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Water Softners

With everyone looking for ways to cut back and save money, many people forget to look within their own water systems for the answer. The addition of a water softener in a home or office can significantly reduce utility costs. Additionally, some devices can even help the environment. When buying a water softener it, more than just a water softener, they’re helping improve their lives and others. Yes, in this case you have to spend money to save money, but in the long run the cost benefits from using a water softener will more than pay for themselves.

First the question needs to be asked, why is there a growing interest in water softeners? Obviously we’ve mentioned the cost and environmental benefits, but why are people so interested in softening water all of a sudden?

"Hardness" in water is caused by the presence of calcium and magnesium, which lessen the effectiveness of soaps and detergents and can produce scale in pipes, hot water tanks and appliances. Hard water is most commonly treated with an ion exchange water softener. These softeners replace the calcium and magnesium in the water with sodium or potassium chloride, neither of which has the negative effects associated with hardness.

These point-of-entry systems consist of a brine tank which holds the sodium or potassium chloride and a softener tank that contains the resins that remove hardness.

Hardness Rating Grains per gallon (gpg) Milligram per Litre (mg/L)

  • Soft Less than      1.0 gpgLess than         17.1 mg/l
  • Slightly Hard         1.0 to 3.5 gpg              17.1 to 60 mg/l
  • Moderately Hard   3.5 to 7.0 gpg              60 to 120 mg/l
  • Hard                      7.0 to 10.5 gpg            120 to 180mg/l
  • Very Hard              10.5 gpg and above    180 mg/l and above

Water Benefits

  • Feel the difference in every drop.
  • Eliminate the minerals (calcium and magnesium) that create soapy residue that block pores and leave fabrics rough and dingy.
  • Softer, healthier skin and hair.
  • Brighter, cleaner, longer-lasting clothes.
  • Less detergent, scale-buildup and energy consumption add up to real savings for you.
  • Save money by extending the life of your plumbing fixtures and water-using appliances,“Such as dishwashers and laundry machines, as well as drinking water systems.”
  • Use up to 75% less soap, shampoo, detergent, and other cleaning products.
  • Improve appliance and plumbing efficiency by preventing scale build-up.
  • Simple to use.
  • Avoid soap scum, mineral build-up, and lime stains in your home.
  • Enjoy spotless, scale-free dishes, tile, sinks, faucets, bathtubs, showers and appliances.
  • Save time and effort cleaning.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint by softening your water.
  • Dramatically reduce your home energy consumption and save up to 48% on your water heating bills.“A 1/16-inch thick layer of hardness scale can reduce heat transfer by about 12 percent, which is directly proportional to the increased amount of fuel required to compensate for the loss.”
  • Lessen your environmental impact by limiting detergent and energy use.

The benefits far outweigh the operating costs, It is important to keep in mind that the use of membrane technology — reverse osmosis and nanofiltration — are quickly becoming viewed as ‘water softeners’ themselves, especially for commercial and industrial applications. More people are implementing the process into other forms of water treatment. The bottom line is more people are becoming aware of the dangers of hard water in their homes and businesses. The only negatives towards using water softeners is in brine generation waste, but both experts say there is no solid evidence that it has a negative impact on the environment.