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Does anybody have experience with R.O systems with well Water? should you use softened water input to The Reverse Osmossis? never used well water before, its 300ppm right now out of tap. clean and no smell. thanks 

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i use well water but everyones well water is different obviously.

Knowing what is in that well water will help you tailor and refine your feed ratios.

As for the water softener and and RO set up...... When I was pondering installing RO here I was told by the company rep that I would need a softener in between the source and RO unit. It is more economical as far as filter changes and longevity of the RO unit. I'm not an expert and am just expressing what I was told.

Indoors I use RO from a convenient fill station down the road for 2bucks (canadian) per 5 gallon jug. Used to be a buck but they hiked the price last summer.

Right now though I am trying the well water indoors again but am using general hydro hard water micro and also adjusting my lucas formula feed ratio to cut back on phosphorous as it is in excess in my well water. My well water also fluctuates ppm and ph levels depending on the water table , not lots but enough to always measure everything as I add it.

 

In my greenhouse under natural sunlight, the plants seem to love the well water with no additives or adjustments.

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My well is one off those Northeast veins that flows between 6.3 and 6.7...it has very good plant health properties and I almost feel bad about R O ing it....but CoCo does that too ya! lol

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On 12/27/2020 at 6:38 PM, AceGrower said:

Does anybody have experience with R.O systems with well Water? should you use softened water input to The Reverse Osmossis? never used well water before, its 300ppm right now out of tap. clean and no smell. thanks 

You are suppose to use a water softner between the water supply and RO system for longer life of the system.I have a softner but do not use it because i have a 2 to 1 RO.So that means i have to soften a hole lot of water that just goes down the drain.The Ro cost 300$.I back flush it every time i use it.Im pretty sure i can get 3/5 years out of it with no filter change.I think it would be more economical to buy a new one every so many years than run all that softened water down the drain.Plus lugging those bag's and the cost of salt.

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