Bucks County's Water Softener Specials

Free Reverse Osmosis System with Purchase & Installation of a Water Softener*

- With the purchase and installation of any water softener, you will receive a free reverse osmosis unit installed in your home!
Just mention this special to the technician prior to installation.

* Certain custom installations and fixtures may be extra. Both systems must be installed at the same time. Offer not be valid when an existing water softener is being replaced with a new water softener.

Reverse Osmosis Special*

-Complete Reverse Osmosis System & Installation- $845.00

*Certain custom installations and fixtures may be extra.

In the news for 2017: PFCs (PFOS/PFOA):

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®)
-cleaning products
-some personal care products (dental floss, shampoos, cosmetics)
-firefighting foam
(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=237 on 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

This is an interesting and eye opening list of ten things that one should know about water from the Circle of Blue website:

"10 Things You Should Know:"

1 – One drop of oil can make up to 25 liters (6.6 gallons) of water undrinkable.
2 – Seventy percent of the world’s water is used for agriculture, 22 percent for industry and 8 percent for domestic use. Low and middle income countries use 82 percent of their water for agriculture, 10 percent for industry and 8 percent for domestic use. High income countries use 30 percent of their water for agriculture, 59 percent for industry and 11 percent for domestic use.
3 – A person is able to survive one month without food but only five to seven days without water.
4 – Of all the Earth’s water, 97.5 percent is salt and 2.5 is fresh. Of that water, about 70 percent is locked in glacial ice and 30 percent in soil, leaving under 1 percent (.007 percent of the total water) readily accessible for human use.
5 – A water footprint, or virtual water, is the amount of water used in the entire production and/or growth of a specific product. For example, 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs) of beef has a water footprint of 16,000 liters (4,226.8 gallons); one sheet of paper has a water footprint of 10 liters (2.6 gallons); one cup of tea has a water footprint of 35 liters (9.2 gallons); and one microchip has a water footprint of 32 liters (8.5 gallons).
6 – It takes 94.5 to 189.3 liters of water (25 to 50 gallons) to take a five-minute shower; 7.6 to 26.5 liters (2-7 gallons) to flush a toilet; 7.6 liters (2 gallons) to brush one’s teeth; and 75.7 liters (20 gallons) to hand wash dishes.
7 – 6,000 children die each day from preventable water-related diseases.
8 – The population of the United States is approximately 304 million; the population of Europe is approximately 732.7 million; 1.1 billion people lack adequate drinking water access; and 2.6 billion people lack basic water sanitation.
9 – The average American uses about 575 liters of water (151.9 gallons) per day, with about 60 percent of that being used out-of-doors (watering lawns, washing cars, etc.). The average European uses 250 liters of water (66 gallons) per day. 1.1 billion people lack adequate water access, using less than 19 liters (5 gallons) per day.
10 – The average American uses 30.3 times more water than a person who lacks adequate water access; the average European uses 13.2 times more water than a person who lacks adequate water access."

From the CBS Philly's Dr. Brian McDonough's article "New Study Looks At Cancer Causing Chemical In Villanova Area Water, published 12/20/2010," and The Environmental Working Group's article "Chromium-6 – the Erin Brockovich Chemical – Is Widespread in U.S. Tap Water:"

Hexavalent chromium, the “probable carcinogen” made famous by the film Erin Brockovich, has been found in Villanova, PA (19085) tap water, according to a study released 12/19/2010 by The Environmental Working Group. Scientist recently found evidence that hexavalent chromium, when ingested, causes cancer in laboratory animals and has been linked to liver and kidney damage. The EPA’s analysis of the contaminant, released in a draft in September 2010, cites “significant cancer concerns linked to exposure to the contaminant in drinking water.”

From The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sandy Bauer's article "Philly Water Department wants dogs to carry poop message," published 11/28/2010

Dog droppings on the streets, sidewalks, and public parks can add to water quality problems by running into streams and water systems. In the steeply graded communities of Roxboro, Manayunk, and East Falls there is “plenty of opportunity for poop to plummet to the Schuylkill.” Statistics provided by the Water Department cites that dogs in the U.S. produce 3.6 billion pounds of waste a year. Doggy waste can take upward of a year to decompose and harbors fecal coliform bacteria as well as other contaminants. Subsequently, the Philadelphia Water Department has chosen a “spokes dog” to educate people about “the evils” of dog waste.

From Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, Ph.D.'s article "Increased Risks in the Elderly from Tap Water Consumption:"

In a study funded by the National Institute of Health, the University of California found a significant higher risk of illness in elderly patients who consumed tap water compared to those who drank filtered water. The tap water in the study met all federal and state and federal water quality guidelines, and was from a high quality water source in Sonoma County, California. This adds fuel to the ongoing debate that water quality standards should be more stringent to protect the immunocompromised population, including the elderly, children, and others with chronic health conditions.

From MSN's Article "13 Ways to Never Get Cancer"

Other than a healthy lifestyle (diet, exercise, and avoiding tobacco products), the #1 way is to filter your tap water. Here's why: "You'll reduce your exposure to known or suspected carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals. A new report from the President's Cancer Panel on how to reduce exposure to carcinogens suggests that home-filtered tap water is a safer bet than bottled water, whose quality often is not higher—and in some cases is worse—than that of municipal sources, according to a study by the Environmental Working Group."

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