Iron manganese media, used for removing soluble iron (Fe) and/or manganese (Mg) as well as hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from well water supplies, is a purple-black filter media processed from ceramic zeolite granule. Iron manganese media can be used in a completely closed pressure system with no aeration or re-pumping, or in an open gravity filter system.
The most common methods of operation are continuous regeneration, which is recommended for predominantly iron water.
- Apparent Density: 1.0 g/ml
- Shipping Weight: 17 Lbs
- Specific Gravity: 2.5~2.6
- Screen Grading (dry): 16~30 mesh
- Effective Size: 0.65 ± 0.05mm
- Uniformity Coefficient: Less than 1.5
- pH Range: 6.2 ~ 8.5
- Maximum Temperature: 25 C°
- Minimum incoming pressure: 50 PSI to avoid pressure drop
- Maximum Pressure Drop: 0.85 kg/cm2
Important: Flush System after changing Iron/Manganese/GAC Filters to Remove Fines.
Please follow the following steps to prevent clogging and potentially damaging the filter.
Step 1: After installing filters in the filter housings make sure that the outflow valve on the system is CLOSED.
Step 2: Open the main inflowing valve HALFWAY to limit the incoming water while holding down one of the pressure release valves on the system to purge any air.
Step 3: OPEN the outflowing valve as well as the faucet nearest the system for 5-10 minutes, or until the water runs clear, to flush any fines from the filters.
Step 4: You're done! Turn off the faucet, open the main inflowing valve all the way, and your system is ready to go.
Methods of Operation
Continuous Regeneration: Continuous regeneration operation is recommended for well water where iron removal is the main objective with or without the presence of manganese. Briefly, it involves the feeding of a predetermined amount of potassium permanganate ( KMnO4 ), usually in combination with chlorine ( Cl2 ), directly to the raw water prior to the unit containing Iron manganese continuous regeneration. The chlorine should be fed upstream of the KMnO4 with a contact time of 10 ~ 20 seconds if possible. Sufficient chlorine should be fed to produce the desired residual in the filter effluent. Enough KMnO4 should be fed to produce a “just pink” color in the filter inlet. This will maintain the Iron manganese n media in a continuously regenerated condition.
The quantity of Cl2 and KMnO4 required can be estimated as follows:
mg/L KMnO4 = (0.2 x mg/L Fe)(2 x mg/L Mn)
Without Cl2 the KMnO4 demand can be estimated as follows:
Suggested Operating Conditions
- Backwash: Sufficient rate using treated water to produce approximately 30% bed expansion.
- Rinse: At normal service flow rate for 5 minutes or until the effluent is acceptable.
- Capacity: 350~500 g/m2 of bed area based on potassium permanganate demand. For iron/manganese continuous regeneration, a 70cm minimum bed of specially sized iron/manganese media is required. Pressure drop should not exceed 0.70 ~ 0.85 kg/cm2.
- Flow rate: Normal flow rates with continuous regeneration operation is approximately 5 ~ 12 m/hr. Higher concentrations of iron and manganese usually require lower flow rates for equivalent run lengths. Rates in excess of 12 m/hr can usually be tolerated but a pilot unit should be operated to determine the effluent quality and run length.
The run-length between backwashes can be estimated as follows:
Example: What is run-length on water containing 1.7 mg/L iron and 0.3 mg/L manganese at 10m/hr operating rate?
=(1 x 1.7) + (2 x 0.3)
= 2.3 mg/L
At 500 g/m2 loading ÷ 2.3 mg/L = 217 m
At 10 m/hr service rate, 217/10 = 21.7 hr
Therefore the backwash frequency is approximately every 20 ~ 24 hours of operation.
Raw water having a pH of 6.2 or higher can be passed through iron/manganese media without pH correction; water having a pH lower than 6.2 should be pH corrected to 6.2 ~ 6.5 before passing through the iron/manganese media. If a pH higher than 6.5 is desired in the water system, the additional alkali should be added after the filters due to the adverse react information of a colloid that sometimes occurs with the iron and alkali with pH over 6.5.
KMnO4 solution strength: With continuous regeneration operation, the KMnO4 can be any concentration up to 30 g/L.
KMnO4 Solubility of KMnO4 in water:
|Temp. C°||g/100 ml|
Estimated Life of WH5 Iron filter Cartridge:
|Iron Equivalent Level in Water||Total Gallons Water Used||250 GPD (946 LPD)(four people)||125 GPD (473 LPD)(two people)||75 GPD (284 LPD)(one person)|
|0.5 ppm||160,000 gal (605,670 L)||640 days||1280 days||+2,000 days|
|1 ppm||80,000 gal (302,830 L)||320 days||640 days||1280 days|
|2 ppm||40,000 gal (151,420 L)||160 days||320 days||640 days|
|3 ppm||26,000 gal (98,420 L)||104 days||208 days||416 days|
|4 ppm||20,000 gal (75,710 L)||80 days||160 days||320 days|
|5 ppm||16,000 gal(60,570 L)||64 days||128 days||256 days|
Material Safety Data Sheet
- Inhalation: Excessive concentrations of a nuisance dust may cause nuisance condition such as coughing, sneezing, and nasal irritation.
