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Calcite®

Calcite® is a crushed screened white marble media which can inexpensively be used to neutralize acidic or low pH waters to a ne

DESCRIPTION

Calcite is a naturally occurring calcium carbonate media. One of the advantages of Calcite is its self-limiting property. When properly applied, it corrects pH only enough to reach a non-corrosive equilibrium. It does not overcorrect under normal conditions. Upon contact with Calcite, acidic waters slowly dissolve the calcium carbonate to raise the pH which reduces the potential leaching of copper, lead and other metals found in typical plumbing systems. Periodic backwashing will prevent packing, reclassify the bed and maintain high service rates. Depending on pH, water chemistry and service flow, the Calcite bed will have to be periodically replenished as the Calcite is depleted.

As the Calcite’s calcium carbonate neutralizes the water, it will increase hardness and a softener may become necessary after the neutralizing filter.

Calcite can be effectively combined with Clack Corosex to combine the high flow neutralization properties of Corosex, along with the slower reacting low flow properties of Calcite, increasing the ability to correct low pH.

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ADVANTAGES

Naturally occurring material
Low uniformity coefficient for maximum contact for controlled pH correction
Slower, reacting for controlled pH correction
Inexpensive

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PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Color: Near white
Bulk Density: 90 lbs./cu. ft.
Mesh Size: 16 x 40
Specific Gravity: 2.7
Effective Size: 0.4 mm
Uniform Coefficient: 1.5
Hardness: 3.0 (Mohs scale)
Composition: CaCO3′ 95% min.
MgC03′ 3.0% max.

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CONDITIONS FOR OPERATION

A gravel support bed is recommended
Water pH range: 5.0-7.0
Bed depth: 24-30 in.
o Freeboard: 50% of bed depth (min.)
o Backwash rate: 8-12 gpm/sq. ft.
o Backwash Bed Expansion: 35% of bed depth
o Service flow rate: 3-6 gpm/sq. ft. but may be modified to adapt to local conditions

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FLOW RATE
Service Flow Pressure Drop and Backwash Bed Expansion charts to be added later. Check back for updates.

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ORDER INFORMATION

Part No.

Desc.

Cu.Ft./Bag

Wt./Cu.Ft.*

Bags/
Pallet

Weight/
Pallet

Pallet Dim.

A8021

Calcite

1.1 (100lbs.)

90 lbs.

30

3050 lbs.

48″x40″x34″

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STANDARDS
Tested and listed under ANSI/NSF Standard 61 for Health Effects.

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