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The Types of Residential Water Treatment Systems for Household Wells

Posted by Brandi Coulter on Sat, Jul 23, 2016 @ 00:07 AM

water_treatment_systems-1.jpgIn an effort to increase the safety of drinking water from residential wells there are a number of water treatment systems now widely available to homeowners. The type of treatment system you choose will depend upon the actual contaminants found in your local well water and your desired filtration setup. Test your well water annually to ensure you're treating the right contaminant with the right water treatment system.

Water Softening

One of the most popular water treatment systems in use today is water softening. That water coming into your home likely has large amounts of heavy minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium dissolved in it. While you may not be able to see or taste these minerals if you have always lived with them, they can cause damage to appliances and leave hard deposits in your kitchen and bathrooms. Water softeners remove a significant amount of these trace minerals from the water which results in a cleaner taste and easier maintenance around the house.

Reverse Osmosis

Another common water treatment system is the Reverse Osmosis filter. Reverse Osmosis systems come in two varieties: whole home and point-of-use. They utilize a series of tightly woven membranes to remove solid contaminants from the water on demand. Whole home systems filter all of the water that comes in from outside, while point-of-use systems mount directly to your faucets. Point-of-use systems are a cost friendly option because water that will not be consumed generally does not need to undergo significant filtration.

Granulated Activated Carbon Filtration

Granulated activated carbon filtration is a system that has been used throughout the world for a very long time. Carbon can be used to effectively remove odors, bad tastes and even discoloration caused by lead, chlorine, arsenic and other dangerous chemicals in the local water supply. Whole home carbon systems can easily be installed for immediate results.

UltraViolet Systems

In addition to the large number of chemical and mineral contaminants that are present in the water supply, there is also reason to be concerned about bacterial organisms as well. If your water tests positive for living organisms, ultraviolet light can be used to kill the bacteria and filter it out before it reaches your tap.

In order to determine which water treatment system will best fit your home, it is a good idea to start with a consultation with a water expert at Skillings & Sons. Our local water treatment professionals can conduct a thorough well water test to show you the overall quality of your water and identify whether you have minerals, chemicals or bacteria present that need to be treated. The right filtration system will be custom fit to your well water system and your water, as opposed to the general store brand filters. No matter what the condition of your water is, they can make it safe and easy for you keep your water clean with minimal system maintenance.

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What You Need To Know Groundwater Contamination and Your Water Well

Posted by Brandi Coulter on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 @ 14:07 PM

pharmaceutical_water_contamination.jpgHigh-quality groundwater delivered to your home from a water well is a cool, refreshing gift that is often just taken for granted.

However, there can be a variety of contaminants that make the water taste or smell bad and occasionally make you acutely sick. Some can even cause long-term health problems. With the right filtering system, contaminants in groundwater can be removed, and all you get is the great tasting sip and the assurance that your family is safe from harm.

There are a broad range of contaminants; the Environmental Protection Agency has standards for over 80 that can pose a hazard to your health. Some of these contaminants can come from natural sources like decaying vegetation, and some can come from man-made pursuits such as refining gasoline or agricultural applications. These include copper, lead, chromium and ammonia.

Think of groundwater issues from contaminants as falling into two categories: noticible and imperceptible.

Noticeable Issues are things like bad taste, unpleasant smell, cloudiness, staining and scale deposits. These problems can be caused by:

  • Dissolved solids
  • Bacteria or sulfates
  • Tannins from vegetation
  • Chemicals naturally occurring in water, or
  • Chemicals from the pipes moving the water to the taps.

Water that smells or tastes like turpentine can point to the presence of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

Imperceptible water problems are when your water looks, tastes and smells just fine, but is hiding other common groundwater contaminants. Chemicals from fertilizers or other agricultural processes can find their way into groundwater and make their way to well water. Gasoline refining and underground fuel tanks can leak, releasing chemicals into the ground. Runoff from roads contains dangerous substances and even leaking underground septic tanks can contaminate the water.

Other chemicals like arsenic and ammonia can come from both natural and human sources. Either way, a good filtration system can make sure your family and you are protected. A water professional can analyze your water and guide you in choosing the right system for you.

The EPA is also beginning to track other chemical contaminants known as “emerging contaminants.” Some of these include:

  • Personal care products like soaps and cosmetics
  • Pharmaceuticals which are either dumped directly into water sources or make their way through the human body to the water supply
  • Endocrine disruptors

Contaminants can be filtered out through a variety of ways including reverse osmosis, physical or chemical filters or a combination of them.

