Many homes and buildings in rural areas rely on a well water system and not a municipal water district. A well is a pipe and pump system that taps into the ground water and pumps it to the surface.
If your home is on a well water system you will need to take the extra steps to install a well water treatment system.
Quality of well water
As water flows through the ground layer, it is both purified of any floating debris and absorbs minerals like lime, carbon, calcium. These chemicals are not unsafe to drink, but they will make your water mineral-heavy.
When you are on well water you should perform a water quality test to check for harmful pollutants. These are the harmful pollutants that the EPA finds in ground water sources.
Signs of poor water quality
you will notice the turbidity of your water when you fill up a clear glass with tap water. Turbidity is a measurement system that classifies the amount of light that can pass through water. Water with high turbidity will block more light and appear cloudy.
Cloudiness is a result of a concentration of particles that have leached into your water. The particles consist of clay, silt, and other organic materials and microscopic organisms that are found in groundwater.
Iron, decaying leaves, copper and other chemicals found in the soil lead to water discoloring. Water will appear brown and smell musty. Discolored water does not pose a health risk, but is unappealing.
Extreme PH values
PH is measured on a 0-14 scale where 0 is acidic, and 14 is basic. The optimal and neutral PH level water is 7.
Acidic water is caused by high carbon levels in rainfall, decomposing organic material, and pollutants. Acidic water can cause your pipes to rust and corrode. Blue stains at plumbing fixtures are a result of copper pipe corrosion and rust stains are a result of iron pipe corrosion.
Basic or alkaline water is anything with a PH value from the 7-14 range. Alkaline water is less corrosive than acidic water, but should still be treated to reduce the harm from your pipes and fixtures.
If the water from your well comes out with a strong odor, there may be other minerals or pollutants in the source. Certain salts, pesticides, and sulfurs can leach into the groundwater and emit a strong and unpleasant smell. A poor odor does not necessarily mean the water is unsafe to drink. Many filtration systems use a charcoal treatment that will clear the poor smell from water.
Schedule a Water Quality Test
Sometimes the pollutants in your water may not show any signs. Even when you see the signs of poor water quality, you should conduct a professional water test to determine the makeup of the water.
Jason’s Water can conduct a free water quality test that will observe the quality and determine the solution to your water issues. Some water quality test kits are available to self-administer, but they do not check for the full list of contaminants and can range upwards of $100.
To better understand your water, give us a call at (210) 622-9540. We will help you determine how to improve the quality of your well water.
What filter is best?
Well filters and any filter on the market can tackle different water issues and the most expensive water filter is not always the best. Well filters integrate into a pump system seamlessly and are modular which allows you to customize your system specifically for your water quality. If your water quality has some attributes like a poor odor or a high PH value, you can pick and choose the treatment process.
Contact Jason’s Water today so we can discuss the solutions and various well water filters on the market to give you the quality that you need.