Water Quality and Tea

I recently went out to a home where the home owners had purchased a house that had set dormant for twenty years. They were concerned with their drinking water because it had a funny smell and it was also creating some staining on their fixtures. They were drinking the water but wanted to know if there was any way to make it taste and smell better. I made them some Lipton tea which is shown in the image above. One of the glasses was made with the water they were currently drinking, and the other with water from a reverse osmosis machine. The image below is from Lipton’s website. Can you tell which one is the reverse osmosis water?

Credit to www.lipton.com

If you are experiencing smelly water, or just want to raise the quality of your water, give me a call at 320-980-7711.


Let Me Introduce My Introverted Self

First of all, thank you for taking the time to read my first blog! I am truly honored by your willingness to let me share some of this adventure with you.

“Jeff, you’re an introvert, how can you be successful as an in home sales person?” This was the question I was asking myself after submitting my resume to a water treatment company. I asked myself this again after I received a phone call asking if I was interested in a phone interview with Kelly. Kelly is the Owner and President of Moti-Vitality, a company that hires and trains Water Treatment Sales Professionals.

When Kelly called I had to run out to my car to speak with him. It was pretty busy at my favorite hot chocolate place in town. When I mentioned Caribou he responded with excitement because Finken Water Solutions provides the water treatment for Caribou Coffee. He then came up with a slogan for Finken over the phone “Whatever your drinkin’ it came from Finken”. It was a nice icebreaker.

Ok, back to my self confidence issues. After my 4th interview, the last one being with Tom Finken the Owner of Finken Companies my self confidence was high. I was walking out of the restaurant we met at with the proud new job title of Territory Manager for Finken Water Solutions. Now its 4 months later and I am loving what I do. Sometimes I wonder how a guy with a degree in Criminal Justice now works as a Territory Manager in the water treatment industry. I can tell you I am very happy to be where I am and enjoy sharing information with people. It gives me an opportunity to serve my community in a meaningful way.

Going forward my hope for this Blog is to give you a lot less information about me and more information about water. We depend on water in so many ways, many of which we don’t even realize. I hope you find my blog interesting and maybe even useful to you in your life.

I ran across this article while doing research for a customer on Reverse Osmosis Systems. Its worth the quick read.

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Scale Deposits

Scale Deposits


Scale deposits are a typical indicator of hard water.

Hard water is a common quality of water which contains dissolved compounds of calcium and magnesium and, sometimes, other divalent and trivalent metallic elements.

The term hardness was originally applied to waters that were hard to wash in, referring to the soap wasting properties of hard water. Hardness prevents soap from lathering by causing the development of an insoluble curdy precipitate in the water; hardness typically causes the buildup of hardness scale (such as seen in cooking pans). Dissolved calcium and magnesium salts are primarily responsible for most scaling in pipes and water heaters and cause numerous problems in laundry, kitchen, and bath. Hardness is usually expressed in grains per gallon (or ppm) as calcium carbonate equivalent.

The degree of hardness standard as established by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (S-339) and the Water Quality Association (WQA) is:

Degree of Hardness Grains per Gallon (gpg) ppm (or mg/L)
 Soft <1.0 <17.0
Slightly Hard 1.0-3.5 17.1-60
Moderately Hard 3.5-7.0 60-120
Hard 7.0-10.5 120-180
Very Hard >10.5 >180

Symptoms include:

  • Stiff, dingy laundry
  • Mineral deposits on dishes and glassware
  • High soap usage & need for fabric softeners
  • Dry, itchy skin and scalp
  • Unmanageable hair
  • Extra work to remove soap curd on bathtubs & shower stalls
  • High energy costs, possibly due to scale build-up in pipes and on appliances
  • Scale build up in sinks, tubs, faucets & appliances

Call for a FREE WATER TEST and see what’s in your water!  (320) 980-2338

Fuel Your Herd with Pure Water

Fuel Your Animals with Pure Water

Finken Water Treatment offers customized, chemical-free and cost effective water treatment solutions to enhance the health of your animals.

An animal’s need for water varies with the type of animal and production level, as well as environmental conditions. Proper amounts of good, clean water are important for health and productivity.

