Filtration System for Well Water in Concord, NH

Posted by Khiara Bostrom on Dec 11, 2014 12:33:00 PM

This system was just installed this week for a new homeowner in Concord. We drilled most of the wells in this new development and they all have high levels of Iron, Manganese and Arsenic.

Due to the extremely high level of arsenic at this site we needed to go with system shown. This type of system is using a Manganese Greensand Plus oxidation filter, then following with a mixed resin softener and finishing with the Layne Np-X-Tra POE-09 twin arsenic absorption system. 


This system has a three valve bypass in the main plumbing as well as each unit having its own bypass, and each unit has its own backwash line. The Greensand unit as well as the Mixed resin system have battery back for control heads. This way if and when there is a power loss, you don’t need to worry about resetting the clocks. Note the battery will only hold the time for approximately 8 to 12 hours.


 Want to learn about filter maintenance? Click here!

Topics: arsenic, NH, clean water, NH water well, filtration, water filtration

5 Advantages Of Drinking Water in the Morning

Posted by Khiara Bostrom on Mar 11, 2014 1:27:00 PM

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#5- Drinking warer on an empty stomach purifies the colon making it easier to absorb nutrients.


#4- Increases the production of new blood and muscle cells.


#3- Helps with weight loss. Drinking at least 16 ounces of chilled water can boost your metabolism by 24% in the morning. 


#2- Glowing skin. Water helps purge toxins from the blood which help keeps your skin glowing and clear.


#1- Balances your lymph system. These glands help you perform your daily functions, balance your body fluids, and fight infection.


Topics: fluoride, water well NH, clean water, water, drinking water, water well, NH well, NH water well

Do you Know how Your Well & Pump System Works?

Posted by Khiara Bostrom on Feb 4, 2014 11:17:00 AM


To locate your well a homeowner should know that their private well consists of two basic structures: outside of your home, usually within 100' from dwelling, and inside of your home, usually in your basement or crawl space.  
Outside your Home: A borehole was drilled, steel casing was inserted and then sealed with a well cap. Any space between the casing and the borehole during construction was grouted. Then, drop pipe was lowered down into the casing with a submersible pump attached which forces water up into your home.
Inside your Home: This is where the pressure tank is located that recieves the water pumped from the tapped aquifer. This is also where you can locate your main water shut-off valve, the electrical power to the pump, and the check the air pressure inside the tank.
Aquifer: Underground layer of rock, sand, or gravel that contains reservoirs of groundwater in sufficient quantity to supply a well. 
Borehole: A hole drilled into the ground for the purpose of constructing a well.
Groundwater: Subsurface water in a zone of saturation. Naturally occurring from rain precipitation, when falling fills spaces between grains of soil or fractures in the bedrock.
Grout: Placement of cement or bentonite to seal the space between the outside of the well casing and the borehole or to seal an abandoned well from contaminants.

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Water Filtration Maintenance

Posted by Kayla Patenaude on Jan 7, 2014 11:10:00 AM

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Why do Filters Need to be Changed?

Many filtration systems use carbon, charcoal or a blend of filter media to help reduce impurities. These systems generally reduce contaminants in your water one of two ways.

First, some contaminants are filtered mechanically, meaning they are large enough to be trapped in the pores of the filter. Other contaminants adhere to the surface of the filter media. Eventually, the surface area of the filter media becomes filled and no more contaminants can be adsorbed. Or, in the case of mechanical filtration, the pores of the filter become so clogged with debris that water is unable to move through the filter effectively.

While the latter is easy to spot, since the flow rate of the water being produced by the system slows dramatically, it's not as easy to tell when the surface area of the filter media has become full and needs to be changed.

How Often Should Filters be Changed?

The recommended filter change cycle varies from one product to the next. Home filtration systems usually have established "service cycles."

The service cycle may be for a specific number of gallons or an estimate of the number of months that a cartridge will last in the average home. To ensure the filter continues to reduce contaminants, replace it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Choose the Right Replacement Cartridge

Filter cartridges are not necessarily universal. While a cartridge may look similar in size and even appear to fit inside the housing of a water treatment system, even the smallest size difference could allow water to go around the cartridge rather than through it.

In addition, some filter cartridges may not be of the same quality as the manufacturer's suggested replacement. This could result in the water not being filtered effectively or the possible introduction of impurities into the water from materials that were never verified to be acceptable for drinking water contact.

To ensure your water treatment system is performing effectively call us today and schedule a filter service with Mike Cooper, our filter technician.

 603-428-6060 or 1-800-FORWATER

For more information visit:

 "Importance of Changing Water Filters." - NSF International. NSF International, n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2014.

Topics: arsenic, coliform bacteria, contaminated well, water testing, NH, drinking water, water well, NH well, filtration, water filters, water filtration, contamination, smelly water, bad odor water, bacteria

Getting Started In Geothermal

Posted by Kayla Patenaude on Dec 10, 2013 10:43:00 AM

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Wondering if a geothermal system would be right in your planned or existing home? It’s important to plan for success by carefully analyzing the costs and process with a team of engineers and installers.


