Demand for Pure Water Grows

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Kim Wilke and her husband, Marvin, are the local consultants for the EcoloIonex brand of water treatment systems. Mrs. Wilke's parents, DeWayne and Sandra Hanes, applied principles of science to take out harmful contaminants and add minerals to make the water taste better, smell better, and feel better.

Soon after entering the water treatment business in the 1960s, DeWayne and Sandra (Schlager) Hanes realized that softening the water was not enough to meet the clean, safe water needs of their customers. And so -- in the years which followed -- DeWayne and Sandra began working on a system that not only softened water but also removed a wide range of contaminants, including nitrates, arsenic, radon and uranium.

Their work was not only important, it was essential for the many regions of the country facing water hardness and contamination challenges. As a result, the Hanes's company -- EcoloIonex -- attracted a growing numbers of users in all the areas where it was introduced, including Hastings, Goodland, McCook and Broken Bow.

Today, the popularity of EcoloIonex continues to spread, with Mr. and Mrs. Hanes' daughters and sons selling and servicing EcoloIonex products in Texas, New York and Illinois in addition to Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming.

From the beginning, the McCook and Culbertson area has been a leading supporter of the EcoloIonex clean water system.

"Mom and Dad grew up in Culbertson and I was born in the McCook hospital, so we brought EcoloIonex products and services to this area years ago," said Kim Wilke, who teams with her husband, Marvin, as this area's water system consultants. Marvin has ties to this region as his parents retired in Culbertson 20 years ago and now Kim and Marvin make their home in McCook, making it convenient to serve the customers in the Tri-State Region.

"The water treatment concept was important, but Dad took the next step. He applied the principles of science to take out harmful contaminants and add minerals to make the water taste better, smell better and feel better," Kim said.

Called the "Clean Water System," EcoloIonex equipment removes contaminants from water as it comes into the home, making it safer to bathe in, drink and use for all household needs. EcoloIonex is also of value to larger enterprises, including car wash companies, nursing homes and factories. Water coolers are also available for homes and offices.

Logging many miles in their trusty pickup, Kim and Marvin travel widely for demonstrations, installations and service. To show the advantages of scientific water treatment, the Wilkes bring along a water testing laboratory and a miniature water conditioner with see-through sides. This allows an immediate analysis of the home or business owner's water. It also lets the families and business people feel and taste the water before and after the EcoloIonex treatment.

"The water tastes clean and pure and it's softer to the touch," the Wilkes said. Through testing, some of the contaminant levels are immediately known, but others are taken to Olsen's Agricultural Laboratory in McCook for exact determinations of contamination. The result is an analysis which allows EcoloIonex to prescribe a water treatment system tailored to the needs of the home or business.

"Every test is different, but the goal is always the same: to deliver the safest, cleanest water possible to the customer," the Wilkes said.

To achieve that, EcoloIonex offers a selection of clean water systems which carry lifetime warranties. The heavy duty, fully automatic, computerized systems include the Infinity II and Maximum I water conditioners and the AquaVite water softener.

Featured products of EcoloIonex also include the Platinum IV reverse osmosis system and the AquaVite Drinking Water System, both of which utilize encapsulated coconut shell carbon filters. These state-of-the-art water purification systems provide pure, safe water on tap for pennies a days, Kim said. They also have the advantage of the coconut shell carbon treatment, which is much cleaner and healthier than coal carbon systems.

"In the demonstrations, we show families and business people how they can save money on soap and water conditioner salt in addition to gaining great health, taste and water use benefits," Kim said, adding: "No matter what unit people may have, EcoloIonex has equipment and methods to add to the existing system to improve water quality in their home."

Marvin Wilke travels extensively in the area, providing demonstrations, installation, and service to the EcoloIonex water treatment systems.

To find out more about EcoloIonex, Kim and Marvin invite you to give them a call at 308-340-6613. They will give you a call back and, if you wish, arrange a demonstration at your convenience. You can also find out more about EcoloIonex by going to the company's website:

Inspired by their father and mother, all of DeWayne and Sandra's children are involved in the water field, with four of the children -- Kim, Brian, Lesli and Tammi -- selling and servicing EcoloIonex equipment in New York, Texas and Nebraska. Their parents also remain active, directing EcoloIonex operations from the home office in Broken Bow.

"We're soon going to be entering the third generation as my daughter and son-in-law, Danny and Andrea Wagner, will be offering EcoloIonex sales and service in the Grand Island area. By so doing, the Wagners will be continuing the family's Culbertson connection as Danny grew up there."

With other children and grandchildren, the opportunity exists for further growth of the EcoloIonex business in the future. That would please Kim and the other members of her and Marvin's families.

"For us, selling, installing and servicing clean water systems is more than a business. It's a mission. We're dedicated to providing pure, healthy water to families and businesses in all the areas we serve," Kim and Marvin said.

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  • While there are definitely many different systems on the market, there is only one that will remove all of the harmful contaminants in the water, and that is reverse osmosis. All others will remove some contaminants, based on what they are targeted for. Fr example, carbon filters, like the pitcher styles, are designed to target chlorine, whereas reverse osmosis targets all contaminants.

    -- Posted by AdamM on Thu, Oct 17, 2013, at 5:52 PM
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