Why do I need to filter Water?
Treated municipal supply does not guarantee pure water, and with today’s growing industry it is becoming more and more difficult to obtain pure water via traditional bores, wells, river supply and rain water harvesting. Town water is also chlorinated which can cause skin irritation, causes water spotting and doesn't taste very nice!
If you are on river sourced, bore or rain harvested water supply, it is imperative your water is treated by filtration and ultraviolet sterilisation to ensure that you and your family do not get sick from bugs like E-Coli, other bacteria, viruses, parasites and cysts. Too often we hear customers say they think their water is pretty clean, but it is inevitable there will be contamination from faecal matter from rodents, birds etc and organics from decaying matter. Waterborne illness is on the increase, and can result in serious conditions, in some cases life threatening.
Too many people are unnecessarily buying bottled water - use the resource you have and save money and eliminate plastic rubbish in landfill!
Its time to test your water when:
- You have a new addition to the family – protect your children!
- You notice a change in your water in taste, odour, or visually
- New industry has moved into your area
- Maintenance has been performed on any equipment in your water supply chain or water source
- As annual maintenance
Testing should be carried out by a professional and reputable laboratory. Test your water for:
- Microbiological contaminants such as E.coli
- Impact from nearby agricultural operations or on site septic systems
- Water hardness
- pH levels
- Arsenic levels
- If your water supply is located near a gas station or chemical industry test for volatile organics
- If you live near parks, golf courses, agricultural areas test for pesticides
- If you can smell a rotten egg type odour test for hydrogen sulfide and methane analysis
- If you have a musty or moldy odour, or notice rust like staining test for iron bacteria Black or brown staining on your laundry may indicate manganese
If you are testing annually, a good time to test is spring, after extended dry spells or after heavy If the water source has been unused for a long period of time you should also test.
We recommend Hills Laboratories - they are independent, and certified.
Contact your local laboratory and they will supply you with a container. This is important as samples collected in non sterile containers may affect the outcome of the testing. Refrigerate the sample until you are able to deliver the sample, and in any case deliver it within 24 hours.
Maintenance of your water supply is critical to ongoing purity and we recommend that you carry out the following checks:
- Periodically inspect exposed parts of your bore for problems such as cracking, corrosion, damage to well casings or equipment, broken or missing well caps, and settling or cracking of surface seals.
- Slope the area around the well to drain surface runoff away from the well
- Install a well cap or sanitary seal to prevent entry to the well
- Keep accurate records of all maintenance
- Hire only certified tradespeople and contractors for any work on your well or rain harvesting system
- Keep your roof top and gutters clean if rain water harvesting
- Avoid mixing pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, or other pollutants near the well
What are the different types of Filters?
- PP Spun Fibre or Sediment Filter: Removes dust, mud, and sand sediments
- Granular Carbon Filter: Removes chlorine, organics, turbidity, sand, salt, dirt and rust particles
- Iodised Resin Filter: Kills bacteria and viruses
- Block Carbon Filters: Removes chlorine, odours, suspended particles, sand, salt, dirt and rust particles
- UF Filters: Removes suspended solids, turbidity, bacteria. NOT UV
- Ion Resin filters: Remove chemicals which make the water hard, causing staining on glass and ceramics. Also hard water is difficult to create soap suds in.
- UV Lamps sterilise water killing bacteria and viruses.
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