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Sediment in Water

Sediment in water has many different causes, and refers to the particles that can settle out in a glass or jar of water. Often, sediment in water can be described as looking like dirt, soil or sand.

Sometimes, sediment is described as looking like dirt, soil or sand, sometimes it is caused by dissolved metals, such as iron, these irons precipitate out of solution. In order to effectively remove sediment from water, it is important to identify the cause of the sediment in water, so that you can choose thebest water filter or water treatment system.

In borehole water, particulate material from various different sources is often mistaken for sand.

Common Causes of Sediment in Water

  • Iron or manganese oxides (rust).
  • Actual particles from groundwater such as silt or sand from improperly run or constructed treatment plants or non-treated well water.
  • Sand, grit or particles from improperly flushed pipelines after repairs by workmen.
  • Decaying piping and distribution systems
  • Decaying water heater liners and dip tubes
  • Decaying storage tank liners, pressure tanks, or pumping system.
  • Black ferric sulfide after hydrogen sulfide odors.
  • Particles, sand, grit or sediment from malfunctioning treatment plants.
  • Water softening resin or other filter media from failed home treatment systems

Common treatment options for sediment in water include :

Whole house water filters and backwashing, self-cleaning, automatic sediment filters.

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