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    Default system Recommendations for well

    My results from water lab

    Coliform: Absent
    E.coli: Absent
    Iron bacteria: Absent
    sulfate bacteria: Absent
    Calcium: 3.2 mg/L
    Copper: 0.008 mg/L
    Iron: 1.310 mg/L
    Magnesium: 2.05 mg/L
    Manganese: 0.016 mg/L
    Silica: 18.6 mg/L
    Sodium: 3 mg/L
    Sulfate: 5.4 mg/L
    Zinc: 0.912 mg/L
    Hardness: 16 mg/L
    PH: 5.2
    TDS: 35 mg/L
    Turbidity: 9.1 NTU

    Well Info
    Date:6/12/1999
    280ft
    casing 127FT
    static 40
    yield 5GPM

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrick2269 View Post
    Well Info
    Date:6/12/1999
    280ft
    casing 127FT
    static 40
    yield 5GPM
    Of concern is the 5 GPM recovery rate. You don't say what the bore hole/casing size is. Also, there is no mention of what pump you use.

    As you draw down the well during backwash/regen, your GPM and pressure may drop.

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    In order to properly backwash an iron filter, not to mention serving the demands of your home, a storage tank and pressure supply pump for the house and water treatment are most likely a prerequisite. You need to be able to provide more like 10 GPM,

    Once you have adequate flow you can backwash a manganese dioxide iron filter and address any other problems.
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    casing size 6 5/8in
    all i know about the pump is its 220V on a 30amp breaker

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    LIfespeed I guess you are saying I need a new well because I don't have a place to put a storage tank

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    The well casing and bore hole act as storage. The system designer just needs to factor that in.

    I'm surprised none of the water treatment pros have posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLigetfa View Post
    The well casing and bore hole act as storage. The system designer just needs to factor that in.

    I'm surprised none of the water treatment pros have posted.
    I suppose if the existing well can provide 12+ GPM for 10 minutes to backwash the filter in the middle of the night that could work. Some testing would be in order to assure this is a valid assumption, especially in the summer if the water table fluctuates. I'm sure the OP does not want to end up with a setup that fails under some circumstances.
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    That would certainly be a heroic effort to address the problem. Absent other problems with your well I would not suggest that except as a last resort. However, looking at the photo of your water and plumbing, it appears that you really need to address your iron problem.

    I don't know the exact layout and location of your well/plumbing/house so can't comment on the practicalities of installation. But the reality is that in order to successfully implement a low-maintenance backwashing iron filter you need more water flow, and a storage tank is by far the most realisitic way to accomplish this. It does not need to be huge - it could be as small as 200 gallons if size is a big issue.

    I don't know what else to tell you. If you put enough constraints on what the solution looks like you will rule them all out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lifespeed View Post
    That would certainly be a heroic effort to address the problem. Absent other problems with your well I would not suggest that except as a last resort. However, looking at the photo of your water and plumbing, it appears that you really need to address your iron problem.

    I don't know the exact layout and location of your well/plumbing/house so can't comment on the practicalities of installation. But the reality is that in order to successfully implement a low-maintenance backwashing iron filter you need more water flow, and a storage tank is by far the most realisitic way to accomplish this. It does not need to be huge - it could be as small as 200 gallons if size is a big issue.

    I don't know what else to tell you. If you put enough constraints on what the solution looks like you will rule them all out.
    It's a mobile home so that's my space issue really no where to put stuff other that go outside

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