The natural taste of well water will vary throughout the United States, usually due to the unique makeup of minerals in each geographic area. While you've become accustomed to your well water's flavor, you may have noticed a shift in flavor and are worried about possible contaminants. Below are three common flavors that can occur in well water, what they mean, and how the problem can be treated.
Metallic-tasting water is usually due to a high amount of – you guessed it! – metal. There are a number of metals that can be present in your well water, but not all of them are dangerous in small doses.
Mineral deposits in the earth are the most common way that metals make their way into your well water. The depth of your well will influence the kinds and levels of metal present, and while not all metals are bad, the well should be tested on a regular basis or when contamination is suspected. Lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium are the most dangerous metals and water should not be consumed if their presence is suspected.
If you've had your well water tested – which is vital to the health of your family – you're probably aware of the presence of hydrogen sulfide in your water. Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that isn't harmful in small doses but should be monitored to ensure levels don't rise.
While not usually harmful, there are a number of ways to deal with this not-so-pleasant odor and rid it from your well water. The method of removal used will depend on the levels you're trying to rid, with activated carbon filters working well at low levels and continuous chlorination working well at moderate to high levels. With the help of a knowledgeable and experienced well water contractor, you can find the method that's right for your well.
Sodium is a common element found within the earth and can easily make its way into your well water. If your water has a slightly salty flavor, you may want to have sodium levels tested to ensure there will be no ill effects from consumption.
If the sodium levels in your water are at or below the recommended standard of 20 milligrams per level, it shouldn't be a problem unless you or someone in your household requires a low-sodium diet. If that's the case, or you'd just like to remove the sodium for taste preference, you may want to consider a removal method that only treats water used for consumption. These methods include point-of-use devices which means the well water won't be treated until it makes its way out of your faucet.
If you're dealing with less-than-pleasant tasting well water, consult a well water contractor today. They can help you with all of your well water systems and treating needs, as well as answer any questions about the process that you may have.