Iron contamination is a common water problem. Iron is non-health threatening so its removal is not prioritized. Although iron contamination has no direct effect on health, to say that it is harmless is dangerously misleading. Iron contamination has consequences that justify the use of water filter for iron.
The presence gives water an awful flavor and odor that makes it difficult to stomach. This makes it difficult for people to drink the recommended amount of water needed to stay healthy. The change in flavor and odor also has impact on the quality of prepared food.
Iron contamination also hastens degradation of metal water pipes and containers. The degradation of pipes can lead to substances being released into the water. The presence iron in water interferes with treatment processes. Some water treatment processes involves the use of a reactive material. This material reacts with certain contaminants to form less harmful substances that are easier to remove.
The iron particles in the water can react with the reactive material. This causes the reactive material to get used up quickly. It has to be replenished more frequently to make sure that the system is able to function and provide safe water. The end result is that it requires more effort to maintain and increases operating costs.
Iron contamination can be fixed through the use of water softener and ion exchange resin. Both processes involve chemical reaction. Before employing these treatments, it is important to conduct a water analysis to figure out the exact qualities of the water, since iron contamination is often accompanied by other minerals that may require removal.