Certified Water Services is a family owned and operated water treatment, purification, and testing company serving the tri-state area.
Victor L. Raimondo, Owner
Certified Water Services
Home Improvement Contractor - PA07871
CWS specializes in water testing for both private households and for real estate transactions. For laboratory water tests we'll provide a full analysis along with the results to inform you what percentage of the maximum contaminant level you are at for each contaminant so you can have a reference point of what the levels mean on your results, instead of just a pass/fail. For example you may have 95% of the EPA's maximum contaminant level of lead in your water and a typical home inspector may inform you the water is safe to drink because, technically, the levels are not over the EPA's maximum contaminant level. CWS will also recommend what we would do if we were going to buy a house with similar levels.
Testing your water for other contaminates not listed here can also be done. CWS offers free field testing for hardness, pH, iron, and total dissolved solids.
The gold standard for drinking water purification. Reverse osmosis drinking water filters remove 99.9% of contaminants that the common Brita, Pur, and carbon filter simply cannot, including PFCs (PFOS/PFOA).
This is important because you want the water you’re ingesting, taking into your body, and being assimilated into all your cells to be as contaminant free as possible so your body can perform as optimally as possible. Compromised populations (small children, elderly individuals, immune-compromised individuals) are even more susceptible to contaminants than healthy adults.
All Reverse osmosis water treatment systems are not the same, call us today to find out more about our professional grade reverse osmosis system that will purify your family's drinking, cooking, tea, and coffee water. Check out our Reverse Osmosis page on our full website for more information.
Water softeners function by a using an ion-exchange resin to
remove hardness ions from your water. Hard water is common throughout the tri-state area
in both public water systems and well water. Water softeners are designed to remove calcium and magnesium from the water, but they'll also remove any positively charged ion, including lead, radium, and iron, to name a few.
The advantages of having a water softener installed will be instantly noticeable on your skin, hair, and it will dramatically increase the efficiency and life of your appliances, and thus decrease your energy bill and carbon footprint.
Check out our water softeners/ water conditioners page for more benefits of having a water softener installed in your home.
The purpose of an ultraviolet (UV) light system is to provide over a 99% reduction of all pathogenic bacteria and micro-organisms in your drinking water.
UV light systems are most commonly used for homes with well
water. Most public water systems use the known carcinogen chlorine to reduce water borne
Whole house carbon filters use coconut shell GAC (granular activated carbon) and give you the best 'bang for you buck' when it comes to contaminant removal on the whole house level. These will systems remove tons of contaminants, including:
The Basics: Residents in Bucks and Montgomery Counties have probably heard about the class of contaminants referred to as PFCs (perfluorochemicals or perfluorinated compounds) or PFASs (perfluoroalkyl substances). The most notorious of these contaminants are PFOS (Perfluorooctane sulfonate) and PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid). PFCs can be found in a number of products including:
-Teflon® (used widely on non-stick pans)
-grease resistant paper used for food wrapping (fast food wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, candy wrappers)
-water resistant clothes (such as Gore-Tex®)
-some personal care products (dental floss, shampoos, cosmetics)
(1: ATSDR-Sources of Exposure to PFAS)
Firefighting foam containing PFOS/PFOA was used by the military bases in Warminster and Horsham (2: Bagenstone). This foam is suspected to be the source of the PFOS/PFOA water contamination in Warminster, Warrington, Horsham, and Willow Grove and has contaminated the drinking water of over 100,000 individuals (2: Bagenstone).Check out the Bucks County Courier Times for more up to date and in depth coverage. Certified Water Services performed PFCs testing and found PFCs (PFOS/PFOA) in water in Warminster, Warrington, Doylestown, Churchville, Richboro, Southampton, Ivyland, Jamison, Pipersville, Chalfont, Huntingdon Valley, Hatboro, and Perkasie.
Toxicology: "Adverse health effects, including developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy or to breastfed infants (e.g., low birth weight, accelerated puberty, skeletal variations), cancer (e.g., testicular, kidney), liver effects (e.g., tissue damage), adverse immune effects, thyroid effects and disruption, and other adverse effects" are reported by the EPA’s review of the peer reviewed literature (3: EPA FACT SHEET PFOA & PFOS -2016).
The Big Problem: A major issue with PFCs is their biological persistence, or PFCs ability to resist the natural degradation processes that breaks down contaminants in the environment (4: ATSDR-ToxFAQs for Perfluoroalkyls). In other words, if PFCs get leeched into the soil from a source such as firefighting drills at a military base, a discarded carpet treated with Scotch Guard, or a fast food wrapper treated with a PFOA, they will last virtually indefinitely in the environment and may be spread out over a larger area (PFCs have been found in the Artic and open oceans) (4: ATSDR-ToxFAQs for Perfluoroalkyls).
The Bigger Problem: One of the scariest facts about PFOS & PFOA is their half-life. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry states: “It takes approximately 4 years for the level in the body to go down by half, even if no more is taken in.” (5-ATSDR-Public Health Statement for Perfluoroalkyls). Just as a reference point the half-life of inorganic arsenic, which is commonly found in well water, is about 10 hours (6: ATSDR-Arsenic Toxicity).
Removal: Certified Water Services offers PFCs (PFOS/PFOA) removal from the drinking water with reverse osmosis drinking water systems or from the whole house water with twin GAC (granular activated carbon) systems. Post installation testing for PFCs (PFOS/PFOA) is included with the twin GAC systems to confirm the efficacy of the systems.
1- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry- Sources of Exposure to PFAS- Retrieved from: atsdr.cdc.gov/pfc/sources_of_exposure.html on 02/23/2017.
2- Bagenstone - PFOS/PFOA Water Contamination- Retrieved from: buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/horsham-pfos/ on 02/22/2017.
3- United States Environmental Protection Agency- FACT SHEET PFOA & PFOS Drinking Water Health Advisories (2016)- Retrieved from: EPA's Updated Drinking water advisories PDF on 02/23/2017
4- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry-ToxFAQs for Perfluoroalkyls (2015)-Retrieved from: atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/TF.asp?id=1116&tid=237on 02/23/2017.
5- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry- Public Health Statement for Perfluoroalkyls- Retrieved from: atsdr.cdc.gov/phs/phs.asp?id=1115&tid=237 on 02/23/2017
6- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry- Arsenic Toxicity What is the Biologic Fate of Arsenic in the Body? (2009)- Retrieved from: atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/csem.asp?csem=1&po=9