Water supplies for residential properties are varied but all of them share a similar issue: they can become unclean without the residents knowing. Here is a breakdown of the most common residential water supply systems out there, their particular vulnerabilities when it comes to cleanliness and why you may require professional water testing.
Well water is a common source of water for people who live away from the municipal water supply (more on that later). Essentially, well water is a water source that comes from underground and is then treated on-site. Many rural properties rely almost exclusively on well water for their homes. Well water can be generally reliable for cleanliness and consistency of supply, especially if you use water surveyors to help you find the best well water sources under your property. Unfortunately, the nature of the supply means that it will need to be regularly tested for cleanliness.
Municipal water is the most common type of residential water supply systems. These are handled by the municipalities and are generally focused on areas that have some amount of density or are close to the existing infrastructure. This is why you will see limits to municipal water supply the further away you get from downtown cores and for larger properties.
In general, water supplies from municipalities offer high levels of cleanliness and consistency in supply due to a combination of regulations and potential legal risks for not having clean water available. That said, many municipalities have very publicly struggled with water cleanliness and consistent supply.
If you are on a municipal water supply, you may also face issues from your own pipes in terms of water cleanliness. This is usually a result of lead pipes still in your home, which can affect homes that were built into the 1980s. The further you get from the municipal supply, the more likely the infrastructure is outdated and more likely to be contaminated, meaning you will also want to have your water tested regularly.
- Rain Collection
Rain collection is another popular water supply that is especially useful in areas of the world where rain is fairly consistent, or on properties with sufficient space to house collected water. Depending on your geography, a rain collection system can be both inexpensive and easy to set up.
Also depending on your geography, the water may be more susceptible to cleanliness issues, especially if the water ends up standing for too long. There are many sanitation systems designed to deal with this precise issue, but it is still important to have your water regularly checked for cleanliness issues if you rely on this system.
No matter your residential water supply system, reliable and regular water testing is key to keeping you and your family safe. Whether you rely on a well, the municipality, or rainfall, clean water is a basic necessity of life. If you are in need of water testing, be sure to contact AquaKnow. We offer regular testing services to ensure that your water supply is safe.