WATER FILTRATION FOR LAKEVILLE,MA

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Residents of Lakeville, MA may have a private well or town water supplying the home which may require a water softener or other water filtration system.  As is the case with many wells in Massachusetts, there are certain common contaminants that find their way into the water supply.  Lakeville has its own unique issues as do many other towns.  There are proven water filtration and water softener systems to remove these contaminants and provide you with excellent water quality, however the best approach will be dictated by the water test results and analysis.

 

COMMON CONTAMINANTS FOUND IN LAKEVILLE WATER

Some common issues encountered in Lakeville, MA wells are Manganese and Iron along with low pH and sometimes the health threats Radon and Arsenic making their way into the water.  If the water testing results for Radon exceeds the current Massachusetts guideline of 10,000 pCi/L in water, the radon must be removed from the water and the Board of Health recommends testing for Radium 226 and Radium 228 as well as Gross Alpha testing. Gross Alpha testing identifies the presence of gross alpha particle activity in water. Alpha particles are emitted during the decay of certain substances such as radium, uranium and thorium – radioactive isotopes found naturally in the earth’s crust. Most of the gross alpha radioactivity found in drinking water is from radium.  For more information on radon, see the link at Radon Removal Article

The maximum allowable level of Arsenic in drinking water per the EPA is .01 mg/L (miligrams per liter) or 10 parts per billion. For more information on this see the link at Mass DEP Arsenic Info.

 

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 Before Water Filtration or Water Softener Installation

Water testing for water softener

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 and get it to a lab, you should contact a water treatment professional or a lab for assistance.  They can walk you through the steps required to complete this task.  Some of the typical items tested for are as follows, however in many cases a more comprehensive test & analysis is warranted:

 

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

Water Filtration & Water Softener Systems

Water filtration and/or water softener systems can be installed for the removal of any of the contaminants discussed above.  Water softeners are typically installed to remove dissolved iron or manganese in the water through a technology called Ion Exchange.  Certain types of cartridge filters may also be used to remove particulate iron or manganese as opposed to that which is dissolved in solution.

Water Softener with Sediment Filter

Water Softener With Sediment Filter Installed in Basement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arsenic is removed with water filtration tanks containing a specific media that “grabs” the arsenic out of the water as it flows through the tank at the water supply’s point of entry to the home.  Removing radon from water requires a system where the water is agitated in a concealed chamber then vented to the outside, sending the radon gas safely out of the home to ambient air.  Other technologies and water filtration systems are used to remove the other contaminants.  Any water filtration or water softener system designed should start with a water test before an informed recommendation can be made.

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LEAD IN DRINKING WATER SUPPLY?

The following discusses how you can get lead in drinking water as the recent reports regarding lead in drinking water in Flint Michigan have flooded the news.

HOW CAN LEAD GET INTO YOUR WATER SUPPLY?

Lead found in tap water usually comes from the corrosion of older fixtures or from the solder that connects pipes. Water is known as the ultimate solvent in that it picks up a little of everything it touches as it flows through the ground, pipes, etc.  Also, when water sits in leaded pipes for several hours, lead can leach into the water supply.  Measures taken during the last two decades have greatly reduced exposures to lead in tap water. These measures include actions taken under the requirements of the 1986 and 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act (http://www.epa.gov/sdwa) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Lead and Copper Rule (http://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/lead-and-copper-rule)

 

Potential for lead in drinking water due to low pH

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

HOW DOES pH LEVEL AFFECT LEAD IN DRINKING WATER

pH  (short to “Potential for Hydrogen”) is the measure of the level of acidity or alkalinity in the water. The pH scale is a logarithmic scale that usually runs from 1 to 14. Each whole pH value below 7 (the pH of pure water) is ten times more acidic than the higher value and each whole pH value above 7 is ten times more alkaline than the one below it. For example, a pH of 3 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 4 and 100 times (10 times 10) more acidic than a pH value of 5.  Conversely, a pH of 8 is ten times more alkaline than a pH of 7, etc.

pH Chart for Water Filtration, the lower, the greater chance for lead in drinking water

The pH Scale

As you would assume, the more acidic the water is, the more corrosive it is to whatever it touches.  The change in water supply for the City of Flint, Michigan created a new supply with a lower pH thus causing a high amount of lead leaching into the water supply.

