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Healthy Pools and Spa's

Offensive chlorine smell, foggy water, algae problems and mineral build-up can lead to high maintenance fees. If your pool or spa suffers from any of these problems, we have the answer... HydroFLOW is an environmentally friendly, non-invasive, easy-to-install solution that will greatly reduce the time and money you normally invest in pool and spa maintenance. Using a 150 KHz sign wave to propagate a decaying signal into the water. This sign wave will charge the negative and positive ion of calcium and magnesium in the water and they will cluster in suspension not on the walls of your pool. The HydroFLOW water treatment system disinfects de-alkalizes and conditions water without the use of costly chemicals. Fine particles in the water flock together, and are filtered or flushed out of the system. Bacteria and algae control for pools & hot tubs The HydroFLOW system helps municipal pools save money by reducing the need for expensive chemical treatments to combat algae and bacteria. Algae buildup is a costly problem, requiring expensive clean-up programs and creating high operational costs in recreational and residential swimming pools, spas, water features. HydroFLOW can reduce operational costs and extend the life of your equipment. This is a healthy solution for your clients, children and family. Here are some of the things that HydroFLOW will provide…

  • Improve the clarity of the water in the pool
  • Kills bacteria and algae, reducing chemical use by as much as 60% Prevent limescale build-up and reduce scum lines
  • Reduce the duration and frequency of back-washing by 3-5 times. SAVES WATER Reduce energy and maintenance costs
  • Reduces acid for ph control Eliminates the need for flocculants HydroFLOW Will:
  • Improve the clarity of the water in the pool
  • Kills bacteria and algae, reducing chemical use by as much as 60%
  • Prevent limescale build-up and reduce scum lines
  • Reduce the duration and frequency of back-washing by 3-5 times. SAVES WATER
  • Reduce energy and maintenance costs
  • Reduces acid for ph control
  • Eliminates the need for flocculants

Iron and Sulfur Bacteria Issues

Iron Bacteria
Iron bacteria are generally more common than sulfur bacteria because iron is abundant in ground water. Iron bacteria are oxidizing agents and combine iron or manganese dissolved in ground water with oxygen. A side effect of the process is a foul smelling brown slime that can cause unpleasant odors, corrode plumbing equipment and fixtures,
and clog well screens and pipes. If conditions are light, the bacteria can grow at amazing rates, rendering an entire well system useless in just a few months. Signs that may indicate an iron bacteria problem include yellow-, red- or orange-colored water; rusty
slime deposits in toilet tanks; and strange smells resembling fuel oil, cucumbers, or sewage. Sometimes the odor will only be apparent in the morning or after other extended periods of non-use.
Sulfur Bacteria
There are two categories of sulfur bacteria; sulfur oxidizers and sulfur reducers. Sulfur-reducing bacteria are the more common. Sulfur-oxidizing bacteria produce effects similar to those of iron bacteria. They convert sulfide into sulfate, producing a dark slime that can clog plumbing. Sulfur-reducing bacteria live in oxygen-deficient environments.
They break down sulfur compounds, producing hydrogen sulfide gas in the process. The distinctive “rotten egg” odor of hydrogen sulfide gas is the most obvious sign of a sulfur bacteria problem. Hydrogen sulfide gas is foul smelling and highly corrosive. As with odors caused by iron bacteria, the sulfur smell may only be noticeable when the water hasn’t been run for several hours. If the odor is only present when hot water is run, sulfur-reducing bacteria could be building up in the water heater. Blackening of water or dark slime coating the inside of the toilet tank may also indicate a sulfur bacteria problem. Iron bacteria and sulfur bacteria contaminations are often difficult to tell apart because the symptoms are so similar. To complicate matters, sulfur reducing bacteria often live in complex symbiotic relationships with iron bacteria, so both types may 

be present. Fortunately, both types of bacteria can be treated using the same methods.
Prevention with a HYDROFLOW SYSTEM The Hydroflow system kills bacteria 99.99%.
HYDROFLOW is best solution for both iron and sulfur bacteria prevention.

