Many people dream of a home away from civilization, and if you’ve recently purchased a vacation hideaway or made a move to the country, it can be a little overwhelming. If you have a property in a rural area, you may have a private well and this can be a source of confusion. The water from your private well may taste, smell and look different than the water you get from the public water supplier at home. This water can affect how you bathe, clean, launder your clothes and other aspects of your life. In this article, we will look at private wells in more detail, examine the hard water implications and offer some solutions to improve the water quality.

What is a Private Well?

A private well receives water directly from groundwater sources and approximately 15 million homes in the U.S, are supplied in this way. Every private well owner is solely responsible for the quality of their own water and this always requires some type of filtration or softening. There are many waterborne contaminants that are a risk to human health and hard water can degrade the quality of life for people forced to use it.

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is a problem in both private wells and public water supplies because it isn’t removed by a water treatment plant. Water falls as rain, it soaks into the ground and it passes through various layers of soil, sand, and rock. Water is a solvent and it tends to add the characteristics of materials it passes through to its makeup. This is why natural mineral water is drunk by millions of people because it contains healthy minerals. Hard water contains elevated levels of minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and to a lesser extent iron. These dissolved minerals prevent the formation of soap suds, they form scale in pipes and on heating elements and they can even stain your laundry.

How is a Private Well Supplied with Water?

Under the property, there will be a supply of groundwater contained in an aquifer. An aquifer is a layer of permeable rock that contains a supply of untreated water. A well driller can drill down to this layer, install a pump and then draw that water up to ground level. From there, the water can be piped into the home, but without treatment, it’s probably not clean enough to use safely.

How Can I Improve the Water Quality?

Private well water should be tested at least once per year because the quality can change dramatically, depending on the conditions and activities in your area. Installing a water softener is essential if you want to make the water easier to use and kinder on your home. To remove the waterborne contaminants, a reverse osmosis filter and a UV purification system will work well.

If you want to learn more about improving the quality of your private well water, contact your local water treatment specialist today.

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