ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER – MAYNARD, MASS

Eliminating rotten egg smell in water for Maynard, MA

Picking the right water filtration system to eliminate rotten egg smell in water

WHY DO I HAVE A ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER?

rotten egg smell in my water in Maynard, MA

The most prevalent cause of rotten egg smell in water in Maynard and this region is hydrogen sulfide, although higher levels of Manganese in water can also let off a similar type of smell. Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless gas that can exist naturally in groundwater. Sulfur-reducing bacteria present in groundwater use sulfur as an energy source to chemically change sulfates to hydrogen sulfide. The bacteria use sulfur from decaying plants and other organic matter in oxygen-deficient environments. They can occur in deep or shallow wells, and reside in plumbing systems. Hydrogen sulfide can reveal itself in other ways too. Hot water heaters that have a magnesium rod used for corrosion control can chemically reduce sulfates to hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide also can enter surface water through springs as well.   It is most common in shale and sandstone. The occurrence of hydrogen sulfide gas has been associated with groundwater with low pH and/or groundwater with high levels of iron and/or manganese (typical water quality issues in New England).  Hydrogen sulfide has a pungent smell at low concentrations and most people can detect concentrations above 0.03 ppm. There is no Maximum Contaminant Level established by the United States EPA.

IS HYDROGEN SULFIDE A HEALTH RISK OR IS THE ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER JUST AN AESTHETIC ISSUE?

Usually it is not a health risk at concentrations present in household water.  However, hydrogen sulfide gas is flammable and poisonous at high concentrations.  Build-up of hydrogen sulfide concentrations in confined areas has been known to cause adverse health effects.

Bacteria in groundwater are responsible for most of the sulfide smells detected while sampling water wells. These are not often associated with high enough concentrations to be a health issue. In rare cases, sulfide presence may be due to sewage pollution. If you experience a hydrogen sulfide odor suddenly, consult with a water filtration system professional.

OTHER AFFECTS – Hydrogen sulfide is corrosive and can leach metals from plumbing systems into the water. The result of this corrosion of metals by hydrogen sulfide can be  a black precipitate that can stain laundry and bathroom fixtures, darken silverware, and discolor copper and brass utensils.

HOW DO I GET RID OF THE ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN MY WATER?

rotten egg smell in my water in Maynard, Ma

While there are a number of technologies available to remove the rotten egg smell in your water, it cannot be viewed in a vacuum.  The pH level, iron & manganese levels, as well as other contaminants present in the water must be evaluated for an effective, comprehensive solution to this issue.  Some of the technologies and systems that may be used include:

  • Ozone treatment creates a chemical reaction that precipitates sulfur. Ozone is effective for concentrations up to 10 ppm.
  • Oxidizing filters will work for concentrations up to 6 ppm. The filter contains sand with a manganese dioxide coating that changes hydrogen sulfide gas to tiny particles of sulfur that are trapped inside the filter.
  • Activated carbon filters can be effective when hydrogen sulfide is present in low levels (up to about 0.3 ppm). The hydrogen sulfide is absorbed onto the surface of the carbon particles. Filters require periodic replacement and can harbor sulfate-reducing bacteria
  • Shock chlorination of your well may reduce the hydrogen sulfide-producing bacteria. It’s most effective in water with a pH between 5 and 7 and ineffective in alkaline (higher pH) water.  An activated carbon filter may be necessary to remove residual chlorine or small amounts of remaining hydrogen sulfide.
  • Oxidation removes hydrogen sulfide concentrations exceeding 6 ppm. It can be done by aeration, chlorination, and potassium permanganate.
  • Water heater modification is necessary when hydrogen sulfide is causing an odor within the water heating system. Replacing the magnesium corrosion control rod with one made of aluminum or other metals usually improves the situation, however, you should check the manufacturer’s warranty on the water heater to make sure you aren’t voiding the warranty.

OTHER WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

There are different types and sizes of whole house water filtration systems available to address the various types of potential water quality issues experienced in Maynard. Selecting the ones that address the water quality issues that have been identified and that you are concerned with is the task at hand.  Not only is matching the right technology important, but also sizing the system to meet the water usage demands of your home is very important.  Last, but not least, a professionally plumbed system is also critical as well as maintenance of the system throughout the years to optimize the useful life and proper functioning of your new equipment.

