U.S. Rivers Are Getting Saltier

According to Reuters, Washington, United States rivers and streams are becoming ‘saltier and more alkaline over the last 50 years.’ The problem is due in large part to the use of salts on roads for de-icing and snow melt, as well as heavy fertilizer use in this country which often leaches nitrates and salts into the water table.

Increased salt levels in water causes pipelines to corrode quickly which will then leach lead into the drinking water.  High levels salt helped create the Detroit lead crisis where many children were found with high levels lead.

Scientists say 66% of U.S. streams and rivers have become more alkaline over the past 50 years.

KMI Zeolite can replace salt in ice-melt applications, and reduce nutrient leaching in soils. Our product is non-toxic, non-corrosive and salt free.

 

Zeolite Around the Home?

Zeolites are a powerful microporous material with many practical uses around the home, office, garden, or garage. Keep a bag or two around for a dryer, cleaner, and odor-free household. Easily recharge the zeolite by setting it outside in the sun on a long warm day.

1) Preserve Over-Ripe Fruits & Vegetables

Placing zeolite powder or fine granules in a bowl on the counter, or in a bag in the refrigerator will slow down the ripening of fruits and vegetables. Place the most ripe area down into the zeolite, or wipe the entire fruit or vegetable with powder. Wash off before cooking or consumption. Zeolite is all-natural and non-toxic.

2) Place in the refrigerator to reduce humidity & odor

Place a bowl of zeolite granules or a chunk of raw zeolite in the refrigerator. The zeolite will act as both a dehumidifier and as an odor absorbent. For an average size refrigerator, just 1 to 2 zeolite chunks will eradicate lingering odors. 

3) Place in drawers or closets to reduce humidity & odor

Place a small sock filled with zeolite granules or a chunk of zeolite in drawers or on closet shelves to absorb odors, prevent mold, and reduce humidity.

4) Use with all-purpose cleaners to remove tough stains

Pour zeolite powder on tough sink stains, let stand for 10-15 minutes, then scrub with any home cleaner to help eliminate old stains and mold. Because zeolite is microscopically abrasive, it both preserves the finish and absorbs molds & stains within its crystalline structure. 

5) Add a little zeolite to cat litter to remove odor

Shake out a thin layer of zeolite powder over recent deposits or when cleaning out the litter box for an extra layer of odor control.

6) Pour over oil spills in the garage

Zeolite is an excellent oil absorbent, use it to cover and soak up oil spills around the garage or driveway. Sweep away and reuse as needed.

7) Use as a pet & lawn safe ice melt

Zeolite is a very powerful ice-melting material, with an even lower melting point than salt. It is naturally non-toxic, harmless to animals and beneficial to soils. Use granular zeolite over icy walkways, driveways, stairs and roads. 

8) Line Trash Cans to reduce humidity & odor

You can add a little zeolite powder or granules to the bottom of any trashcan, between the bag and the can. Not only will this act as an absorbent layer for any moisture leaks, it will also prevent mold and absorb odors including ammonia and harmful organic compounds.

Despite Common Belief Organic Matter Has Limited Effect On Water Holding Capacity

Turns out that despite previous hype about adding simply organic matter to soil, this alone has not proven to be a viable water retention soil additive.  Although organic matter is very important to soil health, nutrients and pH balance it cannot be said to improve water holding capacity.

Organic matter can have a marginal effect on sandy soils, but even less of an effect on clay based soils.  This means other additives are required to truly increase the water holding capacity of either type of soil.

Alternatively clinoptilolite zeolite has been proven to retain up to 60% of its weight in water, and can hold on to it for longer periods of time than perlite, vermiculite and volcanic rock.  Adding zeolite to soil at 10 – 15% by volume can increase water holding capacity, and does not deteriorate or break down over time.