Common Water Problems
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 is a toxic contaminant commonly found at action levels in water supplies of homes in Maine, New Hampshire and the northeast.
Water from private wells does not automatically have harmful bacteria; but if circumstances are right, bacteria can get into it and multiply quickly.
“Hardness” refers to the amount of calcium and magnesium in the water and is measured in grains per gallon (gpg) or in parts per million (ppm).
Iron, Sulfur and Manganese
Iron, sulfur and manganese are abundant in soils and subsurface rock formations. Iron in your water can give it a reddish appearance and can cause an unpleasant taste.
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.