Well Water

aowens(USA Zone 7)September 12, 2002

I have plenty of well water at this time but it is heavy with iron, and that is stopping up my seaping soaker hose.

Any clue on what or how to disolve the iron that has accumulated in these hose?

Coke seems to work but that is a long and hard process, costly too.

Would most of the iron settle out if I let the water sit in a large tank over night then pulled out from the top to the garden in 24 - 48 hours ?

Thanks much

Alton

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Fireraven9(z5ManzanitaMtNM)

We had problems with calcium clogging soaker hoses and even some types of drip emitters. Then DH found emitters that were better quality and cleanable. No more problems with clogs as long as he checks and cleans (they come apart and clean easily) them now and then.

The calcium never did settle out well enough ... not sure about iron.

Fireraven9
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The nuts are getting brown;
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    Bookmark   September 12, 2002 at 12:40PM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

You need some sort of acidic solution. Not sure if acetic acid (vinegar) is strong enough but you could try it (use straight). In the lab, we used either hydrochloric or sulfuric acids to dissolve it.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2002 at 2:09PM
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Millie_36(Z6b MO)

Or you could make your own soaker hoses from old inexpensive garden hoses. Make ice pick sized holes by drilling or using a heated ice pick....tie strips of stretchy fabric around the hose to cover the holes. Cap off the end of the hose....the water will drip, and you can use a pair of pliars to break up and flush out mineral clogged holes. If the fabric is offensive to look at...toss some mulch over it.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2003 at 7:50PM
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Corrie(2b MB Canada)

Wow Millie, that is really a terrific idea! I've heard of using regular hose and poking holes to make it a sprinkler hose, but wrapping it in fabric - that's pure genius! Thanks! corrie

    Bookmark   April 19, 2003 at 2:22AM
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