Whole house filtration needs

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Brian G, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. Brian G

    Brian G New Member

    Feb 18, 2020
    McHenry, Illinois
    Good morning everyone!

    I recently bought a house in McHenry, IL.
    The water softener system that is existing is older, the resin tank needs to be exchanged and the water quality is horrible.
    I have not had the water quality tested yet, but did find the local report for the water quality that serves our neighborhood.
    Below are a few of the results:

    Chorine = 1.0 ppm
    Barium = 0.1 ppm
    Radium 226/228 combined = 1.07 pCi/l
    Flouride = 0.54 ppm
    Iron = 1.3 ppm
    Manganese = 22 ppb
    Sodium = 46 ppm
    Zinc = 0.14 ppm
    Lead = 11.1 ppb
    Copper = 0.59 ppm

    As is, the water is hard if there is no salt in the salt holding tank, and scale / deposits will form on the faucets, etc. I recently changed the filters in our RO system, that is inline after the softener, and the sediment filter was layered in a thick brown/rust colored sludge. That filter was less than 6 months old and we did not run a ton of water through it.

    What I would like to know is what kind of whole house system would you recommend for water qualities such as these. Im looking to remove the hardness, and as many of the impurities as possible. Cant afford a whole house RO system, so Im looking at least another softener and possibly a filter system to suppliment it. I would do solely filter, but think I'll be changing costly filters a lot sooner than I should. My goal is safe, soft water that is as clean as possible without breaking the bank for our family of 3. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

  2. gsmith22

    gsmith22 Member

    May 2, 2019
    Central NJ
    post this in the water softener forum and you will get a better response
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