What’s in my water?
|Contaminant||About the Contaminant||Signs of the Contaminant|
|Iron||Iron is only found in private wells and is not usually associated with bacteria unless it is Iron Reducing Bacteria which is only found in a small percentage of private wells.||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.
|Odor||If your water has an odor, this means there is a contaminant in the water. Odor in well water is associate to hydrogen sulfide gas- it isn’t harmful to you but smells like rotten eggs.||Rotten egg smell|
|Arsenic||You will not see or taste arsenic. Arsenic has been found in several Washington County homes negatively effecting homeowners’ health.||The only way to detect arsenic is to have your water professionally tested.|
|Tannins||Although tannins are not harmful on their own, if they have the capabilities to travel from surface water to your groundwater source, so can pathogens and bacteria. Tannins can be a sign that the water is largely coming into your home from surface water.||Yellow stain on fixtures and laundry|
Hard Water in Washington County
Hard water is not uncommon in Wisconsin, and although it is not likely to have a negative effect on human health (in small amounts), it does cause a buildup in appliances and pipes within your home. If the buildup becomes too much, it can cause problems in appliances, resulting in sometimes needing a full replacement. Knowing how hard your water is can help prevent these issues from arising. Water is measured in grains of hardness – the higher the number, the harder your water is. Washington County water typically has 20-100 grains of hardness. Whereas soft water is typically below 1 grain of hardness and helps to prevent appliance issues and failures.
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What’s the difference between well water and city water?
Most homes in Washington county have municipal wells (city water), however there are over 10,000 homes that get their water from private wells. 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 Washington County have hard water?
Yes! Typically, in Washington 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 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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