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.
It can be very disconcerting to turn on your shower or faucet and discover a stream of rusty colored water. You may have heard a great deal about water main breaks causing an interruption in water delivery and adding a brown color to the water, but this sort of discovery can still be a nasty surprise. Why does your water develop that rusty color? And is there anything you can do to protect your water supply?
Aging Water Pipes & Infrastructure
The primary reason why we see outbreaks of rusty colored water is that, across the country, the water infrastructure is aging. Many cities and municipalities are outfitted with their original iron pipes as water mains. While these pipes may have supplied water to the population for years, time has not been kind to these pipes. When one of these older pipes suffers a break, or if a repair is in progress, the water in the pipe can pick up collateral rust. Collateral rust can pass through the water system, ultimately entering your fixtures and bringing rust colored water to your home. As municipal infrastructure becomes older, there is a greater likelihood of breaks occurring, which means that we can see more frequent outbreaks of rusty water.
Is Rusty Water A Problem?
Although a rust tint to your water supply is usually safe for human consumption, it is not aesthetically pleasing. Moreover, rusty water can have a metallic taste that many find unpalatable. Additionally, it can cause problems around your home. You may find that your fixtures become stained by rusty water, and in order to ensure your clothes are not stained you should refrain from doing your laundry.
What Can Be Done About Rusty Water?
In most cases, rusty water is usually a temporary situation that occurs after you may have lost water service for a short period. In these scenarios, you should run all your taps and fixtures to flush the plumbing system of any remaining residue. This should restore your water to its normal and natural transparent state.
Many cities are aware that their infrastructure is in need of replacement, but replacement is an extensive project. Water main lines can be upgraded with the installation of a concrete lining that creates a barrier between the delivery conduit and the water supply. This prevents rust from being introduced into the system, ensuring rusty water does not reach homeowners.
Homeowners can also install a water filtration system to ensure that they have an additional layer of protection from rusty water. These types of domestic water treatment devices can be installed as a point-of-use filters or whole house filtration systems to ensure that any unpleasant elements are removed from the water supply. If you are experiencing rusty colored water, a whole house system may be the best option to protect your fixtures, dishes, and laundry from staining, as the water will be treated as it enters your home.
Affordable residential water technology is readily available to eliminate problems with rusty water. Speak to a water treatment specialist who is fully WQA certified to solve your water problems today.