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mlc28 08-20-2009 12:11 AM

getting metals out of well water without a water softener?
I'm very new here and have searched high and low for an answer to my question...I hope someone can help:)

We live in a rental that has well water....water is very clean, taste good, has a little limestone in it but nothing to really complain about....I notice since moving in here that my food when i cooked it would have a metallic taste to it...Thought it was my stainless steel pots and pans, so i went out and bought a few non stick ones....still does it...I called the dept. of agriculture and the health dept and they both told me it was more than likely due to metals in my well water...While it won't HURT you, it will make your foods taste funny....they suggested i get a water softener......I personally don't want to fork out 400 bucks for something that i won't be able to take with me when i leave.......I have a 50 dollar pur water filter that fits on the tap and was wondering if that would take care of the problem, or am i stuck emptying my pockets for a water softener? right now I am using water from my mothers house, but its very aggravating to do so.......also i haven't installed the pur water filter because if its pointless i will take it back.......and lastly when i brew my coffee and tea it doesn't have that taste to it, just foods that i boil or simmer.......

Thank you so much and I hope i did this right!!!!:)

AllanJ 08-20-2009 07:07 AM

By definition a device that removes dissolved metal content (metal ions) from water without evaporating/condensing is called a water softener. Generally it substitutes a different metal (usually sodium or potassium) for the metals (like iron or manganese or copper) that it removes.

There are other kinds of water purifiers such as distillers that remove metal content but these usually cost more to operate.

You may be able to install one in a manner that it can be uninstalled and taken with you when you move out.

Filters attached to the tap remove dissolved gases which sometimes include odiforous sulfur containing compounds. Also minute particulate matter. They don't remove metal unless the concentration was so high that the metal ions combine with other elements and compounds (including carbon dioxide and also in ionic form) producing insoluble material (read particulate matter).

Different foods have different amounts and kinds of mineral content. If just the right combination and concentration occurs with the tap water, tastable, not necessarily insoluble or visible, compounds may form.

The water from your mother's house is logistically like bottled water, but without the cash price tag.

merlojh 11-19-2010 12:00 AM

Getting metals out of well water without a water softener?
Your Pur filter will do some good but, to ensure that the bacteria it traps don't contaminate your water, the filter needs to be replaced much more often than you think, essentially every 3 weeks. Expensive.

Well water, once the ideal, is now contaminated with chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. You are correct to wonder what's in it. Many of my clients show me the residue that well water leaves on the ceramic filter of the free-standing water converter I distribute. This means that contaminants are being removed. After filtration, this particular water purifier contains a layer that adds back in the optimal mix of the minerals and trace elements needed by humans, pets, and plants. Don't know how to send you the great test results from the National Safety Foundation.... at its best, tastes great and cooked food tastes better. Scroll down to see the AquaPour. 10% discount at checkout. Hope this answers your question. Well-built unit, made to last.

justwater 11-19-2010 02:28 PM

you do realize that city and bottled water both come from the ground right? its absurd to say that residential drinking wells have those contaminants. you need to do more research before you make these kinds of claims. you sound like the same guys that take advantage of a customer by installing a $5-10k "treatment system" on a diy 20' well (which is about the same as drinking ditchwater to begin with).. then blame groundwater as a whole when you get poor results..

no person will ever come out ahead trying to treat poor water when a better quality well is available to them. but say well water as a whole is contaminated... give me a break. there are such things as contamination zones in this country.. but they are rare, strictly monitored, and can usually be avoided with the right drilling depth/procedures. sorry for the rant, i've just ran into a few instances where treatment guys have really taken advantage of people. i rarely post here for lack off many well/pump questions but had to bite on this.

nap 11-19-2010 02:49 PM


Originally Posted by merlojh (Post 536729)
AquaPour. 10% discount at checkout. Hope this answers your question. Well-built unit, made to last.

What a spam you have there Sandra.

mlc 28; there are a lot of various water filtration systems out there. Before you decide on anything, you need to get your water tested to find out what you are trying to remove. Of course, the "we can sell you what you need to cure your porblem" places will test your water but honestly, I have trouble trusting a place that also sells very expensive equipment to cure whatever problem it is.

Try your local health department or a USDA. If they do not offer testing, ask them who might.

Then, once you figure out what is in your water, you can figure out what it will take to remove it.

beenthere 11-19-2010 03:14 PM


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High Gear 11-19-2010 10:28 PM

Likes been said you need to get your water tested first.

Some areas rent water softeners FYI .

Also you CAN take your softener with you ( I did ) .

I have a whole house filter installed before the softener that needs to be changed every 3 months. ( shower pressure drop reminds me heh heh )

The fridge has a good sized carbon filter for water/ice.( about 5 months )

You should see what the whole house filter looks like after 3 months.

The cheap way out may be to just buy distilled or reverse osmosis water for

your cooking.( with the later being the more purer type ).

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