Friday, 23 September 2016 14:08

How Small Businesses Can Cut Costs

Written by Aqua Pump

We all know that when it comes to owning a business, you want your Connecticut business to be as profitable as possible. In order to do so, we have to practice “smart spending,” or putting our dimes and nickels into where it really counts for our businesses to grow. While this is very important for the future of your business, it’s equally as important to take a look at where you could potentially save some extra dollars, so that your business can be more profitable. Today, we wanted to give small business owners everywhere a few of our best tips on how you can save some extra money so that your business can thrive. After all, we love to support shopping locally here in Stafford as well as throughout Connecticut, so let’s do our best to put small businesses back on the map. 

Lower the Cost of Debt

Debt can build up fast if you let it, but not if you have the right strategy about paying it off. When it comes to debt, the way you can save money is to avoid interest in whatever ways possible. Our advice is to list out all of your debts that your company owes, then work on paying the minimums on the lower cost debt, and focus more on paying the debt that has high interest rates.

Negotiating

When it comes to vendors, you should always check up with at least three vendors for products or services your company needs to purchase. By having multiple options, you’ll be able to shop among your choices for the best bid, which will make the negotiation process a lot easier to manage. Remember, not all deals will come through in the end, but you never lose anything by trying. 

Prepay Your Expenses

This is something a lot of business owners may not have considered, but you can actually save money by prepaying for your business expenses. By paying for your early year expenses the previous December, the expenses will fall on the previous year’s taxes instead, and that will allow you to take the deduction for those expenses twelve months earlier. Not to mention, if you use a credit card to pay your expenses off, the transaction likely won’t hit your account until the new year anyways. It’s smart spending folks!

Go Green

Yes, make the digital shift with your business. While it may seem trivial, “going green” is a great way to cut down on office expenses overall. Not to mention, you’re doing mother nature a huge favor if you can make your business go paperless! You can also look to save energy in the shift of going green as well, and that will surely help your business expenses as a whole. This will take some creativity, but it is surely achievable. 

Bundled Services

There are services that your business simply cannot go without, but in order to save money, you can bundle those expenses. Things like internet, phone, fax, and cable if need be, can all be bundled into one bill to help you save money. Likewise, if you run multiple businesses, you can also bundle your insurance expenses as well. 

There are plenty of more ways that you can save money with your Connecticut business, you just have to add an extra touch of creativity or research to help bridge the gap. If you can think of any other ways that your business can save money that we didn’t already mention, we’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!

Friday, 26 August 2016 12:45

Water System Engineering

Written by Aqua Pump

Yes, there are many factors that come into play when it comes to water systems engineering, and making all the right choices along the way is highly important. Here at Aqua Pump, we pride ourselves in our water systems engineering, and we can be your trusted advisors when it comes to well pumps and installations. When we take a look at water systems engineering, right off the bat, we that vertical turbine pumps as well as submersible pumps are specially engineered for the task at hand, and there are many individual factors that determine which pump could be best suited for a specific job. Let’s take a look at some of the details.

The first thing we consider is which turbine bowl we should be selecting when we work on a water system. We look at the specific applications that the turbine bowl will be used for, how often it will be used throughout the day, and how much use the turbine bowl will see on an annual basis, as well. After that, we take a look at variable speeds or flow pumps if they are suitable for your water system’s needs, how much time in a day that each unit is estimated to operate as well as the life span or even the efficiency of the unit we’ve selected. 

After we finish up with the turbine bowl selection, we also take a look at the discharge head. This is the point where the column of your water system, or the vertical riser pipe, attaches to the horizontal discharge pipe. First, we look at whether it will be a usual cast-iron discharge head, but they can also be made of fabricated steel for higher heads or deeper sets. After that, we make sure to apply the proper sealing of the discharge head, but we won’t get into too much detail there. 

Next up, we select the proper driver, which is usually mounted to the discharge head. Usually, this consists of a vertically mounted electric motor that is directly attached to a pump, and also drives that specific pump’s usage. That, or we may use a right angle gear drive, which can convert power from a horizontal source into vertical pump rotation. Now, we could potentially use a combination of both for special occasions, and in this instance, we could have the motor drive switch over to the gear drive automatically in the case of a failure too. 

With all this being said about water systems engineering, how does it affect you, the customer? Well, long story short, we are your trusted professionals, and we can help break down your specific situation so you can better understand your general water pump or water system needs. In fact, not only will we make things easier for you, but we’ll get you the best products suited for your specific situation, instead of just trying to sell you on one specific brand’s vendors. We make the right choices for the best interest of our customers, and if you need help with your water pump or water system, give us a call today at 1 800-642-0420, toll free!

Friday, 19 August 2016 13:09

The ZIKA Virus - What you Need to Know

Written by Aqua Pump

If you haven’t already heard about the ZIKA virus, then we’re glad you stopped into our blog, because we want to inform as many people as possible. Yes, this virus is serious, as the World Health Organization has already ranked it a “public health emergency of international concern,” which we’ve seen in the past with the H1N1 pandemic as well as the Ebola outbreak back in 2014. What exactly is the ZIKA virus though, you might ask?

Some people infected with the ZIKA virus may not show symptoms, and others may show mild symptoms. The symptoms that this virus can cause include fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain, and headaches. Symptoms can last any from a few days to a couple of weeks, and once a person is infected one time, they will likely be protected from any future infections of ZIKA. So what makes this virus so risky? 

There are a few things to keep an eye open for when it comes to the ZIKA virus. If a pregnant woman is infected with the virus, her baby could have a birth defect in the brain, which is called microcephaly, and other severe brain defects as well. There could be defects of the eye, hearing deficits, or even stunted growth. There are also some signs of Guillain-Barré syndrome in some people that get affected as well.

