Get To Know Your Water- Iron Content



Water shouldn’t be orange.

Water shouldn’t taste like a rusty pipe.



What is it?

 

Iron content is present in almost all Well Water Systems and can also be found in some Municipal Water.

It’s directly responsible for:

  • the rust stains in your toilet or in your sink
  • the orange water that flows from your tap
  • the discoloration in your clothes
  • the stains on your dishes
  • metallic taste of your water
  • clogs in your pipes/in your well

Is It In My Water?

Iron enters the water through the soil around your well, through oxidation inside your plumbing, and in naturally-occurring chemical reactions.

There are 3 different types of Iron found in water, each having it’s own, individualistic set of characteristics and issues, but can all be treated with one, proper filter.



Forms Of Iron In Wells

Bacterial Iron:

Iron Bacteria is a collection of small living organisms which naturally occur in soil, groundwater, and other surface waters.

The bacteria combines iron (or manganese) and oxygen to form deposits often responsible for slime-like buildup in toilet reservoirs or the presence of a slimy mass polluting your water softeners or filters.

Ferric Iron:

Ferric Iron, also known as “Redwater Iron”, is Iron inside of your water that has been exposed to oxygen, subjecting the iron to oxidation, creating a orange tint, and a rusty presence inside the water.

Where most Ferric Iron exists in the form of large, metallic flakes, there is also “Colloidal Iron” which are individual particles that all have a positive ion charge, causing them to repel each other and remain in such a small form that it can be incredibly difficult to filter out.

Ferrous iron:

Ferrous Iron, also known as “Clearwater Iron”, is a non-oxidized Iron that exists in water though is not visible until it becomes oxidized, consequently turning it into Ferric Iron.

About the author: Aric Huckstep