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Iron Removal

We have helped customers reduce the presence of iron oxide in a range of situations ranging from irrigation, water for toilets and basins, and water for consumption.  The method used will often depend on the concentration of iron in the water and what the water is going to be used for.  There is no doubt that using bore water will typically lead to iron oxide coating surfaces or worse case causing equipment to perform poorly.  We have done a lot of work recovering reverse osmosis membranes and on many occasions the amount of iron removed was startling.

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About Iron Staining

Staining from bores is a common problem when water with an iron content comes into contact with a surface.  The iron present in the bore water oxidizes to iron oxide (rust) leaving a red/rust colour on that surface.  It is not uncommon to see rust on surfaces such as;

  • Pathways
  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Garden Fittings
  • Tree Trunks
  • Toilets & Basins

Some good examples of this staining are (see Gallery for more);

Iron Stain – During Cleaning

Irrigation from bore water stained the rendered fence.  This photo was taken during the cleaning process and doesn’t reflect the original state of the white render.  It was as bad as it could get.  Years of neglect had the entire lower section completely covered in rust.  The stains that you can see were all over the surface!

Iron Stain Removed

Above is an example of the cleaned render after several applications, some elbow grease and some patience.

Staining from irrigation

Bore water from the irrigation sprays has been allowed to settle on the rendered wall.  A difficult problem to stop with the existing setup – wind, water dripping from foliage, and inaccurate spraying are all sources of water contact.

Iron Staining

Similar to above, bore water with an iron content has been allowed to contact various surfaces including stone, wood (veranda), aluminium and glass (window).

The following picture shows a bore pump covered in iron oxide. This is a good example of the iron in bore water (in many cases this iron will foul the pump leading to breakdown or inefficient pumping – means you are wasting your money and electricity is not cheap).

Damaged Bore Motor

Home Test for Bore Water that contains dissolved Iron

Collect a sample of your bore water in an empty plastic drink bottle.  Half fill the bottle and it will probably be clear.  Give it a shake, let it sit, and in not a long time you will start to see iron oxide settle on the bottom of the plastic bottle.

Fouling of Irrigation & Equipment

If iron staining is present then it is very likely that iron oxide will be found in other areas especially equipment.  Iron oxide will form a solid and that solid will build up over a period of time.  It is probably the most common problem seen when using bore water.

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