Well Water Treatment – What’s Needed?

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LESLIE: Susan in Texas is on the line with a water question. What’s going on?

SUSAN: My daughter has a country home she just purchased and there’s a 900-foot-deep water well on it. And she wanted to know, does she need to use a water softener or a carbon filter for the drinking water? And also, how much electricity would that use, that water well?

TOM: Well, the first thing she needs to do is to have a comprehensive water test done. From there, you can move onto issues of filters and water pressure and pumps, which are sometimes a challenge with well water.  Was testing done?

SUSAN: I believe so because they had inspectors come out. But I don’t remember what she said.

TOM: Yeah. Well, I wouldn’t believe anything unless I had a result back from a water-testing laboratory. That’s going to tell you what kind of treatment you need to do locally. So, the first thing she needs to do is to get a well water test done – a thorough water test done – that’s going to check for all sorts of contaminates and pesticides and that sort of thing. And then based on that, you can determine what you want to do to treat the water. But you just don’t start treating it first. You start with the test and the test is what determines what needs to be treated. Make sense?

SUSAN: Yes. Lots of sense, yes.

TOM: Alright. Good luck, Susan. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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