Can You Use a Whole House Water System With Well Water?

For many homes, a municipal supply means that water is straightforward; you simply turn on the tap and have the assurance that the EPA is regulating the levels of contaminants in your water. For property owners with a well water supply, it can be a little more complicated. Not only do you have the responsibility of checking to ensure that your water is safe, but you may not be able to use many resources others take for granted. A question that often arises is whether a whole house system can be used if you have a well water supply. So, here we will explore the topic a little further. OUS_48064_IMG_2920-lpr

The Main Purposes of a Home Filtration System: 

There are a number of reasons why you may be considering a whole house filtration system for your home. The main purposes of this type of system are to improve the clarity and taste of water and eliminate specific contaminants. Although all filtration systems can help you to remove or eliminate specific contaminants, you may have particular concerns about impurities in your well water supply.

For this reason, there are a number of filtration components such as UV filters and Sub Micron units that may be more beneficial for some homeowners.

Ideally, you should have your water assessment performed each year to check for common pollutants. The testing will reveal if there are any unwanted items such as inorganic chemicals, VOCs, viruses, bacteria, and pesticides that could be compromising your water. The results of your testing will also reveal whether it would be beneficial to install a whole house system.  

The Limitations of a Whole House System: 

The main reason to choose a whole house system is if you need to remove any contaminants that are affecting the aesthetic characteristics of your water or could be affecting other systems around your home. If the only issue with your water quality is related to drinking water, a point of use device may be beneficial. Unfortunately, if you need to consider more than just water for consumption, such as chemicals that may be absorbed by the skin or could be causing damage to your pipes, plumbing fixtures or appliances, a whole house system is the right choice.

A whole house system can be tailored to remove almost any type of contaminant. From contaminants that are causing foul odors such as hydrogen sulfide to elements that create no aesthetic effects, but nevertheless affect your water quality.

Your system can also be tailored to remove any parasites or bacteria. With well water, you are at a greater risk of ingesting waterborne microorganisms including bacteria or parasites. These can cause a range of health issues from gastrointestinal symptoms to more serious health problems.  

If you have concerns about your well water quality, you should have a chat with a local water treatment specialist. If you choose a WQA certified professional, you can be assured that every device or system exceeds the industry standards. This will mean that you can have total confidence that your well water is clean and safe. 

About The Author, Terry Reeh, EcoWater Systems of Nebraska:

With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative. Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state.

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