 

What does hard water do to our homes...

What hard water does to our homes:

  1. Unsightly white scale on tub, faucets, sinks and countertops
  2. Decreased water flow efficiency throughout the entire house
  3. Increased of possibility issues in plumbing and drain pipes
  4. Water flow blockage for faucets, showerheads & refrigerator ice-makers
  5. Reduced energy efficiency & service life of dishwashers, washing machines and water  heaters      
  6. Water spots on dishes, glassware and silverware
  7. Weak soap lather makes cleaning skin, hair and clothes more difficult
  8. Increased soap costs; higher water and energy bills

What are the solutions?

  1. Water softeners, they waste water and have maintenance and ongoing costs.
  2. Hydroflow, no water waste, maintenance or ongoing costs. 

Not all Carbon is created equal

 Not all carbon is created equal. NAS systems use medical grade carbon 06.27.14. By “medical grade” carbon NAS is acknowledging there are different grades of carbon used in filtration. Typically home whole house systems use a 8-30 mesh activated carbon. Carbon that is used in “dialysis” uses 20-40 mesh which is more expensive. 20 to 40 mesh carbon has a larger surface area for an equal amount of carbon. NAS uses the 20-40 mesh carbon used in dialysis (i.e.: medical grade)In addition the NAS filter uses a 13 x 54 inch tank(14.3 cubic feet capacity NAS uses 2.5 cu ft of carbon suitable for filtering 3,750,000 gals of water). In order to get the maximum life from the carbon, it should be back-flushed periodically.This is to re-bed the carbon and avoid water channeling. This accounts for a 10 - 15 year life. The back-flush cycle on the NAS is set for our water starved climate to use only 88 gals every 10 days. The back-flush water is perfectly good...I discharge my NAS unit to my tomato garden.” When buying filtration it is important to look at the cost of ownership...

 

Silica

 The Effect of Hydropath Technology on Silicates

This is a brief description on the effect that Hydroflow has on Silicates, and particular the difference between this and the effect on calcium carbonate.

To summarize, Hydroflow will both prevent new Calcium Carbonate scale from forming on the pipe, and also remove existing Calcium Carbonate scale. Hydroflow will also prevent Silicate-based scale from forming on the pipe, but cannot remove existing scale.

Prevention of New Scale:

Scaling in pipes can be due to a range of different compounds. One of the most common of these is Calcium Carbonate (Limescale) but there are a range of others. One such family is the Silicates, (compounds containing silicon rather than carbon). In both cases, the minerals are in a dissolved form in the water as positively and negatively charged ions. Hydroflow technology acts to create clusters of ions. These clusters are groups of dissolved ions that are still in solution but nevertheless have some structure, and act as precursors to crystals. This means that when the water becomes supersaturated, the clusters act as “starting points,” and the crystals form in suspension in the water, rather than as hard “scale” on the surface of pipes and equipment. This process is based on the ionic nature of the crystals, and therefore this effect applies to any scale formed from ionic crystals. Hydroflow can prevent the pipes scaling due to any type of ionic crystals, including Carbonate Scaling and Silicate Scaling.

Removal of Existing Scale:

When dissolved calcium and bicarbonate ions come out of solution and crystallize, they release carbon dioxide into the water. This makes the water able to dissolve the existing Calcium Carbonate scale. This release does not occur with silicate-based compounds and therefore Hydroflow cannot remove existing silicate scale.

Combined Silicate and Carbonate Scale

In practice, the scale in many systems is formed by a combination of both carbonate and silicate scale. This means that what often happens in practice is that the silicate scale is formed in a matrix of carbonate scale. Therefore removing the carbonate scale can sometime remove the silicate scale. However, whether this happens or not depends on a range of factors, including the relative amounts of carbonates and silicates, the rate of deposition etc. For this reason, although we can in practices remove combined silicate-carbonate scale, we cannot guarantee this.

