Know the Water You Drink! Install a Home Water Filtration System

As a consumer, you may prefer bottled spring water to tap water. You’re able to drink with the peace of mind knowing that the water you’re putting into your body comes from the purifying waters of natural streams or springs. Well…maybe. Probably not.

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Besides the possibility of spring water contamination, as just occurred with Niagara Bottling, the water in your water bottle is less regulated and tested than the water flowing from your tap.

Tap water is better regulated

If you think the standards of purity are higher for bottled water, think again. Bottled water is regulated by the FDA, whereas city tap water is regulated by the much more stringent EPA. The FDA doesn’t monitor things like E.coli or force brands to submit water quality reports, unlike the EPA. In short, you can be more confident with the quality of your tap water than with the quality of your bottled water.

E.coli Contamination in Niagara Bottling Water

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The latest incidence of contaminated spring water involves Niagara Bottling where evidence of E. coli was discovered in one of their spring sources. Since bottled water brands aren’t regulated for E.coli, Niagara Bottling voluntarily recalled their own bottled water products. The company issued a voluntary recall for all bottled water manufactured in Pennsylvania between the dates of June 10th-18th.

States impacted by the recall include:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

The “best by” dates on the affected water bottles are:

BEST BY 08DEC2016  to BEST BY 16DEC2016

The affected water bottle brands are:

Acadia Spring Water
Acme Spring Water
Big Y Spring Water
Best Yet Spring Water
7-11 Spring Water
Niagara Spring Water
Nature’s Place Spring Water
Pricerite Spring Water
Superchill Spring Water
Morning Fresh Spring Water
Shaws Spring Water
Shoprite Spring Water
Western Beef Blue Spring Water
Wegmans Spring Water

For Wegmans Spring Water Only:

A1 BEST BY 13JUN2016
A3 BEST BY 10JUN2016
A3 BEST BY 15JUN2016
A3 BEST BY 16JUN2016
A4 BEST BY 15JUN2016
A4 BEST BY 16JUN2016

For more information on the recent Niagara Bottling recall, visit You can also contact them directly at (888) 943-4894.

Water Testing for Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia

Although tap water is better regulated, you may have internal contamination sources, which is why it is important to have your water tested at least once. The best time to test is when you first move into a home. Water testing will help you decide if you need a water treatment system and which system is best for your individual needs. The different systems and subsystems available to you are meant to address specific water quality issues, like chemicals, metals, and sediment. Your choice should be based on what’s in your water and a professional testing is the only way to find out.

Home Water Filtration and Softening Systems

We base our home water treatment systems, including softeners, filters and treatments on the report you get from having your water tested. From simple to whole house, we have the home water filtration system for you. No matter your needs, we promise to meet them.

You’ll benefit greatly from a home water filtration system – that’s a promise. You’ll love your new water filtration system so much that you’ll never want to drink manufactured bottled water again! Not only will you prefer your tap water, but if you get a whole-house water softening system, your appliances will last longer, your skin will be healthier, and you’ll have zero limescale, white spots, and mineral buildup on your fixtures and dishes.

Other home water filtration benefits include:

  • Purified water to drink
  • Extends the life of your appliances, such as fixtures, faucets & pipes
  • Keeps out heavy metals
  • Filters out chlorine & other chemicals
  • Saves you in instances where your local water supply becomes polluted
  • Eliminates stains, tastes & odors

Say goodbye to bottled water forever and hello to a healthier home and family!

If you’d like to find out more information on home water filtration systems, feel free to give us a call anytime: 301-733-5428

We’re committed to providing the best home water filtration systems to Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

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Why Should I Schedule Water Testing?

The running water that flows into your home from the municipal supply provides many basic conveniences for you daily life. However, there are a number of ways this water might suffer contamination that can cause health issues for you and your family or harm the integrity of your plumbing.

Thankfully, modern plumbing technology has developed a variety of water treatment systems that can eliminate these contaminants. Experienced plumbers, like those at Larry & Sons, can install whole-house water treatment systems to make sure the water that comes to your faucets and showerheads is clean and fresh. But first you need to schedule water testing—otherwise you won’t know what issues in your water require attention and the steps necessary to remedy them.

Here are reasons you should schedule water testing for your plumbing in Frederick, MD:

  • Detect hard water: “Hard water” is a term you hear often, but may not know exactly what it means. Hard water refers to water that has a high mineral content, usually magnesium and calcium. Generally, hard water poses little threat to your health, but it does threaten your plumbing. Calcium deposits along the insides of your pipes will reduce water flow and cause an increase in water pressure that will risk leaks appearing throughout your plumbing system. Hard water comes through the municipal water system, so the best way to reduce its effect is to have a whole-house water softener installed.
  • Find hazardous chemicals: Many potentially toxic chemicals can infiltrate your water supply, such as pesticides that seep down through the ground. Older homes might have problems with contamination from lead pipes. Other hazardous chemicals that can get into your water include heavy metals, chlorides, bacteria, arsenic, and nitrates. Water testing will show the specialists the troubles they need to pinpoint and what treatments will eliminate these threats to your health.
  • Determine how to remove foul odors: If you encounter bad smells in your water, you already know something is wrong with the water supply. However, it will take water testing to learn what exactly has caused the unpleasant odor: excess salinity, sulfur gases, or something else. Testing will steer water treatment specialists toward a solution to the problem.

Water testing is not a difficult process, and it usually only requires a few days to receive the laboratory results after the plumber visits your house. Make sure you hire only qualified and experienced plumbers to take on this job, because water testing requires more work than picking a single faucet and taking a sample.

Larry & Sons has multiple generations of experience working on plumbing in Frederick, MD. Contact us when you want to take the next step in getting the best quality water you can for your household.