There are several reasons why homeowners in the U.S. often decide upon a well water system to provide their residence with fresh water. In many particularly rural areas, access to mains municipal water is a luxury that simply isn’t available. America is a very big place, and when you move away from built-up areas, the water supply might not vanish, but it can become compromised on account of older infrastructure and a much less extensive network of pipes. It is obvious that people living in such places would prefer their own well supply, and this is unlikely to change.
Venture into the citiesand you might expect municipal water systems to provide all you need. This is, sadly, not the caseand the situation seems only to be getting worse. Municipal water supplies go through a range of different filtration systems, all held to pretty exacting legal standards. Unfortunately, however, this just isn’t enough to provide optimal water to everyone. For one thing, contamination is still a major problem, and the filters don’t catch everything. In some areas, some very serious contaminants – usually heavy metals and substances such as arsenic – become more of an issue.
In response to this problem, people are turning to a number of alternatives. Synergy Science, a company specializing in alternative water products such as purified and filtered water as well as hydrogen water, say that this is one popular option. So too is installing a home water filtration system and giving your property a plumbing overhaul. Finally, many Americans are turning to well water as an alternative source.
What is a Water Well?
The water well is an ancient technology, and it allows water lying below the ground to be directly raised to the surface. If the well is deep enough, the water can avoid many of the surface contaminants that are a result of human activity. For example, pesticide contaminationas well as certain microbial contaminationsoccur in water much closer to the surface.
A water well though will not avoid contaminants present in the Earth’s crust (which includes poisonous heavy metals). However, a water well does avoid any excessive buildup of these contaminants, which can occur when water is flowing long distances through the Earth.
Modern water wells work on the exact same principle as ancient wells. The only difference is that instead of a bucket and rope, a water well will draw water up with a pump. Interestingly, over 95% of the world’s freshwater comes from the groundwater sources which a well draws upon. This naturally enough is a source worth tapping into. It will certainly avoid many of the contaminants you will find in water coming from, say, sewage treatment plants.
Such is how a water well works. Nevertheless, modern water wells also have a plumbing system attached to them (allowing the water to be routed into the home) and they can also be combined with filtration systems to really optimize the water quality. When this type of system is set up (which does not, admittedly, come cheap) many of America’s pretty serious water-related issues can be effectively dealt with.
Being drawn from fresh groundwater sources means you can also be sure that the water you draw will have a high mineral content. You can think of this as positive contamination, as there are indeed a range of additional health benefits you can get from your water when it contains these positive and natural “contaminants”.
Perhaps you live in a rural area and simply need a more reliable source. But for many living in urban areas, installing a well system makes a lot of sense.