Water softener for hudson, mass.

water softener for Hudson, MA

WOULD A WATER SOFTENER BENEFIT MY HUDSON HOME?

As a Hud­son, MA res­i­dent, you like­ly have the town sup­ply­ing your home with water but may have a pri­vate well, both of which may ben­e­fit from a water soft­en­er or oth­er water fil­tra­tion sys­tem.   Lat­er in this write-up, spe­cif­ic con­t­a­m­i­nants that are com­mon­ly found in Hud­son pri­vate wells and the pub­lic water sup­ply are iden­ti­fied and effec­tive water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­er meth­ods are cov­ered.  Excel­lent water qual­i­ty is achiev­able with the prop­er approach.

WHERE DOES MY WATER COME FROM IN HUDSON,MA?

The Hud­son, MA pub­lic water sup­ply is a blend­ed sup­ply.   Approx­i­mate­ly 22% comes from the city of Marlborough,MA (which has a blend­ed sup­ply them­selves from the MWRA, Lake Williams and the Mill­ham reser­voir in Marl­bor­ough).  The remain­ing 78% comes from sev­er­al sources with­in Hud­son includ­ing Gates Pond Reser­voir and five dif­fer­ent wells.  The water treat­ment that takes place pri­or to enter­ing the dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem varies depend­ing on the source.  See the Hud­son, MA water qual­i­ty report at the fol­low­ing link:  Hud­son Con­sumer Conf. Report.  If you have your own pri­vate well, your are your own sup­pli­er and are respon­si­ble for your own water qual­i­ty.  For more, see below.

Water testing Hudson,MA

WATER TEST FIRST

If you have a pri­vate well, water test­ing should be con­duct­ed by an EPA or Mass­a­chu­setts state cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry and should include analy­sis for at least 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 lab or water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al for assis­tance.  They can walk you through the steps required to com­plete this task.   If your water is town sup­plied, they fre­quent­ly test for health threat con­t­a­m­i­nants, there­fore, an in-home water test can be per­formed on items such as iron, hard­ness, man­ganese, pH or chlo­rine lev­el.  Depend­ing on whether or not your home is sup­plied by the town or you have a pri­vate well, items which may be test­ed for at a lab are as fol­lows:

Col­iform bac­te­ria pH
Arsenic Radon
Chlo­ride Sodi­um
Iron Sul­fate
Lead Con­duc­tiv­i­ty
Man­ganese Nitro­gen-Nitrate
 Hard­ness Total Dis­solved Solids

COMMON WATER CONTAMINANTS

Some com­mon issues encoun­tered in Hud­son are man­ganese, iron and hard water.  Pri­vate wells may also expe­ri­ence low pH and some­times the health threats arsenic and radon.  Hydro­gen sul­fide is evi­denced typ­i­cal­ly by a rot­ten egg smell in your water.  This may also be caused by high Man­ganese lev­els in the water as well. This prob­lem is eas­i­ly cor­rectable with a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem design specif­i­cal­ly for this pur­pose.  It is par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant to know if your pri­vate well water con­tains health threat con­t­a­m­i­nants in order to pro­ceed accord­ing­ly and effec­tive­ly.  See the “Water Soft­en­er and Oth­er Water Fil­tra­tion Sys­tems” sec­tion below for more infor­ma­tion on typ­i­cal meth­ods for remov­ing water con­t­a­m­i­nants.  For a chart of symp­toms, caus­es and solu­tions, see the link at Com­mon Region­al Water Prob­lems

Water filtration for Iron removal in Hudson, MA

DISSOLVED IRON STAINING

 

Water softener Hudson,MA

DAMAGING HARD WATER SCALE BUILD-UP UNCHECKED

 

Water Softener and Other Water Filtration Systems

A water soft­en­er is typ­i­cal­ly installed to remove hard water min­er­als, dis­solved iron and man­ganese in the water through a tech­nol­o­gy called Ion Exchange.  A high effi­cien­cy water soft­en­er uses much less water and salt in the system’s self-clean­ing (regen­er­a­tion) cycle than old­er water soft­en­er sys­tems.  Par­tic­u­late iron or man­ganese (which is vis­i­ble in the water) can be removed with prop­er­ly sized sed­i­ment fil­tra­tion. For more infor­ma­tion about iron in water, see the arti­cle at the fol­low­ing link: Iron Arti­cle in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine.  For more infor­ma­tion on Man­ganese in water, see the link at: Man­ganese in Water Arti­cle in Water Tech­nol­o­gy.

