Water filtration — cambridge restaurants

WATER FILTRATION & SOFTENERS FOR RESTAURANTS IN CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

The fol­low­ing dis­cuss­es poten­tial water qual­i­ty issues or con­cerns as well as water fil­tra­tion options for restau­rants in Cam­bridge, Mass­a­chu­setts.

(H2O Care was for­mer­ly a divi­sion of: Atlas Water­sys­tems, Inc.) 


HOW HARD IS THE CAMBRIDGE WATER SUPPLY?

Water hard­ness refers to the min­er­al con­tent of water, com­mon­ly cal­ci­um and mag­ne­sium.  Cam­bridge water is “slight­ly to mod­er­ate­ly hard” and varies slight­ly through­out the city.  Hard­ness also may vary some­what by sea­sons of the year.  When using dish­wash­ers, you may notice a slight increase in “spot­ting or streak­ing” on glass­ware, flat­ware or white residue in kitchen­ware. This residue con­sists main­ly of cal­ci­um car­bon­ate, the same ingre­di­ent found in anti-acid prod­ucts and not a known health risk, but an annoy­ing aes­thet­ic prob­lem that makes for a bad pre­sen­ta­tion to cus­tomers. Addi­tion­al­ly, some equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers spec­i­fy water qual­i­ty para­me­ters in their users man­u­al which could ren­der war­ranties unen­force­able if not adhered to. On-going hard water can also even­tu­al­ly have a neg­a­tive impact on your water using appli­ances with poten­tial pre­ma­ture break­downs, etc.  A prop­er­ly spec­i­fied, installed and main­tained water soft­en­er can imme­di­ate­ly solve the issue of hard water in your Cam­bridge sup­plied water.

Accord­ing to the Cam­bridge Water Depart­ment, the hard­ness of the city’s tap water is typ­i­cal­ly around 40 to 60 parts per mil­lion or 3 to 4 grains per gal­lon.  See the chart below for com­par­i­son.

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TASTE & ODOR ISSUES/ PREMATURE EQUIPMENT BREAKDOWNS ?

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SEDIMENT & CARBON WATER         FILTRATION  MANIFOLD

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While symp­toms of water qual­i­ty issues such as bad odors & taste, stain­ing of bath­room fix­tures & laun­dry, pre­ma­ture equip­ment break­downs 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 excel­lent on-going water qual­i­ty for drink­ing, wash­ing, etc.  There are var­i­ous approach­es to pro­vid­ing your restau­rant with bet­ter qual­i­ty ice, good tast­ing water, improved bev­er­age taste and improved water qual­i­ty to feed your dish­wash­ers to avoid streak­ing on glass­es and din­ner­ware.

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BEFORE & AFTER OF SEDIMENT/ CARBON FILTERS IN RESTAURANT

WATER FILTRATION & WATER SOFTENER SYSTEMS

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Var­i­ous types of water fil­tra­tion sys­tems are avail­able for the removal of any of the poten­tial caus­es of symp­toms you may be expe­ri­enc­ing.  Water soft­en­ers are typ­i­cal­ly installed to remove hard water min­er­als, 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.  Bad tastes & odors, which may be the result of the chlo­ramine added into the water sup­ply for dis­in­fect­ing pur­pos­es, can be removed with a car­bon fil­tra­tion sys­tem.  Addi­tion­al­ly, to cre­ate very pure drink­ing water, a reverse osmo­sis sys­tem can be installed, which uti­lizes the same tech­nol­o­gy used to pro­duce both Aqua­fi­na, Dasani and some oth­er bot­tled waters.  There are var­i­ous sized reverse osmo­sis sys­tems to match the vol­ume demands required.

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REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER PURIFICATION

Any water fil­tra­tion sys­tem or water soft­en­er rec­om­men­da­tion in Cam­bridge 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.

In sum­ma­ry, con­trol­ling your 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://h2ocare.wpengine.com.  You can contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.

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Water test — marlborough, massachusetts

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          WATER TEST & ANALYSIS

ON-SITE WATER TEST IN MARLBOROUGH

A water test for cer­tain items can be per­formed on-site with indus­try stan­dard test kits and get reli­able read­ings right at your home. Based on the results, a deter­mi­na­tion can be made whether or not a water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­ing sys­tem is nec­es­sary or desired to remove the unwant­ed min­er­als or con­t­a­m­i­nants. If so, options can be reviewed for select­ing the pre­ferred approach. The on-site water test can be per­formed for the fol­low­ing:

Hard­ness > Iron > pH > Total Dis­solved Solids (TDS) > Chlo­rine > Alka­lin­i­ty

For a more com­plete water test and analy­sis, we rec­om­mend pulling prop­er water sam­ples for test­ing at a cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry.  In all cas­es, it is para­mount that water test­ing be per­formed in order to deter­mine whether or not a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem or water soft­en­ing sys­tem is nec­es­sary, and if so, what type and size.

