How To Remove Uranium From Well Water?

Posted on 26. Jun, 2019 by in All Blogs, Contaminants, Water Problems, Water Treatment

There are only TWO accepted AND practical ways recognized by the EPA to remove uranium from your water: 

  1. Reverse Osmosis – (RO)
  2. Ion Resin System

Reverse Osmosis Systems

Reverses Osmosis – aka RO System – is like a water filter on steroids. It can remove a wide range of contaminants such as uranium from your water at the SUB-micron level (super small). The RO system contains special filters and a membrane that filter the uranium out of your water.

Big RO or Little RO

There are two types of RO systems. There is a small RO system that is installed at your kitchen sink OR a very large RO system that is installed to filter your entire house.

Reverse osmosis uranium waterWhen installed at your kitchen sink it is called a “Point of Use” RO system, aka POU RO.  

If it is installed to treat the whole house it is called a “Point of Entry” RO system, aka POE RO.

A POU RO at the kitchen sink is about 80% LESS expensive than the Whole House RO. It’s very affordable and very effective at removing uranium but the POU RO does NOT treat the entire home. And the whole house RO system is usually well over $10,000.  Instead, we recommend ….

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How Much Uranium is Safe in Drinking Water?

Posted on 26. Jun, 2019 by in All Blogs, Contaminants, Water Problems

uranium drinking waterUranium is a hot topic in CT as an increasing number of homeowners are testing positive for this contaminant in their well water. But is there an actual safe level? As far as drinking water goes, Connecticut follows the US EPA Drinking Water Guidelines – called Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL).

The MCL for Uranium is: 30 micrograms per liter (30 ug/L PPB)

Uranium is measured in micrograms. To put it in perspective, 1 cup of water holds 236,588.24 micrograms. The EPA set a limit of 30 micrograms of uranium in one LITER of water which is 4.23 cups. That means the MCL per CUP of water is about 7 micrograms. A tiny amount with a big worry.

One interesting point is that the World Health Organization AND the EPA are pushing for a ZERO level of uranium in drinking water.  And our Canadian friends to the North have already set their Uranium levels LOWER than ours at:

  • MCL 20 micrograms per liter (20 ug/l)

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3 Ways to Test Your Drinking Water for Uranium

Posted on 26. Jun, 2019 by in All Blogs, Water Problems, Water Testing

Since uranium has no smell, taste, odor or color – the only way to know IF it is in your water is to have your water professionally tested. 

water testing uranium

Testing Options:

  1. Bring the sample yourself to a certified laboratory. Many labs will even supply you with a free sampling bottle and instructions. Usually you will run cold water at the kitchen sink, put about 2-3 cups of cold water in a plastic bottle (they may accept a clean water bottle) and bring the sample to the lab within 24 hours. Fees vary. 
  2. Schedule a water uranium water test with your favorite Water Treatment Professional like H2O Equipment Company. We will come to your house at a convenient time, collect the sample, and bring it to the lab for a reasonable fee.
  3. Arrange for the certified laboratory to collect the sample at your home. Fees and time vary. 

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My Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs – Sulfur Odor Issues

Posted on 11. May, 2019 by in All Blogs, Well Water

sulfur odor in well water

Sulfur Can Be Caused By:

  • A Bacteria – called sulfate-reducing bacteria
  • A Gas – called hydrogen sulfide
  • Your Hot Water Heater – because the rod contains sulfate

Is it Harmful?

Rarely – per the EPA.  But it really can stink. It can make the water taste bad and if the levels are high enough, it can act like a laxative and make you sick to your stomach. But most people wouldn’t drink it because of the smell.

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How to Pick the Right Sediment Filter For My Home

Posted on 06. May, 2019 by in All Blogs, Sediment Filter

Your well can produce a lot of gunk! Sediment, mud, even sludgy iron bacteria.

One of the easiest and cost-effective ways to protect your home is by installing an In-Line Cartridge Filter. Also known as a Whole House Filter.

The Filter Unit is installed after your pressure tank (if you have one) and usually before any water treatment equipment. It can also is great for city water.

There Are 3 Parts to The Filter:

  1. The head (the top) – some have a valve built right into the head
  2. The housing or sump
  3. The disposable filter insert that gets changed every 2-3 months

The magic happens with the disposable filter insert which comes in many different styles and sizes.

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Arsenic, Uranium & Radon Found in CT Well Water

Posted on 20. Apr, 2019 by in All Blogs, Contaminants, Water Treatment

uranium radon arsenic ct well water

Across New England many towns are paying more attention to what’s in their groundwater, and encouraging residents to do the same.

Maine and Vermont have offered similar programs in the past, and now Connecticut has followed suit with some town sponsored water tests. Most recently Glastonbury.

