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:). Hardness & Iron Content goes with the Neighborhood (Rural Setting).. My Query is the Number Strength on the little Thermometer they stuck in a Glass of Water (It Registered a #9)... Back in 2011 We switched to a different setup for Softening & Filtering the Drinking Water.. We have a UV Light , Heavy Duty Water Softener in that order, with a 7 Stage RO Filtering System tied into the Cold Water @ the Kitchen Sink for Drinking Water.. We were told at Installation the 3 Main RO Filters will have to be Replaced Once a Year and the other 4 Filters that sit Horizontally on top every 5 years.. Having followed that advice to date , this time being for all Filters to be Replaced at the sametime..

Looking for Opinions as the Tech said Not Necessary at this time to be Replacing Filters as his Pocket Size Thermometer registered a #9 from sitting in a Glass of Water.. I'm asking is that Good, Bad, or Indifferent ?? Prior to our Present Setup.. Whenever a Tech (Different Company) would make a House Call, No Two Techs gave the same Answer... Thoughts / Opinions Appreciated, Cheers Thanks
 

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If they are reading the TDS (total dissolved solids) in your drinking water then the "9" registering should mean 9 ppm(parts per million). You can buy your own TDS meter for anywhere between $80 to $400 to do your own readings. On a TDS scale, 9 ppm is in the optimum range meaning the filtration is working very well. Did the meter look like this? any other opinions are welcome since this is not my forte.

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Was the water sample taken from the kitchen sink faucet or the RO faucet?

On your system, the UV is installed before the softener? Any other filtration? Well or municipal?
 

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If they are reading the TDS (total dissolved solids) in your drinking water then the "9" registering should mean 9 ppm(parts per million). You can buy your own TDS meter for anywhere between $80 to $400 to do your own readings. On a TDS scale, 9 ppm is in the optimum range meaning the filtration is working very well. Did the meter look like this? any other opinions are welcome since this is not my forte.
:). 10-4 Yes to the TDS Meter you've shown...
 

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Was the water sample taken from the kitchen sink faucet or the RO faucet?

On your system, the UV is installed before the softener? Any other filtration? Well or municipal?

:). 10-4 Well, Pump, UV Light , HD Water Softener , lines to the Hot Water Tank and the Rest of the House , in that order....;)
 

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. 10-4 Well, Pump, UV Light , HD Water Softener , lines to the Hot Water Tank and the Rest of the House , in that order....;)
The UV is before the water softener? Who recommended this sequence?

It should be WS before WH and UV on cold supply after the WH. There should also be a carbon block filter before the UV as if there are any particulates in the water, the UV light cannot be effective.

You are on a well so is there any appreciable amounts of iron and/or magnesium in the water?

Whenever a Tech (Different Company) would make a House Call, No Two Techs gave the same Answer...
That's not surprising.

Where was the water sample taken from, the kitchen faucet (not RO) or the accessory faucet (RO drinking and cooking water?
 

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@ KULTULZ.. Little Back Story here.. Keeping in Mind Hardness & Iron Content.. When we purchased our present home it came with a Rental Potasium Water Treatment setup from Culligan which was a Total Cluster Beep.. Never Worked Right and Discovered at one point the Units feeding mechanizium was broken.. Even after repairs Rust Stains in the Toilet Bowl for one were still happening.. Hence the Removsl and Replacement with Present Setup which has been working Top Notch to date.. We have a Provincial Health Office close by that provides treated Test Bottles so we do take Samples in on a regular bases..

The TDS Tester took a Reading (#9)from Water out of the Kitchen CW Tap.. Now walking into the Pump Room , we have the Pump & Hot Water Tank off the left wall... UV Light & Water Softener off the Right Wall.. Beginning @ the Pump we have a line crossing up and over and entering the (IN Line) to the HD Water Softener.. From the (Out Line) from the HD Water Softener to the UV Light.. CW line crosses back over where it's T'd off with a line going to the Hot Water Tank and then fed to the Rest of the House, With appropriate Hot Water Lines following..Washer / Dryer downstairs , Kitchen and Bathroom (1) Upstairs. :)


btw.... #4 Is Good Advice...lol...
 
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