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Water softener salt / drinking water / spetic
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Gyp-Wy    Posted 06-24-2003 at 12:20:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a reverse osmosis system with a seperate faucet on our sink and we use that for our drinking water and house plant/pet watering. There is some salt left in "softened" water but the osmosis system runs the water through 3 different types of filters and it is better or at least as good as bottled water. I had some concerns about the septic system being effected by the water softener. So far we have not had any problems so keep your fingers crossed. At our last place the water was not treated but came out of the ground full of sodium and we did not have any septic problems for the 15 years we were there. Is salt/sodium a problem for septic systems???

WallSal55 - How will you    Posted 06-24-2003 at 14:19:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have one. Don't know if it's OK or not.
The only thing I have noticed is there is a drain
in the basement and these icky brown grubs or
something come up the drain--if I drain the
dehumidifier or water stands in the drain.
Is that the sign the drainfield is bad?

nope...    Posted 06-25-2003 at 03:29:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry WallSal, I'm not really clear on what you've got in your drains, but bugs crawling out of them isn't a sign of bad drainfield.

The drainfield is out in your yard somewhere, and it is where the excess liquid from your septic tank go...the liquid trickles out slowly, underground, from a bunch of leaky pipes (they're supposed to leak).

This is where almost all of the bacterial action in a septic system actually occurs, not in the tank as most folks think. Anyway, when the field goes bad, the soil has lost its ability to absorb the water and you'll see puddling or soggy (and usually smelly) soil in the yard...*that* is when you'll know the drainfield has gone bad.


Tom A    Posted 06-24-2003 at 12:40:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Large amounts of salt introduced for long periods, like the backflush from a water softener, will eventually cause the drainfield to fail. I've also heard it'll cause problems with the septic tank itself, but I don't believe that is true; somebody else may have more information on that. But the drainfield is just as costly when/if it fails.

I didn't think a reverse osmosis system uses salt--are you using a regular softener first, then running the softened water through the RO to purify it?


gyp-wy    Posted 06-24-2003 at 13:38:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, the "softened" water runs through the ro system. The ro uses carbon and fiber filters and does not use salt or any other chemical. Just change filters and clean once a year and you have spring water out of a tap. Not bad for an old country boy.

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