Water filtration – westford, massachusetts

WATER FILTRATION 

Water filtration in Westford

WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM OPTIONS

In Westford, Massachusetts, roughly 40% of properties depend on obtaining water from an on-site, drinking water well. The term “private well” is typically used for a well that provides drinking water for a residence. Private wells are regulated by the local Board of Health. There are various water quality issues you may encounter including hard water, iron, manganese, radon or arsenic. These are all correctable problems with the proper water test & analysis followed by proper equipment specification, installation and maintenance.

MINIMUM TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR PROPERTY SALES

Water testing before water filtration

The analysis for potable water wells drilled in bedrock must, at minimum, include:

Coliform Bacteria, Nitrate/Nitrite, Hardness, pH, Sodium, Chloride, Iron, Manganese, Lead, Copper, Arsenic, Fluoride, Gross Alpha Screen, and Perchlorates. If the Gross Alpha Screen is elevated, a second water sample shall be collected and analyzed for Radon and Uranium. Based on advice from the well driller and/or laboratory, Radon and Uranium can be analyzed in water instead of Gross Alpha.  For more information on water testing see below. If you are on the public water supply, the following link can answer many questions that you may have about your water.  See link Wesford Town Water Q & A.

Water testing should be conducted by an EPA or Massachusetts state certified laboratory and should minimally include analysis for the parameters identified above. 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. The closest lab to Westford, MA for having this testing done is Nashoba Analytical in Ayer, MA. Nashoba website link.  They can walk you through the steps required to complete this task. You are responsible for your own water testing if you have a private well. Speak to a water treatment professional or state certified lab for information on how often to have your well tested.

COMMON WATER PROBLEMS IN WESTFORD

The common issues encountered in Westford, MA private wells and public water supply include:

  • Hardness
  • Manganese 
  • Iron.

In private wells, you may also encounter low pH and sometimes the health threats radon and arsenic making their way into the water. If the testing results for Radon exceed the current Massachusetts guideline of 10,000 pCi/L in water, the radon must be removed from the water and the Board of Health recommends testing the air for Radon as well. It should be noted that New Hampshire requires action if radon is 2,000 pCi/L (pico curries per liter), Maine and Rhode Island are at 4,000 pCi/L. The maximum allowable level of Arsenic in drinking water per the EPA is .01 mg/L (miligrams per liter) or 10 parts per billion.

Water filtration for low pH

DISSOLVED COPPER EVIDENCE FROM LOW pH

EFFECTIVE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

Water filtration systems can be installed in Westford for the removal of any of the contaminants listed above and more. Water softeners are typically installed to remove dissolved iron or manganese in the water through a technology called Ion Exchange. Sediment filtration will remove particulate iron or manganese in the water. Water softeners will also remove hardness from the water. Arsenic is removed with tanks containing a specific media that “grabs” the arsenic out of the water. Removing radon from water requires a system where the water is highly agitated releasing the radon gas from the water, but then vented outside the home to ambient air.  Other technologies and systems may be required to remove other contaminants. These systems are typically installed in the basement.

Arsenic water filtration

Arsenic removal tanks

radon in water

RADON IN WATER REMOVAL

Again, any water filtration system or water softener installation should start with a water test before an informed recommendation can be made.

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H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts based water filtration and testing firm, formed in 1989 with offices in Hudson (Rte. 62) and Middleton (Rte. 114), MA.  We can be reached by email @[email protected] or by calling us at 978-777-8330. Articles published by the Company can be seen in Water Technology Magazine or linked through the website publications section at www.h2ocare.com.

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