Avoiding Infection

There are many ways that this virus can be spread, unfortunately. One of the most common ways that it can be spread are through mosquito bites. If a mosquito bites a person that is infected with the ZIKA virus, then bites into another person who is not affected, they will catch it. This is especially dangerous for outdoor works, and OSHA has even gone out of their way to give recommendations for keeping outdoor workers safe from ZIKA, but we’ll talk about that in a minute. Generally speaking though, employers should be warning their workers about the risks of being exposed to ZIKA to keep their team safe. 

Generally speaking, to avoid infection, you’ll want to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, and treat your clothing/gear with permethrin. When it comes to using insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites, you’ll want to use one of the EPA registered insect repellents, and it must have one of these active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. Make sure not to use insect repellents on babies less than two months old though, as it could be harmful for them. At home, you’ll want to stay in cooler areas, especially with air conditioning, and keep all windows and doors shut or screened off so that insects can’t get in. Lastly, make sure to use protection during intercourse, as ZIKA can be transmitted sexually as well. 

We hope that this information has helped, because the more people we can help prepare, the more we can prevent the virus from spreading worse than it already has. If you are infected, be sure to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, take medicines to reduce fever, avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, and talk to your healthcare provider about any further medications that you should be looking into. Remember, knowledge is power, so be sure to share this blog with your friends and family so that we can stay prepared together! 

Saturday, 13 August 2016 11:59

Friend or Foe: the Oxidation Reaction

Written by Aqua Pump

Everyday, oxidation happens all around us. Depending on where it happens though, the results of oxidation could either be beneficial or harmful to the surroundings. We wanted to take a brief moment to discuss oxidation within the water industry, because we’ve heard some interesting stories from the Water Well Journal surrounding whether oxidation is a friend or foe to groundwater, which directly affects our industry. Before we dive into it though, what exactly is oxidation? 


ox·i·da·tion

  (ŏk′sĭ-dā′shən)

n.

1. The combination of a substance with oxygen.

Provided by Dictionary.com


Yes, oxidation is when oxygen unites with another substance, but could this be beneficial or harmful to groundwater? Let’s take a deeper look. 

Over time, chemists discovered that oxidation does not necessarily always require oxygen in order to take place. Sometimes it can simply be a transfer of electrons between two elements or ions, where one substance can lose electrons to an oxidizing agent. Now, after this was established, scientists established the “oxidation state” of each of the known elements. This means that as elements react with other elements, electrons are transferred, and the oxidation state of the elements changes. There are many types of oxidation reactions that can occur, but let’s look at some of the few most common. 

One of the most common reactions that can take place is within fire or combustion, because heat and light are generated due to an electron bond breaking .The smoke that is produced from a fire would be considered the oxidized product of this specific reaction. Another common oxidation reaction is found in respiration, or when life forms breathe. We start by inhaling oxygen, but we exhale carbon dioxide. The oxygen we inhale is used to oxidize organic nutrients in our body that is found in our foods, and the yield from this oxidation reaction is energy that we use every day.

Now that we have a bit more of an understanding of oxidation reactions, let’s look at how it affects groundwater, specifically within corrosion. Corrosion happens when a material deteriorates due to the interactions the material experiences with the surrounding environment. Many forms of corrosion that take place within the groundwater industry are a result of the electron transfer process between materials, causing one of the materials to deteriorate. There are many types of corrosion though, one of which that we observe in the groundwater industry that is directly affected by the absence of oxygen. This form of corrosion is called concentration cell corrosion, and it can develop underneath deposit buildups on structures or equipment that can cause severe damage. Periodic removal of this buildup can reduce this type of corrosion from occurring, but it is still something we have to keep a close eye on. 

There are also microbial influenced or induced corrosions that can occur as well, and this can include the production of acids or enzymes. This can cause degradation as well, and is most commonly found when bacteria oxidizes with iron. It could be a residual problem with water wells as a result, and is another thing that we as water professionals keep an eye on periodically. 

Now, oxidation is not just a bad thing for the groundwater industry though, because it does have some positive effects as well. We can use oxidation to help with testing water or improving water quality. It all started back when Dr. John Ryznar had created the “Nail Test.” With this test, a nail is placed in a glass containt with aquifer water and then observed over a 24 hour period. If there was a chemical reaction that caused the water to discolor, we knew there needed to be some disinfection of the water supply taking place. Over time, we have been able to develop disinfection processes that need the application of oxidation chemicals, so within this scenario, oxidation is a very good thing. 

At this point, we have various oxidation chemicals available within the groundwater industry, including hydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate, bromine, and more commonly found, chlorine. These agents all help us with water cleanup and disinfection, this way we can keep our families healthy and safe. At the end of the day, oxidation is a close friend to us here in the groundwater industry, providing us with safe disinfection profits and other residual benefits. When it comes to water cleanup, disinfection, or if you’re looking for a free water test, you can count on the team here at Aqua Pump. To get your water tested for free, give us a call at 1 800-642-0420.

Friday, 05 August 2016 13:17

Drought in CT? The Importance of Conserving Water

Written by Aqua Pump

We recently have hit a statewide drought advisory for Connecticut’s current water condition. This means that moving forward this summer, the conservation of water will be incredibly important. While this is our current water condition here in Connecticut during August of 2016, the state of water condition may change. For live updates, you can always check the U.S. Drought Monitor directory for more information.

 

There could be many negative effects of drought if things were to get serious. Economically, farmers could lose money from destroyed crops, businesses that depend on crops/livestock could suffer, businesses with boating/fishing equipment may see a decline in their numbers, and water companies may have to spend money on new or additional water supplies. Don’t worry though, we’ll always have your back if you have an issue with your water. A drought could also affect the environment as well though. We could see the loss/destruction of wild fish habitats, some wildlife migrating, increase stress on endangered species, poor soil quality, and more.

 

Droughts generally speaking result in a lack of rain or other forms of precipitation, and by now, we’ve all experienced the lack of rain first hand. Here in Connecticut, we haven’t seen any water precipitation with the extreme temperatures we’ve seen lately, but hopefully it won’t last too much longer for the sake of our state. With the weather being against us recently, it’s incredibly important that we begin to conserve water, as you may have already seen in the news.

 

So what can we do? Well, as we mentioned, water conservation is incredibly important. Here are some ways that you and your family can practice water conservation to keep Connecticut in a good state for the time being:

 

  • Take baths instead of shower, or have a shower bucket.

  • Turn off the sink when you brush your teeth and/or wash your hands.

  • Don’t flush the toilet over excessively, only when you need.

  • Fix any leaks in any of your plumbing.

  • Re-use liquid to boil pastas.

  • Take shorter/faster showers.

  • Don’t run a dishwasher and/or washing machine unless they’re completely full.

  • Access your water in early morning (the cooler temperatures will mean less water evaporation and you can store it for later).

  • Fill up your sink with soapy water when hand watching an excessive amount of dirty dishes.

 

We hope you practice safe water conservation, and if you ever have any troubles with your water, give us a call any toll free at 1 800-642-0420.

Thursday, 23 June 2016 15:29

The Oil and Water Industries Came Together for Drought Relief

Written by Aqua Pump

Unlike anything we've heard of before in the past, we recently heard about how one oil rig crew in California came together with water well rig professionals to unconventionally aid with drought relief. California, was recently in a bit of a dry spell, but one team, headed by Scott Belknap in Dinuba, California, figured out a way they could help.

After having a conversation with a salesman of Atlas Copco named Joe Beloso, Scott Belknap was able to learn that a piece of equipment called the Atlas Copco RD20 could be used as a water-well drilling device. Traditionally speaking, the RD20 is a 120,000 pound powerhouse and is fully capable of pullback strong enough for the oil fields, but it turns out that the RD20 is also compact enough to take on municipal water wells and agricultural water wells too.

Beloso got on the phone with his colleague, Ray Kranzusch after their talk, who connected Beloso with some of the top RD20 hole contractors in the oil and gas industry, and from there they developed a mutually beneficial solution for both the water and oil industries.

"Although RD20s were developed for presetting casing in oil and gas projects, Kranzusch says their use in other applications is not unusual, ranging from ventilation shaft drilling and creating grouted pilings, as well as drilling water wells," as explained to us by the Water Well Journal.

That being said, the crew was able to put the RD20 to work with no extrenuous amount of additional time or training, as they would normally with unfamiliar rigs. While working under a water well contractor, the crew was able to use a reverse circulation technique with the RD20 while making the transition.  It was a perfect situation, since Scott Belknap is quite familiar with the area, since his family has lived in California for almost 100 years.

Belknap told the Water Well Journal that, "We don't need a map to tell us 7 miles that way, you'll be drilling in 'Old Faithful,' getting 1000 gallons per minute, but 10 miles this way, you'll be lucky to see 20 gpm."

With his knowledge of the land's agriculture and his connection with the local community, his history within the area helps Belknap get his done easily and efficiently. At the end of the day, the switch from drilling into water wells instead of drilling into oil patches was simple and effective for this crew using the RD20 and reverse circulation techniques. All in all, the cooperation between the water and oil professionals was great for the agriculture of this California town, as well as for some of California's driest areas, and even more drillers are showing an interest in this new innovative technique.

Although we normally say that water and oil don't mix, this tactical solution to drought relief in California shows us that when great minds come together, anything is possible. 

Friday, 20 May 2016 13:33

May is Drinking Water Month!

Written by Aqua Pump
May is Drinking Water Month!
That's right, one of our favorite months of the year is May because it is National Drinking Water Month! We hope you and your families have all been consuming healthy amounts of water, because water is very healthy for the body and has a wide range of benefits, and for any and all things water related, you can count on Aqua Pump to be there to help!
 
Do you realize just how important water is for our bodies though? Water actually takes up about 60% of our body, and by drinking water, you'll be able to maintain a healthy fluid balance and the hydration levels you need to get by. Not to mention, drinking water also helps the body with maintaining a healthy digestive system, regulating the temperature, and getting nutrients to the right places at the right time. 
 
Water can also help out with controlling your calories too! There may be many diets or regimens designed to help out with cutting calories, but truth be told, consuming healthy amounts of water is directly linked to weight loss. Speaking of which, if you're burning fat and sweating it out at the gym, water is especially important for you in order to stay hydrated and have the energy you need to maintain your exercises. Without it, your muscles could get tired, so it's important to drink enough water to help keep you moving forward.
Water can also help out with several areas of your body's health. First of all, it is a fatigue crusher. Water can help with dealing with fatigue even more so than coffee, because tiredness can be heavily caused by dehydration. Speaking of health benefits, water also helps with maintaining healthy kidney function, because our kidneys have to process up to 200 quarts of blood on a daily basis, and they need enough fluids to be able to clear the waste that we don't need in our body. Other than that, water is a disease fighter, because it provides strength to your immune system to help you recover from disease or sickness. 
 
Lastly, water can have some great benefits to help with boosting your productivity. Water can help with pain prevention, because cramping muscles or aching joints can occur if your body is dehydrated, and that could potentially slow you down. Also, water helps you focus, and a glass of water here and there will help you with feeling refreshed or staying alert throughout your day. Additionally, water is considered a brain booster, because a study conducted in London actually had students take tests with and without drinking water, and the students who drank water came out with better overall scores.
 
So now what? Well, the amount of clean water that you need to consume in a day is debatable, but experts say that anywhere between 9 and 16 cups a day will help all of the benefits that we listed above. If you're not sure about the quality of your water, or if your water is clean and clear for drinking, Aqua Pump is here to help! Remember, the characteristics of water can change with the seasons, and if you have any concerns, you can always ask us for a free water test to make sure you're all set. To get your free water test, call John Rossi at Aqua Pump at (860)-508-9124, or feel free to email John directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!
Friday, 06 May 2016 15:50

New to Flowmeters? We’ve got you covered.

