Whelp, another day, another scheme to try to reduce the amount of iron in our well water. This time through aeration.
I've read a bit of information that says that iron (and manganese) can be oxidized and I suppose form larger particles that can actually be removed by a physical filtration system. That sounds a bit positive. I was contemplating setting up a pump similar to the one I installed at the pond earlier this summer to see if falling water within the well would be sufficient to oxidize some of the iron content.
Then about a month ago, I came across a small, USB powered aquarium pump and had my Gru moment. I ordered one up, along with a solar panel that advertised as having a USB connector. What could go wrong?
The pump arrived but there is no sign of the solar panel just yet. Oh well, I'll try not to get too impatient.
Yesterday my assistant Kenny and I decided that the weather was too nice to be indoors. We split and piled the last of some birch that I had cut up over the weekend, and then I decided to try setting up the pump.
|Preparing our tools.|
|The pump, pre-placement.|
|Perfectly placed punchout for my purposes!|
|Hard to see, but the wires are VERY fine - I'm surprised it works at all!|
|Note the loose knot in the USB cable - taking no chances that the pump may have fallen in before I could fasten it to the side.|
I used some silicone to seal the hole, and then Kenny ran an extension cord from the cabin down to the well - without the solar panel, I would have to power the pump from the house.
|And all sealed up!|
We plugged it all in and... Nothing!
I checked the connections on the extension cord all the way back to the cabin, and was getting very annoyed. This seemed to be an ongoing puzzler - I've had the outdoor power seem to go on and off at random from day to day for no discernible reason in the past.
This time, I had a notion - I flicked the power to the sauna, and low and behold, Kenny reported it was bubbling! I guess I had wired the outdoor outlet up to the sauna power - which isn't a bad thought. Now I can remotely control that outdoor power from inside the cabin.
I hope I remember this trick for future.
I trotted to the well and was surprised at just how many bubbles were coming up.
|Looks like a giant can of club soda!|
In fact, I wonder if this system would be a cheap way of keeping the water in my well thawed throughout the winter? I believe it would be cheaper than any sort of heat-based solution!