Corcoran Private Well Water Guide
Corcoran, MN is quietly tucked away in the northwest corner of the Twin Cities. Over 6,000 residents and businesses draw water from very deep private wells.
Well water conditions can vary tremendously – even between two neighboring homes. For that reason, this guide will offer a broad range of results that we have found through our service in the area.
If you would like the most accurate information possible, please contact us for a Free, No Obligation Water Test. Only once your water has been tested, you can then determine if any treatment is required.
- Soft Water
- National Hardness Average
- Corcoran Water Hardness
Corcoran Water Softener Recommendations
The national average for water hardness is 5gpg (grains per gallon). Well water in the Corcoran area can have hardness from 18-30gpg, which is 4-7x harder than average.
A water softener will protect your water heater, plumbing, and appliances from hard water damage.
- Iron Stains Begin
- Corcoran Iron Levels
Do You Have Rusty Water in Corcoran?
While a water softener is important, in Corcoran it is usually less important than a well designed iron filter system.
Rust stains and discoloration begin quickly at 0.3ppm of Iron. Test results range from 2ppm all the way up to 16ppm, with average levels in the 4-7ppm range.
Additional water chemistry challenges in addition to high levels of iron have made Iron Filters very popular in Corcoran. Water softeners alone are only marginally effective at removing iron in Corcoran, and often result in stained laundry and fixtures.
Does Bacteria Make Your Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs?
Iron Bacteria is very common in Corcoran. It’s almost always found in wells with higher iron levels. Orange slime, and an irridescent sheen in toilet tanks are good indicators of these troublesome microbes.
Hydrogen sulfide gas can also be produced by “sulfur bacteria” in the groundwater. This bacteria can grow in the well, the water heater, or even inside plumbing.
Sulfur bacteria produce a slime and can promote the growth of other bacteria, such as iron bacteria. The slime can clog wells, plumbing, and irrigation systems. Hydrogen sulfide gas in water can cause black stains on silverware and plumbing fixtures. It can also corrode pipes and other metal components of the water distribution system.
Iron Filters that use aeration are effective at removing Hydrogen Sulfide gas, BUT NOT BACTERIA. Iron Bacteria requires a disinfectant like chlorine or ozone.
Miscellaneous Water Contaminants
There are over 7,500 different contaminants found in groundwater in the United States. As a homeowner, business, or even municipality it’s not cost effective or necessary to test for all of them.
Manganese, Tannins, Nitrates, and Coliform Bacteria are not widely found in Corcoran, but they could possibly occur. As the owner/operator of a private well, these contaminants would be cost effective to test each year.