Iron & Manganese
Iron and manganese are naturally occurring metals found at deeper groundwater levels where the water is more likely to come in contact with limestone rock in wells, springs, and aquafers for an extended period. When water is extracted from these deeper levels, higher iron and manganese concentrations can be in the water supply. Homes and businesses near coal mining areas may also have iron and manganese in the drinking water. Older metal water pipes that are corroding or rusting can also leak iron into the water.
Is iron and manganese in drinking water harmful?
While both iron and manganese are essential nutrients for health, consuming too much can cause neurological health issues and damage the heart, liver, and pancreas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Health Advisory recommending an acceptable limit of 0.3 mg/L or less of manganese in drinking water. The recommended limit for iron in water is also 0.3 Mg/L or less.
Symptoms of high levels of iron and manganese
One of the most common symptoms of drinking water with high iron and manganese levels is a distinct metallic taste. Orange stains on sinks, bathtubs, and clothing after laundry are common when there are high levels of iron in the water. Black or purple stains are an indication of high manganese content. Too much iron and manganese in the water can also cause soap scum to build-up, and your drains may clog more often. It can also damage your skin leading to wrinkles.
Should I have my water tested for iron & manganese?
Since there are multiple ways that iron and manganese can enter the water supply, homes and businesses should obtain a water test to determine if there are unsafe levels of iron and manganese in the water.
How to remove iron and manganese from water
You will need a whole home water filtration system with a water filter designed to remove iron and manganese from your water.
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