Written by Aqua Pump

Haven’t heard of a “flowmeter” before? Not a problem, Aqua Pump is here to help! A flowmeter is a device that has the ability to measure the amount of liquid passing through it, so for our use, that would be the amount of water passing through it. This is important, because these measurements are related to the material’s density, which is fully dependant on the conditions of the material, which could be directly correlated to the quality of your water.  There are different types of flowmeters, some used for measuring vapor and gas, or even other forms of liquids, but we’ll just focus on flowmeters used to measure water for all intents and purposes.

 

So why are flowmeters important to you, the customer? Well think about this: depending on the quality of your water, as well as have the ability to monitor how much water your system is pumping over time. Flowmeters can be complex, but not if you have the right help from a professional. It’s our job to help you select a flowmeter, make sure we meet all the right installation requirements for your situation, read and record the meter’s rates, and even operate or control the system from a distance. This allows us to monitor water systems to ensure they are working properly, and that your water isn’t having any major issues.

 

The flowmeter allows us to track the instantaneous rate that water is flowing through your system, so if there are any irregularities, we’ll know right away. The sooner we discover a problem, the faster we will be able to come up with a solution, and avoid any long term damage. Not only that, but we can even monitor the overall total volume of water that you are using overtime. If you had any issues with your bill or water system, we could monitor your water system’s activities to help come up with the most optimal solution.

 

Basically, this all ties back to the fact that we want to be your trusted industry experts for any all things concerning your water and well systems. If you have a problem, we want to have the right technology in place and meet up with the latest industry standards and techniques to provide you with fresh water on a daily basis. For any and all issues concerning your water system, give us a call today!

Friday, 22 April 2016 13:37

The Flint Water Crisis, EPA Standards, and Obama’s New Water Budget

Written by Aqua Pump

If you haven’t already heard in the media by now, Flint, Michigan is in the middle of what we’d like to call a serious water crisis. There is huge controversy and a debate on whether or not Flint’s water meets healthy drinking standards. Government officials are trying to cope with the public as a whole, but for the most part, the people are not having it because they truly believe the water is unhealthy to drink on a regular basis. The problem with Flint’s water is that the lead levels are much higher than most areas, and now, The Lead and Copper Rule, which dictates that amount of lead that is allowed in order for water to be considered healthy drinking water, is now under consideration for revision in response to Flint’s crisis. The full details on the crisis can be examined in the video below:

flint play video

There is now pressure on the EPA to raise healthy drinking water standards, and although the The Lead and Copper Rule was not set to be revised until 2017, there is a good chance now that it could be revised much sooner. Even officials in the state of Ohio are calling for the revision of this rule, especially after the town of Sebring, OH also had a surplus of water that was not considered healthy for drinking by the current regulations. The head of the Ohio EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Craig Butler, has actively called for the citizens of Ohio to test their own water on their own accord. He says that 60 days is far too long for a resident to go without realizing they could be consuming lead-contaminated water, and urges the local citizens to test their water today instead of waiting.

Now, the country is turning to President Obama, who is in charge of the water budget moving forward into the new fiscal year. Obama released a $4.1 trillion budget in February for the fiscal year of 2017, where he takes a stand in his case on energy and environmental friendly initiatives. $260 million of this budget is set to go toward activities that specifically boost the data and research focusing on these water issues, as well as $88 million being handed to the National Science Foundation to help them understand and increase the overall U.S. water supply.

What does this mean for us here in Connecticut, or the future of the water industry? Overall, the people in charge are responding pretty positively to the problems that have been put into focus surrounding the water crisis in Flint, which is great for our industry. This means there could be healthier drinking water standards on a national basis, which is in fact a good thing. These problems shouldn’t affect us locally, but remember, if you ever have even a doubt or concern in your mind on the quality of your water, you can get your water tested for free! Aqua Pump is here to help, with all needs, worries, or issues surrounding water here in Connecticut. 

Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:18

The Water Industry is Going Green

Written by Aqua Pump

Get this: each person, on average, uses about 120 gallon of water in just one day. For a family of four, this could mean using about 480 gallons in just one household per day, and for a family of five, that's going to be upwards of 600 gallons a day.

Shocked yet? We imagine you might be with numbers like that. The thing about the water industry, though, is that the marketing and selling of “going green” is nothing new to our space. At first, it almost seemed like going green would just be a fad or phase that would pass, but we can proudly say that the industry is always looking for ways to be more efficient and more green-friendly.

Here’s something else you should think about. With a one horsepower motor on your water pump at $0.13 per kilowatt-hour, with a 10 gpm pump, you would spend roughly $5 per month to provide water to a four-person household. That being said, we’d also like to mention that this could be compared to a cable bill, which is (on average in the United States) roughly $98.15 a month (data comparison provided by Water Well Journal). This is shocking. It only costs $5 a month to provide water to a family with the water industry’s initiatives to go green, yet we can spend nearly $100 a month on cable at the same time. That’s a deal you simply can’t pass up.

The only alternative to a point-of-use private well system would be to have longer lines of pipe that could deliver water from a community-based water system. Unfortunately, the problem with that is that it could be a heavy cost if leaks were to happen, and it could even use more energy just to move the water along. Point-of-use water systems have become efficient in their delivery for just about anything, and that’s including water. With technology on the rise in our industry, and the leaders of our industry focused on making our processes and procedures more green friendly and efficient, we are proud to say that the water industry is always changing for the better.

Thursday, 07 April 2016 13:17

The Ever-Changing Water Industry

Written by Aqua Pump

The Ground Source Heat Pump Market’s New Standards

That’s right, there’s a new standard in place for ground source heating water pumps, and it’s good news for everyone.

“A binational standard for the design and installation of ground source pump systems for commercial and residential buildings has now been published by CSA Group, a leading American National Standards Institute and Standards Council of Canada accredited developer of standards, codes, guidelines, and personnel certification programs.” – Water Well Journal

Long story short, this standard is official, and came into place after stakeholders everywhere called for the standardization through a neutral third party, to set guidelines for installation and design of these ground source heat pump systems. But what does all this mean exactly?

