Terminox ISM for iron/manganese removal
I have had a water softener with other assorted water treatment equipment (neutralizer, aerator, sediment filter) that came with our 1972 house with well. I need to replace the equipment as it no longer is working correctly.
Te water results from a certified lab on the raw water are:
Hardness 58 mg/L
Iron 1.09 mg/l
Manganese 0.11 mg/l
Turbidity 14 NTU
The iron is dissolved I believe (although the test results didn't specify).
I know that water softeners are used to remove iron/manganese but it seems unnecessary since my water isn't hard.
I was researching and found this Terminox ISM filter on budgetwater.com Seems like it would work...I have had two water treatment equipment companies come out for quotes but I didn't like their answers to my questions, neither advised me to get the water tested at a certified lab; they just used their little strips, one insisted I had iron bacteria (I don't think so from the descriptions I've read) and both wanted to sell me in excess of $5000 worth of equipment. I don't think my water is that bad, but I am now getting iron stains on my clothing in the wash. I have had 2 plumbers come look...the first suggested the testing and he disconnected the water softener and we used a polypropylene wound 10 micron cartridge in our filter only and this was OK for a while but then the clothes started getting stained. Next plumber hooked the softener back on line but it is not working....I fill washing machine and can still see water color is too high.
I distrust the water treatment companies and started to try to research this myself when I ran across this budgetwater.com. They have a lot of information about water and insist you should get water tested first. Just wondered if the Terminox is something anyone has tried or has an opinion on. I've been reading through these posts and looks like there are some water treatment specialists who are sharing their knowledge and experience.
I hope you can give me some help.