My girlfriend's well water has high levels of iron, giving the water a
sulfur smell and staining her sinks and toilets orange.
A local water treatment outfit has suggested she install a hydrogen peroxide
unit as part of her treatment system (in addition to the existing softener
and carbon filter)to help correct the situation.
Does anyone have any experience/advice on such an installation? Will it help
get rid of the iron in her water?
TIA for any input.
I had the same problem when I was in Florida. The commonest solution
there was a chlorine injector. Hydrogen peroxide might work just
as well, I don't know. I know that what I used was bleach. The
setup consisted of a pump to meter the chlorine into the water as it
came from the pump, then a settling tank to let the sediment settle out,
then a filter to take the remains of the chlorine out the water
before it went to the house. It worked for me.
In the well water that I've seen that has high iron, I haven't noticed
any sulfur smell. It sounds like you may have more than one problem
and before deciding on how to fix the iron, you may want to consider
what else is wrong or not working, etc.
On 11/18/2010 9:40 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'm thinking the same here. I have water with the sulfur smell and
sediment that is rust colored but it is _not_ iron. Before I bought the
place they installed a chlorinator and a water softener. When the pump
runs chlorine is injected into the water, then it all goes through a
softener and comes out OK but not great. It's fine for bathing, it
doesn't smell, but not great tasting. For taste I have a carbon filter
on the kitchen sink and that water comes out perfect.
I also added a sediment filter before everything and that helped a lot
with the rust colored dirt and stains. I first tried the best filter,
but no way was it big enough to be a whole house filter, very low water
volume. Next I went to a pleated paper filter, that didn't do enough
filtering. Then I installed a string filter, it looks just like a big
spool of string, and that's what I use now (all these filters are
interchangeable in the same filter assembly). That stops about 95% of
the rust colored stuff, what ever it is? (Maybe shale?)
Pumping chlorine into the softener is VERY bad!!! That shgould be cease
immediately, especially at any concentration designed to treat problem
waters. It will damage the resins and they will have to be replaced. Use
a carbon backwashing filter to remove all chlorine before entering the
H202 is very effective at oxidizing sulfur gases and iron. It leaves no
unusual by products as its waste is pure H20. you must use a
paristalitic type pump, though, not a diaphragm type that most chlorine
injection systems use.
Changeable filters can be very helpful if they are maintained and
micron-rating is acceptable for removal AND flow rate. 25 microns is
usually a good balance. The bigger the filter, the better.
There are aeration systems that work very well. These are chemical free
and low maintenance cost.
Andy Christensen, CWS-II
You think so??
How about chlorinated city water and water softeners???
Done all the time. No apparent problems.
My softener is over 30 years old - could be 40 - and still working
fine on chlorinated city water.
Local information from neighbours may be just as useful as laboratory
data on chemical reactions. You know the well water has sulfur (by smell)
and iron (visible rust) but it probably includes other minerals (e.g.
or magnesium) which probably interact with each other -- making the
smell and visible staining either worse or better: we simply do not know,
so long as we do not know what chemicals are present.
This is why neighbours' information may be more helpful even if negative.
(If a particular product e.g. Home Plumber brand Iron Remover, worked
next door, it is worth your trying: if it failed next door, look
You could try googling for "sulfur bacteria".
The best link I looked at was
I think these two were about the same:
There are many more links.
The sulfur smell for sulfur bacteria is hydrogen sulfide - rotten eggs.
Injecting hydrogen peroxide or bleach/chlorine is probably to kill the
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