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Regenerating with untreated or raw water will not affect the performance of ECOMIX®.
The softening capacity is not lower. The capacity of the cation resin component of ECOMIX® is rated lower because a bag of ECOMIX® contains more than just cation resin. Cation softening resin is only one of the five components in ECOMIX®.
No, resin cleaners should not be used with ECOMIX®. There are several reported cases when ECOMIX® efficiency was severely impaired after usage of resin cleaners. Regular softener salt and proper regeneration sequencing will keep ECOMIX® clean.
The TDS after the ECOMIX® system will increase by an average of 10% of the original content. This is due to the replacement of hardness cations with harmless sodium cations during ion exchange.
Each bag contains 5 separate components in specific amounts. ECOMIX® components are thoroughly mixed during production and there should be no problem using half a bag. If you intend to use just half it is important to shake the bag before loading the vessel. To avoid the trouble, you can order ECOMIX® in full AND half bags. Specify packaging when ordering from your supplier.
There are ECOMIX® units in operation which successfully remove iron in even greater concentrations. However, before doing so you should contact your water treatment specialist with a complete water analysis.
We do not recommend installation of oxidation and/or aeration before the ECOMIX® system. If you have to use aeration or oxidant dosing for any reason we highly recommend pretreatment with a multimedia sediment filter and an activated carbon filter to remove residual active chlorine.
ECOMIX® is not sensitive to hydrogen sulfide content in well water and its efficiency will not be affected.
Sometimes ECOMIX® may slightly reduce the rotten odor of H2 S but it is not recommended as a solution.
Freezing of ECOMIX® should be avoided as it may cause damage to its components. To avoid freezing, ECOMIX® should be stored in a dry room protected from sunlight at temperatures of 35–80 °F (2–27 °C). If it does freeze, ECOMIX® should be thawed out slowly at room temperature before loading and use. Do not treat frozen ECOMIX® with heat or steam.
This distributor is necessary in order to prevent ECOMIX® from being lost during the backwashing sequence of regeneration.
The system will not remove the contaminants properly. There are 5 components in one bag of ECOMIX®. For proper filter operation these components need to be “layered”. When ECOMIX® is being regenerated, the mixture self-classifies into layers making it becoming ready for usage.
ECOMIX® will not remove ferric or oxidized iron efficiently. In applications where ferric iron is present we recommend to install a sediment filter before the ECOMIX® system to trap ferric iron particulates.
ECOMIX® will operate successfully under these conditions. However, raw water hardness must be used to program the control valve and you must set the “Day Override” to 3 or 4 days. Be sure to contact your water treatment specialist if you have any questions.
Water in shallow which are close to the surface water may be a mixture of well and surface water and may have higher than normal TOC and color. It could be microbiologically contaminated. In these situations, ECOMIX® is applicable but additional treatment may be required. We recommend paying attention to the color of the water and doing a tannin test. You must strictly follow the test instructions. For example, commonly used LaMotte test kits require a 30-minute wait before the results are indicated. Once complete, please send the water analysis and the tannin test results with a picture of the water in a white bucket to your water treatment specialist.
Ferrosorb is regenerated due to surface scouring mechanism during backwash. This is the reason why we always draw attention on the proper backwash flow rate.
ECOMIX® should not be used if organic matter reduction is the only purpose of treatment. But ECOMIX® can be used to reduce organic matter (color) and to soften water from well or municipal supply. The unit’s capacity should still be rated based on raw water hardness.
ECOMIX® is intended for well, but not the surface water treatment. Surface water may be microbiologically contaminated, have high levels of TOC (total organic carbons), tannins and color that often exceed ECOMIX® limitations. Surface water can be treated with ECOMIX® only after chlorination and sediment filtration followed by activated carbon filter.
ECOMIX® shows stable operation with active chlorine levels below 1 ppm and pH in the range of 5 to 9. ECOMIX® is not affected by the anion composition of the water and is stable with feed water TDS below 4000 ppm.