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Water Conditioners/Water Softeners

Hard Water
According to the U.S. Geologic Survey, 85 percent of the U.S. has hard water. Hard water is caused by excessive levels of calcium and/or magnesium. Earlier generations coined the phrase “hard water” because it made cleaning difficult.

While hard water is not unhealthy, it does cause other problems:

  1. Laundering – Studies indicate that fabrics washing in hard water wear out up to 15% quicker. Colors also fade and whites darken more quickly. In addition, laundry washed in hard water is more easily re-soiled.
  2. Hard Water Scale – Minerals in hard water settle, forming a hard scale surface that will eventually clog pipes and decrease the life of toilet flushing units and water faucets.  Hardness scale also shortens the life of washing equipment, including dishwashers and clothes washers, by as much as 30%.
  3. Water Heater Efficiency – Hard water scale can reduce a gas heater’s efficiency by as much as 29%, and an electric water heater’s efficiency by as much as 21%. A study conducted by The Office of Saline Water found that a water heater’s useful life can be reduced by as much as 50% through hard water scale build-up.
  4. Cleaning Tasks – A comparison of hard and softened water sources for household use conducted by Ohio State University indicated that the time required for typical cleaning tasks was increased by almost 50% with hard water. Soap curd makes cleaning and washing less effective and efficient. Greater physical effort and more cleaning agents are needed for surfaces such as floors, sinks and bathtubs.
  5. Bathing – Soap curd film on the body can leave skin dry and hair dull and limp.
  6. Streaks and Spotting – Soap curd formation can result in streaks, spots and film on glass and dishware.

The negative effects of hard water can be reversed through the use of softened water. At Hudson Valley Water Resources, our experienced staff will help you select the water conditioner/water softener for your needs, install it, and provide top-quality service.

Benefits of Soft Water

  1. Adds a new sparkle to your kitchen – Say goodbye to unsightly spots and annoying scale deposits.
  2. Soft water babies your skin – Without soap curd to clog the pores, dry, red, itchy skin gives way to soft, supple skin.
  3. Soft and gentle on your clothes – All the soap and dirt just rinses away.
  4. Prevents scale build-up – Protects your valuable appliances and cuts your energy bill.
  5. Saves hard cash – Use less soap, shampoo and chemical cleaning agents.

Commercial Water Softeners

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Residential Water Softeners
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Sodium in Softened Water
Since sodium is added to water softened by the cation exchange process (mechanical water softening), the level of sodium of softened water may be of interest to persons on sodium restricted diets. 
You can read more on these studies here.

Water Softeners Pose No Problems for Septic Tanks
Studies by the University of Wisconsin – Madison and The National Sanitation Foundation concluded:

  1. Water softener waste effluents actually exert a beneficial influence on a septic tank system operation by stimulating biological action in the septic tank and cause no operational problems in the typical anaerobic or aerobic septic tanks.
  2. The volume of softener wastes are added to the septic tank slowly and are not of sufficient volume to cause any deleterious hydraulic load problems in septic tank systems.
  3. Water softener regenerational wastes not only should not interfere with septic tank system drain field soil percolation but actually might improve soil percolation, particularly in fine textured soils.
  4. The studies concluded that it is better to discharge water softener wastes to septic tank systems than to separate dry wells or ditches.

You can read more on these studies here.