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Water softner system
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DL    Posted 04-27-2003 at 09:36:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I recently got a new house built with a Water Wright water softner system installed. It has an automated control, nice. However, I found that it consumes about 50 lb of salt per month, even when the water was hardly used (I was out of town for more than a month). Think about it. It will dump 1 ton of KCI on the farm every two years. I worry about it a little. Any comments?


Jim WI    Posted 04-29-2003 at 11:48:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sure sounds like the other folks are rigth and your softener uses a timer to regenerate.

The first softener I had was an older Sears unit that used a timer (the price was right -- my Mom spotted it at a rummage sale for $75). After a few years, that one gave up the ghost and we bought a new Sears unit that has the demand-triggered system. While shopping for that replacement, I didn't see ANY new systems that were strictly time-triggered.

Not long ago, the village I live next to was talking about requiring any new softeners to be demand-triggered so as to reduce the amount of salt that the sewage treatment system had to deal with. That idea died as unneeded when they realized that it's gotten difficult to find a softener that's not demand-triggered.



Ron from IL    Posted 04-28-2003 at 11:49:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
DL,

We have a WaterBoss softener. It re-gens ONLY when needed. It is an on-demand type with a flow meter. We start out with approx. 800 gallons after a recharge. The flow meter decriments until the 800 gallons are used up, at which time it recharges at 2:00 A.M. It only uses 15# of salt per recharge. We are quite pleased with it.

Ron


Tom A    Posted 04-27-2003 at 17:18:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
As everyone else said, it is timed not consumption based so you can change the timing.

Previous owners (yuppies) of our farm had a softener system installed and we lived with it for about 6 months or a year after we bought the place and didn't care for it. Turned it off. Water turns out to be not even moderately hard...we prefer it to the "softened" water anyway. Haven't had the thing on in almost 4 years now.

Tom


Ron/PA    Posted 04-27-2003 at 14:53:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most softener system work on a timer, not on gallons used, so as long as the water is on, and the electric is on, you're gonna dump that salt. Something else to consider is the amount of salt in your water. My mother in law has a water softener and her doctor told her to quit drinking her tap water, because of her high blood pressure, and the salt content of the water. I thought he was crazy 'til My wife reminded me how, every time we go up there to visit, I'm thirsty all the time, the last time up I drank bottled water and no problem.
HTH
Later
Ron


Mudcat49    Posted 04-27-2003 at 14:52:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
It recharges automaticlly when it is set to do it even if you are not using water. Next time you are going to be gone that long, turn it off. 50 lbs of saltper month is not a lot, my family of 3 goes through about 160 lbs a month.


Cindi    Posted 04-27-2003 at 17:32:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had the salt system on ours and I got sick of dropping dishes and always feeling like I never got anything, including me, rinsed well. Everything was slimy. I had them bypass the salt thingie and install an extra filter thingie and we are getting by just fine without the salt. You might too.


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