WATER FILTRATION / WATER SOFTENING
Water filtration systems can remove common contaminants found in Eliot, Maine wells. Common issues encountered are Hard water (Magnesium & Calcium), Manganese and Iron along with low pH. In some cases,the health threats Radon and Arsenic are discovered through water testing.
Water softeners are installed to remove hard water and dissolved iron or manganese in the water through a technology called Ion Exchange. Certain types of cartridge filters may also be used to remove particulate iron or manganese, which must be mechanically filtered out.
RADON & ARSENIC IN PRIVATE WELLS
If the water testing results for Radon exceed the current Maine guideline of 4,000 pCi/L in water, the radon must be removed from the water. Radon poses a serious health threat and has been determined to be a major cause of lung cancer. For more information on radon, see the link at Radon Removal Article. Arsenic is another health threat contaminant that must be addressed if water testing confirms a level above the EPA maximum. The maximum allowable level of Arsenic in drinking water per the EPA is .01 mg/L (miligrams per liter) or 10 parts per billion.
Arsenic removal from water is performed with filtration tanks containing a specific media that “grabs” the arsenic out of the water as it flows through the tank at the water supply’s point of entry to the home. Removing radon from water requires a system where the water is agitated in a concealed chamber then vented to the outside, sending the radon gas safely out of the home to ambient air. Other technologies and water filtration 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.