water cloudy after setting in sample bottle

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by joeunkle, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. joeunkle

    joeunkle New Member

    Have a new well 520 feet deep cased 340 feet . when a sample is first taken is perfectly clear after approximately 3 hour starts to cloud up after about 3 days settles out with a very fine yellowish layer on bottom of bottle .. seems like a very fine clay doesn't stain .. question is... is iron the only thing that settles out with air contact ?

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  2. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    Yes usually iron is what causes that. You might not want to allow the water to sit for hours before you use it. lol

    A simple test for ferrous/total iron will tell you if it is iron, and how much is in the water and that will tell you IF you should remove it with a softener (if you have 3-4 gpg of hardness or more) or an iron filter.
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