Choosing A Water Treatment System For Your Home

If you are looking to improve the quality of the water coming into your home, you may notice that it can be difficult to decide what type of equipment to install especially since there are so many options out there.  It can be difficult to assess whether information available is trustworthy or not.  Finding a place to start your research is key.  A good place to start is to research where your water is coming from.

Water is delivered to a home via either through municipal means, or through a private system.  Municipal water contains a lot that a private system does not.  If a municipality is going to deliver water to a number of households, they will need to make sure the water is potable.  This is done through means of adding chlorine, chloramines, hydrogen peroxide, or through ultraviolet systems.  This is to rid the water of any harmful bacteria.  There is also a current debate about whether fluoride is good to add to the water or not.  Depending on if the municipality draws their water from a surface source or from the ground, there may be other things in the water such as calcium, magnesium, iron, or sulfur.

Private well water systems draw ground water to a house.  Because the water is drawn through the ground, there are things such as iron, sulfur, magnesium, tannins, calcium, and other sediment.  Well water can also contain harmful bacteria such as E.coli or Coliform.  It is especially important for a homeowner on a private system to regularly test their water for the presence of these bacteria if they do not have a treatment system in place.

Important to note – water treatment systems vary from house to house and to determine what is actually needed requires a full water analysis.

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Municipal Household Systems

Systems may vary depending on the quality of the water provided by the municipality.  To have an ideal water treatment system to filter unwanted items, involves having a system that contains equipment in this order:

Automatic Backwashing Chlorine Filter – a Chlorine filter would deal with the chlorine in the water which can be harmful to fixtures, seals, and other pieces of water treatment equipment in a plumbing system.

Water Softener – a water softener removes primarily calcium and magnesium by means of ion exchange and will help prevent buildup and stains.  It will also help to significantly prolong the life of plumbing fixtures in your home.

Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System – reverse osmosis filters out everything else that is in the water that impacts the taste of your drinking water.  Using reverse osmosis in your tea kettle, coffee-makers, humidifiers, and other water using appliances will help significantly prolong their lifespan and reduces the need for cleaning.

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Private Systems

Private well water systems can be much more unpredictable than municipal.  It is impossible to predict what well water in a given aquafer may contain.  To have an ideal water treatment system to filter unwanted items, involves having a system that contains equipment in this order:

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Iron Filter – Iron can wreak havoc on a plumbing system with a buildup or stain on whatever it comes in contact with.

Water Softener – a water softener removes primarily calcium and magnesium by means of ion exchange and will help prevent buildup and stains.  It will also help to significantly prolong the life of plumbing fixtures in your home.

Ultraviolet system or chlorine/peroxide injection – (Highly Recommended) way of making the water potable (safe).  If using chemical injection system, it should be installed before the iron filter with a retention tank.

Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System – reverse osmosis filters out everything else that is in the water that impacts the taste of your drinking water.  Using reverse osmosis in your tea kettle, coffee-makers, humidifiers, and other water using appliances will help significantly prolong their lifespan and reduces the need for cleaning.

Final Thoughts

One could write a book with all the debates about topics regarding water treatment.  This is simply a means to see what common systems are out there and ones that are reliable as well.  Tom Gowing Water Treatment can provide you with a water analysis to see what equipment we would recommend in your home.

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