Is It Time to Switch to City Water? 5 Questions to Ask
Even with the advent of public water supply, many people in Spokane and the surrounding areas remain on well water. There are definite benefits and drawbacks to both kinds of water supply. If you are considering making the switch to city water supply, ask yourself the following five questions.
1. Do You Know If Your Well Water Is Safe?
Well water is generally safe, but the consequences of contamination can be disastrous. Unless you have had the water analyzed in the very recent past, you have no way of knowing whether your own water is still potable.
Every year, around 255 million tons of hazardous chemicals are dumped into the United States. These often seep into the water supply. While the city water supply has experts constantly monitoring levels of toxic chemicals, most well water supply remains untested.
This is unfortunate because many of these chemicals have no taste or smell and thus can only be detected by rigorous testing. Unless you are willing to have your water tested on a regular basis, switching to city water may be your safest bet.
2. Are Mineral Deposits Harming Your Plumbing and Fixtures?
Most well water contains a great deal of minerals. While most of these minerals are harmless to the human body, they can be very destructive to plumbing. These minerals often leave residues in pipes and fixtures, as well as on sinks, clothing, dishes, and anything that contacts the water regularly. Over time, this residue builds up in pipes and plumbing to cause very real damage.
If you have well water and also have plumbing problems, these two issues may be related. If mineral deposits are reducing the space of your pipes, you will see lower water pressure, more clogging, and a variety of plumbing issues that can be both costly and inconvenient.
3. How Long Can You Live Without Running Water?
This may seem hyperbolic, but it is an important question for anyone trying to decide between well and city water. How can having a well force you to go without water? First, some areas lose electrical power more than others. This can be a huge inconvenience if you are not hooked up to city water. Well water generally requires an electric pump to keep it coming out of your taps, so a loss of power will lead to a loss of running water. This is not a huge deal when your power is off for an hour, but it can be devastating in the event of a major storm or natural disaster.
In addition, wells occasionally need to have water pumps and other hardware repaired or replaced. It can take days to find an available contractor and longer for the actual repair to occur. Your family will be without running water during this time. It is easy enough to pick up a case of bottled water at the store to drink and cook, but living without bathing and flushing the toilet can get complicated and unpleasant.
4. Does Your Laundry Look Dingy?
This is a minor complaint, but it is an annoyance that bothers many people with well water. Minerals in well water make soaps and detergents less effective, so clothing often doesn’t get as clean in the laundry. Over time, this can lead to staining as well as a generally dirtier appearance of clothing and linens. In addition, these minerals are hard on clothing, causing it more wear and tear. Clothing washed in hard water has to be replaced more often, which can be expensive. The city water supply undergoes processes that remove most of these minerals, so laundry is cleaner and brighter while lasting longer.
5. Are You Concerned About Future Water Supply?
Many wells eventually go dry, often at inconvenient times. This will force you to hook up to city water, and to go without water while you are making the arrangements. If your area has shifting water tables or is prone to drought, this is not a question of if so much as a question of when.
For many people in the Spokane area, keeping a steady supply of water is more important than getting the last drop out of their well. If switching to city water will need to happen eventually, it is better to do it at a time when it is convenient to you, and at a time when you will still have access to well water until the transition is completed.
As with all home conundrums, switching to city water has both benefits and drawbacks that you should consider before making a final decision. If you live in Spokane, WA and are considering making the switch to city water, it is time to talk to a sewer professional. Call Vietzke Trenchless Inc at 509-244-9607 today for a consultation.