Bob Auchinachie has been affiliated with Kinetico Water Systems for more than a decade, yet he still marvels at the products he sells and installs as part of his H2ahh Water Purification System. And Auchinachie and his family have plenty of experience with all things water: He’s the fourth-generation owner of Auchinachie Plumbing, which started in Binghamton in 1906.
“The Kinetico products really are unbelievable,” said Auchinachie. “They’ve been around for more than 35 years, and we’ve had the franchise to install them in the Syracuse area for the past 10 years. They’re unlike anything else in terms of water softeners and purification systems because they aren’t electric, and they use one-third less salt and water to deliver what we feel is the cleanest water on the market.”
The softener component is installed at the water’s point of entry into the home or commercial building, allowing for soft, non-acidic water to travel throughout the entire system, lessening the potential damage to pipes, faucets and shower heads. At the kitchen sink or other consumption areas, a filter using reverse osmosis purifies the water for drinking and cooking.
Clean drinking water is a concern for everyone, but hard water – water that has high amounts of dissolved minerals – is of particular concern in Central New York. While it isn’t necessarily a health risk, hard water can cause mineral buildup on fixtures, dry skin and poor soap and detergent performance.
“Clinton, which is not too far from Syracuse, has some of the hardest water in the country,” Auchinachie said. “We’ve installed several systems in the area to outstanding results. The people, who have tried other purification systems in the past, are amazed at how well the Kinetico products through H2ahh perform.”
Kinetico products, including the ones Auchinachie installs with his H2ahh line, are customizable. Water in a home or business is tested to determine which filters will best clean each system’s water. Well water and city water can have different concentrations of harmful chemicals and minerals, and will need different filters for purification.