Sunday, July 31, 2016

How Safe Is Your Home's #WellWater?

By Tom Ribe

Some 43 million Americans rely on domestic water wells for drinking water, about 15 percent of the population. A long term study by the US Geologic Survey recently found contaminants in many wells. The study points to a need for everyone with water wells to test and filter their water, especially if wells are located near agricultural areas, mines, or homes with septic systems.

US Geologic Survey scientists tested water in 2100 private wells in 48 states from about half the nation's principal aquifers, or underground reservoirs of water. The study found that 23% of those wells had one or more contaminant above levels considered safe for human health by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Most of the contaminants found in groundwater wells were chemicals that come from the breakdown of rock underground. These include radon, arsenic, nitrates (probably from farm fertilizers), and flouride. Radioactive elements like radon, strontium, and uranium were found in less than 10% of wells, especially in areas where uranium exists underground.

Bacteria were found in about a third of the wells sampled including E-coli, a bacteria that indicates that human or animal sewage is probably mixing into the underground water. Septic systems can leach bacteria into well water as can large factory farms like dairies, hog raising farms, egg farms, and feedlots which all produce huge quantities of manure. To date the government has weak regulations for factory farm waste.

"The quality and safety of water from domestic wells are not regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act or, in many cases, by state laws. Rather, individual homeowners are responsible for maintaining their domestic well systems and for any routine monitoring," said Leslie A. DeSimone of the National Ground Water Association.

Even the Safe Drinking Water Act, a law dating from the 1970s, does not regulate thousands of chemicals found in drinking water today. The USGS used the list of regulated chemicals from that law as a basis for this study so it may not have detected many possibly toxic chemicals.

Protecting Ourselves
If you own a private well, or if you are on a community well with your neighbors, it's worth having your water tested by a reputable lab to see what sorts of contaminants are in it. Since some contaminants can evaporate from hot water in your shower, you may want to filter the water coming into your home from the well so that washing water, drinking water and cooking supplies are all purified.

Whole house water purification systems can be installed on the pipes entering your house. Click the link below to learn about these sorts of systems and water testing.

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Tom Ribe writes and science, health and the environment from his home with a well in New Mexico.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Function of a Sand #WaterFilter and Its Benefits

By V K Rajagopalan

A sand water filter has different functions. It is a filter made out of sand that helps to get contaminants out of water (H2O), including sand itself and particles similar to it. They are composed of many levels of gravel and sand that ultimately become more fine. It is ironic that sand is one of the substances that the filter takes out of drinking sources. The technology employed to make these items is over one hundred years old, and the filters are more commonly used in less developed nations today.

These filters are known for removing solid particles out of drinking supplies. People who get their water from municipalities do not need these items, as city departments already perform this function. It is people who get their supply from a private source, such as wells, who would get the most use out of a sand filter. If a homeowner's well H2O supply is thoroughly tested to be free of debris, then a sand filter would in fact be all that he or she needs.

Sand filters are not constructed to clean water that is tainted with tiny particles. These are the types that can not be seen within a clear container of liquid. Other than in the situation of a natural drinking source, this type of filter would need to be used in conjunction with another one. In a lot of cases, the second filter also needs to take out particulates, which are tiny particles not visible to the human eye.

One of the best uses of a sand filter is for a swimming pool. They are a lot less costly than cartridge filters are. Nonetheless, while some money will be saved when the initial purchase of the filter is made, having a sand filter can very well result in a higher bill for water each month. This is since it takes more H2O to clean and wash such a filter than it would otherwise.

For homeowners with pools which are near trees, a sand filter is their best bet. The dirt from the surrounding area can more easily block up cartridge filters. This would require cleaning the filters a few times each week, which can get both tedious and expensive after a while.

In conclusion, sand filters have been around for over a century. They are ideal for filtering out contaminants from wells and swimming pools, though they can lead to bigger H2O bills where pools are concerned.

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From Rajagopalan, A strong advocate of natural healthy living.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Basic Guide to Home #WaterTreatment

By Mike Mandell

Many people are not on municipal water systems. They rely on wells or other sources to supply their homes with water. Some people are lucky enough to have good drinking water treatment systems, or have or know those who have the knowledge to put one together. For others, searching for an appropriate water treatment system can be a nightmare, with the myriad of choices, technologies and companies to choose from.

The following is a basic guide to help you understand what to do and your first steps when selecting treatment from your home.

1.It all starts from the source

The first rule for water treatment is having the best and cleanest possible source. Choosing the best source will mean it will be less likely contaminants are in your supply, or are able to contaminate your supply. This means less treatment and it will be much easier on the treatment system that you have.