While symptoms of water quality issues such as bad odors & taste, staining of laundry, bathroom fixtures, etc. are indicators of problems, the preferred starting point is to get a water test to identify the minerals or contaminants in the water and at what quantity they exist.  This will lead to an effective system recommendation and route to providing your home with excellent water quality.  While certain minerals & contaminants can be tested on-site, health threat items like radon in water, arsenic in water, nitrates and others should be properly sampled and brought to a certified laboratory for testing that requires specialized equipment.

WATER SOFTENERS

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Whole house water filtration systems

A water softener is a type of whole house water filtration system that is designed for removing hard water minerals (magnesium & calcium) as well as dissolved iron and manganese from the water.  For water with high levels of iron or manganese (“the stainers”), a “down-flow” water softener is recommended to prevent mineral build-up in the bottom of the water softener.  Also, high efficiency water softeners that are more efficient with both water and salt usage are preferred.  A water softener will not remove the rotten egg smell in water.

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR OTHER CONTAMINANTS

Other contaminants found in New England well water include Radon and Arsenic.  A water softener will not remove these health threat contaminants. Radon in water is safely removed with an aeration system that agitates the incoming well water, releasing the gas from the water in a sealed chamber. This gas is then safely vented to the outside ambient air.

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Whole house water filtration for radon in water removal

Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home by installing 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 as well. Speak to a water treatment professional to decide which system is right for you.

remove rotten egg smell in water in Maynard

Whole house water filtration to remove arsenic from water

In addition to the above systems described, there are many other types of systems to remove bad tastes & odors (other than rotten egg smell in water), sediment and many other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water.  Starting with a water test will dictate the right approach.

Remove rotten egg smell from water in Maynard, MA

rotten egg smell in water in Maynard, MA
H2O Care is an established full service, Massachusetts based water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989.  See our written and published articles on common regional water problems in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website http://www.h2ocare.com, and going to the publications photo on the home page or the tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us at [email protected] or 800-539-1100.  Visit our new office at 439 Main Street (route 62) in Hudson, MA, opening May 1, 2017.
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Water filtration for rotten egg smell in Maynard

RADON IN WATER REMOVAL – ROCKPORT, MASS

Radon in water filtration in Rockport, MA

Water filtration for radon in water

Radon In water Milford, MA

 

 

 

 

 

RADON IN WATER

Radon in water is not a problem until the gas escapes the water as it enters your Rockport home through faucets, showers, bathtubs and washing machines.  Radon is a radioactive gas which comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils.  (for more information about this topic, see the following link: Radon in Massachusetts.  As radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless element, the need for a water test is all the more critical.  Radon in water is a health threat that must be taken care of.

RADON typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation, even ones you cannot see. It can also get into your home through well water when you turn on your shower and other water using points inside your home.  Your home may trap radon inside where it can build up in concentration. Any home may have a radon in water or radon in air problem; new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.

State Contaminant Guideline Levels (in pCi/L); (As of 7/7/2016)

Massachusetts = 10,000 pico curries/liter

New Hampshire = 2,000      ”                 ”

Maine = 4,000                        ”                 ”

Rhode Island = 4,000           ”                 ”

Water filtration - radon in water removal Rockport, MA

Radon in Water Removal System

Any home may have a radon problem from such sources as:

1. Cracks in solid floors

2. Construction joints

3. Cracks in walls

4. Gaps in suspended floors

5. Gaps around service pipes

6. Spaces inside walls

7. The water supply when gas is released into the air in the home

Radon in well water in Rockport, MA

In 1988, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Radiation Control Program performed a study in conjunction with the EPA. The data gathered from that study estimates that one out of four houses may have levels above the 4.0 Pico curries/L in air action level. However, the only way to know if your home has a problem is to perform a test.

Radon is a Class A carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer. The increased risk of developing lung cancer from radon is directly related to the concentration of radon and the length of time that a person is exposed to it. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are between 5,000 and 30,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, according to EPA.

Cigarette smokers should keep their exposure to radon as low as possible. Smokers have eight times the risk from radon as non-smokers. If the house was tested in an infrequently used basement, it may have measured a radon level that is higher than the actual level you are exposed to, spending most of your time upstairs. People with young children should be more concerned with the possible consequences of radon exposure 20 years from now than someone in their late sixties or seventies. Families with a hereditary predisposition of cancer should be more concerned about radon exposure than families who don’t have any history of cancer.

