What does Groundhog Day mean for water quality?

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Posted on February 02, 2017

groundhogday.jpgFor 2017, there was no consensus on Groundhog Day, as to whether or not there will be an early spring. In Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil, probably the world’s most famous prognosticating rodent saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter for the US. Ontario’s Wiarton Willie and Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam, however, didn’t see their shadows, indicating an early spring for Canadians.

But, let’s face it — with an average accuracy of around 39% over the years, we really can’t put a lot of faith in what these rodent meteorologists tell us. What we can guarantee, though, is that spring will arrive, and the arrival of spring introduces a wide range of potential water-related issues.

Why are there so many possible water concerns in the spring? Well, think abo
ut all the unpleasant things that emerge, be it in your yard, at the park, or along the road, when the snow’s finally gone. With the spring thaw, all that stuff –salt, animal waste, fertilizers, etc. – that was trapped by snow and the frozen ground are now free to move about. With all the melting and usual amounts of rain, flooding is extremely common and can wash all those contaminants into public water sources, aquifers, and private wells, which can ultimately end up at your tap.

The best way to protect your family’s water from seasonal influxes of water contaminaihs.pngnts is to make sure you have a complete water treatment system installed in your home. Whether you’re on a municipal water system or a private well, you can benefit from different types of
whole house water filtration systems or point-of-entry (POE) treatment. Filtration can improve taste and remove odours, and certain filters can even remove toxins such as lead. Disinfection using an ultraviolet (UV) system will ensure that microbial contaminants, like E. coli, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia, don’t make it to any taps in your home. Talk to a local water treatment professional to help determine which treatment solutions are best for your water conditions.