A water tech (technician) can mean several different things, but let’s go with the meaning that generally applies to someone who works on water supply systems. Their work might include the municipal side of the system, or well system for those who live in a rural area. A water tech generally makes sure that water is getting to the residence or business. If the lines/systems that transport water are broken or need repair, the water technician will step in.
A water treatment specialist, on the other hand, focuses more on the quality of the water. They are an expert about everything that might be in the water, such as chlorine, sediment, iron, pH, bacteria, hardness, or total dissolved solids. They know how to properly test for these items, and are also capable of prescribing solutions to turn poor quality water into good water. If the water is already good, they can turn it into great water.
There are several different levels of water quality. A water treatment specialist is familiar with the differences and what needs to be done to get to those levels. For instance, water that’s appropriate for washing cars or watering the lawn doesn’t need to be extremely high quality. For doing laundry, there shouldn’t be any contaminants in the water that could stain clothes. This is the same kind of water that would be good for taking a shower, since stains and buildup can occur in showers/tubs as well. When it comes to water you intend to consume, it is very important that it’s drinking water quality.
Any time the topic of health effects comes up, there are always various different opinions. There are many myths surrounding healthy drinking water, what’s best for someone’s body, and whether hardness causes problems in the plumbing system. Because plumbers see the effects of water on a plumbing system, we have firsthand knowledge about what different contaminants can do.
Do you prefer water with high alkalinity, or water without anything in it? I personally believe that pure water with nothing in it is most desirable. But because there are so many differing opinions, the best thing I can say is that someone with experience in water treatment tends to have more truth and facts than someone who has just done online research. (There’s a lot of misleading and inaccurate information out there.)
If you want to learn exactly what’s going on with your water and get the best option for your home, reach out to the team at Wisler Plumbing to work with a water treatment specialist. Contact us online or give us a call at 540-483-9382.