Whether you get your water from a private well or from a municipal water treatment plant, you can face a range of potential water problems. Private wells, in particular, face a number of water issues that need to be addressed promptly. Fortunately, Generation Water Systems is here to help!
At Generation Water Systems, we have a wide selection of water filtration and water treatment equipment that will work to combat a variety of water quality issues, from hard water problems to impurities like iron, sulfur, tannin, sand, and sediment. Whatever your water problem, we can help you find the solution to fix it. Click on a category below to see which water treatment system is best for your needs. If you don’t see your water problem listed here, please don’t hesitate to contact us today for the best solution.
Acid Water – Low pH
The pH of water can range from acidic to basic on the pH scale of 1 to 14, with the pH of pure water at about 7. A pH less than 7 makes water more acidic, while a pH greater than 7 makes water more alkaline (basic). Acidic water can leach metals from pipes and fixtures, such as copper, lead, and zinc. Two home treatment methods to adjust pH are acid neutralizing filters and chemical feed pump systems injecting a neutralizing solution.
Arsenic is found naturally in the rocks in the earth’s crust. It can be found in some drinking water supplies, and wells. Water with arsenic is only a concern if it is being used for drinking or preparing food. Consuming water containing arsenic can have series short-term and long-term health effects. There are several treatment devices and options including reverse osmosis filters and distillation.
Bacteria, Cysts, Virus
There are a number of ways that disease-causing microorganisms can get into your water – improperly operating systems, poorly chlorinated, and unfiltered water supplies. Microorganisms in your water may make you very, very sick. Getting rid of bacteria, viruses, and cysts can be addressed by chlorinating, distilling the water, using a UV light or filtering it.
Chemicals, Toxins, PCB, MTBE, TCE
Disinfecting chemicals in water from your local municipal water treatment plant can also generate byproducts that are potentially dangerous to your health. The best technology available for removing chemicals in water is activated carbon (GAC). Reverse osmosis units produce exceptionally clean water, and these units typically include at least two good carbon filters before the RO membrane.
Chloramine is a chemical compound made of chlorine and ammonia. It is highly corrosive to metal and can give water a bad taste and smell. When chloramine is absorbed by the skin, it can cause irritation that may produce rash, itching, dry skin and other skin diseases. It is best removed from water by catalytic carbon filtration.
Even in small amounts, chromium 6 can cause skin burns, pneumonia, complications during childbirth and stomach cancer. Used in the manufacture of stainless steel, textiles, anticorrosion coatings, and in leather tanning, it gets into drinking water through industrial pollution. Reverse Osmosis will remove Hexavalent Chromium from drinking water.
Fluoride is added to drinking water in an attempt to prevent the tooth decay in young children which is generally caused by poor diet, excess sugar. Unlike Chlorine it is not added for purposes of water treatment, rather medication through the water supply. Some experts feel that fluoride is a potent neuro-toxin and endocrine disruptor and should be removed from the water supply.
As water moves through soil and rock, it dissolves very small amounts of minerals and holds them in solution. Calcium and magnesium dissolved in water are the two most common minerals that make water hard. Hard water interferes with almost every cleaning task, from laundering and dishwashing to bathing and personal grooming. Hard water treated with an ion exchange water softener has sodium added and makes water soft.
Iron and Manganese
Excessive iron and manganese can leave behind a residue, which can then build up and cause clogging. Without the right water treatment, iron can lead to a metallic taste in food and drink. By oxidizing the iron and manganese to convert it from a ferrous (dissolved or soluble) to a ferric or undissolved state, iron can be filtered out.
The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes, faucets, and plumbing fixtures. Certain pipes that carry drinking water from the water source to the home may contain lead. Because no safe blood level has been identified for young children, all sources of lead exposure for children should be controlled or eliminated. Reverse Osmosis will remove lead from drinking water.
Sulfur – Hydrogen Sulfide
Sulfur in your water smells like rotten eggs. It leaves a white, brown, black, or gray slime in your pipes and fixtures. Too much sulfur in your drinking water can lead to diarrhea and dehydration. There are many ways to remove sulfur from water, and most operate on the principle of oxidizing the sulfur to change it from a gas to a solid or undissolved state.