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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!