WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS
As a resident of Maynard, MA, you likely have the town supplying water to your home with water but may have a private well, both of which may benefit from water filtration. As is the case with many wells and water supplies 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 Maynard private wells and the public water supply are identified and effective remediation methods are covered. Excellent water quality is achievable with the proper approach.
According to the most recent available Annual Water Quality Report, Maynard’s drinking water comes from seven groundwater sources. Wells #1-4 are constructed in sand and gravel deposits that overlie bedrock. These wells are 40-70 feet deep and are located in the southern half of Maynard. The remaining three wells, #5 -7, are approximately 400 feet deep into bedrock and are located in the northern half of Maynard. White Pond, a surface water supply located in Hudson and Stow, is no longer in service; however it remains available as an emergency backup supply
For a link to the Annual Water Quality Reports, see the link at Annual Water Quality Report and scroll down to the Annual Water Quality Reports section for past results.
RECENT NOTIFICATION REGARDING TRIHALOMETHANES
Trihalomethanes (THM) are a group of four chemicals that are formed along with other disinfection by products when chlorine or other disinfectants used to control microbial contaminants in drinking water react with naturally occurring organic and inorganic matter in water. For more detailed information on THM, see the link at Trihalomethanes. The use of chlorine to disinfect water for the purpose of drinking produces low levels of various disinfection by-products with the trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids being the most common. The trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids have demonstrated carcinogenic activity in laboratory animals. Studies have been published which reported associations between THMs and bladder and colon cancer, and adverse pregnancy outcomes including miscarriage, birth defects and low birth weight.
EFFECTIVE REMOVAL OF THMs WITH WATER FILTRATION
To effectively remove THMs from your drinking water supply, a properly installed carbon water filtration system will work. The typical system can be installed either at the point of entry into your home with a tank filled with carbon (see photo above) or a smaller system, dedicated only to drinking water can be installed under a kitchen sink or other areas to feed a separate faucet for drinking. For an even greater level of filtration, a reverse osmosis system can be installed to feed a separate faucet which has even greater filtration capabilities. For more information on carbon filtration, see the link at Carbon filtration. For more information on reverse osmosis, see the link at reverse osmosis
Water softeners are typically installed to remove hardness minerals as well as dissolved iron or manganese in the water through a technology called Ion Exchange. Particulate iron or manganese (which you can see in the water) can be removed with a properly sized sediment filtration set up.
Chlorine Removal – Carbon water filtration systems are effective at removing chlorine and the associated taste and odors that come with it, as well as reverse osmosis systems, which incorporate carbon into the design. 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.
H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts bsaed water filtration and testing firm, formed in 1989, with offices in Middleton & Stow, MA. Articles published by the Company can be seen in Water Technology Magazines at http://h2ocare.com. Contact us at [email protected] or 800-539-1100.