Frozen Pipes

Baby it’s cold outside! The freezing temps have decided to start early and give us a wake up call before we got to 2018. Everyone knows that frozen pipes are a possibility but it’s a good idea to learn how to prevent water pipes from freezing and how to thaw them if they do freeze… read more →

Water Softener Recharge 101: How often should my water softener regenerate?

Ever been awake in the middle of the night and heard your water softener regenerating and wonder, “How often should my water softener regenerate, is it going too often or maybe not enough?” How often a water softener regenerates or recharges is controlled by the control valve of a water softener system. The “control valve”.. read more →

Hot Water Reserve: The Benefits of Installing a Hot Water Recirculation Line

Have you ever stood at your sink and wasted gallons of water waiting for it to get hot? The proximity of your water heater in relationship to the faucets in your home makes a difference. If the hot water heater is located in the basement on one side of the house while your kitchen faucet.. read more →

Hard, Cold Facts: Hard water effects and what it does to your home

According to the US geological survey, hard water can be found in more than 85% of households in the US. Hard water contains calcium and magnesium that water picks up as it runs through rock surfaces. These minerals become deposits that build up on surfaces such as pipes, fixtures, hair, skin and laundry, just to.. read more →

Wise Up: Dirty Little Secrets Behind Bottled Water

McGowan Water has been in the profession of providing safe and healthy drinking water to families and businesses across southern Minnesota for over 60 years. The Land of 10,000 Lakes provides us with opportunities to have easy access to water. Whether it’s our lakes, rivers, private wells tapped into groundwater suppliers like aquifers or public.. read more →

Smelly Ice: Remove Food Odor and have Crystal Clear Ice Cubes

You know that moment when you open your freezer to get some ice and you’re hit with that smell? You know the one – the one that makes your nose scrunch up and your stomach drop. What is that smell? Where does it come from and why does your ice look cloudy, smell and taste.. read more →

Testing the Well

For all your country folk that are not hooked up to city water but have a private well or share with neighbors, this information is for you. Testing your well water is extremely important to maintain clean water for healthy living. As the well owner, you are responsible for testing your well to ensure that.. read more →

The American Dream

McGowan & Son’s National Soft Water Service, which later became McGowan Water Conditioning was started by Lyle “Mac” McGowan on May 1, 1955. Mac had worked for Mankato Culligan and felt like he could do a better job of providing soft water service to the Mankato area.  He achieved the American dream and started his.. read more →