WATER. What a broad topic, isn’t it? But when it come to you, your family, your home, investments, and community, it’s nice to have an understanding of what some things mean and the basics of how things work. We, the people of our beautiful Michigan communities are fortunate to be surrounded by bodies of clean, clear, natural water. We have an abundance of water supplies to our homes, farms, irrigation, drinking water, and more. Let’s get a bit more specific.
Knowing the basics about well water is important whether you are planning a well, are a new well owner or have owned a well for a long time. There are multiple things that are in our well water. Some things such as hardness, iron, sand, tannins, methane, and more, can affect how long the appliances in your home (washer, dishwasher, hot water heater, boilers, and saunas) will last and be efficient. It is best to have your water tested to discover what the levels are. Most well water benefits from some sort of filtration.
To protect your appliances and other investments that use water, a water conditioner, softener, or filtration system can provide you with the piece of mind that your investments are working more effectively ad efficiently for a longer period of time.
Additionally, groundwater contamination is becoming of greater concern as technology allows us to better understand soil and water contents. When rainwater or an irrigation system hit the soil, and if contaminants are present, the soil will dissolve some of that contaminant. Some contaminants though, remain in the water. When a well is pumping, it lowers the water table to the well, increasing the tendency for water to move toward the water sort of like drinking out of a straw. Water is drawn into the well and up into your faucet.
To aid in combatting water contamination follow these simple guidelines:
- Properly dispose of household hazardous wastes.
- Take toxic chemicals like weed killers, pesticides, pain thinners, strippers, wood preservatives, cleaners OR cleaning chemical, and bleach to a hazardous waste collection center when disposing. DO NOT dump toxic chemicals down the drain or on the ground.
- Call your local garbage hauler for more information.
- Never store pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals near your well to avoid direct well contamination.
- Regularly test your well water for any changes in your water supply and also for nitrates, bacteria and other contaminants, as necessary. Things that can change over time.
CITY WATER SUPPLY
Cities and communities have installed an organized structure called a public water supply system to provide water to homes, businesses, and some industries. You may know these better as the county or city water supply. You should contact your local city water supplier to discover their specific filtration process. It is typical that some city water supplies include Fluoride and Chlorine in the filtration process.
If you’re interested in learning more or getting involved in decisions your community makes relative to your water supply and filtration process, consider attending a city council meeting, read up on local blogs for the water content in your community, or research how your city filters your water supply online. Even with filtration in place via the city water supply, many people choose to add a home filtration system as well.
Contact Owens Soft Water for more information or to schedule your water test. It’s a simple process! We love hearing from you.