Health and Living

Posts that help you make informed decisions about the water in your home, and how it affects your life.

Do You Have Dry Skin? Is It the Weather or Your Water?

by KineticoAdmin Published 11.19.2015

With the cold weather upon us, many people will begin to suffer from #DrySkin.  Before spending a fortune on lotions to treat the dry skin, consider ways to prevent dry skin this winter season.  Follow the link below to a great article that explains how your water may be the cause of your dry skin.



Not All Carbon Is Created Equal

by Abbey R Published 8.13.2015

So, you are interested in a carbon drinking water filtration system?  It may seem like the only choice that you have to make is where you want the filter: on your faucet, under the sink, in your fridge, etc.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  Each of the systems have different capacities and capabilities.

To hone in on one of the major differences, not all carbon is the same.  To start with, carbon that is used in water purification applications can come from different sources.  Two of the most popular are coconut shell carbon and coal based carbon.  Through processing some of these can be used interchangeably, but not all.

So much of what the carbon will remove is determined when it is processed from the carbon ashes.  The processers can modify the carbon so that different particle sizes are allowed through.  We offer carbon cartridges that range in particle removal capability from 5µm (micron) to 50µm.  For example, 50µm is about half the size of a human hair.  Besides size influences, carbon processors can add a variety of ingredients to help the carbon attract certain contaminants.  Some of the carbon that we use has been formulated to remove contaminants like lead or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or chloramines, a common disinfectant found in municipal water.

As you are comparing products to purchase it is important to know what the product is going to do for you.  Some filters might be tested and rated to an NSF standard to remove a minimum amount of the contaminant.  Others might be tested by a lab that isn't sanctioned to run NSF standards.  These products would still claim a certain percentage removal of a contaminant, but there wouldn't be a certification seal by NSF or Water Quality Association (WQA).  Still, more may claim that they reduce the amount of a contaminant in your water which could mean anywhere from 1% removal to 99%.  For example, a product may claim to reduce pharmaceuticals and it removes 20% of them.  While that may have seemed like a little bit of a rabbit hole that we jumped into, it is a useful tool for the consumer to know how their system is going to perform.

As tempting as it is, you can't get pulled in by the pretty boxes, catchy taglines or flashy TV commercials.  You either need to do some research ahead of time or read the box closely.  Figure out what contaminants the system removes.  Read how much of each contaminant the system removes.  Learn how long each system is supposed to remove the contaminant.  When you find the system that removes as much as you want of the contaminants that you want for as long as you want, then you can make your purchase with some peace of mind.

The Taste of Your Water Can Make You a Water Snob

by Abbey R Published 6.4.2015

Hi! My name is Abbey, and I am becoming a water snob. Okay, okay! I am a water snob. I can taste the difference between well water, bottled water and municipal water. I can even taste the difference between different brands of bottled water, but I don’t drink it often enough to have a brand preference. I have a hard time drinking water in restaurants when I travel because of the taste. I only drink it if I am really thirsty. So yes, I am a water snob at least when it comes to the water I drink.

Woman Drinking WaterA year or so ago, we finally got around to installing a reverse osmosis system at my house. Before then, I’d like to think I was an average Jane when it came to drinking water, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. I went through a period in college when I could really tell the difference in the types of drinking water. Since I grew up with city supplied water, I never enjoyed the taste of well water. Other than that time period, I would and could drink water from every source and not even notice a difference. 

What makes me think of it now is that I’ve read a couple comments recently that people don’t like the taste of their water when they changed from drinking tap water to drinking filtered water including reverse osmosis (RO) water. Really? You don’t like the taste of water now that you have tasted something closer to actual water?  It seems kind of mind-boggling. I guess it comes down to a couple things.

First, the same compound given to many different people will end in people thinking it tastes differently. While everyone can taste five different things: sweet, salty, sour, savory and bitter, it is perceived differently by different people. Did you know that iron in water tastes sweet to some people, but a bitter metallic taste to others? Copper typically has a metallic taste. For the small percent of people that can taste cyanide, it reminds them of almonds. Chlorides (e.g. sodium chloride aka salt) are also associated with an astringent or salty taste.   Sulfates are known to have a mix of metallic and earthy taste. If you have alkaline or high pH water, it may taste like you are drinking soda water.

