We want to talk about Private Well Water Systems near farms, agriculture, livestock, and what-have-you-not. Agriculture water can be unsafe. Some farms use water that is actually treated wastewater for wastewater plants if there’s one close enough to get the water from the wastewater plants. It’s cheaper for the farms to do that way because they pay a fraction of the cost if they would if they were using their own water from the water well or aquifer of some sort on their farm.
So based on the fact that there can be wastewater being used, there could be an accumulation of microbiological and chemical pollutants. As well as even if they’re using their own water source, their own water source could also end up being carried through the soil and polluted your well from the crops such as the chemicals they use for the crops like pesticides, herbicides, or what-have-you-not. Or if they have a lot of livestock in the area. It could also pick up things from the livestock such as nitrates which could elevate the nitrates level in the water in your well.
It’s kind of expensive to test your well water for pesticides, herbicides, and petroleum products, and stuff like that, VOCs and SOCs. And just because you test it one year it’s not gonna be there the next year because things could change over time.
Nitrates are not that difficult to test. As far as the expensive, it’s pretty minimal, it’s around $30 or so at today’s cost test for nitrates. So, you can test for that on a regular basis if need be but again it could also change. So, just because you test it one year and it looks good doesn’t mean it’s gonna be good the next year.
What I tell people is, let’s get your well tested for your basic stuff such as your iron, manganese, pH, water hardness, and total dissolved solids. Once we have those numbers, we can put a recommendation together of what type of treatment system you need to take care of basic issues.
Now if you want to go a step further and protect you and your family from possible contaminations that could come from agriculture or livestock then we would recommend that you use a whole house carbon backwashing carbon filter that would go in line with your other filter system that you would need to use for your other issues and that would remove a really high percentage of pesticides, herbicides, petroleum products or what-have-you-not. It also reduces copper or lead. It is a whole variety of different types of contaminants.
The Reverse Osmosis for your point of views, for your drinking and cooking. The reverse osmosis will remove a lot of what the carbon will remove but it also removes nitrates from the water and a variety of other things such as total dissolved solids from the water as well.
If it’s not in your budget to do both, then we would recommend that you use the reverse osmosis for point of views, because that’s gonna remove just about everything from the water. Now, if you’re concerned about microbiological contaminations such as chloroform and E.coli bacteria, then we would recommend that you use an ultraviolet light system after your treatment
system for the whole house. So if you need an iron filter, water softener, or whatever you need there, and you want to go with the carbon filter as well. You install the ultraviolet light system after the last water treatment system in line going to your house, and that will kill chloroform and E.coli bacteria on contact.
I hope that helps you.
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