Have You Got Salty Well Water?

Have You Got Salty Well Water?


If your water has a salty taste, it could be a result of elevated sodium levels in your well. This can not only make your water taste unpalatable, but it could also have some negative health consequences.Have You Got Salty Well Water?

Sodium Basics:

Salt or sodium chloride is a highly soluble and naturally occurring element that is commonly found in groundwater supplies. Sodium is one of the ten most common elements on Earth, and it is also an integral part of human body chemistry. This means that while some is needed for optimal health, over consumption can affect our health. Sodium is often used to preserve food and enhance the flavor of dishes. It also has hundreds of other uses including as a deicer and as a water softening treatment. Sodium occurs naturally, and various forms can be found in water supplies around the world.

Sodium Contamination of Wells:

Since most soils and rocks naturally contain trace levels of sodium compounds and sodium is very easily dissolved, almost every groundwater supply will contain trace sodium amounts. These are not usually detectable to the human senses, but if your water has developed a salty taste, it could be a result of an elevated level. Generally, levels below 200 milligrams per liter does not produce a salty taste, so the level would be more than this to alter the flavor of the water. Sources of elevated sodium in the groundwater can include the erosion of salt deposits, salt water intrusion in coastal regions, naturally brackish water in certain aquifers, leaching from industrial sites or landfills, irrigation and soil leaching and contamination from road salt runoff.

The Health Consequences:

At a normal level, sodium is not a particular health concern. It can actually be beneficial since the human body requires sodium for optimum health. Unfortunately, at higher levels, sodium can have an adverse effect on blood pressure and can create symptoms in those suffering from hypertension. There is no EPA drinking water standard for sodium currently, but if you suffer from cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, or are on a sodium restricted diet, elevated levels could be a health concern.

Testing For Sodium:

The EPA recommendation is that private well owners should perform annual testing to ensure that the water supply is free from contaminants. During the testing, it may confirm that there is some amount of sodium present in the water. If your water has a salty taste, you may need to include a specific sodium test to determine the precise levels.
If tests confirm an elevated sodium content in your water supply, there are a number of treatment options. Boiling the water or using a point of use pitcher device will not eliminate sodium, so you may need to consider a whole of house system or other device designed to remove sodium.

Although trace amounts of sodium is commonplace, if your water has developed a salty taste, you may need to consider a treatment option. There are residential water technology systems that are readily available to eliminate this type of problem. Speak to a fully WQA certified professional to ensure that the issue is quickly resolved.

Contact NicMar Water for your water needs.

About The Author: Mark Williams (NicMar Water President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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