Water softener for groton,ma

Water softener in Groton, MA



Source Name Source Type Loca­tion of Source
Bad­da­cook Well Ground­wa­ter On the south shore of Bad­da­cook Pond
Whit­ney Well #1 Ground­wa­ter On the east shore of Whit­ney Pond
Whit­ney Well #2 Ground­wa­ter On the east shore of Whit­ney Pond

Present­ly, the Gro­ton water sys­tem has over 52.3 miles of water mains, 1,892 water accounts, 383 fire hydrants and three water sup­ply wells: Bad­da­cook Pond Well, Whit­ney Pond Well #1, and Whit­ney Pond Well #2. The Whit­ney Pond Well #2 is con­sid­ered a redun­dant back-up well for the main Whit­ney Pond Well #1. The system’s orig­i­nal well at Bad­da­cook Pond (con­struct­ed in 1897), still remains in active ser­vice today. Water is pumped from sources to the Chest­nut Hill Water Stor­age tank. This 1.0 mil­lion gal­lon stor­age tank, con­struct­ed in 2005, is at an ele­va­tion of 516 feet above mean sea lev­el.  This water is con­sid­ered to be mod­er­ate­ly hard and the water is not flu­o­ri­dat­ed. (source: Gro­ton 2015 Annu­al Water Qual­i­ty Report).  For the full report go to 2015 Annu­al Water Qual­i­ty Report.  As you can see, Groton’s pub­lic water sup­ply comes from under­ground wells.   You may see some of the affects of hard water as described fur­ther in this paper.


Hav­ing your water test­ed is high­ly rec­om­mend­ed and will give you a clear course of action in terms of pos­si­ble water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­er equip­ment need­ed to improve water qual­i­ty or meet EPA stan­dards for drink­ing water.  Also, it is very impor­tant that a water test include radon in water and arsenic in water test­ing as these have high health threat poten­tial.  A water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al can guide you as to the most appro­pri­ate water test­ing for your sit­u­a­tion.

The fol­low­ing chart iden­ti­fies hard water lev­els.

Water Softener for Groton,MA

The pri­ma­ry hard water min­er­als are cal­ci­um and mag­ne­sium (the hard­ness min­er­als), while iron and man­ganese (“the stain­ers”) can also be found in Groton’s 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.  Water test­ing and analy­sis will deter­mine the best course of action.

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.  Hard water inter­feres with many clean­ing tasks, from doing the laun­dry to wash­ing dish­es to tak­ing a show­er.    Hard water can also cause a residue to build-up in pipes that can low­er water pres­sure.

Water softener Groton, MA


Cal­ci­um and Mag­ne­sium may have major affects on your home’s plumb­ing and your abil­i­ty to clean, even though the EPA has no pub­lished lim­its on these. 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.  Ask your water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al to explain this.  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.


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.  Some oth­er affects of these con­t­a­m­i­nants include cor­ro­sion and scal­ing inside pipes and major stain­ing through­out the home’s show­ers, bath­tubs, and sinks.  For those using their well water for lawn irri­ga­tion, iron and man­ganese can cause major stain­ing of walk­ways, sid­ing and any place the water touch­es.  See the link at http://h2ocare.com/lawn-irrigation/.  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.


A water soft­en­er effec­tive­ly removes dis­solved forms of iron & man­ganese and hard­ness min­er­als from the water.  To remove par­tic­u­late iron or man­ganese, water fil­tra­tion uti­liz­ing a car­tridge fil­ter with prop­er micron rat­ing will be effec­tive.  Depend­ing on the sit­u­a­tion, this could require a series of fil­ters with dif­fer­ent size micron rat­ings to han­dle heav­ier lev­els of dif­fer­ent sized par­ti­cles in the water.  Select­ing an appro­pri­ate micron rat­ing and style of fil­ter can be deter­mined by a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al based on water test results and oth­er symp­toms. For more infor­ma­tion on Iron and Man­ganese in water, see our pub­lished arti­cles in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine at the fol­low­ing link: http://h2ocare.com/publications/.

Groton,MA iron staining


H2O Care is an established full service 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.com/publications/.  Email us at [email protected] or you can call us at 800–539-1100.

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