Water filtration stow, ma

STOW, MA WATER FILTRATION OPTIONS 

water filtration stow,ma

If you are read­ing this and you are a res­i­dent of Stow, you most like­ly have pri­vate well water sup­ply­ing your home which may require some type of water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­er sys­tem.  Since the bank­rupt­cy of Ass­a­bet Water Com­pa­ny in Novem­ber, 2010, all res­i­dents of Stow have had to rely on pri­vate well water for their homes.  See Ass­a­bet Water Fil­ing 11–10

As is the case with most well water in Mass­a­chu­setts, Stow, MA has cer­tain com­mon con­t­a­m­i­nants that find their way into the water sup­ply such as iron and man­ganese.  Addi­tion­al­ly, a low pH, which can be cor­ro­sive to pip­ing and appli­ance inter­nals is also not uncom­mon.  Per­haps the most con­cern­ing are poten­tial lev­els of Arsenic (see link at Stow Inde­pen­dent Arti­cle on Arsenic) or Radon in well water that can have a high­er degree of risk asso­ci­at­ed with it.  Even these con­t­a­m­i­nants, how­ev­er, can be removed reli­ably with the prop­er water fil­tra­tion sys­tem and/or water soft­en­er sys­tem.

Water filtration for iron in Stow, MA

Stain­ing From Dis­solved Iron in Water

 

Hard Water in Stow, MA needs Water Softener

Dam­ag­ing hard water scale build-up-in pipes

Hav­ing your own well places the respon­si­bil­i­ties of safe­ty and water qual­i­ty on your shoul­ders.  With proven water fil­tra­tion and water soft­en­er sys­tems, you have the abil­i­ty to cre­ate excel­lent, safe water for your home.

WATER TESTING BEFORE WATER FILTRATION OR WATER SOFTENER SPECIFICATION

Testing Well Water in Stow, MA

Test­ing Well Water

Water test­ing should be con­duct­ed by an EPA or Mass­a­chu­setts state cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry and should include analy­sis for the para­me­ters in the table below.  If you are uncer­tain as to how to take a prop­er sam­ple of well water and get it to a lab, you should con­tact a lab or water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al for assis­tance.  The clos­est lab to Stow for hav­ing this test­ing done is Nasho­ba Ana­lyt­i­cal in Ayer, MANasho­ba Ana­lyt­i­cal They can walk you through the steps required to com­plete this task.  They are a rep­utable state cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry.  Typ­i­cal items test­ed for are as fol­lows:

Col­iform bac­te­ria pH
Arsenic Radon
Chlo­ride Sodi­um
Iron Sul­fate
Lead Con­duc­tiv­i­ty
Man­ganese Nitro­gen-Nitrate

If the test­ing results for Radon exceed the cur­rent Mass­a­chu­setts guide­line of 10,000 pCi/L in water, the radon must be removed from the water and it is rec­om­mend­ed test­ing the air for Radon as well.  It should be not­ed that New Hamp­shire requires action if radon is 2,000 pCi/L (pico cur­ries per liter), Maine and Rhode Island are at 4,000 pCi/L.  Regard­ing Arsenic, the max­i­mum allow­able lev­el per EPA guide­lines is .01 parts per mil­lion. See link at Arsenic Info. for more infor­ma­tion on arsenic.

Water filtration for radon removal in Stow, MA

Radon in Water Fil­tra­tion Sys­tem

Water Filtration & Water Softener Systems

Water fil­tra­tion and/or water soft­en­er sys­tems can be installed in Stow for the removal of any of the con­t­a­m­i­nants list­ed in the above table.  Water soft­en­ers are typ­i­cal­ly installed to remove iron or man­ganese in the water through a tech­nol­o­gy called Ion Exchange.  The right size and type of water soft­en­er will be pri­mar­i­ly deter­mined  by the esti­mat­ed water vol­ume usage and the lev­els of con­t­a­m­i­nants in the water.  Arsenic is removed with tanks con­tain­ing a spe­cif­ic media that “grabs” the arsenic out of the water.  Remov­ing radon from water requires a sys­tem that agi­tates the water in a sealed cham­ber to release the gas and then vents it out­side.  It is crit­i­cal that the vent­ing is done prop­er­ly to min­i­mize the chances of radon gas poten­tial­ly being blown back into the home.  Any water fil­tra­tion sys­tem designed should start with a water test before an informed rec­om­men­da­tion can be made.

