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    I would appreciate it if some of the experts could recommend approaches to cleaning up my well water. Here is the analysis. I do not have Arsenic speciation numbers. PH - 8.3 Alkalinity - 180 mg CaCO3/L Chloride - 39 mg/L Hardness - 49 mg CaCO3/L Calcium Hardness - 31 mg CaCO3/L Sulfate - 29 mg/L TDS - 280 mg/L Nitrate + Nitrite - 0.5 mg NO3 -N/L Copper - 0.014 mg/L Iron - 0.02 mg/L Manganese - 0.004 mg/L Zinc - 0.005 mg/L Sodium - 88 Potassium - 1.3 Calcium hardness - 12 mg Ca/L Magnesium hardness - 4.6 mg Mg/L Arsenic - 0.017 It will be a whole house filter. Maximum flow rate of about 10 gpm (rated flow rate of particulate filter preceding the equipment under discussion here). Assume about 6 people in the household.

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    Whole house for the arsenic?
    Ready to drop 5-6K? for a unit that will do the job?

    0.017 mg/l? is that not 17ppb?

    Research research and then research and more research

    So if you take it out of your water , then what about the food that has arsenic? Look it up..

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    The numbers for Arsenic are directly from the report. It did not have units. I have always assumed 0.017 is in mg/L and that would be 17 ppb. I have done a very significant amount of research over a fairly long period of time. I have accumulated a lot of knowledge, but I am looking for some experts who balance the parameters in their head from long experience. And have seen the pluses and minuses of different approaches. People that have done this a lot. Experience counts.
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    Arsenic removal on the small scale or home has only really been going on now for about 10 years.. before that it was on the large 100gpm range and above.

    I keep asking what is driving this train? I am not saying that some thing should not be done, but who is this truely going to help? you ? me? or the makers and there are only 2-3 of truest worthy arsenic media right now.

    And then there is the government that is saying that we should all be taking care of this in the water, but not one thing about what is in the food from the store.

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    Perhaps you could share the two or three trustworthy media. And maybe some matching equipment. Within the house the water will only be used in a separate drinking water system. For that I coupd use a POU filter seeding just that water circuit. However, I want to use filtered water for watering the food garden and some sensitive indoor plants to avoid building up the arsenic concentration on those beds. Hence "whole house" size filter. I could use both. I am after a system that can measure when the material needs to be replaced/regenerated based on gallons processed and initial concentration levels and chemistry. I would like something that can use regeneration, but disposable media would be acceptable. I have been surprised at the lack of response. Arsenic is not all that uncommon. I live in an area that has levels like mine or higher in many wells. And it is largely untreated. I have been analyzing all the wells on the island and immediate area as part of an effort to define the subterranean water resources. The results of this would be used as input to a new subarea (zoning, development rules, etc.) for our area. I would like to have a solution if I identify specific wells with problems. I would like to come up with a design that I could then use as an example for getting other people in the area to protect themselves with the knowledge I am propagating. Given the mostly rural nature of the area, I expect there will be a need for POU and a higher volume treatment approaching POE. Hence the system I want to build. There will be different levels of concern and money availability. So a broad solution with separable or sizable parts would be a good model. I have read many many studies and tests, etc. I have seen lots of techniques and materials. What I have not found is any specific comparisons of commercially available equipment; or even a good source of the necessary equipment and info for a good DIY effort. A community DIY project would be an interesting project to attempt if I felt comfortable with a couple of designs. Can someone please help out on this?

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    There are different types of arsenic and they require different types of treatment. You haven't said what type you have. Then the type of equipment is based on what else and how much of it is in the water and if there are any pretreatment requirements, and how much water is going to be used.

    IOWs equipment is not 'standardized' so you can use like Consumer Reports to compare from one area to another. That's due to the complexity of water from one location to another and the different 'minerals' used to do the same job, and the way CR does its testing is a joke anyway because they don't test all equipment/products of the same type, they select those they want to test or those the manufacturers provide them for testing.

    You should not limit flow or require a prefilter in front of a regenerated or backwashed filter. You size that filter based on peak demand flow rate of the house, not a prefilter.

    IMO you need to find someone willing to work with you and trust them and not dictate this'er that because as you say, experience counts and you have none and how you'd like to do it may not be possible. I suggest someone local.
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