In Auburn, residents and businesses typically rely on public drinking water supply from Lake Massabesic or from community or private wells. Common contaminants in Auburn, New Hampshire, include arsenic, iron, manganese, radon, and uranium. PFAS has also been found in some locations, including the town water (PFOA).
Well Water Concerns in Auburn
Residents and businesses relying on well water in Auburn often have at least one type of contaminant in their water. Most health-concerning contaminants do not change the way water looks or tastes, so the only way to know what is in your water is through regular testing. Health concerning water contaminants arsenic, and radon are most frequently found in the well water in Auburn, New Hampshire, although uranium and PFAS have also appeared.
Auburn residents and business owners should be aware arsenic and radon are very commonly found in New Hampshire well water.
Secondwind water offers free water testing for many contaminants, and free sampling services for health-related testing (health contaminant tests do require a fee as we only using third-party laboratories).
Auburn Town Water Quality Overview
Auburn has some access to municipal water, which adheres to rigorous state and federal standards. Public water supplies in Auburn must meet regulatory standards, but Auburn water quality reports have included some levels of PFAS. The PFAS detection level details are available on the Manchester municipal water quality reports as Auburn public water is tied to Manchester, New Hampshire’ public water source. To reduce exposure to water contaminants, including PFAS, you can enhance your peace of mind and water purity by adding a drinking water system.
PFAS Presence in Auburn Water
Unfortunately PFAS is a notable and growing concern in New Hampshire’s water sources. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services provides a sampling map displaying PFAS detections throughout the state, including in Auburn. Those looking to mitigate the risk of PFAS in their drinking water often opt for specialized filtration systems, even on town water.
Arsenic in Auburn Water
Arsenic, a health concern identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is estimated to exceed New Hampshire’s standard of 5.0 parts per billion in approximately 25-30% of private wells. Long-term exposure to arsenic has been linked to a number of health issues. Arsenic treatment can be implemented for the whole home or by simply treating the drinking water.
Hard Water Challenges in Auburn
Hard water, characterized by elevated mineral levels like calcium and magnesium, is also found in Auburn well water. The public water supply in Auburn ranges from soft to slightly hard water. Private well users often add a water softener to help reduce the repair and operation costs of appliances using hard water.
Radon in Auburn
The U.S. Geological Survey published data recently that estimates that over half of the state of New Hampshire is likely to have elevated radon levels in groundwater. Unfortunately, Radon has been found in Auburn well water. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is common in bedrock in New Hampshire. It gives off harmful radiation which may increase risk of certain cancers. Radon in water poses both an inhalation risk and an ingestion risk.
Uranium in Auburn Water
Uranium has also been found in Auburn well water. The U.S. Geological Survey published a study recently that estimates that 76% of the state has a 50% or more probability for detectable concentrations of uranium in groundwater. Uranium is natually found in the earth’s crust in some parts of New England. Uranium in drinking water has been linked to a number of health concerns, including kidney damage and cancer.
Iron & Manganese in Auburn
Iron and Manganese are commonly found in New Hampshire well water. They are easier to detect than some contaminants in water as they often cause staining to things like toilets, tubs, sinks and more. Secondwind offers free water testing for iron and manganese as they can be tested for on-site and are not health concerns.
Treatment Options for Auburn Water
Residents and businesses have the option to treat water at the point of entry (POE) or point of use (POU). Whole-house treatment systems, or POE systems, can be installed in basements or closets, while drinking water systems, or POU systems, can be discreetly placed under the sink or in the basement. Treatment decisions depend on individual needs and space considerations.
Water Testing and Solutions
Accurate water testing is essential for recommending suitable treatment options. Secondwind Water Systems, serving over 15,000 customers, and over 200 residents and businesses in Auburn, offers a free in-home evaluation by certified water specialists. We are familiar with Auburn’s water quality, and offer tailored solutions based on test results and individual preferences. To ensure the highest level of integrity, Secondwind Water only uses a third-party independent laboratory to test for health-related contaminants.
Contact Secondwind Water for Treatment and Filtration Solutions
For a free quote and water analysis discussion, residents and businesses in Auburn are encouraged to reach out to Secondwind Water Systems. Dedicated to ensuring water quality, Secondwind’s certified specialists provide expert guidance and solutions tailored to address specific water concerns in the community.
At Secondwind Water, our water professionals receive recurring training including certification by the Water Quality Association. When it comes to something as important as your water, better water starts here, at Secondwind.