Do I Need A Water Filtration System If I Have Town Water?

Why do I need water filtration town water?

Most of our customers on town water call us because something doesn’t look or smell right with their water. We often hear complaints such as “Our tap water smells like a swimming pool or rotten eggs.” Or, “Our water looks unclear, that can’t be right!” Often we’ll get a rush of calls because our customer’s water “is reddish and staining our clothes.” White buildup on showers and sinks is a common complaint also. All these sights-and-smell hints start to tell your water story before we even do a water test.

Water filtration town water

Do I need filtration for my town water?

No, but yes.

In the United States, we are very fortunate to have high water purification standards. Municipal water departments source clean water for many residents of cities and towns. However, the disinfectants to clean the water, such as chlorine and chloramine are not necessarily something you want to drink. Health concerns have been linked to chlorine and chloramine.

All city supplies are tested daily and are certified safe

Government agencies on the state level, such as the Maine Division of Environmental and Community Health, enforce regulation and mandatory testing of public water supplies. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is responsible for the regulation and mandatory testing on the federal level. If your home or business is on the town water supply, you can be confident that your water has been tested daily. And, the water coming out has gone throught the filtration process and is bacteria-free.

But that doesn’t mean town water is pure and problem-free

Many people who receive town water in their homes will buy bottled water for drinking! Why is that? After the water has gone through the filtration process, a disinfectant (for example chlorine and/or chloramine) is incorporated to kill any remaining parasites, bacteria, and viruses. Disinfectants also protect the water from germs as it’s piped to homes and businesses. Once the water gets to your house, however, the disinfectants are not needed.

City water users do not have control of the disinfection methods

Chlorine has been used to disinfect water for consumption to eliminate waterborne diseases for decades. It is highly effective at killing pathogens and diseases. Chlorine is considered one of the best disinfecting agents. It is widely used because it’s inexpensive and easy to control and monitor. Chlorine easily maintains a residual level in the water distribution that continues protecting drinking water supplies from bacteria growth. Despite its effectiveness and inexpensive ability to disinfect the water supply, chlorination has some problems, such as toxic byproducts. While chlorine does a fine job of killing bacteria, it can react with any organic material present in the water to form trihalomethanes (THM), a known carcinogen regulated by the EPA.

Chloramine is a chemical made by adding ammonia to chlorine. Chloramines are less prone to forming THM’s, but ammonia can elevate nitrates in the water. 

Fluoride – Community water fluoridation prevents tooth decay safely and effectively. 

As you can see, the process of sterilizing surface water so that it is suitable for consumption is a chemical balancing act. Even when it passes EPA regulation out of the treatment plant, there’s no guarantee that town water doesn’t pick up contaminants in the pipes en route to your house. Now that the town water is at your home; a water filtration system will remove those chemicals needed to disinfect town water and remove any contaminants picked up along the way. A water filtration system will improve the taste and smell of your water.

Why should I add a water filtration system to my town water coming to my tap?

The EPA regulates and sets standards for public drinking water, many Americans use a water treatment system to:

  • Remove specific contaminants, such as nitrates and THM, and chlorine filters to deal with the chlorine and chloramine.
  • Remove iron and sediment that is common in town pipes
  • Take extra precautions because a household member has a compromised immune system
  • Improve the taste of drinking water


The FONTUS experts will provide a free immediate-response water test onsite. We will also correctly collect the state-certified approved samples needed for an arsenic test for you. Then we send them to a state-certified Maine Lab for a TSFHA water test. The TSFHA Water Test will test for Coliform Bacteria & E. coli (pos/neg), Nitrate, Nitrite, Fluoride, Chloride, Hardness, Copper, Iron, pH, Manganese, Color, Turbidity, Sodium, Uranium, Lead, Arsenic, and Magnesium in your water. This test is an additional charge determined by the lab and paid to the lab.

In short, taking control of your water supply is easy. Schedule your free immediate-response water test today. Call (207) 856-0066 or email to speak with the water treatment specialists at FONTUS Water Treatment.


An immediate-response water test is a test done onsite, getting your results immediately. This test allows us to determine if and what levels of iron, manganese, hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS), pH, alkalinity, salinity, copper present in your water. By the end of our appointment, you’ll have all your questions answered. And, most importantly, you’ll have a plan in hand to make sure your water is clean and pure.

In short, taking control of your water supply is easy. Schedule your free immediate-response water test today. Call (207) 856-0066 or email to speak with the water treatment specialists at FONTUS Water Treatment.


At FONTUS, we’re passionate about water purity. We pride ourselves on being reliable, hassle-free, and always available. For example, as the environment and your water change, we’re here to help evaluate your water. Through testing, installation, and maintenance, you can trust FONTUS to ensure clean, pure water for your home or office.

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