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Removing Iron & Odor from Well Water for Home Irrigation System

iron and odor removal  - home garden irrigation system

Does your irrigation water stain your fences and concrete with ugly rust stains?  Do you smell a foul rotten-egg odor when you water your lawn with your well water?   We have many customers who filter their water from their well with an Air Charger Iron Filter, which does a great job at filtering out iron and odors.

iron and odor removal - air charger cutaway diagram

A daily backwash will remove accumulated iron and replenish the filter media bed. The regeneration process also adds a fresh air pocket to the system.

Air Charger Iron Filters

The Air Charger Iron Filter is an excellent long-lasting and highly effective iron filter.  This iron filter uses natural air to oxidize the iron and remove odors and does not require any chemicals.   We guarantee these systems with a 6 month money-back guarantee, and have had great results and feedback from our customers over the years.

This type of iron filter maintains an “air pocket” in the top of the tank while the system is in service.  When the iron filter is back-washed, air is drawn into the iron filter tank which creates a pocket of air at the top of the tank. As water enters the iron filter it passes through this layer of air and air is diffused into the water.

Air charger iron filters can remove up to 8 ppm Hydrogen Sulfide and up to 7 ppm Iron. A daily backwash will remove accumulated iron and replenish the filter media bed. The regeneration process also adds a fresh air pocket to the system.

These iron filter systems come equipped with a Fleck 2510SXT air injection control head that automatically back-washes the system daily to clean the media and flush everything down the drain. By utilizing a patented piston in the control valve, the iron filter is able to put the whole oxidation process inside one tank, keeping maintenance costs and down time to a minimum.

For lawn irrigation, we recommend the Air Charger Iron Filter 1250XST.  If your well runs several hours at a time, we recommend two filters in parallel for best results.  However, these only work if your existing well system has a pressure tank. If your well has no pressure tank, you would not be able to use a back-washing iron filter.

Flow Diagram

Here is a diagram of a typical installation of the iron filters. These systems are designed to be easily installed by any plumber or person familiar with basic plumbing:

For more help on irrigating with well water, don’t hesitate to e-mail us at support@cleanwaterstore.com, leave us a message on Facebook, or use our online contact form for prompt, personalized assistance from our trained professionals.  Thanks for reading!


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