# Do I really need 4 different water treatment systems with this water analysis?

We installed an artesian well and we had some surprises. We asked a few places around and they all told me that we needed 4 different systems to solve our water problem. I am ready to accept this fact but before having our basement transformed to a factory I just wanted to confirm that this is the only solution.

Here is the result of my analysis.

The problems are:

• Barium $6.9 \:\mathrm{mg/L}$ (2nd analysis revealed same results)
• Apparent Color 17.5 UCA
• Iron $0.47 \:\mathrm{mg/L}$
• Total sulfur $0.07 \:\mathrm{mg/L}$

Also the water is hard ($210 \:\mathrm{mg} \ce{CaCO3}/\rm L$) which is not recommended

My question is, do I really need 4 different systems to treat my water?

• It seems that way for me. You have to have adsorbtion treatment for two very different cations, one anion and something to deal with color. And even then I'd prefer to use something else as source of drinking water. Without proper equipment you will not know when your treaters will fail. – permeakra Mar 3 '13 at 15:51
• The suggestion of 4 is not ridiculous, but the water softener may leach out some of the barium as well. – Lighthart Mar 5 '13 at 18:37
• Are you actually planning to make this drinkable, or is it for the shower/ dishwasher/washing machine? – Karl May 3 '16 at 15:19
• to make it drinkable – mateoc May 6 '16 at 14:43