Well, for the water experts, it means that we have new standards to follow when dealing with these types of systems.  These standards are meant to “harmonize the differences between existing resources, simplify referencing in regulations and contract, incorporate the latest advancements, clarify compliance using standards language, and provide credibility through an accredited neutral standards development process," as also stated by the Water Well Journal.  Not only that, but both the NGWA (National Ground Water Association) and the IGSHPA (International Ground Source Heat Pump Association) have taken the initiative to enter an agreement, specifically a signed memorandum of understanding, which will strengthen the relationship between these two organizations to support the new standards for ground source heat pump systems.

So what does this all boil down to for you, the customer? Essentially, these changes are a very good thing for anyone that has a ground source heat pump system. The process will be safe, streamlined, effective, and efficient. With new technology coming into play, regulations in place, and standards that set the tone for the work that needs to be done, we can assure a job well done by making these things a requirement for any and all professionals dealing with these types of systems. The water industry has once again taken another step forward, and we expect it to continuing to make these types of advancements moving forward. Aqua Pump has already taken the initiative to incorporate new trends and technologies into how we conduct our business, and when it comes to any and all things water related, we are here to help.

To learn more or ask about your water system or water supply, concerning any problems and/or issues or questions you may have, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-642-0420!

Thursday, 17 March 2016 08:19

New Technology Hits the Water Industry

Written by Aqua Pump

We live in a day and age where technology makes rapid progressions, and for the water industry, that’s no different! We’ve seen a lot of new technology hitting our industry in recent times, and that allows us to solve your problems either quicker, more efficiently, or more easily. The water industry is thriving, and is positioned on several ongoing trends, one of which is predominantly the evolution of water technology, even right here in Connecticut.

Let’s take a look at how these changes have affected our industry more recently, one of which is the development of the VFD, or a variable frequency drive. Prior to the development of this device, water motors and pumps were started by a QUD, also known as a quick disconnect. The quick disconnect was only made up of two parts, being a relay and a capacitor. Nowadays, the QD is being replaced by the VFD, which is made up of several of hundreds of components that allow the VFD to do the same job, but more efficiently. Although both of these devices are used to start the motor and pump, you’ll notice an immediate difference in the constant pressure of your water if you install a VFD, and trust us, the pressure is great compared to the QD! By using a VFD, we can get your water pressure almost equivalent to that of city water, even if you have a private well at your home.

Aqua Pump has taken the initiative in implementing new technologies in how we service our customers, because we want to provide the best possible solutions for any and all water related issues. By implementing this new technology, we are adapting with the trends of the industry, and have even taken the time to hands-on train our employees on how to technically support this new technology as well. If you’d like to see how new technology in the water industry can help you, give us a call here at Aqua Pump with any questions you may have at 1-800-642-0420.

To keep up with changing trends in the water industry, check back on our blog again next Thursday, where we will go over the changes in residential wells!

Thursday, 10 March 2016 16:00

Get your Water Tested Today for Free!

Written by Aqua Pump

Here at Aqua Pump, we believe in providing fresh water solutions for the local residents here in Stafford, as well as all throughout Connecticut.  There are many things that can factor into water not being fresh, clean, or properly maintained, but you can leave that to us, the professionals in everything pertaining to water!

Here’s the thing, you could have hard water, iron in your water, pH issues with your water, or there could even be manganese in your drinking water, and there’s a good possibility you may not even realize it to begin with. If you have any concern about the quality of your water, we are here to help.

Our professional, John Rossi here at Aqua Pump, is ready to give you a free water analysis and consultation service. To schedule your free water test today, give John a call at 860-508-9124 or reach out to him by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

To learn more, visit our homepage, or check out our about page as well! When it comes to any water related issues, you can count on the professionals here at Aqua Pump to help out!

Thursday, 03 March 2016 13:40

Have you Heard about our 24-Hour Emergency Service?

Written by Aqua Pump

Have you heard about our 24 hour service?

Where would we be without water? There would be no way for us to get clean, no way to grow fruits or vegetables, no way to even survive, and there wouldn’t even be life on earth. Water is the one thing that allows us to keep moving forward as a human race by providing us with life. From cooking, washing, to recreation, we understand the importance of water and its great uses.

That’s why we have a 24-hour emergency service, 7 days a week, all year round. Our normal hours are 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday where we will be happy to service all of your needs for anything related to water. But, what about in the case of an emergency? What if your water stops working altogether? Or if your water tank is making loud, alarming noises in the middle of the night that you don’t understand?

That’s where we come in. With our 24-hour emergency service, you can reach out to us at any time you need to for emergency situations. We’ll connect you with a real person, and help you through your issues or problems to the best of our ability, and service you as soon as possible. All we ask is that you make sure it is absolutely urgent before calling us after hours.

Our emergency number for calling in after-hours toll-free is 1-800-642-0420. Just as a reminder, our local call-in number for scheduling appointments or asking for help with problems during the day is 860-668-4379, and you can give us a call at any time!

For all issues pertaining to water, we are here to help!

 

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Thursday, 25 February 2016 15:58

Potential Health Risks of Contaminated Water

Written by Aqua Pump

As you can imagine, there are a lot of health risks that can come with drinking contaminated water.  Sometimes, contaminated water can from an unprotected water source, such as a river or a stream, but that’s the more obvious cause of ingesting contaminated water. What a lot of people don’t immediately realize is that if you aren’t testing their privately owned well at least three times a year for contaminates, then you could be at risk. For those of us who have a municipal water supply as in a city or town water source, then it’s already regulated. But, if you own your own private well, then you may want to read further about avoiding water contaminate risks.

Health Risks Associated with Contaminated Water

There is a variety of health risks associated with poor water quality for your water supply. If you drink contaminated water, the risks could be anywhere from minor physical illness if it’s not that severe, but when it’s more serious, it could result in deathly illnesses.  Some effects may be noticed immediately, while others can take a long time to trigger, even years, so you won’t even know there’s anything wrong. This can include stomach illnesses, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or general nausea, and the effects can be more or less extreme depending on the type and amount of the contaminant, the person’s age or health, and how much or how long the water was consumed.