The other idea is once you are used to certain impurities being in your water, it is hard to reset your brain to believe that water should taste differently. As a real life example, a colleague of mine had to force his cat to drink RO water. When they first moved into their house, they only had a water softener so the cat got use to that taste. They recently installed an RO system for their drinking water, but the cat wouldn’t drink out of its bowl! It would go to the shower and drink the remains of the water in the shower. Once they devised a method for keeping the cat out the shower, the cat finally started drinking the RO water. It can be hard for animals and humans to get use to a different taste even when you know the water is more pure.  

A random but relevant fact is that cinnamon is completely tasteless. If you plug your nose while eating a piece of hard cinnamon candy, you won’t even know that you are eating cinnamon. Along those lines, what you taste in the water could actually be an odor. Tannins in your water may remind you of dead plants. Sometimes when I turn on my tap water now, I can smell the chlorine in it so I associate it with poor tasting water. Maybe you think your water tastes bad, but it really only smells unpleasant.

Pure water is tasteless. Since all consumable drinking water has a least some small amount of impurities, it will impart some flavor in our food and drinks. Some coffee chains treat the water that goes into their coffee so that it tastes the same no matter where you buy it.  They want the exact same water chemistry at each store so that end product is exactly the same. For more about how water can affect food and drinks check out some of Chef Steve Schimoler’s blogs. Maybe that is why some people think their filtered water doesn’t taste good; their water actually has less of a taste. Drinking water systems strive to provide you the purest water based on its capability which we think tastes pretty awesome!

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Can (and should) you take your water treatment equipment with you when you move?

by Diana M Published 4.29.2015

The purchase of water treatment equipment is an investment in your home. Obvious benefits of water treatment are the aesthetics of conditioned water: clear water, clean fixtures, soft skin and hair, great tasting water. The benefits extend past the aesthetics, though; treating the water can protect the home’s plumbing, faucets, tubs, sinks and water-using appliances from damage caused by problem water.

When it’s time to move, you need to consider what to take on the move and what to leave behind. In the not-too-distant past, appliances were all packaged and moved. Now, often, they are being left in the home as a selling point. So when it comes to your water treatment equipment, is it possible to take it with you, or should you just leave it in the home?


It is possible to take your water treatment equipment when you move, so the choice is yours. There are a few things to keep in mind, though, when making your decision.

Purchasing a good water treatment system can be a bit more involved than purchasing other appliances. Done properly, the water quality should be accurately measured and the water treatment equipment accurately sized. For the new home buyer, finding that quality water treatment equipment is already in place can be a relief and major selling point. The effects of great water in the home are measurable. A clean toilet tank can be a solid indicator of the care previously provided the home. The buyer may realize that they can move in with assurance that the water is one less thing to think about while settling in.

For the seller, your love of the great water might inspire you to take the water treatment equipment with you. You’ll want to investigate the water at your new location before making this decision. Confirm that both the size of the new home and the water quality at the new home are within operating parameters of the equipment you plan to take with you. A water treatment expert in the area of the new home can help with this information, or a water treatment report from the new municipality can be shared with the original installing water expert and they can help determine if the current products are viable for the new site. They can also disconnect and package the equipment for a safe journey to their new home.

We understand that great water could have you ready to disconnect that softener yourself, but it’s best to invest some time and do your homework before making your decision. Happy trails!

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Kids and Drinking Water

by Brian L Published 7.31.2014

Ew, Yuck! That is the commentary I received from my five year-old when he tasted the contents of the bedtime cup of water I brought for him. I filled it from the new state-of-the-art carbon filter I recently installed in our upstairs bathroom. We have a Kinetico reverse-osmosis drinking water system downstairs in the kitchen, but I was getting tired of going down nearly every night to refill the boys’ water cups. So when the opportunity presented itself, I thought installing a filter upstairs would save me a few extra steps each night. No such luck. I cannot even sneak it past them. They can instantly tell the difference in taste, and will not drink the water from upstairs.

Boy drinking from water fountain

It is not that our water is necessarily bad-tasting; it is just that the water treated with reverse osmosis is that much better. I recall my daughter asking me why our water tastes so much better than the water at her school. They really can taste the difference, as can my wife and I. And, we’ve had guests from out of town comment on how wonderful our coffee tastes. I’m quick to remind them that it is probably not the coffee, but rather the water that went into it.

So apparently we’ve spoiled our children. They’ve come to appreciate and expect really good drinking water. I guess there are much worse things we could have spoiled them with. Interestingly enough though, the quality of the water is not so important to the boys when it is coming out of a drinking fountain. If they spot a drinking fountain, they instantly become thirsty and will drink heartily. Perhaps to save those steps at night I need to install a drinking fountain upstairs. Except that usually after drinking from a fountain they have dripped water all over themselves and the floor and are now soaking wet. Oh well, boys will be boys.

