IN 2009 water quality testing revealed that the quality of Baltimore City tap water was in the lower third of the United States. In the test, run by the Environmental Working Group , Baltimore ranked 69th, behind cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, and New York. The testing found that drinking water in the city contained 24 different contaminants as determined by an EPA study. Some of the contaminants related to the use of chlorine to decontaminate the city water, but at least one was the result of nitrogen runoff from fertilizer use. The city water tested above safe levels at least once for each of these 24 contaminants.
Studies like these provide reasons why city residents should install a home filtration system to purifiy their drinking water above the level created by the city tretment plants. To learn more about what system is best for your home, residents should contact a plumbing company that specializes in home water purification systems.
Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) is a gasoline additive that has been found to have serious health and environmental side effects. The additive can seep through gasoline station containment vessels and enter the surface ground water and subsequently contaminate wells. There were two separate incidents in Maryland, one in Hartford County and the other in Baltimore County. In both instances, well water was found to be seriously contaminated by MTBE, and residents in certain parts of Baltimore County continue to drink only bottled water. The cost of remediation is extremely high, which is why gasoline companies are reluctant to clean up the contamination.
Spills like these, which are at first unknown and insidious, are one of the reasons why it makes sense for any well water user to install a home water treatment system. A reverse osmosis system can filter out chemicals and impurities resulting from contamination such as this and can protect members of the household from other as yet unknown contaminants.
The Combi-boiler, heater and boiler merged into one unit.
American Ingenuity Finds Ways to Combine The Boiler and the Water Heater into One Device
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Title: American Ingenuity Finds Ways to Combine The Boiler and the Water Heater into One Device
Appliances, which blend the function of the boiler and heater into one device, have been popular, for many years, in England, The Continent and many other countries.
However, the combi-boiler, notable for its use of heat from the boiler to warm up the potable water, has yet to catch on in America. While the space saving combi-boiler
is more economical than the outlay involved in operating separate boiling and heating units, it supplies a limt of 2-3 gallons of hot water per minute when triggered, and therefore only meets all the hot water demands in a flat with one bathroom. This may explain why it isn’t as well liked in the United States as in other places.
Now, however, American ingenuity is tackling the problem and coming up with various ways that the functions of the boiler and heater can be combined, yet without diminishing the supply of hot water to the home. One of the more ingenious devices is the indirect storage hot water tank. This device is a tank within a tank. A steel non-corrodible hot water canister is set in an outer boiler hot water tank. Unlike older combi boilers, which shifted heat from boiler water to the hot water heater through a coiled loop, in the newer arrangement the hot water tank is immersed in hot water, so there’s a much larger area for heat transfer. As a result, when hot water is turned on in the abode, the incoming cold water is rapidly heated to a usable temperature by the surrounding boiler water.
The indirect storage tank not only provides the domestic hot water needs, it also
provides all the hot water for the space heating needs of the home. Therefore, the unit is an ideal choice for people who are already using hydronic heat exchange to heat their home.
I chatted with the owner of A-1 Plumbing of Baltimore, a plumbing firm that specializes in plumbing heating, about the appliance. He reported to me that the device is very sophisticated and very successful in meeting the hot water and heating needs of the domicile. He recommends it for people who need to get their boiler replaced.
According to the Director of A-1 Plumbing of Baltimore, the cost to purchase and install an indirect tank may range to $8,000.00 . The payback for the cost is the increased efficacy of the appliance both for home heating and for domestic hot water creation. The unit saves space and lowers the cost of heating for its many years of use. According to the plumbing company owner, the appliance is covered by a much longer warranty than traditional water heaters, often 10 years or longer, which is another advantage. factoring in all these pluses, the indirect heating tank is a competitive and highly energey efficient heating system for the dwelling.
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Bel Air, known as the “heart of Hartford County,” is a thriving town in the heart of a healthy agricultural community. Main Street is still the center of the community, and has metamorphosed into a paved road with stoplights, which runs past a patchwork of colonial style buildings standing shoulder to shoulder with modern brick stores and offices that are continually busy M-F 9-5.
The town derives its water supply from Winter’s Creek and two wells and processes it in a local treatment plant. From there the water travels in conduits to local water stations and from there to homeowners .A portion of the residents draw their water from local groundwater wells, and the quality is generally good. The city had had only two or three water violations in recent years, and they were all corrected within a month.
