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What causes rust in well water?

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Rust in well water can come from iron or manganese deposits that mix with the air, also known as iron bacteria. The bacteria can grow into a slimy material that sticks to well pipes. This can cause the water to change color, have a strange taste or odor.

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Although it is unknown if iron bacteria can cause disease, it can create a good environment for other harmful bacteria to grow. When repairing pumps, well pipes and well equipment, they should be disinfected properly. A laboratory can test the water if there is any indication that the well water is contaminated.

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