having worked on construction and homebuilding materal-related
industries for several years in the Interlake region in and around
Ashern, Rick Schwartz became involved in the business of water
treatment equipment installation and consulting.
He first started his business, Aquasure Water Systems, in 2001 in
Stonewall before relocating to Stony Mountain last year.
As one of the Interlake's water treatment specialists, Schwartz
specializes in dealing with water problems, which includes the quality
of the water itself (it can be or become hard, rusty and foul smelling,
for example) to industry-related issues such as the application of
government regulations and compliance with the latter.
For example, the province is presently in the process of
implementing a new water drinking act over a five-year period, which
affects the operation and maintenance of many "multiple-use" (more than
one connection to the same water source) water supplies. The main
thrust of the new act, accoring to Schwartz, is chlorination, which can
be the cause of concern if only because it is harder to control levels
in smaller applications of water treatment.
Schwartz does not keep regular office hours because virtually all
of his consulting, installation and maintenance/repare activities will
of course take place on site at the client's home. To visit Schwartz at
his place of business, one must first call to make an appointment.
More-over, he does not charge for in-home consultations in the event
no work is to be done to the existing water treatment installation.
Aquasure has developed a reputation in the Interlake for its
"ability to assess, address and fix problems." says Schwartz.
"People should always get a second opinion on whether their
equipment needs cleaning or fixing." he adds. Indeed, and this has been
the source of much of the growth of Aquasure's business throughout the
region, and Schwartz claims that on average he will be able to save
on-third to one-half of the price charged by his bigger competitors on
the complete replacement of a water treatment system.
Most of the work Aquasure does revolves around the cleaning and
maintenance of water softeners which is something that shoould be done
regularly to avoid the unnecessary discarding of perfectly good
to say that landfills abound with softeners that only needed a good
cleaning in order to remain serviceable.
Which brings us to environmental concerns. Schwartz says that
households typically use two to three times the amount of salt needed
for effective water treatment, which means that more water is needed
when it comes to the point at which the system re-cycles itsef. He
also points out that he uses a non-chemical iron filter, which not
only is a great boon for the environment, but it will also save his
clients up to $200 per year on operating costs.
While a great deal of Aquasure's business can be very
repetitive (cleaning water softeners on a regular basis, for example),
Schwartz says that he has also had a few major projects such as the
installation of a complete water purification system for a medical
Also, he was asked to consult on the water system for a dairy
which had a very high iron content and which was using up to 15,000
gallons of water a day!
For more information on what Aquasure Water Systems can do for
your water treatment meeds, please contact Rick Schwartz at (204) 632-1385.