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WATER TESTING

WATER TEST THAT REQUIRES A LABORATORY

For health relat­ed con­t­a­m­i­nants such as Arsenic, Radon, Lead, Bac­te­ria, Nitrates or for more com­pre­hen­sive test­ing, we can assist you by prop­er­ly pulling water sam­ples of the right amounts, includ­ing com­ply­ing with required max­i­mum hold­ing peri­ods, tem­per­a­ture, and oth­er pro­to­col.   From there, we can bring the sam­ples to a cer­ti­fied lab for test­ing, which requires spe­cial­ized ana­lyt­i­cal equip­ment and pro­ce­dures.

We have Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 test­ing lev­els (see link just below) or we can cus­tomize test­ing to your needs depend­ing on your spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tion and rea­son for hav­ing your water test­ed. We can assist you in deter­min­ing which water test to have done.  The con­t­a­m­i­nants test­ed for under each of the three Groups are iden­ti­fied in detail at the fol­low­ing link Water-Test­ing-Sheet-.  Test­ing water from a pri­vate well will require more exten­sive test­ing than water com­ing from a munic­i­pal sup­ply which has already under­gone a cer­tain lev­el of test­ing. If you are sell­ing your home with a pri­vate well, your town’s Board of Health, the buyer’s home inspec­tor or bank may dic­tate what must be test­ed for. We will assist you in deter­min­ing which Group test­ing is right for you. Once the lab results become avail­able, we can ana­lyze the report, review it with you and deter­mine if any action is required. If a water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­ing sys­tem is required, we can review your options and deter­mine the most effec­tive approach for you.

For more infor­ma­tion on when and how often you should pull a water test and relat­ed infor­ma­tion, see the link at Water Test­ing link.

PULLING YOUR OWN SAMPLES AND TRANSPORTING TO A LAB FOR WATER TESTING

If you’d pre­fer to take water sam­ples and bring them to the lab your­self, we can direct you to the near­est one for instruc­tions, etc. Once you get the results, we can ana­lyze and review them with you.

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H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, with offices in Hudson and Middleton, MA.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and clicking on the publications tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or by calling us at 800–539-1100.

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  WATER FILTER FOR MARLBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

There are many types and sizes of fil­ters avail­able to address the var­i­ous types of poten­tial water qual­i­ty issues expe­ri­enced in Marl­bor­ough town water or pri­vate wells. There are car­tridge style water fil­ters and whole house water fil­ters which will be reviewed in the bal­ance of this write-up.  Match­ing the right tech­nol­o­gy and siz­ing the sys­tem to meet the water usage demands of your home are crit­i­cal to select­ing the best approach for your sit­u­a­tion.  Addi­tion­al­ly, a pro­fes­sion­al­ly plumbed sys­tem is para­mount as well as main­te­nance of the sys­tem through­out the years to opti­mize the use­ful life and prop­er func­tion­ing of your new water fil­tra­tion equip­ment.

CARTRIDGE STYLE WATER FILTER

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  CARTRIDGE WATER FILTER CHOICES

There are var­i­ous types and sizes of water fil­ter car­tridges with dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing fea­tures relat­ing to what you are try­ing to mechan­i­cal­ly remove from the water.  These fil­ters do not work on remov­ing dis­solved impu­ri­ties from the water as oth­er tech­nolo­gies must be used for this pur­pose.

SEDIMENT WATER FILTER CARTRIDGE , as their name implies, are for remov­ing sed­i­ment (par­tic­u­late mat­ter) from the water sup­ply. The key char­ac­ter­is­tics relate to the micron rat­ing of the fil­ter designed to remove par­ti­cles at or greater than a spec­i­fied size and also capac­i­ty in terms of how long the sed­i­ment fil­ter will work before it is no longer able to remove sed­i­ment. Spec­i­fy­ing a micron rat­ing that is too small for instal­la­tion at the water’s point of entry into your home, for exam­ple, may cause an unac­cept­able drop in water pres­sure.  Spec­i­fy­ing a micron rat­ing that is not small enough may pro­duce less than opti­mal results in keep­ing sed­i­ment out of your water sup­ply.  Some­times tri­al and error becomes the route to deter­min­ing what works best in your sit­u­a­tion. Expe­ri­enced water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als have the ben­e­fit of many years of tri­al and error and will usu­al­ly know what will work best in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.

