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Are Water Softeners Bad For The Environment?

Many of us are paying much closer attention to the products that we’re buying and how they impact the environment. With everybody doing their part to live in a more globally focused format and to reduce their carbon footprints, there are questions about what we can do at home to improve the environment as well.

It’s likely that if you’ve purchased an appliance in the last two years that you may have noticed the sticker reading energy Star. Most modern appliances will carry this rating today and it showcases their level of efficiency and that it meets standards today. One of the appliances that you will not find on an energy Star rating list is water softeners.

Sustainability And Water Softeners

There are many people that bring up issues with sustainability and water softeners. One of the largest complaints about water softeners is that they cause a residential treatment system to overly wastewater as well as treat it with chemicals. Water softeners do lead to a small amount of waste but the extra wasted water can promote sustainability in other ways.

If you’re going to be using softened water for housecleaning, bathing, and more, you won’t be wasting water in the end. The wastewater that commonly associated with a water softener can get flushed out safely in a process called regeneration.

During the regeneration process the sodium solution in the brine tank will refresh the extra water and knock off the various magnesium and calcium ions collected in the water. This gives the internal media a new use and allows it to continue removing hard minerals. What is flushed out of the system is the products that contain magnesium and calcium that are collected. This is a discharge that is not harmful to septic systems and it can actually be beneficial to the soil.

As well as discharging products which are not harmful, a water softener will ensure that you can use less water and soap in order to maintain cleaner water and this will lead to improvements with conservation over time.

If you are interested in improving your water today, contact us now.

This post was written by Kristian D’An, owner and water expert at Eco Water Solutions of Florida. Eco Water Solutions is one of the best St Petersburg water softeners companies. They offer whole home water solutions such as softeners, whole home water filtration systems, and reverse osmosis systems. Their focus is to provide Floridians with safe and clean water throughout the home.