As such, if the home you’re moving into is old, you should check out the plumbing to make sure it doesn’t contain lead or other contaminants. Lead pipes weren’t banned in the US until 1986, and it’s estimated that 15-22 million Americans still use water that comes from lead pipes.
If the pipes in your home do contain lead, you’ll want to get them replaced or install a point-of-use water filter to supplement your well water system. Point-of-use water filters like an under sink or countertop system treat water right before it enters your faucet, so you don’t have to worry about contamination from pipes. However, these systems aren’t equipped to filter well water on their own, you’d need to use them in supplementation with a well water filter.
Use a distillation system
Distillation systems boil water to separate water particles from contaminants, then capture and condense the steam back into a liquid for use. During this process, contaminants are left behind as the water evaporates, and the re-condensed steam water is much safer to drink. While this water purification method removes many contaminants including microorganisms, minerals, and chemicals with a high boiling point — it does not remove volatile organic compounds, which are capable of vaporizing with water. As such, distillation systems will need to be supplemented with another type of filtration system.
Chemicals can be used to disinfect well water. Most notably, chlorine and chloramine are commonly used in public tap water to kill parasites, bacteria, and viruses.
When using chemicals to disinfect water, you’ll need to determine the right concentration to use and contact time for the mixture to sit. The goal is to use enough chemicals to kill contaminants, without causing harm to the health of people who use the water. When using chlorine, it’s important to note that some contaminants can react with the chemical and produce byproducts that can be harmful for health.
Due to the high amount of precision and concerns over chemical contamination, some people may prefer alternative well water treatment methods.
Treat your well water with a water filtration system designed for wells
If it’s not clear by now, the recommended well water treatment method is using a well water filter. This option improves the health and taste of your water without drawbacks associated with distillation and chemical disinfection.
If you’re interested in a well water filter, check out our Rhino® Well Water with UV. This system provides clean water for every faucet in your home, and can filter 500,000 or up to 5 years. Learn more about this filter and purchase now to start enjoying healthy, great tasting water from your well!