In many cases, Boxford private wells will need some type of water filtration system or water softening to remove contaminants such as Arsenic, Radon, Nitrates as well as hardness, iron, manganese and low pH. These water quality issues are all controllable with proper water testing & analysis, equipment specification, installation and maintenance. Water filtration equipment is capable of producing high quality water for your home or business.
Water testing should be conducted by an EPA or Massachusetts state certified laboratory. If you are uncertain what to test for, you should contact a lab or water treatment professional for assistance. A qualified water treatment professional can test for certain minerals & contaminants on-site while others will require a lab.
COMMON WATER QUALITY ISSUES
The common issues encountered in Boxford private wells are hard water (magnesium & calcium) manganese and iron along with low pH and sometimes 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 the Board of Health recommends testing the air for Radon as well. It should be noted that tighter action levels are required in other states such as New Hampshire requiring action if radon is 2,000 pCi/L (pico curries per liter); Maine and Rhode Island are at 4,000 pCi/L and the EPA is recommending 4,000 pCi/L as an action level. The maximum allowable level of Arsenic in drinking water per the EPA is .01 mg/L (miligrams per liter) or 10 parts per billion.
Water softeners are typically installed to remove dissolved iron or manganese in the water through a technology called Ion Exchange. Other water filtration systems, such as Sediment filtration will remove particulate iron or manganese in the water. Carbon filtration will remove chlorine and a host of other contaminants from the water, eliminating the odor and taste associated with it. Arsenic is removed with tanks containing a specific media that “grabs” the arsenic out of the water. Removing radon from water requires a system where the water is highly agitated releasing the radon gas from the water, but then vented outside the home to ambient air. Other technologies and systems may be required to remove other contaminants.
There are other point of entry water filtration systems capable of removing a wide variety of contaminants from the water. Water testing and analysis is an important first step in developing a water filtration plan that will meet the needs of your specific situation.
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.
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