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Water Softener Backflush
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Eric P    Posted 11-24-2004 at 06:17:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I live in Michigan and recently purchased a house with well water, which has a water softener system. In the backyard, there is pipe which is where the backflush water empties.

My question: Is the backflush water harmful to my plants/trees? Is there a good way to handle this backflush water? The previous owner had a pipe which extended into a small metal reservior, but that pipe has since broken off. Should I install a new reservior to contain the backflush water to allow it to evaporate? The amount of water that gets ejected each time is enough to keep the area wet.

Your comments are appreciated.


Red Dave    Posted 11-24-2004 at 08:13:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would expect that backwash water to be a little salty. Probably won't hurt most grass, but you might want to be careful not to plant anything that can't take the salt too close to the discharge.

bob ny    Posted 11-24-2004 at 06:31:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have out watersoftner draining into a ditch next to the driveway , no smell the weeds seem to like it(i have to keep weed wacking) i have never heard of the deain off being bad for anything unless you let it lay in one spot then you can grow mosquitoes

Pitch    Posted 11-24-2004 at 15:37:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had a water softener at the old house and I drained it into a dry well. I sunk a thirty gallon plastic barrel that I had shot full of holes (mainly because it was faster and a lot more fun than drilling them) into the yard filled it with stone and plumbed a 1 1/2" line in and a 4" septic drain out the other side for an over flow. Never even knew it was there.

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