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Learn about what could be in your water supply, and the effects they could have on you and your appliances.

Water Contaminants

Water has long been known as the "universal solvent". Wherever it goes - in the atmosphere, over the land, through the ground or within man-made delivery and plumbing systems - it picks up chemical and biological hitchhikers along the way. Your water quality is generally a reflection of where it has been and what it has come in contact with. Most of those hitchhikers are relatively harmless, but some can be detrimental to your health, to your appliances, to your belongings and to your pocketbook.

Arsenic

Arsenic

Arsenic is a toxic contaminant commonly found at action levels in water supplies of homes in Maine, New Hampshire and the northeast. Homeowners using private water sources, particularly from aquifers with known or suspected arsenic levels should test their water regularly.

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Bacteria

Bacteria

Water from private wells does not automatically have harmful bacteria; but if circumstances are right, bacteria can get into it and multiply quickly. Dug wells and improperly installed drilled wells are particularly vulnerable to bacterial invasion as they receive much of their water from surface and shallow ground water flows.

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Hardness

Bacteria

“Hardness” refers to the amount of calcium and magnesium in the water and is measured in grains per gallon (gpg)(where a grain is a measurement of weight) or in parts per million (ppm) (17.1 ppm = 1 gpg).

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Iron, Sulfur and Manganese

Bacteria

Iron, sulfur and manganese are abundant in soils and subsurface rock formations. Iron in your water can give it a reddish appearance and iron can cause an unpleasant taste in the water you drink and the foods you make with it and stain the clothing and linen that you wash.

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Uranium

Chlorine

Uranium is a radioactive element that can be naturally present in some rocks and ground-water. Levels of uranium above 30 ppb have not been found in shallow wells or surface water

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Chlorine

Chlorine

The purity of our water is one important factor in the prevention of such degenerative diseases. If you are on a public water system, you should seriously consider whole-house treatment for chlorine reduction (as well as hardness) for your health's sake.

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