The focus has been on Uranium, Radon and certain pesticides that were found to be in high concentrations in well water. Last year the state also began to raise awareness regarding the presence of Arsenic in private wells.

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What is the Pink Slime Stain In My Shower and Toilet?

Posted on 16. Apr, 2019 by in All Blogs, Water Problems, Well Water

pink stains water

The culprit may be airborne bacteria.

As the weather warms up and the humidity increases, it is not uncommon to notice pinkish slime on your shower walls, sink and along the water line in your toilet bowl.

There are many types of airborne bacteria.

Sometimes, when the conditions are right, this bacterium will settle on warm, moist surfaces and begin to multiply. As they do, they can leave behind a pinkish residue. Sometimes, it can also be light gray to black.

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Is the Water From My Hose Treated

Posted on 09. Apr, 2019 by in All Blogs, Well Water

outside faucet treated water

It’s easy to see if your outside faucet is treated. First – go to your water treatment equipment. Find the pipe that comes FROM your storage tank and INTO your water treatment equipment.

(Or – if you have city water, the pipe that comes FROM an outside wall)

Any pipe BEFORE your Water Treatment Equipment is untreated. Most of the time, the outside faucet is NOT treated and will branch off BEFORE the water treatment equipment.

Why NOT Treat The Outside Water?  

#1: Flow Rate Too Fast To Treat the Water

If you are on well water, an outside water spigot, faucet or hose usually flows at 5-7 gallons per minute. If you are on city water, the water can flow much faster.

Most residential water treatment equipment, like an Acid Neutralizer, can only treat water at 3-4 GPM or less. The Water Softener is one of the fastest and can treat water at much faster flow rates – above 20 GPM.

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Water Testers in Your Area – Easy Guide

Posted on 03. Apr, 2019 by in All Blogs, Water Problems, Water Testing

well water testers

Looking for water testers? Here is a handy guide to help you choose which is best for your needs.

PROBLEMWHO TO GOOGLE & CALLWHY THEM?
Well Water Problems
Such as iron, hardness, low pH, manganese, sulfur odor, sediment
Type: Water Treatment Company
Such as: H2O Equipment Company
860-267-0110
They will usually perform a free water test and make recommendations.
Results are immediate
It does NOT include free bacteria testing
Well Water Problems
When a Certified Test is Needed for a Mortgage
Type: Certified Laboratories
Such as: Aquatek Labs
203- 389-1824
The CT DPH has a list of certified laboratories. View the chart here.
Note: Water Treatment Companies can pull a test. The certified lab would run the test
City Water Problems
Such as iron, hardness, low pH, manganese, sulfur odor, sediment
Type: Water Treatment Company
Such as: H2O Equipment Company
860-267-0110
Water treatment companies will usually provide a free water test.
Results are immediate
Your municipal water provider will ONLY address safety issues, not nuisance water issues
City Water Problems

Type: The Connecticut Department of Public Health Drinking Water Section
 (860) 509-7333
The DPH monitors all public water (and wells that serve over 25 people)
Bacteria
Such as coliform and E.coli IF in your Well Water
Type: Water Treatment Company
Such as: H2O Equipment Company
860-267-0110
OR
Type: Certified Laboratories
Water treatment companies can pull the bacteria samples for you for a fee
Some certified laboratories will pull the bacteria samples for you for a fee
Pool Water TestingType: Pool SuppliesPool supply companies will test your water at the store and sell pool testing kits
Town Water ProblemsType: The Connecticut Department of Public Health Drinking Water Section
(860) 509-7333
Link to the CT DPH List of Certified Labs
The DPH monitors are all public water (and wells that serve over 25 people) 
Fish Tank TestingType: Aquarium Testing Supplies (freshwater or saltwater) Most larger pet supply companies will also carry water testing kits
Hot Tub Water TestingType: Pool Company
Hot Tub Company
Pool and Spa Company
Most pool companies also install hot tubs. They will also have hot tub/spa water testing equipment and you can bring in a sample to them

How to Read the Digital Display on Your ProMate Softener

Posted on 27. Mar, 2019 by in All Blogs, Water Softener

The digital vale of your ProMate 6 water softener (or filter) scrolls through a series of information designed to give the customer a quick glimpse of what is going inside the unit.

Installer Information:
This includes the company name and phone number who installed the unit.

water softener valve

Time of Day:
This is what time the unit thinks it is. This should always be set to the current time or the unit may regenerate when water is being used in the home. If you have a softener it is factory programmed to regenerate at 2 AM. If you have a filter, it is factory programmed to regenerate at Midnight.
display valve softener

If the time of day is not correct and you need help resetting the clock, view our timer reset blog for a detailed instructions on how to do so.

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