 

SUMMARY

In sum­ma­ry, if you are a res­i­dent of Stow, MA or are con­sid­er­ing becom­ing one, encoun­ter­ing man­ganese, iron, radon or arsenic in your water is not some­thing that should pre­vent you from liv­ing in a town you’ve decid­ed you would enjoy (espe­cial­ly if you’re a golfer with the beau­ti­ful cours­es in town).  Water fil­tra­tion sys­tems includ­ing water soft­en­ers, sed­i­ment fil­tra­tion, arsenic and radon removal sys­tems are proven tech­nolo­gies that work and will pro­vide you with excel­lent water qual­i­ty.

WATER FILTRATION IN STOW, MA

 

H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts based water filtration and testing firm, formed in 1989.  Articles published by the Company can be seen in Water Technology Magazine or linked through the website publications section at H2O Care WebsiteNOTE: New Hudson, MA office opening on Main St. (rte. 62) in May, 2017

 

                                                          

 

Water filtration in gloucester, mass.

Water Filtration for Gloucester, MA

       WATER FILTRATION OPTIONS

WATER QUALITY IN GLOUCESTER, MA

Water fil­tra­tion and/or water soft­en­er tech­nol­o­gy will address the most com­mon water qual­i­ty issues encoun­tered in Glouces­ter, MA.  Some com­mon calls to our office include ele­vat­ed lev­els of Man­ganese, Hard water and Chlo­ramines (a water dis­in­fec­tant com­prised of a mix­ture of chlo­rine and ammo­nia used to dis­in­fect the water sup­ply).  Iron, man­ganese and hard­ness min­er­als are nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring.  Chlo­ramines are typ­i­cal­ly used in place of chlo­rine due to organ­ic mate­ri­als in sur­face water sup­plies that react adverse­ly with chlo­rine which may form poten­tial­ly health threat­en­ing by-prod­ucts.

Water filtration in Gloucester, MA

DISSOLVED IRON BUILD-UP

IRON & MANGANESE

Iron and Man­ganese are nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring min­er­als com­mon­ly found in New England’s water sup­ply.  Togeth­er, they are com­mon­ly referred to as “The Stain­ers” in the water treat­ment indus­try.

Iron shows up in two forms; Dis­solved in solu­tion (fer­rous form – can’t see) or pre­cip­i­tat­ed (fer­ric) par­tic­u­late iron which you can see in the water.  Typ­i­cal symp­toms of iron in your water include Red/Brown stains in sinks, tub, dish­wash­er, laun­dry and/or Metal­lic taste.  Iron may also show up in the form of Iron bac­te­ria.  Although harm­less, iron bac­te­ria can form gelati­nous growths that my plug pipes or break free in slugs of dirty iron-laden water with unpleas­ant tastes and odors.  The U.S. EPA drink­ing water reg­u­la­tions set a rec­om­mend­ed sec­ondary max­i­mum con­t­a­m­i­nant lev­el of iron at .3 mil­ligrams per liter.  The rea­son they call it a sec­ondary con­t­a­m­i­nants is that iron isn’t con­sid­ered a pri­ma­ry health threat.  See the link at Iron in Water Arti­cle Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine for more infor­ma­tion on Iron in water and relat­ed water fil­tra­tion chal­lenges.

Man­ganese sim­i­lar­ly shows up dis­solved in solu­tion or pre­cip­i­tat­ed (par­tic­u­late) which you can see in the water.  Typ­i­cal symp­toms of man­ganese in your water include brown­ish-black stain­ing in the dish­wash­er and oth­er plumb­ing fix­tures.   Man­ganese may also show up in the form of man­ganese bac­te­ria.  Although harm­less, man­ganese bac­te­ria can form gelati­nous growths that my plug pipes or break free in slugs of dirty man­ganese-laden water with unpleas­ant tastes and odors.  The U.S. EPA drink­ing water reg­u­la­tions set a rec­om­mend­ed sec­ondary max­i­mum con­t­a­m­i­nant lev­el of iron at .05 mil­ligrams per liter.  Man­ganese is also con­sid­ered a sec­ondary health threat, how­ev­er at cer­tain high lev­els, espe­cial­ly in chil­dren, can be a health threat.  For more infor­ma­tion on this top­ic, see the link at Man­ganese in Water Arti­cle in Water Tech.