Through no fault of the city or the Hartford County treatment team, homeowners, whether well or city water users, should seriously consider installing a home water treatment appliance. With so many contaminants in modern water, even an occasional lapse of a month or two is enough to expose homeowners to potentially dangerous contaminants. Of greater concern, EPA protective laws only regulate a portion of the chemicals found in today’s water supply. And the levels of contaminants found to be harmful occasionally adjusted lower, which means that retrospectively, the public may have been exposed to harmful levels of chemicals for years together before the EPA takes new action. A home water osmosis filter or other hydro treatment system, depending on the local contaminants, can protect homeowners from changes in the water supply, or changes in the scientific opinion about what levels of contaminants constitute a danger to the public.
Most of the drinking water for the towns people of Bel Air comes from Winter’s Run, a tributary of the Bush watershed, and a couple of local wells. The water is then treated at a local treatment plant before being delivered to the public. Waste-water from the town of Bel Air is treated at a large state of the art treatments facility before being dumped into the Bush River.
The water in the Bel Air area is historically fresh and clean, and the town is looking ahead to the development of strategies to protect the water supply from contaminants that are the by-product of agricultural pesticides and factory runoff. Despite the best of plans, however, there are so many chemicals in drinking water today, that treatment plants, which are only regulated to remove a portion of the chemicals, can’t possibly be 100% effective in rendering today’s drinking water safe. That is why so many people are installing home water filters or home water treatment devices that will remove chemicals treatment plants are unable to get rid of. If you think installing a home water treatment system might be of interest to you, then you should contact a local plumbing company with expertise in this area.
Bel Air, Md. is preparing to protect the water supply, are you? With so many chemicals in use today, for pesticides, factory production, and materials used to create everything including well and water equipment, it is not surprising that the far seeing officials of the Bel Air, Md. government are developing a source water protection plan for Bel Air, Md. Officials involved in this project anticipate that concrete action must be taken to protect the Bel Air Water supply from contaminants.
Keeping in mind that there is frequently a lag time between problem development and public response, it is conceivable that the public will from time to time be exposed to harmful chemical, microbial and mineral contaminants in the well water supply. But you can personally protect your home and family with an appropriate home installed reverse osmosis filter or one of a number of home water treatment systems. Your choice of system should depend on the contaminant(s) currently found in your well water or expected to be found there based on the area you live in. To find out more about installing a water treatment device in your home, contact professionals who are experienced in the installation of home water treatment programs.
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Well water may be the freshest source of drinking water, especially if it comes from an underground stream of running water. However, with modern technology, well water can become contaminated by agricultural pesticides, contaminants in ground water, runoff from industrial and chemical plants, microbes, chemical components of metal well equipment, minerals in the water, and more. Unlike water from city treatment plants, well water normally enters the home unmonitored. What comes out of the ground is what you get. The question is can you risk the possibility that members of your household will be exposed to contaminants. The best way to alleviate this concern is to hire a water testing company to check out the quality of your well water.
There are many water treatment systems, and you can find out which one is right for you by testing your well water. Then consult with an experienced water treatment expert to find out which home water filtration and home treatment system(s) you need to properly cleanse your well water of contaminants. For your convenience, I have posted a list of companies that provide well water inspection and well water treatment in the Bel Air area.
Bel Air Water Inspection Companies
Aardvark Labs Water Testing Labs
, Bel Air, MD 21014 •
Water Treatment Company:
A-1 Plumbing of Baltimore
Bel Air, MD. Water Quality is rated 47/100 based on a complex EPA formula. If you live in the Bel Air, MD. and are concerned about your water supply, it is worth while consulting with a professional plumber who specializes in installation of home water treatments. More and more modern plumbers are involved in this field, and can educate you about the variety of home water treatments currently available.
Sources of Bel Air, MD Water. According to Maryland American Water The sources of water for the Town of Bel Air and portions of Harford County are Winters Run (a surface supply) and two (2) wells. Intakes along the banks of Winters Run bring water into the treatment plant. The water supply is part of the Bush River Basin with the watershed for Winters Run covering an area of roughly 35 square miles. Much of the watershed is agricultural.