 

Steamy bath or shower

How wonderful to step into a refreshing hot, steamy bath or shower, where we get to relax and unwind from the stress of the day. Most of us perform this ritual on a daily basis without a thought about what we are bathing in. Is there something to be concerned about?  The answer, unfortunately, is YES,  if we are showering in El Paso’s water—or  any other municipal water for that matter.

It may be wise to take a closer look. Municipal water is treated to protect us from bacteria and make it safe to drink; however, most of us wouldn’t dream of drinking unfiltered tap water. So if we don’t want to drink unfiltered water, maybe we’d be better off not bathing in it either. Many of the chemicals used to treat municipal water are, in fact, known carcinogens. The water we bathe in DOES affect our health.

Our skin is our largest organ: Whatever it comes into contact with will be absorbed. Worse, when water is heated—as it is when we bathe—90% of the chemicals in it turn to steam, which we breathe in. These vapors go directly into our blood stream. Exposure to chlorine through inhalation and skin absorption has been directly related to many health issues.

What is the solution? Believe it or not, installing a whole-house filter for the removal of chlorine and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Contaminants) can be less expensive than filtering your drinking water. Our whole-house system requires no maintenance for 10 -15 years (using El Paso’s water). Do the math: How much do we spend on bottled water and filters each year? Multiply that by 10 years and compare prices.

Filtering ALL the water in your home makes sense.  You deserve to drink and bathe in clean, healthy,  chemical-free water.

Saving El Paso's Water

El Paso water users are encouraged to conserve water by changing our water habits. El Paso has some of the highest rates in the country for high-volume users. Natural Aquatic Solutions has the ability to lower the amount of consumable water in commercial buildings, pools and on athletic fields. The City of El Paso offers rebates for residential and commercial savings with low flow toilets and faucets. 

El Paso's Water

Water, one of El Paso’s most precious natural resources, is also one of its leading environmental issues. In El Paso, as public awareness of the importance of protecting El Paso’s water aquifers increases, so too does the realization that many of the “accepted standard practices” of the past are no longer appropriate to conserve and protect water for the future.

One example of these outdated practices is the salt water softener, for years the accepted standard for treating hard water. High chlorides are now appearing in El Paso’s ground water as a result of the salt softener brine discharge. Where salt contaminated ground water is used for crop irrigation, salt softeners are being banned for the negative impact they have on our water tables. Fortunately, advances in water treatment technologies continue to be made giving us many environmentally safe alternatives.

There are now environmentally acceptable solutions to the many water quality issues that face El Paso's residents today. Natural Aquatic Solutions is at the forefront of providing economical and effective solutions to all clients who care not only about the quality of their water, but about the environment as well.

Saving Texas’ #1 Resource: What is our state government doing?

Here at NAS, we recognize that there is nothing more important than safeguarding our precious water—Texas’s #1 resource—WATER.

Clean water is the life blood of our communities and the environment. Water is essential for growing our food and hydrating our bodies. Most Texas rivers, streams and lakes are now at their lowest-ever points. After years of drought, the people of Texas are paying close attention to how we use water. What steps can we take to move into a healthier, more environmentally conscious place?

As we become more aware, we see that many water-treatment systems once considered the norm are now outdated. They’ve been replaced with technologies that protect our environment without wasting water.

It’s time to take a closer look at what the State of Texas can do  to require commercial and municipal building to lower the amount of water they use. Here’s an example of how we can save water.  A typical 500-ton cooling tower (which uses water to remove hot air from large buildings) runs 14 hours a day, uses 12 gallons of water a minute, and will blow down 300,000 gallons of water per month. If one of our Hydroflow Systems were installed on the cooling tower, the commercial or municipal building would save 150,000 gallons of water andat least $1,000 per month. With the installation of sidestream filtration they can save 285,000 gallons of water and $3,270.00 per month on one cooling tower. The typical return on such an investment is usually six to 12 months. Given that Hydroflow has a 35-year design life, we think this is a great investment opportunity.

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