LOW pH IS COMMON IN NEW ENGLAND

Finding a low pH in New England water supplies is not uncommon.  However, what town water departments do is add food-grade materials to the water at the treatment plant to neutralize the acidity of the water (if you have a private well with low pH, a pH neutralization tank is typically installed).

For example, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) in 1996,  began operating a facility in Marlborough where sodium carbonate and carbon dioxide are added to adjust the water’s pH and buffering capacity (ability to resist change in pH). This change has made the water less likely to leach lead into drinking water from the pipes.  Older homes, however, may have lead service lines (the pipe from the main distribution line in the street to the individual home).  This is a potential point of lead introduction into the water.  What the MWRA does or any town’s water treatment facility does will not guarantee lead will not be introduced into your drinking water.  They do what they can to minimize this.  See the link at MWRA Lead Report.

You can also get Lead in drinking water if you have lead pipes in your home. Lead can also enter tap water if you have lead solder or brass fixtures in your home (brass is a mixture of lead and copper).  Corrosion or wearing away of lead-based materials can add to lead in drinking water, especially if water sits for a long time in the pipes before use.  At minimum, you should run the tap water until it becomes cold, flushing out any potential lead build-up.

TESTING AND POTENTIAL WATER FILTRATION

If you have concerns in your home about lead in drinking water, you can have your water tested for this, preferably at a state or EPA certified laboratory.  If you decide you want some type of water filtration device installed, be sure to get one that is designed for lead removal, as not all water filtration equipment is.  Watch out for devices sold to reduce lead in drinking water that do not work. The U.S. EPA recommends that you verify the lead-reduction claims of device manufacturers by checking the NSF International http://www.nsf.org/ or the Water Quality Association http://www.wqa.org/ .  In general, reverse osmosis water filtration systems are very effective at lead removal from drinking water (as well as a host of other potential contaminants) as a Point of Use device, typically feeding a separate faucet at the sink.  There are other types of filters that are designed with small enough pore sizes to remove lead from drinking water as well.  Technologies such as distillation are not practical in a home setting and have a flat taste.  Once your system of choice has been installed, it’s a good idea to run another test for lead to make sure it is working as planned.  For recommendations and alternatives, speak to a water treatment professional.

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WATER FILTRATION IN BROOKLINE, MA

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WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS FOR BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS

The following discusses potential water quality issues or concerns as well as water filtration or water softening options for residents of Brookline, Massachusetts.

BROOKLINE PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY

The Brookline water supply is supplied by the Water Division (see link at Brookline Water & Sewer ), which originates from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).  The latest available Annual Water Quality Report can be viewed at the following link MWRA Annual Report.  While the water quality is generally pretty good from MWRA, there are issues that may occur causing various types of staining in the home’s sinks, bathtubs, toilets, showers and other plumbing fixtures.  Additionally, you may experience taste and odor issues that are commonly associated with chloramine (a chlorine, ammonia compound), which is used to disinfect the water and control bacterial growth.  There is a “Frequently Asked Questions” publication provided by MWRA that reviews what you may encounter.  See the link at FAQs MWRA Water

Water filtration for Iron

DISSOLVED IRON STAINING IN BATHTUB

 

Water filtration for low pH

EVIDENCE OF DISSOLVED COPPER IN WATER

WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS & WATER SOFTENERS

Water filtration systems can be installed for the removal of any of the potential causes of symptoms you may be experiencing.  Water softeners are typically installed to remove dissolved iron or manganese from the water through a technology called Ion Exchange.  To remove particulate iron or manganese, a properly sized sediment filter is required.  Chloramine can be removed with a carbon filtration system to remove bad taste and odor.

