Does Well Water Need to Be Filtered?

Does Well Water Need to Be Filtered?People often take clean water for granted. They go to their sink to wash their hands or pour themselves a glass of cold water to enjoy on a hot day. It’s a given that water will be there, but not a lot of thought goes into if that water is clean or safe to drink. 

However, with the recent events in Flint where lead was found in the city water, people are again beginning to focus on what exactly is in their water.  You may have been relieved to have well water when you heard about the water crisis in Flint because, with well water, you know exactly where your water is coming from. Even knowing where your water is coming from, doesn’t answer the question of is your water safe to drink and does it need to be filtered?

Understanding What’s in Well Water

You may be aware that your well water comes from a system on your property that carries water through a pump to your home.  The water itself pulled up from an aquifer or an underground layer of permeable rock that contains water.

Since your water comes directly from the ground, it contains minerals and nutrients naturally, rather than having to be added synthetically like city water.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that an 8 oz cup of well water contains 7 milligrams of calcium, 2 milligrams of magnesium, and 12 milligrams of sodium.  These nutrients are essential to maintaining a healthy and balanced body. However, the EPA estimates these statistics due to the possibility that your well water may vary in the levels mentioned above.

Is There Anything Harmful In Well Water?

While many of the vitamins and nutrients found in well water are beneficial for your health, there is still the risk that harmful elements may found as well.  Unfiltered well water that is drilled too close to the surface runs the risk of containing metals like cadmium or lead.  Wells that are drilled too close to the surface also run the risk of fertilizer, pesticides, or industrial wasting seeping into your water supply.

For those reasons, it is imperative that you chose a trusted water well drilling company to install your water well system.  With over 30 years of experience, here at Ries Well Drilling Inc, we understand the importance of drilling deep enough to reduce the risk of added contaminants.     

We also understand that even the deepest wells run a slight risk of contamination.  For this reason, maintenance and water testings is an important part of owning a water well.  Treatment options as part of regular maintenance can act as a fail safe to prevent any unwanted chemicals in your water.  Any filtration beyond that can be done at your discretion, however, wells that are properly installed and maintained provide safe drinking water for you and your family.

Reach Out for Regular Maintenance

If you feel your well needs maintenance or treatment options, don’t hesitate to call us at (586) 784-9516.  We take pride in installing and maintaining top of the line water wells for our clients.  The next time you pour yourself a glass of water, you can breathe easy knowing that you have the experts helping to keep your family safe!

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