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Fluoride in Your Drinking Water—How Much is Too Much?

by Diana M Published 3.21.2014

I frequently get calls from people asking about fluoride in their water. Some people call about removing the fluoride, and some call about making sure it remains in their water supply. These opposing opinions piqued my curiosity about fluoride. What is it? How does it get into the water supply? Should it be removed, or is it a good thing to have in your drinking water?

It turns out there are mountains of documentation available on the subject of fluoride, but two points really stayed with me. First, there are all sorts of natural sources of fluoride in addition to intentionally fluoridated water and toothpaste. I had no idea! Second, the debate about the pros and cons of fluoride is endless.

Illustration of smiling girl pointing to a glass of water

As Ed R says in this his post, fluoride can be found naturally in water, food and the atmosphere. In fact, it’s the 13th most abundant element found on earth. 5 major global fluoride belts run through the earth, transversing approximately 31 countries. A percentage of this fluoride is soluble, and ends up in the water supply—even the oceans contain some fluoride.

Fluoride can also be found in the atmosphere. Some of it comes from airborne dust with naturally occurring fluoride, and some comes from industry.

Additionally, fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides used on fruits and vegetables usually contain a level of fluoride. If you’re one of the folks trying to keep your exposure to a minimum, giving the fruits and vegetables a good washing can remove most of the fluoride from produce. Choosing organic produce also eliminates exposure to the pesticides that leave fluoride residues.

So, if I have so much fluoride exposure naturally, why are some water supplies fluoridated intentionally? Well, as early as the late 1800’s, it was noted that children exposed to higher doses of naturally occurring fluoride had healthier teeth. At that time, several studies were launched both overseas and in the US which showed that fluoride’s presence in the mouth could prevent tooth decay. Adding fluoride to water supplies seemed to be the logical approach to dental health, because it resembled the natural method of exposure.

The United States is one of few countries that add fluoride on a consistent basis. Here, the decision to add fluoride to the water is up to the city or town. Grand Rapids, MI was the first city to add fluoride to the water supply in 1945, and many cities and towns followed suit until recently, in 2012, 72% of the US received fluoridated water from their municipalities. But in 2011, approximately 200 cities and towns in the US decided to stop adding fluoride to the water. Not only would removing the fluoride cut costs, but more data was becoming available on the negative aspects of overexposure to fluoride.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), children have the highest risk of over exposure. In a household, the child and adult may consume the same levels of fluoride, but because of the child’s body size and weight, the same dosage can be an overexposure. Children overexposed to fluoride will have “fluorosis”—pittingand/or grey discoloration—of the teeth. One of the concerns of overexposure to adults is bone degradation. It’s believed that too much fluoride will actually weaken bone density. Organizations monitoring the use of fluoride all recommend that we have conversation with our dentists and physicians regarding our personal limits.

According to the World Health Organization, the average adult is naturally exposed to approximately .6 milligrams of fluoride per day using an un-fluoridated water supply. Their target exposure guidelines suggest that .8-1.2 milligrams per litre per day will maximize the benefits of fluoride and minimize any possible harmful effects. In the US, the EPA has set a maximum contamination level of 4 milligrams per liter per day. If you’re not sure whether your water is fluoridated or how much fluoride it might contain, you can check with your water supplier. They will have published detailed reports about the contents of your water.

Now, when people call about fluoride in their water, I know more about what they might be thinking. As with anything found in and around water, we at Kinetico encourage you to learn about the water in your home and how it affects your life. Take charge of the water you drink, as your body is the ultimate water filter.

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Steve Schimoler: Cooking with Kinetico Water—Superbowl Pizza Dough Recipe

by Guest Bloggers Published 1.30.2014

Based on Steve’s passion for cooking, innovation and creating the best flavor in his recipes, he realizes that no ingredient is to be overlooked, including water. In 2012, Steve teamed with Kinetico to prove the notion that purified water is core to creating great-tasting dishes in his restaurant and in the home. Read more about culinary expert Steve Schimoler.

Chef Steve Schimoler

When I think about having friends over for a Super Bowl party, one word comes to mind: pizza. The biggest football event of the year doesn’t seem complete unless pizza is on the menu.

Homemade pizza dough is actually pretty simple to make…with the main ingredients being flour and—you guessed it—water. But you don’t want to use just any water. Purified water will help ensure that the taste of the dough is free from minerals and true to its flavor. Plus, water that it too hard can lead to stiffer dough whereas very soft water can create a slow-rising, weaker dough. Purified water ensures that the dough turns out as intended.

