Would you drink or bathe in yellow water? Does metallic-tasting, brown water sound appealing? If your water is murky and full of tannins and sediments, would you still drink it?
The answer to these questions for most people is a resounding “no,” says Eric Dube. He and Nicole Blanchet own Water Depot locations in Bracebridge, Barrie, and Wasaga Beach.
Fortunately, all of these conditions can be fixed with the right system.
“Each water treatment need is different,” explains Eric. “Some homes have iron-rich water, others have microorganisms and pathogens, while still others have a build-up of tannins and sediments. And some have a combination of issues.”
To treat microorganisms and pathogens like e. Coli and coliform, one of the first options is a UV system which uses high-intensity ultraviolet light.
However, a UV system alone may not be enough. Tannins and sediments are often found in lake and well water. These organic substances can tint the water yellow or brown, and impact its taste. And if not removed before entering a UV system, they can build-up and make the UV light ineffective.
“That’s why it’s important to have us test your water and find a treatment solution that fits your needs,” says Eric.
Iron-rich water is another common issue Eric and his team treat. Usually having a rusty hue with a bad odour, iron-rich water can leave stains in your sink and toilet. It also has a metallic taste to it.
“Iron-rich water also poses problems to your pipes and fixtures as it can build up and cause clogging.”
The spring is the best time to test your water and determine your treatment needs, if you have any. Even those with existing systems should have thorough inspections of their equipment – UV bulbs can burn out; filters should be changed seasonally.
Water Depot offers no-charge, on-site inspections, and water analysis to give cottagers an extensive report on what they do and don’t need to achieve safe drinking water at their property.
The team also recommends setting up a preventive maintenance and inspection schedule to provide their clients peace-of-mind while continuing to have top quality water now and well into the future.
“We’re experts at analyzing and treating well and lake water,” says Eric, who explains they service many cottages throughout Simcoe and Muskoka. “If something is needed, we’ll let you know. We’ll also tell you if nothing needs to be done because your water quality is already safe and clean.”
Eric says a lot of cottagers don’t realize they can even put water treatment systems on islands. He has fielded several calls where people are surprised that Water Depot’s teams are able and willing to meet their clean water needs in water access only areas.
“And not just simple filters and UV treatments,” says Eric. “We can set up an island with everything the owners need to have a safe drinking water supply.”
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN