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Well water??
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Griz    Posted 01-15-2004 at 19:51:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We just moved into our new farm and are already experiencing new things so I am sure I will be posting more problems/questions about these experiences!

First question: When we turn the water on we get a sulpher type smell after 30 seconds or so. Is this typical with well water or is there something we need to do to the well to fix this? There is a water softner in the basement so I don't know if that has something to do with this.

Any thoughts?


Willy-N    Posted 01-15-2004 at 22:12:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
You could get rid of the smell by pumping the water into a tank and airate, using a vent to allow the gas to escape then pumping it with another pump to your home. What you are dealing with is Hydrogen Sulfide Gas and it will disapate from the water if left to open air. You can also buy a filter system that will remove it. It is worse in the winter if your land is sealed off by a snow pack. The orange come from a Red Iron Bacteria and it likes to form bubbles of rust on the steel casing for you well. Here is a link I found about it. You can find much more on the net. Mark H.

Dieselrider    Posted 01-16-2004 at 05:37:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just always assumed that the sulfur water problem was something we had to deal with back here in PA. I didn't know you folks out west have the problem too. I thought it was from all the coal mines around this part of the state. I really should get off the farm more.

Willy-N    Posted 01-16-2004 at 06:43:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have some in the winter time. I use 2 Carbon Filters to remove it. Not a big deal because it is just a little gas to remove. I only filter the water to the house for drinking and landry use not the rest of it so I don't wear out the filters so fast. Mark H.

Dieselrider    Posted 01-16-2004 at 10:20:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
That makes me really appreciate my spring fed water all the more.Unless, of course, something gets in there and drowns.

Willy-N    Posted 01-16-2004 at 11:53:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can't taste anything in the water. It is as good as bottled water. I did a test once on the in/laws. They had some bottled water and I refilled one with my well water and said which one is from the well and they got it wrong. Mind over matter. Mark H.

cowlady    Posted 01-15-2004 at 20:23:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
When we put in the electric hot water heater we had a filtering system installed (between the pump and the hot water heater.)in our new house.

The water was black and smelled like rotten eggs.
But, the water was still good, clear & fresh outside at the hydrant where we watered the animals.

We removed the rod from the water heater (solved the black water problem & some of the stink)

By-passed the filtering system, and smell disapeared. We have a tremendous amount of iron in our water. The filters were supposed to avg. 4 per year, we were changing them about every 15-20 days!

More elbow grease keeping the "orange" out, but no more smelly water. Ask a plumber about the rod in the hot water heater, or somebody on here will know...

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