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Is Well Water Good For You?

A picturesque well.

Well Water Has a Host of Benefits, Including Natural Filtration and Taste.

Everyone understands that water is good for you. As a matter of fact, water is the single-most important element to the survival of our species. In the absence of clean drinking water, a person would simply perish. Thankfully, drinking water is easy to obtain in our country. Different varieties of water, whether the kind that flows from a municipal facility, or the assortment of branded drinking waters you see in every gas station, each have their proponents. Well water, in particular, has won the support and preferences of many people. In our “foodie” culture, where locally-grown, seasonal produce stands preeminent in terms of healthfulness and taste, drinking water that flows naturally from the ground represents the ultimate in homegrown goodness.

You may wonder, however, whether water from a well actually benefits your health. Going one step further, is it even safe to drink this water that comes from beneath the ground? Anyone who analyzes pre-treated water will find a host of pollutants. If you’ve ever wondered how water from a well is contaminated, simply consider where it comes from. Water from a well will naturally accumulate minerals, along with the occasional unsavory contaminant, as it moves through rock and soil. For this reason, those who rely on this water will typically have an assortment of filters or purifiers that work alongside their well pump and pressure booster. If you have the choice between municipal water and water from a well, you’ll simply need to analyze the various benefits and drawbacks of each. For any questions about the use of well water in Aledo, TX, or help with equipment installation, simply contact the expert team at Oliver's Pure Water. We’re always ready to answer questions or address concerns, so give us a call today at (817) 205-6411.

About Well Water

Groundwater, or well water, exists below the surface of the earth, and fills the gaps between sediment and rocks. Areas particularly rich in groundwater, where water saturates subterranean rock formations and sediment, are called aquifers. While most people rely on reservoirs or man-made lakes for their water, over 130 million people in the United States rely on groundwater, and withdraw this essential substance from aquifers. Of this 130 million, 40 million rely directly on private wells.

Essentially speaking, groundwater is healthy, economical, and environmentally-friendly. Unlike water stored in reservoirs or behind dams, the use of groundwater does not require massive ecological disruption and the building of huge facilities. Aquifers and pockets of earth provide for the natural storage of water, and once upon a time nourished humanity in times of abundance and drought alike.

What Is in Well Water

Man Pumping Water from a Well

Millions of Americans Utilize Well Water.

The water that winds up stored beneath the ground arrives via rainfall and melting snow. The water that escapes evaporation and makes it past thirsty plant roots will eventually travel far enough to refresh an aquifer. Whereas this water originated in a state of purity, it will have accumulated a load of baggage over the course of its journey. The most prominent of these are the healthful minerals that give water its distinctive taste. Unfortunately, groundwater also picks up contaminants. Some of these, like arsenic, radon, and nitrate, are present naturally, and usually occur in levels well below the threshold for harm.

Other types of pollutants, known as volatile organic compounds, appear due to the intrusion and activity of mankind. These contaminants remain unhealthy in any amount, and generally contaminant groundwater from the presence of gas stations and manufacturing plants. Bacterial contaminants, such as E. coli, appear in groundwater thanks to overflowing sewers or failed septic systems. Because of these pollutants, groundwater now requires more filtration than Mother Nature can provide on her own. In order to know how to best treat your own well water, you will need a water quality test. From there, you can choose from an assortment of different filters and/or purifiers.

Why Well Water Is Better

To many people, water from a well is indisputably more tasty and healthful. The enthusiasm of partisans aside, science and water quality studies actually do support the opinion that well water is better for your health than city water. This occurs thanks to a couple of factors.

