I just moved into a rental house in central Michigan that has a well. As I am in the military and only going to be there three years, I want to make sure that the water we are drinking is OK.
The 50' well was built in late 2005. They did a test for fecal contamination then, but no other analysis. (I stopped by the local health department, and they gave me a test kit I send in to a lab. This process costs $26).
The setup: The landlord has the well pumping into a pressure tank, then through a gas hot water heater (for the hot water), otherwise straight through the pipes and out the faucets.
So there is no filtration or chlorination or anything. Out of the ground to our cups. The landlord says that that is how he has always drank it. (!)
I am worried that this will 1) affect my pregnant wife and our child, 2) clog the internals of the clothes washer, 3) clog our clothes washer, etc, etc.
Other stuff: My wife does not like the "feel" of soft water. The house does not have water going to the refrigerator, nor does it have a dishwasher.
So, here is what i was thinking: 1) Cut into the piping going to the pressure tank. 2) Put flexible piping to a filter "bank" consisting of three high- flow filters in series (30 micron, then 10 micron, then .5 micron). These are about $75/each at Menards. Change these out every 6 months.
3) Put a reverse osmosis unit under the sink for drinking water.
Since the landlord is not paying for any of this, I am looking to get the most bang for my buck during this part of my tour. I was also thinking about looking to see if Culligan or somebody had a rental program for water treatment equipment.
Any advice or suggestions to help appreciated!