Manganese removal from water in topsfield

Remove manganese in water in Topsfield

MANGANESE (MN), along with iron and the main hard water min­er­als mag­ne­sium and cal­ci­um, are com­mon­ly found in Tops­field.


Man­ganese is a min­er­al that, in very small amounts, is essen­tial for prop­er func­tion­ing of the human body. It is a trace min­er­al present in the human body in small quan­ti­ties, pri­mar­i­ly in the bones, liv­er, kid­neys and pan­creas. MN is impor­tant in con­nec­tive tis­sues, in the for­ma­tion of bones and blood-clot­ting fac­tors, and is also involved in fat and car­bo­hy­drate metab­o­lism, cal­ci­um absorp­tion and blood sug­ar reg­u­la­tion. In addi­tion, it is impor­tant for brain and nerve func­tion.

There are two forms of man­ganese in the envi­ron­ment: Inor­gan­ic and organ­ic com­pounds. Inor­gan­ic MN com­pounds are used in the pro­duc­tion of steel, bat­ter­ies, ceram­ics and dietary sup­ple­ments. These MN com­pounds are also gen­er­at­ed as com­bus­tion prod­ucts from motor vehi­cles and coal-burn­ing indus­tri­al plants. Organ­ic MN com­pounds are used in some pes­ti­cides, fer­til­iz­ers and in a gaso­line addi­tive called Methyl­cy­clopen­ta­di­enyl man­ganese tri­car­bonyl (MMT). Man­ganese com­pounds can be present as dust par­ti­cles in the air and dis­solved in ground­wa­ter or drink­ing water

Toxicity potential

Accord­ing to the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA), the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion (WHO) and the Agency for Tox­ic Sub­stances and Dis­ease Reg­istry (ATSDR), man­ganese at very high lev­els can pose a neu­ro­tox­ic risk.  Expo­sure to high con­cen­tra­tions of man­ganese over the course of sev­er­al years has been asso­ci­at­ed with tox­i­c­i­ty to the ner­vous sys­tem, pro­duc­ing a syn­drome that resem­bles Parkin­son­ism. This type of effect may be more like­ly to occur in the elder­ly.

Higher risks for children

Chil­dren are con­sid­ered to be par­tic­u­lar­ly sus­cep­ti­ble to pos­si­ble effects of high lev­els of man­ganese expo­sure because they absorb more and excrete less of the min­er­al than adults. This adds up to a greater poten­tial for expo­sure in the very young. Since manganese’s effects on the devel­op­ing ner­vous sys­tem have not been ade­quate­ly stud­ied, it is espe­cial­ly pru­dent for preg­nant women and young chil­dren to have drink­ing water that is below the man­ganese EPA action lev­el.

ATSDR reports sev­er­al stud­ies that showed decreased abil­i­ty in neu­ro-behav­ioral per­for­mance test­ing and in sev­er­al edu­ca­tion­al para­me­ters in chil­dren exposed to high lev­el of MN in drink­ing water and diet for sev­er­al years.

For a com­plete arti­cle writ­ten on the top­ic of man­ganese pub­lished in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine, see the link at and then click on the arti­cle titled, “Man­ganese, The Good For You, Bad For You Min­er­al”


Some of the affects of these con­t­a­m­i­nants include cor­ro­sion and scal­ing inside pipes, major stain­ing through­out the home’s show­ers, bath­tubs, and sinks and destruc­tion of hot water heaters way ahead of their use­ful life.  With­out water soft­en­ing, hard water scale can also build-up inside hot water heaters insu­lat­ing the tem­per­a­ture sen­sor inside the tank caus­ing them to work much hard­er to bring the tem­per­a­ture up to the set lev­el.  This will reduce the use­ful life of your hot water heater and require ear­ly replace­ment.  Hydro­gen Sul­fide is evi­denced typ­i­cal­ly by a rot­ten egg smell in your water, how­ev­er this may also be caused by high Man­ganese lev­els in the water as well.  For those using their well water for out­side lawn irri­ga­tion, iron and man­ganese can cause major stain­ing of out­side walk­ways, house sid­ing and any­place the water touch­es.  See the link at

Remove manganes in water in Topsfield,MA

Dam­ag­ing hard water scale build-up-in pipes


A water soft­en­er is effec­tive in remov­ing dis­solved forms of man­ganese, iron and hard­ness min­er­als. To remove par­tic­u­late iron or man­ganese, a car­tridge fil­ter with prop­er micron rat­ing will be effec­tive. Depend­ing on the spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tion, this could require a series of fil­ters with dif­fer­ent size micron rat­ings to han­dle heav­ier lev­els in the water.  Select­ing the appro­pri­ate micron rat­ing and style of fil­ter can be deter­mined by a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al based on water test results and oth­er symp­toms. For more infor­ma­tion on Iron and Man­ganese in water, see our pub­lished arti­cles in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine at the fol­low­ing link:

Remove manganese in water in Topsfield,MA

Dis­solved Iron Stain­ing in bath­tub


Remove Manganese in water in Topsfield,MA

H2O Care is a full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, based in Middleton, MA on route 114.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  H2O Care has been installing and servicing water softeners and other water filtration equipment since 1989.

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