Thursday, July 30, 2015

Iron, Bad Odors and Very Hard Water

Hello Clean Water People,

Our water is really extremely awful.  It is full of iron, smells bad and miserable to shower in.  Soap won’t lather and we think the water must be very hard.   I am sending you a sample, please test it and let me know what we need.  We have 4 persons in the home, although sometimes its just my husband and me.   My husband said he checked the well flow and we have at least 10 gallons per minute he think.

North Carolina

Hello Linda,

Thank you for sending in your water samples.  To treat your extremely awful water, we can recommend using a Precision-24 chlorine injection metering pump, which provides extra strength oxidation for killing bacteria and oxidizing very high levels of iron and manganese (which can be linked with sulfur odors).   Following the point of injection, the chlorine would then feed into a 40-gallon contact tank to provide enough contact time for the solution to react with the iron, manganese and bacteria in the water.   

Following the large contact tank, the water should pass through a backwashing Pro-OX iron filter, which will collect all of the iron and manganese and flush it out automatically to drain.  After the iron filter,  a carbon filter will remove any chlorine residual and any remaining odors.

Finally, you could use an efficient salt-based water softener to eliminate any hardness present in the water.

Precision-24 Chlorinator Package with Solution Tank:     
Precision-24 Chlorinator Package with Solution Tank

Can be either 110 volt or 220 volt plug; can be hardwired to a pressure switch to come on with a well pump.  Works with well water flow rates from 1 – 50 Gallons per Minute (GPM)

Output rating:  0.1 – 24 Gallons per Day (GPD).  Pressure rating:  Will inject into lines with up to 110 PSI. 

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40 Gallon Contact Tank 

Precision-24 Chlorinator Package with Solution Tank

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

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Vacuum Breaker, ½” mpt.

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

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

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Pro-OX Iron Filter 7000 1.5 CF  
Pro-OX Iron Filter 7000 1.5 CFPro-OX 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 Pro-Ox 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

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Carbon Filter Options:
Carbon Filter 5700-E 1.5 CF System

Carbon Filter 5700-E 1.5 CF System

Includes 1.5 cubic feet of carbon filter media; and Digital 5700-E control valve.

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

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Activated Carbon Coconut Shell 1.0 Cu. Ft.Activated Coconut Shell Carbon Media

Coconut shell carbon, because it is comprised of predominantly microporous structures, is a superior preforming product for the removal of chlorine, chlorinated solvents and VOCs.

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My top recommendation for hardness removal is to use a decently-sized 48K water softener, using a high-efficiency salt-saving 5900 control valve 

Softener 5900 Series, 48K Size   

Softener 5900 Series   
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 5900 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.

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