When you are choosing a water professional to test your groundwater and set up a filtration system, contact a Skillings & Sons water professional.  Our firm is a member of the Water Quality Association. This certification lets you know that certain industry standards are being followed.

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What Are Backflow Preventers For Water Wells?

Posted by Brandi Coulter on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 14:07 PM

residential_water_backflow_preventers.jpgAs a homeowner if you receive your potable water from a water well, it falls on you to protect the quality of your water source.This includes maintaining your water system, pump, plumbing, and any other related items within your system. Backflow is an issue that if not addressed, can result in unintentional contamination of your water source.

Let’s examine exactly what constitutes backflow, cross connection, and how you can protect your water well from unintentional contamination using a backflow prevention device.

What Is Backflow?

Backflow happens when water is flowing through pipes, plumbing or hoses in the wrong direction from normal flow. This can happen when the water pressure changes or drops. This reversed flow may allow chemicals or other contaminants to enter a drinking water system, or private well.

Cross-connections pose a similar risk. A cross connection exists when plumbing is connected in a way that any source of non-potable water (for example, a dishwasher, or laundry sink drain) can enter the piping system for drinking water. In many locations, current municipal codes prohibit the cross-connection of water supply and utility lines.

Changes in water pressure can occur through any number of issues, for example breaks in electrical power, pipe failure, or excessive use of water from a fixture connected to the same system, especially if there are down gradient uses.

Backflow Prevention

Prevention devices are designed and installed to prevent this from happening. The two most common devices are The Reduced Pressure Zone Assembly (RP)and the Double Check Valve Assembly (DC) . Most municipalities require some form of backflow prevention device. As the owner of a private well, it is in your best interest to install a device to protect your water supply.

The RP system is designed to prevent against potential health threats like sewage, medical waste and chemicals. The DC unit is used most often to protect utility systems from non-health hazards such as such as odor, color or taste. These sources include well water, pool water, or non toxic products like food coloring or dyes.

Are You At Risk?

Over half of backflows and cross connection problems involve garden hoses. Luckily, these are easily preventable by installing simple fittings between the spigot and garden hose. Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine if you are potentially at risk. Without a device, your garden hose and anything in it, or connected to it has the potential to create a backflow problem.

  1. Have you ever used your hose to:
  • fill a pool?
  • flush your car radiator?
  • fill a fish pond?
  • supply water to horses or other animals?
  • flush a clogged septic line or drain?
  • Mix garden chemicals in a bucket?

  1. Do you use recycled gray-water (laundry or shower) in an irrigation system?
  2. Do you have both a well, and a connection to a local utility supply?
  3. Do you have a lawn sprinkler system?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you should install a protection device between your hose bib (spigot) and your hose. These are simple devices that are inexpensive and available at any hardware store. They are designed to create an air gap, preventing any problems.

If you are unsure if your home is protected by a device contact your well water professional. They can perform an inspection and if needed, install protection devices inside your home, or at the main line, to protect your family from inadvertently contaminating the aquifer, or municipal line. It’s a simple, and cost effective way to keep your well safe.

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Lead Hazards in Drinking Water| Testing and Treatment for Contamination

Posted by Brandi Coulter on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 @ 08:07 AM

Lead_Hazards_in_Drinking_Water.jpgToday we know that lead poisoning poses a real threat to our families and especially our children. In years past, the health risks of consuming small amounts of lead were not fully understood. That's why so many well systems and much of our plumbing utilized lead. After many years of study it has become apparent that lead poisoning is a real problem, especially in construction that was built before new federal guidelines concerning lead components.

What is Lead Poisoning?

Lead poisoning is typically caused by prolonged exposure to small amounts of lead present in drinking water. Over time the lead builds up in the blood stream and can cause a number of health problems. On a small scale it could lead to difficulty breathing and swallowing. Long term the lead build up begins to damage the central nervous system and can cause irreversible damage to the liver and kidneys. Children who are exposed to lead are likely to suffer the most with developmental problems.

