LC Chem 9.2 Water Hardness
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Water that will not easily form a lather with soap.
Ca2+ or Mg2+ ions
Causes of Hardness
Units and substance in which water hardness is usually expressed
Hardness that can be removed by boiling
Calcium and Magnesium Hydrogencarbonates
Causes of Temporary hardness
Caused by the action of water and carbon dioxide on limestone
Causes a chemical reaction which removes the Ca2+ ions from the water to soften the water
Soap scum caused by hard water that clogs pipes and boilers
Hardness that cannot be removed by boiling
Calcium and Magnesium Chlorides and Sulfates
Causes of Permanent hardness
Advantages of Hard Water
1. Provides calcium for teeth and bones.
2. Nicer taste.
3. Good for brewing and tanning.
Disadvantages of Hard Water
1. Blocks pipes, leaves scale on kettles and boilers.
2. Wastes soap.
3. Produces scum.
Removes Hardness from Water
2. Using washing soda.
3. Ion exchange resin
Boiling the water and then cooling the vapour to remove all dissolved solids and dissolved liquids
Addition of hydrated sodium carbonate, Na2CO3.10H2O. The carbonate ions react with the calcium ions in the water and removes them as insoluble calcium carbonate. Ion exchange resin Substance which swaps the ions in water which cause hardness for ions which do not cause hardness
Resins which swap the positive ions in the water (Ca2+ and Mg2+ ions) for Na+ ions: Ca2++ Na2R --> CaR + 2Na+
Resins which swap the negative ions in water for OH- ions: Cl- + ROH --> RCl + OH-
Replaces all the dissolved salts with water molecules so the water is deionised
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