Improving Well Water Quality
Groundwater,the source water for private wells is never a simple matter of just hydrogen and oxygen as indicated by the formula, H2O. It naturally contains many impurities that reflect the soils, sand and rock through which it permeates.
These impurities may be dissolved minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium, gases such as carbon dioxide and organic matter.Although many of the contaminants are not considered harmful excessive levels can cause discolouration, scale build up and objectional taste and odour problems.
Improving water quality is essential if the water contains substances such as bacteria, nitrate or lead that pose a health concern.A full chemical and bacterial analysis of water samples by an independent laboratory will be required to determine whether the well water is safe to drink. Local sources of contamination, septic tanks, use of fertilisers or pesticides should be eliminated.
It is important to understand that no single water treatment system is capable of dealing with all water treatment problems. A collective system to deal with each specific problem may be required to produce an acceptable water quality.
Remember too, that in addition to the initial cost of a water treatment system regular annual or determined interval maintenance for replacement filters is necessary to ensure the on going efficiency of the system. Leaving filters in place past the manufacturers specification can cause an increased risk well above the contaminant level in the source water.
At Aquadoc Water Systems we have sought to deal with many water problems without adding any additional materials into the contaminant pool, entirely on the understanding that adding to the problem is not a step towards it's solution. Successful iron removal is an example of improving water quality by aerating the water.