Water Softener & Water Filtration in Gloucester

WATER SOFTENER WITH SEDIMENT FILTRATION INSTALL

FOR IRON & MANGANESE REMOVAL, water fil­tra­tion sys­tems typ­i­cal­ly con­sist of a water soft­en­er (ion exchange tech­nol­o­gy), sed­i­ment fil­tra­tion or a com­bi­na­tion of both.  Water soft­en­ers are will remove iron and man­ganese found in solu­tion while sed­i­ment fil­tra­tion will remove par­tic­u­late forms.

PRIVATE WELLSTEST FOR RADON

RADON is impos­si­ble to detect with­out appro­pri­ate lab­o­ra­to­ry water tests.  Radon typ­i­cal­ly orig­i­nates in deep wells that tap radon con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed ground­wa­ter.  The gas releas­es into air when water is turned on in your home via show­ers, faucets, etc.  If radon is present in your home’s water, it may also be present in the air and should be test­ed accord­ing­ly.  Radon can be a seri­ous health threat.  For more infor­ma­tion, see the link at: Radon in Water Arti­cle.

Remove radon from water with water filtration in Gloucester

RADON IN WATER REMOVAL SYSTEM

Removal of Radon From Water — Water fil­tra­tion sys­tems that effec­tive­ly remove radon from water will include an agi­ta­tion cham­ber that churns the water to release the radon gas, and then vents it out­side to mix with ambi­ent air.  Prop­er out­side vent­ing is crit­i­cal to a prop­er­ly designed, safe and effec­tive sys­tem.

In sum­ma­ry, if you are a res­i­dent of Gloucester,MA  or are con­sid­er­ing becom­ing one, encoun­ter­ing man­ganese, iron or radon in your water is not some­thing that should pre­vent you from liv­ing in a town you’ve decid­ed you would enjoy.  Water fil­tra­tion sys­tems includ­ing water soft­en­ers, sed­i­ment fil­tra­tion and radon removal sys­tems are proven tech­nolo­gies that work and will pro­vide you with excel­lent water qual­i­ty.

H2o Care, Inc. is an established full service water testing and filtration systems organization formed in 1989 , based in Middleton, MA on route 114 with another office in Hudson, MA. You can reach us  by email at [email protected] or by calling us at 978–777-8330. The company has been published in Water Technology Magazine several times for contaminants common to this region.  See the publications tab on the company website.

 

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Water filtration system- rockport, ma

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WATER FILTRATION OPTIONS

Water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­er sys­tems can address the most com­mon water qual­i­ty issues encoun­tered in well water of Rock­port, MA.  The key cul­prits are Iron, Man­ganese, the hard­ness min­er­als (mag­ne­sium and cal­ci­um) and the health threat Radon in water.  In addi­tion, there are also calls from time to time regard­ing town sup­plied water with ele­vat­ed lev­els of Man­ganese, Hard water and Chlo­ramines (a water dis­in­fec­tant com­prised of a mix­ture of chlo­rine and ammo­nia). Iron, man­ganese and hard­ness min­er­als are nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring.  Chlo­ramines are typ­i­cal­ly used in place of chlo­rine due to organ­ic mate­ri­als in water sup­plies that react adverse­ly with chlo­rine which may form poten­tial­ly health threat­en­ing by-prod­ucts.

Addi­tion­al­ly, Rock­port res­i­dents have vot­ed in the past on whether to stop adding flu­o­ride to their drink­ing water.  Two local orga­ni­za­tions — Health Round­house , a group that has focused its activism in New­bury­port, and the Cape Ann Flu­o­ride Action Net­work , made up of flu­o­ride oppo­nents in Glouces­ter and Rock­port — have peti­tioned local gov­ern­ments to allow res­i­dents to vote on the issue.