REMOVE RADON FROM WATER

If test­ing results for Radon exceed the cur­rent Mass­a­chu­setts guide­line of 10,000 pCi/L (Pico cur­ries per liter) 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 only at 2,000 pCi/L.  Maine and Rhode Island action­able lev­els are at 4,000 pCi/L.  Radon is effec­tive­ly removed with a sys­tem that agi­tates the water in a sealed cham­ber, then vents the released radon gas safe­ly out­side of the home.  This equip­ment is installed at the water supply’s point of entry into the home.  For more infor­ma­tion on radon see the link at http://h2ocare.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/radon-removal-from-well-water-91015.pdf

Water filtration for radon

RADON IN WELL WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

REMOVING ARSENIC FROM WATER

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 http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/drinking/arsenic-in-private-well-water-faqs.html.  Remov­ing radon from water requires a sys­tem in which the water is agi­tat­ed in a sealed cham­ber then vent­ed to the out­side, send­ing the radon gas to ambi­ent air.  Remov­ing Arsenic from water requires run­ning the water through tanks con­tain­ing a spe­cif­ic media that is arsenic spe­cif­ic.  Oth­er tech­nolo­gies and sys­tems are used to remove oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants.  Any water fil­tra­tion sys­tem designed should start with a water test before an informed rec­om­men­da­tion can be made.

Remove arsenic from water in Hudson, MA

ARSENIC REMOVAL TANKS

 

Chlorine Removal 

If your home is sup­plied by town water, you may notice odor and taste asso­ci­at­ed with Chlo­rine as this is used for dis­in­fec­tion pur­pos­es by the town to con­trol microor­gan­isms includ­ing bac­te­ria and oth­ers. Car­bon water fil­tra­tion sys­tems are effec­tive at remov­ing chlo­rine and the asso­ci­at­ed taste and odors that come with it.  These sys­tems can either be installed at the point of entry in your home, typ­i­cal­ly in the base­ment, or at a point of use for drink­ing water only.  A reverse osmo­sis drink­ing water sys­tem will also take care of this issue.

arsenic in water Hudson, ma

 

H2O Care is an established 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.comNote: New Hudson, MA office opened in May, 2017 on Route 62 (Main St.).  We can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling 978–777-8330.

 

Water softener/ water filtration for holliston, mass

water softener or water filtration for Holliston, MA

WATER SOFTENER OR WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM FOR HOLLISTON

WATER SOFTENER AND OTHER WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM OPTIONS

If your water comes from a pri­vate well and con­tains ele­vat­ed lev­els of the min­er­als or con­t­a­m­i­nants iden­ti­fied lat­er in this report, you may need a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem or water soft­en­er to pro­vide you with improved water qual­i­ty.  From the most recent Annu­al Water Qual­i­ty Report of Holliston’s pub­lic water sup­ply:

Holliston’s water is drawn from five (5) ground­wa­ter sup­ply wells locat­ed on prop­er­ties owned and/or man­aged by the Hol­lis­ton Water Depart­ment. The fol­low­ing is a list of the water sup­ply sources, loca­tions, and their total pumpage in 2015.

