Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about water systems. Don't hesitate to contact us with your other questions. We would love to answer them!

Should I have my water tested?

Absolutely, a baseline is very important.  Standard household test for iron, pH, hardness, corrosivity and a bacteria test gives you the information needed to begin to make a decision on filtration and purification needs.  You can pick up the containers at North Coast Labs and submit them yourself or we can do it for you.  The Standard household test is $90 the bacteriological presence/ absence test is $25.

Why is there blue staining in my sinks and fixtures?

It is the corrosive water around here oxidizing the copper pipes in the house.  It’s not dire, but it should be dealt with. After many years neglected it can become a problem, but can be dealt with by lifting the pH of the water or adding calcium to the water.  You can do this by adding a calcite filter.  

How much water storage do I need?

Determining water storage is based on water source production and demand.  
An analysis of your system can be performed for free.

If I don’t want to use chlorine what are my options?

There are many forms of disinfection.  Ozone, peroxide, are two other chemical forms of disinfection.  UV disinfection is a popular chemical free option.  The best solution is based on a case by case basis.  UV may not work if you have an iron bacteria issue as it clogs the system, but if you have a clear spring, UV could work great.
You have to weigh your own preferences with the reality of your site parameters.

What’s the best way to remove iron from water?

That depends on the level of iron in the water, which takes us back to taking the Standard household test. If levels are high, 3parts per million and up, iron removal can become maintenance intensive and expensive.  Lower than that and you can use ozone, chlorine and media filters to remove iron.  Iron is one of the most common problems in Humboldt County, and all the options need to be considered before making a decision.