Do You Need a Bigger Iron Filter for Your Well?

Having a private well can give you access to an excellent source of water, but it also comes with an increased level of responsibility. The homeowner has to ensure that their water is clean and safe for use in their homes. One of the best solutions is an iron filter to remove material, such as iron (obviously), iron bacteria, sulfur, manganese, rust, dirt and even in some cases chlorine. Occasionally, people using iron filters report that they are not getting the same quality of water that they had become used to. This could indicate that a larger iron filter is required to meet increased needs in the home. Let’s take a look at some of the issues involved. bucket-1557061

The Flow Rates: 

An iron filter operates differently from a water softener/water conditioner. A system that uses a water softener needs a high capacity system to treat the gallons of water that your family needs. If your system isn’t big enough, you could easily run out of softened water after a few days. An iron filter strains the water physically to remove clumps of iron and associated iron bacteria. The filters have to have enough surface area to work correctly. If too much water is moved through the filter, it can break through, and you get rusty water. This is why iron filters have a size that is based on a flow rate; this tells you home many gallons per minute (GPM) they can effectively filter. 

Installing a Bigger and Better Iron Filter: 

As an example, a family could have an iron filter installed using a pair of 10” x 54” tanks. The first tank would be used to mix the water with the air to oxidize the iron present and the second tank would contain the iron filter to remove the oxidized iron. A 10” x 54” tank has a surface area of 0.55ft squared, and it can filter 4.9 gpm. If the family in this example needed more water, say 7 gpm they would get rusty stains in their water supply. 

Let’s say that the family have recognized that they need a higher capacity iron filter system to handle their needs. They replace the system above with a pair of 12” tanks that have a surface area of 0.79ft square, an increase in the size of 44%. The two tanks would work in exactly the same way as previously detailed, but they could handle a higher capacity of water. In fact, this system could filter at up to 7.1 gpm, which suit their needs perfectly. To complete the upgrade, they could also invest in a modern control system with power backup for more control and reliability. 

If you have concerns about the quality of water from your private well, talk to your local water treatment professional. There are many kinds of water softeners/water conditioners and water filtration system available to treat all kinds of water quality issues. Always make sure that your chosen water treatment professional has full WQA certification to ensure that they meet and even exceed the water industry standards.

About The Author, Terry Reeh, EcoWater Systems of Nebraska:

With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative. Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state.

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