Tuesday, October 7, 2014

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages to Using a Pellet Feeder for a Small Community System?


We have a well that we need to chlorinate for some cabins in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I would assume the liquid chlorinator would have to be housed in a location where it isn't subjected to freezing temperatures, which might be difficult up here. A pellet chlorinator does not have to be, right? Maybe I am wrong, but if the chlorinator is between the well and the reservoir and at times there is hardly anyone on the system, that injected chlorine could be sitting in that reservoir for a period of time before it is pumped into the cabin. 

We really wanted to know which type you recommend and why. 

Thanks for your help, 
Mr. McFarland

Dear Mr. McFarland,

Dry pellet feeders are easy to deal with and afford a great solution. The Sentry Dry Pellet Well Chlorinator is a great chlorinator that is easy to install, requires less maintenance, and is less expensive than a metering pump. You are also correct that you will not have to worry about the pellets freezing; they store well, and will last for many months. In your case, a dry pellet chlorinator may be a better fit for you if you do not want to worry about maintenance during times when no one is using the cabins.

Sentry Dry Pellet Well Chlorinator

However, for some wells, it can be difficult to dial in the precise chlorine residual with a pellet feeder, so we don't always recommend them first. For example, the pellets may drop to the bottom of the well, and the pump may be farther up above the bottom, causing the chlorine residuals to be erratic.
Some wells are not well set up for pellets, for example if there are wire guards, or other obstructions that prevent the pellets from properly dropping into the wells. You may want to check your well before purchasing. 
Required modifications to ensure that a pitiless adapter does not prevent the pellets from dropping into the water.

If you go with a dry pellet feeder, you will not have to deal with mixing liquid bleach or have to worry about it freezing. also, the pellets are more concentrated than liquid chlorine and contain 60 to 70 percent, rather than 10 percent chlorine.
Better Water Chlorine Pellets

We have installed hundreds of chlorination systems and can give you expert advice on the exact type of chlorine solution to use, how much to use and what settings to use with your chlorinator. We hope this information helps you solve your problems, if you have further questions, or would like to update us on the progress of your water treatment systems - we love pictures and testimonials! - you can reach us at support@cleanwaterstore.com or on Facebook. Thanks for the letter!