Whether Public or Private: Is Your Water Clean?
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Water Division estimates that 60% of New Hampshire residents obtain their water from a public water system, while 40% obtain their water from a private well. In either case, the water quality can vary. Even municipal water can offer health concerns.
Public Drinking Water
Many public water systems and municipalities use disinfection to protect the water system and far reaches of distribution from bacterial growth. Although this process is crucial and necessary, these low level disinfectants (often in the form of chlorine or chloramines) found in the water can have adverse health effects when consumed on a daily basis. These disinfectant chemicals can also combine with other organic constituents in the water to form harmful disinfection by-products. These by-products have been linked to adverse health effects including bladder cancer. This is just one of the issues to think about when evaluating your public water.
Private Well Water
In New Hampshire we are blessed with groundwater that is rich in supply. But for private well owners, living in the Granite State has some drawbacks. You see, those same bedrock aquifers, which are rich in supply, may contain radon, uranium or arsenic. These constituents are primarily formed from decaying rock, which we have a lot of! They are colorless, odorless, and tasteless.
Not sure where your water comes from? Do you know what’s in your water? Consult with a Secondwind Water Specialist. It doesn’t matter if you are served by a public water system or a well.
If you are on a public water system, we can look up the water quality you are served. In New Hampshire, water quality for all public water systems is available online. If you are on a private well, we can draw samples and bring them to an independent, state-certified laboratory for test. Let us help you understand what’s in your water and where it comes from.
Well, I’m Safe Because I Drink Bottled Water
And if you are thinking of answering, “it doesn’t matter what’s in my water, I drink bottled water,” …well boy, do we need to talk! Bottled Water is pretty much unregulated. If you have not yet un-bottled your life, consult with a Secondwind Water Specialist and learn how easy it is.