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Water Purification

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Does anybody have any experience of putting in a system to purify or at least filter water from a borehole such that it can be used for showers/toilets etc in the house and filling/topping up the pool? We're spending €100 a month on water at the moment...

Cheers, Nick

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You could try to discuss the matter with the person that deals with water analysis in your Delegação de Saúde. Mine, at Tomar, is very nice: I talked to her because some crooks that managed to sell some rubbish to "clean"the borehole water of some people that work for me.

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Most builders merchants/plumber supplies will sell inline filters from the simple mesh ones for in our case irrigation system to more sophisticated resin filters that will purify water to drinkable quality or anywhere in between.
Mesh in a black plastic housing, resin in clear housing.

Our water goes to stop tap then filter then stop tap then distribution valves.
Principles no different for Domestic use all you need to do is to be able to isolate the filter or filters for replacement or maintenance.
Filters are disposable cartridges.

Most of blood analysis clinics also test water.

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Do you have any kind of cisterna or tank? You don't really need to do anything more than let any suspended material settle out for a while.

Water will then be perfectly useable for pool or domestic use for any purpose other than drinking.

At our place water comes from the borehole with quite a bit of silt (slightly cloudy looking) we let it sit in a cisterna for a few days it it clears perfectly. Every few years we let the cisterna dry out completely and then just shovel up the fine dust.

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Well, we do but it's a concrete deposit up on a tower, we use that for watering the garden.

Basically the water has a lot of iron in it, you don't really notice it when you're watering from a hose, but when we tried to use it to fill the pool it was green! It also smells metallic.

I've spoken to two local guys about it. One is our electrician who set up the automatic surface pump (you turn on any tap and the furo pump comes on automatically, it's great actually), all he would say is that we're too close to the Tejo and the water round here is no good. Which I think means he doesn't know but doesn't want to admit it.

The other guy was our pool guy, who thinks himself a bit of a water specialist. From what I could make of his explanation, he would install a 2000L plastic tank, a sand filter, and then some other sort of filter that would treat the water in some way, I couldn't totally understand what he was describing. It all sounded expensive (ie, not hundreds), but then if it saves us €1200 a year it has to be a good investment. I asked him for a quote, but that was about 6 weeks ago and how he seems to have disappeared off the planet.

We do have the furo water piped to the house, so I could switch off the mains and switch on the furo. And then we drink bottled water. But with small children in the house, having baths etc, I don't want to take any risks.

I think as Lobito says get the water analysed and see how bad it actually is.

Okay that'e enough. Time for a beer!

Cheers, Nick

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