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Posted on May 6, 2010

What Should I Think About When Planning a Water Well Filter System?

When you move to a rural area it may be necessary for you to provide your own water. This is a big adjustment if you have never had a well water system before. If you are used to being on city water, then chances are you are used to thinking of water in an entirely different way. Water is something you pay the city to provide like sewage or trash pick-up. Now that you are living farther from a major population center, you have to provide some or all of these services yourself.

On the bright side, you can think of all the money you are saving by providing your own water. On the other side, you may need to invest some of that money into making sure you are getting clean water by buying a good well water filter system. A system of filters is going to be necessary for almost all well water situations.

You do not need to filter all of the water that comes from your well. You can place the well water filter system in a way that you only filter water coming into your house. This one step will save you money by not filtering the water you use to water your plants, wash your car, or to do other outdoor activities. By not requiring your well water filter system to keep that water pure, you cut down on the wear and tear on the filtering mechanism and on the filters that need to be changed routinely.

Making these kinds of wise water usage decisions can save you a lot of money on a cost-per-gallon analysis. The cost per gallon is based on how much the well water filter system costs you plus maintenance costs divided by how many gallons you get between filter replacements and cleaning. No matter how much or how little that amount is, using filtered water is wasted on plants, because most plants cannot tell the difference between filtered and unfiltered water.

The same applies to pool water, since most of the time you take a shower after being in the pool, so there is no point to filter the water than ends up in the swimming pool. Similarly, water used to for cleaning outdoor appliances or for washing the car or the dog does not need to be filtered. Smart placement of your well water filter system will make sure you are only filtering water that will have an impact on your health and the health of your family.

What you need to do is determine how bad your water is and how much filtration you will need to make it safe to drink and use in your house. There is a large variety of water tests out there, and it can be confusing to figure out what tests you need to do. Ask other people in the area what tests they have had done and base your tests on this. You can also hire a professional to test your water. Tests vary from do it yourself home kits to sending a water sample off to a laboratory.

You also need to become more aware of what is going into your watershed. You will find that almost everything in the end has an effect on your water. The watershed provides the water that comes to you through your well water system and you have no control over what kind of contaminants make it into that water before it gets to you.

Water is used by many industries to flush out harsh chemicals. If these chemicals end up in your water supply you need to find a way to remove them instead of drinking them along with your water. A high-quality home filtration system like the ones supported by Aquasana can remove industrial chemicals and other contaminants that should not be part of the water you and your family drink. When you know what sort of chemicals and substances are coming out of your well, tailor your filter system to filter them out.