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 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.
WATER SOFTENER FOR HARDNESS, IRON & MANGANESE
Common issues encountered in private wells are hardness, manganese and iron along with low pH. A softening system is typically installed to remove hard water minerals, dissolved iron or manganese in the water with a technology called Ion Exchange. Particulate manganese or iron (which you can see in the water) can be removed with a properly sized sediment filtration set up. For more on hard water, see hard water usgs.
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).