The following reviews potential water quality issues or concerns for Wilmington, Massachusetts residents.
WILMINGTON PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY
Per the Wilmington Water and Sewer Department, the Wilmington Water Department provides drinking water to 99 percent of all the residents and businesses in Wilmington. The source of the water is groundwater, which is pumped from four wells located throughout Wilmington. From the wells, the source water is pumped to one of two water treatment plants. The water is then treated using filtration and disinfection to remove or reduce any harmful contaminants. From the treatment plants, the water is pumped to one of three storage tanks and to the homes and businesses throughout Wilmington. To provide the highest protection for the source water, Wilmington has established Zoning, Inhabitant and Board of Health bylaws, which include groundwater protection, floor drain regulations, and water use restrictions. In times of high demand, MWRA water is used to supplement the Town’s supply. Wilmington also maintains interconnections and agreements with North Reading, Burlington, and Woburn. See the Annual Report at Wilmington Annual H2O Quality Report. Page 5 of 6 has the most relevant information on the water supply. For a chart identifying potential symptoms of water quality issues with solutions, see the link at: http://h2ocare.com/common-water-problems/. These symptoms range from those that are visible to those that you can taste or smell. Below are photos of symptoms of Iron and low pH in the water supply.
POTENTIAL SYMPTOMS OF WATER QUALITY ISSUES
WATER FILTRATION & WATER SOFTENING
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 (calcium and magnesium) as well as dissolved iron or manganese from 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. Additionally, for the ultimate in drinking water quality, reverse osmosis technology is an extremely effective water purification system. Hydrogen Sulfide is evidenced typically by a rotten egg smell in your water, however this may also be caused by high Manganese levels in the water as well. A water filtration specifically for this problem is effective in correcting this.
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. Water softening is very effective in removing hard water minerals, iron and manganese. Other contaminants will require different types of water filtration.
H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, based in Middleton, MA on route 114, with an additional office in Hudson, 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. H2O Care has been installing and servicing water softeners and other water filtration equipment since 1989.