How can we ensure water and air quality is optimal in our homes? In a word, technology. Erik Bernal, president and CEO, Elite Water Systems, sits down with Constructech editorial director Peggy Smedley to discuss current challenges with water and indoor air—and the solutions that can help.
Connected World (CW): What does your company provide?
Erik Bernal (EB): We provide residential and commercial water and air quality solutions designed to answer the problems of tomorrow.
CW: What are some current challenges we have with water and indoor air issues?
EB: Most water contaminates are not regulated and are extremely detrimental to our health. If it’s bad for our health, it’s bad for the environment. Indoor air pollution, otherwise known as indoor smog or the next tobacco isn’t regulated and leads to numerous health disadvantages synonymous with some of the most polluted cities in the world, such as Mumbai.
CW: How do your solutions help?
EB: Our products are designed with the most advanced science on the market deploying easy to install solutions. First, our solutions are more robust and certified at the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation), WQA (Water Quality Assn.), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and other third-party organizations to be of the utmost integrity in quality and contaminate removal.
CW: Why is this so important today?
EB: There is no new water and every ounce we pollute, pollutes the earth and our body. We have to filter what we cannot see as ignorance is not bliss anymore. Water is getting worse in quality and so is the air we breathe indoors and outdoors. We are systematically the only species on the planet dumb enough to destroy ourselves and the home (earth) we live on.
CW: What impact does all of this have on homeowners’ carbon footprint?
EB: From an air quality perspective, every gas-powered appliance, every load of laundry or dishes washed and dried with chemical softening and chlorinated agents that are super-heated in an accelerated vessel creates concentrated pollution that is either released into the home or the atmosphere. We have to control the kind of chemicals we use to cook and clean with and be able to better ventilate and purify the home.
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CW: Also, please provide a brief description of your solution that will be used in the Living Lab.
EB: This water product is called the Titanium, which is the most advanced point-of-entry water system on the market. It has the highest rated flow rates removing 99.7% of lead and other heavy metals, 99.7% ofPFAS (perfluorinated alkylated substances) PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) as well as VOCs (volatile organic compounds), disinfectant by-products, as well e-coli down to a .1 micron in size.