Water fil­tra­tion sys­tems can effec­tive­ly remove these annoy­ing min­er­als, includ­ing radon, chlo­ramines and flu­o­ride when prop­er­ly designed, installed and main­tained.  This arti­cle will focus on iron, man­ganese and radon.

IRON & MANGANESE

Water filtration for Iron

Dis­solved Iron Build-Up

Iron and Man­ganese are nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring min­er­als com­mon­ly found in New England’s water sup­ply.  Togeth­er, they are com­mon­ly referred to as “The Stain­ers” in the water treat­ment indus­try.

Iron shows up in two forms; Dis­solved in solu­tion (fer­rous form – can’t see) or pre­cip­i­tat­ed (fer­ric) par­tic­u­late iron which you can see in the water.  Typ­i­cal symp­toms of iron in your water include Red/Brown stains in sinks, tub, dish­wash­er, laun­dry and/or Metal­lic taste.  Iron may also show up in the form of Iron bac­te­ria.  Although harm­less, iron bac­te­ria can form gelati­nous growths that my plug pipes or break free in slugs of dirty iron-laden water with unpleas­ant tastes and odors.  The U.S. EPA drink­ing water reg­u­la­tions set a rec­om­mend­ed sec­ondary max­i­mum con­t­a­m­i­nant lev­el of iron at .3 mil­ligrams per liter.  The rea­son they call it a sec­ondary con­t­a­m­i­nants is that iron isn’t con­sid­ered a pri­ma­ry health threat.  See the link at Iron in Water Arti­cle Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine for more infor­ma­tion on Iron in water and relat­ed water fil­tra­tion chal­lenges.

Man­ganese sim­i­lar­ly shows up dis­solved in solu­tion or pre­cip­i­tat­ed (par­tic­u­late) which you can see in the water.  Typ­i­cal symp­toms of man­ganese in your water include brown­ish-black stain­ing in the dish­wash­er and oth­er plumb­ing fix­tures.   Man­ganese may also show up in the form of man­ganese bac­te­ria.  Although harm­less, man­ganese bac­te­ria can form gelati­nous growths that my plug pipes or break free in slugs of dirty man­ganese-laden water with unpleas­ant tastes and odors.  The U.S. EPA drink­ing water reg­u­la­tions set a rec­om­mend­ed sec­ondary max­i­mum con­t­a­m­i­nant lev­el of iron at .05 mil­ligrams per liter.  Man­ganese is also con­sid­ered a sec­ondary health threat, how­ev­er at cer­tain high lev­els, espe­cial­ly in chil­dren, can be a health threat.  For more infor­ma­tion on this top­ic, see the link at Man­ganese in Water Arti­cle in Water Tech.   Hydro­gen Sul­fide is evi­denced typ­i­cal­ly by a rot­ten egg smell in your water, how­ev­er this may also be caused by high Man­ganese lev­els in the water as well.  A water fil­tra­tion specif­i­cal­ly for this prob­lem is effec­tive in cor­rect­ing this.

FOR IRON & MANGANESE REMOVAL, water fil­tra­tion sys­tems typ­i­cal­ly con­sist of a water soft­en­er (ion exchange tech­nol­o­gy), sed­i­ment fil­tra­tion or a com­bi­na­tion of both.  Water soft­en­ers are will remove iron and man­ganese found in solu­tion while sed­i­ment fil­tra­tion will remove par­tic­u­late forms.

Hard Water needs Water Softener

Dam­ag­ing hard water scale unchecked

 

RADON IN WATER

RADON is impos­si­ble to detect with­out appro­pri­ate lab­o­ra­to­ry water tests.  Radon typ­i­cal­ly orig­i­nates in deep wells that tap radon con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed ground­wa­ter.  The radon gas releas­es from the water into air when water is turned on in your home’s show­ers, bath­tubs, wash­ing machines, faucets, etc.  If radon is present in your home’s water, it may also be present in the air and should be test­ed accord­ing­ly.  Radon can be a seri­ous health threat.  For more infor­ma­tion, see the link at: Radon in Water Arti­cle

Removal of Radon From Water — Water fil­tra­tion sys­tems that effec­tive­ly remove radon from water will include a sealed agi­ta­tion cham­ber that churns the water to release the radon gas, and then safe­ly vents it out­side to mix with ambi­ent air.  Prop­er vent­ing to the out­side is crit­i­cal to a safe­ly designed and installed sys­tem.

