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    I am looking for some advice. I recently had a new well drilled and the old one plugged. The results of the water test are:

    Turbidity = 2.6 NTU
    PH = 5.9 Std. units
    Iron = 0.38 mg/L
    Manganese = 0.078 mg/L
    Sodium 5.5 mg/L
    Iron + Manganese 0.46 mg/L
    Hardness 45 mg/L
    Lead .0021
    Alkalinity 40
    E-Coli negative
    Total coliform negative

    I initially was just going to get a softener and an under the sink reverse osmosis system. It appears I should treat the acidity though as well so now I am thinking Acid Neutrilizer, softener and RO for drinking water. Based on these results should I be considering anything else? Thanks.

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    I would start with say a calcite filter and correct the ph, it might also lower the iron and manganese that is in the water.
    Then the softener, and maybe a simple carbon block for under the sink.

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    Thanks for the reply. That seems like a reasonable place to start but I have no idea where to begin. I searched Acid Neutrilizers and Calcite filters and there's not a lot of clear information. It looks like most people recommend upflow units. I'll keep searching around.

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    Upflow is just that up flow through the media with no backwash and works very good if there is nothing in the water or very low levels of iron and the like.
    If the iron is high or over about 3 ppm then a backwashing control on top of the calcite would be better, 5600 is a good valve but really a 2510 would be better because one can control how long it is in each part of the cleaning cycle where the 5600 has no way of controling the parts of the cycle.

    Calcite filters are sized both on flow rate needed and level of ph that is going to need corrected.
    the higher the flow and more correction the more calcite, but there is a limit if a control is needed because of the backwash gpm needed, if the unit needs 8gpm but the well only does 5gpm that size will not work.

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    Something like this http://www.cleanwaterstore.com/acid-neutralizer.html ? My well produces 7gpm. It's a 2 bath, 3 br home but I live alone currently so not a lot of water usage overall.

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    Not sure if I would use a Fleck 7000, but that aside the blend media is some thing that I would stay away from, if it is not done right it can become hard and then the whole thing goes out to the trash.

    If I had a choice , I would do up flow, there is really no iron to speak of at .4 and the Mn is at .08.... neither to really build up in the calcite up flow.

    just my thoughts and .02cents worth.

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