After a season of use, both Donna and I had to agree that there was a noteable orange buildup in the washing machine and Berkey filter. When we filled the sink or water pitcher, the water definitely had a "hue" to it.
I had hoped that this would resolve itself, thinking that perhaps it was just a function of a new well, and the colour would eventually be flushed out. Alas, I then decided to resign myself to the idea that perhaps we had a fair bit of iron in our water.
Researching options, I soon realized that most solutions involve installations of large equipment that require extra power. I was and am willing to try to find more economical solutions, in triple terms of cost, space, and power requirements.
Obviously our particulate filter wasn't really tackling this issue, nor should it have been expected to. Iron in water is probably a very tiny particle, or perhaps being carried within tiny bacteria that utilize this element.
Checking the particulate filter revealed on a number of occasions that it also wasn't being exposed to any sand or grit anyway - it was always quite clear of obstructions, even if it too was stained orange.
|Probably would work fine for grit, but never really saw any!|
|You can see the slight staining on the filter section here.|
|Removing the teflon tape from the old threaded connectors.|
|You can see there wasn't much pipe to work with above this right angle connector.|
|Oh bother, I slightly kinked it trying to make this turn.|
|Okay, incoming water all hooked up.|
|And outgoing all hooked up.|
|Far more accessible here!|
Water pumped through! Not many leaks! A success so far... Now to see if it reduces the water staining to any degree...