Soda ash (Na2CO3) is not widely used for neutralization. It does, however, have widespread use in applications requiring minor pH adjustment (one unit or less) and in water softening. Ordinarily, it is supplied in solid form, which means solid feeders or solution makeup equipment.
In addition to being about five times as expensive as hydrated chemical lime, soda ash produces carbon dioxide in reaction for applications where strong acids are treated. Carbon dioxide can cause frothing, particularly in agitated neutralization vessels. Like lime, minimal safety hazards are connected with handling this material.
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