How to Treat Water for Lead

While it is currently cost prohibitive for many homeowners to put all new plumbing in their homes to reduce the risks of lead exposure, there are quite a few filtration options available today. Point of Use filtration systems are designed to remove lead at the tap, maximizing their ability to catch all of the lead from both inside and outside your house. First of all there are under-sink filters called Reverse Osmosis filters that remain hidden and utilize a tightly woven membrane to catch lead particles. Unfortunately these systems are very inefficient and only turn about one quarter of the water they use into potable water. The rest becomes waste. On the other hand, other filters include faucet mounted, separate counter top units and some under sink inline systems. The under sink and counter top units attach to the cold water line and divert water through the filter only when it is activated by the user for consumption. This system prolongs the life of the filter by only utilizing it when it is most needed. Water for washing dishes or other tasks will not be filtered. Faucet mounted filters connect directly to the tap output and generally have a switch on the side. All water passes through the filter unit, but not all of the water is forced through the filter so you can still decide when you want to filter the water for drinking and when to bypass.

Annnual Water Testing, Filter Maintenance

The first step is to test for lead contamination and the corrosivity of your water. We learned from the catastrophe in Flint, MI that corrosive water causes lead to leach from old water lines into household water supplies The most important part of installing a point of use filtration system to protect your family from lead contamination is maintaining the unit long term. Filters get clogged and your system becomes ineffective over time. Changing filters on a regular basis is imperative to actually getting results. Many filtration units now include a sensor that warns you when your filter needs to be changed or cleaned.

In order to best protect your family from the dangers of lead poisoning, the best thing to do is install a new filtration system today. The sooner you begin removing lead from the water, the safer you will be. While whole home filtration systems can protect you from lead coming into your house from outside plumbing, point of use systems are the best way to protect yourself from the lead that is already present in your own home.

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No Water? Troubleshooting Dry Water Well Problems

Posted by Brandi Coulter on Thu, Jul 07, 2016 @ 05:07 AM

dry_water_well_rehab_and_deepening.jpgThe two words any water professional or homeowner never wants to hear are, “dry well”. Maybe it’s because as a homeowner you have no control over a well going dry or maybe it’s because it means big money to repair or replace it.

A dry well affects everything you do, from cooking and cleaning to personal hygiene. Until recently, many water professionals rarely saw a dry well. But as drought conditions continue in various places across the country, they’re starting to see more, especially in the western US.  With less rainfall out west, and reduced annual no snow pack in the Northeast, there is less water reaching and replenishing aquifers.

Drilling a new well is expensive. Here is some information about how to troubleshoot your well so you can make an informed decision if you think your well has gone dry.

Some Early Warning Signs

A dry well doesn’t happen overnight. There are usually some pretty clear signs like:

            • Significant air in the water

            • Running out of water after heavy use (like a long shower, or watering the lawn)

            • Pump isn’t producing as much water as it did

            • Pump runs for longer than usual before shutting off

            • Water pressure is low

            • Takes some time to build up water pressure

            • Your neighbors are also having water problems

While these are strong signals there may be a problem, they do not necessarily indicate a dry well.

Dry Well or Pump Failure?

Most well water contractors are above board, however some take a “get the new one drilled and the old one filled” attitude when it comes to a dry well.  There are many problems that may seem to be a dry well, but may be fixable. Always get a second opinion before making a major decision, like replacement. A reliable specialist will always perform tests to diagnose your problem, before drilling.

For example, air in the water could mean your well is drying out, or it could simply be a pinhole in the pipe, or a bad check valve. The only way to tell is to pull the pump and inspect the well. Spending a few hundred dollars to examine and repair your system is always better then investing thousands in a new well. And who knows, it may be something as common as an electrical problem.


What’s Happening Under Ground?

Pump size, flow rate and horsepower all affect the drawdown in your well. The static water level of your well is the water level is when your pump is at rest. When your pump begins sending water out of the well, in most “dry well” cases this happens at a rate that is faster than the well’s ability to recover. This can result in air in the water or running out of water while the sprinklers are running. This is known as “pumping down”.

What Can I Do Now?

Just because your well is pumping down, it doesn’t mean you need a new one. You have alternatives including:

            • Reducing water use

            • Setting the pump deeper

            • Improving appliances water efficiency

            • Waiting for the aquifer to recharge

            • Hydrofracturing

            • Drilling deeper or replacing the well

The bottom line is that even in the event you have a “dry well” there are options short of drilling a new well. While some, like waiting for the aquifer to recharge, may seem impractical or longer-term, others, like well deepening and setting your pump deeper, that can achieve results at a lower cost than drilling a new well. Speak with a well water professional at Skillings & Sons. They have been in the water well business for forty years and can troubleshoot your well, and provide you with a list of options.

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Can Drinking Hard Water Cause Health Problems?

