If you are like most people here in America, you probably take your access to clean water for granted. But what if you couldn’t just turn on the tap and get a drink? If you rely on well water, then you know that a well water filter keeps your water clean and safe to drink. In this blog post, we will discuss the best well water filters for your specific needs (based on a few common contaminants) from our partner, SpringWell Water Filtration Systems, www.springwellwater.com.
We will do this from time to time with more of our super-qualified partners in future posts to keep things straightforward & simple. We know how difficult it can be to develop your own comparisons among the different companies whose products you are considering. We hope this guide helps you determine which well water filter to purchase for your home.
Where Do I Start When Looking for a Well Water Filter?
Start with sampling your well water. You’ve got to know what you’re dealing with before you can know how to treat it; don’t take anyone’s word on what’s in your water. Word to the wise. Based on the information we found on the government’s USGS website, there are many certified labs that will sample your well water for a nominal cost. Keep in that it’s good to have realistic expectations about what the report will reveal; cheaper tests will often not detect particulates and contaminants at low concentrations.
Also, check out The EPA’s consumer confidence report (CCR) page — it shows most USA annual water reports so that you can get a sense of what the water is like in your area.
We have found a company called Tap Score that does a very thorough testing panel on your well water. This panel offers a very comprehensive explanation of all the numbers (and why you should care) at a reasonable price.
One more very useful chart, among many, offered on The USGS website is this USA hardness map. This map will give you a quick understanding of how much calcium and magnesium to expect from your well water.
What May Be in My Well Water and How Could It Affect Me?
Here are some of the contaminants and their potential effects that The EPA has deemed important enough to get well owners’ attention:
|Conditions or Nearby Activities||Recommended Test Recurrent||Filter to Consider|
|Gastro-intestinal illness||Coliform bacteria||UV Purification System|
|Household plumbing contains lead||pH, lead, copper||Calcite pH Neutralizer System, Whole House Lead & Cyst Removal System|
|Radon in indoor air or region is radon rich||Radon||EPA Site – Radon Removal Air Bubbling System|
|Scaly residues, soaps don’t lather||Hardness||Well Water Filter and Salt Based Water Softener|
|Water softener needed to treat hardness||Manganese, iron||Well Water Filter and Salt Based Water Softener|
|Stained plumbing fixtures, laundry||iron, copper, manganese||Well Water Filter and Salt Based Water Softener, Chemical Injection System|
|Objectionable taste or smell||Hydrogen sulfide, corrosion, metals||Well Water Filter and Salt Based Water Softener|
|Water appears cloudy, frothy or colored||Color, detergents||Spin-Down Sediment Filter, Well Water Filter and Salt Based Water Softener|
|Corrosion of pipes, plumbing||Corrosion, pH, lead||Calcite pH Neutralizer System, Whole House Lead & Cyst Removal System|
|Rapid wear of water treatment equipment||pH, corrosion||Calcite pH Neutralizer System, Whole House Lead & Cyst Removal System|
|Nearby areas of intensive agriculture||Nitrate, pesticides, coliform bacteria||Ultra Whole House Well Water Filter Salt Based System Combo, UV Purification System, Reverse Osmosis System|
|Coal or another mining operation nearby||Metals, pH, corrosion||Ultra Whole House Well Water Filter Salt Based System Combo, Calcite pH Neutralizer System, Whole House Lead & Cyst Removal System|
|Gas drilling operation nearby||Chloride, sodium, barium, strontium||Ultra Whole House Well Water Filter Salt Based System Combo|
|Odor of gasoline or fuel oil, and nearby gas station or buried fuel tanks||Volatile organic compounds (VOC)||Ultra Whole House Well Water Filter Salt Based System Combo|
|Dump, junkyard, landfill, factory, or dry-cleaning operation nearby||VOC, Total dissolved solids (TDS), pH, sulfate, chloride, metals||Ultra Whole House Well Water Filter Salt Based System Combo, Calcite pH Neutralizer System, Whole House Lead & Cyst Removal System|
|Salty taste and seawater, or a heavily salted roadway nearby||Chloride, TDS, sodium||Ultra Whole House Well Water Filter Salt Based System Combo, UV Purification System, Reverse Osmosis System|
The first two columns of the chart above were pulled from a nice pdf document posted on The EPA’s website and we’ve added the third column called “Filter to Consider”. Take a look, it’s very informative. Next, we’re going to list our top picks from the table above:
Choosing the Best Well Water Filter by Need
The SpringWell UV (ultraviolet) Water Filter system removes 99.9% of these contaminants and gives you the clear mind of never worrying about a boil water alert or notice again. This system pairs well with any of our other whole-house water filtration systems and doesn’t impede your water flow rate.
