Unfortunately, the water that we pump is just lousy, lousy, lousy with iron. We don't even begin to entertain the notion of white clothes. Our Berkey filters are covered in about four millimeters of sludge every time I try to wash them. If we don't run the bathroom tap for a day for some reason, the water comes out very gritty, or sometimes like chocolate milk :(.
We don't have enough pressure or space for any fancy filtering systems, so I've had to seek out ideas that are decidedly low technology, low space, and with low power requirements.
I had heard a few indications that injecting air into your water system would somehow precipitate out the iron - maybe it discourages the bacteria that fix it? I'm not completely sure, but I'm willing to try things. So with that in mind, Kenny and I hit up the local big box pet store and purchased the largest bubbler we could find. I've tried smaller bubblers in the past, but they've been too dependent on small solar panels, or had to be manually started every time I wanted them to run. This is my last attempt at a larger setup.
|My parts assembled. What a neatly made bed!|
|Setting up the T connectors.|
|And the finished setup. Looks good to me!|
Once we could see the cover, Kenny dug a lovely trench from the cabin down to the well, and I headed down to check things out.
|Exciting! We can see the well again!|
The water level was worryingly close to my outlet inside, which is a situation I've been aware of for some time. I disconnected the heating cable, and then hooked up the air pump instead.
|Making sure that (with the power turned off) the plug is above the waterline.|
|Looks a little crazy, but it shouldn't be able to go anywhere.|
|Had to lift up the stones off the bottom before I got good bubble production.|
Indoors I've been trying to press the timer switch in the kitchen that was normally reserved for the heating cable. It has a maximum time of thirty minutes, which is far less than I think the bubbler really needs to run. I plan on replacing it with a daily timer as soon as I can purchase one. It seems to draw so little power, I could probably just leave it on constantly, but in winter I may want to be able to have more granular control, so I think the timer with more features is the way to go.
I guess it may take a week or two or three to flush out the current system and begin to see any results, if any are to be seen. I'll try to post back. In the meantime, wish us luck!
|Kenny was inspired to begin work on our next video game and this is a key scene - coincidence? I think not!|