What’s In Your Water?


If you live in Peterborough or the surrounding area, you may have…




McLeod's EcoWater can help you identify what’s in your water and how to treat it so you can enjoy your water and improve your health.

We bought a rural property on well water recently in Kawartha Lakes. We had a few water treatment companies test our water and suggest a system for our needs. Kimberly from McLeod’s was by far the best. She was very knowledgeable and professional and explained her findings of the water test and suggested a system. She did not oversell and only recommended what we absolutely needed. She answered all our questions well. McLeod’s has a few options for payment which worked well for our financial situation. – Mike Fish, A 5-Star Google Review

Did you know that each home’s water is different depending on a number of factors?

  • If you have a private well or public water supply
  • The age of your home’s plumbing
  • Your exact location (are you close to any farms or manufacturing plants?)

The first step to finding out exactly what’s in your water is to get a free professional home water test.

Know what’s in your water with a free, fast, & accurate water test from McLeod's EcoWater. McLeod's EcoWater offers free basic water testing in most local areas. Enter your postal code to see if you qualify for free water testing using or call us at (705) 243-6021!

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I had the best experience at McLeod’s last week. Our new-to-us cottage came with an ultraviolet light system and no instructions. The excellent people at McLeod’s took the time to walk me through the process of changing the light and filter, and answered all my questions. They were extremely helpful and super friendly. I highly recommend McLeod’s! – Liz Hill, A 5-Star Google Review


According to a report by CNN, more than 5,000 water treatment plants across North America are in violation of the Water Quality Association standards and contributing to the water health crisis for multiple reasons: 

  • Failure to properly test the water
  • Failure to report contamination
  • Failure to treat water properly

With any health crisis, it’s important to know and understand the facts and fortunately, the facts are easy to find with a simple water test.


  1. Get your water tested. Contact us at McLeod's EcoWater and we’ll test your water. Our basic test is free and we offer full 3rd party laboratory testing for non-basic contaminants.
  2. If we do find contaminants that exceed safe levels, we’ll alert you and let you know your options.
  3. We’ll help you interpret your results so you can make an educated decision about what to do next.

McLeod’s was extremely responsive, informative and efficient. We love our new water system and could not be more happy with the quality of our drinking water and their great service! – Jamie Bauer, A 5-Star Google Review

Hardness Minerals
What it is - hard water contains calcium and magnesium minerals which bond with everything they touch leaving "limescale" in their wake.

Treatment – Our guaranteed water softener provides the best option for soft water on the market. It improves the water throughout your entire home while protecting your appliances and fixtures.

What it is - Iron can come in a couple different forms including dissolved and non-dissolved. Both of which can leave red/orange stains on your sinks, tubs, and toilets and can be extremely hard to remove. Iron can also cause bacteria to grow and let off an unpleasant smell.

Treatment – The EcoWater ECR 3502 is rated to remove up to 15 ppm of clear water iron. In most cases, our equipment can remove triple the iron compared to competitive brands. Should your water run red out of the faucet, an ETF AII9 Air Injection filter ahead of your water softener will usually fix the problem. In severe cases, a separate iron filter may be needed.

What it is - Chlorine is a chemical used by municipal & local water treatment plants to reduce harmful bacteria in the water supply. While this sounds good, chlorine and chloramines can cause a bacteria of their own to grow called trihalomethanes (TTHM) which is quite unsafe to drink or bathe in.

Treatment – The most efficient Chlorine reduction filter is Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) or Catalytic Carbon. Due to the high level of chlorine added to water by cities, you will really appreciate your water with chlorine reduction. See our Whole House Filtration page for more information.

Dirt & Sediment
What it is - dirt & sediment is just as it sounds. This is typically most common in well water or surface water that hasn't gone through a treatment facility.

Treatment – Dirt and sediment are found in almost all water supplies and will decrease the efficiency and lifespan of your appliances. For example, sediment in a water heater can prevent the heat from transferring to the water in the tank once sediment has built up in the bottom. Our whole house filtration system can help with this problem.

Smelly Water (Hydrogen Sulfide or Iron Bacteria)

There are typically two water contaminants that can cause your water to smell like sulphur or rotten eggs, one is Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) and the other is iron or sulphates.

 H2S is a mineral that is released from the earth and finds its way into groundwater. It’s especially common in well water located near shale, sandstone, coal, peat, or oil.

 Occasionally, a rotten-egg smell in your water could also be caused by a water heater or by sewage pollution in your water. If you’re on city water, the most likely explanation is your water heater.

 The most important thing to note is that it is ALWAYS worthwhile to get your water tested as H2S poses a serious potential health risk including nausea, vomiting, and other serious health effects.