Although no level of radon in water or air is considered absolutely safe, the USEPA action level for radon is 4.0 picocuries per liter of AIR (pCi/L). (pCi/l= picocuries per liter, the most popular method of reporting radon levels. A picoCurie is 0.000,000,000,001 (one-trillionth) of a Curie, an international measurement unit of radioactivity. One pCi/l means that in one liter of air there will be 2.2 radioactive disintegrations each minute. For example, at 4 pCi/l there will be approximately 12,672 radioactive disintegrations in one liter of air, during a 24-hour period.)

The risk of developing lung cancer at 4.0 pCi/L in AIR is estimated at about 7 lung cancer deaths per 1000 persons, which is why the USEPA and IEMA recommend reducing your radon level if the concentration is 4.0 pCi/L or more.

Water testing Rockport, MA

Some common myths about radon:

MYTH: Scientists are not sure that radon really is a problem.

FACT: Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths due to radon, all the major health organizations (like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association) agree with estimates that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year. This is especially true among smokers, since the risk to smokers is much greater than to non-smokers.

MYTH: Homes with radon in water and/or in air can’t be fixed, or cannot be fixed economically.

FACT: There are solutions to radon problems in homes. Thousands of homeowners have already fixed radon problems in their homes.  Costs to remove radon can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars depending on the source, plumbing and venting considerations.

MYTH: Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.

FACT: High radon levels have been found in every state.

MYTH: A neighbor’s test result is a good indication of whether your home has a problem.

FACT: Radon levels vary greatly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.

MYTH: It is difficult to sell homes where radon problems have been discovered.

FACT: Many types of problems can hinder a home sale, but when the problems are fixed before the home is listed, the sales are not slowed down. It is the same for radon. All homes should be tested for radon, and those with problems fixed before being listed for sale.  Radon should be tested not only inside the home, but if there is a private well, testing for radon in water is imperative.  Radon in water is not uncommon in private wells in Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Maine.

MYTH: I’ve lived in my home for so long, it doesn’t make sense to take action now.

FACT: You will reduce your risk of lung cancer when you reduce radon levels, even if you’ve lived with a radon problem for a long time.

MYTH: Short-term tests cannot be used for making a decision about whether to fix your home.

FACT: Short term tests can be used to decide whether to fix your home, and for higher radon levels (8 pCi/l or higher) that is all that should be used. Keep in mind that, even though the action level is 4, this is not a “safe” level and that radon levels below 4 pCi/l still pose some risk. Radon levels in most homes can be reduced to 2 pCi/l or less.

If you have further questions on radon, you may call the Radiation Control Program and they will advise you on how to get your home tested and assist you in interpreting the results.  If your well tests positive for radon in water, a water treatment professional or state certified lab can be of assistance.

radon in water in Rockport, MA

H2O Care is an established  Massachusetts based, full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989.  See our written and published articles about common regional water contaminants 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.   Email us at [email protected] or call 800-539-1100

RADON IN WATER REMOVAL – MILFORD, MASS

RADON in water in Milford, MA

Filtration for radon in water in Milford, MA

RADON IN WATER

Radon In water Milford, MA

Radon in water is not a problem until the gas escapes the water as it enters your Milford home through faucets, showers, bathtubs and washing machines.  Radon is a radioactive gas which comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils.  (for more information about this topic, see the following link: Radon in Massachusetts.  As radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless element, the need for a water test is all the more critical.  Radon in water is a health threat that must be taken care of.

RADON typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation, even ones you cannot see. It can also get into your home through well water when you turn on your shower and other water using points inside your home.  Your home may trap radon inside where it can build up in concentration. Any home may have a radon in water or radon in air problem; new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.

