Well Water Testing
Maintenance and testing of your well water is essential to ensuring a safe, reliable water supply for generations and identifying potential problems early on. The best time to sample your well water is when the probability of contamination is highest. This is likely to be in early spring just after the thaw, after an extended dry spell, following heavy rains or after long periods of non-use.
Whether you have reason to believe that there's a problem with your water or you simply want peace of mind, you will appreciate the detailed, meticulous approach our partners at The Water Guys North put into every water test they perform. Call them today.
Shock Chlorination. Chlorinating your well, also known as shock chlorination, kills bacteria and disease-causing organisms that can enter your well.
Large volumes of chlorine are placed down your well and throughout your water distribution lines, chlorinating the water in your well and your water aquifer. Your well and distribution system will be thoroughly disinfected. It is important to remember that shock chlorination doesn't wholly eliminate nuisance bacteria, but keeps it at threshold levels. Shock chlorination should be repeated as needed. If you find that you need this treatment more than once a year, you may require a different disinfection system. Ultra-violet or constant feed chlorinators for coliform are two other options to consider.
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Which water treatment system is best?
Water treatment systems are designed to address specific water quality issues. A water test is required to know what method will solve a given water quality problem. Contact the water professionals at The Water Guys North to discuss your concerns, schedule a water test and review your water treatment options.
What are the different types of water treatment systems?
• Ion Exchange or Water Softeners. Water softeners are point-of-entry systems that remove calcium and magnesium, which cause hard water. Water softeners are affordable and efficient.
• Granulated Activated Carbon. Granulated activated carbon filtration can be used as a point-of-use (at the sink) and point-of-entry (whole house) system. Water passes through a carbon filter that removes organic contaminants, metals like lead and copper, chlorine, pesticides and other pollutants. Granulated activated carbon filters must be changed regularly.
• Reverse Omosis. Reverse osmosis water treatment systems are often used as point-of-use filtration for cooking and drinking only. Reverse osmosis systems remove nitrates, sodium, other dissolved inorganic and organic compounds. They are an excellent choice if you have taste, smell or colour issues. Testing is crucial. Reverse osmosis filters do not remove all compounds.undefined
• Neutralizer. Acidic water can be harmfully corrosive to your entire plumbing system. This results in blue/green staining on fixtures and piping. This condition can often be treated with an acid-neutralizing filter. The bed of calcite media depletes over time and, on average, requires replenishing once a year.
• UltraViolet Light. Ultraviolet light is known to be an effective disinfectant due to its strong germicidal (inactivating) ability. UV disinfects water containing bacteria and viruses and can be effective against protozoans like Giardia lamblia cysts or Cryptosporidium oocysts. As water flows past the lamp, illness-causing microorganisms receive a lethal dose of UV light that attacks their DNA and eliminates their ability to reproduce. Harmful bacteria and viruses are deactivated, making your water safe. UV water disinfection is a safe, chemical-free way to treat water.