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I have been in the house for 9 years now. never a problem before. recently we had to replace the submersible pump in our well. after it was replaced when water was restored I noticed large amounts of clear jelly like slime. similar to a jelly fish. the slime was on the filter at the well. the house water is filtered at the well prior to entry into the house. it is a inline filter on the PVC pipe. the slime is colorless and odor less. no slime in the house only in the filter. we have a 50 gallon storage tank as well. the water was out for about 4 days while waiting on parts and the pump replacement. is this normal after a pump replacement or is there a problem.
well specs: pump sits at approximate. 115 feet, it is 1hp submersible pump with 1 1/4 inch PVC. the well is 4 inch diameter. storage tank is a pre charged 50 gallon steel tank

Hi Joe;
Thanks for asking. You sound like you are experiencing clear water iron  bacteria,or as some call it clearwater iron algae. The slime will invade all of your plumbing and cause odors eventually. Check the fill tank of your commode. If the walls are slimey or you see a build up on the float, it has begun. Your wife may notice unusual yellow to orange spots on her laundry as well. I recommend that you visit and find a certified water specialist in your area. They will come out and diagnose your well problem for you, usually at no cost. Then you will have enough information to make an intelligent decision.Tell them you would like to have your well and your plumbing disinfected.Or ask them how you can do it yourself. Your county agricultural agent may have directions for you too. Hope this helps and good luck,Fred

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Fred E. Brunetti CWSV


My field of expertise is in domestic water treatment. I am retired and have 28 years of experience in the water treatment field. I have earned the designation of Water Specialist, level five, from the Water Quality Association.I can offer help in the solution for private wells` problems as to `point of entry` and `point of use` treatments. these would include,disinfection,conditioning,and purification for drinking including reverse osmosis technology. Problems concerning well pumps,or plumbing or well drilling are out of my field,as well as commericial,industrial or municipal water treatment. I prefer to limit questions to the average homeowner`s use.Since retiring I have added consultation on the care and ,maintenance of domestic water treatment systems. These include filtration, conditioning/softening,chemical feed, and drinking water systems.


over 28 years testing private wells and application of various water treatment systems for a 65 year old water treatment company.Now retired and doing independent water consulting.BR>
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