WATER FILTRATION STOW, MA

STOW, MA WATER FILTRATION OPTIONS 

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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, MA.  Nashoba 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

 

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WATER FILTRATION IN GLOUCESTER,MA

Water Filtration for Gloucester, MA

Water filtration for Gloucester

WATER QUALITY IN GLOUCESTER, MA

Water filtration and/or water softener technology will address the most common water quality issues encountered in private well water in Gloucester, MA,  which are Iron, Manganese and Radon.  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 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

Additionally, On July 22nd 2015  the Gloucester Board of Health presented its review of the existing research on the benefits and concerns related to the presence of Fluoride in Gloucester’s Community Water Supply.  On July 24th at its regular monthly Board of Health meeting the Board unanimously recommended the continued use of Fluoride in the city’s Community Water Supply.  For more information on fluoridation in Gloucester, MA see the link at: Gloucester Fluoridation.  A copy of all the information reviewed by the Board of Health on the benefits and concerns related to Fluoride in the Community Water Supply is available at the City Clerk’s Office, Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester.

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

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.

Water Softener & Water Filtration in Gloucester

Water Softener & Sediment Filtration Installed in Basement at Point of Entry

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.

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 venting is critical to a properly designed 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. was formed in 1989 as a full service water testing and filtration systems installation and service organization.  Based in Middleton, MA on route 114, the company website is at http://www.h2ocare.com.  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 IN ROCKPORT, MA

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Water filtration for Rockport

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 build-up-in pipes

 

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 System

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. was formed in 1989 as a full service water testing and filtration systems installation and service organization.  Based in Middleton, MA on route 114, the company website is at http://www.h2ocare.com.  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.
                                                                  

 

 

WATER FILTRATION FOR HANOVER, MA

WATER QUALITY & WATER FILTRATION OPTIONS

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Water filtration for Hanover

 

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 a July, 2015 report of Trihalomethanes detected above the EPA maximum allowable level.  Having received numerous calls about these issues, this article 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.  It is an unintended consequence of using chlorine to protect or disinfect water supplies.

SOLUTIONTrihalomethanes can be effectively removed with 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 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.  If a water softener is required, a high efficiency softener is recommended.

Water Softener & Water Filtration

Water Softener with Sediment Filtration Installed in Basement

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 link to this website is at: Mass DEP Source Water report – for Hanover  Additionally, the 2014 Annual Water Quality Report can be found at: 2014 Hanover Annual Water Report

BRIEF HISTORY OF HANOVER

The Town of Hanover is a historic New England community comprised of 15 square miles with approximately 14,434 residents. Hanover was first settled in 1649 and incorporated as a Town in 1727. The Town’s colonial economy was centered on agriculture and timber. In the 18th Century, shipbuilding and iron forging flourished along the banks of the North River. It is believed that Hanover’s anchor forges made the anchor for the U.S. Constitution. The Town Seal proudly illustrates Hanover’s historic past with the use of the anchor and plow. In the 19th Century, Hanover’s growing economy included munitions companies that provided important supplies to the war effort.

 

water filtration in Hanover

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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, MA.  http://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

 

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