Safe to Drink Smelly Water

Have you ever turned on your faucet to grab a glass of water and the water smells like rotten eggs?  I’m sure it’s happened to many people on private well water.  It is likely hydrogen sulfide in the water.  Even a few tenths of sulfur in the water can cause your water to smell.  We’re often asked if it is safe to drink water with the odor.  While the EPA does not regulate hydrogen sulfide, it is important to test levels of sulfur within the water and treat it properly.  Small amounts of sulfur in your water Read more

Water Usage in Summer

When the temperature rises, so does water use outside for watering lawns and gardens.  A lush lawn, landscape, or garden looks great when it’s green and growing.  It’s great for the kids to run through a sprinkler to cool off. It’s estimated the average home will use two to four times as much water during the summer then other seasons. Below are simple tips a homeowner can use to help conserve water, our precious resource. Read more

Boil Orders

An alert goes out to residents in which a boil order is in effect for their area.  Many residents scramble to understand what a boil order means.   A boil order takes effect when a water supplier has tested the water and testing has shown any presence of organisms that can result in an illness.  It can also mean there are technical and/or physical problems within the water system that can affect the water with bacterial contamination.  A boil order specifically means bacteria containing fecal and/or E. Coli bacteria. Read more

Understanding PFAS in Water

Have you heard of the chemical PFAS?  It’s been a hot topic within the water industry over the past several months.

PFAS stands for Per- and Polyflouroalkyl substances and within the PFAS family tree are chemicals PFOA and PFOS.  They are man-made and gaining traction within the water industry Read more

What is Hard Water?

Have you noticed white deposits on your fixtures in the bathroom or spots on your shower door?  If you have, it’s hard water.  From bathing to energy consumption using appliances hard water has an effect on everything.  In fact, more than 85% of homes in the United States have hard water to some degree.

Hard water is defined as water with high mineral content consisting of calcium and magnesium.  It occurs when water percolates Read more

Testing Private Well Water

When you turn on the faucet for a glass of water and it looks clear and doesn’t have an odor, is it still safe to drink?  The only way to know is to have your water tested regularly.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends a home using a private well have their water tested once per year.  When a home sale occurs, it is mandatory the private well pass a well inspection.  After this inspection, most homeowners never test their water again unless there is an issue.  Read more

Stop Buying Bottled Water

Depending on where you live, water quality and taste can vary based on where you live, the plumbing within your home, and your personal preference.  A person might decide the water in your home is not suitable for drinking so they turn to bottled water.  Look at the aisles in a grocery store.  There are dedicated sections to bottled water.  When you purchase a bottle of water, many people concern themselves with the effects of bottled water has on the environment or the extra cost to the consumer.  Read more

Find Out if Your Home’s Water is Safe

 

How do you know if the water coming out of your faucet is safe?  You’ve heard all the stories recently in the news about contaminated water with bacteria, lead, and pollutants.  There is a wealth of information from verified organizations you can access to better educate and resolve water issues you face within your home.  It’s a matter of knowing where to research to find what is in your home’s water.

  • If your home is on city water, the city is required by law to test the water on a regular basis.  Every water supplier is required by law to provide each homeowner a Consumer Confidence Report before July 1st each year, which is an annual water report detailing any contaminants in the water and at what level they tested and what health risk they pose for your family.  Another method to find a CCR is to go to the water supplier’s website or contact your water supplier directly and request a CCR.  Keep in mind, water testing is tested at the water plant and test results may be different then what is supplied at your home.  Why? Read more

Needing a Sediment Pre-Filter

Have you ever wondered if you need a sediment pre-filter with your water softener?  It all depends on the type of water entering your home.  Homes on private wells are more likely then city supplied homes to need a pre-filter in conjunction with their water softener. Your best bet is to have your water tested by a local water professional.  They will be able to tell you if you need a pre-filter installed before your water softener. 

It is often recommended a sediment pre-filter be installed with a water softener, not because the water softener can’t do its job, but to remove particulate from the water the water softener won’t remove.  A sediment pre-filter, acts like a furnace or oil filter, in that it traps sediment, sand, and debris the well might kick up from entering the water softener.  It acts as a protector from sediment entering and plugging the water softener and causing an unnecessary service call.   It will also help with iron reduction in that it will catch particles of iron too.  The filter will need to be changed, on average 3-6 months, depending on the water entering your home and the volume of water used.

Watering Plants with Soft Water

Like humans, plants all need water to grow and oftentimes need specific soil conditions in order to grow healthfully.  When you are watering your household plants, it is best to use the watering information for the specific plant.  We offer general information in this blog post.  No matter the water you use, watch for stunted growth of your plants.  If this is the case, it may be necessary to change the type of water used. Read more