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If the water in your home comes from a private well, then maintaining the quality – and covering any water treatment – is up to you. Water sourced from groundwater or surface water travels from your well straight to inside the home without any input from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Working Water

99% of the water that gets used in the home goes to washing and cleaning. The well water is treated through a system of filters and water softeners before getting to the home.

Drinking Water

Without taking care of well water, you can’t be sure that there aren’t any contaminants in the water when you drink it. Well water doesn’t get treated with various chemicals that tackle natural bacteria like the water from local utility companies does, so it’s important to keep on top of maintaining the private well and its water purity.

What Are Some Signs of Well Water Problems?

Without adequately treating your home’s water supply, you aren’t protected from troubles with contaminants and other issues that could arise as a result.


Hard water is the name given to water containing calcium and magnesium traces – that is where the white scale buildup that appears on appliances that use water comes from. Hard water is a common problem for private well owners because it has not gone through the water softening treatment that it would go through if sourced from a utility company.

Cloudy Water

Looking at a glass of chalky or cloudy water isn’t the most appealing thing, and it comes from dissolved contaminants and substances that will lessen the well water’s clarity. As well as being off-putting, cloudy water can also be a warning for future fixture damage if left untreated.


Stains that come from problematic well water are generally difficult to remove, and without taking action early, the stained items may need replacement. There are two stain colors to look for that can help you to work out what the issue is with your well water:

  • Red and orange hues suggest an excess of iron in the water
  • Blue or green stains point to an improper pH level, which is harmful to the plumbing system in your home

Some Simple Solutions

Luckily, maintaining healthy water standards is recognized as very important, so there are many different treatment systems to assist with maximizing your well water quality.

Water Softeners

Since most well water is hard, water softeners are often used to improve the working water in a home. Kinetico Premier Series water softeners are the perfect solution for well water. Calcium and magnesium ions in the water are replaced with sodium and potassium ions. The hardness of the well water will decrease as the ions change over.

Drinking Water Systems

Drinking water systems are a great option when well water users want to reduce contaminants, bad tastes and odors from water. Kinetico has several drinking water solutions and filter options to improve the quality of drinking water. The Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station is certified to reduce more contaminants than any other comparable drinking water system. It has multiple configurations that allow you to customize the filtration for your home.

Specialty Filtration Systems

Specialty solutions are sometimes what’s needed to solve more complex issues with well water. Kinetico offers specialty filters and other equipment like iron filters, sulfur reduction solutions, and arsenic mitigation systems.

Final Thoughts

Having a private well to source water from is increasingly popular, but it is a big responsibility to treat your own water supply. If you’re using well water, you definitely want to have every safety measure in place that isn’t covered by a municipal water supply. Contact Kinetico of West Texas today for a free water analysis in your home.