What’s In Your Water?
If you live in Peterborough or the surrounding area, you may have…
HARD WATER MINERALS, BACTERIA, AND OTHER
CONTAMINANTS IN YOUR WATER
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
COMMON ONTARIO WATER PROBLEMS
According to a report by CNN, more than 5,000 water treatment plants across the United States are in violation of the Water Quality Association standards and contributing to the water health crisis
- Failure to properly test the wa
- 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.
IF YOU SUSPECT OR ARE CONCERNED THAT YOU HAVE CONTAMINANTS IN YOUR WATER, HERE ARE THE NEXT STEPS TO TAKE IN GETTING YOUR WATER PURIFIED:
- 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.
- If we do find contaminants that exceed safe levels, we’ll alert you and let you know your options.
- 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.