ZEOLITE & WATER CONSERVATION
Did you know that the average bill for US household domestic water consumption is $40 per month? That equates to consumption of approximately 6500 gallons per household with up to 70% being used for lawn and garden irrigation. Our zeolite can help you reduce this cost amount by up to 35% or the equivalent of $10 per month?
It is estimated that during certain months in the year, up to 70 percent of homeowners’ total water bill is related to yard and landscape maintenance. In addition to monetary costs, many property owners operate within a set of municipal codes that regulate water consumption each day. These guidelines are meant to protect supplies of fresh water from depletion or pollution. Water conservation strategies around the home can result in significant cost savings and also support larger initiatives to protect the environment.
Many studies have examined the effect of natural zeolite on water conservation strategies. Scientists have found that zeolite granules can absorb up to 50 percent of their weight in liquid because of a unique, sponge-like framework composed of aluminum and silica atoms. It is estimated that zeolite reduces the amount of water required for irrigation purposes by up to 35 percent (KMI Zeolite Inc., 2013). Lab data indicates that zeolite outperforms conventional filtration media in its adsorption and filtration capabilities. This is attributed to zeolite’s surface area, which is seven or eight times larger than many other granular materials. For instance, an ounce of pool sand has a surface area of 1,000 feet per cubic foot, whereas the same amount of zeolite has a surface area of 9,700,000 feet per cubic foot.
Unlike clay products that break down due to contact with moisture, zeolite maintains its structural integrity during the hydration and dehydration cycle (Hogg, 2015). A study by Hogg (2015) examined, in part, zeolite’s ability to absorb, adsorb, retain, and release moisture over time. To determine the amount of water zeolite can absorb and adsorb, two pounds (32 ounces) of KMI 12×20 mesh zeolite was mixed with 32 ounces of water. Results indicated that the zeolite absorbed and adsorbed the water immediately (Hogg, 2015). When the zeolite minerals reached saturation, they were drained on an 80 mesh screen. In total 32 ounces of zeolite contained 26 ounces of water. KMI determined that when hydrated, zeolite will hold 81 percent of its dry weight in water (Hogg, 2015). At the conclusion of this trial, the minerals were dehydrated back to their original weight of two pounds. This result demonstrates that zeolite will release all water absorbed and adsorbed based on environmental conditions (e.g. heat, moisture, wind, and ultra violet light.
As an added benefit, zeolite is nontoxic for humans or pets; it does not cause harm if it is ingested, touches the skin, or comes into contact with the eyes. The mineral is nonflammable, environmentally friendly, and can be safely handled with bare hands.