Learn more, here.

PFAS, Lead, & Cyst

Water in our area has frequently been positive for lead, cysts, and PFOA/PFOS. These chemicals have been found to exceed the levels set forth by health advisory organizations and may cause health problems.

The chemicals Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C8, and Perfluorooctane Sulfonic acid (PFOS) are bio-permanent, resistant to direct oxidation, and do not break down naturally in the environment or the human body. Studies suggest that exposure to these chemicals may lead to cancer. 

Learn more about our PFAS removal systems, by clicking here.

Chromium 6

A new study by the Environmental Working Group reports that local drinking water contains hexavalent chromium, a toxic metal that has been linked to cancer. While the Environmental Protection Agency does not require the testing for the metal, the survey found that levels in our local water were pushing the levels proposed as a safety limit by authorities. This contaminant has been proven to cause cancer.


Arsenic is a common water issue in Ontario, however, it can be easily and affordably removed with an under-sink filter from McLeod's EcoWater.

According to the CDC, “Arsenic can enter the water supply from natural deposits in the earth or from industrial and agricultural pollution. It is widely believed that naturally occurring arsenic dissolves out of certain rock formations when ground water levels drop significantly. Some industries in the United States release thousands of pounds of arsenic into the environment every year. Once released, arsenic remains in the environment for a long time. Arsenic is removed from the air by rain, snow, and gradual settling. Once on the ground or in surface water, arsenic can slowly enter groundwater. High arsenic levels in private wells may come from certain arsenic-containing fertilizers used in the past or industrial waste. It may also indicate improper well construction or overuse of chemical fertilizers or herbicides in the past.”

Other Contaminants
What they are - common contaminants in our area can include nitrates, lead, arsenic, pharmaceuticals, and more. These are not included in the free water test, however, we do offer full labouratory testing at an affordable price.

Treatment – Protecting the water in your home is important, however ensuring the purity of the water you are putting in your body is even more crucial. Our Reverse Osmosis drinking water system will give you a peace of mind that your drinking water is healthy, and you are going to fall in love with this drinking water system that can provide up to 50 gallons per day of delicious water.


