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Know Your Water (Blog)

Welcome to our blog. This is where we at PerfectWater™ write and post articles covering rainwater harvesting and water purification. We will do our very best to provide interesting and helpful content; and as a cornerstone, content that you can trust.

From the Archives: Rainwater Reliance 2015

From the Archives: Rainwater Reliance 2015

A case study of a family living in a home with rainwater harvesting as the sole-source water supply. Franklin, TN Aaron and Rebecca Howald of Franklin, Tenn., are busy professionals — she an attorney and he an executive for a national building products company. Their...

What’s in Your Nashville Municipal Water?

What’s in Your Nashville Municipal Water?

Are you one of the 83% of people of people in America that use municipal water? Here's another question, how many times do you turn on a water faucet in your home every day? Water is a life essential that we probably don't give a second thought to if we're honest. We...

How to Recognize a Water Specialist

How to Recognize a Water Specialist

Have you considered getting water purification before, but then been overwhelmed with the many water treatment dealers in your area, not knowing the difference between any of them? You are not alone. The problem with water treatment is the lack of education and...

An Overview of Residential Rainwater Harvesting

An Overview of Residential Rainwater Harvesting

We take a look at rainwater harvesting as a whole - here's a complete overview. Rainwater Harvesting: Take Control of Your Water Rainwater harvesting is emerging as an intelligent option for water supply in residential, commercial, and agriculture applications, and it...

Knoxville and Nashville Residents – What’s in Your Well Water?

Knoxville and Nashville Residents – What’s in Your Well Water?

Many people in the United States use well water as the primary supply of water to their home. Wells are beneficial for two primary reasons: First, they don't cost anything (other than the cost of the pump and drilling ). Second, they allow homes without access to...

5 Steps to Whole-House Water Purification for Your Home

5 Steps to Whole-House Water Purification for Your Home

If you own a home or are building a home, and your water will be supplied by a municipal water utility, this article is for you. Everyday, water is used in a home for drinking, washing, cooking, bathing, and more. It touches so much of our lives - our bodies, clothes,...

All Things Considered, Is Bottled Water Good?

All Things Considered, Is Bottled Water Good?

In this article, we take an in-depth look at bottled water. Primarily, the quality and downsides of bottled water. Just because water is bottled, doesn't necessarily mean that the water is safe and healthy to drink. There are numerous methods used to filter water, and...

Integrated Drinking Water Purification for Your Home

Integrated Drinking Water Purification for Your Home

If you are building or considering building a home, this article is for you. Integrated drinking water purification throughout your home is an amenity that you do not want to pass up.   What is Drinking Water Purification? Drinking water purification is the...

Key Takeaways from the Safe Drinking Water Act

Key Takeaways from the Safe Drinking Water Act

What is the Safe Drinking Water Act? Does it ensure the water you and your family use and drink is safe? In this article, we take an in-depth look at questions such as these regarding the Safe Drinking Water Act. According to the United States Census Bureau, the...

How Do Water Softeners Work?

How Do Water Softeners Work?

Water softeners use a process called "ion exchange" to remove the hardness minerals (calcium & magnesium) from water. It does so by exchanging sodium ion for the hardness minerals.How Do Water Softeners Work? Here's a step-by-step of how water softeners work: Hard...

5 Common Myths of Drinking Water Purification

5 Common Myths of Drinking Water Purification

The concern of drinking water purity is growing. So naturally, the need for education is following suit. Water filters and bottled water are now commonplace with the rise in awareness that what is in our food and water is also entering our bodies. But how do we...

6 Myths of Water Softeners Debunked

6 Myths of Water Softeners Debunked

Have you ever thought about getting a water softener but then been turned away by something negative you heard? More times than not, the information you are hearing is either incomplete or false entirely. This article takes a look at those most common myths standing...

The Benefits of Reverse Osmosis

The Benefits of Reverse Osmosis

This article lays out the benefits of reverse osmosis drinking water purification.The Benefits of Reverse Osmosis Here are a few benefits of reverse osmosis purified drinking water: High-Quality Drinking Water - Pure. Healthy. Free of chemicals and contaminants. No...

A Comprehensive List of Common Municipal Water Contaminants

A Comprehensive List of Common Municipal Water Contaminants

What's actually in your city water? This article shows the regulations in regards to your city water and what can end up in it despite current regulations.About 286 million Americans use and drink municipal water every day. Do you? Have you ever thought about what is...

