If you have a lot of iron buildup in a water or a garden hose, you may experience water discoloration and a strong taste. Though drinking water that comes out of a hose with iron will not poison you, it can be unpleasant to drink, and cleaning with discolored water can be very difficult.Fortunately, filtering the iron out of the hose can be very easy and you will have several options when you approach the task.
Option #1: Purchase a Water Filter
Go Online or to your local lawn and garden store and purchase a water filter that will attach to your hose. Hose Filters have different substances within them that will either chemically of magnetically attract and remove iron and other particles as it passes through the hose. This will allow you to have cleaner water.
Since iron deposits are good for some plants, make sure that you get a removable filter. This way, when it comes to watering your plants, they will be able to get the extra nutrition they need.
Option #2: Create Your Own Water Filter
If you do not want to purchase your own filter, you can build one with coal, rubber bands and coffee filters. You must make sure that you get the right kind of activated coal, which you can usually find at a pet or fish store. Do not get charcoal for barbecues, as it will become toxic if connected with your water.
When you have the items you need, place some coal between 2 coffee filters then fit them over your garden hose with a rubber band. This should filter out iron deposits as you water your garden or clean around your home.
Make sure to keep extra filters and coal in storage, as you will need to change the filter when it stops to work. Home-made filters will also not be able to withstand pressure from most spraying attachments as well.
Option #3: Create a More Permanent Filter
If you just need your water to seep slowly through your hose and onto the ground, you can make a more permanent filter that will allow you to remove more of the iron.
Remove the bottom of a 2-liter soda bottle and attach a non-disposable coffee filter to the bottom of it. Fill the bottle with coal and sand alternately to allow the water to seep through, leaving the iron deposits behind. Though this process may not be the easiest for watering your garden, you could use it as a make-shift area "sprinkler" or fill buckets that you will need to use for cleaning.
Option #4: Fix the Source
If you get your water from your own well, you can purchase a water filter that will filter the iron before the water ever gets to your home or garden faucets.
Another option would to give your well a polyphosphate treatment which will not filter the iron out of the water, but will take away its staining qualities, allowing you to use it for cleaning. This process will not hurt you or your plants and will keep your water drinkable.
Though iron will not make you ill, it can taste bad and is not suitable for cleaning. By using a filtering system, you will be able to enjoy your water much more.