Methane is a colorless, odorless, and flammable gas that can be naturally present in the groundwater and wells where it can ultimately find its way into the drinking water. Also, decaying organic matter in landfills and underground fields that store methane gas can also leak into the soil and contaminate the water supply.
Is methane in water safe?
Methane gas, also known as natural gas, can deplete oxygen levels in homes and businesses, increasing the risk of explosion. Methane in water is also very dangerous, especially if you use gas appliances. Cooking or boiling water when methane gas is present can cause an explosion. Methane can also affect the well’s pH balance, promoting the release of iron and manganese in the water that can damage your plumbing and fixtures.
How do I know if methane is in my water?
Unlike natural gas utilities that add a rotten egg smell to alert of a gas leak, there is no such odor to alert you to the presence of methane in your home or business. One of the signs that you may have methane in the water is a milky appearance with bubbles that resemble carbonation. It may also have an unpleasant taste. You can also obtain a gas leak detector that will alert when methane gas is present in your environment. Methane gas concentration under 10 mg/l is considered safe for consumption.
Should I have my water tested for methane?
A gas leak detector will not let you know how much methane is in your water. Depending on the device’s sensitivity, there may still be methane in the drinking water even though it has not sounded an alert. Also, methane experts recommend consumers with private wells to routinely monitor and test the water. Homeowners and business owners can get a water test directly from The Water Source to determine if methane is in the water.
How to remove methane from water
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