There are different types and sizes of whole house water filtration systems available to address the various types of potential water quality issues experienced in Concord well water or town water. Not only is matching the right technology important, but also sizing the system to meet the water usage demands. Also important is a professionally plumbed system as well as maintenance of the system throughout the years. This will optimize the useful life and proper functioning of your new equipment as it processes thousands of gallons of water per month.
While symptoms of water quality issues such as bad odors & taste, staining of laundry, bathroom fixtures, etc. are indicators of problems, 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 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. For more on hard water, see link at hard water usgs.
BAD TASTES & ODORS
There are other types of systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and many other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water. For more information on common bad odors & tastes in New England water supplies which may be affecting you, see the link at http://bad-odor-taste-water/.
WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION – Radon & Arsenic in private wells
Other contaminants found in New England well water may 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.
H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989 with offices in Middleton, Stow & Lakeville, MA. See our published articles on regional water problems in Water Technology Magazines at http://h2ocare.com. Contact us at [email protected] or 800-539-1100.