I have just purchased my second house. Both have had water hardness &
iron problems, but this latest house has them to a much higher degree.
Electric hot water tank
Hardness as CaCO3: 205.4 mg/L
Calcium: 63.7 mg/L
Sodium: 42.3 mg/L
Iron: 13.4 mg/L
Magnesium: 11.3 mg/L
Manganese: 0.313 mg/L
The system was charged prior to any water treatment, so my toilet tank,
pipes, and presumably my hot water tank has heavy iron staining. I have
put a water softener in place and have set it to regenerate every
night, and did one manual regeneration with some "Super Iron Out" added
to the brine. This, I assume, only helps remove any iron buildup in my
softener, not in my hot water tank where I anticipated it is most
needed. I have ceased any iron-buildup procedures until the core iron
problem has been solved. It has been a week since the softener was put
in, and the aesthetic quality of the water has improved a tiny bit, but
heavy staining still occurs, and there is an objectionable taste.
My home builder is under specific legal obligation to get the water to
meet provincial and municipal standards, which are:
Hardness as CaCO3: none
Sodium: 200 mg/L
Iron: 0.3 mg/L
Manganese: 0.05 mg/L
What we *don't*
know is what the softened water tests at, but my tiny
bit of research shows me that a typical water softener can remove
anywhere from 0.5 mg/L to 2 mg/L of iron (reducing its water softening
capacity), so I anticipate that I am still way over the guideline. I do
not know what effect the water softener has on manganese, if any.
I wish to protect myself against bad counsel from my builder and "ask
the experts" here on this group what the ideal solution is. Obviously,
I am above standards on my Iron and Manganese, so these are my primary
concerns. What sort of solution should I be lobbying my builder for?
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.