemicals, such as BPA. Once these chemicals come in contact with the water inside the bottle, the chemicals become absorbed by the water. Once you drink it, you are ingesting harmful chemicals to your body. Even more so, bottled water is essentially tap water in a bottle. In fact, there are harsher restrictions against the water coming from your local water supplier than there is on bottled water companies. The best solution to avoid these problems is through the use of water filtration. Water filters act as an important barrier between you and the over 2,000 known chemicals in drinking water. Without this “road block” in place, harmful contaminants will have free access to your body including the organs, intestinal tract, and more.

What type of tap water filters should you use?

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This largely depends on the type of chemicals in your drinking water. Some areas experience better water quality than others. It is best to use a water test kit to see exactly what is in your drinking water in a convenient and inexpensive manner.

As for water filter options, there are no shortage to choose from. Water pitcher filters provide clean, filtered water on hand at all times in the convenience of a water pitcher. Refrigerator water filters are critical in reducing water contaminants before they reach your body. Whole-house water filters provide filtered water through the entire house, which means clean water running through your faucet, shower and more. Faucet filters are convenient and so are reusable water bottle filters for filtered water wherever you are.

Reverse osmosis filtration is currently the highest quality filter system that you can use to remove dissolved contaminants from your water.  The price per gallon of a reverse osmosis system is just penny’s per gallon, and is a great way to drink and cook with healthy water.

Have any questions? Feel free to leave your question in the comment selection below and I will be glad to assist you.

The Differences Between MERV Ratings – MERV 11 Recommended

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Have you ever thought about what type of air filter you are picking up for your home? I’m not talking about the brand you are getting, but rather the MERV rating that you are getting. The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (or MERV) rating is a rating system used to compare filters made by various manufacturers. MERV ratings will range from 1 (low efficiency; minimum filtration) to 20 (highest efficiency; highest filtration).

For most household uses, the highest MERV rating used will be MERV 13 filters. Keep in mind that a MERV rating higher than 13 could negatively affect some HVAC systems, so it is advisable to verify that your unit can handle a higher rating before you make your purchase.

According to Alex Hertzog, our in-house air filtration expert, MERV 11 filters are recommended.

“The MERV 11 air filters remove a higher percentage of contaminants in the air that will increase indoor air quality and maintain the efficiency of the HVAC unit. It is also highly recommended if there are pets in the home, which can greatly reduce the air quality in your home.”

The chart below shows what you can remove from your air with MERV 8, 11 and 13 filters.

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FiltersFast.com has a solution in various MERV ratings. For your home however, the better option is the FiltersFast MERV 11 air filters. Guaranteed to effectively reduce dust, pollen and other allergens from your indoor air, you will get a quality air filter without paying a high price. Verify the size that you will need and place your order. Use our Auto Delivery system and get 5% off and the convenience of having a replacement air filter sent to your home at your own frequency.

The FiltersFast MERV 11 represents a better option for your home than a MERV 8 and lower. Know the MERV rating you are getting and what it will filter out from your air.