Quality Water Filters 4 You Posting Page
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
by: Chris Tracey
One of the safer places to drink the water is in a rural area, especially if you have your own well. Depending only on your own water supply ensures that you have a good idea of what is in it, and allows you to deal with problems as they arise.
Unless metropolitan water is piped out to the rural areas near a city, or water is drawn directly from a watercourse such as a river which is also polluted with sewage effluent and so on, then the main risks are from agricultural land runoff, mineral deposits, or both. There are a number of different ways you can form a clear idea of whether rural water filtration is needed.
- Having your water tested periodically – perhaps once or twice a year – is the most certain indicator of what, if any, pollutants are present in it and what filter is best for your use.
- Soil type has a strong bearing on whether pollutants can successfully penetrate to the water table and thus possibly affect your well. Loose, sandy soil provides only poor to moderate filtration of barnyard waste, fertilizer, pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides. By contrast, dense clay soil filters out all contaminants within a few inches in most cases, unless the quantity is truly overwhelming. If your soil is loose and sandy, filtration may be needed, while the denser the soil, the less likely chemicals are to leach through into your well water.
- The frequency and amount of rain affects pollutant runoff. Frequent, heavy rains raise the chance of chemicals finding their way into your well water, while a drier climate lessens the risk. Those who live in a rainy, moist area are more apt to need a good water filter even for their own well water if the well is down slope from farmland.
- If you are using pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides on your own crops, spray only when clear, sunny weather is coming. Spraying before a rainstorm is likely to wash at least some of the chemical into the local groundwater, and thus, possibly, into your well.
- Pesticides used in greenhouses are more likely to persist – and pollute – than those used in the open air. This is due to the effect of ultraviolet light on pesticides and similar chemicals. Ultraviolet breaks these chemicals down quickly into harmless constituent compounds, but the glass of a greenhouse blocks most ultraviolet radiation. Plastic greenhouses do not have this effect, allowing most ultraviolet light through. If you have a greenhouse on your property, or there are greenhouses nearby, there is a higher chance your water is chemically contaminated and a good water filter is advisable.