Of course, water temperature and the amount used can play key roles in the quality of the dough, as well as the temperature and humidity in your kitchen as it will effect the proofing and “rise” of your dough. It may take a few experiments to get the dough consistency you’re looking for… or as you search for alternate crust styles. But it’s worth it in the end as there is nothing really like working with the supple texture of the dough as you knead it and work it with your fingers.

The only other advice I’ll give is to be careful: once you start making your own pizza dough, you won’t want to eat any other kind ever again.

Superbowl Sunday Pizza Dough


Kinetico Reverse Osmosis Water (110°F to 115°F) 2/3 cup
Sugar 1 tsp.
Fast Rise Yeast or Active Dry Yeast 1/8 oz. package
Bread Flour 1 3/4 cups
Salt 1/2 tsp.
Cornmeal (optional) 1 TBSP


  • Combine water and sugar in small bowl; stir to dissolve sugar.
  • Sprinkle yeast on top; stir to combine.
  • Let stand 5 to 10 minutes or until foamy.
  • Combine flour and salt in medium bowl.
  • Stir in yeast mixture.
  • Mix until mixture forms soft dough.
  • Remove dough to lightly floured surface.
  • Knead 5 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic, adding additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed.
  • Place dough in medium bowl coated with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Turn dough in bowl so top is coated with cooking spray; cover with towel or plastic wrap.
  • Let rise in warm place 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
  • Punch dough down; place on lightly floured surface and knead about 2 minutes or until smooth.
  • Pat dough into flat disc about 7 inches in diameter.
  • Let rest 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pat and gently stretch dough from edges until dough seems to not stretch anymore.
  • Let rest 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Continue patting and stretching until dough is 12 to 14 inches in diameter.

You’re ready to assemble your pizza now and feel free to improvise with your toppings, but I tend to go with the straight up Marinara and Mozzarella style. You can use a pizza pan to bake on, but I prefer using a pizza stone that’s already in the preheated 500 degree oven and using a pizza peel, slide the pie onto the stone and bake till it starts to blister on the crust and the cheese is fully melted and starts to bubble. Eat right away! Enjoy.

Coming Up Dry: When Water Stops Running, Life Gets Interesting

by Brian L Published 1.16.2014

It is one of those phrases that probably strikes fear into the hearts of millions, but many others have never been concerned with. Since moving to our 168 year old house, I’ve heard it more than enough times. “There’s no water.” And while I hate to be told about it, what seems even worse is to have the water completely shut off for no apparent reason while you are actively using it. That always puts a lump in my throat. It is so easy to take running water for granted. We just open a tap, and there it is: our own personal Old Faithful. And we’ve really come to depend on it being there whenever we want it. But my wife and I have learned that the well water supply in our old home is not quite as reliable as city water.

Man staring into his shower head, frustrated

The first time we were stuck without water was before we had even fully moved into the house. We had decided to throw a family party on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend after spending the summer working on our new, old house. On the day before the party, I thought it would be nice to get our new water softener installed so we would have soft water for our visitors. No problem, I shut off the water and plumbed it in. The only mistake I made was at one point I opened the main shut off valve before everything was connected. I figured at the time, this is fine, because I had turned off the water pump and depressurized the lines before starting anyway. When I opened the valve however, I was surprised to hear air hissing through the open pipe. I thought nothing of it and continued my plumbing. Once I was done and turned on the water pump, it would run, but there was no water. I opened up the top of the pipe going down into the well and discovered it was full of nothing but air. Well, it made sense that a pump for water won’t pump air, I figured I needed to fill the pipe with water to prime the pump. The first thing that crossed my mind was that this would be a lot easier if I had running water…I got a few jugs of water from my in-laws’ house, but no matter how fast I poured it into that pipe, I could not fill it. That is when I learned about foot valves. There is a valve at the bottom of the inlet pipe within the well that allows water to come into the pipe, but does not allow water to flow back out. Fortunately, the pipe in my well is plastic, so my father-in-law and I were able to pull it up by hand. After pulling up 60+ feet of pipe, there we found the disintegrated remains of a foot valve. It was a little nerve racking trying to find a replacement on Sunday morning of a holiday weekend, but once installed, it was quite simple to fill up the pipe and prime the pump. Phew! We had water again and before company started arriving no less!

