Iron Filter Installations in Nebraska
Iron is the most abundant element on the planet, and it forms a large proportion of the inner and outer core of the Earth. Since iron is very common and naturally occurring in the soil, it is common for iron to enter groundwater and well water supplies. Additionally, iron can be introduced into water supplies through older iron pipes.
The Problem of Iron Water Contamination
Iron is one of the fourteen essential minerals needed for a healthy diet. While it is possible to suffer kidney or liver damage or damage to the blood vessels from high levels of iron, it is unlikely that anyone could ingest toxic levels of iron from contaminated drinking water. Unfortunately, iron can still be problematic. There are two forms of iron water contamination; ferric iron and ferrous iron. Although ferrous iron is colorless and clear, when the water is exposed to air, the water will develop a reddish brown tint and can become cloudy. The most visible indication of iron contamination is that there is a metallic and harsh taste to the water. Concentrations as low as 0.3 mg per liter can create a red-brown tint to the water, which can stain fixtures and clothing.
Why Consider an Iron Filter Installation
Although iron water contamination may not pose a particular risk to health, there are several reasons why it is a good idea to consider an iron filter installation. Iron can create a disagreeable taste when preparing food, and it can create an “inky” taste when used to make tea or coffee. Vegetables cooked in iron-contaminated water can appear less attractive and vibrant with a darker color. Additionally, if the situation is left untreated iron levels can encourage the growth of iron bacteria, which can destroy plumbing and create a terrible taste in the water. The main reason to consider installing an iron filter is that the reddish brown stains on fixtures and clothing can be almost impossible to remove, compromising the aesthetics of your home.
Choosing the Correct Iron Filter
With the broad range of domestic water treatment solutions available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right iron filter. Fortunately, it is possible to add certain filters in certain areas of the home with many systems. This allows for iron to be filtered out of water supplying bathrooms, kitchens and other areas where a brownish color could be problematic. Some high-end water treatment units have the capability to remove clear water iron or ferrous iron while removing other unwanted elements such as metals, minerals or bacterial contaminants. Before choosing a filter, it is a good idea to have your water tested. You may find that your water quality can be dramatically improved by removing all the unwanted elements with one water treatment solution including filtering out any traces of iron. Since iron can impact the appearance and flavor of beverages and food prepared using water, it is vital that you choose a unit which can provide enough water to meet your household needs.
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.