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iron in water

We've recently moved to a campground in Minnesota.  The iron in the well water is overwwhelming!  We bought an extra water filter for our hose between the faucet and the RV.  The color of the water is much better but the iron smell is still really strong. 

We just purchased a Flow-Pur water softener and my DH is getting ready to install it.  Has anyone had any experience with way too much iron?  We're hoping this will work, but in case it doesn't are there any other fixes?  We're camp hosting here for the summer so we can't just move on.


The Crumps

1997 37' Itasca Suncruiser and Scion Xb toad.

Life isn't a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safe in a pretty and well preserved body; but rather to skid in sideways, used up and totally worn out yelling - WOO HOO - What a Ride!

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A charcoal inline filter should remove most of the irony smell. We use a charcoal whole house filter. I do not think the softener is going to do the job for you, unless there is a charcoal pre-filter associated with it. All a softener does is exchange a calcium carbonate ion for a sodium ion using a zeolite resin. The zeolite has an affinity for calcium ions, but salt "washes" the calcium from the beads and regenerates the zeolite. Good luck with the problem, which probably emanates from iron pipe as well as a high iron content in the well.

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Iron in the water is not bad for you as long as the water is safe from a bactria stand point.  The amount of iron can discolor surfaces and fabrics very quickly, however.  If you experience a bad smell, then the water also contains some sulfer compunds.  Charcoal filters can remove most but not all of the odor.  You might want to consider installing a reverse osmosis filter which will give you pure water.


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I read somewhere (and if I ever remember where, I'll post the link) that someone built a filtration unit in a plastic storage bin with 3 types of filters and a pressure sensor. He hooks up the water source to the bin then a hose from the bin to the rig.

It makes it easy to change out the filters, when getting ready to leave, you disconnect and the whole thing goes in the basement and then when you arrive at your next destination, you take it out, hook it up and slide it under the rig.

Looked pretty simple to build. I think I found it somewhere on the Heartland site but I'll need to go looking again.

In the meantime, I hope that I gave a decent enough description that it could be easily be built.


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F-350/Ram 3500 type truck, possibly an Airstream or a smaller 5th Wheel.

However, there is still time to change the configuration, just a plan.

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