Problems With Your Water Source

Drinking water sources are vulnerable to contamination that can cause a community significant expense and threaten public health. Water is a shared resource, and individuals, citizen groups, and local communities can participate in many activities to help protect their drinking water sources.

Water is essential for life and plays a vital role in the proper functioning of the Earth's ecosystems. Water pollution has a serious impact on all living creatures, and can negatively affect the use of water for drinking, bathing and general household needs.  Water has been called "The Universal Solvent" because it has the ability to dissolve some of almost everything it contacts. Some things dissolved in water may not affect its clarity but may add a distinct taste or odor. In other cases, the water appears clear but leaves behind noticeable stains on fixtures and appliances.

Listed below are some common issues that you may face with your water source (municipal or private well water).

  1. Scale Deposits – Water Hardness
  2. Staining Issues – Iron and Tannins
  3. Bad taste & Smell - Hydrogen Sulfide
  4. Cloudiness and Discoloration - Turbidity
  5. Corrosion - Rust and Oxidation

 

  1.  Scale Deposits - Water Hardness

When natural ground water is exposed to limestone in the earth, the water may dissolve some of the minerals in the rock. The concentration and type of minerals dissolved determines the water hardness and composition. These minerals are typically calcium and or magnesium bicarbonates and are referred to as temporary hardness because they will eventually precipitate out of the water as a scale. Hard water gets its name from the fact that it can be hard to deal with and may pose a negative economic impact on the user.

  1. Staining Issues - Iron and Tannins

Iron in water is easy to detect in levels as low as 0.3 mg/l. Inorganic Iron is the second most common element in the ground and easily dissolves in water. Iron exceeding 0.3 mg/l may leave behind unsightly stains that are difficult to remove from fixtures and appliances. Small amounts of iron in the water affect its flavor and often add a metallic taste to beverages. Iron can exist in four different forms in water depending upon its overall chemistry and its removal from water is very dependent upon how it exists and in what concentration. Tannins are formed from the decomposition of natural organic vegetative matter in the soil. Tannins can cause water to have a slight yellowish tint and may cause staining of laundry and fixtures.

  1. Bad taste and Smell - Hydrogen Sulfide

Hydrogen Sulfide is a gas in water that gives it the infamous Rotten Egg Odor. Often referred to as sulfur, hydrogen sulfide or H2s is easily detectable at 0.2 parts per million and can be found in our area in concentrations exceeding 10 PPM or more. H2s is a weak acid when it is dissolved in the water and can be highly corrosive to copper, brass, silver and other metals usually turning them black. H2s in high concentrations will even penetrate and corrode electrical wiring and equipment and while rare, high concentrations can be flammable and are highly toxic to humans.

  1. Cloudiness and Discoloration - Turbidity

Discoloration of water is another sign of impurities. In most cases, water cloudiness and discoloration is a noticeable issue in bath water and at the faucet(s) where water is used for drinking. To clear up water used for bathing, treating water for the whole house or building is necessary. If cloudiness or discoloration of water is only an issue for drinking water, then it is best to treat water at the faucet where it is used. Contaminants that cause cloudiness or discoloration of the water can be reduced by using a turbidity filter which is fitted and installed in a whole home system. Turbidity refers to the amount of small particles of solid matter suspended in water as measured by the amount of scattering and absorption of light rays caused by the particles.

  1. Corrosion - Rust and Oxidation

The corrosion of pipes and plumbing fixtures can cause a bevy of problems with your water. Corrosion is the gradual decomposition or destruction of a material by oxidation or chemical actions, often due to an electrochemical reaction. Corrosion starts at the surface of a material and moves inward. Corrosion of iron or steel is commonly called rusting. A number of factors will accelerate corrosion, including: 

  • Acidity (low pH)
  • High mineral concentrations 
  • Stray current electrolysis
  • Galvanic corrosion caused by dissimilar metals
  • Dissolved oxygen content
  • Water temperatures

Assessing your water issues is our specialty at Eagle Water Treatment.  With many years of combined experience within our team, Eagle Water Treatment Systems has the resources necessary to provide a premium experience within the water treatment industry. We specialize in water purification and water conditioning both for municipal and private water treatment needs. Our approach enables us to create customized water filter solutions ranging from commercial water treatment to all aspects of whole home and point of use drinking water filtration. We also offer a full-line of salt free water systems for the home and commercial applications. Please feel free to give us a call to set up your Free Water Evaluation.