Water filtration for radon

RADON IN WATER REMOVAL 

In sum­ma­ry, if you are a res­i­dent of Rock­port or are con­sid­er­ing becom­ing one, encoun­ter­ing man­ganese, iron or radon in your water is not some­thing that should pre­vent you from liv­ing in a town you’ve decid­ed you would enjoy.  Water fil­tra­tion sys­tems includ­ing water soft­en­ers, sed­i­ment fil­tra­tion and radon removal sys­tems are proven tech­nolo­gies that work and will pro­vide you with excel­lent water qual­i­ty.

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H2o Care, Inc. is an established, full service water testing and filtration systems installation and service organization formed in 1989 .  Based in Middleton, MA on route 114, the website is at http://www.h2ocare.com.  The company has been published in Water Technology Magazine several times for contaminants common to this region, which can been seen at the publications link on our website.  You can reach us  by email at [email protected] or by calling 978–777-8330.
                                                                  

 

 

Water filtration for hanover, ma

Entering Water Filtration Article for Hanover, MA

WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATER QUALITY & WATER FILTRATION OPTIONS

Res­i­dents of Hanover, Mass­a­chu­setts have been faced with some water qual­i­ty con­cerns with the pub­lic water sup­ply which may require a water soft­en­er or water fil­tra­tion sys­tem. Sev­er­al of these issues are also expe­ri­enced by pri­vate well own­ers, not coin­ci­den­tal­ly since the Hanover Water Depart­ment gets its water from nine ground­wa­ter wells.  Most of the reports have been brown­ish col­or in the water, brown stain­ing of cloth­ing and fix­tures and some reports of Tri­halomethanes detect­ed above the EPA max­i­mum allow­able lev­el.  Hav­ing received numer­ous calls about these issues, this write-up is intend­ed to shed a lit­tle more light on what is going on with­out get­ting too deep into the chem­istry and touch on water fil­tra­tion and/or water soft­en­er options.

CAUSES & SOLUTIONS

Tri­halomethanes (THM) are a group of four chem­i­cals that are formed along with oth­er dis­in­fec­tion by-prod­ucts when chlo­rine or oth­er dis­in­fec­tants used to con­trol micro­bial con­t­a­m­i­nants in drink­ing water react with nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring organ­ic and inor­gan­ic mat­ter in water.  This is most­ly asso­ci­at­ed with sur­face water sup­plies, exposed to the envi­ron­ment in which organ­ic mat­ter is more like­ly to finds its way into the water (leaves, sticks, etc.) It is an unin­tend­ed con­se­quence of using chlo­rine to pro­tect or dis­in­fect water sup­plies.  In fact, many towns have switched to chlo­ramines (a chlo­rine, ammo­nia com­pound) for dis­in­fec­tion pur­pos­es.  This seems to solve the Tri­halomethane for­ma­tion prob­lem but pos­es oth­er poten­tial issues which is cre­at­ing con­tro­ver­sy in some towns.

SOLUTIONTri­halomethanes can be effec­tive­ly removed with a spe­cif­ic type of Gran­u­lar Acti­vat­ed Car­bon, a proven, com­mon water fil­tra­tion tech­nol­o­gy and sys­tem.

Water filtration for Iron

DISSOLVED IRON BUILD-UP

DISCOLORATION & STAINING

Dis­col­oration and stain­ing can be caused by many things in the water sup­ply. In Hanover, the source has been deter­mined to be ele­vat­ed lev­els of man­ganese and iron, min­er­als that are com­mon in Mass­a­chu­setts water sup­plies.  Aging pipes can accu­mu­late these min­er­als on its inte­ri­or sur­faces over time and release var­i­ous amounts in the water sup­ply as pH and tem­per­a­ture lev­els change. In addi­tion to this, nat­ur­al lev­els exist in the source water which will also make its way through­out the water dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem.

