Choosing your water treatment system

How’s Your Water?

If you’ve got water problems, Clearwater Systems has solutions. Before you select a treatment for your water, use this handy chart to help determine what contaminants are present and read through all of the options available to you. Once you have an idea about what is causing your home’s water problems, contact us to schedule your free in-home water analysis or use the live chat button below to start a conversation with one of our representatives.

Diagnosing The Problem:

Problem Cause Treatment Method Product
Odor/Rotten Egg

Odors: One of the most commonly reported problems with drinking water is unpleasant smell, such as the “rotten egg” smell, a musty smell or a metallic smell. The “rotten egg” smell is caused by the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas, which not only is extremely corrosive but it is flammable and will render your water unsafe for cooking. The smell of sulfur can also be caused by bacteria that have built up in your drains. A musty smell in your water is most likely caused by algae or some other decaying vegetation, which is troublesome even in small amounts. If your water has a metallic smell, it is most likely the result of excess iron. Even chlorine, which is sometimes used to purify water, can give off an unpleasant odor, and it is not needed once the water reaches your home anyways.

Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Filtration

Reverse Osmosis

Water Softeners: Water softeners remove calcium, iron and other metal ion deposits from water by way of a process known as ion exchange. Many water softeners use ion-exchange resins to replace the excess iron and calcium ions with either sodium or potassium. According to a report done by the Mayo Clinic on water softeners, “An 8-ounce (237-milliliter) glass of softened water generally contains less than 12.5 milligrams of sodium, which is well within the Food and Drug Administration’s definition of ‘very low sodium.’

Smart Clear Water Filter
Kinetico Sulfur Guard

Taste: Similar to problems associated with smell, a musty or metallic taste in your water is most likely caused by the same contaminants. Excess iron and metal ions in your water will cause rust and leave a metallic taste, while the same vegetation giving off a musty odor will also give your water an earthy taste. Chlorine, in addition to causing a bad smell can affect the taste of your water, and may stain your clothes.

Decaying Vegetation
Reverse Osmosis Kinetico K5 Home Water Filtration System
Metallic Taste Iron
Metal ions
Water Softener Kinetico Premier Series Water Softener
Odor/Poor Taste
Excess Chlorine Reverse Osmosis


Kinetico K5 Home Water Filtration System
MacGuard Drinking Water Filter
Kinetico Kube
Hard Water

Hardness: “Hard Water” is essentially water that contains an excess of calcium or iron, and it is a very common problem for those who utilize well water. Build up of hard water can reduce water flow and cause costly repairs to piping. According to a report done by, the following classifications are used in regards to water hardness: Soft- 0-17.1 ppm; Slightly Hard- 17.1-60 ppm; Moderately Hard- 60-120 ppm; Hard- 120-180 ppm; Very Hard- 180 or more ppm. Determining how hard your water is requires the assistance of a professional such as Clearwater Systems.

Water Softener Kinetico Premier Series Water Softener
Cloudy Water

Turbidity/Cloudy Water: Turbidity is simply the measure of dissolved solids in water, and is more commonly referred to as “cloudy water”. Excesses of iron or any other particle in the water supply is the cause of cloudy water.

Other suspended solids
Dissolved Gasses
Reverse Osmosis


Kinetico K5 Home Water Filtration System
Smart Clear Water Filter
Blue-Green Stains

pH Level: Studies done by the University of Arizona and UCLA have found that more than 60% of homes in the U.S. have at least some copper piping. If the water in your pipes has a pH level below 7 it is much more likely to dissolve the copper, leaving a blue or green stain in your sink. Prolonged exposure to copper in your water can lead to serious liver and kidney problems. According to a report by, the “suggested level” of copper in your water in 1.3 ppm.

Low pH level
Excess copper

Water Softener

Acid Neutralizer
Kinetico K5 Home Water Filtration System