Category Archives: Well Water Purification

Purification and filtration solutions intended specifically for the problems common to well water

Nitrates in Drinking Water Can Cause Bladder Cancer In Women

I’ve been saying for quite some time now that I am not comfortable with USEPA’s maximum allowable level of nitrates in drinking water. This amount is known as the Maximum Contaminant Level or MCL in your water report. Yet another … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between Water Purification and Water Filtration?

The other day a woman wrote me and said she wanted the purest water possible at every faucet in her house. “No you don’t”, I said. What’s the difference between purified water vs filtered water? Words have certain technical meanings in … Continue reading

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Nitrates in Drinking Water May Cause Birth Defects

A report released on July 15 confirms what I’ve been suggesting for a long time: nitrates far below the USEPA of 10 parts per million (ppm or mg/l). People who live in farming communities (particularly in California, Illinois, Iowa, and … Continue reading

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Your septic system may be the cause of nitrates in your well water

Nitrates are one of the most dangerous carcinogens in drinking water, but not as dangerous as lead or arsenic. EPA allows up to 10 parts per million (ppm or mg/l) of nitrates in water. I won’t drink water with nitrates … Continue reading

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Whole House or Kitchen Filter for Arsenic Removal

Arsenic is a naturally occurring metal with toxic properties. I’ve written about arsenic poisoning elsewhere in this blog. In 2006 the maximum amount of arsenic allowed in public water supplies was lowered from 50 parts per billion (ppb) to 10 ppb. There are two types of systems that can be used to remove arsenic. Continue reading

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How Often Should You Test Well Water?

I would test well water at the extremes of weather, meaning during wet times versus dry times, and before and after any major construction such as a new neighbor drilling a well or a nearby fracking operations. In my experience well water can become much harder (meaning it contains more minerals) during times of drought. And water can become much fresher after periods of substantial rain. If there is farming near where you live you may wish to test for pesticides in well water. One problem with well water testing is that you may gain a false sense of confidence. Frequent testing at the points of extremes in weather or conditions will provide you with a sense of the range in water quality within your well. Continue reading

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How Does Flooding Affect My Well Water?

With much of the East Coast under water due to super storm Sandy some people with private wells will have contaminated well water. If your well casing is covered by flood water then your well is likely contaminated. Do not drink your well water until you’ve used a well water test to determine if it is safe and what kind of well water filter you may need. Continue reading

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Symptoms of Arsenic Poisoning and Removal of Arsenic from Water

Arsenic poisoning is more common than we think. It can occur as a result of drinking water containing arsenic at levels far below the EPA standard. If you’d like to know if there is arsenic in your water you can find out by reviewing your local water report. If you have a private well you’ll have to pay for a water test. Symptoms of arsenic poisoning include changes in the skin such as brown spots on your body or warts or lesions on your chest. Symptoms of arsenic poisoning can also include hair loss, tingling in your extremities, loss of mental acuity, and nausea. Arsenic removal from drinking water can be assured through the use of a custom reverse osmosis system that oxidizes the arsenic before it reaches the RO membrane. Whole house arsenic removal systems are also available, though quite expensive.
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Radon In Well Water – The Most Effective Way to Remove Radon from Well Water

Some scientists suggest that ‘no level of radon is safe’ and radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Yet it is invisible and may be present without your knowledge. If you have well water it is possible to have radon in your water. The danger from waterborne radon is inhaling it in the shower or while standing at your kitchen sink. The most effective means of removing radon from your water is to use an aeration system. This system will agitate the water to remove the gas and vent it outside before the water enters your home. Another possible danger associated with radon is the accumulation of radon in carbon filters in your kitchen.
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How Do I Remove Lead from My Well Water?

A customer called who has lead in his drinking water. Well water test results also show the presence of copper and zinc and low pH. Therefore I can assume that the acidic water is dissolving fixtures in the home and that is the source of these metals. I will treat the house to raise pH. When treating well water starting with a thorough water test is the key to correctly identifying and solving the problem. Continue reading

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