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Your water should be crystal clear and free from chemicals, odors, bad tastes and hardness. However, water quality varies from home to home, and there are many common water problems that can cause your water to appear cloudy, have a bad smell or taste, stain and water-spot fixtures, or even shorten the life of your pipes and appliances.
Some contaminants in drinking water have been linked to cancer and toxicity, posing a risk to human health. Many contaminants often have no taste, odor or color. Their presence can only be determined by laboratory testing.
Water Treatment – Do I Need It?
For a variety of reasons, homeowners may wish to treat water sourced from a drilled artesian or gravel well, point well or dug well. Treatment can minimize mineral deposits, remove chlorine, improve flavor, or provide extra confidence. Because the effectiveness of treatment devices varies for different contaminants, it is important to know what materials you want to remove before selecting a treatment system.
It is also important to realize that there are often risks, such as excess sodium, contaminant breakthrough, leaching of metals and bacterial growth, associated with home treatment units. Below is a summary of the major types of home water treatment units, how they work, what they are most and least effective at removing and the risks associated with each type of system.
NHDES recommends private well owners test their well water every three to five years for pollutants commonly found in New Hampshire's groundwater. This group of commonly found pollutants is listed in the NHDES Private Well Brochure and is referred to as the "Standard Analysis." The Be Well Informed Guide evaluates the pollutants that are part of the Standard Analysis. NHDES recommends that you have your water tested at a NHELAP accredited laboratory. When you have your water tested, your test results will be summarized in the form of a lab report.
The Be Well Informed Guide from NHDES is designed to help you understand your water test results and, if your well water has commonly found pollutants in it, provide information about health concerns and water treatment choices. New Hampshire is fortunate to have an abundance of clean groundwater, and nearly half of New Hampshire's residents (over 500,000 people) rely solely upon domestic wells (also called "private wells") as their primary source of drinking water. While many private wells provide safe drinking water, certain pollutants like arsenic, iron and manganese are sometimes present in groundwater at levels that can affect your health and home.
Hartley Well Drilling is committed to delivering to all of our customers, safe, clean drinking water that is free from impurities. We offer filtration and water conditioning solutions for every type of situation. From iron to arsenic, sulfur to radon, hardness to acidity—whatever the problem, we have the solution.