Is Your Water Clean?

How do you know for sure? Have you had a water test completed recently? Whether you’re on a well or city water, contaminates are likely. JBC Water Treatment Company provides free testing and affordable water filtration systems no matter which water comes in to your home.

City Water Needs Filtration Too

Water is treated by the city, but only approximately 2% is for in-home use. No doubt this water meets or exceeds EPA standards. The other 98% is for firefighting, industrial use, etc. The water delivered to your home would still need to travel through miles of pipe that was installed who-knows how long ago?

It’s easy to see how more water treatment is necessary when water enters your home. The city could do it, but your bills would go through the roof.

Water supply systems get water from a variety of locations, including groundwater (aquifers) and surface water (lakes and rivers). The water is then, in most cases, purified. The process goes something like this in the case of city/municipal water being fed by a groundwater supply:

  1. Water first enters the water treatment facility through an inlet pipe with a large metal grill to keep out large debris.
  2. A preliminary screening takes place at a pumping station, which removes fish, garbage, sewage, and grass.
  3. Once the debris is removed, the raw water enters the water treatment plant. At this point the water is dirty, smelly and unsafe to drink. Activated carbon is added to the water to remove the bad taste and odor.
  4. The water now enters a series of mixing tanks to coagulate and form clumps of sedimentation to be filtered mechanically removing all particulate matter. However, the clear water is still teaming with bacteria and viruses.
  5. Technicians chlorinate the water by adding 1.9 ml per liter of water and in many municipal water treatment systems fluoride is also added to the water supply. Treated water then either flows by gravity or is pumped to reservoirs, which can be elevated in such cases as water towers or on the ground. Once water is used, waste water is typically discharged in a sewer system and treated in a waste water treatment plant before being discharged into a river.

Benefits of Water Treatment

  • Cleaner Brighter Laundry

    You’ll see the difference. Soft water allows you to save up to 75% on soap products simply by allowing soap to do its job. The result: clothes last up to 33% longer.

  • See and Feel the Difference

    Gone are the hard water deposits that damage hair and the soap curd that blocks skin pores. Also, with clean, soft water, your fixtures will sparkle and shine.

  • Cleaner Bathrooms and Kitchens

    With soft water, you eliminate the need to scrub soap scum and hard water deposits. Think of all the things you would rather do than clean up hard water problems!

  • Smell the Difference

    No more stinky water. You’ll be able to shower and drink your water without frowning and turning up your nose to those nasty smells.

  • Taste the Difference

    Gone are the objectionable taste and odors that may invade everyday tap water. Enjoy the great natural taste of water. You’ll find food and beverages taste better and look better when prepared with quality water delivered from a WaterMax® system.

  • Save up to 30% on Plumbing Maintenance

    Hard water is hard on your plumbing and the damage that results costs you money. Hard water also builds up a layer of scale in your water heater. Did you know that as little as 1/8″ of scale could increase your water heating costs 30%?

Well Water Needs Testing

Our drinking water is being destroyed. Did you know…

  • Every year at least 255 million metric tons of hazardous chemical wastes are dumped into our nation’s environment?
  • There are 400,000 landfills, ponds, pits and lagoons in the U.S. containing some of the most dangerous substances known?
  • There are 35,000 pesticides that are made from 600 chemical compounds – all potentially winding up in our water supply?

A home using a well for its water source obtains the water via drilling to access groundwater in underground aquifers. The well water is usually drawn to the surface by a submersible pump. Wells can vary greatly in depth, water volume and water quality. Well water typically contains more minerals in solution than surface water and may require treatments to the water by removing minerals such as calcium, magnesium, arsenic, iron and manganese. Calcium and magnesium causes what is known as hard water, which can precipitate and clog pipes or burn out water heaters. Iron and manganese can appear as dark flecks that stain clothing and plumbing, and can promote the growth of iron and manganese bacteria that can form slimy black colonies that clog pipes.

Shallow pumping wells can often supply drinking water at a very low cost, but because impurities from the surface easily reach shallow sources, a greater risk of contamination occurs for these wells when they are compared to deeper wells.

The quality of the well water can be significantly increased by lining the well, sealing the well head, ensuring the area is kept clean and free from stagnant water and animals, moving sources of contamination (latrines, garbage pits) and carrying out hygiene education. It is important that the well is cleaned with 1% chlorine solution after construction and periodically every 6 months.

Outbreaks of waterborne disease in the U.S. are mostly associated with private or communal water wells, or other non-community water systems. Most of the bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi that contaminate well water come from humans and other animal fecal material. Common bacterial contaminants include E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter jejuni. Common viral contaminants include norovirus, sapovirus, rotavirus, enteroviruses, and hepatitis A. Parasites include Giardia lamblia, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, and microsporidia. Chemical contamination is a common problem with groundwater. Nitrates from sewage or fertilizer are a particular problem for children. Pesticides and volatile organic compounds, from many sources are the most commonly occurring pollutant chemicals in the U.S., and may be identifiable in more than a third of all U.S. wells, although this is mostly at levels below U.S. water standards. Some chemicals are commonly present in water wells at levels that are not toxic but can cause other problems.

Upon the construction of a new test well, it is considered best practice to invest in a series of chemical and biological tests on the well water in question.

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