Source Name DEP Source ID# Gal­lons Pumped 2015 Loca­tion of Source
Well #4 2136000–04G 14,146,000 Off of Wash­ing­ton St
Well #5 2136000–05G 193,553,000 Off of Cen­tral St
Well #6 2136000–06G 39,000 Off of Brook St
Well #7 2136000–07G 64,501,000 Off of Mohawk Path
Well #8 2136000–08G 79,532,000 Off of Maple St

The most com­mon water qual­i­ty issues found in pri­vate well water in Hol­lis­ton are Iron, Man­ganese, and the hard water min­er­als Cal­ci­um and Mag­ne­sium.   While Radon and Arsenic are less like­ly to be found, they should be test­ed for. While nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring, the effects of these con­t­a­m­i­nants on your home’s water can either cause poten­tial health con­cerns or aes­thet­ic and oth­er prob­lems.  For detailed infor­ma­tion on these, see the para­graphs below.  Also, for the com­plete 2015 Annu­al Water Qual­i­ty Report, see the link at annu­al-water-qual­i­ty-report.

IRON & MANGANESE REMOVAL

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.

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               HIGH EFFICIENCY WATER SOFTENING SYSTEM

IRON can show up in two forms; Dis­solved in solu­tion (fer­rous form – clear water iron, can’t see until it stains) 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 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 Arti­cle in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine for more infor­ma­tion on Iron in water and relat­ed water fil­tra­tion chal­lenges.  A water soft­en­er will be effec­tive in remov­ing dis­solved iron from the water.  A water soft­en­er will also remove hard water min­er­als and pro­vide you with soft water for clean­ing, bathing, etc.  An “up-flow” water soft­en­er is rec­om­mend­ed for water that con­tains high lev­els of dis­solved iron as the con­t­a­m­i­nant can build up in the low­er sec­tion of the soft­en­er over time with down-flow sys­tems.  A water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al can explain this more ful­ly. Sed­i­ment fil­ters are effec­tive in remov­ing par­tic­u­late iron from the water and would typ­i­cal­ly be installed before the water soft­en­er.

MANGANESE also 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 man­ganese 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 Arti­cle Water Tech Mag­a­zine.  As with Iron, a water soft­en­er will be effec­tive in remov­ing dis­solved man­ganese from the water.  Also as with Iron, an up-flow water soft­en­er is rec­om­mend­ed to pre­vent poten­tial build up in the low­er sec­tion of the water soft­en­er.

BAD ODORS & TASTE IN WATER

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 in the water.  There are “point of entry” sys­tems that will pro­vide fil­tra­tion for all of the water enter­ing your home or facil­i­ty.  Also, there are “point of use” water fil­tra­tion sys­tems that will pro­vide fil­tered water at a sink or oth­er sin­gle point of use, typ­i­cal­ly by feed­ing the fil­tered water to a des­ig­nat­ed, sep­a­rate faucet.  Start­ing with a water test will help steer to the right approach for you. For more on bad odors & taste in your water, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

TRIHALOMETHANES & HALOACETIC ACID

In addi­tion to the above sys­tems described, there are oth­er types of sys­tems to remove oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants in the water such as Tri­halomethanes and Haloacetic Acid which may be present in town sup­plied water.  If the lev­els of these are above a cer­tain lev­el, your town is required to noti­fy you as they may have neg­a­tive health affects depend­ing on amounts and length of expo­sure.  Acti­vat­ed car­bon fil­tra­tion is effec­tive in remov­ing these two con­t­a­m­i­nants from the water.

Remove radon from water in Holliston

RADON typ­i­cal­ly orig­i­nates in deep wells that tap radon con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed ground­wa­ter.  It is impos­si­ble to detect radon gas with­out appro­pri­ate and prop­er­ly tak­en lab­o­ra­to­ry water tests.    The gas releas­es into air when water is turned on in your home via show­ers, faucets, dish­wash­ers, wash­ing machines, 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 .  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 vents it safe­ly out­side.  The vent must be installed to release the gas at a high enough lev­el out­side of the home to allow it to safe­ly mix with ambi­ent air.  This prop­er vent­ing is crit­i­cal to a safe­ly designed sys­tem.

