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 the United States 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

Cynthia McCarrey
Cynthia McCarrey
22:40 06 Oct 20
We had water filters installed. Service from beginning to end was professional. Customer service was friendly and everything was done in a timely manner. We highly recommend McLeod’s Ecowater!
Cheryl Soper
Cheryl Soper
16:20 28 Sep 20
We had two reverse osmosis systems installed in our home and McLeod’s Ecowater did a fantastic job! Their customer support for any questions Is great. We highly recommend them for all your water needs! Steve Cuss and Cheryl Soper
Bonnie Miles
Bonnie Miles
14:35 07 Sep 20
Had a great experience with McLeod's Ecowater. Ryan is very personable and knowledgeable as was Paul, the installer. So far, I'm very happy with my new softener.
Paul Clancy
Paul Clancy
23:42 23 Aug 20
Knowledgeable staff. They had what I needed in stock.
Liz Hill
Liz Hill
17:02 03 Aug 20
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 Gibson
Liz Gibson
17:16 28 Jul 20
Sales rep was pleasant, courteous and knowledgeable while helping us choose the appropriate system for our home. The installation was thorough and efficient.
Veronica Stockwell
Veronica Stockwell
16:28 28 Jul 20
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!
Susan Beattie
Susan Beattie
14:55 28 Jul 20
Living all our life in the city, and then moving to a rural homer we were stumped as to why our water was coating our kettle and dishwasher with a layer of "'sludge" We looked online and were a bit put off by the cost and attention needed to running a softener. A neighbour recommended McLeod's water softener and I'm so glad they did. A rep called on us and explained how everything works and within 2 weeks we had our softener installed by a most pleasant and safety conscious tech. Since then our appliances are clean and "sludge" free, and what a difference with our shower water! To top it all, the softener basically looks after itself, and the cost of the softener and installation was less than some companys were asking just for the installation.If you are thinking of getting a water softener I have no hesitation in recommending McLeod's.
Mike Ferreira
Mike Ferreira
15:23 28 May 20
McLeod’s Ecowater was great! Kimberly was very personable and walked me through the entire water softening/purification process. I’m new to rural living and hadn’t owned a home on well water before. She was great at answering all of my questions.The gentleman who installed our system was extremely pleasant to deal with as well!Overall a great experience and I would (and have) recommended Their services to friends and family.Thanks again!
Donna Bennett
Donna Bennett
22:02 24 May 20
Excellent service. Personable staff and great product. Timing was very efficient.
tom reburn
tom reburn
21:55 24 May 20
Caring, efficient and reliable. Highly recommend!
Elaine Webster
Elaine Webster
20:58 24 May 20
We highly recommend Rowan and the entire team at McLeod's!! They identify the problems, recommend solutions, and then get things installed very quickly. We've been a customer for many years, and won't go anywhere else for our water treatment needs.
Terry Jenkins
Terry Jenkins
18:00 24 Oct 19
My water problem was very serious. Super high iron and poor recovery rate from my well. Kimberly proposed a solution and the professional installers did a great job - very tidy especially challenging tight quarters. An adjustment was necessary a month or so after the install and it was attended to promptly. Finally - great water!
Catherine Guy
Catherine Guy
00:05 19 Oct 19
I found the whole experience to be a very positive one. Our drinking water is so much better now. Thanks.
Robert Harkness
Robert Harkness
19:17 25 Jun 19
We have had nothing but great experiences with every member of the McLeod's team. We have purchased a reverse osmosis system and water softener from them and they have serviced other equipment in our home. They are professional, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. We wouldn't go anywhere else for our water treatment purchases or maintenance.
Yvonne Carslake
Yvonne Carslake
15:15 10 May 19
Very friendly, honest staff!
Rob Kingston
Rob Kingston
15:23 24 Apr 19
Showed up right on time and had our under-sink RO filter installed in 20 minutes. The filter works great and our drinking water is clean and delicious!
Cameron Crawford
Cameron Crawford
17:42 06 Apr 19
We had a filtration system installed for our cottage. Friendly and professional. They made choices that were specific to our site and saved us money. Thanks guys!
Jim Riches
Jim Riches
20:38 22 Feb 19
From Kim to Paul the installer..my sulphury water days are behind me!!!Thanks McLeods!
Roy Maddan
Roy Maddan
18:36 04 Feb 19
Knowledgeable and friendly staff.. I attended with questions on purchasing a water softener system.. Rowan attended my home that afternoon, provided a water test and gave me advice on what I need. Further, he temporarily rectified the problem with my current softener system free of charge.. Will definitely take my business there in the future!
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