- Who are Bob and Nancy?
- Bob and Nancy Hawkins founded Hawkins Water Tech. in 1967. In 2003, they transitioned the business to the next generation through a buyout by son Dave and son-in-law Jim Freeze. Though retired, Bob and Nancy are still often seen in the office as their wisdom and advice are always welcome.
- How Does Soft Water Affect a Low Sodium Diet Restriction?
- Because salt is used in most water conditioning environments, sodium levels in softened water can be too high for some folks on a sodium-restricted diet. However, Hawkins Water Tech offers a Sodium Free Water Conditioner product that is the answer for people on a sodium restricted diet regimen.
- What is a “Brine Tank”?
- The word “Brine” literally means water full of salt. As part of the water conditioning process, water enters the Brine Tank from the Water Conditioner tank where the resin beads have absorbed the hard water ions. The salt inside the Brine Tank “re-charges” these ions so they can be ready for the next regeneration of hard water.
- What is a Demand Initiated Regeneration (DIR) Water Conditioner?
- Demand Initiated Regeneration (DIR) units use sensors or meters to regenerate when soft water runs out. Because they adjust to the amount of water actually used DIR units consume up to 50 percent less salt and water than preset automatic softeners.
- How Does a Water Softener Work?
- It’s all about chemistry. The U.S. Department of the Interior classifies hardness based on the concentration of grains per gallon of calcium and/or magnesium. Through a process called “Ion Exchange” water is altered to a more neutral chemical state. An “Ion” is an atom or group of atoms which have lost or gained one or more atoms making them positively or negatively charged. A Water Softener exchanges the ions of hardness minerals for sodium or potassium ions effectively reducing the concentration of hardness minerals to insignificant levels. After a period of use, the sodium or potassium ions are completely exchanged and the unit has to be “Backwashed” or “Regenerated”. This requires the use of sodium or potassium chloride, which is loaded into a “Brine Tank” and dissolved to form a briny liquid used to recharge the system.
- How Do I Know If I Have Hard Water or Contaminated Water?
- Hawkins Water Tech provides basic field water testing services for hardness, nitrates, iron, total dissolved solids and the presence of arsenic. Additionally, Hawkins Water Tech can facilitate the delivery of water samples to an independent laboratory in situations when specific levels of contaminants are necessary to build the appropriate water conditioning system.
- What is “Mushing”?
- “Mushing” is a term used to describe what can happen to some brands of pellet salt as it is exposed to water during regeneration over a period of time. Mushing of salt reduces its effectiveness for future regeneration cycles. Hawkins Water Tech recommends the use of solar salt crystals which are far more resistant to mushing. We offer many different types depending upon individual need.
Is there fluoride in your bottled water?
Where does your bottled water come from?
Is Reverse Osmosis water safe for plants?
If there is a boil order, can I drink Reverse Osmosis Water?
Do you deliver on Saturdays?
How long can I store bottled water?
What is Bacterial Iron?
Why do I need Salt in the Water Softener Process?
How do I Chlorinate my well?
- Bypass water softener and shut off drinking water system – if applicable.
- Locate and remove cap from well
- Set aside excess pump wires
- Pour in 2 gallons of liquid chlorine (sodium hypochlorite)
- Pour in 5 gallons of water…this is done to rinse off the pump wires
- Replace pump wires and well cap
- Run water until chlorine is smelled
- Allow well to set idle – with NO usage – for at least 8 to 12 hours (the longer, the better)
- After setting idle, run water at an OUTSIDE spigot until chlorine is gone
- Turn on water softener and drinking water system