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Re: Peat softening water

> From: "Ron Barter" <mistnfrost at perth_igs.net>
>  Subject: Peat softening water
>  Can anyone tell me, in relatively simple terms, how filtering water in peat
>  moss lowers the hardness of the water?  It's fairly obvious to me that the
>  addition of humic acid from the peat would lower the pH, but how is it
>  effecting the change in the hardness? My only guess is that it acts as some
>  sort of a natural ion exchange resin, but I'm only guessing.  

Good guess. It is less effective than zeolite, but works about the same,
extracting Ca++ and Mg++ and other divalent ions and replacing them with
monovalent ions such as H+, which it has in abundance (pH typically is 3-4.5).

>  And will
>  running the amber coloured result of the process through carbon make the
>  water clear afterwards? 



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