Water Testing and Treatment Options
Keeping family and friends in Lebanon and Berks County safe is a priority that starts with the water you drink. Drinking water daily is vital to your health if it doesn’t have a contaminant in it, so it is important to be aware of a water treatment option and filter that will resolve your water quality issues.
While it will ease your mind to know that the United States has one of the safest water supplies in the world, the CDC warns that contamination can still occur from possible sources such as sewage release, naturally occurring chemicals and minerals, local land-use practices, manufacturing processes, and malfunctioning on-site wastewater treatment systems. In turn, they also emphasize the importance of maintenance and home water quality testing. Check out your treatment options below and learn how to have your home water tested to keep your household safe this year.
How to Have Your Home Water Tested
Before diving into water treatment options to improve your water quality, it’s important to cover the basics of how to have your home water tested for water hardness, iron, pH, dissolved solids, chlorine, lead, bacteria, and more.
When you’re looking to do water quality testing at your house, you have the option to do it yourself or hire a professional. Consumer Reports informs residents that “many kits are available for do-it-yourself tap testing, but it’s not always clear what they test for or how accurate they are,” so it is safer to contact an expert for more reassurance. While EPA rules protect public drinking water systems, they don’t extend protection to individual water systems, so the CDC urges homeowners to make sure their water is safe to drink with annual well testing. This may seem unnecessary to check every year. However, according to Penn State, about 50% of Pennsylvania’s private wells that have been tested have at least one water quality problem.
Water Treatment Options
Now that you know what’s in your water, it’s time to choose the water treatment option that will best resolve your problem. It is important to start this process with a clear understanding of what you need from your water treatment system. For instance, the CDC advises understanding why you need a filter before moving on to the next step. For instance, they note these common reasons for choosing filters:
Acid neutralizer systems raise pH levels to a neutral level when your drinking water is too acidic. According to Healthline, besides its few benefits in limited use for inflammatory skin conditions, acidic water can be hazardous and lead to heavy metal poisoning and toxicity with repeated exposure. It is not recommended to drink and should be resolved as soon as possible to avoid any dangers. If your water supply has a pH of less than 7 (considered acidic at this level), your water appliances need frequent repairs, and it tastes metallic and sour, then you need an acid-neutralizing treatment system.
UV light treatments consist of disinfecting water by running it through a chamber of ultraviolet lights. The UV’s attack a range of illness-causing organisms like bacteria, mold spores, algae/protozoa, viruses (Hepatitis, Influenza, Polio, Rotavirus, and more), and yeast but are limited by the facts that they only kill bacteria at one point in your watering system and do not remove the dead cells, according to Water Research. This water treatment option is recommended to households who find common organisms in their water supply and are looking for a solution that kills 99% or more bacteria (like choliform) that passes through.
- You notice scale buildup on your appliances.
- Your skin and air are dry.
- Your clothes are gray and faded.
- You see stains on the sinks and bathtubs.
- Your plumbing is in constant need of repair.
- Your water bill is skyrocketing.
- Your glassware is brittle and easily damaged.
Water Purifiers (Reverse Osmosis Filtration)
Water Purifiers (or Reverse Osmosis water filters) remove chemical contaminants like sodium, chloride, copper, chromium, and lead to provide you with better quality drinking water. The CDC says it can also reduce arsenic, fluoride, radium, sulfate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, nitrate, and phosphorous. It is also known to reduce the number of pollutants in your water supply that isn’t typically combated by other water supply filters. According to EWG’s Children’s Health Initiative, Reverse Osmosis filtration is important because it removes Nitrate (causes birth defects), Perchlorate (can harm children’s brain development), Arsenic (impairs children’s growth), and Hexavalent chromium (has a risk of cancer and harmful to reproductive systems). If your debating whether to use reverse osmosis filters, Bob Vila recommends filtering you home if:
Contact Local Professionals for Help
Problems with your drinking water should never be taken lightly. If you are worried about how, who, and where to have your home’s tap water tested and treated, consider the experts at Countryside. We make the process of finding and resolving your water contaminant issues effortless, so you never have to be concerned about the safety of the water supply in your home.