If you live in a city or town, chances are that you have city water provided via a public system. If you live in a rural area, you’re more likely to be familiar with private drinking water wells. About 15 percent of the population uses well water. Well water has benefits such as no utility costs and plenty of supply. That said, there are downsides, including potentially harmful chemicals contained in water.
Let’s take a look at why well water needs to be filtered.
Well water safety
If you use a well water filtration system, then the water will be safe to drink; however, it is not recommended to drink unfiltered, untreated well water right from the tap. Water filtration systems will also improve the water’s taste and appearance by removing contaminants and toxins.
Private wells are not monitored by government agencies, so homeowners are responsible for well water quality. Comprehensive regular testing should be carried out for contaminants such as:
- Chromium 6
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Contamination can occur at any time and likely won’t show up in a way that’s easily visible. That’s why it’s important to carry out tests on a regular basis. Of course, if you notice the water tastes bad, smells bad or looks bad, then you should call in the experts right away to take care of the problem.
If you’re buying a home with well water, you’ll want to have the water quality tested first. This will help you understand exactly what you’re getting into.
Types of well water filtration
Now that you know well water needs to be filtered, it’s time to look at the types of systems available. There are two basic types: a whole-house water filter and an under-the-sink water filter. The whole-house filter is connected to the main water line and ensures that no matter which tap you use in the house, you will get clean, toxin-free water.
An under-the-sink filter will only deal with the water for that particular tap. This is sometimes referred to as a point-of-use water filter as well.
A high-end whole-house water filter will remove all the dangerous substances listed above, delivering water that tastes great and is healthy for drinking and other usages. A breakthrough in water filtration technology is an ultrafiltration membrane filter system, which is effective at removing 99.9 percent of contaminants. This is now considered superior to ultraviolet or ozone purification, a process that requires a lot of electricity and kills—but doesn’t remove—bacteria from the water.
When you need the experts in well water filtration, turn to Royal Water Works, Inc. We do it all, from water testing and filtration design to wastewater treatment, commercial pool Ph balancing and more. Our experts are backed by a lab that’s certified for microbiology. We’ll give you a complete picture of the quality of your drinking water and offer effective solutions. Give us a call right now to find out more and get a free quote.