If you have an older well, it may be time to upgrade. Older dug wells are shallow and susceptible to microbiological contamination and surface water run off (which can carry E.Coli, pesticides, sodium, VOC's and a whole host of other contaminants from the surface).

Newer, drilled wells are the best solution. Your well driller will know the optimum depth for your area to get the most and cleanest water. As well, new drilled wells combine elements such as stainless steel screens, submersible pumps, well casings and an annular seal to ensure that surface water does not contaminate your ground water.

If you're unsure of the viability of your well, call your local well driller for a consultation.

2. What's in your water?

Many companies that sell home water treatment will have you believe that anything and everything is in your well water, just to sell you equipment you may not need. This is untrue. It all depends on the type of well you have, the type of overburden (or bedrock) it's in, how far down it goes, how close you are to possible sources of contamination and the geographical area you are in.

Contact the local branch of the USEPA, a Ministry of the Environment if you're in Canada, or your local municipality. They will have an idea what to look for based on your locality, and can point you towards the appropriate accredited drinking water laboratory. From there, most laboratories have water testing packages tailored to your locality and can give you a snapshot of what may be in your water that's harmful and how much is there. From there, you can go about selecting the appropriate treatment equipment.

3. Health risks first, aesthetic problems second

When you size up and design your treatment system, your first priority should be health risks. Take care of aesthetic problems second. Your treatment system should provide appropriate filtration for any sediment that might be in your water. This can be simple or complex, depending on how dirty your water is. After making the water clear, that's when your disinfection processes can work. Both chemical and other (ultraviolet light) depend on clean clear water to work effectively. A disinfection barrier is imperative to ensure you screen out any virus's, bacteria, or protozoa that may be in your water or may find their way into your water supply.

Any other issues your laboratory detects, such as chemical, can be dealt with as well. Once the safety issues are considered, then things such as hardness or taste and odour should be dealt with, as long as it does not interfere with the safety aspects of treatment.

4. Don't buy cheap crap.

Just like anything else, you get what you pay for. If what they are selling seems too cheap, looks flimsy, and doesn't give you a good feeling, don't buy it. This equipment is meant to protect your drinking water, and needs to be of good quality and effective at it's job.

5. Don't get complacent with Maintenance

If you have a treatment system, it needs maintenance just like any other mechanical machine. Many home treatment systems are designed to be low on maintenance, but it's important you don't skimp. If you don't know how or don't have time to learn it, hire somebody on a service contract. Performing the necessary preventative maintenance will go a long way to ensuring your system protects your drinking water at all times, and lasts a long time.

6. Ask around

Your neighbors and friends in the area are in the same boat as you. Find out what they have done and listen to them. They will have similar water quality to you and may have had experience with what treatment equipment to get and what not to get.

When it comes to home treatment, knowing what to do can be a daunting task. But with a little foresight and seeking the right knowledge, getting the best system for you can be easier than you think.

Mike Mandell works at a water treatment facility in Canada. As well, he runs a website providing free information and advice about drinking water, water treatment, pumps and equipment, and anything else to do with water. Visit him at []

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Monday, July 4, 2016

#WellWater Filter Systems - Even Your Well Water Needs Proper Purification

By Christian Carlsson

When you are using well water for all your needs, you might feel like there is no real need for a water filter. Well, the truth is that pollution exists in ground level water as well.

You can't escape it, no matter how hard you try. This is perhaps the reason why more people are incorrectly thinking that well water is the safest source of water today.

Regardless of the source of water today, you will need a suitably designed purification system. This is the reason there are well water filter systems being used today and more people are switching to this safer setup rather risk their lives by direct consumption.

Even though this source of water is not exposed to pollutants, there are other problems that plague them. As pollution need not be only what you see on the surface, there are problems that affect our ground as well.

Due to different levels of metals and other toxins that may be present in the ground today, it is possible that these pollutants might have affected the quality of your well water.

Since low levels of contamination are difficult to see with your naked eye, you should be aware of the fact that even well water might not be as clean as you think. Using the proper well water filter systems will ensure that you get pure water and that all the beneficial minerals are left in place.

If you are avoiding the purchase of this kind of purifier because of the cost, then you should know that these systems don't really cost a lot and can be purchased even with installment schemes if you wanted.

Since the cost of recovering from a water borne contamination is a lot more than the cost of this filter, you should seriously consider investing in one of these reputed well water filter systems.

If you're interested in learning more about the best well water filter systems [], visit my website, where I share what I personally use and recommend.

Christian Carlsson is passionate about staying healthy through natural methods. Visit his website [] today to learn more about the powerful benefits of pure water.

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