OUR WELL WATER LOOKS, SMELLS, AND TASTES FINE.
WHY SHOULD WE HAVE OUR WATER TESTED?
Your well water may NOT be safe to drink.
- Germs (bacteria and viruses) can get into well water if the well casing is damaged or if you have a dug or shallow well.
- Chemicals like arsenic, radon and uranium get into Maine wells from nature. They’re in the rocks and can dissolve in water. Lead from older pipes can also dissolve in water.
THE RESULT: Both germs and chemicals may cause unpleasant symptoms, such as upset stomach or the runs (diarrhea). Some of the chemicals also increase the chance of cancer. Even if you’ve had water testing done before, it may be time to test again.
When and What Do We Test?
- Every year for bacteria, nitrates, and nitrites.
- Every 3 to 5 years for all chemicals & Minerals
WHAT DO WE TEST FOR & THEIR TREATMENTS
Iron & Manganese
If you suspect any of these problems then Call A-Z Water Systems and have your water analysis completed. Once your water testing has been completed, A-Z Water can sit down with you and come up with a cost effective way to fix your water problem.
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
We needed a new well at our summer cottage in Casco to replace an old dug well. We called A-Z Water Systems. Carl was very conscientious about every aspect of the job. Carl’s professionalism and knowledge can’t be beat. We are completely satisfied and would recommend this company to anyone.
Paul and Kathy Mozzochi
I had called Carl at A-Z water system after my ‘regular plumber” was unable to assist me with my plumbing issue. Carl was great, he promptly returned my phone call and was at my home within an hour. My plumbing issue was resolved in no time and the cost was reasonable in comparison to other estimates I had received. Carl appeared very knowledgeable of his trade and his professionalism was superb! I am confident in saying I will be calling A-Z water system for any future water/plumbing related problems. Thanks again A-Z water system.
I had called a-z because my water heater sounded louder than normal. Thinking that I may need a new tank I was a little nervous. Carl came the very next day and come to find out that all it needed was some air in the tank. He explained everything he was doing, and why which I thought to be very useful and showed how knowledgeable he was as well as his passion for his work. He put some air in my tank with his compressor, and the tank was running great! I will call him if I had any future issues because he was honest, reliable, prompt and knew his stuff. Thanks a-z!!
If you need work done on your well or pump, this is the company for you. Carl called me back right away, came to my home quickly, did a great job and explained everything he was doing. The price for all the work he did was very fair, and he just seems like a really decent guy. Highly recommend.
Jamie Andrews, Cumberland, Me.
When my water stopped working I figured I’d need a new pump for the well. Carl drove over
an hour to my house to check it out and figured out it was some wires in the well that needed
fixing and the pump was fine. He could have easily charged me for a new pump and I would
have never known the difference. Instead he was honest, fixed the problem, and charged me
for a service call. I will definitely be calling him again if there’s a next time. Thanks A-Z!
K. CARR, ANDOVER, MAINE
IRON & MANGANESE
Iron and manganese are minerals found in drinking water supplies. These minerals
will not harm you, but they may cause reddish-brown or black stains on clothes or
household fixtures. Under guidelines for public water supplies set by the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), iron and manganese are considered
secondary contaminants. Secondary standards apply to substances in water that
cause offensive taste, odor, color, corrosion, foaming, or staining but have no direct
affect on health. The standard Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level (SMCL) for
iron is 0.3 milligrams per liter (mg/L or ppm) and 0.05 mg/L for manganese. Private
water supplies are not subject to federal standards, but these standards can be used
as guidelines to evaluate the quality of water from wells or springs. The four forms
of iron and manganese commonly found in drinking water are ferrous, ferric, organic
and iron bacteria. Normally, water appears clear when first drawn from the cold
water faucet. If yours is not, it may contain ferric iron or organic iron. Both color the
water. Ferric iron precipitates or settles out. Organic iron does not settle out. In well
water, insoluble iron oxide is converted to a soluble form of ferrous (dissolved) iron.
Ferrous iron is colorless, but when in contact with air, it oxidizes readily, creating
reddish- brown, solid particles that then settle out as ferric oxide. Manganese is
similar to iron but forms a brownish-black precipitate and stains. Manganese is less
commonly found in groundwater than iron, rarely found alone in a water source, and
generally found with dissolved iron.
The presence of iron and manganese in water is not considered a health problem. In
fact, small concentrations are essential to human health. However, high
concentrations of iron may give the water an unpleasant metallic taste while still
being safe to drink. When iron combines with tea, coffee, and alcoholic beverages, it
produces an unappetizing inky, black appearance and a harsh, offensive taste.