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.
|Odor||If your water has an odor, this means there is a contaminant in the water.||Rotten egg smell
|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.
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Is water in the city of Waukesha safe to drink now?
Yes. The federal and state standards for drinking water are currently being met and the water is safe to drink. However, in the current situation, this will not be sustainable long-term.
Will I need a water softener after the Great Lakes project is complete?
It is hard to say what the level of hardness will be after the Lake Michigan water project is complete. This is because the water will be blending with other wells in Waukesha. Our guess is that this hardness will end up being around 10 grains of hardness. Most of our clients notice that their softeners are not functioning properly when they have around 3 grains of hardness, so 10 grains of hardness will be noticeable. We recommend having Guthrie & Frey come and reprogram your water softener for a new lower level of hardness after this project is complete.
What’s the difference between well water and city water?
Most homes in Waukesha county have municipal wells (city water), however there are over 40,000 private wells throughout the county. 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 Waukesha County have hard water?
Yes! Typically, in Waukesha County, we see a range from 25-30 grains of hardness in the water, varying drastically from town to town. 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, white chalky build up. or red/orange stain on anything it touches.(red/orange staining is typically is a result of iron staining.
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