The source of our water is from the aquifer located underground and pumped from our well located near Old Polnell Road. This water is safe to drink and use and is in compliance with the various water quality standards. However, the water has a high Manganese and Iron mineral content. This mineral content sometimes causes the water to have a dark color, and is one of the reasons we occasionally have system flushing.
Our current treatment system is dated and we are endeavoring to install at our reservoir a new replacement system-wide water filtration system that will be both cost-effective and efficient.
This article, Treating Manganese in Well Water, discusses various methods of manganese removal.
Following are some examples of filtration systems that are available for members’ use at their homes, if desired.
ENTIRE HOUSE FILTRATION SYSTEM
This is a cartridge filter system that is installed at the start of your water pipe before the water enters your house. This system will greatly reduce the dark color in your water. It is easy to install and easy to change the filter cartridges. The cost of this type of system is $150.00 and up including the cost of installation. These filters are usually installed just ahead of a water softener which, if used with the iron-reducing salt, also goes a long way to reducing any discoloration.
FAUCET FILTRATION SYSTEM DEVICES
These devices are installed at a single faucet and will improve the color and taste of the water. This device is relatively easy to install and easy to change the cartridge filters. They cost $50.00 and up.
REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM
Reverse osmosis devices are available to be installed at a single faucet or for the entire house. They provide clear and clean water. They tend to be “pricey” with the single faucet type costing $100.00 and more. For the entire house RO system the cost would be well over $1,000.00 installed.
Water softeners eliminate issues caused by hard water inside your home. Not all water is hard, but you know if you have it. Dissolved minerals found in hard water can clog drains, build scale in pipes, and make your appliances less efficient. It also affects the quality of your laundry and the lather of soaps in your showers. You can solve these problems by adding a water softener system to your home.
To see some examples of popular water softeners, click here.
It is not PLWA’s intention to promote any device, product, plumber, or retail store. We only want to provide our members with information on the various water filtration devices available. Any pricing mentioned for these systems are estimates and your cost may vary depending on your situation.
Also, see the below video “How to Choose a Water Filter”: