Surface Water Treatment for Your Whole House

Surface water from a pond can be treated for home useThe water you use each and every day is one of the most important resources for your home and family. Not all homes have the same source for the water they cook, bathe, and wash with. Living in a rural area may mean your water is not supplied by a municipal source. If you build a new home in a rural area, you will have to decide what source to use for providing water to your home. If you have a pond, lake, or stream on your property, you can use the water from that water source to provide water for you home. In order to use surface water in your home, you will need to implement the proper water treatment solution that is approved by the local Department of Health. A floating pond filter can help provide your home’s water treatment systems with the cleanest possible water from your pond. Having aeration systems installed is a good idea for keeping your pond more oxygenated and healthy. Installing pond aeration systems will improve your home’s water quality by reducing algae, reducing phosphorus, breaking down bacteria, and removing odors from your pond.

What is Surface Water?

Surface water is water you find that is exposed to the atmosphere around it. Oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers and streams are all classified as surface water. Surface water is maintained through rain and can be affected by evaporation as well as the local groundwater supply by taking away from the amount of surface water. An easy way to remember the definition of surface water is to just remember that surface water is what you see on the surface of the earth.

The Surface Water Treatment Rule was created by the EPA to protect people from drinking unsafe water. Surface water needs to be treated, filtered and cleaned before it is safe for human consumption.

The Difference Between Groundwater and Surface Water

Groundwater will generally contain a higher amount of minerals than surface water and will not require as much treatment as surface water. An aquifer is an underground layer of rocky materials where ground water is drawn. Though groundwater and surface water are different, groundwater can feed rivers, lakes, and ponds that are considered surface water. The inverse is also true, because some types of terrain can have surface water being fed into the groundwater. If too much groundwater is removed, over time, the surface water can have a lower water level and even dry up entirely. Both groundwater and surface water have contaminants that are generally found in them. Groundwater may have pesticide and nitrates where surface water can have bacteria.

In any case, the water source you choose should be the best solution for your home. Having a professional opinion guide your decision is the best choice when you consider how vital water is in our daily lives.