There are various types and sizes of whole house water filtration systems available to address potential water quality issues experienced in Bristol, RI, whether it’s hard water, high iron or other issues. Not only is matching the right technology important, but also sizing the system to meet the water usage demands of your home. Also important is a professionally plumbed system as well as maintenance throughout the years to optimize the useful life and proper functioning of your new equipment. These systems will process thousands of gallons of water per month.
The preferred starting point is to have the water tested to identify minerals or contaminants in the water and at what quantities. Upon analysis of the results, an effective system recommendation will provide your home with excellent water quality. While certain minerals & contaminants can be tested on-site (iron, hardness, pH, total dissolved solids, chlorine level), health threat items like radon in water, arsenic in water, nitrates and others should be properly sampled and brought to a certified laboratory for testing that requires specialized equipment. For more information on water sources and related, see the following link at https://health.ri.gov/assessments/TivertonLittleCompton.pdf.
WATER SOFTENER SYSTEMS
A water softener is a type of 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”), an “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.
BAD ODORS & TASTES IN YOUR WATER
There are various types of bad odors and tastes that you may experience in your water. For a more complete description of this and other potential bad odors and taste in your water, see the link at http://bad-odor-taste-water/.
You may notice odor and taste issues if your home is supplied by town water, typically associated with Chlorine. Chlorine is used for disinfection purposes by the town to control microorganisms including bacteria and others that may be present in the water distribution system. Carbon water filtration systems are effective at removing chlorine and the associated taste and odors that come with it. These systems can either be installed at the point of entry in your home, typically in the basement, or at a point of use for drinking water only.
WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION – Radon & Arsenic in private wells
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.
For annual town water quality reports, see the link at https://bcwari.com/ccr2021.pdf.