What is the tank marked potassium permanganate in the water treatment system for?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Potassium permanganate is an extremely strong oxidant used in water treatment to remove iron and the “rotten egg” smell caused by hydrogen sulfide, in conjunction with a greensand filter. It works by oxidizing the dissolved iron and hydrogen sulfide, along with manganese, into solid particles that can then be filtered out of the water. 

    We typically see this type of water treatment system at wells near a lake or river. The chemical is also referred to as “pot perm” and the top of the tank in a home system, like the one shown above, will have a warning about potential skin burns from direct contact with the chemical.

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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about WELLS:

What is the blue dumbbell-shaped tank at the well equipment?

Does an abandoned well need to be capped or removed?

Does a homeowner need a permit to drill a water well on their property in Florida? 

Is a high iron level in well water a health hazard?

How often should a well be disinfected? 

Should I test my well water for arsenic?

What is the danger of radon in well water? 

What size generator do I need to run my submersible well pump?

Why would a well need to have a chlorinator/dechlorinator system? 

Why does my well pump turn on and off every time I use water?

• What is the required water testing for an FHA, VA, or USDA mortgage application? 

     Visit our WELLS page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles. 

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