12-22-2012, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by JDM
Do I need to condition my well water seeing as there is no chlorine in it?
I am under the impression that it is the chlorine (or more accurately the chloramine) that the conditioners are for. I know it is hard water but I am not going to chemically adjust it, just pre-mix it to reduce the levels. I think that adding a conditioner that is not for chlorine may just chemically mess with the specs. I don't really want to add anything if I don't need to.
Your last sentence is wise indeed. There is no point in adding chemical preparations when they are not necessary.
One should use a conditioner that deals with your water issues, nothing more when possible. In your case, you probably don't need it. Check the nitrates, these can be high if the well is in an agricultural area. And minerals are another issue, thinking heavy metals (iron, copper, etc) here, but if the water is safe to drink, and you have live plants, this is not a concern.