Did You Know? - Water softener discharge has been banned in several U.S Cities? Salinity has been a major topic in California, with several communities having already banned, considered bans, retrofitting or replacement of salt based home water softeners as a way to reduce salt discharges into public wastewater systems. Yes, traditional salt-based water softeners are being banned due to hazardous chloride discharge.
The equivalent of 56 pounds of table salt are discharged into the drainfield soils each year from a household of 3-4 users. Within 4-10 years, sodium discharge begins to effect the ability of disposal soils to treat and absorb domestic waste water. The amounts of sodium used, the precise nature of local soils, and the volume of drainage area in the system vary, of course. The high sodium content of household products for laundry, kitchen, bath and cleaning are a primary source of soil failures. Addition of water softener wastes or sodium content in local water supply also contribute to the problem.
Hard water, for the past 40+ years has been treated with a traditional water softener that uses a process called ion exchange. Sodium chloride (or potassium chloride) is used to re-charge the softening resin in a filter tank, releasing the sodium (or potassium) portion into your drinking water and throughout your home. This type of expensive technology requires routine maintenance, specialized salt and a water drain line.
Those in The Navy are familiar with the term "Marine Whites." Sailors used to put their white clothes in ocean water to whiten them. Caution had to be used because if the clothes remained too long in the heavily salt-laden water, they would deteriorate. Salt is corrosive. Softeners use the same salt spread on icy roads, which destroys the underside of cars. Those living near oceans know well the corrosiveness of salt to cars, houses, etc. Many people with galvanized pipes found that salt softened water did prevent scale build-up, but the trade-off was the salt also corroded their pipes.
Homeowners with salt water softener systems will go through more water heaters because of the salt's corrosive effect on the heating coils. Always check with a manufacturer's warranty related to water. Softened water should not circulate into a pool or spa. Hard water and naturally soft water have their maintenance issues, however softened water offers potential problems that may imply or outright void the warranty on certain products.
Scalewatcher® doesn't pollute the environment with a salt or chemical based water conditioning system. A water softener can consume hundreds of pounds of salt per year. This salt then goes into the freshwater ecosystem with a hazardous chloride discharge. This is due to the fact that too many people are carelessly adding salt/mineral brine flushing water to the sewer systems. After sewer water is treated, it is eventually replaced back into the environment (rivers, etc.). Thus ... salt water is being added to a fresh water environment. Over time this causes considerable damage to the local ecosystem water supply and, in terms of plants and animals.
When chemical (cationic) exchanges occur from sodium, fines or clay particles may bond into a waterproof barrier, which in turn causes the physical flooding, blockage of soil passages and biological death of air-dependent cleaning organisms in the soil. Sodium in irrigation waters will cause finer soil particles to bond together into impermeable layers. In agriculture, this chemical change causes physical or structural changes in the soil which ultimately leads to loss of biological uptake of plant nutrients.
Scalewatcher® is a electronic water conditioner that physically changes the minerals in water to prevent them from forming scale. A traditional water softener replaces calcium and magnesium (known as "hardness") with salt or potassium. In a normal area of 20 grains of hardness, 150 milligrams of sodium are released in each quart of water by conventional water softeners.
Science has linked salt consumption to high blood pressure, circulatory problems, and fluid retention. Salt in drinking water increases blood pressure even in people as young as high school age. Too much sodium can be a problem for babies because their kidneys are not good at filtering it out of the blood. On average, a typical bath or shower exposes a person to approximately 8 oz. of sodium water contaminates, absorbed through the skin. You must also consider that salt corrodes metal plumbing, think of what it is doing to your body! The minerals that are removed by salt based softeners are very important to your health. There is evidence of less heart disease in hard water areas than in soft water areas, although not all studies agree. Scalewatcher® retains these minerals for your health while making them safe for your plumbing.
Consider These Facts Surrounding Our "No Salt" Scalewatcher® Technology
- Healthy: Unlike traditional softeners, Scalewatcher® does not add sodium in order to replace the lime scale in the water. With a salt-based water softener, sodium is added to the water at a ratio of 7.8 mg/L for each grain of hardness treated. Chloride is also added to water at the same ratio. The Scalewatcher® treatment retains natural calcium without the addition of sodium. In addition, minerals which are beneficial to health remain in the water. Some people with skin conditions, such as eczema, have fewer problems if they have Scalewatcher® treating their water.
- No Salt Expense: Scalewatcher® does not require regeneration with salt, which can save users hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year, not to mention the hassle of ordering, carrying, and adding heavy bags of salt to their systems on a regular basis. Scalewatcher® means no salt hassles, no salt cost, no labor cost to fill brine tank, no service calls for membrane replacement, no regeneration and no wasted water.
- No wasted water: Unlike traditional softeners, Scalewatcher® does not require backwashing, which can save users thousands of gallons of water per year. As well as the cost saving for those on metered supplies, this water savings combined with the absence of salinated water being flushed into the sewerage system has huge environmental benefits.
- Less Detergents: Scale reacts with soap to form a sticky scum, and also reduces the soap's ability to lather and properly clean. Water treated with Scalewatcher® requires much less soap or detergent usage than hard water, or soft water treatment alone. Scalewatcher® treated water also helps keep clothes in better condition for a longer period of time. It helps keep material free from mineral and contaminant build-up that causes normal cleaning wear.
- Feels Different: Scalewatcher® electronic conditioned water does not feel the same as salt softened water. Scalewatcher® provides a smooth, clean feel and does not leave a soapy film feel the way a salt type softener does.
- No Water Spots: If you have a water softener, you will notice spotting on the dishwasher cleaned glasses and cutlery, the shower doors and faucets after use. Water spots left with a salt type water softener are hard to clean and remove. Scalewatcher® eliminates this, even in combination with a water softener.