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ABBEY EcoWater Systems Goes Beyond the Call to Ensure Better Water Quality

SPRING VALLEY, NY  4/21/08 – ABBEY EcoWater Systems, a division of ABBEY Ice & Spring Water,  is pleased to announce that their Sales Manager, Matthew O’Toole of Midland Park, NJ, has been certified by the Water Quality Association as a Water Treatment specialist.

            The WQA certification program is administered by the Water Quality Association, the international trade association that represents manufacturers and dealers of water treatment products. To become WQA-certified, water treatment professionals must pass a rigorous exam. They also have to meet continuing education requirements to maintain their certified status.

            While not required for all water treatment professionals, Vincent Abbatecola, General Manager at ABBEY, believes there is tremendous value in the WQA certification program.

            “When water treatment professionals are WQA-certified they have the knowledge to more effectively diagnose and solve water quality problems. They will treat their customers concerns with higher standards in mind, and they agree to take ongoing professional education courses to stay current with water technology and maintain their certifications. If WQA-certified professionals are willing to make this commitment to better serve their customers; those customers, when investing in a water treatment system, will be confident in relying on their water treatment specialist’s recommendation”, commented Abbatecola.

            O’Toole is the first ABBEY EcoWater employee to be WQA-certified, but ABBEY is encouraging additional employees to become WQA-certified.

            “We are happy and extremely proud of Matthew’s commitment to the certification program” added Abbatecola

Water Quality Products Magazine Oct. 2008
New Study from the Battelle Foundation Shows the Benefits From Using Softened Water

The Battelle Institute in conjunction with the Water Quality Association have released a report illustrating their findings on the benefits of using soft water in the home. The study shows significant energy savings on heating water in different types of water heaters and also shows how quickly hard water will effect water using appliances throughout the home.

From the WQA summary:
Water softeners can save significant amounts of money and energy in the home, a major new study by the independent Battelle Institute revealed.
Softeners help preserve the efficiency of water heaters and major appliances and keep showers and faucets unclogged, the report found. The study was commissioned by the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) in 2009. Battelle Memorial Institute is a renowned independent testing and research facility dedicated to applied science and technology development.
Among some of the key findings of the study:

Gas water heaters:
Gas storage tank household water heaters operated on softened water maintained the original factory efficiency rating over a 15-year lifetime. On the other hand, hard water can lead to as much as a 48% loss of efficiency in water heaters.
Each five grains per gallon of water hardness causes a 4% loss in efficiency and 4% increase in cost for gas storage tank water heaters when using 50 gallons of hot water per day. (On 30 gpg hard water, that’s 24% less efficient than with softened water.)
Each five grains per gallon of hardness causes an 8% loss in efficiency and 8% increase in cost when using 100 gallons of hot water per day in a gas storage tank water heater. (On 30 gpg hard water, that’s 48% less efficient than with softened water.)

Electric water heaters:
Up to 30 pounds of calcium carbonate rocklike scale can accumulate in these heaters over time, according to the study. The life of the heating element will be shortened due to scale buildup because of increased operating temperature of the heating element.
Also each five gpg of water hardness causes 0.4 pounds of scale accumulation each year in electric storage tank household water heaters. Such scale adversely affects the water heater’s performance. Battelle says in the electric storage water heaters operating on unsoftened water “the life of the heating element can be expected to shorten due to scale buildup increasing the operating temperature of the element.”

Tankless heaters:
Indoor instantaneous gas water heaters (tankless heaters) operated on softened water maintained the original factory efficiency rating over a 15-year lifetime.
The study found that tankless water heaters completely failed to function because of scale plugging in the downstream plumbing after only 1.6 years of equivalent hot water use on 26 gpg hard water. Softened water saves 34% of costs compared to operating on 20 gpg and saves 47% compared to operation on 30 gpg hard water.

Showerheads and faucets:
Showerheads on soft water maintained a brilliant luster and full flow. Faucets on softened water performed well throughout the study; nearly as well as the day they were installed. Showerheads on hard water lost 75% of the flow rate in less than 18 months. Faucets on hard water could not maintain the specified 1.25 gallons per minute flow rate because of scale collection of the strainers. The strainers on the faucets using unsoftened water were almost completely plugged after 19 equivalent days of testing.

In the study, dishwashers and washing machines were operated for 30 days and 240 completed wash cycles on soft and hard water sources. The units using soft water were almost completely free of any water scale buildup. As the report states, they appeared as if they could be cleaned up to look like new with just a quick wipe down. the appearance of the inside of units using hard water showed the need for deliming and cleaning due to the buildup of scale and deposits.

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