3 Most Common Water Treatment Questions

As a water treatment company, homeowners often give us a call with questions. Like any other system in your home, there is a learning curve for the homeowner. These common water treatment questions can help point you in the right direction.

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3 most common water treatment questions

1) Water Testing and water testing frequency

Of the 3 most common water treatment questions, the question about water testing is by far the most frequently asked! I have been in my house for 15 years and don’t have any complaints about the water. Should I spend the money on a water test? The short answer is YES. When considering a water test, the aesthetics of the water are only half of the test results. You may not have high minerals that cause staining. But you may also have health-related contaminants that are not things that can be seen, smelled, or tasted. As homeowners become more educated about their water, they learn how crucial their water test results are.

2) Water treatment science

Another good reason to test your water is that water treatment science changes and advances. A contaminant that is a routine test today wasn’t on anyone’s radar fifteen years ago. As new scientific data becomes available, the EPA changes the allowable concentration of contaminants. “On January 22, 2001, EPA adopted a new standard for arsenic in drinking water of 0.01 mg/l or 10 parts per billion (ppb), replacing the old standard of 50 ppb. Water systems had to meet the new standard by January 23, 2006.” Like all science, water tests have evolved and have become more precise.

For example, suppose a homeowner’s water test was before the EPA changed the allowable concentration of contaminants. An arsenic level up to 49 ppb would have “passed” under the old standard. Today that same arsenic level would would be almost 5 times over the current standard today. Another excellent example of evolving water tests is uranium. Uranium may have been in the well water since the well was drilled. However, water tests have only recently begun testing for it, knowing its dangers. Relying on experts like Fontus means you don’t have to be a water treatment expert. Instead, trust Fontus to treat your water with the most up-to-date industry information.

3) Water TREATMENT options

Another very common question homeowners are anxious about is treatment options. What, when, and how are the first concerns when a test comes back with something troubling, like arsenic or uranium. Fortunately, there are multiple treatments, sizes, and options. Some systems, called point-of-use systems, only treat the drinking water at the sink. Whole-house systems treat all the water in the house. We can even create a water treatment system that only treats portions of the home’s water – depending on how the plumbing is set up. We’ve found homeowners have individual comfort levels for water purity which vary considerably. For more information, we often recommend reaching out to the State Toxicologist or reading through the information provided by the state of Maine on this arsenic fact sheet.

Have a water treatment question?

As a water treatment company, we get a lot of phone calls from concerned homeowners. The experts at Fontus will provide a free immediate-response water test onsite for minerals. We can also correctly collect any state-certified samples needed for health-related contaminants. Then we send them to a state-certified Maine Lab for a comprehensive water test. The comprehensive test will test for Coliform Bacteria & E. coli, Nitrate, Nitrite, Fluoride, Chloride, Hardness, Copper, Iron, pH, Manganese, Sodium, Uranium, Lead, Arsenic, and Magnesium in your water. This test is an additional charge.


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, salinity are present in your water. You’ll have all your questions answered by the end of our appointment. And most importantly, you’ll have a plan in hand to make sure your water is clean and pure.


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. You can trust Fontus to ensure clean, pure water for your home or office through testing, installation, and maintenance.

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