Requesting cottage softener/filter setup suggestions
I have a weekend cottage that I am trying to decide on what approach I should take for water treatment.
My current equipment is 18 yrs old and is clogged with iron. My system consists of a 1cu.ft. Birm iron filter, followed by a 1.4cu.ft (total) twin tank water softener. I have spent the better part of two days cleaning the control valves and mineral tanks with acid and a tooth brush. I would like to avoid a repeat of this. I also have a large manually operated calcite PH filter a neighbor gave me that I can add to the system. I believe it’s about 2 or 3cu.ft. size.
I am looking for advice on what, if anything needs to be added to the system. What media should I use in the iron filter? I Birm the best choice? It seems to have a limited lifespan.
My water is as follows:
205ppm/12grs. Hardness as CaCO3
1.01ppm, total manganese
2.04ppm, total iron
0.6ppm, tannic acid
Trace, <500cfu/ml, anaerobic bacteria
Absent, total coliform
4ppm, dissolved oxygen
11.5 gpm, flow rate at outside bib
I have run several “3 jar tests” myself. What I have observed:
Water has an orange color to it.
It changes very little in color in two weeks, covered or uncovered
Some small amount of orange settles to the bottom in two weeks
Adding salt to the water appears to do nothing.
Adding Clorox to the water will oxidize the iron in about 3 to 4 hours, most settles out in a week.
Running water through coffee filter removes orange, but leaves slight yellow color in water
Adding super iron out to water clears it up quickly
Probably too much information.
I would be thankful for your opinions.