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Monitoring Water for Manganese With KETOS SHIELD

Need a modern approach to water quality testing that’s automated and reliable? Find out how KETOS can deliver lab-accurate monitoring of various parameters – including manganese – on-site and for less cost.

Testing for Manganese

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Testing for Manganese

Monitoring Water For ManganeseDiscover KETOS SHIELD and find out how easy it is to monitor for heavy metals (like manganese) on-site, in real-time. Get a modern solution that integrates into existing infrastructure and lowers monitoring costs. 

As an intelligent water management solution, KETOS SHIELD provides real-time monitoring for manganese and 30+ other water testing parameters (including other heavy metals like lead, copper, iron, and selenium). Monitoring happens within a cloud-enabled modular system that allows for safe, easy 24/7 access. 

Why Monitor Water for Manganese with KETOS

While manganese is an essential nutrient and is present in many foods, our understanding of its effects is slowly changing. Previously, it was only seen as an aesthetic issue if high levels appeared in water (as it caused discoloration). However, new research now shows that high levels of manganese consumption can impact development in young children, potentially causing issues related to memory, motor function, and attention.

While the EPA advises safe levels of manganese in water to be 0.3 mg/L, the element is not currently regulated, and (at this time) there is not an enforceable limit for manganese when it comes to drinking water. The industry expects changes to manganese regulation on the horizon. The EPA has added it to UCMR4 (the 4th Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule). This rule requires public utilities serving drinking water to 10,000+ constituents to monitor for the element.

What are the Issues with Manganese in Water?

Manganese, a naturally occurring mineral, is commonly found in water sources around the world. While manganese is essential for various biological processes, elevated levels in water can lead to several challenges and issues. Here are key concerns associated with manganese in water:

  • Health Risks: Excessive manganese levels in drinking water can pose health risks to humans. Chronic exposure to elevated manganese concentrations may lead to neurological effects, including tremors, cognitive deficits, and behavioral changes. Infants, young children, and individuals with certain medical conditions may be particularly vulnerable to manganese-related health issues.
  • Aesthetic Problems: High manganese concentrations in water can cause aesthetic issues, including a brownish or blackish discoloration and an unpleasant metallic taste or odor. These characteristics can make water unappealing for drinking, cooking, and other household uses, impacting consumer satisfaction and confidence in water quality.
  • Staining and Scaling: Manganese contamination can result in staining of plumbing fixtures, sinks, and laundry. Manganese deposits can also accumulate as scale in pipes, water heaters, and appliances, reducing water flow, impairing equipment performance, and increasing maintenance costs for homeowners and businesses.
  • Corrosion and Infrastructure Damage: Manganese can contribute to corrosion of metal pipes, fittings, and plumbing fixtures in water distribution systems. Corrosion-related issues can lead to leaks, pipe failures, and infrastructure damage, compromising the integrity of water distribution networks and necessitating costly repairs and replacements.
  • Microbial Growth: Manganese deposits can serve as a substrate for microbial growth and biofilm formation in water distribution systems. Increased microbial activity may contribute to water quality deterioration, including taste and odor issues, and increase the risk of microbiological contamination and waterborne diseases.
  • Treatment Challenges: Removing manganese from water sources can be challenging, particularly when dealing with dissolved manganese or complexed forms of manganese. Conventional treatment methods such as oxidation, filtration, and ion exchange may be effective for certain manganese species but may require additional pretreatment or post-treatment steps to achieve desired water quality standards.

Causes of Manganese in Water

Manganese in water can originate from natural geological sources, as well as anthropogenic activities. Geological formations rich in manganese minerals, such as pyrolusite and rhodochrosite, can contribute to the presence of manganese in groundwater and surface water. Through weathering and erosion processes, these minerals release manganese into water sources. Additionally, human activities such as mining, industrial discharges, and agricultural practices can introduce manganese into water systems. Pollution from industrial runoff or wastewater containing manganese compounds can contaminate waterways, impacting water quality. While manganese is essential for biological processes and is typically present in water at low concentrations, elevated levels can lead to aesthetic issues, such as staining and unpleasant taste. Understanding the various sources and factors influencing manganese levels in water is essential for managing its presence and ensuring safe drinking water supplies.

How to Easily Monitor Water for Manganese

Manganese is just one of 30+ water testing parameters KETOS can monitor.

Manganese represents only a fraction of KETOS’s extensive monitoring capabilities. With over 30 water testing parameters at your disposal, including pH, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen, KETOS ensures a comprehensive assessment of water quality. Empower your organization with detailed insights for proactive water management and regulatory adherence.

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

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