- Ingestion: Non-toxic. Large oral doses may cause irritation to the gastrointestinal tract.
- Skin Contact: Not expected to be a health hazard from skin exposure. May cause mild irritation and redness.
- Eye Contact: No information found, but presumed to cause mechanical irritation.
- Aggravation of Pre-existing Conditions: No information found.
First Aid Measures
- Inhalation: Remove to fresh air. Get medical attention for any breathing difficulty.
- Ingestion: Not expected to require first aid measures. If large amounts were swallowed, give water to drink and get medical advice.
- Skin Contact: Immediately flush skin with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Remove contaminated clothing and shoes. Wash clothing before reuse. Thoroughly clean shoes before reuse. Get medical attention if irritation develops.
- Eye Contact: Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes, lifting upper and lower eyelids occasionally. Get medical attention if irritation persists.
Fire Fighting Measure
- Fire: Not considered to be a fire hazard.
- Explosion: Not considered to be an explosion hazard.
- Fire Extinguishing Media: Use any means suitable for extinguishing surrounding fire.
- Special Information: In the event of a fire, wear full protective clothing and NIOSH-approved self-contained breathing apparatus with full face piece operated in the pressure demand or other positive pressure mode.
Accidental Release Measure
Ventilate area of leak or spill. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment as specified in Section 8. Spills: Sweep up and containerize for reclamation or disposal. Vacuuming or wet sweeping may be used to avoid dust dispersal.
Handling and Storage
Keep in a tightly closed container, stored in a cool, dry, ventilated area. Protect against physical damage. Containers of this material may be hazardous when empty since they retain product residues (dust, solids); observe all warnings and precautions listed for the product.
Exposure Controls and Personal Protection
Personal Respirators (NIOSH Approved): If the exposure limit is exceeded and engineering controls are not feasible, a half facepiece particulate respirator (NIOSH type N95 or better
There are two main types of iron in water:
- Ferric Iron,which is insoluble and visible to the naked eye. Also known as “Red Water Iron”.
- Ferrous / Soluble Ironwhich dissolves in water and is invisible. Also known as “Clear Water Iron”.
If you are dealing with Ferric and Ferrous Iron, an Iron Manganese Filter/System is HIGHLY recommended. It will oxidize dissolved iron into particulate, ready for removal from your water.
Be aware that Organic Material, Trapped Air, Upstream Pollution, or a new water source can also discolor your Water, so in the case that an Iron Filter does not immediately solve your water issues, please be sure to address those potential sources as well.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY ON HOW TO SET UP YOUR IRON MANGANESE CTO / GAC CARBON FILTER / SYSTEM WITHOUT CAUSING DAMAGE TO OTHER FILTERS.
Installing the system immediately with all 3 Filters loaded in will cause the 3rd Stage filter to be covered with iron powder, also known as “red water iron” so when handling Iron Manganese systems, pre-preparation for the system is very important.
First-Time Installation for Iron Manganese Systems
For the first time use of the filters, load the sediment filter into the 1st stage housing (right), and load the iron-manganese filter in the 2nd stage housing (middle). Leave the CTO Filter out and leave the 3rd stage housing (left) empty.
Connect the system to your house and open the mainline for 10 MINUTES, opening the nearest faucet to flush out the residue of red finery/powder.
Once the water coming out of the faucet is clear without a reddish color, your System is ready for the CTO Filter to be installed into the 3rd Stage Filter Housing. Stop the mainline, install the CTO Filter, and open the mainline again for 5 MINUTES, opening the nearest faucet to flush out the residue of carbon block remaining powder.
Important Flush System after changing Iron/Manganese/GAC Filters to remove Fines/Powder.
Important Flush System after changing Iron/Manganese/GAC Filters to remove Fines/Powder.
Step 1: After installing the filters in the filter housings, make sure that the outflow valve on the system is CLOSED.
Step 2:Open the main in-flowing valve HALFWAY to limit the incoming water while holding down one of the pressure release valves on the system to purge any air.
Step 3:OPEN the out-flowing valve as well as the faucet nearest to the system for 5-10 MINUTES, or until the water clears up completely, to flush any fines/powder from the filters, just follow (First-Time Installation for Iron Manganese Systems) above.
Step 4: Turn off the faucet, open the main in-flowing valve all the way, and your system is good to go.