WATER SOFTENER OR FILTRATION OPTIONS
As a West Boylston, Massachusetts resident, a water filtration or water softener system may greatly benefit your home’s water quality. Whether you have well water or town supplied water, a properly designed and installed system can noticeably improve water quality. Later in this write-up, specific contaminants that are commonly found in private wells and the public water supply are identified. Additionally, various proven water quality improvement methods are covered as well. Hard water (magnesium & calcium), dissolved iron and dissolved manganese are all effectively removed with a properly specified water softener system which takes into account both the level of these minerals and the estimated volume of water used in the home.
IRON, MANGANESE & LOW pH
Common issues encountered in West Boylston, MA private wells are manganese and iron along with low pH. Additionally, some homeowners are surprised when their water test reveals the health threats radon and arsenic. This is not uncommon in this region. Even in the public water supply, you may notice symptoms of manganese, iron or low pH in the water.
Hydrogen sulfide and sulfate-reducing bacteria are two forms of sulfur most commonly found in drinking water supplies. Both forms are nuisances that usually do not pose a health risk at the concentrations found in domestic wells, but can cause major aesthetic problems. Hydrogen sulfide gas, which causes a rotten egg smell in water, occurs naturally in certain ground waters containing decaying organic matter, such as marshes, swamps, wetlands and river beds. It may be found in either deep or shallow wells. Hydrogen sulfide is often present in wells drilled in shale or sandstone, or near coal or peat deposits or oil fields. It is corrosive to metals such as iron, steel, copper and brass. It can tarnish silverware and discolor copper and brass utensils. It can also cause yellow or black stains on kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Coffee, tea and other beverages made with water containing hydrogen sulfide may be discolored and the appearance and taste of cooked foods can also be affected. High concentrations of dissolved hydrogen sulfide also can foul the resin bed of an ion exchange water softener.
The removal of Hydrogen Sulfide is typically performed with either carbon filtration, aeration or ozone, depending on the level of the gas detected.
OTHER BAD ODORS & TASTES
In addition to the above systems described, there are many other types of systems to remove bad tastes & odors such as fishy, musty, petroleum, metallic and other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water. Starting with a water test will lead to the right approach. (see link at Bad Odors & Tastes).