Franklin In The Field: Ten Things I Wish the Public Knew - #6-10
A true story told by Mark Reeder, Director of Innovation & Field Marketing…
“Here is part two of my short series on the ten things I wish the public knew about our industry in hopes that it may help you better communicate with your customers. The last post covered numbers one through five, so here are my last five:
6. The lowest priced water system may not be the best quality water system.
I’m a firm believer that you generally get what you pay for. Go to the internet or the Yellow Pages and you’ll probably find several options for water well contractors in any given area. Whether you’re installing a new system or simply need to get back in water, the lowest price isn’t always the best option. For example, one contractor may be offering an upgraded system that includes constant pressure, whereas another may be offering a conventional system. One may offer a tank sized to meet your needs today, but another may offer a tank sized to accommodate potential demand increases. Different prices may also be reflective of different warranty options or service agreements. In the long run, it pays to understand the difference.
7. Most well owners love their water systems.
Ask most private water systems owners what they think of their well water and they will tell you ’I love it!’ They like the taste, especially as opposed to chemically-treated public water, they like being in control of their water system, and they like the feeling of not being tied to the whims (and invoices) of a water authority. To many, a private water system symbolizes independence and self sufficiency, and good, clean water.
8. That bottle of spring water you’re drinking? … It’s well water.
You know those bottles of water you buy at the store labeled natural spring water? That label makes for good marketing, but the truth is that spring water is simply groundwater, and there’s a good chance that water came from a well. Private well owners get all the natural spring water they want virtually for free – straight from their well. Of course, labeling a bottle well water just wouldn’t have the same ring to it.
9. Even where groundwater isn’t perfect, we can usually fix it.
In certain regions, the groundwater may naturally contain high amounts of iron, sulfur, or other minerals, making it less appealing for drinking and household use. In these cases, there are plenty of safe, effective, affordable technologies out there to address and remove these components, leaving the homeowner with a high quality source of water. These technologies don’t have to involve chemicals, either (e.g. reverse osmosis, filtering systems, etc.).
10. Well water makes environmental sense.
One might believe that having a common water infrastructure in the form of public water would be a more efficient delivery system than lots of private water wells. The fact is that it’s not, and there are two big reasons. First, it takes a lot of energy to move water through all those miles of pipes – pipelines that in many cases don’t exist today. Second, pipes have lots of leaks. It’s estimated that literally millions of gallons of water are wasted each year due to the aging infrastructure of public water. Pumping groundwater right from a well at the source is far more efficient and, well, greener.
There you have it. It may evolve or expand over time, but that’s my current list of the ten things I wish the public knew and understood about groundwater and our industry.”