WATER SOFTENER CONSIDERATIONS
A water softener is effective in removing some of the most common contaminants found in Swampscott town water or private wells. The main culprits are iron & manganese as well as the hard water minerals magnesium and calcium. Small amounts of these minerals can have large affects on your home’s water quality. The EPA maximum allowable levels for iron as a secondary contaminant is .3 parts per million. The EPA maximum allowable level for manganese as a secondary contaminants is .05 parts per million. As you can see, these are very small amounts, but their affects can create quite an impact.
A water softener is effective in removing dissolved forms of iron & manganese and hard water minerals. To remove particulate forms, a cartridge filter with proper micron rating will be effective. Depending on the specific situation, this could require a series of filters with different size micron ratings to handle heavier levels in the water. Selecting the 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 articles in Water Technology Magazine at the following link: http://publications/.
OTHER AFFECTS OF IRON, MANGANESE & HARD WATER
Other hard water affects include corrosion and scaling inside pipes, major staining throughout the home’s showers, bathtubs, and sinks and destruction of hot water heaters way ahead of their useful life (scale build-up inside hot water heaters can insulate the temperature sensor inside the tank causing them to work much harder to bring the temperature up to the set level).
Iron and manganese in water can create rusty or black/brown staining and corrosion in the home as well. For more on hard water, see hard water epa.
BAD ODORS & TASTE IN WATER
There are various types of odors & tastes that you may want to remove from your water. For more information on this topic, see the link at https://bad-odor-taste/.
H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, based in Middleton, MA off route 114 with additional offices in Stow & Lakeville, MA. See our published articles in Water Technology Magazines at http://h2ocare.com. Reach us at [email protected] or 978-777-8330.