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

ELH Harrison
ELH Harrison
17:56 28 Aug 21
We got a new water softener, air pressure tank and UV system. They did an awesome job and got everything installed for soon after we had the rep out to our place. We had a small problem with the pressure and they sent out a technician to tweak the problem right away. I would highly recommend them for your water needs!!!
Paul Martin
Paul Martin
16:26 27 Aug 21
Great customer service and very knowledgeable about the equipment they sell and service.
Judi Broersma
Judi Broersma
14:11 27 Aug 21
We have loved dealing with the staff at McLeod's. They have always been willing to answer any questions I have.
Owen Pearce
Owen Pearce
12:36 27 Aug 21
Great friendly and professional staff along with excellent products and service. When your well being depends on it, a caring company goes a long way.
Trish Chapman
Trish Chapman
20:25 25 Aug 21
We have been with McLeod's Ecowater since 1991. The service has been great and staff friendly.
Vickie Tikkanen
Vickie Tikkanen
16:59 04 Aug 21
Been with McLeod's for 8 years and I have always received excellent and timely service! I'm very happy with my new water softener.
Jon Patterson
Jon Patterson
13:10 03 Aug 21
Prompt response and solved the hard water issues
Kayla Stanistreet
Kayla Stanistreet
12:55 13 Jul 21
McLeod's Ecowater installed a filtered water bottle filling station in my yoga studio a couple of years ago. Their product and service is fantastic and so far we've saved over 17,000 plastic bottles thanks to them!
Paul Williams
Paul Williams
01:38 13 Jul 21
McLeod’s have been looking after our water system since the house was built in 1997. The water softener, water ionizer and RO system are still running smoothly after 24 years. The UV lasted 21 years. Our “water guy” comes out each year and ensures everything is working properly. Service has always been great, and I appreciate how they use Canadian-made brands whenever possible. I highly recommend McLeod’s!
Kym Basso
Kym Basso
12:16 02 Jul 21
I had the great experience dealing with Mcleods WaterI was inquiring about upgrading the old softenerWe set up an appointment and I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan PostRyan was very professional, knowledgeable understandingHe explained everything I had questions about and did not pressure me into anythingRyan told me to call if I have any other questionsOnce we set up the install date and time everything went as plannedThe staff at Mcleods Water are welcoming and professionalI highly recommend this companyIt was a great experience
Don Schebek
Don Schebek
17:39 07 Jun 21
Just had new softener and sulfur filters installed by two very accomplished installers, Wyatt and Ethan. Their work was very neat and well done. I recommend them highly. As for the filters, we could not be happier with the ones selected by Kimberly. Thanks for a hassle free installation and great water !!!.
Frank Lombardo
Frank Lombardo
20:01 03 Jun 21
From the first call to the post installation questions, the team at McLeod's water has been responsive, accommodating and professional. Very grateful they were able to upgrade and install new components to our water system in time for us to move into our new home.
Jim Dawson
Jim Dawson
17:36 03 Jun 21
They did everything they promised and more, I am always skeptical but no need to be with these guys. A-plus
Ginette La Forest
Ginette La Forest
12:38 21 May 21
Helpful. Fast and efficient.
pierre pierre
pierre pierre
00:45 12 Apr 21
Install went well. The installers were courteous, the install was clean and fast. We purchased a reverse osmosis system and water softener. They were not cheap. It has been 4 months and I can honestly say it is one of the best purchases we have ever made. I had no idea how bad our water actually was. It was literally a life changer. We are so happy!
Brian Jones
Brian Jones
18:40 23 Mar 21
Absolutely amazing team from Kimberly in sales and the install team. A possible issue post install was very quickly resolved and found that it had nothing to do with the Ecowater system. Very very happy with all and would gladly recommend McLeod's to everyone looking for amazing water.
Pat & Sue Johnston
Pat & Sue Johnston
17:58 23 Mar 21
Great experience start to finish. Sales Rep Ryan was knowledgeable and steered us to the best unit for our particular needs. Install fellows polite efficient and left area clean. Thanks for everything.
Brenda Haigh
Brenda Haigh
19:14 23 Feb 21
Great service and really nice people ! Great tasting water . Very professional 👍
Brian Barks
Brian Barks
16:10 11 Feb 21
We had a new UV VIQUA VH200 9GPM filter system intalled by the McLeod's team recently. The installation was done quickly, neatly and done on time. The office staff have been very helpful , knowledgable and friendly. Would highly recommend McLead's for your water treatment needs.
Jerry Kokorudz
Jerry Kokorudz
19:40 13 Jan 21
The McLeod’s team were absolutely fantastic. They were prompt and professional and took care of high iron / high sulfur water issue. We are very pleased with the results.
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