Thursday, September 21, 2017

How To Install a Chlorinator When On A Community Well Water System

Dear Sir,

I live in the country in a small neighborhood served by a well.  Our water has iron in it  and also the water smells bad.  See the attached water report. Can I install a chlorinator and filter for my home only? My neighbors are not interested in fixing the main well water.  How can I install a chlorinator for just my home?

New Mexico

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Which Well Water Filter System?

My question is:  which well water filter system is best for my well water?  I do not have iron or rust stains, but we do get a lot of grit and sediment.   Every 2 -3 weeks I need to change the filter on our main line coming.

The filter is a GE whole house filter and I have tried different cartridges. I think we are using a 5 micron one now and it works fine.  It fills with some sand, but mostly fine sediment of some kind.   While it might work OK, it does not last long.  Is there a different type that lasts longer?

John E.

How Do Water Well Chlorinators Work?

Hi Gerry,

My neighbor works at our local water treatment plant, and he told us he thinks we should put in a chlorinator.  We have tested off and on ever since we bought this farm for coliform bacteria in our well water. We added chlorine to the well but after a few months we tested positive again for bacteria. 

How do chlorinators work?  Does it use regular bleach?  We don't want chlorinated water to go out on the orchard, just for inside our house.

Joan S.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

How Do I Treat a Cistern That Has Two Wells Feeding Into It?


I have a cistern that is fed by two wells.  One is our own well, and one is a community well.  I have a ballcock type manual float in the cistern, that lets in water when the level in the cistern drops by 6 inches or so.  Both the wells have their own pressure tanks, but each well feeds the tank at different speeds. That is, our well has a low flow, and flows at about 4 gallons per minute.  When I  am able to get access to the community system, it flows in much faster.

I want to chlorinate the smelly, dark well water as it flows into the cistern (see attached pics), and I am wondering what type of flow switch or water meter I can get that controls the chlorinator pump, by flow.  I want to inject an even amount of chlorine as I don’t want too much or too little.   Also looking for a filter, after the cistern to take out the rust and sediment.   Any ideas?

Mick in Michigan

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sulfur Smell in Well Water

My question is about sulfur smell.  I have a sulfur smell in our well water, but after we use the water for a day, it goes away.  We only notice it when we leave the house to visit our grand kids or go on vacation.  

Why is that? What is it from, why do we get this terrible odor, only when we are gone? When we come home my husband has to flush the water heater and open up the faucets and let the water run.  

Actually, we realized that the water from the well itself outside does not smell, only the water in the house.  Its as bad on the cold as it is on the hot.  Any ideas?

Sally R.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How Do I Shock Chlorinate My Well Water?

Hello sir,

I just moved into a country home and our water smells like rotten eggs. I have seen where adding chlorine bleach to the well can solve this problem.  Can you let me know if this will work?  I had our water tested and attach a copy of our test report.

We don’t see any rust stains and the water seems fine, but both the hot and cold smell.   The former owner said it did not used to smell and said we can add some bleach to the well to fix it.

How do you define ‘shock chlorination’?  I don’t want to just pour a lot of bleach down my well without learning more about it.

Dr. Bill R.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Well Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs

Question for you.  My well water smells like rotten eggs. I don’t know what happened, it did not start to smell until recently.  This summer its been very not and we started noticing rotten egg odor in our cold well water. Even sprinkling on the lawn leaves a bad smell around the house.  

We have iron (2.4 mg/L) and hardness 9 grains/gallon.  I don’t know what our pH is, but it is around 7 to 7.5 I think.  We use a water softener, and it works OK on the iron, but the bad odor is driving us crazy.

We have a little sediment, not bad, but I have to change the whole house filter at least once a month.

What is the best way to deal with this type of smelly well water?

John L.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

How To Treat Iron and Acid Well Water With One Filter

Hi Gerry,

I have a question.  I have iron in my well water, but my water is also on the acid side (somewhere between 6 and 6.5 I think).  This is out at our lake house, and we only used it on some weekends and sometimes more in the summer.   

I was recommended by our local Culligan company to use a calcite neutralizer followed by their iron filter.  Is there one tank or one system that can do both?  The home has 2 bathrooms, but it's usually just me and my wife there.

Springfield Illinois

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Neutralizer Question



I have a neutralizer but it is not raising the pH to the 7 to 8 range which I had hoped for.  I don’t know who made or installed the neutralizer, it came with our house when we bought it.  

It does use up the calcite over time and I added more, but still, sometimes the pH is less than 7.   Our well water is pretty acid, I think it is about 5.6 or 5.8. 

What can I do, install a soda ash feeder?   We like the idea of adding calcium and I understand soda ash has sodium in it, so we wished the calcite neutralizer worked better.   Any help you can give would be appreciated.

Susan B.

Friday, July 7, 2017

What Type of Water Neutralizer Should I Use for My Well Water?

Dear Sir,

I have a problem with copper corrosion at our home.  We noticed the blue stains on the bathtub and toilet when we first bought this house.  Since then we have had some small leaks in our pipes.   We had the water tested:  hardness = 10 mg/L, pH = 6.4, total dissolved solids = 130 mg/L.   We don’t have any iron, or sediment, no odors. 

We have 2 bathrooms, my husband and I, plus two kids.

We like the water, just want to get rid of the acidity.  What do you suggest?  Our neighbors have a water neutralizer from you, but we wanted to get your opinion directly.   Thank you!