Remove Radon from water in Holliston, MA

RADON IN WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

WATER FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC REMOVALremove arsenic from water in Holliston

ARSENIC can have severe health con­se­quences as it has been linked to can­cer.  The max­i­mum allow­able lev­el of Arsenic in drink­ing water per the EPA is .01 mg/L (miligrams per liter) or 10 parts per bil­lion. Depend­ing on the lev­el of arsenic found in the water, cer­tain sized tanks are filled with arsenic-spe­cif­ic media that will grab the arsenic out of the water.  Prop­er instal­la­tion and main­te­nance is crit­i­cal, but these sys­tems are very effec­tive and proven.  For an arti­cle we had pub­lished in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine regard­ing arsenic in water, see the fol­low­ing link Arsenic Arti­cle in Water Tech

Remove arsenic from water

ARSENIC IN WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM HOLLISTON, 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 http://h2ocare.wpengine.com.  To contact us, email to [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.

Water softener / water filtration haverhill

water softener in Haverhill

WATER SOFTENER OR FILTRATION FOR HAVERHILL

DO YOU NEED A WATER SOFTENER OR WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM?

If your water comes from a pri­vate well and con­tains ele­vat­ed lev­els of the min­er­als or con­t­a­m­i­nants iden­ti­fied lat­er in this report, you may need a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem or water soft­en­er to pro­vide you with improved water qual­i­ty.  From the most recent Annu­al Water Qual­i­ty Report, Haverhill’s pub­lic drink­ing water comes from a com­bined water source, all of which are sur­face water. Water is pumped from Mil­l­vale Reser­voir and Crys­tal Lake into Kenoza Lake, where the Water Treat­ment Plant is locat­ed. Round Pond and Win­neken­ni Basin over­flow into Kenoza Lake.  For the com­plete report, see the fol­low­ing link:  Annu­al H2O Qual­i­ty Report.

The most com­mon water qual­i­ty issues found in pri­vate well water in Haver­hill are Iron, Man­ganese, Radon and Arsenic.  While these are most­ly nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring, the effects on your home’s water can either cause poten­tial health con­cerns or aes­thet­ic and oth­er prob­lems.  For more detail on these, see below.

WATER SOFTENER FOR 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.

Water Filtration for Iron in Haverhill

DISSOLVED IRON STAINING

Iron can show up in two forms; Dis­solved in solu­tion (fer­rous form – clear water iron, can’t see until it stains) 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 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 Arti­cle in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine for more infor­ma­tion on Iron in water and relat­ed water fil­tra­tion chal­lenges.  A water soft­en­er will be effec­tive in remov­ing dis­solved iron from the water.  A water soft­en­er will also remove hard water min­er­als and pro­vide you with soft water for clean­ing, bathing, etc.  An “up-flow” water soft­en­er is rec­om­mend­ed for water that con­tains high lev­els of dis­solved iron as the con­t­a­m­i­nant can build up in the low­er sec­tion of the soft­en­er over time with down-flow sys­tems.  A water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al can explain this more ful­ly. Sed­i­ment fil­ters are effec­tive in remov­ing par­tic­u­late iron from the water and would typ­i­cal­ly be installed before the water soft­en­er.

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 man­ganese 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 Arti­cle in Water Tech Mag­a­zine.  As with Iron, a water soft­en­er will be effec­tive in remov­ing dis­solved man­ganese from the water.  Also as with Iron, an up-flow water soft­en­er is rec­om­mend­ed to pre­vent poten­tial build up in the low­er sec­tion of the water soft­en­er.

BAD ODORS & TASTE IN WATER

HYDROGEN SULFIDE is evi­denced typ­i­cal­ly by a rot­ten egg smell in your water.  This may also be caused by high Man­ganese lev­els in the water as well. This prob­lem is eas­i­ly cor­rectable with a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem design specif­i­cal­ly for this pur­pose, typ­i­cal­ly car­bon fil­tra­tion, aer­a­tion or ozone depend­ing on the lev­el detect­ed.

