The following discusses potential water quality issues or concerns as well as water filtration options for residents of Sterling, MA. Whether you are on the public water supply or have your own private well, a water filtration will be able to provide you with a noticeably improved water supply to your home. There are different types of water filtration and water softener systems available, however, starting with a water test is the best way to determine the most appropriate systems for your water. Common problems we get calls for are high iron & manganese in the water. These are easily corrected problems. For the most recent Annual Water Quality Report for Sterling, MA (as of this writing), see the link at Annual Water Quality Report.
SYMPTOMS OF COMMON WATER QUALITY ISSUES
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 https://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.
WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS & 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 hard water minerals (magnesium and calcium), and dissolved IRON or MANGANESE in the water through a technology called Ion Exchange. For high levels of Manganese or Iron, an upflow, high efficiency water softener is the most effective solution. There are different water softener designs and capacities and, depending on your specific water chemistry and volume usage, a properly designed system will work well. To remove particulate iron or manganese, a properly sized sediment filter is required.
Any water filtration system or water softener recommendation should start with a water test before an informed decision can be made. This is important not only to figure out what needs to be removed from the water, but also to properly size the water softener or water filter. 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.
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.
H2O Care is an established, full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, with offices in Hudson, MA and Middleton, MA. 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. You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 800-539-1100.