Florida Well Water
Well water related problems include iron, rust, and scale which gather on pipes and then come through the tap in chunks. These types of minerals can result in kidney stones and other health risks. It is also possible for Florida well water to contain sand or sediment and excessive salt. Even though well water is generally clean, we occasionally see well water that is contaminated. Sometimes it has metallic or rotten odors, yellow or orange coloration or even bacteria. We can help with these problems and more. Our filtration systems easily transform smelly orange water into clean fresh drinking water.
Well Water vs. Municipal Water
Different water suppliers have their own unique problems. At Showers of Blessings we know Florida’s municipal water supplies and their shortcomings. We can quickly evaluate your well water to determine your specific needs as well. We recommend K 55 conditioner for city water in Northern Florida. We generally use K 85 for well water because of its superior ability to remove iron and sulfur.
City Municipal Water
Municipal water can become contaminated with factory wastes, human waste and many other types of chemical and biological contaminates. Cities treat their water with chlorine and also use filters. The chlorine is part of the water cleaning process but the flavor and smell are often a problem. In addition cities treat their water with fluoride. Fluoride may be good for our teeth, but concerns have arisen about the effects of fluoride on the human psyche over time. Some research indicates that it causes docility.
UNDERSTANDING COMMON WATER PROBLEMS
Iron Concentrations of iron as low as .30 ppm can cause staining of fixtures and laundry. Iron occurs in water in two basic forms.
1. Dissolved Solids clear or ferrous iron
2. Suspended Solids red or ferric iron
Iron Bacteria Bacteria forms of iron are non pathogenic organisms that thrive off of the energy created by the oxidation of iron and manganese. (If a red slime type growth is observed in the water closet of a flush type toilet or growth is noted in a sample of water after a few days, iron bacteria is likely present in the water supply.)
Manganese Concentrations as low as .05 ppm of manganese can cause dark brown stains that ruin clothing and fixtures and can adversely affect the color and taste of foods and beverages.
Turbidity This is nothing more than physical particles suspended in water. Concentrations of a unit measure over 1 NTU is cause for treatment. Particles can be sand, silt, scale, precipitated oxides, etc.
TASTE / ODOR / COLOR
Taste / Odor / Color Taste, odor and color of water is due to the multiple problems within the water. These problems can be corrected but not with a common softener conditioner.
Sulfur this term is what most people refer to when there is a rotten egg smell in their water supply. It is due to the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas. Concentrations as low as .05 ppm are offensive to many people. Additionally, sulfur corrodes copper, iron and brass and causes black stains on fixtures and clothing. It also affects the taste, odor and color of foods and beverages.
pH The pH of water is a measure of its acidity or alkalinity. The pH plays a great role in the successful removal of iron, manganese and sulfur. Water with a pH less than 7.0 is considered acidic …with a pH above 7.0, alkaline. Water with a pH at 7.0 is neutral. The further away from 7.0 on either scale, the more acidic or alkaline it becomes. Acidic waters are corrosive and can literally destroy plumbing and appliances and can cause significant staining of fixtures.
Tannins Decayed organic matter in water is what is commonly referred to as tannins or humic acid. Present in some water supplies, they can be clear or impart a light brown color and can cause problems with any oxidizing filter. Levels above .5 ppm can begin tgo form a viscous, sticky coating on the filter media granules. This coating can impair the removal of precipitants and slow, if not halt, the correcting of the pH.
Hardness Hardness is very objectionable due to its tendency to clog piping, cause white deposits on fixtures, create soap scum in laundry and bathing as well as increasing the operating and maintenance costs of hot water heaters. Generally, a level of 3.5 grains per gallon (gpg) or above in the water supply should be treated.