We are plagued with excessive iron or sulfur content in our water, giving it an odd taste or funny smell. It isn’t appealing, and in some cases, the levels of mineral deposits in your water, depending on the amount and type, can be harmful. Stop buying bottled water and start drinking the water coming out of your tap. We can recommend and install a proper water treatment system to filter out the mineral deposits in your water to give it a good, pure taste.
We also offer water conditioning services. Whether hard water is clogging your pipes, damaging your water heaters, or destroying your dishwasher, we can fix it. No more scrubbing off layers of calcium and limescale when you clean your shower! We can recommend the right water conditioning system for you.
Water Treatment and Conditioning
Only about 15% of Americans source their water from their own private well or springs on their property. The vast majority on the other hand rely on federal and state government regulated drinking water. For that majority, they have less to worry about as the government authorities treat the water before distribution, to suit consumption.
The 15% who have a private well derive a sense of security form the ‘healthy’ groundwater they use. While for the most part ground water is healthier than the chemically treated alternative from the city or county, its safety cannot be guaranteed without the proper testing. As professional well pump and water treatment specialists, we always advise that you install a well water treatment or conditioning system to be on the safe side.
So how safe is water well for direct consumption?
The answer to the above question depends on a variety of conditions and circumstances. Having specialized in pump systems that take care of water treatment, conditioning and supply to your property, we can say for sure that there is no one-fits-all answer.
The safety of your well water depends on the depth of your well, the state of the soil, previous or ongoing agricultural activity, source of you well water as well as natural disasters such as storms and floods.
As far as depth goes, a well that is not deep is both economical and it means your pump system will not labor to get water to your property. However, chances of contaminants reaching your water are always higher. With a very deep well, potential contaminants would take longer to reach your water. There is also a higher probability that water from a deeper well will be in greater supply than a shallow one. There are pros and cons of each and the best way to determine which is better is by contacting a professional.
Wells in agriculturally intensive areas also have a higher likelihood of contamination especially when it rains. This is due to washing away of pesticides used in the farms so it always pays to have a water treatment and conditioning system. Floods and storms can potentially carry with them contaminants that might find their way into you water well.
In all the above cases, there is only one surefire way to ensure that the water supply in your property is safe: contact us to install, repair, or service your water pump and filtration system. We can also test your water to understand how to treat or condition.
What options do I have to treat or condition my well water?
Finding the ideal well water filtration system can be an uphill task but a worthy one especially if you have no municipal supply line, and for your own peace of mind. Moreover, if you thought your well water is too clear to be contaminated, The University of Minnesota says otherwise.
Below we look at different solutions for treating well water depending on the underlying cause of contamination:
- Bad taste or odor: odor and a bad taste in well water results from contamination by a variety of contaminants. Often, it is hard to tell the contaminant without testing the water. The easiest way to treat water and clear this kind of microorganisms is to use a granular activated carbon and a chlorinator to handle them. Carbon works as a neutralizer, ridding your well water of the unpleasant tastes and odors. The cloudiness in the water after changing the filter does not affect portability and clears out within the first two weeks.
- Treating water contaminated by amoeba, parasites and other bacteria: adding a chlorinator to a whole house well water pump and filtration system helps kill parasites and bacteria. This you should consider as bacteria is a persistent contaminant even in clean well water. If there is a nearby sewage, sewer line or waste disposal area, chances are that bacteria will seep into your well water. It is better to stay safe by having a water treatment system installed. You can also have in place reverse osmosis filters to help remove the chlorine from your well water.
- Lead: lead is a water pollutant that has grave health effects. Lead poisoning happens by consumption of contaminated water. Lead contamination in well water happens when the water moves through old municipal water lines that were mostly constructed using lead pipes. Although there are under the sink lead filters available, the safest prevention of water contamination by this dangerous element is overhauling the whole piping system where lead pipes are present.
- Sediment removal: common sediments in water include sand and iron, which is frequently invisible to the naked eye. Despite the clarity of your water, it will always have some sediments if it is not filtered. There is a variety of sediment filters and these not only make your water safe for use and consumption, they also protect your faucets and appliances from damage and clogging. A double sediment filter is the best option where one filter traps large particles and a second smaller one.
Depending on your needs, you can opt for an individual water treatment setup that can be installed at certain places. This can be in either the kitchen, bathroom, or both. On the other hand, for ultimate water purity, it is advisable that you install a complete water filtration system covering the whole house or property. Ideally, this would consist of the above-mentioned water treatment and conditioning equipment: carbon filter, chlorinator, and particle filter. Professionals like us are able to integrate all the filters to complement each other.
The resultant arrangement is known as a point-of-entry system and has the capability to clear your well water of any contaminants and pollutants.
Other water conditioners and treatment options include water softeners, reverse osmosis filters, aeration filters (an environmental and cost friendly option), and ultraviolet germicidal irradiation lamps. The options can be wide and varied, sometimes even confusing. The best approach is by contacting professionals like us with a deeper understanding of these systems for consultation, guidance and direction.