SOLUTION:  Man­ganese and Iron can be removed with water fil­tra­tion sys­tems for sed­i­ment removal and water soft­en­er (Ion Exchange) tech­nol­o­gy. Par­tic­u­late man­ganese and iron will be removed with the prop­er micron rat­ed sed­i­ment fil­tra­tion, while dis­solved iron and man­ganese can be removed with a water soft­en­er.  For more infor­ma­tion on man­ganese, see the link at the Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine arti­cle at: Man­ganese in Water Arti­cle in Water Tech.

Water Softener & Water Filtration

WATER SOFTENER WITH SEDIMENT FILTRATION INSTALL

BAD ODORS & TASTES

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In addi­tion to the above sys­tems described, there are many oth­er types of sys­tems to remove bad tastes & odors, sed­i­ment and many oth­er objec­tion­able min­er­als and con­t­a­m­i­nants that may be present in the water. For more detailed infor­ma­tion on bad odors and tastes in your water, see the link at: http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY

The town of Hanover’s Water Depart­ment has an infor­ma­tive web­site describ­ing the sources of water being treat­ed and dis­trib­uted as well as oth­er use­ful infor­ma­tion. The Annu­al Water Qual­i­ty Report can be found at: Hanover Annu­al Water ReportTown water reports typ­i­cal­ly come out with­in 6 months of the end of the pre­vi­ous cal­en­dar year.

Water filtration system in Hanover, MA

H2O Care is an established, water filtration and testing firm, formed in 1989 with offices in Hudson & Middleton, MA, including a service depot in Plymouth, MA.  We can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling us at 800–539-1100. Articles published by the Company on common regional water quality issues can be seen in Water Technology Magazine or linked through the website publications section at http://www.h2ocare. 

Well water quality in hopkinton, ma

Well Water in Hopkinton, MA

Water fil­tra­tion for Hop­kin­ton

WELL WATER & PUBLIC WATER IN HOPKINTON, MA

The fol­low­ing dis­cuss­es both pri­vate well water and town sup­plied water with regard to poten­tial water qual­i­ty issues or con­cerns and the pos­si­ble need for a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem or water soft­en­er.

 

COMMON WATER QUALITY ISSUES IN HOPKINTON

The most com­mon calls we get from Hop­kin­ton res­i­dents with pri­vate well water inquir­ing about water fil­tra­tion sys­tems or water soft­en­ers is with regard to cor­rect­ing low pH, which is cor­ro­sive to the home’s pip­ing and oth­er plumb­ing fix­tures, as well as Iron, Man­ganese, Hard Water and High Total Dis­solved Solids (TDS).  When water test results show low pH com­bined with High TDS, a prop­er­ly designed water fil­tra­tion sys­tem can become com­pli­cat­ed.  In this case, a non-tra­di­tion­al approach may have to be tak­en to neu­tral­ize the low pH.  Hydro­gen Sul­fide is evi­denced typ­i­cal­ly by a rot­ten egg smell in your water, how­ev­er this may also be caused by high Man­ganese lev­els in the water as well.  A water fil­tra­tion specif­i­cal­ly for this prob­lem is effec­tive in cor­rect­ing this.

For gen­er­al infor­ma­tion regard­ing pri­vate well water and your respon­si­bil­i­ty as a home­own­er with regard to test­ing and main­te­nance, see the fol­low­ing link:  Hop­kin­ton Water Source Infor­ma­tion Link

Water filtration for Iron

Dis­solved Iron Build-up

 

Water filtration for low pH

Blue/Green Stain­ing from Dis­solved Cop­per due to low pH of water

Water test­ing

As a home buy­er or sell­er, there are always ques­tions that come up regard­ing test­ing the water when a home is ser­viced by a pri­vate well.  If you are buy­ing, have bought or are sell­ing a home that has its own well water in Hop­kin­ton, you will need to make sure it is test­ed.

