Monday, June 15, 2015

Will a Calcite Acid Neutralizer Remove Iron as Well As Neutralizing pH?

Hello Mr. Teoh,

Thank you for contacting us.  You wrote:

“I just installed a Flex 7000 1CF neutralizer. The water was tested before the neutralizer and was high with iron and manganese. Iron is 0.79 over the limit of 0.3 mg/l and manganese is 0.11 over 0.05 mg/l, the PH was 5.56. after installing the neutralizer, the PH level has gone up to nearly 7.0 using your text solution. My question is will the neutralizer help to lower iron and manganes? If not, what do I need economically to lower them to the limit set?”

Yes, you can expect some reduction in the iron and manganese levels as a result of using the 7000 neutralizer system.  It’s hard to predict exactly how much removal you’ll see though, and it’s likely that it won’t completely reduce the iron and manganese to below staining levels.

Our top choice for removing both iron and high manganese would be a backwashing Greensand iron/manganese filter with potassium permanganate regeneration.  I’ve included information on a 1.0 CF system below.  However- I think the best first step would be to test your untreated and treated water now, so we can see for certain what effect your neutralizer is having on iron and manganese.  Could you send us samples to test here at our lab?  If you want to go ahead and mail in water samples to our office in Santa Cruz, we would gladly test your water for free and send a report to show you what action, if any, you should take.

Here’s the suggested Greensand filter to use for both iron and manganese:

Greensand Iron Filter 5900
Greensand Iron Filter 5900, 1.5 CF Size

Heavy-duty greensand system featuring a very user friendly control valve.  Versatile valve features fully adjustable backwash and rinse cycle and time-tested hydraulically balanced piston assembly provides years of trouble free service!  Backwash rate for this is 5 gpm.
Dimensions: 10” diameter x 61” height with valve; Potassium permanganate tank is 10.5” diameter x 16” high
For more details, you can visit this link.

Potassium Potassium permanganate
Potassium Potassium permanganate:

This is required to regenerate the media and keep it working.

For more information about this product, you can visit this link.

Please let me know if you have any questions about your analysis or the recommendation, or if you would like to discuss other treatment options.