In high doses, heavy metals like lead, chromium and arsenic are toxic to humans, so it’s a good idea to ensure your drinking water is free of them. For those with privately owned wells, it’s up to the individual water system owner to have the water tested and treated for safety.
Testing Water for Heavy Metal Contamination
Should every private well owner have their water tested for heavy metals? The EPA recommends routine testing, but testing is especially important if any of the following are the case:
- Your plumbing system was installed in the 1930s or earlier.
- Your water is cloudy or discolored.
- You live near a mine or farm that uses a lot of pesticides.
- You notice stained plumbing fixtures, laundry.
- Your pipes are corroding.
- Your water has an objectionable taste or smell.
Lead and copper were often used in plumbing systems before the 1940s. However, these materials were allowed in plumbing systems up until the 1980s. So even if your plumbing was installed between 1940 and 1990, there’s a chance these materials could find their way into your water. So, if you have hard water and these other signs, you may need your water treated.
Treatment for Heavy Metal Water Contamination
What our experts recommend for water treatment will depend on the individual issues your household is experiencing. However, reverse osmosis (RO) filtration can be used to treat the majority of heavy metal culprits, including chromium, copper, lead and arsenic. RO filters work by using additional pressure to filter water through a semipermeable membrane, blocking out contaminants larger than .0001 micrometers.
Don’t Take It Anymore! Contact Tri-Co Water Services
If you need heavy metal water treatment, turn to the friendly experts at Tri-County Water Services! We’ve developed a reputation for care and expertise and we are ready to advise you no matter your water safety concern. Reach out to us today!