Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How Do I Treat for High Iron and Hardness?

I have a problem with hard water and iron. Our well has always had hard water, lately there is some iron as well.  See my attached water test results (pH 7.2, iron 1.8 ppm, hardness 12 grains per gallon). I don’t have any sulfur smell (except occasionally in the hot water heater) or manganese, as far as I can tell.  What do you recommend?

New Mexico 

One great option for resolving your issues with iron and turbidity is with our backwashing Pro-OX iron filter.  The Pro-OX iron filter is definitely our best system for oxidizing and filtering out manganese and iron.  It lasts a long time- usually around 6 to 8 years before needing to be replaced, and requires no maintenance.

Following that, we would suggest considering a water softener to remove hardness.  It would be best to install a softener in-line to take out the calcium hardness and prevent spotting and white scale and residue. 

Then, for eliminating strong odor found primarily in the water heater, we offer our Easy Water Heater Odor Killer Kit.  Please see below for more information and links to our website:

Pro-Ox Iron Filter 7800 Series, 1.5 cubic foot size

Pro-OX Iron Filter 7800 Series includes pipe connectors; by-pass valve; 1.5 cubic feet of Pro-OX Manganese Dioxide NSF Certified filter media; 10 x 54 inch filter tank; 7800 automatic backwash control valve. Uses the Enpress tank with Vortech distributor which allows the Pro-OX media to be backwashed at lower flow rates with less water, saving water and energy.   

Dimensions: 10” diameter x 50” height with valve; Chlorine side tank is 10.5” diameter x 16” high

Excellent Warranty: 5 years on the control valve & 10 years on the mineral tank.

Softener 5700-E Series, 48K Size      

Includes 1 inch or 3/4 inch pipe connectors; by-pass valve; 1.5 cubic feet of high-grade softener resin; heavy-duty brine tank with salt-grid; and 165 Series NSF Certified digital metered-regeneration control valve.

Specifications and Features: High-grade softening resin for maximum performance. Filter tank is NSF certified: one piece seamless polyester construction for long life. Max pressure recommended is 100 psi.


Easy Water Heater Odor Killer Kit

Includes Hot Water Filter 60 mesh 3/4" NPT thread.
Stainless steel screen. Includes valve for easy flushing.
Makes it fast and easy to add hydrogen peroxide to kill water heater odors!
Safe non-toxic peroxide breaks down into oxygen and water after killing odors

* Kill Water Heater Odors with peroxide or chlorine bleach (peroxide recommended)
·         * Easy To Install 3/4" strainer screen installs on inlet to water heater

Here’s how it works: 

* Simply unscrew bottom sump on filter, add 1 pint of drug-store bought 3% hydrogen peroxide (peroxide not included, but available at all drug stores for a few dollars)
·         * Turn water back on and run hot water for several minutes
·         * Allow water heater to sit for 3 -4 hours
·         * Odors are GONE!
·         * Kills bacteria in water heaters
·         * Eliminates odors and slime build-up

Below is a diagram showing an Iron Filter system combined with Water Softener set up:

Please let me know if you have any questions about your analysis or the recommendation, or if you would like to discuss other treatment options.