Posted by Brandi Coulter on Sat, Jun 25, 2016 @ 08:06 AM

solving_hard_water_problems.jpgWater is an essential element of life. We need clean drinking water to stay alive, and use water in every facet of daily life, from food preparation to sanitation, to hygiene. The purity and safety of our drinking water supply is crucial to maintaining good health. 17% of the world’s population uses water from unprotected sources, 32% use water obtained from protected sources and 51% use water provided by municipalities that are delivered to the home.

About 1 in 8 people worldwide does not have access to safe potable water. Many of these people consume water that is considered “hard water” which may contribute to high disease rate such as cardiovascular problems, diabetes, reproductive failure and so on.

Hard water is defined as water, which contains a high level of calcium and magnesium ions. Other dissolved solids such as aluminum, barium, strontium, iron, zinc, and manganese that may be present can also cause hardness in water. The most common sources of hardness are limestone, which releases calcium and dolomite, which introduces magnesium. Because these minerals are leached from the soil, groundwater is harder than surface water.Potential Health Effects of Hard Water

The World Health Organization states that hard water has no known adverse health effects. In fact, hard water may provide benefits regarding calcium and magnesium intake. Any adverse health effects are generally thought to be associated with other elements present in hard water. There have been studies to determine the effects of hard water in certain health conditions. These Include:

• Cardiovascular disease – various studies have shown that drinking water with elevated calcium and magnesium can have benefits regarding lower mortality and lowering blood pressure associated with cardiovascular disease.

• Cancer – A recent Taiwanese study found that the presence of calcium and magnesium in drinking water lowered morbidity/mortality rates with certain types of cancer, including gastric, colon, rectal and pancreatic cancer mortality. Another study found a positive effect from high magnesium levels in lowering the risks for esophageal and ovarian cancer.

• Cerebrovascular Mortality – Some reports have found a significant protective effect of magnesium intake in lowering stroke risk. Magnesium is proven to lower blood pressure, which is believed to also decrease the mortality risk and incidence of stroke. Magnesium deficiency can cause vasodilation increasing blood pressure by restricting blood flow. We receive most of our magnesium through food sources, but still may be deficient. Drinking hard water can increase dietary magnesium and provide health benefits.

• Alzheimer's Disease – While a direct correlation between consumption of aluminum and Alzheimer’s has not been proven, studies have shown a higher incidence of the disease in water districts with a high level of dissolved aluminum in the drinking water.

• Diabetes – Hard water is often indicative of higher levels of magnesium. ATP-related enzymes and channels regulating insulin action are dependent on magnesium. Low magnesium levels have been found in non-diabetic subjects with metabolic disorders as well as being a common feature in type-2 diabetics. Recent evidence suggests that subclinical magnesium levels may precipitate a diabetic state.

As more studies come to light, there appears to be a positive correlation between mineral rich water and preventative action in many common maladies of modern life. The fact is increased levels of calcium and magnesium present in drinking water may be beneficial to good health. The benefits of minerals present in drinking water should be considered as part of any health regimen and in areas where these minerals are not present or have been removed supplementation may be a smart health choice.

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What is Hydrofracturing For Residential Water Wells

Posted by Brandi Coulter on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 @ 07:06 AM

hydrofracturing_water_wells_for_increased_flow.jpgIf you receive your water from a private water well, you are responsible for the quality, and delivery of your family’s water. There are times when a water well may experience diminishing flow rates due to any number of factors, like drought, development, or well degradation. There are several options to increase flow like drilling deeper, relocating the well, or a technique called hydrofracturing, or hydrofracking.

One process that consistently shows positive results is called hydrofracturing (or hydrofracking). Hydrofracturing can take place when a new well is constructed or at any point in your wells lifecycle when flow begins to decline. The process is only appropriate if your water is delivered to your well through fissures and fractures in bedrock.

The technique uses high-pressure water injected into the well and the rock formations around it. This high-pressure water often opens new fissures and widens existing ones to increase the network of water bearing fractures and improve flow.

Hydrofracking was originally used in the oil industry and has been adopted in the past several years as a technique by the water well industry.

How Hydrofracturing Works

The procedure involves lowering one or more inflatable balloons into the well. First, the pump, wires, and all pipes are removed then the packers are dropped to the bottom of the well. Packers or balloons are used to seal off a section of the well. Pressurized water is pumped into the section below the top packer. Hydrofracturing uses water pumped at between 500 and 2000 psi (sometimes as much as 3000 psi) at up to 50 gallons per minute. If necessary, the packer is raised, and the process reapplied to another section of the well. Success is indicated when a sudden drop in pressure indicates that the surrounding rocks are accepting water.

