Frequently Asked Questions

 

Puronics Water Treatment System Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out if my tap water is safe to drink?

How could lead get into my drinking water?

Why are Florida and the CDC tracking drinking water quality?

Why should I be concerned about my drinking water?

What are some of the health risk associated with drinking contaminated water?

How is my drinking water protected from contamination?

Where can I go for more information on protecting myself and drinking water in my home?

What is the best solution for my entire home to have clean and safe drinking water?


 

How can I find out if my tap water is safe to drink?
Because of water's different sources and the different ways in which water is treated, the taste and quality of drinking water varies from place to place.  Over 90 percent of water systems meet EPA's standards for tap water quality.  The best source of specific information about your drinking water is your water supplier.  Water suppliers that serve the same people year-round are required to send their customers an annual water quality report (sometimes called a consumer confidence report).  Contact your water supplier to get a copy or see if your report is posted on-line.  For additional information, visit EPA's Web site’s on local drinking water (provides links to state and local sources of water quality information) and drinking water and health (provides information on drinking water contaminants and their health effects). Back to the top



How could lead get into my drinking water?
Typically, lead gets into your water after the water leaves your local treatment plant or your well. That is, the source of lead in your home's water is most likely coming from a pipe or solder in your home's own plumbing. The most common cause is corrosion, a reaction between the water and the lead pipes or solder. Dissolved oxygen, low pH (acidity) and low mineral content in water are common causes of corrosion. All kinds of water, however, may have high levels of lead. One factor that increases corrosion is the practice of grounding electrical equipment (such as telephones) to water pipes. Back to the top



Why are Florida and the CDC tracking drinking water quality?
Clean drinking water is essential to life, and the United States provides some of the safest drinking water supplies in the world. It is important to maintain the quality of our drinking water by checking for chemicals which may threaten our water supplies or pose health problems to communities. The Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network provides data on water quality of community water systemsopens in new window within Florida. You will find information about several regulatory contaminants sometimes found in drinking water: nitrateopens in new window, arsenicopens in new window, and disinfection by-productsopens in new window.These contaminants were selected by the CDC Tracking Network because they occur more frequently in drinking water at levels which may impact health. Also included is information on the number of people using community drinking water.
Under the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Actopens in new window, states are required to watch and report drinking water quality data from community water systems. In Florida, the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection are responsible for protecting the quality of Florida’s drinking water for community water systems. Back to the top 


Why should I be concerned about my drinking water?
People can be exposed to water contaminants in many ways. We drink water, eat food prepared with water, breath water droplets or vapors while showering, and absorb chemicals through our skin while bathing. Because people drink and use water every day, contaminants in drinking water have the potential to affect large populations.
Community water systems in the U.S. vary greatly in size, serving twenty-five people to over a million people. If contamination occurs in a single water system, it can expose many people at once. Therefore, drinking water quality is an important public health issue. Back to the top



What are some of the health risk associated with drinking contaminated water?
If individuals are exposed to high enough levels of a contaminant, they may become ill. Effects can be short-term (where people become sick immediately) and/or long-term (where people get sick after a long period of time). There are many types of health problems that can result from exposure to drinking water contaminants. The type and severity of the health problem depends on the specific contaminant, the level of the contaminant in the water, and the person’s individual exposure level. Back to the top



How is my drinking water protected from contamination?
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and other state and local agencies work together to help ensure that drinking water contamination levels are as low as possible. This is done by protecting water sources, treating drinking water to remove contaminants, and monitoring water quality to identify problems as quickly as possible. Ultimately, maintaining the highest quality drinking water depends upon protecting our water recharge areas, aquifers, lakes, and rivers from contamination.  
Drinking water can be contaminated by natural sources, like soil/bedrock, or from man-made sources such as: disinfection chemicals, agricultural run-off, or plumbing fixtures. In addition, contamination can also occur if the water supply/distribution system (reservoir, lake, river, or water treatment system) becomes contaminated. If you suspect you have consumed contaminated water from a community water system, or your private well, you should contact your local county health department.. In the event that a contaminant occurs in the public water system, federal and state law requires that the water system operator act immediately to notify those affected and report the incident to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. If you think your private well is susceptible to contamination, you may consult with your local county health department. 
For more information on how contaminants may enter drinking water systems. For more information on drinking water exposure risks, please see the Environmental Protection Agencies  Source Water Protectionwebsite. Back to the top



Where can I go for more information on protecting myself and drinking water in my home?
Call 888 527-4426 and schedule a free and thorough water analysis provided by Home Makeover Systems. Back to the top



What is the best solution for my entire home to have clean and safe drinking water?
The Puronics® water conditioner by HMS Of Florida is the budget-minded solution to supplying high quality water in an energy efficient manner. With the affordable Puronics system, your family can enjoy the benefits of conditioned water without any worry of sinking under the cost. Both the conditioner and its high-density impact resistant brine tank are guaranteed by a limited lifetime warranty. Even consumers with the most challenging water supplies depend on the Puronics® to meet their needs with the highest quality water and most efficient performance available. Back to the top