State Contaminant Guideline Levels (in pCi/L); (As of 7/7/2016)

Massachusetts = 10,000 pico curries/liter

New Hampshire = 2,000      ”                 ”

Maine = 4,000                        ”                 ”

Rhode Island = 4,000           ”                 ”

Water filtration - radon in water removal Milford, MA

Radon in Water Removal System

Any home may have a radon problem from such sources as:

1. Cracks in solid floors

2. Construction joints

3. Cracks in walls

4. Gaps in suspended floors

5. Gaps around service pipes

6. Spaces inside walls

7. The water supply when gas is released into the air in the home

Radon in well water in Milford, MA

In 1988, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Radiation Control Program performed a study in conjunction with the EPA. The data gathered from that study estimates that one out of four houses may have levels above the 4.0 Pico curries/L in air action level. However, the only way to know if your home has a problem is to perform a test.

Radon is a Class A carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer. The increased risk of developing lung cancer from radon is directly related to the concentration of radon and the length of time that a person is exposed to it. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are between 5,000 and 30,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, according to EPA.

Cigarette smokers should keep their exposure to radon as low as possible. Smokers have eight times the risk from radon as non-smokers. If the house was tested in an infrequently used basement, it may have measured a radon level that is higher than the actual level you are exposed to, spending most of your time upstairs. People with young children should be more concerned with the possible consequences of radon exposure 20 years from now than someone in their late sixties or seventies. Families with a hereditary predisposition of cancer should be more concerned about radon exposure than families who don’t have any history of cancer.

Although no level of radon in water or air is considered absolutely safe, the USEPA action level for radon is 4.0 picocuries per liter of AIR (pCi/L). (pCi/l= picocuries per liter, the most popular method of reporting radon levels. A picoCurie is 0.000,000,000,001 (one-trillionth) of a Curie, an international measurement unit of radioactivity. One pCi/l means that in one liter of air there will be 2.2 radioactive disintegrations each minute. For example, at 4 pCi/l there will be approximately 12,672 radioactive disintegrations in one liter of air, during a 24-hour period.)

The risk of developing lung cancer at 4.0 pCi/L in AIR is estimated at about 7 lung cancer deaths per 1000 persons, which is why the USEPA and IEMA recommend reducing your radon level if the concentration is 4.0 pCi/L or more.

Water testing Milford, MA

Some common myths about radon:

MYTH: Scientists are not sure that radon really is a problem.

FACT: Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths due to radon, all the major health organizations (like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association) agree with estimates that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year. This is especially true among smokers, since the risk to smokers is much greater than to non-smokers.

MYTH: Homes with radon in water and/or in air can’t be fixed, or cannot be fixed economically.

FACT: There are solutions to radon problems in homes. Thousands of homeowners have already fixed radon problems in their homes.  Costs to remove radon can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars depending on the source, plumbing and venting considerations.

MYTH: Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.

FACT: High radon levels have been found in every state.

MYTH: A neighbor’s test result is a good indication of whether your home has a problem.

FACT: Radon levels vary greatly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.

MYTH: It is difficult to sell homes where radon problems have been discovered.

FACT: Many types of problems can hinder a home sale, but when the problems are fixed before the home is listed, the sales are not slowed down. It is the same for radon. All homes should be tested for radon, and those with problems fixed before being listed for sale.  Radon should be tested not only inside the home, but if there is a private well, testing for radon in water is imperative.  Radon in water is not uncommon in private wells in Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Maine.

MYTH: I’ve lived in my home for so long, it doesn’t make sense to take action now.

FACT: You will reduce your risk of lung cancer when you reduce radon levels, even if you’ve lived with a radon problem for a long time.

MYTH: Short-term tests cannot be used for making a decision about whether to fix your home.

FACT: Short term tests can be used to decide whether to fix your home, and for higher radon levels (8 pCi/l or higher) that is all that should be used. Keep in mind that, even though the action level is 4, this is not a “safe” level and that radon levels below 4 pCi/l still pose some risk. Radon levels in most homes can be reduced to 2 pCi/l or less.

If you have further questions on radon, you may call the Radiation Control Program and they will advise you on how to get your home tested and assist you in interpreting the results.  If your well tests positive for radon in water, a water treatment professional or state certified lab can be of assistance.

radon in water in Milford, MA

H2O Care is a Massachusetts based, full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989.  See our written and published articles about common regional water contaminants 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.  Visit our new Hudson office due to open May, 1, 2017 at 439 Main Street.  Email us at [email protected] or call 800-539-1100

RADON IN WATER – GROVELAND, MASSACHUSETTS

RADON IN WATER REMOVAL

Radon In water Groveland, MA

Radon in water is not a problem until the gas escapes the water as it enters your home through faucets, showers, bathtubs and washing machines.  Radon is a radioactive gas which comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils.  (for more information about this topic, see the following link: Radon in Massachusetts.  As radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless element, the need for a water test is all the more critical.  Radon in water is a health threat that must be taken care of in your Groveland, MA home.

