Lime's Myriad Uses

Lime is used in environmental, metallurgy, construction, chemical/industrial applications, and many others. The fastest growing use of lime is in environmental applications, where lime is used to comply with air, drinking water, wastewater, and solid waste regulations.

However, the largest single use of lime remains steel manufacturing, where lime is used to remove impurities. Lime is also used to produce other metals. In construction, the dominant use of lime is in soil stabilization for roads, earthen dams, airfields, and building foundations. As an additive in asphalt, lime improves the cohesion of asphalt, reduces stripping, and retards the aging process. Lime is also a key ingredient in mortar and plaster. There are additional chemical and industrial uses of lime, such as manufacturing chemicals and production of precipitated calcium carbonate, described in this area.