Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Treatment of High Iron and Iron Bacteria


I have high levels of iron in our well water.  I want to filter out the rust and kill the bacteria slime.  I emailed you my water test report.  What recommendations can you  make?  I have a holding tank (5000 gallon steel tank).  Our water is very hard too, but I am not sure if I want to go back to using a water softener or not.

Sam G.

Hello sir,

Our recommendation is to chlorinate your water prior to your holding tank, and then filter the oxidized iron from the water downstream at the house using a large 3.0 CF Pro-OX iron filter and optionally a softener system as well.

Chlorine Injection:  This injection pump and solution tank would allow you to add chlorine into your line installed prior to the storage tank.  It can be wired to activate by the float switch in your storage tank, so you’ll want to match that voltage (typically 220 volt).

Chlorinator Package Precision-24 + 15 Gal Solution TankPrecision-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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Additional features:  Degassing Valve is built in which makes this great for chlorination use.  System includes Chlorination Pump, 10 Gallon Solution Tank, Injection Check Valve, tubing and installation fittings.  25 & 35 Gallon tanks also available for additional cost.

Iron and Manganese:  One great way to remove high levels of iron is 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.  It comes complete with all of the filtering media required, NSF-certified digital control valve, and it can oxidize and filter out high levels of iron.

Pro-OX Iron Filter 7000Pro-OX Iron Filter 7000 3.0 CF
Pro-OX is a media that utilizes an oxidation-reduction reaction and filtration process similar to Greensand, but at a much higher level of performance.  Backwashes automatically with the high-quality digital Fleck 7000-SXT control head.

Dimensions: 14" diameter x 70" height   ¾" or 1” pipe size.  Bypass is included.
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Excellent warranty: 10 years on the Pro-OX media tank; 5 years on the control valve.

 OPTIONAL - Softener 7000 Meter 80K Grain, 2.5 cu. Ft, 115 Volt:                           
Softener 7000
Features full port bypass valve and will not restrict flow and pressure like some consumer grade softeners will.

Prevents scale and calcium build-up in pipes, water heaters, fixtures, and appliances. Counteracts drying effects of hard water for softer skin and hair. Clothes come out cleaner and softer without chemicals bleach or detergents. Clothing lasts much longer when washed in soft water.   This is a good sized system for a home with 4 – 4.5 bathrooms. 

Dimensions: 13" diameter x 61" height  1” or  ¾" pipe connectors and bypass is included. 
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Excellent warranty: 10 years on the softener and brine tank; 5 years on the control valve.

To have a clearer understanding on how this works, check out the diagram below:
Chlorination for Iron Bacteria Diagram