As new Colorado residents arriving from water wasteful Arizona, we had a lot to learn about how Colorado has either chosen or been forced to view the rights and obligations of water usage. In Arizona we could direct our rooftop water in any way we chose, owned a large pool for little water cost, and irrigated our landscaping. But in Colorado water does not “belong” to the landowner and it is expensive. The new rain barrel permit rules are so restrictive as to eliminate most potential users. And the rules kept us from even designing a grey water system for our house.
The Colorado Regulations dissuaded us from planning a grey water reuse system for the house. Greywater just became legal while we were designing the water system.
When we first bought our home, there was a water and sewer lien for which the city of Arvada required full payment when the home was sold. The lines were installed after the last owner bought the house and they sued because they were not told about the possible neighborhood vote on the matter before the sale. But they lost because nothing had been decided and they had a right to vote on the issue.
We fully intended to sign up and hook up the city water but the cost was very high. The lien of $30,000 was paid by the foreclosure bank, but the current hook up fee at the time was a little over $20,000 plus the cost of the trenches and the lines. So we are using the property well that has a very good flow rate.
We are using the pressure tank that was already here but it has no bladder so it is quite large. It seems to be working OK though.
We had our water tested at the state water testing offices in Denver.
Our water tested as safe but hard with minerals so because the water is critical to the boiler system I had to figure out how to have it treated.
After researching the best ways to remove the iron and manganese, I decided on a Mang Ox tank system with a Fleck Valve.
After the Mang-Ox filter the water goes through a whole house carbon filter. I used to have two of these in series and they were black with iron in a week but after Mang-Ox, I reduced it to one and the filters do not stain–I change them about every 6 months.
To distribute the hardness within the water flow so that it does not precipitate out as easily, we use an electronic magnetic device. To protect the hot water heater piping we also use a 3M Aqua-Pure scale inhibitor filter.
We have still not set up reverse osmosis. It is expensive and wastes water. If I could redirect that water past the boiler system to the household, it might make sense. But our water seems to be clean enough for now.