Water Results, Filter Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, problems, installation and r' started by bewing, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. bewing

    bewing New Member

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    Hello, I had a well drilled back in November, and finally have gotten to the point of getting a pump set and sent off for a water test. The water test is back and I need some help understanding some of the numbers and getting some help with what type of filtration I need. Here is some of the information about the well.

    Drilled Depth - 165 ft.
    Hit water at - 135 ft.
    Static Water level - 80 ft.
    Diameter - 6" rock bore
    recovery rate - 10gpm
    Pump - 3/4 hp 12 gpm pump

    Now for the test results (All results reported in mg/l unless otherwise indicated

    pH - 6.82
    Dissolved Solids - 148
    Arsenic - <0.05
    Harness - 48
    Iron - 1.00
    Manganese - 0.101
    Nitrogen, Nitrate - .260
    Sulfates - 13
    Turbidity - 22 FTU
    Total Coliform - 6 Colonies/100ml

    I don't know much about any of those numbers except that the Total Coliform scares me. The well has never been shocked, the driller didn't shock the well back in November when it was drilled, and it was never shocked after the pump was set about a month ago. Is shocking it the right thing to do and re-test. Or should I get some filtration to take care of the bacteria?

    Thanks

    Barret
  2. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    I would go ahead and shock the well, possible that some thing got in there at the start of between the start and now.

    recovery at 10gpm and the pump is 12pgm?
  3. bewing

    bewing New Member

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    The pump is a 12 gpm, but only when the static water level is very high. At my static water level the pump produces just under 10gpm.

    Are there any recommendations for an iron filter that I have enough gpm to back flush?

    Since the water is not hard I'd like to not use a softener if possible.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2011
  4. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    You have the flow rate for greensand filter.. I would size it for 10gpm and not the 12 that the pump can do.

    I would stay away from any unit that pulls in air to oxidize the iron and Mn... there will be lots of cleaning needed to keep the unit running long term.
  5. bewing

    bewing New Member

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    Thanks for the help. Is there anyway I could run a pyrolox or filox filter with my flow rates? And is there any advantage to those over greensand?
  6. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    How did you measure 10 gpm from the pump? Unless it was through a 1" ID pipe, you'll read low.
  7. bewing

    bewing New Member

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    It was measured through 1.25" ID, with no back pressure basically except through one 90 degree elbow. I don't have any equipment hooked up yet still trying to figure out the filter stuff before hooking pressure tank up.
  8. PeterMiles

    PeterMiles New Member

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    HydroFLOW protect wells from limescale using radio waves in an electric field. they have sizes for all diameters of pipe.
    HydroFLOW uses natural osmosis to combat bacteria. It could be all you need.
    I wouldn't use a salt based softener, as they need maintenance and you can't drink the water.
  9. mialynette2003

    mialynette2003 Member

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    That's real strange. I've been drinking salt based soft water for, let's see, at least 20 years now. What makes you say you can't drink the water from salt based softener?
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