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Old 12-28-08, 12:30 PM
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Hi, my daughter's family in West Texas uses water from a well that is totally undrinkable. The local term is gyp-water and it is also very salty. They haul filtered water from town for drinking & cooking. Is there any kind of treatment system available to make this water usable?
 
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Gyp-water is water with gypsum contaminating it. This can lead to dairrhea and stomaches...so yes, it can be called undrinkable.

This water is often found in quarry areas where the mineral is mined. Sometime blasting causes local well to become even more contaminated.

gypsum is dehydrated calcium sulfate often found in lakes and sea water. Does this sound like the area?. It is used in drywalls

Get a more thorough water test. You may need a filtering sytem and softener followed by an RO. Is your water cloudy? What do the neighbors do?

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AndyC,thanks for the reply. You described the water perfectly. I am aware of the effects of water contaminated with gypsum. Can it be successfully and cost effectively cleaned up? Can the gypsum be filtered out and will it require an RO to remove the salt? Can you suggest a good source for info?
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Where are you located? Near the sea?

High sodium in the well water can be extremely challenging to take out. Can you describe you water situation a little more. Do younhave any test results?

Check for sodium, TDS, Hardness, iron, sulfur (if you have odors). Call a local professional and ask what they test for.

A membrane technolog may be needed. Are you in a warm weather location?

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Hi,
My daughter lives on a cotton farm on the High Dry Plains of West Texas, about 50 miles from the New Mexico border. That region has spots of gyp-water. She happens to be in one. Sometimes it is possible to find good water at about 900 ft. at a cost of $12,000 to $15,000 depending on how deep.
I was hoping that treating the water would cost a lot less.
 
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