Iron is common in the earth's crust. Iron is often found in water because of the large amount of iron present in the soil, sediment, and bedrock. It is also found in water because corrosive water will pick up iron from pipes. Iron is considered a secondary or aesthetic contaminant.
Iron is not hazardous in drinking water. Iron bacteria, that may be associated with iron in water, are not a health problem. Iron is an essential mineral for human health in small concentrations (iron deficiency can lead to anemia).
Iron in your water can stain your laundry and fixtures and give your water a bitter, metallic taste. Iron may present some concern if certain bacteria have entered a well, since some pathogenic (harmful) organisms require iron to grow, and the presence of iron particles makes elimination of the bacteria more difficult.
SMCL ADVISORY - ACTION IS OPTIONAL
Iron levels were detected in your water sample to exceed the secondary maximum contaminant level (SMCL).
ACTION IS OPTIONAL
Iron levels were detected in your water sample but do not exceed the secondary maximum contaminant level.
- Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program - Water Quality - Iron
- USEPA - Water: Drinking Water Contaminants - Secondary Drinking Water Regulations: Guidance for Nuisance Chemicals
- Water Systems Council - wellcare® information for you about Iron