Contaminated water isn’t always easy to spot, either. Sometimes it is odorless, has no irregular taste, or no extra color in it. Sometimes contaminated water can look brown, or generally discolored, and it’s a little more obvious that it’s not clean. The risk isn’t always easy to point out though, and contaminants found in the water can include nitrates, herbicides or pesticides, E. coli, or even total coliforms, all of which could be serious health risks if consumed.

So the question we need to ask is this: how do we avoid the risk of contaminated water altogether?

How to Avoid Contaminated Water

If you have a municipal water supply, as in your town or city supplies your water, then they are already regulating your water for you. The best way to make sure your private well water isn’t contaminated though is to get it tested regularly, and we suggest having up to three or more tests done per year to assure your water isn’t contaminated. Testing water can be complicated, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals to assure that your test can be done both easily and efficiently, and have the most accurate results. If you’d like to schedule an appointment to get your water tested, please give us a call at 1-800-642-0420 to assure the health of you and your family! If you’d like to learn more about how Aqua Pump can deliver you clean water, visit our services page to learn more.  

Thursday, 15 October 2015 16:35

The Western Drought Continues

Written by Brian Curran

Chances are you may have heard about the water shortages in California. Residents have been asked to limit their water usage by not washing their cars or not watering their lawns. We won't get into those celebrities who complain about the request, and who continue to maintain a prefectly green lawn at their multi-million dollar mansions. However, the drought is real. Perhaps nowhere is it more visible than at the Hoover Dam and the body of water it holds back, Lake Mead.

Lake Mead is the main water source for Las Vegas, and serves as an accurate representation of just how dire the situation has become. Water levels there are the lowest they've been since 1937. However, there are no plans to enact any water usage restrictions for any of the seven states in the Colorado River Basin at this time. But experts do believe that should the drought continue, there will be restrictions put into effect in 2016.

The bad news doesn't end there. The regional water authority is undergoing two, huge tunneling projects – to the tune of $US 829 million of ratepayer money. One tunnel at the lake bottom that will be completed next spring and the other tunnel as an emergency connection between existing intakes. This is a drastic measure to be sure, but it is meant to ensure that the 2 million residents of southern Nevada can still drink from Lake Mead while it continues to recede further into the desert.

Wouldn't it be great if we could devise a way to transport all of our snow out west?

You can read the complete story at the EcoWatch website.

Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:08

What Connecticut Can Learn From The Western Rivers Contamination Problem

Written by Brian Curran

If you have been following the news, you've probably heard about the contaminated western rivers from the abandoned Colorado mine last week. As the latest npr.org article states, "It's been a week since a toxic flood of heavy metals, arsenic and other materials from the Gold King Mine spilled into the waterway, turning it a vibrant mustard color."

The Threats Connecticut May Face

So what can Connecticut residents learn from this incident? While our state is not known as a "mining" state, Connecticut is full or agriculture and industrial areas, which can pose the same threat.  As we have mentioned in many other blogs, the location of your home should promote annual water testing from homeowners all around. There are no mandatory regulations for Connecticut homeowners, so it's up to residents to get their water tested each and every year.

Contamination can come from businesses such as farms, industrial mills and other businesses who use chemicals, fertilizers and other possible contaminats that pose the potential risk to enter the ground from water run off and threaten the safety and health of drinking water from wells.

Aqua Pump has proudly served Connecticut and residents with their water testing needs for over 40 years. Along with that experience, comes the knowledge of possible threats and issues homeonwers have in each and every town.

For more information or to contact Aqua Pump for a water testing appointment, contact the team at (860) 684-5349.

Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:01

More Services Offered To Connecticut Resident

Written by Brian Curran

While the name Aqua Pump has been heard throughout so many Connecticut households for over 40 years, our company has expanded and offers more services and products than ever before.

YES! We do water...but take a closer look:

TOWNS WE SERVICE:

Andover, Ashford, Bolton, Brooklyn, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, Cromwell, Danielson, Dayville, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Franklin, Glastonbury, Granby, Haddam, Hamden, Hebron, Lebanon, Manchester, Mansfield Marlborough, Norwich, Pomfret, Portland, Putnam, Scotland, Somers, South Windsor, Stafford, Storrs, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, Windham…

So, in short, our company services throughout Connecticut!

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

For starters, your water and its overall health and condition. Water can be affected by pH level issues, odors, hard or soft water, bacteria, iron and everything in between. Aqua Pump can help with water purification, neutrilizers, filters and other solutions to make your water safe and healthy for you.

Certified Operator Program from Aqua Pump is designed to help businesses who require strict regulations and mandatory requirements.  Some of those include:

  • Day-to-day operation of your facility to keep your system in full compliance with CT state regulations
  • Collection/overseeing the required water testing mandated by the CT DPH
  • Maintaining the equipment of your water system such as; storage tanks, well pumps, booster pumps and filtration equipment
  • Keep accurate records of water analyses, repairs, maintenance and so much more.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:29

Free Water Test Week

Written by Brian Curran

Are you unsure about the quality of your drinking water? Aqua Pump will be available throughout the local community to help provide you and your family with clean and safe drinking water. Simply stop by one of the designated establishments below and sign-up with a member of the Aqua Pump team.

No need to bring us a water sample. We'll come out to your house FREE of charge.

We'll be at these businesses:

ACE Hardware
641 Main Street (RT 190)
Somers, CT 06071
TUESDAY, JULY 14

Gramma's Comfort Foods
452 Stafford Road (RT 32)
Mansfield, CT 06268
FRIDAY, JULY 17

Star Hardware
Tolland Stage Road (RT 74)
Tolland, CT 06084
SATURDAY, JULY 18

We look forward to seeing you!

Many homeowners dont realize that the suggested water testing is once a year.  Since there is no mandatory regulations in place, it is up to the homeowner to schedule and maintain these tests on their own.  So how and why is it so important to have water tested annually?

