What’s in my water?
|Contaminant||About the Contaminant||Signs of the Contaminant|
|Iron||Although small amounts do not have a negative effect on your health, Iron is a contaminant that contains bacteria that feed off it. However, Large amounts of iron can be hazardous to your health. Iron does not blend well with soap, leaving residue on your bathtub, appliances, and skin (causing clogged pores).||Metallic taste which carries into your food and beverages|
Leaves orange/red stains on anything the water touches
Iron residue build up can cause pipes to clog, thus decreasing water pressure in your home.
|Arsenic||Arsenic has been found in several Ozaukee County homes causing negative effects on homeowner’s health.||The only way to detect arsenic is to have your water professionally tested.|
|Tannins||Tannins can be a sign that your water is largely coming into your home from surface water. Although tannins is not harmful on its own, if it can travel from surface water to your groundwater source, so can pathogens and bacteria.||Tannins cause a yellow stain on fixtures and laundry.|
|Nitrates||Nitrates are formed naturally in surface and groundwater. Nitrogen is essential for all living things, but when consuming higher levels through drinking water, it can be hazardous especially to infants, and pregnant women. Nitrate spread entering private wells can come from a few different sources, such as, manure spreading, agricultural fertilizers, legume cropping systems, and septic systems.||Like arsenic, the only way to tell if you have nitrates in your water is to have it professionally tested.|
|Hard Water||Although not harmful to your health in small amounts, it can have severely negative effects on appliances causing them to have a short lifespan.||White chalky buildup on fixtures and appliances. Water leaves spots on glasses and dishes.|
|Odor||If your water has an odor, this means there is a contaminant in the water.||Rotten egg smell|
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What’s the difference between well water and city water?
Depending on where you live in Ozaukee county, your water will be sourced from a public water system, groundwater from a private well, or sourced from Lake Michigan. No matter where your water is sourced from, it has its unique pros and cons. Consider scheduling a free water test to see what’s in your water.
Does Ozaukee County have hard water?
Yes! Typically, in Ozaukee County, we see a range from 20-100 grains of hardness in the water. Soft water is less than 1 grain of hardness. To see what level your water is at, schedule a free water test!
Is hard water bad?
Hard water does not have a negative effect on your health, however, the contaminants cause buildup on appliances, causing them to fail prematurely. Additionally, hard water will leave a film or red/orange stain on anything it touches.
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