Water purification — andover, massachusetts

whole house water filtration in ANDOVER,MA



Water purifi­ca­tion is the process of remov­ing unde­sir­able chem­i­cals, bio­log­i­cal con­t­a­m­i­nants, and sus­pend­ed solids and gas­es from water with the goal of pro­duc­ing water fit for a spe­cif­ic pur­pose. Most drink­ing water goes through a dis­in­fec­tion process, but water purifi­ca­tion may also be designed for oth­er pur­pos­es, includ­ing ful­fill­ing the require­ments of phar­ma­co­log­i­cal, med­ical, chem­i­cal and indus­tri­al appli­ca­tions, or just to upgrade the drink­ing water sup­ply. The meth­ods used include phys­i­cal process­es such as sed­i­ment fil­tra­tion, car­bon based fil­tra­tion, sed­i­men­ta­tion with sand fil­ters; chem­i­cal process­es such as floc­cu­la­tion and chlo­ri­na­tion and the use of ultra­vi­o­let light or ozone.


On an indi­vid­u­al­ized basis, water purifi­ca­tion sys­tems can be installed for the removal of almost any of the poten­tial water qual­i­ty con­cerns you may have. For exam­ple, lead is typ­i­cal­ly removed from drink­ing water with either a reverse osmo­sis water purifi­ca­tion sys­tem or a car­bon fil­ter designed specif­i­cal­ly for the removal of lead from water. Water soft­en­ers are typ­i­cal­ly installed to remove dis­solved iron (see pho­to below) or man­ganese and hard­ness min­er­als in the water through a tech­nol­o­gy called Ion Exchange (see below for more detailed infor­ma­tion on this).  A water soft­en­er will also remove dis­solved lead from the water as well, how­ev­er they are usu­al­ly installed ahead of the pip­ing where the poten­tial for lead leach­ing is most like­ly to occur and is not rec­om­mend­ed for this pur­pose. To remove par­tic­u­late iron or man­ganese, a prop­er­ly sized sed­i­ment fil­ter is required.  Radon or arsenic in the water requires oth­er tech­nolo­gies and sys­tems. Water test­ing will lead to the right sys­tem design & instal­la­tion.

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In addi­tion to the above sys­tems described, there are many oth­er types of sys­tems to remove bad tastes & odors, sed­i­ment and many oth­er objec­tion­able min­er­als and con­t­a­m­i­nants that may be present in the water. For more detailed infor­ma­tion on bad odors and tastes in your water, see the link at: http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.


Water purification for Andover, MA

The only way to know how hard your water is by hav­ing it test­ed.  There are on-site test­ing meth­ods that are reli­able or you can have a sam­ple tak­en to a cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry. If you have a pri­vate well, there can be a very dif­fer­ent hard­ness lev­el than even the house across the street with a pri­vate well.  Hard water inter­feres with many clean­ing tasks, from doing the laun­dry to wash­ing dish­es to tak­ing a show­er. Wash­ing your hair in hard water may leave it feel­ing sticky and dull.  Dish­es and glass­es get spot­ted and a film may build up on show­er doors, bath­tubs, sinks and faucets.  Clothes can look dingy and feel rough and scratchy.   Mag­ne­sium and Cal­ci­um may have major affects on your home’s plumb­ing and your abil­i­ty to clean, even though the EPA has no pub­lished lim­its on these.  Scale from hard water can build-up inside water heaters insu­lat­ing the tem­per­a­ture sen­sor inside the tank cre­at­ing extra work to bring the tem­per­a­ture up to the set lev­el.  This reduces the life of your hot water heater and will like­ly require ear­ly replace­ment.   Hard water can also cause scale build-up in pipes that can low­er water pres­sure through­out the home.

The pri­ma­ry hard water min­er­als are cal­ci­um and mag­ne­sium (the hard­ness min­er­als), while iron and man­ganese (“The Stain­ers”) can also be found in water, most­ly in pri­vate wells.  Depend­ing on whether the contaminant’s form is in solu­tion or par­tic­u­late, these con­t­a­m­i­nants can be removed with a water soft­en­er and/or a prop­er­ly spec­i­fied sed­i­ment water fil­tra­tion instal­la­tion.

A water soft­en­er will improve your water great­ly if you have hard water min­er­als, iron, or man­ganese in your water.   If oth­er impu­ri­ties are con­firmed in the water test, they can be removed with oth­er types of water fil­tra­tion sys­tems.  The max­i­mum allow­able lev­el (per the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency) for iron as a sec­ondary con­t­a­m­i­nant is .3 parts per mil­lion and for man­ganese is .05 parts per mil­lion. Small amounts of these min­er­als can have very notice­able, even dam­ag­ing affects on your home’s water qual­i­ty. Water soft­en­ers vary, includ­ing up-flow ver­sus down-flow which can make a big dif­fer­ence, par­tic­u­lar­ly if there are ele­vat­ed lev­els of iron or man­ganese in the water.  In some cas­es where the water chem­istry is more com­pli­cat­ed, a dif­fer­ent type of water fil­tra­tion sys­tem may make more sense to remove iron or man­ganese.

Water purification in Andover, MA



Oth­er com­mon con­t­a­m­i­nants found in New Eng­land well water include Radon and Arsenic.  A water soft­en­er will not remove these health threat con­t­a­m­i­nants. Radon in water is safe­ly removed with an aer­a­tion sys­tem that agi­tates the incom­ing well water, releas­ing the gas from the water in a sealed cham­ber. This gas is then safe­ly vent­ed to the out­side ambi­ent air.

Whole house water filtration for radon in water removal in Andover, MA


Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home by installing tanks filled with arsenic spe­cif­ic resin that cap­tures the arsenic before it can get into the home’s water sup­ply.  Point of use sys­tems for drink­ing water can use reverse osmo­sis tech­nol­o­gy to effec­tive­ly remove arsenic as well. Speak to a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al to decide which sys­tem is right for you.

Whole house water filtration to remove arsenic in water in Andover, MA


Any water purifi­ca­tion sys­tem 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. In sum­ma­ry, con­trol­ling your Andover 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, Massachusetts based water filtration and testing firm, formed in 1989 with offices in Middleton & Hudson, MA.  Articles published by the Company can be seen in Water Technology Magazine or linked through the website publications section at http://h2ocare.wpengine.com.  You can contact us by email at [email protected] or by calling us at 978–777-8330.

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