Iron Bacteria in Well Water

Iron bacteria in well water is commonly found in private water wells. And also many other non-chlorinated water supplies. The bacteria eats the iron so it is not always possible to see it. Iron bacteria found in well water usually has a habit of clumping in the corners in the bottom of the storage tank on your commode. You can easily remove iron bacteria. So don't worry.

Iron bacteria itself does not normally have an odor. But many people mistakenly think that his does. It is usually something else that causes the odor. But the good news is that the same thing you need to control iron bacteria. Usually controls odors such as rotten egg smell as well.

How can I tell if I have iron bacteria in my well water?

Just take the lid off of the storage tank on the back of your toilet. And look on the bottom in the corners, if you can see through the water. But if you can not see through the water. Then flush it to check it. If you have sediment and/or iron and/or dirt or whatever on the bottom of the storage tank. And it is smooth (or settled) across the bottom. That is NOT a sign of bacteria.

But if you have "clumping" in the corners on the bottom of the tank, it is most likely iron bacteria. Any time you see anything clumpy, or slimy, or apparently growing inside that toilet storage tank, you should probably lightly chlorinate the water in our opinion. You can also run your finger along the inside wall of the tank UNDERNEATH the waterline. If it feels slimy or slippery that is a strong sign of bacteria or organics. If it is alive, consider making it dead.... Then filter as necessary. A Terminox will remove the iron bacteria and the chlorine from your household water. So there will be no chlorine in the house or septic normally. And this occurs without any maintenance or carbon to replace. These Terminox™ filters are maintenance free.

What to do if you have iron bacteria?

For more information please read items 7, 16 and 17 on this page: FAQs

Sometimes it is as simple as putting a chlorine injector with a small 16 gallon mixing tank ($398) Chlorine Injector in front of a Terminox™ iron filter. Terminox Iron Filter

Chlorine injection for iron bacteria in well water


Terminox image Chlorine removal after killing iron bacteria

Terminox Filter


Please feel free to call us at our toll-free number 800-684-0979 and a technician will help you decide what is right for you.

If you have any test results, please share them with the technician. For more information please read items 7, 16 and 17 on this page: Frequently Asked Questions

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