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#1 endrow

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 07:09 AM

Have a farm house thats a rental and small heifer barn less than 25 head . It has a 25, hand dug well  and in 1958 the drilled and cased  25 more feet same well. Water quality nitrate and E.coli near perfect. Problem is acidic water chews threw a pex fitting in 2 to 3 years. They say i can install equipment to take care of problem or  drill a new well . .   . Any thoughts. 



#2 paoutdoorsman

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 07:27 AM

How expensive is the equipment, and what annual maintenance is required on it?  Wouldn't a new well potentially tap the same source and have the same acidity?



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 07:49 AM

I’m guessing it is rotting out the brass fittings. Can you not just use plastic pex fittings and or switch over to all pvc and pvc valves?
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#4 PaulN

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 08:35 AM

What kind of equipment are we talking about?



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:24 AM

What kind of equipment are we talking about?

Acid Neutralizer looks like a water softner but uses something different than salt 



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:27 AM

Probably a neutralizer or a phosphate treater.  Plastic pex fittings probably the cheapest answer. Edit ok see the reply there now.



#7 endrow

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:28 AM

How expensive is the equipment, and what annual maintenance is required on it?  Wouldn't a new well potentially tap the same source and have the same acidity?

They say the large diameter hand dug wells lined with limestone rock are the problem. They say a new well would not .



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:30 AM

Probably a neutralizer or a phosphate treater.  Plastic pex fittings probably the cheapest answer. Edit ok see the reply there now.

What is a phosphate treater



#9 CowboyRam

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 03:48 PM

I think I would do a cost analyst for both, and see what it is going to cost your say over the next twenty years.  To treat the water I would bet there is some sort of consumable that you are going to have buy besides the equipment.  In the long run it may be cheaper to drill a new well.  Oh and don't forget normal maintenance.   


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