UV filter (ultraviolet) technology filter systems are proven to control microbiological (bacteria & virus) issues in water including E.coli, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia lamblia. The UV filter bacteria system kills 99.9% of harmful pathogens, viruses, and bacteria to protect your home against contaminated water.
Springwell’s UVC5-15 system offers a high 15 GPM system with 30mj/cm2 which gives you one of the most powerful UV filter systems in the industry.
The Springwell Calcite pH Neutralizer house water filtration system is designed to raise the pH of the water to alleviate the hard effects of acidic water. If your pH is in the 6 to 6.5 range, then our calcite pH neutralizer is the system for you.
It’s common in wells to have acidic water in the range of 6.0 to 6.5 pH which can be extremely damaging to your plumbing, appliances, and even your health. For this reason, they’ve introduced the Calcite pH Neutralizer whole house water filter system which will turn your low pH water into balanced non-corrosive water. The Calcite system is a state-of-the-art house water filter system using premium calcite giving you the best results for raising your pH.
Are you drinking lead-contaminated water? The SpringWell water filter not only removes > 99.95% of heavy metals such as lead, but it also removes PFAS & PFOA and treats cysts, chlorine, chloramine, and other harmful contaminants in your water.
Lead can enter drinking water when service lines that contain lead corrode, especially where the water has high acidity or low mineral content that corrodes pipes and fixtures. This most often happens in the pipes that carry water from the water treatment plant to water mains under the street supplying homes.
Lead release is heavily influenced by the chemistry of the water delivered by the well water filtration system and by physical disturbances such as road construction or water main replacements.
The whole house water filter lead & cyst removal filtration system is specifically designed at a 0.5-micron nominal filtration level, to remove both particulate and soluble lead from your drinking water. Soluble lead is invisible, odorless, tasteless, and needs to be chemically removed from the water.
Particulate lead is like a tiny grain of sand that needs to be physically removed from the water. The SpringWell whole house water filter system is designed to remove BOTH forms of lead contamination from the whole house in a single filter.
The whole house lead & cyst removal system’s binders are designed to chemically react with soluble lead to create an ionic bond, kinetically removing lead from the water. Ionic bonding is a chemical bond that involves the electrostatic attraction between oppositely charged ions and is the primary interaction occurring in ionic compounds. Ionic bonds form when a nonmetal (binder/adsorbent) and a metal (lead) exchange electrons, as they do in PIONEER™.
If you have a well and looking to remove iron, manganese, hydrogen sulfide as well as hard water minerals then this is the system for you. Combining the whole house well filtration system with the salt-based water softener will give you that clean healthy water taste. This combination will also prevent limescale and calcium build-up on your plumbing and fixtures.
How The Well Water Filtration System Works
1. Water flows through a pocket of air in the top of the tank oxidizing the iron (air injection), sulfur, or manganese.
2. The oxidized material or sulfur gas is trapped in the bed of the green sand fusion.
3. The system backwashes the contaminants out of the bed down a drain and resets the fresh pocket of air. This system utilizes an Empress Vortech Tank for fast, thorough cleansing of the bed.
4. Clean, fresh, and iron-free water is then distributed throughout your home water supply.
Sometimes, well water can have bacteria in it such as “Iron Bacteria,” and may need to be injected with chlorine. It’s an incredibly efficient and cost-efficient way to kill iron and sulfur bacteria. This method is better than using an iron or manganese filter, especially when your iron and manganese levels are within normal ranges.
Kills Iron Bacteria On Contact!
Using the Springwell Water Chemical Injection System is the best way to achieve accurate chlorine residuals with the least amount of maintenance. This gives you optimal results.
There are many outdated pellet chlorinators that drop pellets of chlorine into your well, but this can create greater issues in your well itself. With the Springwell Chemical Injection System, the water mixes in the system and kills the bacteria on contact.
SpringWell’s Spin-Down Sediment pre-filter is the perfect solution if you’re on a well with a lot of sediment. This system is nice because it also keeps the installation process a snap. The Spin-Down filter is designed to filter out large chunks of deteriorating wells and remove large sediment particles using a 100-micron mesh screen that is easy to clean and reuse. This filter gives you a 25 GPM water flow rate and is a 1″ in/out for plumbing so you have no drop in water pressure.
