Whole house water filtration systems can address various types of potential water quality issues experienced with Boxford well water. Matching the right technology and sizing the system to meet the water usage demands of your home are key. Additionally, a professionally plumbed system is also very important. On-going maintenance of the system throughout the years will optimize the useful life and proper functioning of your new equipment as it will process thousand of gallons of water per month.
The preferred starting point is to get a water test to identify the minerals or contaminants in the water and at what quantity they exist. This will lead to an effective system recommendation and route to providing your home with excellent water quality.
A water softener is a whole house water filtration system that is designed for removing hard water minerals (magnesium & calcium) as well as dissolved iron and manganese from the water. For water with high levels of iron or manganese (“the stainers”), a “up-flow” water softener is recommended to prevent mineral build-up in the bottom of the water softener. Also, high efficiency water softeners that are more efficient with both water and salt usage are preferred. Particulate iron & manganese and other sediment is removed with properly sized sediment filters.
WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION – Radon & Arsenic
Other contaminants found in New England well water include Radon and Arsenic. A water softener will not remove these health threat contaminants. Radon in water is safely removed with an aeration system that agitates the incoming well water, releasing the gas from the water in a sealed chamber. This gas is then safely vented to the outside ambient air.
Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home by installing tanks filled with arsenic specific resin that captures the arsenic before it can get into the home’s water supply.
Point of use systems for drinking water can use reverse osmosis technology to effectively remove arsenic as well. Speak to a water treatment professional to decide which system is right for you.
BAD ODORS & TASTES
There are other types of systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water. Starting with a water test will lead to the right approach. For more information on common bad odors & tastes in New England water supplies, see the link at http://bad-odor-taste.
H2O Care, Inc. is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, based in Middleton, MA with additional offices in Stow & Lakeville, MA. See our published articles in Water Technology Magazines at https://h2ocare/pub. Contact us at [email protected] or 800-539-1100.