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    Well Water

    We have well water that's extremely high in iron. Just purchased an Intek 10' x 30" pool with 530 pump/filter for the grandbabies. Total usable gallons is 1,018. My problem is the color the water is now the color of tea after use of Lo n Slo, and Shocker. Also just put in an oz of Algeacide. PH is low, but total Alk is off the charts. It's the second day, and not seeing a change. I've replaced the Type A filter twice now. Something fun is turning into a pain! FYI I have no skimmer or vacuum. Can anyone help, or should I just go to a pool store. I like the idea of less chemicals is best.
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    Re: Well Water

    Since you know you have iron in your water you're going to have to use sequestrant. There's a good pool school article on metals in your water and it'd be worth reading.
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    Re: Well Water

    With that in mind, how do you treat your pool? Do use chemicals? My neighbor just uses borax.
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    Re: Well Water

    You still have to have chlorine to keep the pool sanitary. Surely your neighbor uses a sanitizer in their pool. Borates are a mild algaecide but do nothing to kill pathogens or bacteria.

    You'll have to maintain your pool normally except that you'll have to maintain a level of sequestrant in it so the water will stay clear and to prevent staining.
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    Re: Well Water

    Purchased a sequestrant and removed all metals. I was high in iron & copper. Water has been wonderful and clear...however, with our 100 degree days lately, now the water has turned cloudy. I have very low PH. Stopped at local pool store yesterday and left frustrated, as some young 20 yr old couldn't find me in the system-whatever. I'm sure the low PH is the problem, but don't have anything to raise it. I've read the baking soda can be used. Being that it's just a kiddie pool with 1,018 gallons, not sure on the dosage. FYI-if I can't get this kiddie pool under control, there's no way we're getting a real pool next year!
    Intek Pool Owner-10'x30" for grandbabies. Starting small before going big! 530 gallon pump w/type A filter.

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    Re: Well Water

    We use baking soda to raise TA. Use borax to raise pH. You can use the PoolCalculator.com to figure the doses.
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