For many of us, water is like air–something we use without thinking and trust is healthy. However, this trust is sometimes misplaced. Whether supplied by a public system or drawn from a private well, there is a risk that your tap water is contaminated. And there are consequences if it is. How do you know? 

The best way to find out what’s in your water, and protect yourself from harm, is to get your home’s water supply tested. NH Tap is here to equip you with free water testing and top-notch water filtration systems. In this article, we explore the water quality in Barrington, New Hampshire, and how residents can address the issue of water contamination.

Water quality in the Barrington, NH area.

Based on water testing performed at various locations throughout Barrington, there may be a few concerning contaminants. Overall, the number of detected contaminants was small, ranging from 4 to 11, depending on the test site, and the number that exceeded the EWG’s (Environmental Working Groups) health guidelines was anywhere from 1 to 7.

Among those contaminants with unhealthy levels were the following carcinogens:

  • Nitrate and nitrite
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
  • Radium
  • Uranium
  • Arsenic

Sometimes, the levels of a contaminant were as much as 500x the EWG’s recommendation. According to the EWG, legal does not always equal safe, even if water testing results show that a site is in compliance with federal or state regulations.

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Contaminants come from a number of sources. Whether naturally occurring or resulting from human activities such as agriculture, industrial projects, road salt or dust suppressant use, product manufacturing, or water treatment byproducts, there are many threats to clean water. To eliminate uncertainty, we recommend regular water testing so that contamination doesn’t go unnoticed.

Public Water Testing

Public water testing already occurs in most cities and towns, conducted by water utility companies or local authorities. Nevertheless, they can’t account for every household’s unique water supply. Because of the unique plumbing and structural setups of individual homes, personalized, onsite testing and analysis provides the most accurate picture of your water quality.

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Well Water Testing

In contrast, well water testing is not enforced but is the responsibility of homeowners. Well water is supplied by the natural groundwater collected in underground aquifers, so it is both eco-friendly and risky. Industrial runoff, pollution from manufactured chemicals, and excess of natural radiation or heavy metals all contribute to unhealthy levels of compounds. For residents relying on a well, water testing is the best way to know if you or your family are at risk.

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PFAS Water Testing

Lastly, it’s important we mention PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances). Dubbed ”forever chemicals,” they are a chemical byproduct of various products, particularly those with nonstick or waterproof characteristics, and are difficult to eliminate from our environments. 

In New Hampshire, ongoing research and efforts are revealing the serious state of PFAS contamination, as well as the concerning health effects consumption causes. The first step in protecting your household from PFAS is water testing. From there, you can explore filtration systems if necessary.

Learn more about PFAS water testing.

Get the best water treatment solution for your Barrington home.

In light of the threats presented by water contamination, whether short-lived sickness or long-term health conditions, it’s crucial to take action to protect you and your loved ones from unnecessary harm. Backed with the results of a water test, you can make an informed decision about which filtration system is best for your home. Plus, our experts at NH Tap are here to help every step of the way. We’re happy to report, there are reliable, effective, technologically advanced options available.

Whole-home water filtration systems for public water

The NH Tap MainFrame™ Whole House Water Filtration System utilizes smart purification techniques to automatically capture chemicals and metals. Employing advanced 3-stage filtration technology, this system efficiently handles a range of contaminants. Its sealed design guarantees that harmful substances cannot bypass the filter, ensuring the delivery of purified water throughout your home environment.

Learn more about the NH Tap MainFrame™ Whole House Water Filtration System.

Whole-home water filtration systems for well water

The NH Tap Absolute™ Well Water Filtration System comprises a variety of carefully chosen specialized filtration units designed to effectively remove the typical contaminants found in well water. Each Absolute™ unit within the system is dedicated to addressing a specific contaminant, ensuring prolonged system durability and outstanding value in providing clean water.

Explore our NH Tap Absolute™ Well Water Filtration System for private wells.

Water softeners

Experience top-quality water for all your household needs with our customized whole-house water softener system, featuring backup power and computerized softener distribution. Enjoy the finest water for cleaning, bathing, and consumption.

Explore our NH Tap OneStep Conditioner Water Softener.

Reverse osmosis systems

Reverse osmosis (RO) is a water purification method that employs a semi-permeable membrane to effectively remove undesirable contaminants and larger particles from your drinking water. The outcome is a noticeably improved taste and cleaner water.

Explore our NH TAP Reverse Osmosis System.

Helping the Barrington community with cleaner water.

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Ensure that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy with the best water filtration systems in Barrington- schedule your free water test with NH Tap today!