What do you call water that’s healthy for you?
Well water….. BOOM! I kid, Springfield!
But did you hear the one about the three holes in the ground?….Well, well, well.
Alright, I’ll keep my day job.
Regardless of whether your water is well water or city water, our water is NOT as clean as you think. How do I know this? Because I made a friend at Water Technology of the Ozarks, and by the time we were done talking poop (literally), I started paying attention to how I was hydrating my body.
Cory Spinabella is an awesome WeDude who became Springfield’s lovable water boy around 11 years ago. His lovely wife happened to know the owner of Water Technology of the Ozarks who was looking to fill a position in his company. After hearing the job scope, Cat realized her hubby was a perfect fit for the job. So, she got him into the business and he has been riding the wave ever since.
The soon-to-be owner of Water Technology of the Ozarks, Cory is a loving father of absolutely gorgeous daughters and is incredibly passionate about ensuring people have access to clean water. As with many local businesses in and around Springfield, the one thing which stands out about Cory and his company is the service he provides. Going out of his way to ensure the best possible service is something he does daily without thinking twice. Where other companies simply hire salesmen who are committed to merely closing the deal, Cory and the team at Water Tech of the Ozarks know the equipment inside and out and can explain what each piece does, why it is important, and how to set it up. Here, the service is first, the installation is second, education is key, and the sale always comes last.
What’s in Your Water?
This is where it gets a little gross, but bear with me – I’d rather be educated and a little queasy than ignorant and ill.
WELL WATER VERSUS CITY WATER
Where well water often contains bacteria, city water is full of chlorine. City water is often fitted with a carbon pump which breaks down over time. Both, unfortunately, often have hard water.
Hard water is bad because if you go to your sink, fill up a clear glass and see any small particles floating on top, these are called TDS (total dissolved solids). Over time, this can harm your hot water heaters, your washing machine, your ice makers, coffee pots, etc because of the buildup of magnesium and calcium. While there aren’t any adverse health effects related to ingesting hard water, it can still cost you money in the long-term. You know that build-up you get on your shower head? Hard water, people.
Let’s get to the gross stuff – I asked Cory how often he finds bacteria or (ahem) things which shouldn’t be found in drinking water, and he told me the following:
For every 10 tests for coliform – a kind of bacteria which lets you know there is contamination from the surface (can could also contain herbacides, pesticides and fecal matter) – 8 tests reveal coliform.
For every 10 tests of Ecoli, there are three which reveals the presence of Ecoli. For those of you who do not know, Ecoli is a bacteria found in the lower intestines of animals and humans which can cause death should a person get an infection.
*Tries not to gag. Lies down. Gags a lot.*
Regardless of whether Cory does a test for someone who is on city water or well water, he has found these different bacteria present in both.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO DO A TEST?
To answer this question I ask you another – why pay for a test when you can have a full, detailed consultation for free? Cory will come out to your house or business and do a test on your water in order to find out what’s in there. The test covers different strains of bacteria, ecoli, coliform, hardness, iron, hydrogen sulfate problem (which smells like rotten eggs), TDS (total dissolved solids), PH balance, manganese, and chlorine odor to name a few.
Throughout the process, he will also explain to you what is going on and what precautions you can take in order to keep your water, and family, safe. Think of it as a personal consultation where you learn a ton about water and how it directly impacts your life in more than one way…and it’s all free!
Question: What’s the best way to take bacteria out of your water?
Answer: UV system or RO (reverse osmosis) system.
Question: What does a reverse osmosis system do?
Answer: It makes your water 100% pure water (it also takes out minerals).
Question: Is natural spring water healthy?
Answer: Technically, it is tap water. Tap water, as stated above, can contain bacteria. A test would be required! Our recommendation would be to call Cory and have him do a test on your “natural spring water.”
Question: A reverse osmosis system takes all minerals out of your water, but aren’t minerals in your water important for our bodies?
Answer: We drink water to stay hydrated, not for its mineral content. In a perfect world, we should get our daily supply of minerals from the food we eat.
Question: Which is better, well water or city water?
Answer: Any water which has been tested and treated by Water Technology of the Ozarks is the best water.
Question: What about bottled water?
Answer: Plastic in a landfill can take between 450 and 1000 years to decompose. Nowadays, plastic is being created in such a way that it breaks down easier. Have you ever noticed when you refill a plastic bottle, it loses it frigidness? You may very well be drinking plastic particles. *gags again*
Question: What’s so bad about chlorine in our drinking water?
Answer: Nothing, so long as you don’t drink it. While it does kill pathogens, bacteria and the like, chlorine itself isn’t harmful. However, when chlorine interacts with organic material such as leaves or soil, new chemicals are created which can increase cancer risk according to the Canadian Cancer Society and other bodies of information.
Question: How often should I get my water checked?
Answer: At least twice a year…by Cory. #justsayin
Maybe I am a little biased…OK, a LOT biased… One of the things people say is they learn more from Cory in five minutes than in five years with their water company, and I have to say this is definitely true in my experience. The point is this – if your friends or loved ones are drinking out of the tap, they may be drinking poo water. *tries not to gag* Friends don’t let friends drink poo water!
I just realized I normally write “cheers” before signing off…That’s gross. So, if you are interested in a free consultation by Cory Spinabella, simply call or text him at (417)209-5512 and he will get back to you as soon as it is possible for him. Or, you can leave a message on their FaceBook page and a rep will get back with you shortly!