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    Bladder tank recommendations

    I need to replace two 85 gallon Sta-rite bladder tanks in our well house. I have a couple of quotes from Sta-rite and flexcon vendors that vary quite a bit in cost for what looks to be similar products. Just looking for tanks that will last. Everyone says theirs are the best.

    Any advice?

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    You will have to tell me if your using an equivalent size for the tanks or the actual volume of the tanks.

    In my opinion; Sta-Rite makes a fine Pump, however their Tanks are not the best by any stretch.

    Flexcon on the other hand are a very good tank. I rate them as #1 or #2 as I can't make up my mind which is better, the Flexcon or the Well-X-Trol.

    The largest tank I can ship economically from my location is the WWT45 which is equal to a 120 gallon galvanized Tank which has a drawdown between 30 and 50 lbs of 15 gallons. My WWT45 sells for $328.69 plus shipping, if you were to buy two and take the sales price over $500.00 I pay the freight for you.

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    Thanks Bob. The equivalent flexcon challenger I replaced a previous bad tank with has a model number of PC244. Flexcon H2Pro model number WWT80. I can't tell the difference between the flexcon products. I called the manufacturer and they said the only difference is the color. The costs I'm getting quoted are very different for sta-rite, challenger, and H2Pro. I'm stuck.

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    I'm glad you said that about the difference only being the color, cause I've been saying that all along. First I had the Challenger, then the H2Pro, wonder when I'll be getting the Wellmate?

    The best I can do is send you three of the PC-144's or WWT-45's which are the same tank with a different color that would give you 5 gallons less drawdown than two PC-244's.

    Or you could look into the Cycle Stop Valve, save yourself a lot of money and have constant pressure to boot.

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    Thanks again Bob.

    The fact that you like the Flexcon products helps me out.

    I need these quick as I think the blown tanks are some of the reason that we're failing our bacteria tests.

    I'll look into the CSV but will likely stick with the bigger models.

    Thanks again!

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    What is this water used for? Is it a commercial installation where you have monthly testing?

    I don't know what kind of Pump you have or what the water usage is, but a Cycle Stop Valve can really do a lot of good and make all those large tanks not necessary at all.

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    Residential water use. 4 homes. Need to test annually. Been having trouble with coliform.

    I'll look into the CSV.

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    I would go with the CSV and a single smaller tank. You will save a lot of money and have better water service.
    If you have coliform bacterial contamination it can be caused by a contaminated well, leaking pipe connections, or even someone with a contaminated filter at their house. A backflow preventer on the lines to each house and outside hoses will also help.
    Also make sure you are not getting a false positive from your tests, there are some harmless bacteria that can give a false positive.
    I'm sure Gary will chime in with better filteration ideas as well.

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    Jury's still out as to whether the well is contaminated. All well head samples have traditionally been clean until recently. I doubt the aquifer is contaminated. I'm suspecting a bad check valve. We have 1 check valve between the well and the tanks. Nothing downstream to each house though all of the houses are equipped with hose bib BFPs. I'm familiar with how difficult it can be to get a clean sample and cross contamination concerns. We're trying to check all this stuff replace the blown tanks and chlorinate the system.

    Interested in the CSV. What info do you need from me to see if it's applicable?

    We have one new tank - Challenger PC244
    1-1/2 Hp pump (don't know the make) 63 feet deep.
    4 homes on the system

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    That tank would be plenty large enough with the CSV. The Check Valve between the Pump and Tank should be removed. That could be part of your contamination problem. Especially if you have a small leak in the distribution line.

    With only a 1.5hp pump, you probably aren't using more than 25 gpm and a little CSV1/40,50 or 60 might be all you need. They cost $67.99 and you don't need any more Tanks. (Getting interested?) Once the Pump comes on, everyone on the system (assuming the plumbing is large enough) will have constant pressure no matter how much water is being used.

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