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Local Ontario Reviews

Mike Neary
Mike Neary
00:56 23 Jan 24
I Rent a water softener from McLeod's Ecowater and have regular softener appointments for cleaning it. Sometime before Christmas, I had a service call from McLeod's and had a new technician came to the house named Brian. Not only did he do a wonderful cleaning of my softener, but he also took time to explain to me what he was doing and how to adjust the settings if necessary in between appointments. I would recommend McLeod's and especially Brian for anyone thinking of renting a softener for their residence. Cheers, Mike Neary
Sarah T
Sarah T
02:44 21 Dec 23
I recently contacted McLeod’s and Pat reached out to answer my questions within a couple hours. He was so friendly and went above and beyond to walk me through the next steps. I really appreciated his honesty, he didn’t try to upsell their products/services. That’s what makes this amazing local business stand out!
Doug Poole
Doug Poole
18:49 30 Aug 23
We experienced a pressure tank problem on a 7 year old filtration system. The staff were helpful in identifying the tank as the problem, advising the part is still under warranty and then assisting me by phone to remove the old unit and replace it. Zero cost, great assistance and support from everyone. That's how you build a loyal customer base. Great work!
Len Conium
Len Conium
13:21 15 Aug 23
Great service, knowledgeable and very helpful.Resolved all our water problems!!
Leon Jegeris
Leon Jegeris
16:42 14 Aug 23
Great from sales to install. Everyone very helpful and professional.
Sue Ann Squire
Sue Ann Squire
16:48 05 Jul 23
We had McLeod’s come and install our new water softener system up at the cottage. Talking to Kimberly from the beginning and sending her picture of the water softener system that was there when we bought the cottage was basically all she really needed to get set us on the right track to a new system. The gentlemen arrived and proceeded to replace the old with a new system without any problems. They even set up a schedule as to when the salt needed to be added. All is working wonderful and we truly appreciate the professionalism that came along with the work. Thank you Kimberly and your associates for the wonderful, professional job that you did. We will highly recommend McLeods Ecowater. Thank you again.
Shirley Roselle
Shirley Roselle
15:47 28 Jun 23
Just had Ryan and Wyatt here for an install, great customer service from the onset They were quick, friendly, professional and efficient. This is the 2nd time I have dealt with McLeods and would highly recommend them to anyone wanting a water softener system. Once again thank you Ryan and Wyatt you are both super guys McLeods is lucky to have you
Scott Mckenzie
Scott Mckenzie
15:10 12 Jun 23
We got our water systems through Mcloeds and nothing but great service and professionalism from the first call to the install and follow up phone call very happy with the service, equipment,and recommend them for anyone looking for a water system
Tyler Robinson
Tyler Robinson
11:49 20 Dec 22
They didn't try to sell me the farm. McLeods sold me what I needed and said I could add on from there. should be your 1st choice.
Harvey Williams
Harvey Williams
20:04 17 Dec 22
Kim attended as a result of a request by me to have the system checked due to rust issues. Port Perry was under new ownership. I had the old ownership attend twice re water issues and they installed an in line water filter (didn't stock replacement filter when I needed one) and sold me Rust Out. Had the water softener company send a regional manager to look at my water softener system and it was adjusted.When Kim attended she advised that I had soft water and didn't require a water softener system. No one, including the original installer, ever told me that. Kim advised I needed a Ecowater iron removal filter system. I had it installed and the softener removed with Kim providing a plan for me to try out the system to see if it worked.What a difference the iron filter has made to my water. No more brown residue on bathroom sinks, tubs and showers. washcloths stay white.Hard to believe we spent several years with the wrong system and no one bothered to tell us. My wife had complained about the water and that's why I had it checked so many times. My wife passed away in July 2022 before Kim fixed my water problem so she never got the satisfaction of knowing she was right about the water.I big "Thank you" to KImberley Bain of Ecowater.Harvey Williams
Lynn Henderson
Lynn Henderson
16:56 15 Dec 22
I want to personally thank Kimberly Bain for her very professional and friendly way she had with us. There was no pressure and she showed us what the problem was and how to fix it. Would definitely recommend her if or when we need a new one. Very honest and respectable person
Wayne Westman
Wayne Westman
17:05 14 Dec 22
From the time of first enquiry re the service, costs, installation and delivery, everything was professional, with complete documented information and delivery expectations.All were met and the actual delivery and installation went faster and better than expected. The clean-up was immediate and by the next day we were experiencing better than expected results.The system continues to operate as described and we had a power outage for almost five hours five weeks after the system was installed and the auto system kicked in and everything went back to normal.Highly recommend McLeod's Ecowater System, the company, the service representative and installation technician. The water tastes great and looks much clearer and the hard water lines have all disappeared, showers feel so much better, and the sinks, tub and toilets can now be shown with pride for cleanliness.Thanks McLeod's, much appreciated.Wayne Westman
15:49 10 Nov 22
Although I have not purchased anything from Mc Leod‘s, I have on a few Occasions gone to them for advice or assistance with my 22 year old Culligan installed system. they have been very helpful and knowledgeable and didn’t charge me or try to sell me something I didn’t need. When I get to a point that I can no longer repair my current system they will be my first stop.
rob twaddell
rob twaddell
20:30 13 Aug 22
Awesome.e staff, very helpful..Took care of all my needs even thou I'm not a customer of Mcleod's. Would recommend anytime.
John De Marchi
John De Marchi
23:23 18 Jul 22
They tested my parents water and fixed the water softener.
Rob King
Rob King
17:04 05 Jul 22
Hi kimberly..its rob king in omemee. just want to take a few moments, to say thank you for being very efficient, and professional, when i reached out and connected with you, being a 25 year resident in the village of omemee, dealing with sulphur, and iron always in my water, you came and tested my water, free of charge, you came and sorted the problem out very quickly.. my water is sulphur and iron free. thanks again..i would recommend mcleods
mark katchaluba
mark katchaluba
11:46 18 Jun 22
Great team of people...Kim is very knowledgeable and Ryan did a fantastic Jin with our installation. Very neat and tidy job!
Nick Smith
Nick Smith
01:58 16 Jun 22
Excellent customer service. Everyone was very knowledgeable and took the time to answer all our questions. Install was quick and painless. Would highly recommend.
Wayne McLeod
Wayne McLeod
16:42 01 Jun 22
Our water is fantastic! Thank you McLeod's(same last name, no relation)We recently had Kimberly from McLeod's come by to do a water test, we have chlorine and a high sediment content which made the tap water undrinkable. The system was installed and WOW, what a difference! No chlorine smell and the water is super clear. In addition, all our pipes and water-dependent appliances, etc, are protected from the sediment.Another benefit is NO FILTERS TO CHANGE and NO CLEANING performed by us!Yes, we highly recommend McLeod's, from sale to installation it was a five star experience!
Brian Davidson
Brian Davidson
15:55 01 Jun 22
From the initial contact with the Sales Representative to the final installation it was a smooth and pleasant experience.I can highly recommend their services.
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