All well water should be tested by an approved agency or a reputable well drilling service at least once a year to check for possible contaminants such as lead, bacteria, VOC's and chemicals from herbicides, pesticides and insecticides. As a best practice, you should also sanitize your water system at least once a year per manufacturer's recommendations. This is easily done using common household bleach.
Sediment may be present in well water. Signs of sediment can include rings around the toilet bowl water line or upon filling a glass with water and holding it up to the sunlight you notice tiny particles in the water. These particulates can adversely affect all your water using appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers, as well as possibly clog your faucet aerators.
NOTE: If you are experiencing other issues like very discolored water with a red tint (Iron), blue staining in sinks and toilet bowls (Acidic Water), or low soap suds when washing with soap (Hard Water) you may need a water treatment system such as an Iron Reduction, Acid Neutralizer or a standard Water Softener system to treat all your water as it comes into your home. We recommend that you review all product options on our website or contact a reputable water quality dealer or licensed plumbing contractor near you for more information on these systems.
If it is determined that a whole house water treatment system is not needed for your home, there are several options to help provide you with cleaner, clearer, better tasting drinking water:
- Install an Aqua-Pure® whole house filter with a sediment filter cartridge. The filter is installed at point of entry of your water (where the water enters your home). This filter should be installed by a licensed plumbing contractor in your area.
- Install an Aqua-Pure® water filter system under the kitchen and/or bathroom sink that filters the cold water at the sink and uses either the existing faucet or a dedicated faucet. These types of systems can be installed by the homeowner, but if unsure, we recommend a licensed plumbing contractor in your area.
If it is determined that a whole house water treatment system is needed to treat your specific water condition, 3M Purification Inc. has a full line of Aqua-Pure® branded treatment systems to treat sediment, hard water, chlorine, iron, arsenic, sulfur and even tannins found in your well water.