When Mother Nature unleashes a torrent of rain, the immediate concerns often center around flooded basements, overwhelmed storm drains, and soaked lawns. However, an often-overlooked consequence of heavy rain and flooding is the potential impact on your home’s water quality. Whether your water comes from a municipal source or a private well, elevated water tables can introduce a host of contaminants into your drinking supply. At LaChance Water Filtration, we’re committed to helping you understand these risks and provide practical solutions to ensure your family’s water remains safe and clean.

The Threat of High Water Tables

Heavy rains and flooding elevate water tables, which are the levels below which the ground is saturated. When these levels rise, surface contaminants can carry into groundwater sources, posing significant risks to municipal and well water supplies in the Lakes Region, including towns like Laconia, Tilton, Gilford, Belmont, Meredith, and those around Lake Winnisquam and Lake Winnipesaukee.

Municipal Water Systems

Municipal water systems typically draw from surface water sources like rivers and reservoirs. During periods of heavy rainfall, these sources can become contaminated with runoff that includes agricultural chemicals, industrial pollutants, and microorganisms from sewage overflow. While municipal treatment plants are equipped to handle a certain level of contamination, they can be overwhelmed by the volume and diversity of pollutants introduced during flooding. This is particularly relevant for residents in Laconia and Gilford, where municipal water supplies are standard.

Private Wells

The risks are even more direct for homeowners relying on private wells in towns such as Meredith, Belmont, and Tilton. High water tables can cause contaminants from surface runoff to seep into the well, introducing bacteria, nitrates, and other harmful substances. Since private wells are not subject to the same regulations as municipal systems, the responsibility for ensuring water quality falls entirely on the homeowner. Importantly, well heads should be at least 8 inches above grade to meet safety codes, but many do not comply. While we don’t raise well heads at LaChance Water Filtration, knowing and correcting such discrepancies can prevent contamination and safeguard your water supply.

The Importance of Water Testing

Given the potential for contamination, having your water tested regularly is crucial, especially after heavy rainfall and flooding. Water testing can identify the presence of harmful bacteria, nitrates, heavy metals, and other pollutants. Here’s what you need to know about testing your water:

  • Frequency: Test your water at least once a year. Additional testing is recommended during periods of heavy rain or if you notice changes in taste, smell, or color.
  • Types of Tests: Comprehensive water testing includes checking for bacteria (e.g., E. coli), nitrates, lead, arsenic, pesticides, and other common contaminants.
  • Professional Testing: While home test kits are available, professional testing services provide more accurate and comprehensive results. LaChance Water Filtration offers water testing services to help you understand exactly what’s in your water.

Protecting Your Water with LaChance Water Filtration Systems

Once you’ve identified potential contaminants, the next step is to address them effectively. LaChance Water Filtration offers whole-home filtration systems to tackle a wide range of water quality issues, such as:

  • Sediment Filters: These initial filters capture larger particles like sand, dirt, and rust, preventing them from entering your water supply.
  • Activated Carbon Filters: Carbon filters remove chlorine, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and unpleasant odors and tastes. They are particularly effective against pesticides and industrial pollutants.
  • UV Purification: Ultraviolet light kills bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms, ensuring your water is microbiologically safe.
  • Reverse Osmosis: For those requiring the highest level of filtration, reverse osmosis systems remove dissolved solids, heavy metals, and nitrates, providing an additional layer of protection.

Benefits of Whole Home Filtration

Investing in a LaChance Water Filtration system offers numerous benefits:

  • Health Protection: Reducing exposure to harmful contaminants protects your family’s health.
  • Appliance Longevity: Clean water prevents scale buildup and corrosion, extending the life of your plumbing and appliances.
  • Improved Taste and Odor: Enjoy better-tasting water free from chlorine, sulfur, and other unpleasant flavors.
  • Convenience: With a whole-home system, you can have peace of mind knowing that every drop of water in your home is clean and safe.

Wrapping Up

Heavy rain and flooding can significantly impact your home’s water quality, whether you’re on a municipal system or rely on a private well. High water tables can introduce a variety of contaminants into your water supply, making regular testing and effective filtration crucial. At LaChance Water Filtration, we help you safeguard your water. With our comprehensive water testing services and state-of-the-art filtration systems, you can protect your family’s health and enjoy knowing your water is clean and safe. Don’t wait for contaminants to affect your water—contact LaChance Water Filtration today and take the first step toward ensuring the purity of your home’s water supply.

For more information, call us to schedule a consultation. Whether in Laconia, Tilton, Gilford, Belmont, Meredith, or near Lake Winnisquam and Lake Winnipesaukee, we’re here to ensure your water is pure and safe.