Costs are cheaper for a single packer system than for a double. Some contractors may use proppants like small beads or sand to keep the fissures open.

Hydrofacturing Facts You Should Know

As the well owner, there are some facts you should know. Your well water professional can answer any questions you may have, but make note of this information:

• Your town may have permitting and reporting requirements. A Skillings and Sons professional will know what is required for your town.

• Your contractor will often provide “before and after” flow tests to determine if the procedure was a success.

• There is the possibility that fracking may disturb water levels, or turbidity of other wells connect to the same groundwater source.

• The contractor should track in high-quality water in the process to avoid and chance of contaminating the aquifer.

• After the process, the contractor will often purge the well of and fine material released, but the water may be slightly cloudy for several days.

• High-pressure is dangerous, and the homeowner should stay well clear of the wellhead when the equipment is “live.”

• Normal practice is to sanitize your well after any work. You may have to wait at least 24 hours before it can be used for drinking water.

Hydrofracking’s benefits are often permanent and are usually more cost effective than relocating your well. As more contractors become familiar with the process, it is becoming a routine method in regions with low yielding bedrock wells.

If you would like more information on hydrofracking and its cost, contact your local well water professional to see if hydrofracturing is right for your well. They can explain all of your options and perform the procedure to fix any well issues.

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Geothermal Means Cheap Heat For Massachusetts Residents

Posted by Brandi Coulter on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 15:06 PM

geothermal-heating-and-cooling-system.jpgResidents of Massachusetts can now rejoice at the availability of geothermal tax credits designed to save them money by investing in geothermal technologies for their homes. While the initial cost of drilling a geothermal well and installing a heat pump can seem hard to swallow, the truth is that you can expect to see up to 30% of your money come back in the form of federal and state level tax credits, and the remainder of your money will be returned as you can expect to cut your power bill drastically each and every month.

How Geothermal Systems Work

Geothermal heating systems use the ambient temperature at the core of the earth to circulate heat up into your house without burning oil or other fossil fuels. This is done by drilling wells beneath your home and inserting pipes down to the level of the nearest aquifer. These pipes will pick up the natural heat of the earth in the water, and circulate it up into your home using high efficiency pumps. While the system does burn a small amount of electricity, it is less than half of what a standard air conditioner uses, and there is no additional fuel input needed. There are several varieties of geothermal systems designed for different size installations and space limitations.

The MassCEC Credit

Recently the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has introduced an initiative to that would put mor than $30 million into clean heat solutions for homeowners and business owners. With credits ranging from $750 all the way up to $12,500, nearly any building can be fitted with a geothermal system. It is thought that each geothermal system is capable of heating your house for approximately a third of the cost of a traditional electric or gas based heater year round. The size and type of system you install will determine the size of your tax credit at the end of the year, with most money going toward whole home ground-source heat pumps.

Federal Tax Credits

In addition to the MassCEC initiative, there is also a federal level program called the Residential Energy-Efficient Property Credit. This credit allows home owners to earn a credit of 30% off of the cost of their system. There is no cap on this federal credit, so no matter how big of a system you install, your whole bill will qualify. However, the federal credit does not apply to duct work or heating systems used for pools and hot tubs, so any additional features you have done will not be eligible for the credit.

Time is Running Out On Geothermal Tax Credits

If you are looking for a more efficient way to heat your home and spend less on a monthly basis, geothermal is a great option. The investment in a new system can quickly be offset by the MassCEC and federal tax credits which will instantly reduce your bill by more than 30%. After you have the system installed you can expect to cut your heating bill nearly in half as the system requires no fossil fuel and only a fraction of the electricity that older heaters required. It is important to take advantage of the tax credits while they last because they could change in future years as geothermal technology becomes more common.

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Homeowner Information About Your Water Well Pump

Posted by Brandi Coulter on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

everything_you_need_to_know_about_water_well_pumps.jpgIf you own a home with a private well, you are responsible for not only the quality of your water but for all of the components that are included in your well water system. One key element of your water delivery system is your well pump. There are two basic types of well pumps available; jet pumps and submersible well pumps.

Jet Pumps

Jet pumps are typically used for wells that are less than 25 feet deep. They have no submerged parts and are often housed in a pump house, or enclosed structure near the well. Deep well jet pumps, however, can be used for wells up to 75 feet deep and have their ejectors installed within the well itself. Jet pumps draw or pull water from the well.

