Borehole water problems

Folks
I am not sure if this is the correct group for this, if not can someone suggest somewhere more appropriate? Ta.
I have a borehole and filter equipment. The unfiltered water is high in Iron and Manganese but OK otherwise. The filter kit has packed up and needs replacing.
Levels are (in parts per million) Iron Actual amount: 3.44 Max recommended: 0.200 Manganese Actual amount: 0.534 Max recommended 0.050
2 local borehole companies have been out to have a look. One recomends a Shakesby 1354 (www.shakesby.net) and the other a Triplex FT250 unit (http://www.pumpmasters.co.uk/products/filters/triplex.html )
The filter kit is very expensive anyway, and the Shakesby unit is over twice the price of the Triplex. Both firms are adamant that their recommended solution will sort it out and bring the Iron and Maganese levels down to the max recommended. I dont want to spend any more than I have to but I do need to sort out the problem
Does anyone have any experience or views about the likely efficiency of these 2 units and if they will work?
TIA - Adam
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Adam Lipscombe wrote:

IME water filtration companies, especially those who specialise in wells + boreholes, are generally run by people who decided they weren't fleecing customers enough selling double glazing.
We have a well, and the untreated water is also very high in iron and manganese. We treat the drinking water though an RO setup, but leave the rest untreated (apart from a couple of particulate filters).
When we bought the RO system ~5 years ago, it was quite pricey, around 600. These days everyone is selling them, and prices have dropped to under 200.
If you need to treat *all* your water, then you will require one of the larger systems. If all you want is to treat your drinking water, get yourself a simple under the sink RO.
Ours came from these guys: http://www.sparrownewman.co.uk /
but even Screwfix now do a system which looks identical to ours: http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/pro.jsp?id $605&ts4205
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On Wed, 12 Apr 2006 09:26:34 +0100, "Adam Lipscombe"
|Folks | |I am not sure if this is the correct group for this, if not can someone |suggest somewhere more appropriate? Ta. | |I have a borehole and filter equipment. The unfiltered water is high in Iron |and Manganese but OK otherwise. |The filter kit has packed up and needs replacing. | |Levels are (in parts per million) |Iron Actual amount: 3.44 Max recommended: 0.200 |Manganese Actual amount: 0.534 Max recommended 0.050 | | |2 local borehole companies have been out to have a look. |One recomends a Shakesby 1354 (www.shakesby.net) and the other a Triplex |FT250 unit (http://www.pumpmasters.co.uk/products/filters/triplex.html ) | | |The filter kit is very expensive anyway, and the Shakesby unit is over twice |the price of the Triplex. |Both firms are adamant that their recommended solution will sort it out and |bring |the Iron and Maganese levels down to the max recommended. |I dont want to spend any more than I have to but I do need to sort out the |problem | | |Does anyone have any experience or views about the likely efficiency of |these |2 units and if they will work?
Not knowing much about filters, but with a suspicious mind.
The FT250 will do 26Lpm which is all you may need in a house, including running a bath through a combi boiler. Do you really need the water to flush the toilet, and bathing water filtered? Does unfiltered water stain anything when used for bathing? Will unfiltered water ruin the boiler?
A filtering drinking water *only* solution may be cheaper.
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Folks,

I think the answer is Yes and Yes. The waters natural PH is 5.6 which is pretty acid and will get the boiler, washing machine and dishwasher in the end methinks. The current water (filter broken) leaves yellowish stains on the bath (apparently that's the iron) and the manganese makes white clothes go slightly darker in the washing machine.
There are 6 of us in total - also my missus and youngest son have lovely long blond locks and she is worried that the water will darken her hair. I certainly would like that either ;-)
The bottom line is that I think all the water needs to be filtered - "whole-house" system, is what we need, hence the recs for the systems mentioned.
TIA -Adam
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