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Hi. Thanks for reading my question. My husband and I are in the process of buying a house in  Northeastern Colorado. We had the well water tested and the sodium levels are pretty high (253.6 mg/L) and the Sodium absorption ratio is really high(35.6)TDS are also high but everything else looks ok.PH is 8.39 We are aware that the sodium issues will cause problems for growing any sort of plant life. Planting a yard, garden and trees were part of our plan. Is there anything we can do to be able to grow things? Either to the ground or the water? Do you have any idea what those things would cost and the likelihood of it actually working? We appreciate any help or advice you can give us. Thanks!

Hi Nora;

Thanks for asking. The most important thing is your drinking water to me.For that you need an r/o that will produce enough for a seperate tap at your sink and you icemaker. There are whole house reverse osmosis systems out there that can do what you want. You might visit That is the water quality association. They will steer you to a certified specialist in your area. They will come to your home,evaluate your problems and give you suggestions and the facts you need to make an informed decision. There is also the possibility to collect rainwater if you are in an area with adequate rainfall and that can support a cistern. You might contact you county agriculture agent for plans and advice. The costs in either case will not be cheap, usually a few thousand.
Hope this helps a little. Good luck in your new home.


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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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