Water Quality Problems & Solutions

If you’re concerned with the quality of your drinking water, you’re not alone. This is because in a recent Gallop Poll, nearly 60% of Americans said the “deterioration of water quality is our number one environmental concern”.

However, selecting water treatment equipment is not like buying a computer, television set or any other “plug and play” device. With water treatment, it’s essential to test your water. This is because what equipment you may need depends on what’s in your water!

The following chart may be helpful.

Problems Symptoms Solutions
Drinking water contaminants, including lead, trihalomethanes (harmful by-products produced during chlorination), VOCs, Arsenic, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, cysts, Benzene, Bacteria, chloroform, Fluoride, Barium, Copper, chlorine taste, odors and TDS. It is not possible to see or taste most drinking water contaminants. Drinking water system with reverse osmosis (RO) membranes.
Bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. Testing recommended. Chlorination, UV system or drinking water system with Ultra Filter (UF) membranes.
Chlorine taste and odors. You most likely can taste the chlorine and smell the odors! Drinking water system with activated carbon.
Whole house filters with activated carbon. Filter housing & carbon block cartridge.
Water hardness Mineral deposits on dishes and glassware; soap build-up on shower doors and walls; scale formation; dull laundry, high soap usage. Water softener or combination whole house filter and water softener.
Water hardness, Chlorine taste and odors; concern related to health. Evidence of hardness (see above) and foul taste and odors. Water softener and whole house filter.
Iron & Manganese Metallic tastes; rust particles; iron stains on sinks, toilets and tubs; red water; odors. Iron filter. (However, water softeners will remove low levels of clear water iron).
Sulfur odors (Hydrogen Sulfide) You can smell the obnoxious odors! Sulfur filter to neutralize sulfur odors.
Turbidity Cloudy water; rust particles; sediment; silt. Backwashing sediment filter or filter housing and sediment cartridge.
Tannin Brownish, tea colored water; musty odors Softener with tannin resin.
Acidic water (low pH) Green stains on plumbing fixtures, blue-green water. (May cause corrosion). Acid neutralizer


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