rusty water

Rusty water is coming into my house through the incoming line from the town. I have installed a filtration system, but the filter is dark brown in a couple of days, and I still end up with stained clothes, etc. on occasion. What else can I do about it?
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jslot wrote:

What kind of pipe is your service lateral? If it's copper or plastic (which won't be causing the rust): Complain. Long and loud... Jim
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On 16 Nov 2003 17:02:39 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (jslot) wrote:

Talk with your neighbors, then call the water utility and ask what's going on.
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I have a similar problem and use two filters. One is finer than the first one. You may do better contacting a water treatment specialist in your town. They would have the exact solution as they have probably done a couple of hundred in your area.
In my case, it is the 100 year old water mains that run from the treatment plant to near my house. Ed
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We hd that problem some years ago. Called the water dept. They came out and ran a fire hydrant for half an hour or so to rinse the rust out.
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jslot wrote:

the neighborhood to chech the hydrants.. when they are opened it sturs up the rust/dirt in the water and this is what makes the bath water look pretty rusty/dirty... is there continous work being done in your neighborhhood?? like a construction crew opening and closing a hydrant almost every day?? if so this will give you the sediment that you are getting.....
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Sounds like a city problem , they should help. My water co twice yearly flush out the system
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031116 2002 - jslot wrote:

Years ago I lived in a subdivision that had two wells and pumps that supplied the water. The water was quite rusty and pulped up in the mains. I installed a Cuno water filter with 10 microns of filtration. It lasted about a month before the filter had to be changed. I usually bought the filters by the case. You should check to see what the micron value of your filter is and maybe get filters with smaller filtration.
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The rust can be sediment in the main or in your service line. It could also be ferric iron (rust) from improper water treatment by the water company. You should have them check things out.
You should also use cartridges, assuming a disposable filter rather than a backwashed unit, that with a higher micron rating. Such as 40-45 or 50 microns. We can't see particles below about a 50 micron size and the lower the rating the smaller the particle. So you are probably filtering finer than needed. A higher rated cartridge will allow longer service runs of the cartridge and get most if not all of the color out of the water.
You should have chosen a spin down filter if a backwashed type wasn't needed. They don't have the need for changing cartridges too often problem; they don't have cartridges.
Gary Quality Water Associates
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