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Utah groundwater contaminants create problem water for rural Utah property owners.

 

Problem Water in Utah

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 water supply available, you are your own water utility and are in charge of 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.

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:

  • Acidity

  • Arsenic

  • Bacteria

  • Chemical Contaminants

  • Colors and Cloudiness

  • Copper Staining

  • Corrosion

  • Bad tastes and smells

  • Fluoride

  • Hard Water

  • Iron and Rust

  • Manganese and Black Stains

  • Orange water

  • Sulfur

  • Hydrogen Sulfide or Rotten-Egg Smells

  • Turbidity and other Clarity Issues

Required Tests for Individual Wells in Utah:

Utah County:

  • Fluoride
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrite
  • Sulfate
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Turbidity
  • Metals: Ba, Cr, Na, As, Cd, Pb, Se, Ag
  • Mercury
  • Total Coliform

 

Salt Lake County:

  • Antimony, Sb (MCL = 0.006 mg/L)
  • Arsenic, As (MCL = 0.01 mg/L)
  • Barium, Ba (MCL = 2.0 mg/L)
  • Beryllium, Be (MCL = 0.004 mg/L)
  • Cadmium, Cd (MCL = 0.005 mg/L)
  • Chromium, Cr (MCL = 0.1 mg/L)
  • Cyanide, Free CN (MCL = 0.2 mg/L)
  • Fluoride, F (MCL = 4.0 mg/L)
  • Mercury, Hg (MCL = 0.002 mg/L)
  • Nickel, Ni
  • Nitrate (MCL = 10.0 mg/L)
  • Nitrite (MCL = 1.0 mg/L)
  • Selenium, Se (MCL = 0.05 mg/L)
  • Sodium, Na
  • Sulfate (MCL = 500mg/L)
  • Thallium, Tl (MCL = 0.002 mg/L)
  • Total Dissolved Solids, TDS (MCL = 2000 mg/L)
  • Total Coliform

Weber and Morgan Counties: 

  • Antimony, Sb (MCL = 0.006 mg/L)
  • Arsenic, As (MCL = 0.01 mg/L)
  • Barium, Ba (MCL = 2.0 mg/L)
  • Beryllium, Be (MCL = 0.004 mg/L)
  • Cadmium, Cd (MCL = 0.005 mg/L)
  • Chromium, Cr (MCL = 0.1 mg/L)
  • Cyanide, Free CN (MCL = 0.2 mg/L)
  • Fluoride, F (MCL = 4.0 mg/L)
  • Mercury, Hg (MCL = 0.002 mg/L)
  • Nitrate (MCL = 10.0 mg/L)
  • Nitrite (MCL = 1.0 mg/L)
  • Total Nitrate and Nitrite (MCL 10.0 mg/L)
  • Selenium, Se (MCL = 0.05 mg/L)
  • Thallium, Tl (MCL = 0.002 mg/L)
  • Total Coliform/E. Coli

Tooele County:

  • Ammonia
  • Arsenic, As
  • Barium, Ba
  • Cadmium, Cd
  • Chloride, Cl
  • Chromium, Cr
  • Fluoride, F
  • Lead, Pb
  • Mercury, Hg
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrite
  • pH
  • Selenium, Se
  • Silver, Ag
  • Sodium, Na
  • Sulfate
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Turbidity
  • Total Coliform/E. Coli

 

Daggett, Duchesne, Uintah Counties:

  • Antimony, Sb (MCL = 0.006 mg/L)
  • Arsenic, As (MCL = 0.01 mg/L)
  • Barium, Ba (MCL = 2.0 mg/L)
  • Beryllium, Be (MCL = 0.004 mg/L)
  • Cadmium, Cd (MCL = 0.005 mg/L)
  • Chromium, Cr (MCL = 0.1 mg/L)
  • Copper, Cu (MCL = 1.3 mg/L)
  • Cyanide, Free CN (MCL = 0.2 mg/L)
  • Fluoride, F (MCL = 4.0 mg/L)
  • Mercury, Hg (MCL = 0.002 mg/L)
  • Nickel, Ni (MCL = 0.1 mg/L)
  • Nitrate (MCL = 10.0 mg/L)
  • Nitrite (MCL = 1.0 mg/L)
  • Selenium, Se (MCL = 0.05 mg/L)
  • Sodium, Na (no MCL)
  • Sulfate (MCL = 1000mg/L)
  • Thallium, Tl (MCL = 0.002 mg/L)
  • Total Dissolved Solids, TDS (MCL = 2000 mg/L)
  • Turbidity (MCL = 5 NTU)
  • Total Coliform

Davis County: 

(Recommended testing only)

  • Antimony, Sb
  • Arsenic, As
  • Barium, Ba
  • Beryllium, Be
  • Cadmium, Cd
  • Chromium, Cr
  • Cyanide, Free CN
  • Fluoride, F
  • Mercury, Hg
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrite
  • Selenium, Se
  • Sulfate
  • Thallium, Tl
  • Total Dissolved Solids, TDS
  • Total Coliform/E. Coli

Additional EPA or CDC Recommendations:

  • pH
  • Total Hardness
  • Volatile Organics (VOCs)
  • Lead/Copper (depending on plumbing)
  • Pesticides (depending on land use)

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