For more on the removal of oth­er bad odors and tastes in water, such as fishy, metal­lic, musty, etc., see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

COMMON HEALTH THREAT CONTAMINANTS FOUND IN NEW ENGLAND WELLS

Water Filtration For The Removal Of Radon From Water 

Remove radon from water in Haverhill

RADON typ­i­cal­ly orig­i­nates in deep wells that tap radon con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed ground­wa­ter.  It is impos­si­ble to detect radon gas with­out appro­pri­ate and prop­er­ly tak­en lab­o­ra­to­ry water tests.  The gas releas­es into air when water is turned on in your home via show­ers, faucets, dish­wash­ers, wash­ing machines, 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.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 vents it safe­ly out­side. The vent must be installed to release the gas at a high enough lev­el out­side of the home to allow it to safe­ly mix with ambi­ent air.  This prop­er vent­ing is crit­i­cal to a safe­ly designed sys­tem.

Remove Radon from with a Water Filtration System in Haverhill, MA

RADON IN WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

Water Filtration To Remove Arsenic From Water

remove arsenic from water in Haverhill

Arsenic can have severe health con­se­quences as it has been linked to can­cer.  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 Link.  Depend­ing on the lev­el of arsenic found in the water, cer­tain sized tanks are filled with arsenic-spe­cif­ic media that will grab the arsenic out of the water.  Prop­er instal­la­tion and main­te­nance is crit­i­cal, but these sys­tems are very effec­tive and proven.

Remove arsenic from water

ARSENIC IN WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

water filtration in Haverhill, MA

 

H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts based full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, based in Middleton, MA on route 114.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  H2O Care has been installing and servicing water softeners and other water filtration equipment since 1989.

Water softener rockport, ma

WATER SOFTENER ROCKPORT, MA

A WATER SOFTENER WILL REMOVE HARD WATER MINERALS, IRON & MANGANESE

A water soft­en­er will remove hard water con­t­a­m­i­nants found in Rock­port water.  The main hard­ness min­er­als are mag­ne­sium and cal­ci­um (the hard­ness min­er­als), while iron and man­ganese are also com­mon­ly found in Rock­port.   A water soft­en­er will be very effec­tive in notice­ably improv­ing your water qual­i­ty if these con­t­a­m­i­nants are present in your water sup­ply.  If your water has high lev­els or iron or man­ganese, an “up-flow” water soft­en­er ver­sus a “down-flow” water soft­en­er is the pre­ferred approach and will pro­vide an effec­tive solu­tion.  High lev­els of these min­er­als can have an adverse affect on a water softener’s effec­tive­ness over time on a down-flow water soft­en­er sys­tem.

The fol­low­ing chart cat­e­go­rizes hard water lev­els.  Com­pare to your water test results:

Water Softener for Gloucester,MA

Cal­ci­um and mag­ne­sium can have dev­as­tat­ing affects on your home’s plumb­ing as well as your abil­i­ty to clean, even though the EPA has no pub­lished lim­its on these.  Hard water inter­feres with almost every clean­ing task, from doing the laun­dry to wash­ing dish­es to tak­ing a show­er. Dish­es and glass­es get spot­ted and a film may build up on show­er doors, bath­tubs, sinks and faucets. Wash­ing your hair in hard water may leave it feel­ing sticky and dull.  Clothes can look dingy and feel rough and scratchy. Hard water can also cause a residue build-up inside pipes, like a clog­ging artery that can low­er water pres­sure through­out the house. The EPA max­i­mum allow­able lev­els for iron as a sec­ondary con­t­a­m­i­nant is .3 parts per mil­lion and for man­ganese is .05 parts per mil­lion as sec­ondary con­t­a­m­i­nants. Small amounts of these min­er­als can have notice­able, or even dev­as­tat­ing affects on your home’s water qual­i­ty.