Reverse Osmosis Water Filtratrion

Reverse Osmosis Purification System installed under sink (basement install optional to feed separate faucet at kitchen sink)

 

Water Softener with Sediment Filter

Water Softener With Sediment Filter Installed in Basement

Any water filtration system or water softener recommendation should start with a water test before an informed decision can be made.  To determine what type of water testing to have performed and how to take a proper sample, call a water treatment professional or a state certified laboratory.

BAD TASTES & ODORS, SEDIMENT bad odor in water in Brookline, MAfishy smell in water in Brookline, massrotten egg smell in water in Brookline, MA

In addition to the above systems, there are many other types of systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and many other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water.  Starting with a water test will dictate the right approach.  For more information on common bad odors & tastes in New England water supplies, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

 

In summary, controlling your home’s water quality is attainable through proper water testing and equipment specification with today’s available water filtration technologies at a reasonable price.  Proper on-going maintenance is also critical to maintain a consistent level of great water quality.

H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts based water filtration and testing firm, formed in 1989 with offices in Middleton and Hudson, Mass.  Articles published by the Company can be seen in Water Technology Magazine or linked through the publications section on our website at http://www.h2ocare.com.  You can reach us by email at [email protected] or by calling us at 800-539-1100.

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WATER FILTRATION FOR HAMPSTEAD, NH

Water Filtration Hampstead

Water filtration for Hampstead

If you are reading this and you are a resident of Hampstead, NH, you likely have a private well supplying your home with water which may require a water filtration system, water softener or a combination of filtration technologies.  As is the case with many wells in New England, there are certain common contaminants that find their way into the water supply.  Hampstead tends to have very high levels of iron & manganese in the water along with low pH.  There are tried and true water filtration systems and water softener designs to remove these contaminants to provide you with excellent water quality.

Having your own well does give you control over your water supply more than if you were supplied by a public water supplier (and you don’t have to pay for the water), however, having your own well shifts all responsibility for the safety and quality of your water to you.

COMMON HAMPSTEAD WATER QUALITY ISSUES

Water filtration for Iron removal

Staining from Dissolved Iron

Very high levels of iron and manganese along with low pH tend to characterize the water in most Hampstead, NH wells.  Due to these high levels, methods and technologies that may typically work on lower levels of iron and manganese may not be effective on these high levels.  The highest level we have tested for and treated was at Phan Zone with iron at over 200 parts per million.  To put this in perspective, the maximum EPA secondary contaminant level is at .3 parts per million!  The system installed was unique but did the job and continues to work well.  See the Water Technology Magazine article titled, “Iron So High It Was Almost Frightening!” at the following link: Iron Article in Water Technology Magazine.  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.

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Water testing

Water testing should be conducted by an EPA or 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 and get it to a lab, you should contact a water treatment professional or lab for assistance.  They can walk you through the steps required to complete this task.  Typical items tested for include the following; however, you should discuss this with your water treatment professional of lab selected.

 

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

If the testing results for Radon exceed the current New Hampshire guideline of 2,000 pCi/L in water, the radon must be removed from the water and most Boards of Health recommend testing the air for Radon as well.  .   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.

Water filtration for low pH

Blue/Green Staining from Dissolved  Copper piping due to Low pH

Water Filtration Systems

Water filtration or water softener systems can be installed for the removal of any of the contaminants listed in the previous table and more.  Water softeners are typically installed to remove hard water minerals,  iron and manganese in the water through a technology called Ion Exchange.  For very high levels of iron or manganese, the design of the equipment installation is of particular importance.

Arsenic is removed with tanks containing a specific media that “grabs” the arsenic out of the water.  For more information on Arsenic in water, see the link at EPA Arsenic in water article.

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.

