Water filtration for boxford wells



If you are a resident of Boxford, MA, your private well supplying your home with water may require a water softener or some other type of water filtration system.  As is the case with many wells in Massachusetts, there are certain common contaminants that find their way into the water supply.  Later in this write-up, specific contaminants that are commonly found in Boxford private wells are identified and effective remediation methods are covered.  There are tried and true water filtration and water softener systems and methods to remove these contaminants and provide you with excellent water quality.

The Board of Health for the Town of Boxford has established and adopted certain rules and regulations for the interest and protection of its citizens.  See the link at Well regs Boxford for the full report, known as Regulation 1-94.


Water testing before water filtration in Boxford

Prior to even considering a water filtration or water softener system, 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 or what to test for, you should contact a lab or water treatment professional for assistance.  They can walk you through the steps required to complete this task.   Typical items tested for are as follows:

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

In addition to the above, testing for Volatile Organic Compounds including Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) may be important, depending on the historical land use near your home.  In the past, this substance was used as a fuel additive in gasoline to reduce airborne emissions.  Unfortunately and unintentionally, in some cases, it seeped into the ground from fuel tank leaks contaminating certain wells.  This has happened all around the country, however testing and remediation has proven effective.

Some common issues encountered in Boxford, MA private wells are manganese and iron along with low pH and sometimes the health threats radon and arsenic making their way into the water.  If the testing results for Radon exceed the current Massachusetts guideline of 10,000 pCi/L in water, the radon must be removed from the water and it is recommended testing the air for Radon as well.  It should be noted that New Hampshire requires action if radon is 2,000 pCi/L (pico curries per liter), Maine and Rhode Island are at 4,000 pCi/L.  The maximum allowable level of Arsenic in drinking water per the EPA is .01 mg/L (miligrams per liter) or 10 parts per billion. For more information on this see the link at Mass DEP Arsenic Info.  Hydrogen Sulfide is evidenced typically by a rotten egg smell in your water, however this may also be caused by high Manganese levels in the water as well.  A water filtration specifically for this problem is effective in correcting this.

Water filtration for iron



Water Filtration and Water Softener systems can be installed in Boxford for the removal of any of the contaminants identified above and more .  Water softeners are typically installed to remove dissolved iron or manganese in the water through a technology called Ion Exchange, while particulate iron and manganese is removed with sediment filtration.  Arsenic is removed with tanks containing a specific media that “grabs” the arsenic out of the water (see photo below).  Removing radon from water requires a system where the water is agitated and contained, but then properly vented, sending the radon gas outside the home to ambient air (See photo below).  Other technologies and systems are used to remove the other contaminants.  Any water filtration or water softener system designed should start with a water test before an informed recommendation can be made.

Hard water softener in Boxford, MA

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Arsenic water filtration


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H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, based in Middleton, MA on route 114 with an additional office in Hudson, MA.  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.  WE can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 800-539-1100.




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