WATER SOFTENER & WATER FILTRATION OPTIONS
As a Tewksbury, Massachusetts resident, a water filtration or water softener system may greatly benefit your home’s water quality. Whether you have a private well or town supplied water to your home, a properly designed and installed system will noticeably improve water quality. Later in this write-up, specific contaminants that are commonly found in Tewksbury private wells and the public water supply are identified. Additionally, various proven water quality improvement methods are covered as well. Desired water quality is achievable with the proper approach, including testing, analysis & professional installation.
A water softener is typically installed to remove hard water minerals, dissolved iron or manganese in the water with a technology called Ion Exchange. If your water test indicates high levels of iron or manganese, an “upflow” water softener is highly recommended to reduce the chance of mineral accumulation in the lower section of the water softener. Particulate manganese or iron (which you can see in the water) can be removed with a properly sized sediment filtration set up. Other types of water filtration systems may be required to remove some of the other contaminants identified in your water test. For additional information on manganese in water, see the article at the following link, Manganese in Water.
If you have a private well, water testing should be conducted by an EPA or Massachusetts state certified laboratory and should include analysis for at least the parameters in the table below. Depending on your specific situation, testing for a wider range of potential contaminants may be advisable. If you are uncertain as to how to take a proper sample and get it to a lab, you should contact a lab or water treatment professional for assistance. If your water is town supplied, they frequently test for health threat contaminants, therefore, an in-home water test can be performed on items such as iron, hard water minerals, pH or chlorine level. Typical items tested for at a lab are as follows:
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RADON & ARSENIC IN PRIVATE WELLS
The Arsenic maximum allowable level in drinking water per the EPA is .01 mg/L (miligrams per liter) or 10 parts per billion. For more information on this see the link at massdep/water-faqs.html. Arsenic in water is removed with filtration tanks containing resin specifically designed to capture arsenic before it can enter the home’s water supply. For more, go to the link at arsenic-removal/.
The current Massachusetts radon remediation action level is at Ten Thousand (10,000) pCi/L (Pico curries per liter) in water. The radon must be removed from the water and it is also recommended testing the air for Radon gas as well. Please note New Hampshire requires action if radon is only at 2,000 pCi/L. while Maine & Rhode Island actionable levels are at 4,000 pCi/L. For more information on radon, see the link at Radon Information. Radon is removed with a system that churns and agitates the water to release the gas from the water into a sealed chamber, then vents to the outside air. This method is highly effective and safe. For more information, see the link at radon-removal/.