City Water vs. Well Water: What’s Lurking in the Water You Drink
Unsure about the difference between city and well water? If your municipality maintains your home’s water, you have city water. Whereas if you’re responsible for maintaining your water quality, you’re drinking from a water well on your property. While both sources of water are comparable and, when treated safely, healthy to use and drink, you might not be aware of what could still be lurking in the water you and your family drink.
City Water and Its Common Contaminants
You have city water if you receive a water bill for your home. City water is maintained by your municipality and treated to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. However, it may still contain undetected contaminants and suspended solids.
Treated city water can still contain chemicals and metals such as chlorine, chloramines, fluoride, bacteria, lead, mercury, sediments, and other suspended solids. While most of these contaminants pose little risk to humans, some can be harmful to your family’s health. The best way to test what you might have lurking in your home’s city water is to have it tested and install an in-home water treatment system that fits your needs. The treatment system will add
in an extra line of defense against the chemicals that may seep into municipal water between the processing facility and your home.
Ensuring Quality Well Water
Well water comes from private wells, usually on the homeowner’s property. Unlike city water, where the municipality is responsible for water quality, well water involves more work from the homeowner. To keep your family safe with well water, homeowner
’s must proactively test and address water quality issues to ensure that it’s potable, or safe to drink.
The first step in ensuring your home has quality drinking water from a well is by understanding what items could be lurking inside. Well water comes from a local groundwater supply. Our experts often find contaminants in private wells and aquifers such as iron, manganese, hydrogen sulfide, organic matter, and other chemicals. As private wells are not protected by the same EPA guidelines as city water, it is your responsibility to make sure you’re drinking the best water straight from the tap. With a point-of-use or a whole-home treatment system, your family will enjoy an extra line of defense against contaminants that may seep into your well’s groundwater.
Next Steps to Safe Drinking Water
Keeping your family safe is always the most important thing. With an in-home water treatment system, no matter your drinking water source, you can find peace of mind in knowing your family is getting the best quality water, free of harmful chemicals and contaminants. Schedule a free in-home water test and never wonder again about what your family might be consuming.