Water for Cattle

Just like humans, cows need clean, fresh drinking water.Water is one of the most important, yet often neglected, nutrients for your cows. Water ranks second only to oxygen in importance to the cow yet it is the most often neglected nutrient. Water intake is related to animal size, age, activity, productivity and environment. Lack of water intake will reduce food intake. Cows need water to maintain their blood volume, to keep organs and tissues functioning, and to aid in digestion and absorption of feed.

To maximize water intake:

  • Maintain adequate water pressure and water availability. Cows want to drink the most right after meals. Water bowls should provide 1 to 2 gallons per minute and water tanks should supply 2 to 4 gallons per minute. A water tank at least three feet long and two feet wide is needed for every 20 cows in a group.
  • Have accessible sources. Like people, cows prefer to eat, then drink, eat, then drink, and so on. Water tanks need to be easily accessible, at least 50 feet from the feed bunk. Ten to twelve feet is needed around the water tank to reduce pushing and shoving.
  • Offer warm water. Cows prefer water that is 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Avoid stray voltage. Over 3-4 volts can cause cows not to drink and as little as ½ volt has reduced water intake.
  • Add water to the total mixed ration Bringing the moisture level up to 55-57% using added water in TMR’s may increase total water intake and reduce the potential for cows to sort their rations
  • Have your water tested. It is recommended that water be analyzed at least once per year regardless of perceived problems. Maintain good records of water analysis from year to year so that you can prove when contamination occurred, if necessary.
  • Maintain water quality. Cleanliness, bacteria, chemicals, and minerals affect water quality. Poor water quality reduces water intake. Cows are more sensitive than people are to water quality problems. Some signs of water intake problems include: cows lapping at water, blowing bubbles in water, and hovering over the water tank. Cleaning water tanks at least once per week can make an impact. Water purification systems make a big difference in the quality of the water for your cows. High sulfate and high iron are common problems. High sulfate will smell like rotten eggs. Iron can give water a metallic taste. These minerals can reduce palatability and reduce the absorption of other dietary minerals, most notably copper, zinc, and selenium. Reductions in the availability of these trace minerals can result in poor reproductive performance in cows. High water sulfate combined with low levels of dietary copper has been found to cause polioenphalo-malacia (PEM). This is a thiamine deficiency that is evidenced by weakness and loss of coordination. It is more common in calves. The properly sized and built water treatment system can reduce bacteria, nitrates and other problems in water plus help balance pH. Another means of controlling bacteria in water is by ultraviolet radiation.

Water for Pigs

Make sure your pigs have clean drinking water!There are five basic nutrients in pig rations. They are water, crude protein, metabolizable energy, minerals and vitamins. Of those, water is the most important nutrient.

Pigs must always have clean, fresh water to drink and it must be supplied in optimal amounts for proper growth, development and performance. Even with free access to automatic watering devices, low flow rates may cause the pig to consume inadequate amounts of water. Check to make sure the water barrel is functioning every feeding.

One pig needs 2-3 gallons of water every day. When they are feeding young, sows need to drink more water because they have to produce milk. The water should be in the shade and it is very important to make sure the container cannot be turned over. Tie it to a post or pole in the ground.

Water purification systems make a big difference in the quality of the water for your pigs by reducing risk of contamination by bacteria and nitrates plus improving the overall flavor, freshness and drink-ability.


It's important for your animals to have clean, safe drinking water. Daily Animal Water Consumption Requirements

Dairy cow                     20 gallons
Cow with a calf             15 gallons
Yearling cattle               12 gallons
Horse                           10 gallons
Pig                                3 gallons
Sheep                           2 gallons
Turkey                           ¾ gallon
Chicken                         ½ gallon

Reasons animals don’t get enough water:

• too crowded around the waterers
• waterers are not delivering the water fast enough due to restricted flow from corroded valves or pipes that are clogged from iron-bacteria slime or scale
• a lack of supply or drinking devices
• low chemical quality such as very acidic, very alkaline, hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg odor)
• pollution from high total bacteria counts or coliform from fecal or non-fecal sources
• bad or metallic taste from iron, manganese, sulfates or a high total dissolved solids
• algae (especially the blue-green type)
• sites of contamination – water source, pressure tank, reservoir, drinking device, feed or manure


If you suspect problems with your water, Finken Water Treatment will come to your site and test it for free then give you the best recommendation on how to treat the issue.