First off, many hidden dangers and elements in water can come as a huge surprise considering many dont have warning signs.  You could be drinking water that is contaminated and not know it.  While we always encourage yearly testing, here is more of a reason to get household water tested:

  • someone in your household is pregnant or nursing
  • there are unexplained illnesses in the family
  • your neighbors find a dangerous contaminant in their water
  • you note a change in water taste, odor, color or clarity
  • there is a spill of chemicals or fuels into or near your well
  • when you replace or repair any part of your well system

In addition to the situations where testing is advised to do so more frequently, you can do your own inspection as well for possible contaminants just by understanding your surrounding area.

  • is there livestock close by?
  • are pesticides being used on nearby agricultural?
  • do you use lawn fertilizers near the well?
  • is the well located near a road that is frequently salted or sprayed with de-icers during winter months?

Aqua Pump is proud to offer water testing services in Connecticut for both houshold and businesses with our Certified Operator Program.  For more questions or to schedule a test, contact our team at (860) 684-5349.

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Businesses throughout Connecticut that supply water to customers and employees often times require specific testing and monitoring guidelines suggested by the DWS. Due to the strict regulations and constant monitoring needed to stay within regulations, A Connecticut Certified Operator such as Aqua Pump can handle that.  Certification applicants like Aqua Pump must meet a combination of education, experience and examination requirements to become certified.

So who needs a Connecticut Certified Operator such as Aqua Pump?

Certain types of companies that supply water to employees and customers do require someone to take care of their water to protect the people of Connecticut. We offer services if you are looking for a Certified Operator. We take care of public water supplies needs such as Water testing, filtration service, weekly/monthly/quarterly testing, reporting to Connecticut Department of Public Health - Drinking Water Section, and so much more. We offer excellent customer service to any questions you may have on your well system for your Connecticut business.

What Are The Responsibilities Of A Certified Operator?

With this program, Aqua Pump will handle the details needed to keep CT Businesses within regulation with this program including the following:

  • Day-to-day operation of facility to keep system in full compliance with CT state regulations
  • Collection/overseeing the required water testing mandated by the CT DPH
  • Maintaining the equipment of your water system such as; storage tanks, well pumps, booster pumps and filtration equipment
  • Keep accurate records of water analyses, repairs, maintenance and so much more.

As the Department of Health unveils new and updated regulations for businesses around the state, Aqua Pump has now released their Certifited Operator Program to help businesses manage their water supplies and regulation requirements.

For more information, please contact Aqua Pump at (860) 684-5349 to talk to one of our Certified Treatment Plant and Distribution Operators.

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While many of us are counting our lucky stars that we dont live in California and dont have to worry about water shortages, this doesnt necessarily mean that we wont be facing the same issues in the future.

As the CBS news story states, "Water experts say groundwater is like a savings account – something you draw on in times of need. But savings accounts need to be replenished, and there is new evidence that so much water is being taken out, much of the world is in danger of a groundwater overdraft."

Unfortunately, Califonia has some of the best land for growing crops and agriculture. So while they continue to determine the best route to go, everyone in the United States will feel the immediate effects of drought if and when crops fall victim to the very dry weather.

And as the story also states another terrifying fact:

"A 2012 report from the director of National Intelligence warned that within 10 years "many countries important to the United States will experience water problems… that will risk instability and state failure…" and cited the possible "use of water as a weapon or to further terrorist objectives." So what can we do? It starts with us and being aware of the situation at hand.  

Aqua Pump has written several blogs in the past about conserving water that we all could read over as a simple reminder. It comes down to basic, simple awareness steps to ensure we have clean water for years to come.  For more information or ways to conserve, please look over our other great blogs on our website! For more information on ways to ensuring healthing, clean drinking water in Connecticut, dont heistate to contact our team at (860) 684-5349. Aqua Pump is proudly located in Stafford Springs Connecticut, serving the entire state of Connecticut. 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 16:01

What Is The Culprit When Your Water Smells, Looks or Tastes Like This?

Written by Brian Curran

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At ony time or another, we all have encountered water that either smelled differently, tasted differently or even looked differently. Depending where you are in the State of Connecticut, each one of these sense categories can be affected.

So what is it when your water smells, tastes or even looks different? Our guide below should be able to resolve some confusion. However, with any of these, we always recommend that you have your water looked at by an Aqua Pump professional to ensure that your water is clean and healthy to ingest.

My water looks:

Cloudy well water: Cloudy well water could be the product of several problems and/or causes. While we have written many blogs about this in the past, the best course of action is to call Aqua Pump if the water continues to show cloudiness after it has come out of the faucet and has had time to settle.  

Read more about cloudy well water here: 

http://www.aquapump.com/friends/9-water/115-question-of-the-week-what-does-cloudy-well-water-mean.html

http://aquapump.com/news-events/10-connecticut/161-why-is-my-well-water-cloudy-aqua-pump-s-monthly-q-a.html

My water smells:

Rotten Eggs: Most likely this is sulfer that is finding a nice spot inside your well water. This smell is subtle and you wont miss it when you smell it.

Swimming pool: This means that you have high levels of chlorine in your water.  

There are other smells that people recognize such as very natural, earthy smells, which should notify the homeowner to have the water looked at as soon as possible. Often times, this can mean a source of bacteria and could be a health hazard to you and your family. Your senses should guide you to concern, especially in this instance.

My water tastes:

Like Metal? If so, there is a good chance your water containes metals such as dissolved lead, manganese, copper, arsenic, mercury, etc.

Salt Water? If you water has that taste of salt water (never a good taste), it means the threat of possible sulfate or bacteria in your water. Again, in any instance, you always want to get your water tested in case there is a larger threat.

While the indicators above can help close in on a particular water change, Having your water tested annually is highly suggested, since Connecticut Homeowners are responsible for their own water testing.  

Aqua Pump has proudly served the entire state of Connecticut and can help you determine what threats are more prevelant in your CT area. For more information, dont hesitate to contact our team at (860) 683-5349 to schedule your testing today!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 13:28

Could Drought Play A Factor In The California Earthquakes?

