Whether your water in Methuen is provided by the town or you have a private well, the quality of that water may require some type of water filtration system or water softener. A properly designed, installed and maintained water filtration system can provide you with truly excellent water quality for your home or business on a consistent basis.
WATER TESTING (The First Step)
You are responsible for your own water testing if you have a private well. Speak to a water treatment professional or state certified lab for information on how often to have your well tested. Water testing should be conducted by an EPA or Massachusetts state certified laboratory and should minimally include analysis for the parameters in the table below. If you are uncertain as to how to take a proper sample and get it to a lab, a lab representative or water treatment professional can assist you. Typical items tested for, among others are as follows:
COMMON WATER QUALITY ISSUES IN METHUEN
The common issues encountered in Methuen, 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 the Board of Health recommends 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.Gov Arsenic FAQs. Hydrogen sulfide is typically evidenced by a rotten egg smell in the water, however, this can also be a sign of high manganese. A properly specified water filtration system will correct this problem.
There are various types of bad odors and tastes that you may experience in your water. Hydrogen Sulfide is not uncommon and is evidenced typically by a rotten egg smell in your water, however this may also be caused by high Manganese levels as well. A water filtration system specifically for this problem is effective in correcting this. For a more complete description of this and other potential bad odors and taste in your water, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.
You may notice odor and taste issues if your home is supplied by town water, typically associated with Chlorine. Chlorine is used for disinfection purposes by the town to control microorganisms including bacteria and others that may be present in the water distribution system. Carbon water filtration systems are effective at removing chlorine and the associated taste and odors that come with it. 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.
EFFECTIVE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS
A water filtration system can be installed in Methuen for the removal of any of the contaminants listed in the above table and more. A water softener is typically installed to remove dissolved iron or manganese in the water through a technology called Ion Exchange. Sediment filtration will remove particulate iron or manganese in the water. 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 into a sealed chamber, then vented outside the home to ambient air. Other technologies and systems may be required to remove other contaminants. These systems are typically installed in the basement at the water supply point of entry.