In Windham, residents and businesses typically primarily rely on private wells. Common contaminants in Windham, New Hampshire, include PFAS, arsenic, radon, iron, and uranium, although other impurities can also be found, including nitrates.
Well Water Concerns in Windham
Residents and businesses relying on well water in Windham 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.
Windham 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 lab fee as we only use third-party laboratories).
Windham Town Water Quality Overview
Windham has very limited access to public water supply water, which adheres to rigorous state and federal standards. The town of Windham is actively exploring possible water supply options for the community. To reduce exposure to water contaminants, you can enhance your peace of mind and water purity by adding a drinking water system.
PFAS Presence in Windham 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 Windham. Those looking to mitigate the risk of PFAS in their drinking water often opt for specialized filtration systems, even when they do have access to town water.
Arsenic in Windham Water
Arsenic, a health concern identified by the Environmental Protection Agency, 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. Private well users in New Hampshire face a 1 in 4 chance of their well water exceeding recommended arsenic levels. Arsenic treatment can be implemented for the whole home or to simply treat drinking water.
Addressing Hard Water Challenges
Hard water, characterized by elevated mineral levels like calcium and magnesium, is also found in Windham well water. Private well users often add a water softener to help reduce the repair and operation costs of appliances using water.
Radon in Windham
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 Windham 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 Windham Water
Unfortunately, uranium has been found in Windham 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 Windham
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 Windham 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 in New Hampshire, offers a free in-home evaluation by certified water specialists. We are familiar with Windham’s water quality, and offer tailored solutions based on test results and your 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 Windham 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.
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