Iron In Water

There is nothing quite like a tall, cold glass of pure, refreshing water! Unfortunately, well water in many of the areas surrounding Boise tends to taste like… you have a bloody lip. Yuck.

When various attempts to reduce iron in well water prove unsuccessful, the problem leaves people frustrated enough to either sell their house of even drill a new well. Let’s explore how iron enters wells in the areas outside of Boise and the means of eliminating iron from residents’ water supplies.



How Iron Gets into Well Water

Iron has two means of infiltrating well water: seepage and corrosion.

Water in the form of rain or melted snow travels from the ground’s surface and through the soil to become part of a water supply. If the soil contains iron, the iron can dissolve into the wandering water and travel with it. Consider excessive amounts of tag-along iron as unwelcome extra baggage accumulated on water’s journey.

Exposure to a combination of water and oxygen causes iron to deteriorate; the casings and pipes of a well water supply have a passing acquaintance with both factors. If the casings and pipes contain iron, the acquaintance leads to this deterioration. Rust, the natural by-product of iron corrosion, flakes off the well’s components and into the water traveling from the well to our taps.