 

 

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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WATER FILTRATION OPTIONS WENHAM, MA

Water Filtration Wenham

WATER FILTRATION OPTIONS

A water filtration system or water softener may be needed if you live in Wenham, MA, whether you have a private well supplying your home’s water or are on the Wenham water system. The good news is a properly designed, installed and maintained water filtration system or water softener will provide you with truly excellent water quality for your home or business.

The Wenham Water System          Massachusetts drinking water

Wenham, MA water is drawn from two gravel-packed wells (approximately 50-feet deep), located at the south end of Pleasant Pond, off Pleasant Street. These wells draw from the Great Wenham Swamp (backwaters to the Ipswich River), which provides a natural filter.   Three chemicals are added to the water as it enters the system. Sodium Fluoride is added as required by town law to promote strong teeth, zinc orthophosphate to reduce the natural corrosiveness of the water and calcium hypochlorite (chlorine) for disinfection. The water is naturally corrosive and with required addition of chlorine it has a tendency to corrode and dissolve lead solder and copper pipes in household plumbing, which could lead to increased lead and copper levels if not treated. The water is pumped into the 750,000 gallon storage tank on “Lord’s Hill” and the 600,000 gallon storage tank at the Iron Rail property and then through over 27 miles of water mains to end users.

Additionally, it should be noted that the latest Wenham Annual Water Quality Report identified Manganese at .12 parts per million, which exceeds the EPA recommended Secondary contaminant maximum level of .05 parts per million.  For more information on Manganese in Drinking Water, see the article at the following link:  Manganese in Water Article in Water Tech .  Also, the sodium level was tested at .22 parts per million.  While there is no Maximum contaminant level for Sodium, the Mass DEP office of Research and Standards has established a guideline limit of 20ppm based on an eight ounce serving.

 

Water Testing Before Water Filtration or Water Softener Installation

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For certain health threat contaminants, water testing should be conducted by an EPA or Massachusetts state certified laboratory and should minimally include analysis for the parameters identified above.  Minerals such as iron, manganese or hardness and others can be tested on-site with field test kits by a water treatment professional.  If you are uncertain as to how to take a proper sample and get it to a lab, you should contact a lab or water treatment professional for assistance. 

Wenham Private Wells and Testing Responsibility

You are responsible for your own water testing if you have a private well.  Testing should be done periodically.  Speak to a water treatment professional or state certified lab for information on how often to have your well tested.

Common Water Quality Issues in Wenham, MA.

The common issues encountered in Wenham, MA private wells are manganese and iron along with low pH, sodium and sometimes the health threats radon and arsenic making their way into the water.  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 the Board of Health recommends 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.  The maximum allowable level of Arsenic in drinking water per the EPA is .01 mg/L (miligrams per liter) or 10 parts per billion. For more information on this see the link at EPA Arsenic in Water Info.  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.

Iron staining needs water filtration

Dissolved Iron in Water Causing  Staining in Tub

 

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Blue/Green Staining from dissolved copper in water from low pH

Effective Water Filtration Systems

Water filtration systems can be installed in Wenham for the removal of any of the contaminants listed above and more.  A water softener is typically installed to remove dissolved iron or manganese in the water through a technology called Ion Exchange.  Sediment filtration will remove particulate iron or manganese 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 in which the water is highly agitated releasing the radon gas from the water, then safely vented outside the home to ambient air.  Sodium is effectively removed through reverse osmosis technology.  Other technologies and systems may be required to remove other contaminants.  These systems are typically installed in the basement.

Arsenic water filtration

Arsenic removal tanks

 

Water filtration for radon

Radon in Water Removal System

 

Again, any water filtration or water softener system designed should start with a water test before an informed recommendation can be made.  A well maintained system will provide you with on-going excellent water quality for your Wenham home.

 

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 company website is at http://www.h2ocare.com.  The company has been published in Water Technology Magazine for contaminants common to this region.  See the publications tab on the company website.

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