Clean water remains one of life’s true necessities.
From Flint, MI to our own backyard in Plainville, CT, a variety of factors impact water quality and the ability to provide clean water in your home. After all, we use clean water for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning and more!
At the core of obtaining clean water is your underlying water quality.
Understanding your existing water quality provides the foundation for the right steps needed to create clean water. Regardless of the source of your home water, whether well water or city water, take steps to determine the quality.
As a result, responsible homeowners must take steps to understand their home water. Fortunately, proper water treatment enables clean water flowing through your home.
CLEAN WATER STARTS WITH WATER TREATMENT
First and foremost, we must learn more about the basics of water treatment.
Essentially, water treatment enables us to have safe, clean water in our homes.
Every community provides a public or private water treatment facility. These facilities make water potable (safe to drink) and palatable (pleasant to taste). Water facilities ensure every community has enough water to meet their needs. For example, households with iron in their water receive an orangey-red-brown slimy sediment. Obviously, this is a clear sign that something is wrong. Plus, a lot of these bacteria and chemicals are colorless and odorless. As a result, homeowners remain unaware of their home water quality issues until consumption and possible illness.
However, despite best efforts, contaminants still enter our water supply. As the Environmental Working Group shares, testing your home water kicks off the process to obtain clean water.
COMMON WATER QUALITY ISSUES IN CONNECTICUT
For those homeowners concerned about clean water flowing through their home, there are plenty of solutions. For example, within Connecticut, there are a few common water issues, which have simple solutions. The following provides a high level overview of these issues. For homes with well water or municipal water, SolvIt Water provides the best solutions to establish clean water in your home.
Hard water, which is found in both city and well water, forms from high amounts of dissolved minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium. Additionally, hardness causes limescale that creates a white, chalky residue and soap scum. As a result, hard water makes cleaning more difficult, causes dry skin and hair, increases energy costs, shortens the life of appliances and reduces water pressure by clogging pipes.
IRON AND MANGANESE
Iron and manganese are natural elements found in the local environment. In fact, iron accounts for 5% of the earth’s crust. Unfortunately, nearly every type of water possibly contains iron. As a result, stained sinks or laundry could be due to excess iron in your water. Plus, iron deposits form, which may clog shower heads, filters, appliances and pipes over time. Additionally, signs of manganese include water that smells or tastes metallic. Also, if you notice brown or black stains, manganese may be the culprit.
LOW PH LEVELS
Generally, low pH levels in your home water translate to acidic. As a result, toilet tanks or other fixtures (like sinks) show bluish-green stains. Unfortunately, acidic water creates potential damages, such as slowly eroding pipes, eventually creating pin holes in the water heater tank eventually creating pin holes and leaks.
Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless gas that exists naturally in groundwater. If your water contains a musty odor or smells like rotten eggs, hydrogen sulfide could be the culprit. However, hydrogen sulfide not only smells, but makes the water very corrosive to plumbing pipe and fixtures.
COLORED WATER (OR TURBIDITY)
Turbidity, which measures the cloudiness of water, routinely helps monitor the quality of your home water. Turbidity consists of tiny particles suspended in water, which appear cloudy in the water. Also, turbidity affects the appearance of food and beverages, along with causing stains on fixtures or creating discoloration in your laundry. Essentially, turbidity helps detect potentially harmful particles.
Typically, sediment is found in both well or city water. Sediment creates an abrasive effect on your plumbing system, which causes physical wear or erosion on pipes, fittings and fixtures. Unfortunately, excessive sediment within your water significantly shortens the life of your appliances by destroying valve seats, washers and other internal components.
Generally, municipal water contains trace amounts of chlorine. Municipalities leverage chlorine as a disinfectant because it helps manage bacteria and kill other potentially harmful contaminants. However, excess chlorine impacts the taste of food and beverages, along with contributing to dry eyes, skin irritation.
Lead is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless metal that can go undetected in water. In fact, the EPA set the maximum contaminant level goal for lead in drinking water at zero because lead is a toxic metal that can be harmful to human health even at low exposure levels. Lead is persistent, which means it can accumulate in the body over time. Lead can enter drinking water when service pipes that contain lead corrode due to a number of different factors. Generally, homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. Lead contamination in well water occurs as a result of chemicals, pesticides or industrial activity that contaminate the soil and ultimately the groundwater.
Arsenic, which also occurs naturally in soil and bedrock, typically is found in private wells across Connecticut. Additionally, arsenic has no smell, taste, or color when dissolved in water, even in high concentrations. Unfortunately, ingesting arsenic causes short and long-term health issues. For example, long term exposure to drinking water containing arsenic at levels higher than 10 ppb increases the chances of getting cancer. As a result, in 2001, the EPA reduced the regulatory maximum contaminant level (MCL) from 50 ppb to 10 ppb based on bladder and lung cancer risks.
SOLVIT PROVIDES CLEAN WATER SOLUTIONS
SolvIt partners with Costco across Connecticut to offer water treatment services at local stores.
Costco offers tremendous water quality options, high quality products and partners with expert technicians. As a result, Costco members and homeowners receive trustworthy water quality solutions. For example, Costco understood the needs of its members and found a solution. As a warehouse retailer, there are a vast array of products and expertise. Therefore, Costco took the time and effort to research the best water treatment solutions.
For any questions, head to your nearest Costco and consult with an expert water treatment specialist.
SolvIt offers a free in-home water analysis and proposal.
The proposal provides options to create a custom water quality solution that’s right for you. We provide our water quality solutions to our local service areas or schedule a free in-home water analysis today.