Users of private water supplies should have their water tested annually for nitrates, especially in areas where fertilizers are commonly used. It is estimated that 1.5 million people are potentially exposed to nitrates from rural domestic wells. Nitrates in well water can come from fertilizer runoff, leaching from septic tanks, and even erosion of naturally occurring deposits.
A Nitrate water softener uses the principle of ion-exchange – in this case, anions – to remove nitrates from raw water. The equipment contains a “bed” of softening material known as ‘resin’ through which the untreated water flows.
This unit is very different from a standard water softener. As water passes through the resin, the nitrates in the water attach themselves to this material. This ion-exchange process occurs literally billions of times during the softening process.
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Care of Equipment:
General Maintenance: A Nitrate Filter should be kept recharged at all times. Failure to do so permits contaminated water to flow into the pipes and water heater.
Service and Retesting: All water treatment equipment requires service, and the importance of proper maintenance can’t be emphasized strongly enough.
A nitrate removal softener should be serviced annually and nitrate levels should be re-sampled at each service.
The fact your water comes from a private well does not exclude the need for maintenance on a regular basis. While most homeowners prefer a contracted service plan from RAdata, appointments on an as needed basis are also available. RAdata has service programs that include salt deliveries. Where this periodic testing is included in the initial installation cost supplemental testing after the first year are the expense of the homeowner or can be included in the service contracts.
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