SEDIMENT FILTERS ARE IMPORTANT because sed­i­ment can be abra­sive to all of your water using appli­ances and can also neg­a­tive­ly affect oth­er types of water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­ing equip­ment that you may have installed or are plan­ning to install in your home or oth­er facil­i­ty. Remov­ing sed­i­ment is also a good step in pro­vid­ing bet­ter drink­ing water, although not the only step if a high­er lev­el of puri­ty is desired.  (For more on high qual­i­ty drink­ing water, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/reverse-osmosis-ro-water-purification/.

CARBON WATER FILTER CARTRIDGES use acti­vat­ed car­bon to remove chem­i­cals (such as chlo­rine, volatile organ­ics and oth­ers) and some bad tastes and odors from water.  Car­bon fil­ters are also com­po­nents of reverse osmo­sis purifi­ca­tion sys­tems to remove chlo­rine from water pri­or to flow­ing to the sys­tems’ mem­brane which can be neg­a­tive­ly affect­ed by the chlo­rine. Water pass­es through acti­vat­ed car­bon, which is porous, trap­ping cer­tain par­ti­cles that are attract­ed to the porous mate­r­i­al in a process known as adsorp­tion.  At some point, adsorp­tion capac­i­ty is exceed­ed and the fil­ter must be changed in order to be effec­tive.  As with sed­i­ment water fil­ters, the micron rat­ing and size of the fil­ter must be matched to the spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tion.

There are also oth­er types of water fil­ter car­tridges for very spe­cif­ic pur­pos­es such as pH neu­tral­iz­ing, pipe pro­tec­tion and oth­ers.  These may be intro­duced to you by your water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al if your par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion war­rants them.

POINT OF ENTRY, WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTERS

WATER SOFTENERS

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER SOFTENING 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”), an “up-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.

POINT OF ENTRY, WHOLE HOUSE CARBON OR SEDIMENT FILTERS

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BACKWASHABLE CARBON OR SEDIMENT FILTER SYSTEM

In sit­u­a­tions where there is high water usage and the use of car­tridge fil­ters doesn’t make sense, a point of entry sys­tem may be the solu­tion.  These sys­tems do not require the fre­quen­cy of change-outs that car­tridge fil­ters do and have the abil­i­ty to auto­mat­i­cal­ly clean them­selves, extend­ing the life of the media inside the tank.  Anoth­er exam­ple would be if your town sup­plied water is high in chlo­rine and you wish to elim­i­nate it from your water sup­ply, a point of entry car­bon water fil­ter will have enough capac­i­ty to last much longer and also remove more of the chlo­rine due to longer “con­tact time” that the water has with the fil­ter.

BAD TASTES & ODORS, SEDIMENT

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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/.

 

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTER FOR TWO COMMON REGIONAL HEALTH THREATS IN PRIVATE WELLS

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

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.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC

 

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H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989 (offices in Middleton & Hudson , MA).  See our written and published articles on common regional water problems in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications photo on the home page or the tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.
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     WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM OPTIONS

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Whole house water filtration systems for Marlborough

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM OPTIONS IN MARLBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

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 Marl­bor­ough well water. Not only is match­ing the right tech­nol­o­gy impor­tant,  siz­ing the sys­tem to meet the water usage demands of your home is also key.  Last­ly, 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 SOFTENING 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”), an “up-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.

BAD TASTES & ODORS, SEDIMENT

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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/.

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR POTENTIAL HEALTH THREATS

Oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants found in New Eng­land well water may 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. Hav­ing your water test­ed for these con­t­a­m­i­nants is essen­tial if you have a pri­vate well.

Whole house water filtration for radon in water removal in Marlborough

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR RADON

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.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC

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H2O Care is an established Massachusetts based, full service 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://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications photo on the home page or the tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.
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WATER FILTRATION FOR MARLBOROUGH, MASS.

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PICKING THE RIGHT WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM TO ELIMINATE ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER

WHY DOES MY WATER HAVE A ROTTEN EGG SMELL?

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The most preva­lent cause of rot­ten egg smell in water in Swamp­scott and this region is hydro­gen sul­fide.  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.

DOES HYDROGEN SULFIDE POSE A HEALTH RISK OR IS THE ROTTEN EGG SMELL 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 WATER IN Swampscott, 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 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.  Start­ing with a water test will dic­tate the right approach. For more on the removal of bad odors and tastes, see the link at: http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

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 Chelms­ford. 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 SOFTENER

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.

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

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.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC

 

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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 call us at 800–539-1100.

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