Terminox ISM for iron/manganese removal

merlin2552November 17, 2010


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

Color 100+

pH 7.08

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.

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I'm not an expert by any means but you might want to consider this company also.

Just bought a Water Softner and Carbon Unit off of them, easy to deal with and talk to. Will answer all your questions.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 7:06AM
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merlin 2552, for more on Terminox systems, check this thread:

particularily member 'mydreamhome's' posts

    Bookmark   November 19, 2011 at 6:17PM
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One question to start us off: Does your water have color coming out of the tap, or does it start clear and then darken over a period of time?

    Bookmark   November 19, 2011 at 6:49PM
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I am just checking for an update. What system was chosen and how is it working out? My new home's water has low ph, high iron, and high manganese, and I am working on a solution as well. Thanks.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 2:09PM
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