Removing Well Water Iron and Manganese

If you live in New Hampshire and your home’s water comes from a private well, there may be iron or manganese in your drinking water. Both of these minerals occur naturally in the soil, often dissolving into groundwater as acidic rainfall trickles through the soil and rock.

Iron or manganese in your water can be a nuisance. It can stain your laundry, clog valves and other plumbing parts and leave an oily or “crusty” sheen on the surface of your water.

Testing Well Water for Iron & Manganese

It is important to identify what type of iron or manganese is present before deciding which type of treatment you should use. Skillings & Sons, Inc. can help you run these tests.

Treatment Options For Iron & Manganese Contamination

Once you find out what kind of iron or manganese is in your water supply, you can begin considering your options. Here are a few:

Oxidation filtration injects oxygen into the water to remove impurities. While it is effective in removing iron, it requires additional chemical treatment, including chlorine bleach, to remove manganese.

A water softener removes minerals by running the water through special salt pellets. Softening is simple and inexpensive, but may not be effective in every home.

Point-of-use reverse osmosis uses a membrane to remove unwanted molecules from the water while letting purified water pass to the other side. While this method is easy to install and is common, it uses more water.

If you suspect there might be iron or manganese in your water, call Skillings & Sons, Inc. to get your water tested.