Thursday, March 5, 2015

How Do You Raise pH, Lower Hardness, and Remove Sediment and Sodium?

We recently had a water test and we want to treat the issues addressed by the results. We are looking for a solution to treat the low pH, Hardness, sediment and Sodium present in our artesian well water.

Hello Rob,

We can certainly offer solutions to those problems as shown in your water report. Please see below for full descriptions and links of each system, as well as an installation diagram:


Sediment Filter
 Use this particulate filter to clean up sand, dirt and suspended solids prior to the main treatment systems.

Rusco Spin Down Filter Polyester Screen T Style

3/4" Pipe Size, 3/4" FPT Port, 24 Mesh (711 Microns). Includes 1/2" manual flush ball valve

Rusco Spin-Down Sediment Filters are highly flexible filters designed to be utilized in a wide variety of applications. From household well water systems, geothermal heating, or lawn and turf, all the way to factories, livestock feeding systems, or advanced liquid cooling systems. Excellent filter for cleaning and polishing all water for your home. For prefiltration, you can use these two Big Blue 20” filters in parallel.


Acid Neutralizer
To raise your low pH of 5.9, I would advise using a backwashing acid neutralizer, using a blend of both calcium carbonate and corosex filtering medias. We can suggest our 5700E series neutralizer, 2.5 cubic foot size, which will work well for the number of people and bathrooms that you reported, and it backwashes automatically with an easy-to-configure digital interface. It would neutralize the pH and eliminate the corrosive effects of the water.

Calcite Neutralizer 5700e 1.5 CF

Includes FREE Shipping & free pH test kit to be sure of correct operation

Includes all Calcite media necessary to get up and running with shipment

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

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


Water Softener
Following that, we would suggest this 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. It can also remove the amount of iron that you have.

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.

10” x 48” Tank

 High sodium and total dissolved solids (TDS) can be treated and removed from the water by means of reverse osmosis treatment, which effectively strips everything out of the water. This is most often done just for drinking water.

For a reverse osmosis drinking water system, I recommend this USA High-flow model here:

USA High-Flow 4-Stage 60 GPD RO System

Comes complete with easy-to-follow installation instructions.

• 60 Gallons Per Day (GPD) Thin Film Composite Membrane
• NSF Certified Quick-Connect Fittings
• NSF Certified Metal Bladder Tank
• NSF Certified 10 Micron Carbon Block


Below is a schematic diagram of what the whole system setup would look like:

I hope this information helps and finds you well, should you have any questions or require additional documentation simply let us know. Thanks again for the email, I look forward to hearing from you.