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Hard water is water that has a high mineral content (in contrast with soft water). Hard water is formed when water percolates through deposits of calcium and magnesium-containing minerals such as limestone, chalk, and dolomite. Hard water is widespread throughout the country — more than...

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A water softener removes calcium, magnesium and other minerals dissolved in hard water to make it “softer”. Benefits include: soaps clean better & rinse more thoroughly, your skin & hair feels less dry and healthier. Water spotting & “scale’ build up is reduced on your sinks, tubs, tile &...

Water filters have been used throughout history to improve the aesthetics and safety of drinking water. Ancient writings from India and Egypt document practices that were followed to keep water pure for drinking, such as filtering water through sand and coarse gravel. The ancient Greek...

During California’s record-breaking drought, a rare bright spot is the water recycling innovations initiated by the Orange Country Water District (OCWD). According to OCWD Board President Shawn Dewane, speaking on December 1 on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water broadcast at VoiceAmerica.com, OCWD is...

Many Americans do not realize that recycling is a business with very slim margins. When they fill up their large recycling bins, that trash goes to a private recycler that sorts the materials and then attempts to sell at a profit. In recent years, as more...

Don’t be surprised if your efforts to cut back on your water usage are rewarded with a higher water bill.  What?  Yep, that’s right.  The Associated Press reported that “millions of Californians expecting relief on their water bills for taking conservation measures instead are finding...

Don’t over-water your landscaping. Water your lawn or garden early in the morning or late at night in order to allow the best chance of absorption instead of evaporation. Adjust sprinklers so that they don’t water the sidewalk or street. Don’t water on cool,...

Kitchen: Upgrade your dishwasher; the average dishwasher uses 9.3 gallons a load, but that high-efficiency models use only 5 to 7 gallons a load. Run your dishwasher only when full. Pre-rinse dishwasher loads in a bowl instead of under a tap; this will save you...

This winter in Southern California has been one of the wettest in recent memory, and it couldn’t have come at a better time! After suffering years of crippling drought, Southern Californians are seeing streams burst to life and wildflowers blooming in once-barren dessert landscapes. In...