WATER SOFTENER & FILTRATION OPTIONS
As a 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 Boylston private wells and the public water supply are identified. Additionally, various proven water quality improvement methods are covered as well.
WATER SOFTENER FOR HARDNESS, IRON & MANGANESE
Common issues encountered in Boylston private wells are hardness, manganese and iron along with low pH (see below for types of water filtration systems). 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, Water Technology manganese article. For additional information on Iron in Water, see the article link at Iron Article in Water Technology .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.
WATER TESTING & ANALYSIS
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, your water treatment professional can assist you. 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. Some of the typical items tested for at a lab are as follows:
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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 Common Bad Odors & Tastes).