Written by Brian Curran

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In a previous blog, we talked about earthquakes and how they affect well water and other water sources. However, after doing a little research, what if the lack of water could be playing a role in earthquakes?

According to theguardian.com, the lack of groundwater might be playing a rolde in earthquakes. As they state, "A new study, published in Nature on Wednesday, said groundwater depletion in California's Central Valley – the heart of its agricultural industry – is putting additional pressures on the fault, and promoting the chances of an earthquake."

With the California population continually growing, the chances of ground water be replenished is becoming more and more difficult.  With this growing problem, the fault lines will continue to have pressure placed on them.

Earthquakes are a reminder that natural changes in our environment and earth can and will affect our drinking water, making testing that much more important. While we may not have earthquakes at the same magnitude like West Coast locations, even small earthquakes can change your well water. If your area has been affected by a earthquake, make sure you contact your local CT water company like Aqua Pump for more information, steps to take and possible water testing.

We will continue to think of those affected by the most recent Southern California earthquake and will continue to monitor water tables here in Connecticut and the East Coast. Our fault lines and data can teach us so much about water changes and future potential threats.

For more information, feel free to call Aqua Pump at (860) 684-5349.

Have you ever wondered what happens to the massive amounts of salt used on the roads during the winter?? It certainly travels during the thawing months of Spring. Unfortunately, New Jersey may find out the consequences of the salt.  

The fact is, when the snow melts, surface water such as lakes, ponds and rivers receives much of the salt from the roads. Not only will this affect fish and other wildlife, humans may taste the repercucussions also.

As NBC Local states, 

"Many people may already find that their tap water tastes a bit unusual - even salty - and the situation could get worse.

So significant is the runoff of sodium chloride as this punishing winter draws to a close that some water companies have warned customers their tap water could contain elevated sodium levels - a concern for those on a salt-restricted diet."

Why haven't they treated? They go on to say, 

"The company's water quality director, Anthony Matarazzo, said the company did not typically remove the chemicals from its water because "the amount from the runoff is less than the intake found from salt in a regular diet."

For those who are restricted amounts of salt, hospitals using dialysis and other medical issues have been warned. In these instances, changes to water softeners will be needed and applied to offset the influx of salt.

So while New Jersey is already feeling the side effects of winter, Connecticut or other states could also feel the same. For homeowners, its important that you have your water tested especially in issues such as this where our environment has shifted and had major changes such as a hard winter.

For water testing in Connecticut, questions or to learn more, feel free to check out the rest of our website at www.aquapump.com or call us at (860) 684-5349.

 

In recent days, roughly 42 water tested wells have come up positive for Uranium. The additional testing had been issues after Uranium and Arsenic had been tested positive in other communities. At this time, the other communities have not been specified, this is just one more alarming reason why homeowners should have their well water tested annually.

As NBC Connecticut states "Residents with wells that test positive for uranium at levels above the accepted norm are urged to stop drinking and cooking with the water until it can be treated. According to city health officials, residents can use a filtration system. A reverse osmosis system or an ion-exchange system are recommended by the officials."

The health risks from Uranium and Arsenic can be serious and long-term, meaning, the side effects don't always arise early on.

Regardless of taste of water, residents are responsible for testing and are urged to test once a year. Aqua Pump has been a leader in water testing throughout Connecticut and you can contact us to schedule a water test as well as answering your questions and concerns.

Contact us today at (860) 684-5349 to schedule or discuss more about water filters and water testing in Connecticut!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 21:10

Aqua Pump Family Attends Dana-Farber/Jimmy Fund Event: Chefs For Jimmy

Written by Brian Curran

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On Friday January 24th, The Nigro family attended the annual "Chefs Fo Jimmy- Cooking For The Gold" event supporting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

Dana-Farber and supporting the fight against cancer has always been important for the family and friends of Aqua Pump. The annual Chefs For Jimmy fundraiser has always been hugely successful as 30 of the top restaurants in the area come together for an evening of food, drinks and fundraising support.

In 2013, your support at "Winning the Game of Life" with Chefs for Jimmy helped raise more than $83,000 toward research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

2014 CHEFS FOR JIMMY PHOTOS HERE

It was an honor to be a part of such a wonderful and powerful evening as we all continue to help the fight against Cancer. Our hope, along with everyone who has been affected by this horrible disease, is to one day, find a cure for this horrible disease.

On behalf of our family, friends, we would like to thank Dana-Farber and the Jimmy V Fund for all that they do against this selfish, selfish disease.

Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.
Jim Valvano

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Have you ever wondered who checks the water at your favorite restaurant or school to make sure it's safe for you to drink?

When it comes to Connecticut locations such as a facility, business or location such as a school, there is a Certified Operator checking the water for the personnel and public safety. When it comes to water that is used by the public needs to be at the highest level of quality. When water is being consumed by a larger population, its essential it is constantly monitored and maintained.

This is where a Connecticut Certified Operator at Aqua Pump comes into play. As the Department of Healthstates, the Certified Operator facilitates the following:

  1. ensure that qualified personnel are operating water systems;
  2. Distributing pertinent operator information through a newsletter.
  3. minimize public health concerns;
  4. develop public trust & confidence in drinking
  5. improve compliance with regulations;
  6. optimize operation costs;
  7. protect the system’s equipment

Knowing a company such as Aqua Pump with Certified Operators on staff is a benefit! Our company proudly serves hundreds of facilities throughout the state of Connecticut. As a small business, we have our Certified Program layed out for our customers so they always interact with the same Operator, understand that our company takes the pressure off of them, but most importantly, conduct business in a professional and affordable manner.

Whether you are opening a restaurant, public business or any other location, Aqua Pump is ready to earn your business and make finding a Certified Operator right for your business, that much easier!

For more info, please check out our Certified Operator Program page or call one of our certified operators at Aqua Pump today at (860) 684-5349

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