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How Do You Identify If There’s Iron In Your Water?

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

When you drink your daily intake of refreshing water, how often do you notice the cleanliness of the water? Do you notice the reddish-brown color of the water? Is it emitting a foul smell like rotten eggs?

Be alert on the taste, smell and color of your water because they are dead giveaways that you have iron in your water.

How To Know If There’s Too Much Iron in Your Water

1. Stains When iron is present in your water, it will leave stains to everything it comes into contact with. The colors range from yellow, orange, to red discoloration depending on the iron concentration. The more iron present the darker the red color. Unfortunately, brushing your teeth with iron contaminated water will also result in an embarrassing side effect; your teeth may turn yellow when in constant contact with iron.

2. Clogged Pipes

Iron residues may cause build up that can clog your home’s pipes. If the pipes clog badly, you might suffer from poor drainage or leakage.

3. Taste The most obvious sign that you have iron in your water is the metallic taste. When the iron combines with food and beverages, it produces an inky, black appearance and a harsh, unacceptable taste. It also smells like rotten eggs and has an off taste that is hard to stomach.

4. Bacteria

Growth of iron bacteria occurs when it combines with iron and manganese together to form a biofilm that looks like rust. It is a bacterial slime which is gross and smells disgusting. It may not contain any disease or gets you sick, but having it in your well water is intolerable.

If you have any of these signs, then you are most likely to have iron in your water!

However, Is It Harmful For You?

Until today, there is no significant harm in drinking water that is high in iron. It’s more to the obvious staining of your fixtures and the awful flavor of the water. There is a type of bacteria that forms in some wells called iron bacteria that forms a biofilm in the water. Some people may get an upset stomach from that, but it is not dangerous. On the other hand, it does have effects on your hair and skin. Your hair would not only get discolored but also brittle and dry. Your skin can become wrinkled and rough too.

Reverse Osmosis System To Remove Iron In Water

The Reverse Osmosis (RO) treatment system is currently the only technology that can remove most of the contaminants that are difficult to remove by other water treatment methods. It will generally remove salt, manganese, iron, fluoride, lead, and calcium. Most mineral constituents of water are physically larger than water molecules and they are trapped by the semi-permeable membrane and removed from drinking water when filtered through a RO system. The RO system is extremely efficient at stripping minerals from water hence making water filtered or treated by RO is pure, clean, and healthy.

RO process diagram.

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