If you have a private well, it’s your own responsibility to test the water, treat it and maintain your well. A water purification treatment system can represent a significant investment in time and money, and it’s easy to get wrong. In this article, we will look at five common mistakes that people make when they choose a well water treatment system for their homes and some advice on how to purify your well water.

Understanding Well Water

Many people that have lived in urban areas supplied with municipal water can be forgiven for thinking that water is a “given” resource that’s easily replenished. If those same people then move into a home that’s supplied with well water their perspective may be quite different. When you receive well water the challenges of purification are more pronounced, city water users receive water that’s been cleaned, and they usually add a water treatment system as an extra layer of protection. But, well water can easily be contaminated, and this is why regular water testing and treatment is essential to protect your family.

5 Mistakes to Avoid

When people choose a water treatment system for their private well there are five common mistakes that they make, they are:

  • Not carrying out a comprehensive analysis of the water chemistry.
  • Not checking the supplied water pressure.
  • Not fixing a broken pressure gauge.
  • Not understanding how their well water system functions.
  • Not knowing how much water is pumped each minute.

There are many different types of water treatment systems available on the market to deal with a wide variety of water quality problems. Researching all of these systems would take a long time, and it can be difficult to understand everything that you may learn. To really understand the type of well water treatment system that you need will require some knowledge on more than the equipment that you’re thinking of buying.

Understanding how water testing works is a good start and water chemistry is important. The local area will have an impact on the quality of your groundwater and the best way to treat it effectively. Some important factors could include nearby industrial sites, agricultural areas, and local geographical features.

Purifying Well Water

Once you have a better understanding of the types of contaminants that you need to remove you will have a good idea about how to choose your well water treatment system. There are many generic water filtration system available on the market, but they may not be capable of dealing with your particular well water issues.

The list of contaminants that you have in your well water will help a water treatment specialist to advise you on the best treatment options. As an example: certain contaminants could impart a bad taste or foul odor in your well water and in this case a water filtration system that uses a chlorinator and carbon filtration could be the solution. But, if bacteria are present, a reverse osmosis system may be a far better option.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that well water users have to deal with larger quantities of sediment in their water supply. If the sediment is iron rather than sand based it can even contribute to hard water problems and water using appliances can be damaged. For these reasons, it’s a great idea to install a sediment pre-filter and also add a water softener if you have hard water problems.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.