Country-living is wonderful, open spaces, wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and freedom from the hustle and bustle of city life. With that freedom comes a lot of responsibility. Since there is no municipal supply available, you are your own water utility, in charge for water supply and quality.
Most rural water users in Utah will either draw water from a surface supply, sub-surface supply, or an “alternative” technique like snow/rainwater harvest. Contrary to what a lot of people think, water in the Utah back-country or from your own well usually isn’t any cleaner, fresher, or better than city water.
On its way from the clouds to your faucet, rain water dissolves and absorbs a part of almost everything is touches. The falling rain cleans the air as it falls. The impurities that were removed from the air have not left; they have just been relocated through the water onto the ground. Gases and other contaminants can cause undesirable tastes, colors and odors. Rain falls onto the ground, collecting sediments like rust, sand and algae. The water eventually finds its way to a surface water collection point like a lake or stream, and some percolates downward and collects in an aquifer. As it percolates through the earth, the water can absorb hardness minerals, iron, heavy metals, radioactivity, gases, organic contaminants, and many other complex elements and compounds.
Precipitation falls upon commercial and municipal dumpsites, toxic waste sites, industrial refuse depots, military test sites, leach fields, mining operations, farmer’s fields etc… Where it dissolves minute amounts of the toxic chemicals present and carries them along. These synthetic chemicals are generally odorless, colorless, and tasteless; and can often be life-threatening.
There are a number of issues that we face in Utah when it comes to rural water quality challenges. We have successfully treated the following issues across the state:
Colors and Cloudiness
Iron and Rust
Manganese and Black Stains
Hydrogen Sulfide or Rotten-Egg Smells
Turbidity and other Clarity Issues