Why You Want Chlorine-Free Water in Your Home

Why You Want Chlorine-Free Water in Your Home

Chlorine is a commonly used disinfectant in municipal water filtration. In fact, many people can smell the chlorine that is in their water, when taking a shower, for example. They certainly can after using chlorine-free water for a week or two. Let's talk about...

6 Ways Hard Water Impacts Your Life

6 Ways Hard Water Impacts Your Life

Have you ever heard of hard water or soft water? It is the difference between water that contains certain contaminants. Most water that comes from a municipal water supply is hard water. Are you using a municipal water supply? Did you know that the water you use every...

Residential Applications for Rainwater Harvesting

Residential Applications for Rainwater Harvesting

Most people in the U.S. have their water supplied by municipal water sources. And if not, well water is the second most common water supply for residences.  There is another water supply that most are probably not familiar with, or may have not even heard of it! Allow...

Commercial Applications for Rainwater Harvesting

Commercial Applications for Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting is not only for residential applications, water needs in commercial and industrial processes can cost thousands of dollars a year, not only that, but rainwater harvesting helps new construction comply with stormwater regulations in retaining...

How to Live Off the Grid with Rainwater Harvesting

How to Live Off the Grid with Rainwater Harvesting

Considering living off-grid? Water is a very important resource to remember - rainwater harvesting may be the solution for you!Living Off-Grid Planning to build your home outside of any municipal water zones? Or maybe you just like the thought of being...

The State of Rainwater Harvesting

The State of Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting is evolving as a relatively young industry, but it is growing fast. Right now, all around the United States, rainwater harvesting is supplying thousands of people with potable water, as well as other water using processes in commercial realms....

DIY Rainwater Harvesting – Yes or No?

DIY Rainwater Harvesting – Yes or No?

Let's talk about rainwater harvesting and DIY implications. To DIY or not DIY If you're reading this post, it probably means that you aren't afraid to dive into projects head-on, and I think that is awesome. The ability to be self-reliant is one of the benefits of...

Rainwater Harvesting Laws You Need to Know About

Rainwater Harvesting Laws You Need to Know About

Rainwater harvesting as a primary water supply is a relatively new idea and industry. Therefore, the laws around rainwater harvesting can be a concern. As of right now, the federal government does not regulate rainwater harvesting at all, but rather, leaves it up to...

The Rainwater Harvesting System Process

The Rainwater Harvesting System Process

This article takes an in-depth look at the system process of rainwater harvesting as the primary source of water in a residential application.The Process - Simple or Complex? The basic principles of rainwater harvesting are rather simple, catch rainwater, store it,...

Understanding the Rainwater Harvesting Storage Ecosystem

Understanding the Rainwater Harvesting Storage Ecosystem

There's more to rainwater harvesting than some components put together - let's look at the ecosystem that helps tie it all together. System Process Each component and process of a whole-house rainwater harvesting system is critical. Rainwater storage is no exception....

Roof Types for Rainwater Harvesting

Roof Types for Rainwater Harvesting

Does it matter what type of roof you use for rainwater harvesting? If so, why? And what roofs are best for rainwater harvesting? Here is an in-depth guide to roofs for rainwater harvesting that answers these questions and more.Why are roof types important for...

Everything You Need to Know About Rainwater Harvesting Storage

Everything You Need to Know About Rainwater Harvesting Storage

This article lays out everything you need to know about rainwater harvesting storage.Rainwater Harvesting Storage A key component of rainwater harvesting is storage. It is the largest part of the system, grabs the most attention (or least, see In-ground), and is...

Independence Day

Independence Day

  In Congress, July 4, 1776.   The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America   When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to...

The History of Rainwater Harvesting

The History of Rainwater Harvesting

When did rainwater harvesting begin? Was it a primitive water source? Why is it no longer a common source? These are questions that I have when thinking about the history of rainwater harvesting. You may remember your grandfather talking about the old rain cistern on...

The Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting

The Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting

This article lays out the benefits of rainwater harvesting. From water quality to on-site storage, the benefits are numerous!Rainwater Harvesting Rainwater harvesting is emerging as an intelligent option for water supply in residential, commercial, and agriculture...