1. We can help you bring together a team of professionals for your project. Unlike any other company in the region, Contoocook Artesian Well owns the equipment to drill geothermal wells in either vertical or horizontal orientation. Our sister company Henniker Directional Drilling ( is one of the top horizontal boring companies in New England. Contoocook Artesian Well holds water well drilling license number one and has been has been in the water business since 1936.


2. Many people would like to convert their existing homes to geothermal or purchase a new home that can be retrofitted with a geothermal system. For a retrofit, a few things to consider:

     • Age of the home ?

     • Size of the home?

     • How many floors in the home?

     • Does it have baseboard heat?

     • Does it have central AC?


3. You will need a plan, certified and designed by one of several local HVAC companies. The engineering company guides Contoocook Artesian Well in building and installing the best system for the site. It is important to work with companies with a reputation for attention to detail that will earn the state’s energy savings programs.


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Topics: geothermal, geo heating, geo cooling, geo thermal, heating, cooling

How can I find out how old my artesian well is?

Posted by Khiara Bostrom on Nov 11, 2013 8:12:00 AM

Finding out how old your well is can often be a daunting task. There are two main ways to find out well information, contacting well company who drilled or logging onto the state of New Hampshiredata base.


In the state of New Hampshire the state did not require well drilling companies to submit well information until 1984. Any well completed before 1984 will only be documented by the well drilling company it’s self. To obtain information about your well visit New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services website, there you can perform a search to find your well. There you will find the date your well was completed, the depth, depth to bedrock, gallons per minute and casing footage.

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You’re well drilling company will most likely have the most information about your well and pump system. Here at Contoocook Artesian Well Co. we mark all of our pressure tanks and well caps with our name so you know exactly who to call. The easiest way to obtain information about your well is to know your lot number; most times when wells are drilled at a home they don’t have a street number yet. Your well drilling company can tell you when your well was drilled, what type of pump system you have, how deep your well is and how many gallons per minute it produces.

If Contoocook Artesian Well Co. drilled your well give us a call today: 1-800-FORWATER

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Posted by Khiara Bostrom on Oct 23, 2013 10:16:00 AM

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99% of the time, wells begin producing more water after hydrofracking.

Our hydrofracking services result in wells that begin producing more water 99% of the time. This method is frequently used to increase the water from a newly drilled well. Hydrofracking is also potentially an alternative to well deepening, when an existing well is diminishing in volume.


Q: What a strange word. What does hydrofracking mean?
A: “Hydro” means water. “Fracking” is short for fracture. Simply, the process opens up clogged water veins that supply your well. The Department of Environmental Services defines the process as “a well development process that involves injecting water under high pressure into a bedrock formation via the well. This process is intended to flush and remove fine particles and rock fragments from existing bedrock fractures and/or increase the size and extent of existing fractures, resulting in an increased flow of water and a larger network of water bearing fractures supplying water to the well.” 


Q: Would hydrofracking help my existing well that doesn’t produce a lot of water?
A: Yes. Hydrofracking is used to cultivate water from new wells and old wells that may be affected by minerals and incrusted rock fractures.


Q: How will this process benefit me?
A: The process almost always increases the volume of water from a well and is less expensive than drilling a new well or deepening and existing well. Hydrofracking is an excellent option for wells that have historically produced more water but are losing capacity. 


Q: How does it work?

  1. 1.  First, we fill the well that is not producing enough water.
    2.  Next, we insert a hydrofracking packer into bedrock at least 40 feet below the casing.
    3. Then, the packer is inflated against the wall of the well and water is pumped through the hydrofracking packer.
    4. The hydrofracking process forces water into crevices and water veins.
    5. The water veins are forced open from the water pressure.

Learn more about Well Development by Hydrofracture.
 Download an Environmental Fact Sheet from the NH Department of Environmental Services.


Call us today to see if hydrofracking is a good option for your current well.


Topics: NH, drinking water, drilling, hydrofrack, NH well, NH water well, hydrofracking

6 Reasons To Drink More Water

Posted by Khiara Bostrom on Oct 8, 2013 10:58:00 AM

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1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

When you're low on fluids, the brain triggers the body's thirst mechanism. And unless you are taking medications that make you thirsty, Guest says, you should listen to those cues and get yourself a drink of water, juice, milk, coffee -- anything but alcohol.

"Alcohol interferes with the brain and kidney communication and causes excess excretion of fluids which can then lead to dehydration," he says.

2. Water Can Help Control Calories. For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn't have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.

Food with high water content tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.

3. Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don't maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. "When muscle cells don't have adequate fluids, they don't work as well and performance can suffer," says Guest.

Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising. Follow theAmericanCollegeof Sports Medicine guidelines for fluid intake before and during physical activity. These guidelines recommend that people drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.

4. Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good. Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. But don't expect over-hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines, saysAtlanta dermatologist Kenneth Ellner, MD.

"Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration," he says. "But once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess fluids."

5. Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine, explains Guest. "Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate," he says.

When you're getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.

If you chronically drink too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones, especially in warm climates, Guest warns.

6. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don't get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration -- and the result is constipation.

"Adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly," says Koelemay.

4 Tip To Drink More Water

If you think you need to be drinking more, here are some tips to increase your fluid intake and reap the benefits of water:

  1. Have a glass of water with every snack and meal.
  2. Choose beverages you enjoy; you're likely to drink more liquids if you like the way they taste. Water comes in many flavors.
  3. Eat more fruits and vegtables. Their high water content will add to your hydration. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods.
  4. Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag.
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Topics: NH, clean water, water, drinking water

Why You Should Test Your Private Well Water

Posted by Kayla Patenaude on Oct 1, 2013 12:30:00 PM

If you have a private water well, then water quality testing should be important to you and your family. Some contaminants in drinking water have been linked to cancer and toxicity, posing a risk to human health. Many contaminants often have no taste, odor or color. Their presence can only be determined by laboratory testing. While the state ofNew Hampshiredoes not require testing, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) recommends that all homeowners with private wells do so.


Well water originates as snow and rain that then filters into the ground. As it soaks through the soil and rock, the water can dissolve materials that are present on or in the ground, becoming contaminated. Some contaminants are naturally occurring from rocks and soils and commonly occur in well water at unsafe levels. These include bacteria, radon, arsenic, uranium and other minerals. DES estimates that 20 percent of private wells inNew Hampshirehave more arsenic than is allowed in public water systems.

Other contaminants find their way onto the land or into groundwater from human activities. Industrial/commercial activities, improper waste disposal, road salting, and fuel spills can introduce hazardous substances to the ground. However, even typical residential activities, such as the use of fertilizers and pesticides, fueling of lawn equipment, and disposal of household chemicals can contaminate the ground when done improperly. That is why taking measures to protect your well from contamination is so important.


Tests That We Recommend:


Standard Analysis

This basic analysis covers the most common contaminants. Some of these contaminants pose health-related concerns, while others only affect taste and odor.

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A standard analysis includes:

Standard Analysis

Arsenic Iron

Bacteria Lead

Chloride Manganese

Copper Nitrate/Nitrite

Fluoride pH

Hardness Sodium


Radiological Analysis

New Hampshire’s geology contains naturally occurring radioactive elements that dissolve easily in well water. Radon is a very common well water problem inNew Hampshire. DES estimates that approximately 55 percent of private wells inNew Hampshireexceed DES’s recommended action level for radon, so radiological testing is encouraged.


A radiological analysis includes:



Analytical Gross Alpha



Results will reveal the level at which any of the tested substances were found in your water sample. The mere presence of these contaminants in well water does not necessarily imply that there is a problem. However, when levels exceed state or federal health standards or recommended action levels, you should take steps to correct the situation.

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Filtration Systems that Contoocook Artesian Well Offers:


1. Ultraviolet Light Disinfection System


2. Taste & Odor Filtration System


3. Whole House Arsenic


4. Heavy Sediment


5. Reverse Osmosis


6. Water Softener

Topics: arsenic, radon, coliform bacteria, e-coli, contaminated well, high iron, clean water, well service, water filters, water filtration, contamination, smelly water, bad odor water, bacteria

Out of water? How quickly would you like it?

Posted by Kayla Patenaude on Sep 23, 2013 10:39:00 AM

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Contoocook Well responded at lightning speed to two customers whose homes had no water yesterday. By dinner time the same day, both customers had water running in their homes again.


The first job was deepening a well at a home in Bedford, NH, where water levels dropping overall. The well had been running dry over time, and finally there wasn’t enough water to supply the home.  Contoocook Well set a rig up over the existing well and drilled it deeper to access new resources. A new pump was installed in the afternoon, and the water was back and running.


The second job was in Chester, NH. The customer needed a replacement well, as the existing well drilled more than 20 years ago had collapsed. The Contoocook Well service crew had tried to retrieve the pump from the collapsed well, but it wouldn’t budge. All of the drilling crews were already on jobs for the day, so instead of making the customer go another day without water, the General Manager and the Owner of Contoocook Well dashed over to the job site. GM Jeff Coppo drilled outside while Owner Rick Patenaude prepared the inside for the pump and tank system. Jeff hit water at 110 feet. A sample was taken and rushed to the lab to ensure the water was free of salt and other minerals. The water came back clean, and the pump was running water into the home by dinner time.


If you are out of water, don’t delay. Call Contoocook Well and become one of our success stories. We understand the distress of not having water in your home, and we go above and beyond to get water running again. Read more here to understand your options when the well runs dry.

Topics: NH, water, drilling, drill well, NH well, NH water well, well deepening, replacement well

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