Remove Iron and Manganese from Water
After limescale, iron & manganese are the most common problems dealt with by homeowners in well water. Natural sources of iron and manganese are more common in deeper wells where the water has been in contact with rock for a longer time. Water coming from wells with high iron and/or manganese may appear colourless initially but orange-brown (iron) or black (manganese) stains or particles quickly appear as the water is exposed to oxygen.
Iron in water is clearly distinguishable, it appears as a brown/red colour and can clog pipework and water pumps. At low levels, water softeners are the most simple method for the removal of iron & manganese. At higher levels, it may require media such as Birm, Filox, Crystal Rite, Lanxess or Eco Mix. In extreme cases, the best treatment may be chlorination. At CWS, we strive to supply you with the most cost-effective solutions for iron and manganese removal.
Signs of High Iron & Manganese in water:
⛔ Brown/red staining on sanitary ware.
⛔ Staining on laundry, especially whites.
⛔ Brown deposits in the pipework.
⛔ Drinking water has an unpleasant bitter taste.
⛔ Deposits on food during cooking.
⛔ Stains on sanitary ware.
⛔ Discolouration of laundry.
⛔ Deposits on plumbing fittings and cooking utensils.
Iron and Manganese Removal Filters
CWS offers a range of filter systems to eliminate Iron and Manganese from well water. Sometimes it may require more than one water system to filter high levels of Iron and/or Manganese. Factors such as the water pH can influence the type of filter media required. Below are just some of our water treatment media;
KATALOX LIGHT® is a new brand of revolutionary advanced filtration media completely developed in Germany. It‘s composition simply makes it outstanding against the contemporary filter media available in water treatment industries.
Removal: Iron, Manganese, Hydrogen Sulfide, Arsenic, Radium, Heavy Metals, Radionuclides
Filtration: less than 3 microns, suspended solids, sediments, turbidity, organics, colour, odour.
Lanxess Lewatit® S 1567
Lanxess Lewatit® S 1567 is a strongly acidic cation exchange resin with beads of uniform size (monodisperse) based and a styrene-divinylbenzene copolymer.
Automatic backwashing filter system using a Birm media. Birm is an efficient and economical method of removing dissolved iron and manganese compounds from well water as it does not require salt or chemicals to regenerate. It acts as an insoluble catalyst to enhance the reaction between dissolved oxygen and the iron/manganese compounds. When using Birm for iron removal, it is necessary that the water contains no hydrogen sulphide or oil, and organic matter can not exceed 5 ppm. Also, the dissolved oxygen content must be at least 15% of the iron content and have a pH level of 7 or higher. For manganese removal, the above also applies but the minimum pH level needs to be 8.0.
Crystal Rite Iron & Manganese Unit
Automatic back-washing filter using crystal rite media which regenerates using tablet salt. Crystal rite provides superior removal of iron, manganese & hardness while raising pH levels of acidic water at the same time. Crystal rite crystals provide better filtration and are thoroughly cleaned by back-washing faster than ordinary resins without loss of product. Crystal Rite is available in two types;
Crystal Right 100 is used where the raw water pH is between 6.0 and 7.0. (if the pH is lower than 6.0 then conventional pH correction will also be needed.)
Crystal Right 200 is used where the raw water pH is 7.0 or above, its advantage in this situation is a higher capacity.
Water Treatment Grants to Treat Iron & Manganese
You can save up to €1000 on your well water treatment through well water grants. If your house is more than 7 years old & you do not have access to individual or group water scheme, you can qualify for this grant. Celtic Water Solutions can carry out the detailed water test, assist you in your grant application process and go through each step to ensure the householder understands the whole process.
To know more about well water grants, reach out to our expert team and we will be more than happy to assist you.
If you have a very high level of iron oxide or manganese it will need to be treated to make it safe to use. How you treat it is usually specified based on water test results so a water test must be carried out. Once the results are back we can then specify the filtration system you need to remove all traces from the water and how often the filter needs to clean itself.
The size of the filter is specified based on the amount of iron oxide or manganese which is in the water. The size is very important in enabling the water to come into contact with the media for a specific amount of time. If the water rushes through the filter too quickly then it will not have time to react with the media which in turn will not remove the iron or manganese.
As long as the actual cause is filtered before as an example iron in the water which is removed with an iron filter can sometimes leave a bad taste or horrid smell. This can then be removed using a carbon filter which is the same size as a sediment filter but instead of catching sediment it will treat the water and the carbon reacts with the bad odours and tastes.
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