Iron present in water has no effect on the health. Iron is a must to transport oxygen in the blood. Every day a body needs one to three milligrammes of iron per day.
The average amount of intake iron for a body is 16 mg per day. We get water from red meat, leafy vegetables, iron-fortified cereals.
The amount of iron is low. The chemical form of iron found in water is absorbed by the body.
Iron Bacteria though are related to iron in water also leaves no health problem.
The presence of iron is seen when water goes into a well as some pathogenic organism need iron to grow.
The presence of iron particles in water makes the removal of bacteria more difficult.
Under some conditions, a water softener works for a while. But some resin bed may become fouled for iron over months or years.
It lessens the efficiency of removing water from water. If you like to remove iron from the water you must do the following things: :(1) Oxidation as well as filtration; or (2) Sequestration using polyphosphates.
We like to discuss here polyphosphates first with the suspension of iron. Sequestration of iron along with polyphosphates cannot remove it from the water supply.
Keep the iron in solution so that it cannot produce a stain. It may occur when businesses or individuals keep the iron from staining in irrigation systems.
It can accomplish by injecting a small amount of polyphosphate to water especially a chemical injection pump and a solution tank having a supply of polyphosphate.
This is not great to remove iron since evaporation leaves an iron residue or the iron precipitates when heat is used in water.
The result is sequestration, depends on many factors not the least of water chemistry.
Any concentration of iron may be oxidized by feeding an ionizer like chlorine, permanganate, potassium, ozone, hydrogen peroxide or oxide in the water supply.
The oxidizer lessens the iron to a little particle which is filtered from water especially for backwashing filter along with dense media containing minerals or carbon.
I am now a man over thirty. I used many methods to remove iron from water.
Now I tried to use hydrogen peroxide since it is much better oxidizer of iron than either potassium permanganate or chlorine and leaves more air in water such as oxygen system.
Like chlorine, hydrogen peroxide is normally oxygen and hydrogen and creates harmful chlorination byproduct.
The hydrogen peroxide system is made of solution tank, chemical injection pump, in-line static mixer, a backwashing filter to eliminate the oxidized iron.
I like the hydrogen peroxide system as it totally removes sulfur and iron with predictable results. I think other systems are not reliable and predictable in function.
The system has 100% removing capacity. Period! The system removes the stain from the irrigation systems throughout the home, for the cause.
Moreover, a water softener may work as a hard if the iron is removed totally. This is useless to say other methods do not work.
I would like to state my views based on my extensive experience in treating problem water.
An iron bacterium is an organism which consumes iron to live. In this process, iron produces deposits of iron, a red or brown type of slime called a `biofilm.’
These organisms are not dangerous for human beings may make an iron problem much worse.
It normally happens in shallow groundwater and soils. They may be introduced to a water system or a well since it is repaired or constructed.
The treatment system to remove iron bacteria includes physical removal of heat and chemical treatment.
The natural treatment is shock chlorination of the water system or well. Keep in mind; iron bacteria requires iron to survive.
Removing the bacteria may not remove the iron- both good treatment for bacteria, water treatment iron may be necessary.