Do I have a bigger problem?
I have a well system that has been working well (no pun intended) for years.
Not far from me that have built a new upscale housing project that has numerous ponds scattered about. These ponds are HUGE and draw from the same ground water that we have. At the same time, our water table Ö do to lack of rain Ö is down about 8 inches.
For 2 months now, Iíve been getting sediment in my water that I never had before. The water pressure is outstanding, but the sediment is there. At the pump, I can turn the water on and the water is clear, but after a short time the sediment appears.
Iím using a GE whole house water filter system, standard 10Ē, to filter the sediment out. The filters that came with it lasted about 1 day each and were rated at 5 microns. I went to a 10 Micron with the same result. A 20 Micron filter (pleated) seems to last about 3 days so I bought 2 string filters at 40 Microns from you. The String filters clogged immediately and while they filter nice, the pressure in the house drops quickly and we must wait for a few minís for the pressure to come back up. This is only when taking showers or using the washing machine. I guess the flow rate through string isnít all that great?
Last night I ordered a 50 micron pleated filter from you and will try that out since pleated seems to work better. Hopefully I will get the right filters I need until the water table comes up, even if it takes replacing them once a week.
Maybe itís a different problem however. Since I have great water pressure on the pump side of the filter, I am assuming that my well is not collapsing. Instead Iím guessing the low water tables in the area because of the lack of rain along with the massive increase in water usage, has lowed the water table to where it is now. Does this sound correct? Am I wasting my time with a whole house filtering system or do I need to sink my well deeper? How can I tell?
Thanks for the help!
Oh Ö I keep checking the USPS web site to track my order and they always say that it hasnít shipped yet. I did get my filters very quickly however and you did a great job. The USPS site is still waiting on a ship status for the filters I already have. Itís our government at work ;)
50 Micron Pleated filters
Did you receive and try the 50 Micron filters? What were the results? It is hard to give specific advise about a well without being able to inspect the well. Sediment from well water is not unusual and the best way to remove the sediment is with a sediment filter. What diameter filter are you currently using? If flow rate is a problem through the filter system, you could upgrade to a larger water filter housing. This will give you a higher flow rate and increase the length of time in between filter changes.
Construction and increased water usage could certainly drop the water table and increase sediment in your well water, but it is hard to say for sure that this is the cause of the sediment increase.