Iron In Water
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Frequently asked questions
Typically, small amounts of iron in your water do not pose any health risks, unless harmful bacteria have been introduced to the water supply.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Secondary Drinking Water Standards lists an iron concentration of 0.3 milligrams per liter and above as problematic. This is mostly due to the fact that this concentration is enough to change water’s color and taste and that it can stain laundry and equipment.
To be clear, this is simply a guideline, not a federal law, and water with iron concentrations above 0.3 mg/L of iron is not necessarily dangerous to drink. The Minnesota Department of Health states that concentrations of iron are typically below 10.0 mg/L in drinking water.
Both Minnesota and Wisconsin have iron-rich soil and sediments. When it rains, or when snow melts, the iron within the soil and rocks can seep into a water supply. Iron can also get into a water supply from the corrosion of steel or iron pipes.
Unlike other contaminants, iron is typically easy to see or taste in your water. If your water has a metallic taste or smell; if it is red, yellow, or brown in color; or if there is a gelatinous sludge or slime present, it is likely you have iron in your water. It’s also important to know its concentration, as this will determine your water treatment options.
The best way to detect iron and other contaminants in your water supply is to get it tested by a professional. Aquarius Water Conditioning offers free in-home water testing; this allows our water quality experts to detect water contaminants of all kinds as well as their concentrations. Once these issues are diagnosed, we will work with you to determine the best water treatment option for you and your family.
Getting rid of iron in your water can be tricky business, as there are different types of iron or iron byproducts that can be present. For example, if your water inspection reveals that there is dissolved ferrous iron present, your water treatment options will be very different from a test result yielding organic iron and tannins instead. Some iron treatment options available include one or a combination of the following:
- Colloidal iron filters
- Oxidizing iron filters
- Water softeners
- Whole house water treatment system
Fortunately, the water treatment experts at Aquarius Water Conditioning can take the guesswork out for you. Trust us to provide you with cost-effective treatment options that will give your family clean, great-tasting drinking water in no time!
Iron is one of the well water chemicals which can impact hair color by turning blonde hair an orangish color.
Also, besides turning hair a different color, it can cause other issues for your hair:
1. Hair feels dry, brittle and crunchy.
2. Hair is dull, lacks softness and shine.
3. Iron can also cause darker hair to darken even more.
4. Too much iron in the water can also interfere with chemical hair treatments such as straighteners, perms and highlights.