We have recently moved into a home with a water well. The property is surrounded by a river but the smell and taste of the water is not good. The water is leaving yellow stains on our appliances. We have the results of water tests for the past several years but it doesn't seem to contain most of the data you are requesting.
Thanks for contacting us. The yellow stains on your appliances might be caused by
tannin. Tannins are organic substances found in water (usually from leaves, grass, trees, etc.) often in areas where the water table is high.
This can be corrected with a tannin filter and/or a chlorination and carbon filter system. However, it's best to test the water for hardness, iron, manganese, and of course tannin, before selecting a tannin filter. For that, we recommend our well water test kit that includes a test for tannin and general minerals.
Since you are experiencing odors and bad tastes, we also recommend chlorination followed by an automatically backwashing carbon filter. The chlorine will disinfect your water of bacteria and odors, and the carbon filter will remove lingering chlorine tastes. This should solve your problem, though in some cases an additional tannin filter is needed after the chlorinator and carbon filter.
Here is some more info about the treatment systems we recommend for your application:
Chlorination and the Stenner Pump Chlorinator
|Stenner 45MHP-10 |
Metering Pump & Tank
Chlorine is one of the most popular methods of eliminating odors and bacteria because it is low cost, safe, and very effective. It will also oxidize iron, manganese, and other contaminants in your water so that they can be easily filtered out with a carbon or iron filter.
For easy and accurate chlorine injection we recommend a Stenner Pump and solution tank system. The Stenner pump uses liquid chlorine bleach, and can be adjusted to get just the right amount of chlorine needed for your application. What's more, the Stenner pump is easy to install, easy to use, and very reliable.
|Contact mixing |
pressure tank 40 gallon
We recommend WellMate Contact Tanks for such purposes. The WellMates are NSF/ANSI 61-certified for drinking water, and feature a seamless inner shell of molded polyethylene for impact and corrosion resistance. Inlet and outlet connections on the WellMate Contact Tanks are 1-1/4" but can be reduced to 1" or 3/4" if needed.
Carbon Backwash Filter Systems
|Carbon 7000-SXT 1.5CF|
Thanks for the e-mail, JimBob. We hope this helps solve your problem. Keep us updated on those stains!
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