Is City Water Safer than Well Water?

November 17, 2016 | Advice General

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At R & G Water Systems we conduct water testing services for all of Carroll County, Baltimore County, Frederick County, Howard County, and more. Because we service such a large area in Maryland we have the opportunity to test and analyze water from many diverse areas and also from both home well and from various city water sources.

We find many of our customers are afraid to drink the water that comes from their well. Many new home owners may have come from city water scenarios in the past and were accustomed to its taste, and may also have heard rumors that well water is dirty or unsafe to consume.

We are here to put an end to the Well Water vs. City Water Debate.

City Water vs Well Water

If you own a home outside of the city’s water supply, you are getting your water from your own well. As the homeowner, you’re responsible for maintaining the water quality in your well and having it tested. While it was inspected and declared safe when it was drilled, over time it may become contaminated. Testing once a year water testing is recommended to ensure adequate water quality.

If you live in a city, your water may come from municipal facilities that are required to follow EPA standards for water quality. However, this doesn’t mean your water is 100% safe and pure. It is tested as it leaves the treatment facility, but on its long way to your tap, city water can pick up various contaminants from outdated plumbing systems.

What Kind of Contaminants Can be Found In Water?

Despite whether it comes from the city or from your well, your water could contain any of the following contaminants that may be unsafe:

  • Lead and arsenic

  • Bacteria and germs

  • Byproducts of chlorine treatment (Mostly in city water)

  • Radon

  • Nitrates and pesticides (Mostly in well water)

How Do Contaminants Get Into My Water?

There are many sources of contamination for water systems, but the most common are from traveling through areas/materials that contain natural chemicals or minerals, like arsenic and radon. Traveling through land that has been treated with a fertilizer or chemical. Or via a manufacturing process, sewage overflow (That’s right we said sewage).

Which is Cleaner?

We can’t say that for sure well water or city water is safer, we have seen dramatically poor results from both sources. We can say though, that it may surprise you how clean you well water is and how drinkable, and also how contaminated your “treated” city water may be. You can’t judge a book by its cover, they only real way to know what’s in your water, is to it tested each year to make sure it is safe.

We want all of our customers to feel just as safe drinking from their taps as they do drinking from a new bottle of water. Let us test your water, if it’s not safe to drink we will help you make adjustments to your water system to get the best quality, best tasting, safest water straight from the tap, no matter where that water came from. Call us today at 410.239.0700 on contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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