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No Salt Water Conditioning
In response to legislation banning the discharge of typical water conditioners CWG Germany developed an innovative new technology to address the difficulties associated with hard water. The Filtersorb SP3 anti-scaling media was originally designed to prevent scale formation in industrial hot water systems. The SP3 media has wildly exceeded initial expectations. The Filtersorb SP3 does prevent scaling associated with hard water temperature increase. Beyond that it will de-scale effected areas thus increasing energy efficiency of hot water systems and hot-water using appliances. Also the de-scaling attributes of the SP3 media will re-establish diminished water flow rates and pressure. A further attribute is a 3 to 5 micron “ceramic” layer will coat the inner pipe walls providing corrosion protection.
This proven approach has undergone 10 years of intense scrutiny and study. The impressive results have revolutionized the water conditioning industry in Europe and have started to do the same in the United States. The process involves having hard water flow through the SP3 media in an up-flow direction. Instantly the calcium and magnesium ions transform from dissolved ions into precipitated nano crystals. These tiny crystals stay suspended in the water regardless of change in water temperature.
The added benefits of Filtersorb SP3 Catalytic Media are very similar to that of traditional ion-exchange water softening. The ability of soap to lather is greatly enhanced because the calcium and magnesium are now present as nano-crystals and are no longer ionic. This means the hardness cations can not react with the soap anions to create curd. Glassware appearance will improve dramatically as will laundry. This process of not removing the hardness but rendering it harmless is truly extraordinary. These hard mineral nano-crystals are healthful as magnesium and calcium are important to human diet. The alternative approach to water softening requires that sodium exchange for the hardness content.
A typical residential system has a cartridge type pre-filter followed by the Filtersorb SP3 unit. The catalytic media is housed in a fiberglass mineral tank. A household with up to three bathrooms would use an 8” x 40” tank. The water travels in an up-flow direction and does not require periodic backwash. Thus there is no backwash water waste and an electric timer valve is not needed. The manufacturer suggests the media be replaced every 5 years (approximate cost $450). This guideline is ultra conservative. Realistically a ten year service life can be anticipated. A scientific test to assure proper performance is available free of charge. Also homeowners will be able to observe the effect of diminished water quality.
The timing of this technology is ideal. The system virtually sustains itself. This ecologically friendly approach preserves our environment, health and bank accounts.
- increased hot water efficiency and flow rates
- does not require sodium chloride which is unhealthy and harmful to the environment
- does not require potassium chloride which is expensive
- can treat water with 100 grains hardness
- does not require brine discharge