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Aqua-Rex is the name used in the USA for the product known as Water-King in the rest of the world. Aqua-Rex is an electronic Physical Water Conditioner that inhibits scale formation in hot and cold water services, removes existing scale deposits and partially softens hot water. It is effective at reducing scaling in plumbing systems, shower heads, swimming pools, cooling towers, water features in homes, hotels, apartment buildings, offices, prisons; anywhere that calcium can build up. It requires no pipe cutting for installation and there is no need for ongoing maintenance or servicing
Aqua-Rex uses pre-programed micro-chips to transmit pulses of electrical charge into the water at varying frequencies and amplitudes. These radio ‘signals’ cause some of the minerals in the water to form sub-microscopic clusters. When the water is then heated, the clusters act as nucleation seeds upon which the calcium carbonate (limescale) precipitates. Instead of the hard encrustation on pipes and heating elements that normally occurs when water is heated, the precipitation takes the form of tiny calcium carbonate crystals that float suspended in the water. These ultra-fine crystals are carried away with the flowing water. Aqua-Rex has been performance tested under IAMPO IGC 335-2018 Rapid Scaling test and proven to reduce scaling by up to 83% at 180 Degrees Fahrenheit in Las Vegas water. To see the full IAMPO R&T Lab report click here.
With over 250,000 installations around the world since 1993, Aqua-Rex is a well proven reliable product that has demonstrated its effectiveness in most applications where conventional water softeners would normally be used. Aqua-Rex is less expensive to install and maintain than ion exchange softeners. Aqua-Rex requires very little space, no special plumbing, no waste water connection and no supply of salt. There is no loss of water pressure nor any additional corrosion problems. Aqua-Rex can provide most of the benefits of a water softener, without any chloride discharge and at much reduced initial and ongoing running costs.
The nucleation seeds created by Aqua-Rex stimulate the conversion of more of the dissolved calcium bicarbonate in the water into crystals in suspension than would otherwise occur. The resulting hot water, with less calcium bicarbonate, is now chemically softer. Aqua-Rex is the only electronic device of its kind that has been proven by independent laboratory tests to produce softer hot water.
Unlike ion exchange softened water, where minerals are removed and replaced by sodium, Aqua-Rex treated water is good for drinking. There is no need for a separate drinking water supply, no health risks and no chloride effluent. It can be used for reducing scale in irrigation systems.
Aqua-Rex is very effective at removing existing scale deposits from water heaters, general plumbing and cooling towers. Descaling occurs within a few weeks. The scale breaks away in flakes as it loses adhesion with the surface that it is encrusting. In existing systems, that are already badly scaled, it may be worth installing one or more filters to protect sensitive equipment such as heaters and heat exchangers. We also suggest scheduling a hot water tank drain and clean after three months.
Running costs of all units is just a few dollars per month. The design life is in excess of 25 years with a 20-year manufacturer’s warranty. Aqua-Rex comes with an unconditional 100-day money-back satisfaction guarantee. This is extendable subject to negotiation.
Location of Units
Essential to ensure optimum performance. The flexibility of Aqua-Rex is helped by the Signal Propagation whereby the effect is transmitted both upstream (back signal) and downstream. Unlike other water treatment products it is not necessary to pass the water through the unit to get effective treatment. It is also capable of treating static water in a tank. On the negative side, water passed through a pump loses most of the treatment imparted by Aqua-Rex. As a general rule, wherever there is a pump, an Aqua-Rex should be located downstream of it.
Aqua-Rex can be installed at the point of entry to the property or plant room, or on a softener loop, but in general it is more effective when it is placed close to where the scale is likely to form – on the cold inlet to the water heater. It is frequently more effective to install a number of units close to dispersed water heaters, especially when they are electric heaters, than one large unit on the main cold supply.
Install the Aqua-Rex on the cold inlet to the heater. The flexible connection is a good place to wrap the wires. The back signal will treat all the cold water in the home. If a hot water return (HWR) is attached to the tank drain, the unit on the cold supply close to the tank will treat all the water in the tank.
Pumps cause a significant reduction in the effectiveness of Water-King so, wherever there is a pump, in general there should be a Water-King unit located downstream from it.
Vented cold water storage cisterns generally cause a discontinuity in the signal transmission resulting in decay of the clustering effect generated by the Water-King. This problem can be overcome by installing a unit on one of the outlet pipes from the cistern or header and utilising the “Back Signal” to treat the stored water within the tank. Where hot and cold tanks are close coupled, or there is no ready access to the outlet, the “Air Gap” can be bridged by installing a unit on the supply pipe and grounding one of the aerials to the tank. This procedure is fully explained in the installation instructions.
Because a dishwasher uses an internal pump, treatment with Aqua-Rex may not be very effective. We recommend using hard water rinse aids, or a dedicated softener for large Commercial dishwashers. Aqua-Rex can be used to reduce scaling in an electric booster heater.
Pumps cause a significant reduction in the effectiveness of Aqua-Rex so, wherever there is a pump, in general there should be an Aqua-Rex unit located downstream from it.
Cold water tanks generally cause a discontinuity in the signal transmission resulting in decay of the nucleation seeds generated by the Aqua-Rex. This problem can be overcome by installing a unit on one of the outlet pipes from the tank or on a drop from the header and making use of the back signal to treat the stored water within the tank.
We recommend that both the cold inlet and the heated discharge of heat exchangers are treated. This is more easily achieved with one of the units which has four antennas, by applying one pair of antennas to each of the inlet and discharge pipes. If a pump is close coupled to the heat exchanger, treat only the discharge side. This applies especially to plate heat exchangers.
Where water is being constantly circulated, such as through a cooling tower or swimming pool, the Aqua-Rex unit should be fitted on the circulating system downstream from the pump and as close as possible to where the heating process or pressure drop is occurring. There is no need to treat the make up water. Adequate provision must be made for filtering to remove suspended solids.
On a swimming pool the unit should be installed between the pump and the filter or heater. In most cases Aqua-Rex will reduce phosphates by causing them to flocculate, making the water clearer, and also reduce or stabilise total dissolved solids.
Install an Aqua-Rex unit after the pump. On high pressure mister lines we recommend a WK1 unit is installed on each line
Plumbing Requirements and Pipe Material
Each Aqua-Rex antenna requires about 3 inches of pipe. There is no minimum nor maximum gap between aerials. They can be fitted either side of bends on horizontal or on vertical pipes. Aqua-Rex can be fitted to pipes of any material. The pipe does not need to be cut, there is no plumbing involved, nor is there any requirement for an isolating bypass with associated valves. Insulation may be fitted over the antennas after installation.
Each unit requires an outlet within three feet of the unit except the WK1P which can be extended to six feet. Each of the units with external transformers can have the low voltage two core lead extended by splicing in suitable cable such as speaker cable. Tests have shown this extension to be satisfactory over half a mile. The unit should be located within eighteen inches of the pipe that is being treated
Where systems are designed to operate with make up water for evaporation, such as cooling towers or humidifiers, adequate provision must be made to clear any deposits by regular “blow down” or other means.
Suggested Specification for Water Treatment
One or more Aqua-Rex Physical Water Conditioners shall be provided on the CW supply and HWR in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. The unit shall have one or more pairs of open ended antennas wrapped around the pipework generating a series of square waves of random length and occurrence between 1 kHz and 10 kHz. The peak to peak output voltage will be in excess of 80 volts.