OTHER AFFECTS OF IRON, MANGANESE AND HARD WATER

Some affects of hard water, iron & man­ganese include cor­ro­sion and scal­ing inside pipes (see pho­to below), major stain­ing through­out the home’s show­ers, bath­tubs, and sinks and destruc­tion of hot water heaters way ahead of their use­ful life.  Hard water scale can also build-up inside hot water heaters insu­lat­ing the tem­per­a­ture sen­sor inside the tank caus­ing them to work much hard­er to bring the tem­per­a­ture up to the set lev­el.  This will reduce the use­ful life of your hot water heater and require ear­ly replace­ment.  For those using their well water for out­side lawn irri­ga­tion, iron and man­ganese can cause major stain­ing of out­side walk­ways, house sid­ing and any­place the water touch­es.  See the link at http://h2ocare.com/lawn-irrigation/

Water softener Gloucester,MA

DAMAGING HARD WATER SCALE UN-CHECKED

WHAT DOES A WATER SOFTENER EFFECTIVELY REMOVE FROM YOUR WATER?

A water soft­en­er is effec­tive in remov­ing dis­solved forms of iron & man­ganese and hard­ness min­er­als. To remove par­tic­u­late iron or man­ganese, a car­tridge fil­ter with prop­er micron rat­ing will be effec­tive. Depend­ing on the spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tion, this could require a series of fil­ters with dif­fer­ent size micron rat­ings to han­dle heav­ier lev­els in the water.  Select­ing the appro­pri­ate micron rat­ing and style of fil­ter can be deter­mined by a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al based on water test results and oth­er symp­toms. For more infor­ma­tion on Iron and Man­ganese in water, see our pub­lished arti­cles in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine at the fol­low­ing link: http://h2ocare.com/publications/

Hydro­gen Sul­fide is evi­denced typ­i­cal­ly by a rot­ten egg smell in your water.  This may also be caused by high Man­ganese lev­els in the water as well. This prob­lem is eas­i­ly cor­rectable with a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem design specif­i­cal­ly for this pur­pose.

Gloucester ,MA iron staining

DISSOLVED IRON STAINING

RADON IN WATER, ARSENIC IN WATER

Some home­own­ers in Rock­port are quite sur­prised when water tests dis­cov­er Radon or Arsenic in their pri­vate wells.  A water soft­en­er (water soft­en­ing) will not remove these health threat con­t­a­m­i­nants. Radon is safe­ly removed with a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem that agi­tates the incom­ing well water, releas­ing the gas from the water in a sealed cham­ber, then vent­ing it safe­ly to the out­side ambi­ent air.  Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home with a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem con­sist­ing of tanks filled with arsenic spe­cif­ic resin that cap­tures the arsenic before it can get into the home’s water sup­ply. Point of use sys­tems for drink­ing water can use reverse osmo­sis tech­nol­o­gy to effec­tive­ly remove arsenic, but not for the entire home’s water sup­ply. Speak to a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al to decide which sys­tem is right for you.

 

WATER SOFTENER ROCKPORT, MAwater softener in rockport, Ma

 

H2O Care is an established,  full service water filtration and testing organization originally formed in 1989, based in Middleton, MA on route 114.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  H2O Care has been installing and servicing water softeners and other water filtration equipment since 1989.

Water softener/ water filtration in byfield, ma

Water softener for byfield

WATER SOFTENER / FILTRATION

WATER SOFTENER OR OTHER WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM FOR WATER QUALITY UPGRADE?

Per the Byfield, MA Source Water Assess­ment and Pro­tec­tion Report, the wells for the Byfield Water Dis­trict are locat­ed with­in two sep­a­rate water sup­ply pro­tec­tion areas, with por­tions extend­ing into the towns of George­town, Grov­e­land, and West New­bury. Each well has a Zone I radius of 400 feet. The wells are locat­ed in aquifers with a high vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty to con­t­a­m­i­na­tion due to the absence of hydro­ge­o­log­ic bar­ri­ers (i.e. clay) that can pre­vent con­t­a­m­i­nant migra­tion. The link to this report is at Mass DEP — Byfield, MA.

