Thursday, April 25, 2013

Whole House Water Filtration Systems and Saltless Water Softeners

Dear sir -  I am planning a new construction, single family home with well water.  High manganese, iron and a sulfur smell.  Severe orange staining in toilets and our well driller said iron bacteria is present.  Strong water pressure from well pump, about 15 gallons-per-minute flow rate available.  I don’t want a salt water softener as my wife has high blood pressure, so I am looking into saltless water softeners.
Hardness: 119 ppm
Iron:  0.55 ppm
Manganese: .13 ppm
pH: 8.28
Tannin: none

James Rodgers

Mr Rodgers,

The best way to treat your problem water is to use a Stenner chlorine injection pump, followed by a contact/retention tank and a MangOX iron filtration system.  After the MangOX iron filter, a carbon filter would remove the chlorine tastes and odors and polish the water.  The final stage is the no-salt water conditioner.

The chlorine bleach kills the bacteria and removes the odors, and allows the MangOX iron filter media to remove much higher levels of iron and manganese.  The 40-gallon contact retention tank allows for enough contact time for the chlorine to react with the iron and manganese and bacteria.  This provides clean, disinfected, odor-free, chlorine-free water throughout the house.  These Stenner self-priming chlorine pump systems are definitely easy to install by anyone familiar with basic plumbing and very easy to maintain yourself.

MangOX is a media that utilizes an oxidation-reduction reaction and filtration process similar to Greensand, but does not require any potassium permanganate.  MangOX media lasts a long time, typically 4 - 5 years. These filters are fully automatic and use the reliable Fleck 7000 control valve and the advanced Vortech inner distributor system which reduces backwash requirements by 30%:

The salt-free water softeners don’t really remove hardness or soften water, so it is not best to call them salt-free softeners, however we do have “no salt water conditioners”, which treat the hardness scale in the water, so the hardness does not create scale or leave the type of white spots on fixtures.  For your level of hardness, these are an excellent alternative to water softeners.


45MHP-10 Metering Pump & Solution Tank

45MHP10 Stenner w/ 15 gal tank 220V
Stenner Pump with 15 gallon heavy-duty polyethylene solution tank; Pump output 0.5 to 10.0 gallons per day (1.9 to 37.9 liters per day); voltage 115 or 220V; 60 Hz. This is a complete system that comes with everything you need: solution tank; metering pump; tubing; fittings; and injection check valve.


40 Gallon Contact Tank

Tank Contact Mixing 40 Gallon 16 x58
The CT-40 tank is a durable easy-to-install retention tank designed to provide optimum contact time during chemical treatment. These lightweight seamless totally non-corrosive retention tanks are ideal for new and replacement installation where durability is at a premium. 100% non-metallic polymer materials. Impervious to chemical attack.  Comes with  1-1/4 inch inlet.

2 sizes to choose from, same price  Either 16”Diameter  x 58”Tall or 21” Diameter x 36” Tall


Vacuum Breaker, ½” mpt.   

Vacuum Breaker Relief Valve 1/2
Vacuum breaker relief valve Watts 1/2" male 200 PSI maximum.

Required for contact and retention tanks to prevent vacuum in system and avoid imploding vessel.


MangOX Iron/Manganese Filter 7000 1.5 CF  

MangOX Iron Filter 7000-SXT 1.5 CF
MangOX is a media that utilizes an oxidation-reduction reaction and filtration process similar to Greensand, but at a much higher level of performance.  Uses the Enpress tank with Vortech distributor which allows the MangOx media to be backwashed at lower flow rates with less water, saving water and energy.

Dimensions: 10" diameter x 61" height   1” or ¾" pipe size

Excellent warranty: 10 years on the MangOX media tank; 5 years on the control valve.


Carbon 165 Series Filter – 1.5 Cubic Foot Size

Coconut Shell Carbon Filter 165 1.5CF (10x54)
Includes 1.5 cubic feet of Carbon filter media; and Digital 165 control valve.

All the filter media you need for the system is included. Excellent for use in de-chlorinating water and removing many tastes and odors.
Much longer life and higher flow rates than carbon filter cartridges.

Excellent Warranty:  5 Years on Control Valve & 10 years on the media tank.


Filtersorb System 4.5 Liter, 15gpm:             

Filtersorb System 4.5 LiterSystem comes complete with 1” bypass, pipe connectors, and 4.5 liters of Filtersorb SP3 media.  Green alternative to water softener.  Maximum flow of 15 gallons per minute.   Media acts as a catalyst by accelerating the hardness minerals into harmless Nano particles.

Since the transformation has taken place the Nanoscopic particles can flow through a plumbing system without attaching to pipes, fixtures, or heating elements.

Dimensions:  15.25” Diameter x 59.5” Tall with valve installed

Here is a diagram showing the system.  The salt-free water “softener” or condition, would be installed in place of the water softener shown in the diagram.

Diagram of installation:

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding these recommendations.  I am also available to discuss it further over the phone as well, our hours are 8 to 5, Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.  Thank you again for contacting us, and we look forward to helping you out.


Brett Hydeman
WQA Certified Water Specialist