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Old 10-21-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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Default Just got my well water results back from Ward Labs

This is my water after being treated by my water softener/iron filter.

Am I screwed?

pH 7.8
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 1662
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 2.77
Cations / Anions, me/L 24.6 / 24.1

Sodium, Na 562 ppm
Potassium, K 2 ppm
Calcium, Ca 2 ppm
Magnesium, Mg < 1 ppm
Total Hardness, CaCO3 9 ppm
Nitrate, NO3-N < 0.1 (SAFE) ppm
Sulfate, SO4-S < 1 ppm
Chloride, Cl 600 ppm
Carbonate, CO3 < 1 ppm
Bicarbonate, HCO3 425 ppm
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 348 ppm
Total Phosphorus, P < 0.01 ppm
Total Iron, Fe 0.02 ppm
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit

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Old 10-21-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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I'm no water expert, but the Na and Cl make that water unusable for brewing. Must be from the water softener. Did you get it checked without the softener and filter? Maybe consider using RO or distilled water.

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Your softener must not be completing its backwash after recharging the membranes. A lot of brine is apparently coming through. It is normal of the sodium level to be high (chemically equivalent to the pre treatment calcium and magnesium concentrations) but of chloride to be that high isn't Kosher. Unless, of course, your source water were very high in calcium, magnesium and chloride.

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