Your well water may or may not need treatment. Ground water from drilled wells is naturally filtered and cool. Many well owners are satisfied with the quality of their water just as it comes from the well.
Most complaints about drinking water – whether from public water systems or from wells – are aesthetic, particularly about taste, odor and hardness. These are not necessarily harmful and can often be remedied by a home treatment device. Home drinking water treatment devices can also help with health or safety problems, if any are identified when you have your water tested. You should always have your water tested before installing a drinking water treatment device. The test’s results will help you determine whether any home treatment device is necessary or what type is the most suitable.
Maintaining your water treatment devices
You can’t install a home water treatment device and forget about it! Most of the time, maintenance will not be expensive or time consuming, but it is necessary! Usually, you will need to replace filter cartridges or ultraviolet lights at least once a year. Find out about any maintenance requirements and associated costs before you purchase a device. Then maintain it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. An improperly maintained device can cause more harm than good! Keeping accurate maintenance records is very important.
What health-related contaminants should you be aware of?
Your well should be disinfected and tested annually for bacterial contamination. This type of contamination can be the result of a poorly sited or constructed septic system too close to the well or agricultural run-off. Improper well construction or servicing may also result in bacterial contamination of your water.
What contaminants may cause taste, odor, color and other aesthetic drinking water problems?
Iron in your water can stain your laundry and fixtures and give your water a bitter, metallic taste. Iron can be in soluble or oxidized form, each requires a different type of treatment.
Hydrogen sulfide is a gas produced by decaying underground organic deposits, which gives it a rotten egg smell and unpleasant taste. Hydrogen sulfide is easily dissolved in water. It is very corrosive and will rapidly tarnish silver, causing it to turn black. Sometimes, the hydrogen sulfide is in the hot water but not in the cold. This may be due to a chemical reaction that takes place in the water heater between the magnesium anode of the water heater and the sulfate in the water.
Hardness is common in ground water. It is caused by minerals being picked up by the water as it moves through rocks and soil. Areas with limestone rock are particularly susceptible. Hardness can cause mineral deposits in water heaters and pipes, film on sinks and bathtubs, and the need to use more soap in dishwashers and washing machines. Hardness can also reduce the efficiency of water heaters and cause them to wear out sooner.
The more you know about the quality of your water and what treatment may be needed, the more likely you will be to avoid unnecessary, costly or inappropriate equipment. Please contact our office today so we may assist you in designing a system for your specific needs.