Obviously, that was not our only no-water event. In fact, every time the power goes out we have no water. But the first time the water went off unexpectedly when we were using it, we were filling the bathtub to give our infant twins a bath. One minute the water is running fine, the next minute, the room was silent. Not even a trickle was coming out of the tap. I started to wonder how we were going to wash the babies, take a shower, wash dishes, etc. When, all of a sudden, the water came back on and seemed fine. It ran without slowing at all and filled up the tub. The next day we experienced more of the same. Water then no water, then water again. I started to wonder if our well was drying up, and began cursing the ski resort that shares the hill we live atop. They must be bringing down the water table, feeding our precious water to their snow machines. But I eventually concluded that could not be the cause, because when the water comes back on, it stays on. What I eventually found when I started looking further into the issue, is a small metal adapter screwed into the pump was full of rust. Within the pump itself, the hole leading to this fitting was completely plugged with rust. This adapter has a small plastic tube that carries water to the pressure switch responsible for turning the pump on and off. The rust was so thick it was restricting water from flowing freely out of the tube and indicating to the pressure switch, that there is a low pressure condition. So the pump would not come on until the water slowly seeped its way into the tube. The adapter is made of some alloy because it does not rust, and it is screwed into the well pump which is cast iron. I recall (perhaps from a long-ago chemistry class) that dissimilar metals in contact with each other can cause a galvanic reaction, which essentially causes excessive corrosion. Since every couple of years, I have to clean out this rust to keep our water flowing steadily, but we don’t really seem to have much iron in our water, I’m confident this is the cause. One of these days, I really need to replace that adapter with a plastic one which should hopefully eliminate the galvanic action and therefore the disruptions to our water supply.

I have also discovered over the years, that although the most common well-pumps installed these days seem to be submersible pumps that are designed to be under water, our jet-pump is not one of those and does not run at all when it is under water. The first time this happened (yes it has happened a few times now), my wife had gotten up before me to take a shower. She quickly came back into the room to recite “there is no water”. Since it was a chilly December morning, I went down to the basement first to see if I could determine a cause. I didn’t really expect to find anything there, but I didn’t want to go outside through the cold and snow to the well house just yet. What I saw caught me off guard. In our basement, there is an old abandoned pipe running along one wall near the floor. I had always figured since it was no longer connected to anything, that this was a leaky or plugged pipe bringing water in from the well house that had been abandoned in place of the now plastic piping doing that duty. Well, this morning, there was water dripping out of that old pipe. Now, I had to go outside to see what was going on. When I opened the well house and removed the insulation, the only thing I could see is water. The entire foundation had filled up with water, completely submerging the well pump. So I was at the home center as soon as they opened, buying a portable sump pump I could connect to a garden hose. It took over an hour to pump out all the water. After it had emptied, I reset the breaker for the pump that had tripped and the pump started right back up again. So why did my well house fill with water? Once the pump came on, I discovered that the fiberglass pressure reserve tank had a pinhole leak in it. I had assumed at first that the sump pump within the well house had failed and that this leak filled up the foundation slowly, so I rigged up my new portable pump with an external float switch and plugged it in. That one did not work either. There was no power to the outlet it was plugged into. I checked all the breakers and they were all on except the one feeding the large room off of the kitchen where I was doing some remodeling. The breaker was labeled “Living Room” on the panel, although this room is clearly not the living room. After verifying all the electrical connections in the room were safely terminated, I turned on that “living room” breaker and the sump pump came to life. Why on earth is the sump pump connected to the same circuit that feeds what the previous owners considered the living room?? I have no idea. That is just one of the joys of older homes I guess. I have also since learned that even without a leak in the newly replaced reserve tank or anywhere else, a heavy rain or melting snow provides enough water to flood the well house when the “rigged-up” portable sump pump fails to turn on. Since this has just recently happened once again, I hope to correct this situation by installing a permanent pump this week before it gets any colder.

As I’m writing this, I see I’ve mentioned a few different things that I need to deal with at some point in the future. This brings me to another phrase heard often. Years ago, I thought I understood what people meant when they said that “with old houses you are never done, because there is always something that needs to be worked on”. Since it seems that no matter where I look at home I see something else that needs attention, it’s clear that back then I had no idea what they meant. But I now I truly understand.

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How My Conditioned Water Turned Me Into a Water Snob

by Diana M Published 1.2.2014

My name is Diana and I’m a water snob. After having water treatment equipment installed in my home and living with the difference the equipment can make, I’ve become accustomed to a certain condition of water.

