Does the water in Sudbury contain flouride?
Fluoride exists naturally in water sources and is derived from fluorine, the thirteenth most common element in the Earth's crust. It is well known that fluoride helps prevent and even reverse the early stages of tooth decay. The water in Sudbury contains fluoride at an average rate of 1.02 ppm. Adequate levels of fluoride range between 0.7 and 1.2 parts fluoride per million parts of water. For more information on the water content, please see our 2008 Water Quality Report.
I am getting stains
in my dishwasher - what is it? [top]
The staining that you are noticing is caused by the iron and manganese
(minerals) that is found in the water. If you are using a chlorinated
dishwashing detergent, the chlorine in this product is causing a breakdown
of the natural bacteria that is present in iron (not harmful). The
chlorine comes in contact with the water, the minerals in the water react
with the chlorine, break down, and are dispersed on the walls of your
dishwasher. If you use any type of chlorinated product to clean in your
home you may be experiencing these problems in these areas as well.
Also, while doing laundry, discoloration of white loads and an appearance
of staining on the inside of the washing machine may occur if you are
using a chlorinated laundry detergent or chlorox bleach. During the summer
months when the demand is extremely high, this problem becomes more prominent.
With the continuous flow of water through the mains, the sediment that
normally settles in the pipes is disrupted and is pushed throughout the
system. In addition, with the high demand of water we are required
to continuously run all of our wells. Three of these wells require
chlorination as measures of treatment. This addition of chlorine
with the disruption of the sediment coming through the system is also
a potential cause of this staining.
How do I get rid
of these stains? [top]
One of the easier solutions is to tell you to stay away from chlorine-based
detergents. Simply check the list of ingredients printed
on the package and if it contains chlorine, don't buy that one.
There are two product lines that we have been made aware of that are "chlorine-free";
Seventh Generation and Bi-O-Kleen. Both lines carry most
of the normal cleaning products needed throughout your household (toilet
bowl cleaner, dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, etc.) and can
be found in most grocery stores. These products are not the only
products on the market that do NOT contain chlorine. Just be sure
to check the list of ingredients in whatever product you decide to use!
For people who have staining and are wondering if there is any way to
get rid of it - there are several products that will clean the staining
that has already occurred. Ti-Sales, Inc. located at 36 Hudson
Road in Sudbury sells a product called Red-B-Gone which will clean the
iron and manganese staining. Also, two other convenient and popular
resources that have been reported to us to combat the same staining problems
are Tang (yes, that yummy orange drink) and Glisten, both found at your
local grocery store.
Why do you flush
the water mains every Spring and Fall? [top]
Sudbury has very hard water which means that it has a very high mineral
content. These minerals, being very heavy, settle in the
water mains. It is important to flush the mains so that the sediment
does not build up to levels that could cause damage to the pipes. Flushing
is first and foremost used as a means of maintenance; it enables us to
check the quality of the pipes, flush sediment buildup from the mains,
exercise fire hydrants (making note of any in need of repair), and for
bringing fresh water into the system's dead end. Sediment is not
harmful to the normal individual. If you have any type of immune
deficiency or your health is compromised in some way, you should check
with your doctor regarding a high mineral content in your drinking water.
I am getting green
staining around my sink drains - what is it? [top]
Normally this is an indication of low pH in the water. The staining
is usually noticed in homes with copper plumbing.The low pH water coming
in contact with the copper plumbing will cause this type of staining.
In most cases we have found that it is due to inexpensive copper fixtures.
I am getting
a white crust on my faucets - what is it? [top]
A white crust formation is most probably calcium buildup.
It is usually remedied easily with a slight adjustment of your hot water
tank. Calcium deposits usually form when your hot water levels
exceed 140 degrees. Make sure your hot water tank thermostat
is below that (in the 130 degree range) and you should have no problems.
Where are the wells
located and from which well do I get my water? [top]
There are currently nine wells in operation at the Sudbury Water District.
Well #2 and Well #9 are located directly behind our office building at
199 Raymond Road. Well #6 is also located on Raymond Road, just
past Feeley Field. Well #4 is located on Warren Road.
Well #7 is located on Nobscot Road. Well #5 is located on
North Road (near the Concord line). Well #3, Well #8, and Well #10
are all located off of Pratts Mill Road. We are currently trying
to get a map attached to this website showing these locations. We
are having difficulty getting a full scale map to decrease to the needed
size and still remain readable. Sudbury has four storage tanks.
There is a 375,000 gallon tank located on Goodman's Hill Road, a 1 million
gallon tank located on Bigelow Drive, and two tanks located on Willis
Hill (one 2 million gallon tank and one 3 million gallon tank). Because
Sudbury Water District operates under one large distribution system, it
would not be possible to pinpoint an individual's water supply to one
specific well. All water eventually mixes within the water mains.
In addition, it would depend on which wells were being run. In the
fall, winter, and early spring months we generally run two or three wells
per day. In the summer months we run all of our wells at all times
to keep up with the demand.