Fixing the problem of too much iron in water.


Iron is the fourth most plentiful metal in the earths crust and represents some 5% of it.

It is found in essentially two forms; Ferrous, Fe(II), and Ferric, Fe(III).

Fe(II) is unstable,is the most plentiful, is soluble in water and is colorless until exposed to air and allowed to settle where a slight amount of redish particles will appear.

Fe(III) is stable, appears in surface water when the PH is above 7.0, appears as a reddish brown liquid, is definately not clear , and will stain whatever it comes in contact with.

Neither is particularily desireable for human consumption.

As for drinking..

In a test of 20 participants :

50% could detect iron at 3.4 mg./litre

20% could detect iron at 0.30mg/litre

5% could detect iron aat 0.04 mg./litre

The North American standard for acceptable " clarity " is 0.30 mg./litre or less.



The first step is to have a comprehensive test of your water as it comes out of the tap. it will include results outlining the ;

the concentration of iron

the iron bacteria

the PH

the alkalinity

the hardness

in the sample provided.


If you don't know where to obtain the sample kit, look for a water treatment center at your State or Provincial Government level.

If you are on a Public water system, contact the local municipal authority and present them with the results from the recent test.

They will be obligated to rectify the problem.


If you are on a Private water system, there are a few things you can try before any investment is required.


1( try pumping the well dry or for at least 12hours ,depending on what happens first. Scrub it down if you can, with a chlorine bleach solution similar to Javex. After some time, run the water until the chlorine smell/taste is gone.

2( Find out if others in the immediate proximity are having the same problem. Talk to your neighbors. If their water is good, discover from what depth their intake pipe is set and set your own to match .

3( Experiment on your own by changing the depth of the intake.

If success is not at hand and..

To avoid the risk of having the same results even after adding rings to the existing well from the top, then digging out the bottom from the inside then dropping the intake.

Digging a new well.

Drilling a new well.

A number of companies have developed filters and or filter systems that will remove the undesirable compounds. Approach them ,again with the test results.You will find solutions that are available for less than $1000.00 USD for the average household.

Try "iron in water " using your favorite search engine.

I hope this is helpful.





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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Thank you. I'll try these out.

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