Thursday, November 10, 2016

Should I Use a Chlorinator to Treat My Well Water?

Hello Ed,

Thank you for your email and I am happy to answer your question below,

"I had my water tested recently and have a few questions. Currently we have a water softener w/ salt that is not removing the high levels of iron and manganese. I increased the frequency of the regeneration and it is consuming more salt, but the iron remains too high.  

I'd like to address iron, the ph. Also the report says "total Coli form" did not pass state Drinking Water Standards, although report detail says "Fecal Coliform Not Tested ,and E.Coli is absent."   

Should I use a chlorinator to treat my well water?  Can i kill bacteria and also treat for iron and manganese with a well water chlorinator?

Ed in Texas "

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

How Can I Find Out What My Well Pump Flow Rate Is?



Hello Sam,

Thank you for your email. And regarding your question:

"I need to get an iron filter for my lake house, which is on a private well.  I have a question about how to check the well pump flow rate.

The water pressure seems good, but how can I make sure it will be enough to backwash the iron filter?  I read on your site that the backwash flow rate is critical for iron filters and sometimes bigger is not better."


Thanks for emailing.  This is very important, and it is easy to figure out and get a good approximate figure on what the flow rate is.   You are correct, it is not accurate to simply turn on a spigot near the well and time the water running into a bucket.  This is not accurate because a hose bib (or spigot) restricts the flow rate to 5 to 8 gallons per minute. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

How To Use a Chlorinator Pump to Get Rid of Sulfur Water

Hello Lester,

Thank you for contacting us regarding treating your well water.  You reported the following information by filling the form on our website:


"We live in Wisconsin and we use well water.  The water smells like sulfur, and I want to get rid of the smell.  I have heard I can use a chlorinator pump to get rid of sulfur water. 

We also have some iron and manganese.  I may want to use chlorine but my wife is sensitive to chlorinated water. Can we remove the chlorine if say, we are using it? How does that work?  

We only want to treat the water as it flows into the home, I don’t want to add chlorine to the outside water as we have a lot of irrigation and I don’t want or need to filter that.   Thank you." 


Hello sir,

A good way to treat this water is to inject chlorine and then filter it with a Pro-OX iron filter and an activated carbon backwash filter.   The result is clean, disinfected, chlorine-free, non-staining, odor-free water throughout the home.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

How To Use a Proportional Feed Chlorinator to Kill Bacteria and Eliminate Odors


Hello John, 

Based on the concern that we read from your email: 

"I have a constant pressure pump and want to install a chlorinator.  How can I turn the chlorinator on and off automatically?   I only want to chlorinate the water inside the house.

Our well water tested positive for iron bacteria that has odors, and rust.  I have a small amount of arsenic (2 ppb) and want to use a reverse osmosis filter for drinking.  Will this remove the arsenic?   Currently we do have a water softener."


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

What is Best Way to Remove Chlorine, Rust and Odors from Chlorinated Well Water?

Hello Dave,

Thank you for your email. You asked us:

 "I recently purchased a Model 400 pellet feeder and while it did completely get rid of the sulfur odor, now we have a chlorine smell to the water.  What is the best to get rid of the chlorine? We have two kids, so four in our home, 2 bathrooms.   We have an old water softener that still works fine, and the water is pretty good, just an annoying chlorine taste and odor, like a slight bleach smell."


Glad to hear the Model 400 is working out for you.  One problem or issue with the pellet feeders is that the minimum chlorine residual they can inject, can be high.