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Monitoring Water for Magnesium With KETOS SHIELD

Need a modern approach to water quality testing? Help your business automate the process, lower costs, and get real-time lab-accurate results across various parameters – including magnesium.

Testing for Magnesium

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Testing for Magnesium

Monitoring Water For MagnesiumKETOS SHIELD offers water quality monitoring in real-time. Lower your organization’s up-front costs with our industry-leading $0-CAPEX subscription model while analyzing magnesium levels and other water testing parameters.  

Discover our proprietary intelligent water management solution, KETOS SHIELD. With KETOS, water operators can access 30+ water testing parameters (including magnesium). Choose your variables, customize your dashboard, set threshold alerts, and gain real-time insights under one simple device.

Why Monitor Water for Magnesium with KETOS

As an abundant, naturally occurring element, magnesium is found in water and can significantly contribute to water hardness.

Magnesium has many industrial and production applications, including as an alloying agent with aluminum. This makes it an essential componant in beverage cans, electrical equipment, tools, sporting equipment, and more.

Magnesium is a desulphurizing and deoxidizing agent in the ferrous metal industry. It’s a reducing agent used widely when producing various reactive metals (like titanium).

Since magnesium contributes to total water hardness, many organizations require it to be monitored in industrial water infrastructure. By observing and controlling magnesium levels, operators can prevent buildup that may cause equipment downtime. As a contributor to water hardness, it may also cause soap to lose its effectiveness in cleaning processes. Therefore, careful monitoring ensures that high levels do not adversely affect uptime.

What are the Issues with Magnesium in Water?

Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral found in water sources worldwide, playing a vital role in various biological processes and human health. While magnesium is essential for bodily functions, elevated levels of magnesium in water can give rise to several concerns and issues. Here are key challenges associated with magnesium in water:

  • Health Implications: While magnesium is beneficial for human health in appropriate quantities, excessive levels in drinking water can lead to adverse health effects. Consuming water with high magnesium concentrations may cause gastrointestinal discomfort, diarrhea, and laxative effects. Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease or heart conditions, may be more susceptible to magnesium-related health issues.
  • Aesthetic Concerns: High levels of magnesium in water can affect its taste, odor, and appearance, leading to complaints from consumers. Water with elevated magnesium concentrations may have a bitter or metallic taste and may exhibit cloudiness or turbidity. These aesthetic issues can reduce consumer satisfaction and confidence in water quality.
  • Scale Formation: Magnesium is a major contributor to scale formation in water heating systems, boilers, and household appliances. When water with high magnesium levels is heated, magnesium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide precipitate out of solution and form scale deposits on surfaces. Scale accumulation can reduce energy efficiency, impair equipment performance, and increase maintenance costs for homeowners and businesses.
  • Soap Scum: High magnesium levels in water can interfere with the lathering and cleaning properties of soap, leading to the formation of soap scum on surfaces. Soap scum can accumulate on sinks, bathtubs, and shower walls, making cleaning more challenging and affecting personal hygiene routines. Additionally, soap scum can contribute to clogged drains and plumbing issues, further exacerbating maintenance challenges.
  • Livestock and Agriculture: Elevated magnesium levels in drinking water for livestock can have implications for animal health and agriculture. High magnesium concentrations in water sources used for irrigation or livestock watering may affect soil quality, crop productivity, and animal health. Managing magnesium levels in agricultural water supplies is crucial for sustaining farming practices and ensuring optimal conditions for crop growth and livestock welfare.
  • Treatment Considerations: Addressing magnesium contamination in water sources may require specialized treatment methods, such as ion exchange, reverse osmosis, or chemical precipitation. These treatment technologies can effectively remove magnesium ions from water, but they may incur additional costs and require ongoing maintenance to ensure consistent water quality.

Causes of Magnesium in Water

Magnesium is a common mineral found in water sources, with its presence influenced by geological, environmental, and anthropogenic factors. One significant cause of magnesium in water is the dissolution of magnesium-containing minerals in the earth’s crust, such as dolomite and magnesite. As water percolates through soil and rock formations, it can dissolve magnesium minerals, increasing the magnesium concentration in groundwater. Additionally, weathering processes and erosion contribute to the release of magnesium into water bodies. Human activities, including agricultural practices and the use of fertilizers, can also introduce magnesium into water sources through runoff and irrigation. While magnesium is essential for human health and is often present in drinking water at safe levels, elevated concentrations can affect water taste and appearance. Understanding the sources and levels of magnesium in water is crucial for maintaining water quality and ensuring its suitability for various uses.

How to Easily Monitor Water for Magnesium

Monitor for magnesium and 30+ (and counting) water testing parameters with KETOS SHIELD.

With KETOS SHIELD, monitoring for magnesium is just the beginning. Explore a growing suite of over 30 water testing parameters, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of water quality. From conductivity to microbial contaminants, KETOS SHIELD empowers organizations with thorough insights for effective water management and regulatory compliance.

Whether you need to detect manganese in well water, measure molybdenum in wastewater, or monitor mercury in the mining industry, KETOS’ automated water monitoring can save you time and reduce compliance issues.

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