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I am sure this has been discussed before, but my searches turned up nothing.<br><br>
We have a well full of E. coli and coliform bacteria. Also, it has HIGH levels of salts in it. We are considering ozone and/or chlorine in addition to RO. Does anyone know whether there are health considerations to using ozone? it is supposed to dissipate quickly. How much chlorine would be too much? Are there other options that we haven't heard about?<br><br>
Once this water issue is worked out, we can move to our country home! I am so excited.
 

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The first question I'd want answered is how'd all that stuff get in there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">.<br><br>
I would talk to somebody like your local health inpector.<br><br>
Because even if you kill off that stuff but havent taken care of the source your back to square one IMO<br><br>
My parents used to have a well they put clorax down because of the a-robic bacteria. They found out later that the monthly clorox would eat away at the well casing.<br><br>
They turned to using the 35% H2O2 which worked as well, didnt have the health problems, and didnt ruin the metal.
 

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I amsure the source of the bacteria is that cows have been grazing on the land for years. As for the salts, I just assumed that they occurred naturally in the rocks and soils.<br><br>
Thanks for the idea. I'll look into it.
 

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Just subscibing because my grandmother has been asking me to find out how to clean her well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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have the health inspectors investigate...find source. i have heard of uv light filters and cholorine. of course chlorine works based on a ratio which the health dept. can tell. well should be uphill of cows if not, you should redrill in my opinion. after years of living there you may obtain an immunity. my experience...rented for 5 months in a goat pasture...skin infections, urinary tract infections from bathing....horrible...not worth it for my family and young baby...we did not know the water was contaiminated...alll theses illnesses prompted me to test the water...clean water is sooo important...it involves every aspect of your life. if you cant keep the well from being contaiminated or too expensivve to drill a new one...i would look into a rain water catchment system of the roof with house filters.
 

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We had an ozone filtration system at our last house. From what I understand (and I'm definitely not an expert), ozone filtration is the top of the line, and you wouldn't need to use RO or chlorine in addition. I would recommend that you talk to your county well person and have some well companies out to your place to test the water and give recommendations. And talk to your neighbors to find out what kind of filtration they use.
 

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I'm a health inspector, and it sounds to me like it may be appropriate to have your well-casing checked. E.coli and coliforms in the well-water indicate run-off is getting into the water (obviously <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ), and it would be nearly impossible for those germs to be percolating down into the aquifer - it's likely there is a crack in the casing, where soil and germs are getting in through that way. Also, check to make sure that your well cap is on tightly and there aren't any bugs getting into the well. Lastly, is your well downhill from any obvious sources of contamination? If you're downhill, it's more possible to get the contamination from run off, since the germs can be percolating horizontally rather than vertically <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I also second the caution against chlorinating every month - chlorine is pretty corrosive, though I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I've done it to clear up some issues I've had with my well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br>
I don't know much more than experimental info on ozone and UV - I'd be curious how expensive the technology is. Greyskye makes a good point, cisterns might be a thrify option.
 
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