I have a 3 year old 6 inch 375 foot drilled will producing 2 GPM. The iron content started off low 0.1ppm, the second year it was 2.4ppm, and it reached 13ppm the third year. I assumed the casing seal into the bedrock had failed as it the water quality seemed to be worse when it rained so I paid the well driller $500 to send a camera down and check it out. At 40' the seal looked fine. At 46' there is a small amount of water entering. The majority of the 2gpm seems to enter the well through a crack at 112'.
So the well looks okay. However the water quality and quantity suck.
Recovery rate: 2GPM
My well guy want to install a $3500 salt based filter. He would not elaborate any more than this on the filter (I feel myself being ripped off already). I thought you were supposed to use chlorine and a carbon filter for high levels of iron ??? Anyway-
I want to drill another well close to my neighbors 20+ GPM well with near zero iron/manganese ($3700 to drill + probably $2000 worth of excavation to bury 200 feet of pipe and hoping I don't run into ledge higher than the frost line).
I feel like either option is a crap shoot. The filter would probably work and is cheaper (especially if I install my own), but I think it would use so much salt the department of public works would back up to the drain line for the filter to get the salt for the roads in winter. I'm thinking it would also be a maintenance nightmare. Drilling costs more, but my neighbor's water is soooo much better it seems like its worth a shot, but drilling is unpredictable, maybe I get 20gpm, maybe I get the same lousy water I have now.
Help me decide. Thoughts anyone???