RADON typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation, even ones you cannot see. It can also get into your home through well water when you turn on your shower and other water using points inside your home.  Radon in water is not an uncommon occurrence in Groveland wells.  Your home may trap radon inside where it can build up in concentration. Any home may have a radon in water or radon in air problem; new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.

State Maximum Contaminant Guideline Levels (in pCi/L); (As of 7/7/2016)

Massachusetts = 10,000 pico curries/liter

New Hampshire = 2,000      ”                 ”

Maine = 4,000                        ”                 ”

Rhode Island = 4,000           ”                 ”

Water filtration - radon in water in Groveland, MA

Radon in Water Removal System

Any home may have a radon problem from such sources as:

1. Cracks in solid floors

2. Construction joints

3. Cracks in walls

4. Gaps in suspended floors

5. Gaps around service pipes

6. Spaces inside walls

7. The water supply when gas is released into the air in the home

Radon in well water in Groveland, MA

In 1988, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Radiation Control Program performed a study in conjunction with the EPA. The data gathered from that study estimates that one out of four houses may have levels above the 4.0 Pico curries/L in air action level. However, the only way to know if your home has a problem is to perform a test.

Radon is a Class A carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer. The increased risk of developing lung cancer from radon is directly related to the concentration of radon and the length of time that a person is exposed to it. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are between 5,000 and 30,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, according to EPA.

Cigarette smokers should keep their exposure to radon as low as possible. Smokers have eight times the risk from radon as non-smokers. If the house was tested in an infrequently used basement, it may have measured a radon level that is higher than the actual level you are exposed to, spending most of your time upstairs. People with young children should be more concerned with the possible consequences of radon exposure 20 years from now than someone in their late sixties or seventies. Families with a hereditary predisposition of cancer should be more concerned about radon exposure than families who don’t have any history of cancer.

Although no level of radon in water or air is considered absolutely safe, the USEPA action level for radon is 4.0 picocuries per liter of AIR (pCi/L). (pCi/l= picocuries per liter, the most popular method of reporting radon levels. A picoCurie is 0.000,000,000,001 (one-trillionth) of a Curie, an international measurement unit of radioactivity. One pCi/l means that in one liter of air there will be 2.2 radioactive disintegrations each minute. For example, at 4 pCi/l there will be approximately 12,672 radioactive disintegrations in one liter of air, during a 24-hour period.)

The risk of developing lung cancer at 4.0 pCi/L in AIR is estimated at about 7 lung cancer deaths per 1000 persons, which is why the USEPA and IEMA recommend reducing your radon level if the concentration is 4.0 pCi/L or more.

Water testing Groveland,MA

Some common myths about radon:

MYTH: Scientists are not sure that radon really is a problem.

FACT: Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths due to radon, all the major health organizations (like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association) agree with estimates that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year. This is especially true among smokers, since the risk to smokers is much greater than to non-smokers.

MYTH: Homes with radon in water and/or in air can’t be fixed, or cannot be fixed economically.

FACT: There are solutions to radon problems in homes. Thousands of homeowners have already fixed radon problems in their homes.  Costs to remove radon can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars depending on the source, plumbing and venting considerations.

MYTH: Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.

FACT: High radon levels have been found in every state.

MYTH: A neighbor’s test result is a good indication of whether your home has a problem.

FACT: Radon levels vary greatly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.

MYTH: It is difficult to sell homes where radon problems have been discovered.

FACT: Many types of problems can hinder a home sale, but when the problems are fixed before the home is listed, the sales are not slowed down. It is the same for radon. All homes should be tested for radon, and those with problems fixed before being listed for sale.  Radon should be tested not only inside the home, but if there is a private well, testing for radon in water is imperative.  Radon in water is not uncommon in private wells in Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Maine.

MYTH: I’ve lived in my home for so long, it doesn’t make sense to take action now.

