Residents of Newton, MA have their homes supplied by the Water & Sewer Division of the Department of Public Works (see link at http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/dpw/water/default.asp ) The following discusses potential water quality issues or concerns as well as water filtration options.
NEWTON PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY
The water supply originates from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). The latest available Annual Water Quality Report can be viewed at the following link http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/water/html/awqr.htm. While the water quality is generally pretty good from MWRA, there are issues that may occur causing various types of staining in the home’s sinks, bathtubs, toilets, showers and other plumbing fixtures. Additionally, you may experience taste and odor issues that are commonly associated with chloramine (a chlorine, ammonia compound), which is used to disinfect the water and control bacterial growth. There is a “Frequently Asked Questions” publication provided by MWRA that reviews what you may encounter. See the link at http://www.mwra.com/04water/html/qual4concerns.htm
The Utilities Division of the Department of Public Works provides water to 24,766 customers, 23,790 wastewater customers and serves a population of approximately 84,000 people. Average usage is 10.4 million gallons per day with a maximum capacity of 13.5 million gallons per day.
Water Filtration Systems and Water Softeners
Water filtration systems can be installed for the removal of any of the potential causes of symptoms you may be experiencing. Water softeners are typically installed to remove dissolved iron or manganese in the water through a technology called Ion Exchange. To remove particulate iron or manganese, a properly sized sediment filter is required. Chloramine can be removed with a carbon filtration system to remove bad taste and odor.
Any water filtration system or water softener recommendation 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. One potential reputable state certified lab to contact is Nashoba Analytical in Ayer, MA. Their website link is http://www.nashobaanalytical.com
In summary, controlling your home’s 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.