Treating Contaminated Well Water
Treatment can range from simply disinfecting your well to an installation of a large treatment system. There are many aspects to consider when purchasing water treatment equipment; therefore, careful research should be done before a decision is made. Knowing exactly what needs to be treated is the first step. Then, compare the different options to determine what works best for you. It is important to understand all of the costs, including maintenance, that may be involved. Also, knowing how to recognize if your unit is not working properly is important. For more information on water treatment, visit NSF’s web page on Drinking Water.
For further information and comparisons of water treatment available, visit the following web pages:
- IDPH's pamphlet, Commonly Found Substances in Drinking Water And Available Treatment and the Iron in Drinking Water fact sheet include treatment methods for iron removal.
- ExtoxNet Team's web page, Water Treatment contains common water problem descriptions along with recommended treatments.
- Illinois State Water Survey, Public Service Laboratory, Water Treatment – Typical water treatment used by Illinois citizens.
- Water Quality Association’s web page offers a water information library, a diagnostic tool for water problems and how to find certified products and water professionals. Their phone number is 630-505-0160.
- the McHenry County Health Department offers an online brochure.