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How best to prevent iron stains from well water irrigation system in Florida

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Basically getting a source of water without so much iron (either better aquifer or public water supply), sometimes chlorinating the water (particularly if caused by iron algae buildup rather than just high iron content), sometimes changing the pH of the water with a treatment system, sometimes a full house water treatment (water softening) system including specific iron removal unit which may remove it by clorination and flocculation, by pH change and surfactant or sand absorption, or by resin contactor system removal.


Generally the treatment option, especially if high iron rather than iron algae bloom caused, can be reduced but pricey to totally eliminate - generally near total elimination requires both a primary treatment system like a water softener, plus a high-efficiency carbon absorption or reverse osmosis treatment.


In many cases, easier and cheaper to put in a household water softener if needed for general improvement, then a filter and carbon or filter and osmosis point-of-use system under the sink if only an issue in the kitchen - but of course if iron staining of tub and sinks and toilet and clothes and dishes and such is the issue, then whole-house (except for outdoor faucets) treatment or getting better water are about your only solutions.


Another option if primarily a kitchen/cooking issue is a bottled water delivery service and in-kitchen dispenser. You can buy a LOT of bottled water for the cost of a new or redrilled well or total high-efficiency household water treatment system. In fact, in areas with bad water, some have been installing storage tanks in the house that hold 200-500 gallons, and have a pump to feed water to only the kitchen for drinking/cooking/dishwashing use, refilled weekly to every two weeks or so from a delivery truck. I have known of several hoemowners in our area who had such bad well water (and low volume as well) so they installed a 1000-2000 gallon storage tank (outdoors or in basement) to serve the entire house, with refill deliveries by a vendor every week to three depending on usage - they just call when the alarm says it is below half left and the vendor comes within a day or two to refill it, and they use the wells only for outdoor uses and in some cases for toilet flushing.



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