Well water can sometimes be contaminated with anything from iron, sulfur, manganese, dirt, turbidity, tastes, odors, tannins, iron bacteria and other bacteria, e-coli, coliform, chemical contaminants and other unwanted contaminants. Having a good filter will help to ensure that you are getting clean, fresh and great tasting H2O for drinking, cooking and bathing.
The first thing to do is to have your well tested to determine if treatment is required and if so, for what contaminants. A way to do a quick look yourself is to go to one of your commodes and lift up the tank lid. Feel the inside of the tank. If they feel slippery or oily this means that there is bacteria. Where there is bacteria, viruses can grow.
The best filtration system is a reverse osmosis system. It is the most efficient and effective way to purify liquid for drinking and cooking. The great thing about a reverse osmosis system is that once it is installed, there is very little maintenance.
Even with a great water softener or well treatment system, trace contaminants can still be found. The only way to truly make sure it is purified is through reverse osmosis. It will remove the chloramines and all substances as small as an atom. If you already use a well treatment system, a reverse osmosis system can be added as well to get the best overall clean water.
The one disadvantage of reverse osmosis is that it will remove all of the good minerals that your body needs as well as the bad. If you use this type of system, it is important to get some trace minerals from a health food store to add back in.
There are many well water filters on the market and the best thing to do is a little shop and comparison online. Have your well tested beforehand, so you know what contaminants you need to be filtering out. A good reverse osmosis system will likely be your best bet and the most economical. A good filter will definitely help to prevent ill health effects from unsafe H2O.