Submersible Well Pumps

A submersible well pump is used underwater in the well. A small electric motor is installed in the well shaft, below the pump, and an electric cable is connected to the motor. Piping is then run from the pump into the home. Unlike jet pumps, submersibles can be set hundreds of feet below the water line. When activated, the motor pushes water up from the well and into your home.

Submersible pumps are useful for wells of any depth and water level. Because the motor is encased within the pump and submerged, this type of pump is very efficient and reliable, which is not the case for deep jet pumps.

The Advantages of Submersible Pumps

Submersibles are popular for some reasons:

• Ease of installation

• Offer dependable performance

• Affordable, both initially, and when operating

• They run quietly

• Very little risk of freezing in cold climates

Installation requires laying out the wiring, connect the pump and lower it into the well then test it. Make sure you sit it on top of blocks or bricks to prevent clogging and your good to go. They’re known for being very energy efficient and rarely need maintenance. Because they’re submerged, they stay cool when operating. Unlike jet pumps, they do not need to be kept free of sand or debris. Submersibles move a lot of water and are best suited for wells 4” or greater in diameter.

Where to Use A Submersible Well Pump

Submersibles are practical to use on any rural property without access to a municipal water supply. They can be used in large ponds or reservoirs on properties anywhere, from city centers to remote farms. They’re the perfect choice for public areas because they are virtually silent and out of sight. They are low maintenance, efficient, reliable and affordable.

How Do Well Pumps Work?

Most work using centrifugal force. Impellers push water out and then up the well shaft. The motor on a submersible pump is usually located below the pump itself. Because well diameters are small, impellers are usually stacked to create enough pressure to push water through the plumbing to the home.

Regular Maintenance For A Submersible Well Pump

Ensures that the pressure tank doesn’t become waterlogged. If the tank overfills, the pump may cycle too frequently causing it to overwork. This can reduce the efficiency and life of the pump. It’s critical to make sure pumps are sized correctly. Proper sizing can save thousands of kilowatt hours in energy consumption.

Work closely with your well water specialist if you need to replace your well pump. They will explain all of your options and ensure that you install the proper size and type of pump so your family can enjoy quality clean water for many years.

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When Does Ultraviolet Water Treatment Make Sense?

Posted by Brandi Coulter on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

ultraviolet_water_treatment_is_safe_and_effective.jpgFor years chlorine has been the standard for disinfecting drinking water and making it safe for consumption. Chlorine is an aggressive additive that attacks and kills bacteria in the water but does have some adverse side effects for humans. That is why more and more homeowners are turning to ultraviolet water treatment options to keep their water safe.

Well Water Treatment for Rural and Suburban Homeowners

In many cases, homeowners who live outside of the city's water system are forced to drill their wells for water. Testing the water from these wells is imperative as it can become contaminated by nearby chemical plants and other manufacturing operations or waste dumps. If you have already received test results indicating that your water is unsafe to drink due to bacteria, you need to act immediately to keep from being exposed. Ultraviolet water treatment offers a simple solution that will treat your water instantly and kill any bacteria that passes through your pipes before it enters your house. UV is a long-term solution that will require less maintenance than a chlorine-based treatment plan.

Reducing Chemical Intake From Drinking Water

All sizable municipalities use chlorine and other chemicals to clean their water before it reaches your home. This process means that you are already consuming a small amount of these chemicals on a daily basis. If you want to treat your water for bacteria, but you are weary of adding any more chemicals to your water, ultraviolet water treatment is a good alternative. UV light kills the bacteria but will not react with the other chemicals already present in your water to create harmful byproducts. For many people who are looking for more holistic and green technologies, UV is the way to go. UV also keeps water tasting fresher without any change in the flavor or appearance.

Bacteria and Viruse in a Water Supply

Ultraviolet water treatment does require the assistance of a suitable sediment filter before use. The UV light is extremely efficient at killing dangerous bacteria such as E.coli and Giardia, but it does not remove heavy metals and other sediments from the water. You will need a filter ahead of your UV system to keep deposits from collecting in your UV unit. However, UV light is far more efficient than chlorine at killing bacteria. Cities who have recently had outbreaks of water-borne bacteria are turning to ultra violet to reduce the risk of spread.

Ultimately, ultraviolet water treatment is a good option for residents in the city and out in the country. It allows you to drink city and well water without the dangers of being exposed to bacteria and viruses, or consuming too many chemicals in your daily water system. UV provides a lower maintenance option than typical chlorine-based treatments and does a better job of killing bacteria before they ever enter your home, so you can be confident that there are no bacteria hotspots hiding in your walls. For more information, contact us at 1-800-441-6281.

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