residential water sources, whether municipal or on-site
wells, contain hardness (calcium and magnesium ions).
Hardness ions cause scaling in heaters, humidifiers, fixtures
and pipes leaving hard spots and deposits that can restrict
the flow and create energy losses and a lot of extra work.
Hard water also precipitates with soaps causing soap scum
that leaves rough and scratchy residues on bed linens,
towels and clothing that can lead to shorter fabric life,
not to mention, the need for higher levels of detergent.
Hardness in the water also traps alkali used in laundry
soap, creating a high pH residue that clings to the fabric
and can lead to the development of skin allergies and
conventional treatment of choice for solving these problems
is to install whole house water softeners using ion
exchange resins that use common salts such
as sodium or potassium chloride as a regenerant (to restore
capacity). With the increased pressure to minimize the
excess of salt that is discharged to the drain (or septic
system), local regulatory agencies are fighting to restrict
residential water softener usage under the misguided theory
that all of their discharge problems on TDS creep would
residential softener is a highly visible contributor to
the TDS problem but it is not the only source of salinity
in discharge water as the locals would have you believe.
A single textile dye house or a small power generation
station using 800 gpm of city water containing 20 grains
per gallon of hardness must soften their water to keep
their respective plant operating. In the course of a month,
such plants can use over 300,000 lbs of salt to regenerate
their softeners. This equates to about the same amount
of brine discharge as 6600 households using automatic
softeners. With a 20% market penetration, that is equivalent
to a community of over 30,000 homes and more than 100,000
urge you to support the Water Quality Association and
the Pacific Water Quality Association to right this unjust
finger pointing and fight for you right to protect your
home and family from the detrimental effects of hard water.