Many of us remain cognizant that water issues impact lots of communities around the country. But, how many of us worry about our local water? For example, recently, residents of Plainville, CT received a letter describing issues about the local water. Although officials confirmed that the local water supply remains completely safe, it begs the question, how is your local water quality?
How to learn about your local water quality?
First and foremost, local water quality relates to city water and well water. Every town and municipality depends on tap or well water, so homeowners must understand the water quality measurements associated with each type of water supply.
Generally, city water (or municipal water) adheres to high water quality standards because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates city water. Although most of the city water processed is not consumed, all of it is treated. As a result, homeowners can maintain some confidence that city water meets EPA drinking standards. However, although city water meets EPA standards, water processing involves chemical compounds. Therefore, municipal water processing plants remove contaminants, which alters the pH balance and aim to improve water quality and safety.
To learn more about the city water in your community, then the Environmental Working Group constructed a tap water database, which identifies local water quality based on zip code.
Roughly about 25% of people in Connecticut rely on residential wells for their daily water. Additionally, the EPA does not regulate private wells. As a result, nearly ¼ of homeowners in Connecticut are responsible for testing their water quality, maintaining their wells and incorporating the proper well water treatment to address any issues!
Homeowners possess many options for proper well water treatment. However, according to the CDC no single treatment protects against all potential problems. As a result, various treatments are required for different reasons, such as:
- Removing specific contaminants.
- Taking extra precautions because a family member suffers from a weak immune system.
- Improving the taste of drinking water.
Finally, the Department of Public Health (DPH) offers guidance on selecting the most qualified water treatment specialist in the state, along with the importance of well water testing.
What are the poor water quality warning signs?
In order to protect your family, homeowners should be aware of possible warning signs that their home contains poor water quality. For example, waterborne illnesses and symptoms offer definitive warning signs. These include:
- dry or itchy skin.
- ear and/or eye issues.
- respiratory problems.
Along those lines, poor water quality could possibly lead to water contamination. For those worried about their local water quality and possible contamination, watch out for these warning signs.
Cloudy and/or Colored Water
Hard water exists in about 80% of homes around the country. As a result, drinking water contains a significant amount of minerals and other naturally occurring substances. However, water should always be clear (not cloudy or colored with an orange or brownish tint).
For any homeowners with cloudy or colored water contains contaminants, do not drink cloudy or colored water.
Bitter and/or Metallic Taste
For the most part, water should have no flavor at all. Any taste in your home water likely means dangerous substances exist and this should not be consumed. These substances possibly include pesticides, herbicides, medications and industrial chemicals.
Chlorine and/or Sulfur Smell
Frequently, public water treatment facilities add small amounts of chlorine to water, which kill bacteria. However, at times, too much chlorine may be added and water may smell while coming out of a faucet. Conversely, sulfur occurs naturally in the ground and trace amounts will enter the water supply. Again, low levels of consumption remain harmless.
However, high levels of chlorine or sulfur lead to health issues, such as intestinal distress or dehydration. If your home water smells, this could be an indicator of unsafe water.
Rusted and/or Tarnished Silverware
Excessive iron in home water provides a common warning sign. For example, iron adheres to the silverware and oxidizes (rusts) when exposed to air. As a result, silverware, shows spots or streaks of rust. For some homes, water may appear clear, but rust may appear on silverware. If rust shows on silverware, then it’s likely the internal components of home appliances also contain rust. Any issues with home appliances can result in reduced life expectancy or costly repairs.
City and well water contain filters, which removes sediment from home drinking water. Therefore, noticeable sediment in your tap water indicates a possible issue. Many times, a rupture in the main water line allows sediment to seep into filtered water. As a result, based on potential contaminants in the soil surrounding the pipe, this may cause a possible health risk.
How can SolvIt help test your local water quality?
SolvIt Water contains the proper licensure and experience to handle any situation. We are qualified water treatment specialists and offer a FREE in-home inspection.
Additionally, SolvIt Water works with Costco to provide water treatment solutions that improve your local water quality.
Costco offers tremendous water quality options, high quality products and partners with expert technicians. Plus, Costco members and homeowners receive trustworthy water quality solutions. Why work with Costco? Costco filtered through the noise and provides only the best water treatment products to its members. The Costco water treatment solutions provide trustworthy and reliable guidance because the products work. Finally, the Costco team filtered out bogus claims or expensive products that leverage marketing to make a sale. As a result, homeowners worried about their local water quality can find a reliable solution at a nearby Costco.
If you are worried about your home water quality, then contact us today!
Why SolvIt Water?
A comprehensive water analysis from our team provides peace of mind knowing your home relies on high quality water. Plus, if our team identifies an issue, you now have the facts you need to make the appropriate water treatment decisions. We provide recommendations that address and correct any water quality issue that we uncover. Additionally, an added benefit at no cost to you, we are happy to evaluate the performance of any existing equipment you have and inspect your water (including private well) system.
No matter what the water condition problem is, SolvIt has the experience and skill to bring about long-lasting solutions. We install the very best water softening and filtration equipment plus we repair all makes and models should anything go wrong with your current system.
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