Well Management Overview
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  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Water Softeners
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Water Softeners
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Water Softeners
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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    Water Softeners/Conditioners

    Water SoftenerDepending on where you live in Ontario, hard water can sometimes be a problem. Hard water is simply high mineral content, primarily calcium and magnesium. It's not harmful for you to drink, but soap cannot mix well with the minerals and causes a build-up of film on dishes and laundry as well as fixtures and appliances. It can also cause lime build-up in your water heater and pipes, lowering their efficiency. You can contact any water softener company to test your water for hardness.

    Only salt will actually soften water, but there are a number of other technologies available that will remove particles or condition hard water, creating a similar effect. Always ask your dealer what substances the treatment device is certified to remove.

    Many people are turning to the newer technologies because of concerns about the effect of salt on septic systems and on the environment. However, some newer devices have not yet been tested thoroughly, so we recommend that you ensure that any device you purchase has received third party testing and certification by the National Standards Foundation (NSF) or the Water Quality Association.

    About Your House - Water Softeners: This fact sheet is published by the Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC) about the most common type of water softener. People on salt-restricted diets will need to consider using potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride, which is about double the price. There is some debate about whether the salt in a traditional ion-exchange type water softener has a detrimental effect on septic systems. A study was conducted at the Ontario Rural Wastewater Centre at the University of Guelph. To read the report, follow the link for Water Softeners and Septic Systems and Impact of Water Softeners on Septic Tanks.

    Salt-free Water Softeners/Conditioners use a catalytically working filter, a form of Nano-technology, to prevent the minerals from cystallizing and sticking to surfaces as well as filter out some contaminants. According to Consumer Reports, the advantages are that they don't use any salt or chemicals, they don't remove important trace minerals and they don't waste water. However, disadvantages are that they are not recommended for very hard water and they leave some scale on hot surfaces. Two brands that sell this type of system are Next Scale Stop and Pelican NaturSoft (recommended by Consumer Reports) but it is not known whether either system is sold in Canada. Culligan Canada also offers a salt free alternative.

    Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment, a fact sheet published by CMHC, describes another type of water treatment system which can be used to "soften" water as well as remove salt, chlorine and some contaminants. The Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development also has some excellent information on reverse osmosis. One disadvantage is that desirable trace minerals are also removed from the water. This type of system works by forcing pressurized water through a semi-permeable membrane. Some reverse osmosis systems waste a lot of water during the treatment process.

    Magnetic Water Conditioners are fairly new on the market. This information is published by Aqua Magna, so keep in mind that they are selling this product and do your own comparison. Magnetic water conditioners use a magnetic field to alter the water structure. One advantage is that by not chemically removing any minerals out of the water, you benefit from their nutrient value. Another advantage is that, over time, they can actually descale pipes. Make sure that the device is of adequate size and strength to be effective.

    Hydropath Water Technology uses radio wave frequency induction to protect plumbing systems from limescale formation. The signal alters the physical properties of water forcing suspended materials to join and stay in suspension preventing them from adhering or accumulating. This product, developed and manufactured in the UK, is the only one of its kind and is available through HydroFlow Canada. Keep in mind that they sell this product as you research the information. HydroFlow claims that their product prevents lime scale buildup and will also remove scale from pipes over time. It won't make your water feel soft like a water softener or make your skin feel slimy. Results of research and case studies are provided on their website. They also provide product and performance warranties.

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    Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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