Green Tip: Water Filtration Systems


For many folks building a new Katahdin Cedar Log Home in a rural location, water is supplied via a private well, instead of a public water system. With private wells come additional potential for contaminants and other materials like iron ore and calcium that can decrease the lifespan of other appliances. So, it’s a good idea to check out a whole house filtration system to keep your water clean and healthy.

Benefits of Whole House Water Filtration
There are a number of top-line benefits to filtered well water. A good whole house water filtration system removes

  • Heavy metals like lead and mercury
  • Organic chemicals like herbicides, pesticides and VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
  • Industrial solvents

For cooking, purified water produces stronger flavors, quicker boiling times and cleaner utensils.

High performance filtration
One whole house system, the Well Water Rhino  by AquaSana purifies 500,0000 gallons of well water. The system uses carefully calibrated stages to remove the bad stuff your well water may be hiding. Unlike some options, the system doesn’t require back flushing or drainage lines. The system starts with a sediment pre-filter to catch sediment, rust and salt. The next stage uses a salt-free conditioner that prevents minerals from binding together and forming calcium scale build-up. The copper, zinc and mineral stone chamber further reduces scale and soluble heavy metals plus inhibiting algae and bacterial growth. The activated carbon filter reduces herbicides, pesticides and other carbon compounds that may have leached into your groundwater. A final post filter catches any remaining sediment or particles. Upgrade with a UV light filter to protect against viruses and bacteria and you’ll enjoy clean fresh-tasting and safe well water. The systems elements occupy a space up to 70 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep.

Filtration in a Single Tank
SpringWell’s Air Injection Oxidizing Filter System uses an air pocket to oxidize the iron, sulfur and manganese in the water. The oxidized materials are trapped in the green sand fusion bed. The system will back wash the contaminants down a drain and resets a fresh pocket of air. The cleaned water is distributed throughout your home’s domestic water system. The filter can handle up to a million gallons of water per year and can accommodate up to 125 psi water pressure. SpringWell also offers an ULTRA Whole House System  that has a lifetime warranty.

These are two of many companies that offer whole house filtration systems. It’s a good idea to check in with neighboring homeowners to see what your local groundwater might contain that needs filtering out.

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