FACT: You will reduce your risk of lung cancer when you reduce radon levels, even if you’ve lived with a radon problem for a long time.

MYTH: Short-term tests cannot be used for making a decision about whether to fix your home.

FACT: Short term tests can be used to decide whether to fix your home, and for higher radon levels (8 pCi/l or higher) that is all that should be used. Keep in mind that, even though the action level is 4, this is not a “safe” level and that radon levels below 4 pCi/l still pose some risk. Radon levels in most homes can be reduced to 2 pCi/l or less.

If you have further questions on radon, you may call the Radiation Control Program and they will advise you on how to get your home tested and assist you in interpreting the results.  If your well tests positive for radon in water, a water treatment professional or state certified lab can be of assistance.

radon in water in Groveland, MA

Radon in water in Groveland, MA

H2O Care is a 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.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800-539-1100
Radon in water removal in Groveland, MA

Radon in water removal in Groveland, MA

ARSENIC IN WATER – SHERBORN, MASSACHUSETTS

ARSENIC in water in Sherborn, MA

Arsenic in water removal – Sherborn, MA

ARSENIC IN WATER

Arsenic in water occurs naturally and is a tasteless, odorless and colorless contaminant.  Other activities that could have left arsenic residuals include apple orchard spraying, coal ash disposal, and use of some pressure treated wood. Sherborn homeowners are very surprised when they get their lab test results back and see they have arsenic in their water.  While there are serious health threats associated with ingestion, there are effective methods for removing arsenic in water.  For detail on potential health affects, see the link at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs372/en/

The primary forms of Arsenic in water are Arsenic III and Arsenic V.   Many arsenic removal media have a low capacity for removing Arsenic III from the water, therefore converting it to Arsenic V (which is easier to remove) is a common approach.  Determining the ratio of Arsenic III versus Arsenic V in water is critical as this will allow the design and implementation of a water treatment system that will effectively remove it.   There are methods to oxidize the Arsenic III and convert it to Arsenic V for ease of removal.  Not all towns have detected arsenic in water, however, there are pockets found in Sherborn which increases the importance of proper testing, follow-up, etc.

Arsenic in water removal in Sherborn well water

Arsenic removal filtration tanks with media inside

WATER TEST & ANALYSIS FOR ARSENIC IN WATER

Water testing for Arsenic in water Sherborn, MA

Water test

Having a complete laboratory water test and analysis, including parameters that can negatively impact arsenic removal media, is critical to a well designed, safe water treatment system that will remove the arsenic in water.  pH can significantly affect Arsenic media performance along with other competing ions such as Iron, Manganese, Hardness, Vanadium, Sulfate, Phosphate, Silica, Total Dissolved Solids, Suspended Solids and Hydrogen Sulfide.  For a full article on this topic which we’ve had published in Water Technology Magazine, go to our publications section and click on the Arsenic removal article at http://h2ocare.com/publications/

WATER USAGE MONITORING

Water meter for arsenic in well water Sherborn, MA

Determining water usage is also critical to designing an effective arsenic in water removal system that will have the proper capacity.  Key information would include well pump size, well pump flow rate, size of the incoming water line, number of residents in the home, the number of bathrooms, space availability for equipment installation, electrical availability and water discharge location or restrictions, among others.

TRACKING WATER USE AFTER SYSTEM INSTALLATION IS IMPORTANT

A couple of key components for consideration when designing this type of system include:

  1.  Utilizing a meter to track flow rate and total gallons processed is critical to determine the home’s water demand.
  2.  Gallons used readings also assist in uncovering any potential leaks in the home such as running toilets, which will unnecessarily prematurely deplete the arsenic media’s capacity.

LEAD/LAG TANK DESIGNED FOR ADDED SAFETY

Because Arsenic in water is a tasteless, colorless and odorless contaminant, it is particularly important to have two tanks in series in case the first tank is depleted prior to scheduled service with your water treatment company.  Service should be scheduled at intervals determined by the water use tracking data accumulated. This combined with appropriate water testing intervals are added safeguards to prevent Arsenic from getting into the treated water entering the home.

In summary, finding Arsenic in well water may first come as a shock, however , if you are contemplating buying a home that has Arsenic in the well, you can have a safe, effective system installed to eliminate this problem.

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