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    My well is 10 years old and has always been perfectly clear. We had some heavy rain and 2 days later my water went cloudy. It has never done this before. If left to set in a glass the water does not clear. Stays cloudy. Beige in color.

    154 ft total depth

    110 ft of PVC case

    Submersible pump


    The guy that drilled the well looked at it today with a camera. He found no problems with the case. He says the rock has crumbled and left big vains that might be letting in surface water. I wasn't home when he came today, so I didn't get to see for myself. He raised the pump up to 95 ft.

    He gave me 3 options.

    1. Gravel fill and screen case. $1500.00
    2. Filter system. $3500.00
    3. New well at least 250 ft total with 150 ft of Galvanized case this time. $5200.00

    Any Suggestions? Should I give it some time and see if it clears up?

    Jody
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    The price for the filter is way too high, by $2k if bought from a local dealer and more from an online dealer but, if you fill a glass and let it sit, how long does it take to settle out. Beige is probably iron, take a sample somewhere for testing.

    I'd pump the well off and see if it clears. If it does, it will come back the next rain like you just had.

    What did he charge for the camera inspection? Where are you?
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    Gary,

    I'm in Salisbury, NC.

    He charged me 235.00 for the inspection and chlorine treatment.

    The water doesn't settle out. It stays cloudy.

    Some clarification on the filter system:

    He says it will do 4 things:

    Soften
    Filter grit
    Raise pH
    Kill Bacteria

    I don't know the brand yet. Sounds like from what I have been reading on this site he is going to install multiple devices.He is supposed to bring some literature by tonight.
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    Default Water Test Results

    Hardness 7 GPG
    Iron 1 PPM
    pH 6
    Solids 127 PPM

    Manganese and Sulfur were 0.

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    The filter system the guy is trying to sell me is a WaterRight Sanitizer.

    3300.00 + install.

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    I used to be a dealer for them many years ago. That is a softener, not a filter. The price should be roughly $1200 plus $200 to install it. It creates a bit of chlorine during a regeneration that 'sanitizes' the resin bed but, the resin is not resin, it is their own crystal zeolite. That chlorine does not disinfect/sanitize your water.

    If you wanted to be a DIYer, you can buy from an online dealer like me and install it yourself in about 2+ hours. Depending on the size, you'll usually spend less than $850 but, no softener is going to clear up cloudy water!

    Have you run the well off yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmbrad View Post
    Hardness 7 GPG
    Iron 1 PPM
    pH 6
    Solids 127 PPM

    Manganese and Sulfur were 0.
    So now that you got rid of the cloudiness and it didn't return after a serious rain, you are left with the same water quality.

    You don't have to buy equipment, although a softener will remove the hardness and the iron with no more maintenance than keeping salt in the salt tank, but then you get to live with the rust stains and hardness.

    The iron and hardness will usually cost more to deal with and suffer the hidden cost of than a softener will if you buy right; like online from me or other online dealers. I suggest a correctly sized softener for your family size, the number of bathrooms you have and the type of fixtures in them, and I suggest the Clack WS-1 control valve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Slusser View Post

    You don't have to buy equipment, although a softener will remove the hardness and the iron with no more maintenance than keeping salt in the salt tank, but then you get to live with the rust stains and hardness.
    We have no rust stains. Been living there 10 years. And I can live with the hardness.

    I have no data to back this up, but I believe if I have another test done without the cloudiness, the water will test differently. I just hate to add something else to my life to have to maintain. For me, and I stress "for me", the advantages of soft water do not outweight the expense and maintenance of adding another piece of equipment to my life.

    Jody

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