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Hard water is more than an irritation. The heavy minerals carried in hard water cling to anything they touch. Hard water often leaves clothes looking discolored, and often makes plates and glasses look cloudy and streaked. Even pipes get white residue buildup from hard water over time. The solution to hard water is softening the water. Spending the...
Burlington Water-Tech recommends that you complete an inspection of your well at least once a year.  Here are Five Tips for Caring for Your Well. TIP # 1 Keep your well head clear of brush and debris, and other obstructions.   TIP # 2 Check your well cap for signs of cracking or damage. Have it fixed or replaced right away if there is a p...
Using soft water has many advantages. Here is a list of 13 we've come up with: Lower Energy Costs Water heaters work nearly 30% more efficiently when operated with soft water.Fewer Repair Bills Without exception, all water using appliances work more efficiently and require fewer repairs with soft water. Leading appliance manufacturers, such as Mayt...
Are you spending time trying to decide whether you need a water softener.  Here are several problems you encounter when using only hard water. Laundry Water hardness presents some obstacles to cleaning. Hardness causing minerals react with soap to form an insoluble curd that can show up on fabrics as a white powder, make fabrics feel stiff and...
Make sure the Well lid and seal are secure, in good repair and watertight.Stop liquids, waste material, garbage, or manure piles from draining towards the Well.Do not treat the area around the Well with pesticides or fertilizer.Do not flush oils, detergents, paints, solvents or other chemicals down the toilet or sink.Chlorinate and flush your water...
Regular water tests are a good idea, but even clean Wells can conceal potential problems. Threats include cracks in the casing, dead critters in the water, Wells located in low lying, flood prone areas, or a recessed Well pit, common with older drilled Wells. In the latter scenario, the Well casing usually stops below ground, in the pit; so if surf...
Typical upgrades for a drilled Well include installing a vermin proof Well cap and extending the casing to 46 centimeters above grade. The higher casing keeps potentially contaminated surface water from flooding the Well, while the cap deters rodents, such as mice and squirrels, and keeps spiders and earwigs from using your Well as an outhouse.
Although bottled water available in Canada is generally of good quality, it is not necessarily safer or healthier than water from municipal supplies. The sale of bottled water is not licensed in Canada; however, the Health Protection Branch makes spot checks occasionally of both domestic and foreign bottled water. In addition, local Health Units do...
Carbon Filter (Does NOT Kill Bacteria) These filters remove some chemicals by passing the water through an activated carbon filter. It is best at removing tastes, odours and organic chemicals. Reverse Osmosis (Does NOT Kill Bacteria) Some chemicals are removed by passing the water through a semi-permeable membrane. It is used for removing inorganic...
Chlorinators: These are mechanical units that continually add chlorine to the water storage tank. The tank allows the chlorine enough contact time to kill bacteria. Chlorinators need to be checked often to make sure the right amount of chlorine is being added to the water. Ultra Violet Light Sterilization (UV Filters) Water is passed through an ult...
Test your Well water at least twice a year for bacteria (Spring & Fall is recommended). Water samples are tested free by the Ontario Ministry of Health Laboratory in Hamilton. To have your water tested, you must use a special bottle available from the Health Department. Instructions must be followed closely or results may not be correct. We (Bu...
Well Location Make sure the Well is located at a safe distance from any source of contamination such as septic systems, roads and barnyards. A Dug Well should be at least 30 metres away from a septic system while a Drilled Well should be at least 15 metres away. Land Slope The land around a Well should slope away from the Well to prevent surface wa...
Bacteria - A Halton Well Water Survey showed that up to 60% of all Wells had unacceptable levels of total coli forms. This strongly suggests that disease causing organisms could be present. A major cause of this contamination is insufficient Well maintenance. Coli form organisms are a group of bacteria that are frequently found in the environment a...
Ensure your Well is properly built and located to prevent the direct entryway for surface water.Have your water tested regularly. Testing in the Spring and Fall is recommended as a minimum.Take a sample if your Well has been subjected to flooding.Always take the sample from a newly constructed or renovated Well.If your water supply is equipped with...
You may want to treat small amounts of water for immediate use until the Well and Plumbing System are successfully disinfected. Boiling: Bring water to a rolling boil for 5 minutes. Cool, and refrigerate.Chlorination: Add 1.25 ml (1/4tsp) of household bleach to 4 � litres (1 gallon) of water.Mix well and allow to stand a minimum of 15 minutes befor...
Private Wells can become contaminated with nitrate, bacteria and/or many other chemicals. The effects of drinking contaminated water can range from no reaction at all to severe illness and sometimes even death. Many factors affect the potential reaction such as the age, general health of the person, the type (s) of contaminant (s), the amount and h...
Before disinfecting your Well, investigate and correct possible sources of contamination such as: Surface water running into or collecting near the Well.A defective or improperly installed Well Casing, cover or pipe connection which would allow surface water, animals, insects or plant material to enter the Well. (Well casing not sealed).Nearby sept...