Shannon, we have a well. I read through that information and the guy who did the test told us about it as well. There are no taste or odor issues with the water, but he claimed the manganese level was very high. From what I've read, you won't find manganese without iron. He claims it's hard on appliances, etc. Honestly, we haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary with smell, taste, color or staining. The water looks clear. We have a sediment filter right now, but that's it.
I'm really looking for the best solution for us at a reasonable price. I don't think the ion exchange water softener is what we need- I think we need to go a step beyond that. I'm just not sure what the next step is and I don't really trust the water filtration companies who want to sell us stuff. I'm sure their filters are great, but I want to make sure we're getting what we need- not too much and not to little- for a reasonable price.
Wouldn't you like to be a Susan, too?