  1. Water from a Well Is Cost Efficient: Municipal water requires and undergoes a great amount of treatment. The cost of this treatment at city water plants gets passed along to the consumer, which explains the presence of monthly water bills. With water from a well, the resource belongs to you as an element of your property rights. Aside from the purchase cost and upkeep requirements of your well pump and filtration system, water from a well is free.
  2. Water from a Well Is Healthy: Groundwater is naturally filtered to a state of healthful purity, and contains a host of minerals that benefit the body, including iron and calcium. Thanks to pollution, the natural purity of well water is disrupted, however, and the presence of too many minerals can have a negative impact on your plumbing and, in rare cases, your health. All this means is that, in order to enjoy your water, you must have it analyzed, then install a treatment system tailored to both your needs and the contents of the water.

Well Water vs City Water

If you are considering the switch to water from a well, you might want a clear comparison between it and city water. At the end of the day, ecological preferences aside, which is truly the better choice? When it comes to water from a well, the benefits include:

  • Natural filtration and the presence of minerals for a clean, pure taste
  • No monthly water bill
  • No harsh treatment chemicals like chlorine or fluoride
  • Environmentally friendly
  • An origin in snowfall and rainwater

As for city water, you can expect:

  • No equipment upkeep
  • Higher water pressure
  • Comprehensive treatment to rid the water of all contaminants

If you have a choice in the origins of your home’s water supply, it will naturally boil down to preference. Overall, however, it’s hard to dispute the superiority of water from a well, assuming it’s properly filtered.

Is It Okay to Drink Well Water? | Common Questions Answered

Pure, cool stream of water

Cleanliness of Well Water Is Assured Through the Use of Filters and Disinfectants.

Many people with no experience of water from a well will naturally assume its inferiority to city water. After all, how could something that originates in the dirt have more health benefits than the product of a large, modern treatment plant? Of course, those who appreciate, utilize, and understand well water recognize its overall superiority. In order to help correct misconceptions about well water, we’ll present the answers to a few common questions.

Is Private Well Water Safe to Drink?

Absolutely, so long as it has undergone water quality testing and has the necessary filtration devices.

How Do You Treat Well Water?

Many options exist for the treatment of water from a well, including:

  • Water filters to remove harmful chemicals
  • Water softeners to remove excess minerals
  • Distillation to remove solid contaminants
  • Disinfection, either from ozone, UV radiation, chlorine, or heat

How Do I Fix Smelly Well Water?

Unlike city water, water from a well often has an odor. If you find the scent of your well water displeasing, you can simply utilize one of the disinfectants listed above.

Simple maintenance stands as the key to keep your well water healthy. Just as you schedule annual HVAC maintenance or central heating repair, you should also pay attention to the needs of you well system’s various components. At Oliver's Pure Water, we provide for water purification in Aledo, TX and the surrounding area. To learn more or establish your own system for well water treatment, give us a call today at (817) 205-6411.

5 Things We Can Learn from Flint’s Water Crisis

The water in Flint, Michigan, has been in national news headlines all year — partly for the severity of the problem, and partly for the drawn out response time. Does Flint’s water problem apply to other parts of the US? You might be surprised to learn that it could.

Discolored, Dirty Water

The first indicator of the Flint problem was rusty-looking and foul-tasting water. These have also been the first indicators of problems in much smaller water supplies, such as the Cecil Hotel involved in the Elisa Lam case. If your water smells or looks off, call a professional immediately to make sure the problem isn’t originating on your property.

a photo of polluted waterWater Testing Should Be Thorough

This seems like a no-brainer, but some water tests are performed on water straight out of the tap. To detect deeper problems, testing should be performed after the water has run for a while.

Leaded Pipes

Lead pipes can be a part of the problem. They are more commonly found in older construction, so if you live in an older home in an older town, you could be prone to water problems.

You Can Be Proactive

As we’ve seen, it can be difficult to get things done on a municipal level. That’s why you should start at home by having your water tested and filtered. Give us a call when you’re ready to begin, and we will help ensure that you have the cleanest, safest drinking water possible!

Chlorine: It’s In More Than Just Your Pool

swimming poolHave you ever noticed the scent of chlorine emanating from tap water? Smaller cities and water providers have been known to put chlorine in their water sources, as it is an efficient and relatively affordable method of decontaminating water. Here we overview some of the effects of chlorinated water to highlight the importance of drinking non-chlorinated water.

