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    Default Help Deciding Best Way to Get Rid of Sulfur Smell. Iron filter or Chlorine? Other?

    We recently purchased a house which has a Culligan Mark 100 45,000 grain water software (which we own) and a Culligan Super S iron filter (which is rented and I want to purchase something else since it's not working well). These can only handle the water flow of one shower and that’s about it. I want to make sure our new equipment can handle two showers and possibly a load of laundry at one time.

    Below are my test results from my well water and some other useful info, please let me know if I need to test for anything else before making my decision
    Over 15 GPM from an outside faucet. (it’s a 15 PGM Grundfos pump about 60 feet deep)
    Live in Minnesota and the water is about 50 degrees
    6,000 sq/ft two story house with 5 bathrooms and 4 people
    Water comes out of the faucet cloudy black and water smells of rotten eggs.
    I have some sand and black solids in my water so I may want to filter for it.
    Ph - 7.1
    Sulfides - positive (water smells like rotten eggs)
    TDS - 600
    Hardness - 23
    Iron (I’ve had test range from 1.0-5.0 but most of the time it’s 4.5 to 5.0))
    Nitrates - not detected
    Copper - not detected
    Manganese - not detected
    Tannins - not detected

    It looks like I have a few main options but I’m not sure if I’m missing any or which to go with.

    Since I have some solids I could start with a Rusco Sediment filterPrefilter. Thoughts?

    It looks like a good water softener may filter out my iron but then I’m still left with sulfides. I could then use chlorine to fix the rotten egg smell and then a charcoal filter since it looks like chlorine should not run through the softener. In this case I’d need to buy all new equipment and would this slow down my water volume and pressure?

    Or would I be better getting a new iron filter (from what I’ve read I like the Fleck 2510 SXT valve and use Filox as the media) which will handle the iron and rotten egg smell. I could possibly keep my water softener (although it may restrict my flow). Could I use this iron filter for my outside watering too? Or is there a better way to filter for iron to an outside faucet.

    If possible I’d like to be able to drink the water from the tap without using reverse osmoses at the tap. If that’s not very reasonable I can just install revers osmoses then.

    As noted above I’m not sure what to do about my outside tap water so the water does not stain the driveway or house due to the iron and how to filter the large particles that would probably scratch a car if I washed it? I may also install a sprinkler system down the road. I may be able to pull lake water for that though.

    Anyone have any suggestions on why to choose one option over the other? Or am I missing an option I should look at?

    Last edited by carfan87; 03-09-2011 at 09:22 AM.

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