Needham residents may require a water softener or some other type of water filtration system to improve water quality. 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 Needham 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.
START WITH WATER TESTING
Prior to even considering a water filtration or water softener system, water testing should be conducted 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. For more on water testing, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/water-testing/. Some of the typical items tested for are as follows:
|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.
IRON, MANGANESE, LOW pH, ARSENIC & RADON
Some common issues encountered in Upton, MA private wells are manganese and iron along with low pH and sometimes the health threats radon and arsenic in 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.
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 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/.
WATER SOFTENER & WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS
Water Filtration and Water Softener systems can be installed in Middleton 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.
H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, based in Middleton, MA on route 114. 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 978-777-8330.