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Nitrates are a naturally occurring form of Nitrogen that is commonly found in water supplies in York, Hanover, Gettysburg and Harrisburg. They are typically caused by agricultural and animal waste run off or even by the nitrogen fertilization of your very own home lawns.
When treating nitrate, one must first determine if it’s necessary to treat the whole house, or will a localized “point of use” approach at the kitchen sink be sufficient.
Because nitrates are not dermally invasive, often a separate Reverse Osmosis water faucet at the kitchen sink is considered the ideal method. Whole house treatment for nitrate can be done by a modification of a water softener, using nitrate selective resin instead of the usual softening resin in the tank. This ion exchange system is referred to as a point of entry, or a whole house treatment.
The reverse osmosis system is essentially a dedicated faucet at your kitchen sink, which is usually where any cooking/drinking water comes from. The reverse osmosis system can also feed the water supply to your refrigerator icemaker ensuring that EVERYTHING that you consume is filtered through this system.
Reverse Osmosis in fact not only filters out nitrates, but also removes just about everything else from your drinking water supply. The semi-permeable membrane openings that the water must goes through is over 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. Water through osmosis goes through this “distillation” process VERY slowly which is the reason for a separate holding tank under your kitchen sink.
The multi faceted filtration capabilities of R.O. and the relatively low price of this method of Nitrate remediation make reverse osmosis the preferred choice for most applications.
The whole house ion exchange method operates much like a water softener and uses salt for the ion exchange process. The key difference is the resin employed for the removal of the nitrate which is anion instead of cation and is nitrate selective. The nitrate is held on by the resin in exchange for releasing a small amount of sodium.
After a certain amount of water has passed through the whole house ion exchange system, it must “regenerate” like a water softener. It does not soften the water and only removes the nitrate (and a few other negatively charged ions.)
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A whole house ion exchange systems, fully installed may costs as little as $2000 depending upon the installation and maximum flow rate required based on daily water usage. The advantage of the ion exchange method of nitrate reduction is the ability to treat much larger volumes of water than any residential R.O. which has its limitations.
Although not typically recommended by NicMar | Martin Water, if softening is desired in conjunction with nitrate remediation, it is possible to use a single ion exchange system and mix both nitrate and softening resins together which will yield nitrate free soft water. This process however can create problematic issues and can only be only accomplished if a certain water chemistry is present. NicMar Water’s field water specialists can help you solve even the most daunting Nitrate remediation water problem if you live anywhere in the York, Hanover, Gettysburg and Harrisburg areas and can determine if this is an option with a detailed analysis of your water.
Call NicMar | Martin Water for all your Nitrate remediation and treatment needs in South Central PA.
We also offer installations, maintenance and repairs for many types of water treatment systems.
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