Iron, Sulphur and Manganese Removal: How and Why

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Iron, sulphur and manganese removal is not something you think about much when it comes to the quality of your drinking water even though these substances are very common. Although they are typically not bad for your health, there are several reasons why they should be removed.

Iron, Sulphur and Manganese Removal: How and Why

  • Bad Taste and Smell. Significant amounts can cause your water to have a bad taste and smell and may also lead to the presence of bacteria that feeds on it. The presence of sulphur is especially noticeable as it smells like rotten eggs and makes for undesirable drinking water.
  • Discolored Water. Too much iron can cause rust flakes to appear in the drinking water as well as causing rust-colored stains on fixtures and clothing that has been washed. Manganese has a similar effect but causes brownish-black stains that are almost impossible to remove.
  • Damage to Pipes. Iron and manganese create deposits that can damage pipes, water heaters and water softeners. Sulphur can corrode metals as well as leaving pink rust rings around bathtubs and toilets.

Since iron and manganese affect all potential uses of the water coming into the home, they must be removed at the point of entry. Depending on the amount and type of iron and manganese present, there are several different ways to remove them. The first step in iron, sulphur and manganese removal is having a water test done to determine which contaminants are present and in what concentration. Water softeners can remove some forms but are often not ideal.

If you feel that the water coming into your home could benefit from iron, sulphur and manganese removal, please give us a call at Progressive Water Solutions LLC to schedule a free in-home water test to find out what is in your water and to discuss options on how to have it removed.