The team at Oliver’s has conducted water testing all over the metroplex, and we have encountered water sources that have higher chlorine concentrations than some swimming pools. Water purification is crucial to filter out chlorine, as it is unpleasant to smell in your water and can have adverse effects on your health.

Chlorine is known to aggravate asthma conditions in those with respiratory issues, and can irritate skin with episodes of dermatitis. Children are also more easily affected by chlorine. The effects of prolonged exposure to chlorine are unclear, but they are most certainly adverse.

Water Purification

To avoid drinking in this toxic chemical, water purification is a must. Call our team today at 817-205-6411 to explore purification options for any water system or contaminant.

Rio de Janeiro’s Water Quality Concern for Olympics

polluted waterRio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics, but concerns are mounting over the water quality for aquatic events. Only 49% of the city’s waste is connected to sewers. The rest runs down hillsides and streams until it ultimately reaches the beaches and lakes – these same waters that will host 3 Olympic events and approximately 350,000 foreign tourists. 

Before sporting events occur in any country, bacterial testing is usually conducted in all recreational waters that will be used. But viral testing conducted by the Associated Press at 4 locations in Rio, 3 of which will host Olympic events, found not one site safe for boating or swimming according to global water experts and standards. Some results measured up to 1.7 million times the level of viruses that would be considered safe on a California beach. The virus concentrations in the water are close to the amount of viruses that would be found in raw sewage. Fortunately, additional viral testing will be conducted, but it is unclear whether these Olympic events will be moved to alternate locations.

Clean Water in Texas

The water in Texas is considered miraculously clean compared to that of Rio’s potentially contaminated water, but that doesn’t mean we are without our share of water problems! For foul-smelling or impure water issues, call our water experts today at 817-205-6411!

Ozone Water Purification Explained

Ozone exists in many forms in nature and performs several valuable functions. Ozone does everything from protecting the earth and our atmosphere from ultraviolet radiation from the sun to purifying the air and water close to eath’s surface. For many years, ozone has been utilized in medical applications because it is an effective antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral making it a viable water purifier.

Today, many homeowners choose ozone to keep their water, clean, safe and potable. When compared to chlorine, ozone is vastly more effective at eliminating bacteria and viruses. Ozone will also reduce the prevalence of iron, manganese and sulfur. In addition, ozone water purification can improve odor and taste issues with drinking water.

How Ozone Water Purification Works

Ozone is produced in an ozone generator and pumped in the form of bubbles into water. The ozone will oxidize any iron, manganese and sulfate in your water, creating solids that are filtered out later. Because ozone is unstable it will dissipate from your water in about half an hour.

O(zone) Yeah, Science!

Ozone (O3)  starts it life as oxygen (O2). Simply, oxygen has two atoms and UV radiation dislocates oxygen atoms from one another. Two oxygen atoms may rejoin to form an oxygen molecule (O). However, a single oxygen atom that collides with an existing oxygen molecule will form ozone (O3). This means that ozone is constantly created and destroyed in the atmosphere by the sun’s UV radiation, rendering the levels of ozone virtually constant, keeping us all safe.

Watching For Snakes Near Well Water

snake in waterIn 2011, the Sessions family of Southeast Idaho decided they had had enough – after two years of living on snake infested property, they decided to leave and never look back. Their five bedroom dream home turned out to be situated on a garter snake den, where thousands of snakes return during the fall and winter months to ball together for warmth and access spring breeding. The Sessions family would lie awake at night, listening to the snakes slither through the walls, and were often forced to eat at restaurants due to their foul smelling water that was tainted with snake musk. What a nightmare!

Snake musk is released as a warning to predators when threatened, and garter snakes are rumored to release the worst smelling snake musk of all. While most snakes do not burrow new holes to live in, they are known to take residence in existing holes made by other animals or humans. Snake musk released in large quantities in underground burrows can potentially affect well water sources.