I expect my home and self to have a clean, fresh appearance. My conditioned water helps me to achieve my expectations. Conditioned water eliminates the hardness minerals that cause unsightly stains and soap scum build up. Build up that can be in the plumbing, on tubs, sinks and faucets, in water using appliances and even on our skin and hair and clothes.

I have no use of harsh cleaning agents in my bathroom, kitchen, laundry and self. I use eco friendly cleaners and much less of them. The cleaners are not fighting the grime in the dishwasher or clothes washer, they are concentrating strictly on the item needing to be cleaned. This leaves my dinnerware and clothing looking new, my home looking fresh and clean; as does my hair and skin. My use of skin lotions and hair conditioners is minimal and I’m pleased at how much longer they last.

Water snobbery includes expectations for the water used in our home that we don’t always see—‘working water’ as it’s known in the industry. I know that the plumbing running through my walls is filled with water flowing freely without internal build up or corrosion. I know that my water using appliances are operating at peak performance.

Illustration of water snobs

These luxuries are now expectations. I expect the water out of my drinking water faucet to be clean, crisp, and refreshing with no unpleasant after (or during) taste. I expect my drinking water to inspire me to drink more water.

I take my water snobbery with me everywhere I go. The town in which I live has 4 car washes. I’m in the snow belt, so there are a lot of dirty cars here in the winter. Just 1 of the car washes uses reverse osmosis water. Reverse osmosis removes almost every dissolved mineral, metal or chemical that might be in a water supply. I wait as long as I must to use this car wash instead of the others. It makes no sense to me to pay to wash my car only to arrive home and see it covered in spots.

I pre-judge a restaurant and its food simply by looking at the table. If the dinnerware is clean and spot-free, I expect an enjoyable meal. I imagine that my soup will not be tainted with unwanted flavors from the water and I will not have the need to polish my fork under the table to remove unsightly spots. Based solely on the sparkle of the tableware, I feel the establishment is clean and I can relax.

I also know that when the check for the meal arrives, I won’t be paying inflated prices that cover the costs of inefficiently operated appliances within the restaurant. Water heaters and dishwashers use much more energy when their operating components are coated with hardness minerals. The dishwashers will also use much more detergents and the establishment operators will probably select detergents with harsher cleaning additives to work against the hard water and perform their intended job.

Detergents that can end up back in the water supply perpetuating the water problem, but we can discuss the life cycle of water another time.

I’m not alone as a water snob. This is a common fate of folks in the water treatment industry. A coworker and I were discussing a work-related trip she had been on. One look into her Hard Water Hotel bathroom told her volumes about her next morning.

From the stains in the bathroom, she knew that her morning beverage was not going to be the flavor she expected, it would be tainted by whatever stained the bathroom. She knew she could possibly be in for a bad hair day from the lingering minerals in her hair and that little bottle of shampoo was definitely not going to get her far. Her skin would probably feel tight, dry and itchy. What ended up surprising her was spotting on her pedicure and the amount of time required to buff her freshly painted digits of the hardness.

Are you a water snob? Do you share any of the characteristics of a water snob? Or do you have water heater elements that burn out before their expected time? Do you use a lot of ‘elbow grease’ cleaning the shower? It’s not just about seeing spots, although the aesthetics are huge. It’s also about efficiency with time, energy and environment. I would encourage everyone to be a water snob.

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Steve Schimoler: Cooking with Kinetico Water—Mulled Tea & Cider Recipe

by Guest Bloggers Published 12.6.2013

Based on Steve’s passion for cooking, innovation and creating the best flavor in his recipes, he realizes that no ingredient is to be overlooked, including water. In 2012, Steve teamed with Kinetico to prove the notion that purified water is core to creating great-tasting dishes in his restaurant and in the home. Read more about culinary expert Steve Schimoler.

I love the smell of mulled tea and cider cooking on the stove. It makes the whole house smell wonderful. For this recipe, you’ll need fresh oranges, cinnamon sticks…and a few spices. Plus, be sure to use reverse osmosis water to achieve the best taste possible. Enjoy!

Mulled Tea and Cider


Kinetico Reverse Osmosis Water 1 qt.
Earl Grey Tea 6 bags
Apple Cider 1 cup, diced
Fresh Oranges 1 orange, sliced
Clove 5 pieces
Cardamom 5 pieces
Fresh Ginger Root 2 TBSP
Cinnamon Sticks 3 sticks


  • Add the water and cider to a sauce pot with the tea bags and bring to a boil.
  • Add all the other ingredients and boil for 1 minute.
  • Reduce flame to a low and simmer for 15–20 minutes.
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer and serve.

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