Building a new home can be an exciting time. It’s a fantastic opportunity to make a home that will suit your entire family’s needs. There are some critical things that need to be considered before choosing the design and planning the layout. The most important thing that we need is access to good quality water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning. In this article, we will take a look at some of the critical things that you need to consider when you look at providing water to your new home.
Municipal Water or Private Well?
In certain areas, there is some flexibility around the type of water supply that you can connect to your new home. The main choices are a municipal water supply or a private well. This is rare; it’s far more likely that this decision will be made for you depending upon a number of factors related to the location and the services available. There are some pros and cons to each water supply method, and in both cases, further water treatment may be required to improve the quality.
Municipal Water Supplies
When you connect your home to the municipal water supply, you will receive water that has been treated with chemicals to kill bacteria and viruses. Although the water is safe to use, it can be unpalatable for drinking, cooking and other tasks because of the “swimming pool” chlorine taste and odor. For this reason, many homeowners add a water filtration system to remove the chlorine and associated byproducts.
Private Well Water
The single greatest water quality issue associated with private well water supplies is the risk of contamination. The homeowner will have the sole responsibility to ensure that their water is clean and risk free. There may also be problems with dissolved solids in your well, and this can make the water appear cloudy and dirty. This is often caused by extreme weather conditions or ground movement. It will be vitally important to install an appropriate cleaning and filtration system to make sure that bacteria and viruses cannot enter your home.
The Water Quality in Your Area
If you’re going to connect to the municipal water supply, you should carry out some research on the water quality in your local area. Find out if the water is soft or hard and if there are any well documented issues regarding contaminants. If you have any concerns, your municipality should have a Consumer Confidence Report, and this will be a great place to start. It’s also a great idea to speak to a local water treatment professional; they will know the water conditions in your area and they can advise you on the best treatment options to use.
Some Common Water Treatment Options
Hard water issues can be addressed by installing a water softener to remove the hard minerals. If you have acidic water with a low pH level, this can be corrected with an acid neutralizer unit. Bacterial issues can be solved with a UV water treatment system that will kill viruses, bacteria, and cysts. If you have well water with a high iron content, this can be fixed with air filters that will oxidize the iron and then filter it out with filtration media. A reverse osmosis system is a great way to remove many contaminants, but it may need to be supplemented with other filtration methods depending on your local conditions.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.