Iron and Manganese in Private Well Water

Iron and manganese in private well water is very common. While these minerals are naturally occurring and not considered harmful to human health in low concentrations, their presence in excessive amounts can lead to various issues. Here’s a look at the effects of iron and manganese in private well water, and how Aquarius Water Conditioning can address these concerns.

Potential Problems

Iron and Manganese in Private Well WaterOne of the primary issues is the impact on the water’s quality and appearance. Water with high iron and manganese content often has a metallic taste and an unpleasant odor, which can make it unappetizing for drinking and cooking. Additionally, it can stain dishes, utensils and even plumbing fixtures, resulting in increased cleaning efforts and the need for frequent maintenance.

Furthermore, excessive iron and manganese can affect the efficiency and lifespan of various household appliances and plumbing systems. These minerals can build up in pipes, water heaters, and other water-dependent appliances, leading to reduced water flow, clogs, and potential damage. The accumulation of iron and manganese deposits can also affect the performance of water treatment systems, such as water softeners or filtration units, reducing their effectiveness and necessitating more frequent maintenance.

Health Issues

In terms of human health, the presence of iron and manganese in well water can have some implications. While low levels of these minerals are not generally considered harmful, consuming water with high concentrations over a prolonged period may lead to adverse effects. 

Excessive iron intake can cause gastrointestinal issues such as stomach cramps, nausea and constipation. Manganese, when consumed in large amounts, has been associated with neurological symptoms, including tremors and coordination difficulties. However, it’s important to note that these health effects are typically observed in individuals who have been exposed to extremely high levels of iron or manganese, usually through occupational settings rather than drinking water.

How We Can Help

To address the presence of iron and manganese in private well water, several treatment options are available. Aquarius Water Conditioning can install a Kinetico water softener to remove minerals like iron and manganese. These systems use ion exchange to replace the minerals with sodium or potassium ions, effectively softening the water and improving its quality. 

It’s important to note that the choice of treatment method depends on the specific levels of iron and manganese present in the water, as well as individual preferences and needs. Consulting with an Aquarius Water Conditioning water treatment professional can help determine the most suitable solution for addressing the iron and manganese content in private well water.

Regular testing of well water is crucial to monitor the levels of iron, manganese, and other contaminants. Testing should be conducted at least once a year or whenever there are changes in water quality, such as unusual taste, odor, or appearance. Water testing will provide accurate information about the mineral content and help in determining the appropriate treatment approach. We can help you with that as well.

Learn More

If you think you might have excessive levels of iron and manganese in well water, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Aquarius Water Conditioning. You don’t need to put up with the hassles, and you don’t need to risk the potential health problems associated with this issue. Contact us online or call 888-741-9025 as soon as you can.


I’ve noticed that many people ignore their water unless it’s causing a visible problem. But having good, clean water impacts the quality of their lives.

More and more people seem to understand that and are interested in improving their water now. Kinetico can help.

Mike Holmes

DIY Network