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 Testing Before Water Filtration or Water Softener Installation
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:
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.
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.
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 http://h2ocare.wpengine.com.