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Help Selecting Filter/Softener System

Posted by Ed_Lance (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 16, 11 at 20:37

We had a well drilled recently and just got our test results from the water analysis (except the sulfate and conductivity results).

From what I can tell this is some nasty water. We were told the iron content would be high, and boy is it. Below are the results (we'll have the conductivity and sulfate results next week). Just wanted to try to get an idea of what someone who knows softeners and filtration systems will recommend for a system to handle this water (from what reading I've done I'm inclined to check out a Kinetico system):

All units are mg/L

Acidity......................................<8.00
Alkalinity...................................37.73
Hardness (Ca+Mg)....................50.06
pH...............................................6.03
Total coliform group...................0.00
Background bacteria (Col/10)..,.162
Total suspended solids.................67
Calcium.......................................7.90
Iron..............................................31.82
Magnesium..................................7.366
Manganese..................................1.551

I get the feeling this is going to take an expensive set up to handle...


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RE: Help Selecting Filter/Softener System

Not the nastiest water I've seen but nasty. It'll take more than a softener for sure.

Is hardness = 50.06 ppm or gpg?

Need to know the # of people, # of bathrooms, and SFR of your well.


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RE: Help Selecting Filter/Softener System

Hardness is listed as mg/L

4 people, 2 bath rooms and the driller says the flow rate is 15 gpm from the pump.

I know it requires more than a softener. With that much iron I wonder if it will need two iron filters vs one?

According to the sheet they gave us every single item is above recommended levels.

Will the manganese and magnesium, etc need a different filter or will the combination of iron filter and softener do it?


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RE: Help Selecting Filter/Softener System

Your hardness @ 3 gpg isn't as bad as most everything else in your water. The iron and manganese can be dealt with and so can the PH. More than likely iron filter, acid neutralizer, and softener. There will be routine maintenance for you but that can be learned.

Getting what you need and having it reliable and competent will require a water treatment pro.

Hit the Yellow Pages and call at least three local water treatment pros. Make sure you call at least one of the big dogs like Kinetico or Culligan for comparison and at least a couple independent pros. DON'T TELL THEM YOU HAD YOUR WATER TESTED.

Give each an opportunity to offer suggestions and provide you with a quote to meet your water treatment needs. IGNORE ANY THAT DON'T TEST YOUR WATER THEMSELVES as they can't speak intelligently to water treatment without knowing what needs to be treated.

Ask lots of questions. Warranty, parts & labor or just parts? How long and on exactly what? Install... permits required, licensed plumber? Routine maintenance and costs? Do they stock parts? Response time for emergency (water leak) calls? If they don't explain things to your satisfaction that is a good indicator of how you'll be treated after the sale.

After they've gone use your water test to compare with theirs. Are all your treatment needs being addressed?

Ask your neighbors if they have any water treatment experience. They might tell you who's good or who to avoid.

Come back here and post the specific recommendations and hardware components with the costs and we'll give you our opinions.


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