What if my water smells bad?

If you notice an unpleasant odor in your well water, contact the professionals at Oliver’s Pure Water to have your water tested. While snake musk in well water is indeed a rarity, foul smelling water is usually an indicator that your water systems should be services. Call today at (817) 205-6411 for quick, accurate water testing!

Benefits Of Drinking Tap Water

We all want access to good, clean drinking water. Fortunately nowadays, with advancements in water cleaning technology, we can get that from the tap. If you’ve ever wondered yourself about the benefits of drinking tap water, we go over some of them here.

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Environment:

Have you ever thought about how much those plastic bottles contribute to landfill waste? Even when they get recycled, it uses energy. Many people choose tap as an eco-friendly option.

Cost:

When it comes to savings, you’ll definitely want to choose tap water. Bottled water costs at least ten times the amount of tap.

Convenience:

Tired of making trips to the store? If you drink tap water, you won’t have to. Customize your own water bottle and shave hours and hours of store trips off your life.

 

Want to improve the quality of your tap water? Oliver’s Pure Water can help. To find out more about our services, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (817) 205-6411.

Geosmin: An Overview

Everybody wants their water to taste clean and pure. Unfortunately, despite our nations strict standards of filtration, sometimes certain things slip through. One of the more common compounds that does this includes geosmin, a byproduct of a bacteria called Streptomyces. We’ll go over its effects here.

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Where it comes from:

When streptomyces dies, it releases geosmin. Usually, its death comes from cold temperatures. Because of this, you might notice that your water has a bad taste/smell during the winter.

What it does:

Geosmin can’t harm you, so don’t worry about that. It does, however, create a bad taste and smell from your water. Your nose can pick up traces of geosmin at 5 parts per trillion. Normal methods of filtration don’t get rid of it.

 

If you’ve noticed a foul taste and smell coming from your water, it might have geosmin. Don’t worry, Oliver’s Pure Water can fix that for you. To find out more about our services, don’t hesitate to give us a call today at (817) 205-6411. We look forward to working with you!

Which Animals Can Last The Longest Without Water?

Water, we know that it gives us life; it gives all animals life. However, some of them need it more than others. A select few can last a very long time without it. We’ve listed them for you.

camel

Camel: 

Everyone knows about how the camel can survive weeks without drinking water. Actually, it maxes out at about 15 days. They need this ability in their desert environments.

 

giraffe picture

Giraffe:

Giraffes can actually last longer without drinking water than camels! They will go up to 3 weeks without a drink. When they do drink, they’ve been known to down 12 gallons in one sitting.

 

kangaroo rat

Kangaroo Rat:

Believe it or not, this little animal can last longer without drinking water than any other. They go their whole lives (3-5 years) without drinking any!

 

Technically, all these animals have to have water to survive; they just go a very long time without drinking it. Unlike them, humans should drink it every day. If you have concerns about your water quality, Oliver’s Pure Water can help. For more information, give us a call at (817) 205-6411.

Study: Drops of fuel could seep into our water

rainwaterAccording to researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the small amount of fuel that gets dripped from our gas-station pumps could end up in our drinking water.

The study’s lead author, Markus Hilpert, told NBC News that “people should be worried about the cumulative volume of gasoline that might infiltrate into the subsurface over the life of the gas station. And that is aggravated by the fact that there is a trend to build bigger gas stations — ones that will sell 10 times the amount of gas sold in stations now.”

The study estimates that at one gas station, approximately 1,500 liters of fuel (including about 8 liters of benzene, a carginogenic compount) are spilled over the span of 10 years.

What can you do? Environmental experts advise to be careful when you’re at the pump to to spill anything, which obviously contributes to the problem. But for extra peace of mind, trust the team at Oliver’s Pure Water to ensure what you drink is not only delicious, but safe.