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Issue 4, 2015
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Advances in anti-scale magnetic water treatment

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Scaling is the bane of households and industries that make use of water frequently. The consequences are so egregious that harmful chemicals have been sought after to remedy the situation. These chemicals, though efficacious, do more harm than good because they render water unsuitable for human consumption and cause ecological imbalance. Anti-scale magnetic water devices offer a cleaner solution to handling the scaling dilemma. This method of water treatment has been in existence for more than a century and is still the subject of much debate today, with the method being viewed with much skepticism, although evidence of its efficacy has been provided on countless occasions. Reports are given on several effects associated with magnetic water treatment, as well as proposed mechanisms. Yet no general consensus has been reached regarding the treatment method's mode of operation, which could explain the cynical reception magnetic water devices often receive. Insights into the enigmatic technique of magnetic water treatment attempt to explain magnetic effects on water and its constituents, citing explanations, which are unrelated to the current principles of magnetism. Several reports and accounts that involve the use and application of anti-scale magnetic water treatment are elucidated with special focus on calcium carbonate scale and its transformation.

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The article was received on 24 Feb 2015, accepted on 12 May 2015 and first published on 12 May 2015

Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C5EW00052A
Citation: Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 2015,1, 408-425

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    Advances in anti-scale magnetic water treatment

    A. Alabi, M. Chiesa, C. Garlisi and G. Palmisano, Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 2015, 1, 408
    DOI: 10.1039/C5EW00052A

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