This is the ultimate combination house well water filtration system for anyone who has high levels of iron, manganese, and hydrogen sulfide that give well water that rotten egg smell.
It combines the whole house well water filtration system with the whole house granular activated carbon filtration system and a salt-based water softener. This powerful combination not only removes contaminants but also removes and prevents limescale/calcium build-up on your pipes, faucets, fixtures, and more.
Certified Components + Lifetime Warranty + 6-Month Money Back Guarantee
Combining our Whole House Well Water System with our Whole House Well Water Filter and Salt Based Water Softener Combo System gives you one of the most powerful Private Well Water Systems on the market. Not only are you providing you and your family with contaminant-free water, but you’re also removing hard water minerals and extending the life of your household appliances by reversing the damaging effects of corrosion.
First, the water will go through our Whole House Well Water System
The SpringWell AIO Whole House Filters System can remove up to 8 PPM of Hydrogen Sulfide, up to 7 PPM of Iron, and 1 PPM of Manganese. A daily backwash will remove the accumulated contaminants and replenish the filter media bed. The regeneration process also adds a fresh air pocket to the system.
Second, your water will go through our pre-sediment filter, then the whole house water filtration system.
In stage 1, sand, silt, clay, and other sediment are filtered through our 5-micron sediment pre-filter. After the sediment is filtered out, stage 2 pushes the water through a KDF media which removes harmful chemicals such as chlorine, as well as some heavy metals. Stage 3 was designed using a catalytic carbon media which removes organic contaminants including chlorine, chloramine, VOCs, pesticides, and herbicides — to name a few. Last but not least, stage 4 includes our innovative design created to eliminate channeling while producing more contact time.
Last, the filtered water will go through our salt-based water softener.
Once the water has been filtered through step one, our Innovative Salt Based Water Softener turns hard water into “soft” water through a process called ion exchange. Using the electronic metered valve mounted atop the resin tank, the system measures water by the gallon before running a cleaning cycle. Once the resin bed reaches its saturation point, the cleaning cycle begins.
During the cycle, a series of back flushes purge the trapped minerals and flushes them out of the system. When water flows through the resin bed inside the tank, salts like sodium and potassium chloride are exchanged with hardness-causing minerals (primarily calcium and magnesium), resulting in “soft” water. The salts are also replenished in the resin bed during the cycle and the system is ready to go again.
SpringWell is one of the few manufacturers who use premium certified components giving your system optimum performance with reliability and durability. With over 20 years of experience in water quality and a strong conviction that every family deserves the absolute purest water available, they are driven to ensure the best products at the best price with our industry-leading 6-month money-back guarantee.
Reverse Osmosis System 75 GPM
The Springwell Reverse Osmosis water filtration system has multiple filtration stages and is the perfect solution for filtering heavy metals such as lead, fluoride, and arsenic. This point-of-use water filter system fits neatly under your kitchen sink and provides 75 gallons per day of treated water. It’s the perfect solution to filter out those extra contaminants in your water and best for drinking and cooking with.
Removes Harmful Contaminants
If you’re looking for a solution to filter out heavy metals commonly found in our cities’ drinking water, then reverse osmosis filters are the way to go. They don’t come with the upfront costs of the whole house water filter system.
It’s a point of entry system commonly installed under your kitchen sink. This water can be used for drinking water and to cook with. Here’s a list of the heavy metals that this powerful system removes:
- Lead, mercury, fluoride, arsenic
- Aluminum, iron, chlorine, chloramine
- Herbicides, pesticides, chlorine byproducts
- And more…\
Stages of Filtration
Stage 1: Sediment Filtration removes all the sediment and larger contaminates that are in your water.
Stage 2: Carbon Filtration uses carbon filtration to filter out chlorine, chloramine, herbicides, pesticides, and more.
Stage 3: Reverse Osmosis uses Reverse Osmosis to filter out heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, fluoride, iron, aluminum, and more.
Stage 4: Carbon Filtration is used to finalize the cleaning phase and remove the additional contaminants that made it through the first 3 stages.
In conclusion, the Springwell Water Systems are some of the best water filtration systems on the market today for filtering out harmful contaminants such as heavy metals, bacteria, herbicides sand silt, VOCs as well as hardness just to mention a few.
We hope this helped gain some knowledge on how best to treat your well water using filters specifically targeting your contaminants based on your water sample results. Healthy & Clean water for you and your family is our hope.