Bad Habit Brewing Co Logo

Bad Habit Makes Good Beer

The best beer starts with perfect water, from Finken of course.

Bad Habit Brewing Co  in  St. Joseph, MN

Bad Habit Brewery in downtown St. Joseph makes beer out of tap water.

Hard tap water.

Sound like a tough place to start when you’re making beer this good? Well, it is. If you’d leave it that way. But at Bad Habit, they use carbon filtration from Finken Water Solutions which helps them turn tap water into the perfect water for beer brewing.

The Finken carbon filtration system filters the water but leaves behind some trace minerals, such as calcium and sodium, which you do want in good beer. The system then removes the chemicals in the water, such as chlorine, which you clearly don’t want in your water – especially not in your beer!

Tap Room at Bad Habit Brewing Co in St. Joseph, MNDon’t get us wrong, there’s nothing really bad about city water. Cities work hard to make their water safe and drinkable, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s pure. For one thing, it’s still hard. Hard water is just water that has minerals like magnesium and sulfate from the earth still in it. It won’t hurt you, in fact some people like the taste. If it’s too mineral-rich over too much time however, it can gunk up your appliances, get stuck in your hair and on your skin, and coat the insides of your pipes and water heater with a whitish almost calcified collection of hardened gunk. But actually, when it comes to making beer, a few trace minerals are not such a bad thing. Those natural minerals, in certain quantities, can taste pretty good and are essential to the flavor profiles of beer. There are six main water ion components that need to be balanced when brewing beer: Carbonate, Sodium, Chloride, Sulfate, Calcium and Magnesium. Bad Habit’s new filtration system from Finken helps monitor the ion and hardness levels in the water that they use in order to brew the perfect beer.

It does help that Bad Habit Brewery’s owner is Finken Water Solutions’ own water expert, Aaron Rieland. A commercial and residential water treatment specialist for more than a decade, Aaron knows his water as well as he knows his beer. “Water is obviously the primary component of beer,” Aaron said, “If you don’t have balanced water, you don’t have good beer.”

Taps at Bad Habit Brewing Co in St. Joseph, MNIn addition to the filtration products, Finken supplied Bad Habit with all new plumbing to supply the brewers, bar and spankin’ new sinks, ran a trench down the center of the brew area floor, installed a tankless water heater, ran all the glycol refrigerant lines, installed all new ductwork and class A super heat-proof venting for the brewers and fired up the monster walk-in chiller.

“It turned out really great,” Aaron said. “We wanted an atmosphere that is comfortable and casual and our climate control in here will be really great even when the brewers are cooking.”

Caribou Coffee has partnered with Finken to bring you great tasting coffee.

Finken has partnered with Caribou Coffee!

What’s the secret of a fabulous cup of coffee? The water of course! Finken Water Solutions was recently selected by Caribou Coffee to update and modify the water treatment systems in all Caribou Coffee retails stores to ensure their water, and therefore all of their coffee, is consistently delicious.

Over the past few months, the Finken team has been installing Hellenbrand Water Treatment systems and Nimbus reverse osmosis systems in select Twin Cities Caribou Coffee locations. The water softeners remove the hardness and impurities from the water, which helps with the taste of the coffee, but also preserves the integrity of each store’s equipment. It helps ensure faucets, sinks, ovens, counter tops, serving and prep areas are sparkling clean. The reverse osmosis system has membranes that filter out chemicals, medications and tiny pollutants that may alter taste.

The Finken Water Solutions team completes the installations during overnight shifts to avoid business interruption. Our goal is to complete two stores per evening and then ten stores per week. The first phase of the project began in February 2015 and included 82 central Minnesota locations. Future phases will roll out throughout the year with final completion of existing locations by the spring of 2016. Finken is also supporting all new retail store openings. Finken Water Solutions is happy to partner with Caribou Coffee to deliver consistently pure and delicious coffee!