I appreciate the suggestions and sentiments from everyone! A few more
questions and explanations:
1. Any modifications to the piping were going to be with the full
knowledge and written permission of the landlord. I didn't mean to
imply that I was literally just going to start hacking into the
2. People here say unfiltered well water wrecks havoc on white
clothing, particulary military uniforms. I do not see a disadvantage
of particulate/ sediment filtering. With no whole house filtration,
you wind up with "floaties" in your stomach, toilet, washer, faucet
aerators, water heater, dishwasher (if I had one)...why would someone
intentionally subject him/herself with this?? For the price of a few
filters, you get drastically reduced floaties. Even one filter would
be better than none...right?? Otherwise, you are just using your home
machines and your stomach as filters...
3. Have also heard that water softeners remove the calcium/ magnesium
scale (good), but also alter the pH of the water so it corrodes hot
water heater components. Do softeners damage hot water heaters?
4. The health department has a graduated scale for the tests they
perform. $12 for coliforms, $14 for combination flouride, chloride,
hardness, nitrate, nitrite, sulfate, sodium, and iron; $16 for
arsenic, $20 for lead, manganese, copper , and zinc; $16 for lead, $90
for organic solvents. The norm is $26 for the combo and the coliforms.
5. Somebody mentioned about a septic tank. There is a septic hill
about 150 feet from the well.
6. I like that about the backup generator for the pump in case the
power goes out. I was thinking about just buying some standby gallons
of bottled water, but the generator sounds good, too.
7. I have a call into the Culligan guy to get their rental rates.
Thanks again for the discussion. There seems to be a defined line
between those who say "well water'll be alright" and the others who
say, "You can't survive without a softener and filters!" I just have
to figure out which side of the fence to jump to, or whether I am
going to be a straddler.