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Hi, I have a whole house water softener and am trying to maintain the quality of water. Right now my sedimentation filter is black more often,cleaning it every 2 weeks. We have not had much rain lately and am wondering if the submersible pump is too low in the well which is 80 feet deep?

Hello Renee,
I need a little more information.  How often were you having to clean the filter prior to the recent increase?  How old is this well?  Have you had this problem before?  The next time you change the filter please  feel the residue on the filter surface and let me know if it is slimy or oily feeling or if it feels like a coarse sandy material.  I am wondering if the black material may be an organic deposit.  It is not unusual to get bacterial growth in shallow wells.  I am NOT talking about anything harmful in most cases - possibly a sulfur bacteria or something like that.  
Do you have a water analysis of your well water?  If so please email it to me with the answers to my questions.
I will wait to hear back from you.

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I will answer questions on residential water treatment, i.e. use of softeners, filters, reverse osmosis systems, disinfection, iron and/or sediment removal and other issues facing the homeowner. I have worked extensively with well water systems.


I have worked in the water treatment area for many years as a consultant and as a professional environmental engineer in the private industry sector. I have designed reverse osmosis, deionization, and water softening systems. I have also done work in water quality and stream and river remediation as it relates to the Clean Water Act.

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