Water softener / water filtration — medfield, ma



If your water comes from a pri­vate well and con­tains ele­vat­ed lev­els of the min­er­als or con­t­a­m­i­nants iden­ti­fied lat­er in this report, you may need a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem or water soft­en­er to pro­vide you with improved water qual­i­ty.  If you are on town water, the fol­low­ing link will bring you to the Annu­al Water Qual­i­ty Report from the town: Med­field Water Qual­i­ty Report.  You may expe­ri­ence cer­tain types of notice­able signs that lead to you to the con­clu­sion that you need or want some type of sys­tem to upgrade your water.  Start­ing with a water test is the best way to iden­ti­fy any issues.  For a chart of Com­mon Region­al Water Prob­lems, see the link at Com­mon region­al prob­lems.


Iron and Man­ganese are nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring min­er­als com­mon­ly found in New England’s water sup­ply.  Togeth­er, they are com­mon­ly referred to as “The Stain­ers” in the water treat­ment indus­try.

iron in water staining bathtub Medfield, MA


IRON can show up in two forms; Dis­solved in solu­tion (fer­rous form – clear water iron, can’t see until it stains) or pre­cip­i­tat­ed (fer­ric) par­tic­u­late iron which you can see in the water.  Typ­i­cal symp­toms of iron in your water include Red/Brown stains in sinks, tub, dish­wash­er, laun­dry and/or Metal­lic taste.  Iron may also show up in the form of Iron bac­te­ria.  Although harm­less, iron bac­te­ria can form gelati­nous growths that my plug pipes or break free in slugs of dirty iron-laden water with unpleas­ant tastes and odors.  The EPA drink­ing water reg­u­la­tions set a rec­om­mend­ed sec­ondary max­i­mum con­t­a­m­i­nant lev­el of iron at .3 mil­ligrams per liter.  The rea­son they call it a sec­ondary con­t­a­m­i­nants is that iron isn’t con­sid­ered a pri­ma­ry health threat.  See the link at Iron Arti­cle in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine for more infor­ma­tion on Iron in water and relat­ed water fil­tra­tion chal­lenges.  A water soft­en­er will be effec­tive in remov­ing dis­solved iron from the water.  A water soft­en­er will also remove hard water min­er­als and pro­vide you with soft water for clean­ing, bathing, etc.  An “up-flow” water soft­en­er is rec­om­mend­ed for water that con­tains high lev­els of dis­solved iron as the con­t­a­m­i­nant can build up in the low­er sec­tion of the soft­en­er over time with down-flow sys­tems.  A water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al can explain this more ful­ly. Sed­i­ment fil­ters are effec­tive in remov­ing par­tic­u­late iron from the water and would typ­i­cal­ly be installed before the water soft­en­er.

MANGANESE also shows up dis­solved in solu­tion or pre­cip­i­tat­ed (par­tic­u­late) which you can see in the water.  Typ­i­cal symp­toms of man­ganese in your water include brown­ish-black stain­ing in the dish­wash­er and oth­er plumb­ing fix­tures.   Man­ganese may also show up in the form of man­ganese bac­te­ria.  Although harm­less, man­ganese bac­te­ria can form gelati­nous growths that my plug pipes or break free in slugs of dirty man­ganese-laden water with unpleas­ant tastes and odors.  The U.S. EPA drink­ing water reg­u­la­tions set a rec­om­mend­ed sec­ondary max­i­mum con­t­a­m­i­nant lev­el of man­ganese at .05 mil­ligrams per liter.  Man­ganese is also con­sid­ered a sec­ondary health threat, how­ev­er at cer­tain high lev­els, espe­cial­ly in chil­dren, can be a health threat.  For more infor­ma­tion on this top­ic, see the link at Man­ganese Arti­cle Water Tech Mag­a­zine.  As with Iron, a water soft­en­er will be effec­tive in remov­ing dis­solved man­ganese from the water.  Also as with Iron, an up-flow water soft­en­er is rec­om­mend­ed to pre­vent poten­tial build up in the low­er sec­tion of the water soft­en­er.


HYDROGEN SULFIDE is evi­denced typ­i­cal­ly by a rot­ten egg smell in your water.  This may also be caused by high Man­ganese lev­els in the water as well. This prob­lem is eas­i­ly cor­rectable with a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem design specif­i­cal­ly for this pur­pose, typ­i­cal­ly car­bon fil­tra­tion, aer­a­tion or ozone depend­ing on the lev­el detect­ed.

For more on the removal of oth­er bad odors and tastes in water, such as fishy, metal­lic, musty, etc., see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.


water filtration for radon removal from water in Medfield, MA

RADON in water typ­i­cal­ly orig­i­nates in deep wells that tap radon con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed ground­wa­ter.  It is impos­si­ble to detect radon gas with­out appro­pri­ate and prop­er­ly tak­en lab­o­ra­to­ry water tests.    The gas releas­es into air when water is turned on in your home via show­ers, faucets, dish­wash­ers, wash­ing machines, etc.  If radon is present in your home’s water, it may also be present in the air and should be test­ed accord­ing­ly.  Radon can be a seri­ous health threat.  For more infor­ma­tion, see the link at: Radon in Water Arti­cle .  Water fil­tra­tion sys­tems that effec­tive­ly remove radon from water will include a sealed, agi­ta­tion cham­ber that churns the water to release the radon gas, and then vents it safe­ly out­side.  The vent must be installed to release the gas at a high enough lev­el out­side of the home to allow it to safe­ly mix with ambi­ent air.  This prop­er vent­ing is crit­i­cal to a safe­ly designed sys­tem.

Remove radon in water in Medfield, MA


remove arsenic from water in Medfield

Water Filtration To Remove Arsenic From Water

ARSENIC in water can have severe health con­se­quences as it has been linked to can­cer.  The max­i­mum allow­able lev­el of Arsenic in drink­ing water per the EPA is .01 mg/L (miligrams per liter) or 10 parts per bil­lion. Depend­ing on the lev­el of arsenic found in the water, cer­tain sized tanks are filled with arsenic-spe­cif­ic media that will grab the arsenic out of the water.  Prop­er instal­la­tion and main­te­nance is crit­i­cal, but these sys­tems are very effec­tive and proven.  For an arti­cle we had pub­lished in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine regard­ing arsenic in water, see the fol­low­ing link Arsenic Arti­cle in Water Tech

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H2O Care is an established Massachusetts based water filtration and testing firm, formed in 1989.  Articles published by the Company can be seen in Water Technology Magazine or linked through the website publications section at http://h2ocare.wpengine.com.  To contact us, email us at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.

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