WATER SOFTENER – HARD WATER MINERALS, IRON & MANGANESE
A water softener will remove hard water contaminants found in Rockport water. The main hardness minerals are magnesium and calcium, while iron and manganese are also commonly found in Rockport. A water softener will be very effective in noticeably improving your water quality if these contaminants are present in your water supply. If your water has high levels or iron or manganese, an “up-flow” water softener versus a “down-flow” water softener is the preferred approach and will provide an effective solution. High levels of these minerals can have an adverse affect on a water softener’s effectiveness over time on a down-flow water softener system.
OTHER AFFECTS OF IRON, MANGANESE AND HARD WATER
Hard water can have very negative affects on your home’s plumbing as well as your ability to clean, even though the EPA has no published limits on these. Hard water interferes with almost every cleaning task, from doing the laundry to washing dishes to taking a shower. Dishes and glasses get spotted and a film may build up on shower doors, bathtubs, sinks and faucets. Washing your hair in hard water may leave it feeling sticky and dull. Clothes can look dingy and feel rough and scratchy. Hard water can also cause a residue build-up inside pipes, like a clogging artery that can lower water pressure throughout the house. The EPA maximum allowable levels for iron as a secondary contaminant is .3 parts per million and for manganese is .05 parts per million as secondary contaminants. Small amounts of these minerals can have noticeable, or even devastating affects on your home’s water quality.Some affects of hard water, iron & manganese include corrosion and scaling inside pipes (see photo below), major staining throughout the home’s showers, bathtubs, and sinks and destruction of hot water heaters way ahead of their useful life. 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. 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 http://h2ocare.com/lawn-irrigation/.
A water softener is effective in removing dissolved forms of iron, manganese 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: http://h2ocare.com/publications/.