Although groundwater is naturally safe for consumption thanks to the filtering ability from soil, contamination can still occur from various sources, such as the improper installation of well caps, and intense exposure to industries and farming residues.
This is why proper maintenance, treatment, and testing are crucial to perform regularly to help prevent any illness from occurring. By testing your well each year, you can identify if any particular contaminants are present and what type of treatment will be required as a result.
Here are the top five forms of water treatment for wells and what they’re used to eliminate.
Hard water is very common among households, especially when water is sourced from a well system. Often you can see, smell, or taste a difference in your water. This is due to large deposits of heavy minerals that are often present in the water – most commonly iron, calcium, and magnesium. Fortunately, this isn’t a serious issue for your health, but it can cause damage to your household appliances by clogging them with hard deposits and leaving those stubborn water stains behind. Installing a water softener is a simple and effective way to remove those trace amounts of minerals so you can get rid of the deposits and enjoy clean, clear water without the stains.
If there are solid contaminants present in the water, reverse osmosis can remove them. There are two types of treatment for reverse osmosis – whole home and point-of-use. Whole home filters the entire water system going into the home and point-of-use focuses only on a specific entry line. Each of these removes solid contaminants from the water through a series of tightly woven membranes that filter debris from the water system on demand.
If your well water has been tested positive for bacteria, a shock treatment may be necessary. It is always recommended to hire a professional to carry out the proper treatment. To shock the water, a high dose of chlorine is used in the well. The exact amount of chlorine will depend on the depth of your well, along with the pH level and presence of the microorganisms. In order to be effective, the chlorine must be left in the well for at least 12 hours. Once that’s complete, Altair Water will communicate step by step instructions to safely use your well water again.
Another method of treatment for bacterial organisms is ultraviolet systems. Ultraviolet light is powerful in killing off bacteria, and by using the UV light along the well system, it can eliminate bacterial organisms from your water before it enters your home. Granulated Activated Carbon Filtration Granulated activated carbon filtration is also a common form of water treatment for wells. This system has been used for centuries and can remove discolouration from dangerous chemicals, along with bad odours and taste.
As you can see, there are various forms of water treatments that can be applied, but it is crucial to have your water treated correctly, depending on the specific contaminants and issues that are present. Always place the quality and safety of your water in the hands of trained and qualified professionals. Contact Altair Water and Drilling today to provide the right treatment for your water.