According to a study done by the U.S. Geological Survey, New Hampshire ranks with a “very high prevalence” of potentially corrosive groundwater. Corrosive groundwater gets its name for its excessive rate of corroding (dissolving) metals from any plumbing or appliance fixture that comes in contact with water. If left untreated, the corrosive water can leach heavy metals such as lead or copper and infiltrate the private well. High salt, low alkalinity, and low pH are all factors that, at any level, could cause corrosive groundwater. While homes with older plumbing containing lead are especially dangerous with corrosive groundwater, even newer copper fixtures are still at risk of contamination.
Health Effects of Corrosive Groundwater in Water
Though corrosive groundwater itself does not pose any health risks, if the water were to leach metals such as lead, the water could become highly toxic. High levels of lead or copper in water is extremely dangerous, especially to children under 6. Corrosive groundwater can cause other issues in the home, such as:
- Rapid damage to plumbing that will eventually need repairs or replacement
- Stains left on appliances, laundry, and hair
- Metallic tasting water
Stains on plumbing fixtures are typically a good indication that corrosive groundwater is leaching metals; a bluish-green stain is evidence of copper rust, and orange-brown is a sign of iron rust. Despite the distinct discoloration and metallic taste, well water can still be corrosive without the stains to prove it. Only an NH Tap water test will determine the level of corrosiveness to your water, among other contaminants that are not as easily suspected.
Remediation of Corrosive Groundwater in New Hampshire Water
The NH Tap Absolute™ Well Water Filtration System is comprised of different units that are designed to address the specific needs of your well upon determination of your NH Tap water test. The NH Tap Absolute™ targets only the contaminants found in your well, ensuring a long service life and a thorough purification of your water. The Balance© unit is created specifically to protect your home from the impacts of corrosive groundwater by trapping impurities, resulting in pure, clean water throughout the entire home.
Call NH Tap to begin the process of obtaining purified well water by making an appointment for a water test. NH Tap is honored to be your affordable and committed provider to supply purified water for your home and all of New Hampshire.Get a Free Water Test