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

Tracey Marshall
Tracey Marshall
17:11 16 May 24
We had our new system installed today by Ryan and Manny. They did an excellent job and were friendly and helpful with the operating instructions. I would not hesitate to recommend McLeods Ecowater to any of my friends and family.
21:03 23 Apr 24
Friendly people on the phone. Good customer service. Service was timely and knowledgeable. Everyone I dealt with from sales to installer was very helpful. I never hesitate to recommend McLeod’s when asked.
Vicki Lord
Vicki Lord
16:35 20 Apr 24
Called McLeod's because we had a leak when we tried to change the filter. JP came and was amazing! He not only fixed the problem but explained why it happened. JP went above and beyond! He was professional, courteous and took the time to educate us on how our system operates. I am so thankful for JP! Thank you very much.
David Onofrio
David Onofrio
19:34 15 Apr 24
I was having issues with our water softener system so called Ecowater. The customer service I received from my initial call to the service appointment was impeccable. Polite, kind, knowledgeable and courteous. JP was amazing! He determined immediately what the issue was and not only fixed the problem in record time but also took the time to help me understand what the problem was and how to properly take care of the system. Thank you Team! Keep up the great work
carl pokorski
carl pokorski
18:54 13 Apr 24
J.P provided a truly professional service. He is deeply knowledgeable and very friendly.
Linda Harrison
Linda Harrison
02:40 11 Apr 24
Had Jason here to fix our water softener today. In a word Jason is amazing!!! Took his time to explain the water softener, cleaned the screen, showed us how to do routine maintenance and talked about when to call in an expert. Wow!!! Excellent customer from Julie in setting up the appointment, to Jason showing up and fixing our problem. Can't say enough good things about this company. This is our 2nd service call in 24 years. Their product is high quality and durable. Thank you!!!
Adam Weir
Adam Weir
16:25 05 Apr 24
McLeod's have been fantastic to deal with! Ryan and Neil were super quick with the install and very professional.
Julie Collins
Julie Collins
00:07 03 Apr 24
JP was awesome to help solve for a drip we found coming from our UV system! It was Easter weekend, the store was closed and we received a call back within minutes. JP was able to walk us through the fix over the phone and solve the issue - amazing service, especially since we have were hosting Easter dinner hours later. Thank you!
Dan Fitzgerald
Dan Fitzgerald
12:15 02 Apr 24
Had McLeod’s in for service on a 20 year old softener. Many and JP were incredible. Very thorough and took time to explain the system to me and how the work they were doing would resolve the water pressure issues I was having. Amazing service, as always.
Brad Smith
Brad Smith
15:40 25 Mar 24
Very Happy with service from McLeod's. Sales person very pleasant, set a date to replace Iron Filter. Service fella's showed up, on time, easy to deal with, in and out. No mess left behind, Great job.
Heather O'Connor
Heather O'Connor
17:43 22 Mar 24
I just had a new water softener installed. The install was a bit complicated by changing the location from the old unit. The guys did a nice clean, professional job. They were on time and good to deal with. I was impressed.
Mitch Lockhart
Mitch Lockhart
14:28 21 Mar 24
Everone at from McLeod's Ecowater from the office staff to the installers. Extremely courteous, professional and efficient. Very easy to deal with, been a customer for many years.
Brad P
Brad P
23:16 20 Mar 24
Friendly experts that are there for you from the sale to installation to maintenance to just buying your salt.Get a quote and learn from McLeod’s, trust the experts.I even got a follow up call a month later just asking how things are and to touch base if I had any questions or concerns!
Tiffany Saunders
Tiffany Saunders
21:57 20 Mar 24
One of the things we truly like about this company based on recent experiences of having them at our home is they never tried to upsell us. They recommended what was best for our specific situation. They were very genuine, courteous and professional and quick to respond to any inquires we had during and after the process. The whole process from beginning to end was seamless. We would highly recommend them.
Debbie Tyndall
Debbie Tyndall
14:58 14 Mar 24
The team at McLeod’s Ecowater were wonderful from start to finish. I would highly recommend them.
Adrian Harrington
Adrian Harrington
10:39 14 Mar 24
Very happy with our new water softener.Installed quickly, and an excellent job.A very positive experience
doc j
doc j
19:51 11 Mar 24
Great customer service...thx Jen
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!
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