If your pri­vate well con­tains ele­vat­ed lev­els of the min­er­als or con­t­a­m­i­nants iden­ti­fied lat­er in this report, you may need a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem or water soft­en­er to improve your water qual­i­ty.  If your home is sup­plied by town water, iron and man­ganese are not uncom­mon min­er­als found in Byfield that may need to be addressed.  For pri­vate wells, the most com­mon water qual­i­ty issues encoun­tered in Byfield are Iron, Man­ganese, Radon and Arsenic.  These are not uncom­mon in Mass­a­chu­setts pri­vate wells.  While these are most­ly nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring, the effects on your home’s water can either cause poten­tial health con­cerns or aes­thet­ic and oth­er prob­lems.  For more detail on these, see below.

WATER SOFTENER FOR IRON & MANGANESE (“The Stainers”)

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.

Water Filtration for Iron in Byfield

DISSOLVED IRON STAINING

Iron shows up in two forms; Dis­solved in solu­tion (fer­rous form – clear water iron, can’t see until it stains) 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 Arti­cle in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine for more infor­ma­tion on Iron in water and relat­ed water fil­tra­tion chal­lenges.  A water soft­en­er will be effec­tive in remov­ing dis­solved iron from the water.  A water soft­en­er will also remove hard water min­er­als and pro­vide you with soft water for clean­ing, bathing, etc.  An “up-flow” water soft­en­er is rec­om­mend­ed for water that con­tains high lev­els of dis­solved iron as the con­t­a­m­i­nant can build up in the low­er sec­tion of the soft­en­er over time with down-flow sys­tems.  A water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al can explain this more ful­ly. Sed­i­ment fil­ters are effec­tive in remov­ing par­tic­u­late iron from the water and would typ­i­cal­ly be installed before the water soft­en­er.

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 man­ganese 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 Arti­cle in Water Tech Mag­a­zine.  As with Iron, a water soft­en­er will be effec­tive in remov­ing dis­solved man­ganese from the water.  Also as with Iron, an up-flow water soft­en­er is rec­om­mend­ed to pre­vent poten­tial build up in the low­er sec­tion of the water soft­en­er.

Hydro­gen Sul­fide is evi­denced typ­i­cal­ly by a rot­ten egg smell in your water.  This may also be caused by high Man­ganese lev­els in the water as well. This prob­lem is eas­i­ly cor­rectable with a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem design specif­i­cal­ly for this pur­pose.

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

WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM FOR RADON IN WATER

Remove radon from water in Byfield

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 vents it safe­ly out­side.  The vent must be installed to release the gas at a high enough lev­el out­side of the home to allow it to safe­ly mix with ambi­ent air.  This prop­er vent­ing is crit­i­cal to a safe­ly designed sys­tem.  For more detailed infor­ma­tion about radon in water, see the arti­cle at http://h2ocare.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/radon-removal-from-well-water-91015.pdf

Remove Radon from with a Water Filtration System in Byfield, MA

RADON IN WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

WATER FILTRATION TO REMOVE ARSENIC IN WATER

remove arsenic from water in ByfieldArsenic can have severe health con­se­quences as it has been linked to can­cer.

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 http://www.watertechonline-digital.com/201110#&pageSet=8&contentItem=0.  Depend­ing on the lev­el of arsenic found in the water, cer­tain sized tanks are filled with arsenic-spe­cif­ic media that will grab the arsenic out of the water.  Prop­er instal­la­tion and main­te­nance is crit­i­cal, but these sys­tems are very effec­tive and proven.

Arsenic water filtration

ARSENIC IN WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

In sum­ma­ry, if you are a res­i­dent of Byfield, MA or are con­sid­er­ing becom­ing one, encoun­ter­ing any of the above issues 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 a water soft­en­er, sed­i­ment fil­tra­tion, radon and arsenic removal sys­tems are proven tech­nolo­gies that work and will pro­vide you with excel­lent water qual­i­ty.

H2O Care is an established, Middleton, MA (259 S. Main Street or route 114) based full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  H2O Care has been installing and servicing water softeners and other water filtration equipment since 1989.

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