Water test­ing should be con­duct­ed by an EPA or Mass­a­chu­setts state cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry and should include min­i­mal­ly, an analy­sis for the para­me­ters in the table below.  If you are uncer­tain as to what to have test­ed and how to take a prop­er sam­ple and get it to a lab, you should con­tact a lab or water treat­ment pro­fes­sional for assis­tance.  One poten­tial lab resource not too far from Hop­kin­ton is Nasho­ba Ana­lyt­i­cal in Ayer, MAhttp://www.nashobaanalytical.com/.  They can walk you through the steps required to com­plete this task.  They are a rep­utable state cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry.  Typ­i­cal items test­ed for are as fol­lows:

Col­iform bac­te­ria pH
Arsenic Radon
Chlo­ride Sodi­um
Iron Sul­fate
Lead Con­duc­tiv­i­ty
Man­ganese Nitro­gen-Nitrate

If the test­ing results for Radon exceed the cur­rent Mass­a­chu­setts guide­line of ten thou­sand (10,000) pCi/L in water, then the radon must be removed from the water and it is rec­om­mend­ed that test­ing the air for Radon is per­formed as well.  It should be not­ed that New Hamp­shire requires action if radon is 2,000 pCi/L (pico cur­ries per liter), Maine and Rhode Island are at 4,000 pCi/L.  A water fil­tra­tion sys­tem that will agi­tate and remove the radon gas by vent­ing it out­side will cor­rect the radon in water issue.   If the results for Arsenic come in at or above .01 parts per bil­lion, then a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem for remov­ing the Arsenic must be installed.

PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY

The town of Hopkinton’s Water Depart­ment pro­duced and dis­trib­uted 376,000,000 gal­lons of water dur­ing 2014 through 72 miles of water main, accord­ing to the 2014 Annu­al Drink­ing Water Qual­i­ty Report.  That is a LOT of water.    If you are on the town water sup­ply, the fol­low­ing is a link to the report, which is made avail­able every year.  

2014 Annu­al Drink­ing Water Report

Potential Issues Related to Town Supplied Water

Some res­i­dents have com­plained about water hav­ing a yel­low tinge and some may have orange/brown stain­ing in sinks, toi­lets and dish­wash­ers.  The fol­low­ing ques­tion and answer is from the Fre­quent­ly Asked Ques­tions sec­tion of the  Hop­kin­ton Water Depart­ment web­site.

Q: Why does my water have a yel­low tinge and why does my sink, toi­lets and dish­wash­er have and orange/brown stain? 

A: There is iron in the water, (pre­dom­i­nate­ly in the west side of town), which some­times becomes notice­able when intro­duced to the air. We have a prod­uct that we give to our cus­tomers called “Iron Out”, which will remove the stains. Although these dis­col­orations are unsight­ly, they pose no imme­di­ate health risks. But as always, check with your doc­tor, about iron lev­els.

Water softener install

Water Soft­en­er with Sed­i­ment Fil­tra­tion Installed in Base­ment

Water Filtration Systems

Water fil­tra­tion sys­tems can be installed for the removal of any of the con­t­a­m­i­nants list­ed in the above table.  Water soft­en­ers are typ­i­cal­ly installed to remove iron or man­ganese in the water through a tech­nol­o­gy called Ion Exchange.  Arsenic is removed with tanks con­tain­ing a spe­cif­ic media that “grabs” the arsenic out of the water.  Remov­ing radon from water requires a sys­tems that isn’t dis­sim­i­lar to a wash­ing machine where the water is agi­tat­ed, but then vent­ed to the out­side, send­ing the radon gas out­side the home to ambi­ent air.  Oth­er tech­nolo­gies and sys­tems are used to remove the oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants.  Any water fil­tra­tion sys­tem designed should start with a water test before an informed rec­om­men­da­tion can be made.

 

If you have fur­ther ques­tions about well water or the pub­lic water sup­ply, con­tact  the Hop­kin­ton Water Depart­ment at:  Hop­kin­ton Dept Pub­lic Works-Water

 

Water filtration H2o Care

H2O Care is a regional water filtration and testing firm, formed in 1989.  Articles published by the Company can be seen in Water Technology Magazine or linked through the website publications section at http://h2ocare.wpengine.com

 

 

 

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