Water Softeners, Water Conditioners, Water Filters and Reverse Osmosis Systems
What is the Difference and What are the Benefits of these Different Systems?
What is Hard Water?
Water conditioners and water softeners are different although most people use the terms interchangeably.
Water Softeners remove the calcium and magnesium from the water and replace those minerals with salt. A water softener does not remove existing scale buildup. It will only prevent new buildup from occurring. An average water softener uses 30-120 gallons of water per salt regeneration which occurs weekly. Salt and chemicals are put into the water system. Salt discharged by softeners if not removed by waste-water treatment plants ends up in our lakes, rivers, streams, and aquifers. And that is the problem the State of California has with Salt Self-Regenerating Water Softeners. Our local Water Utility provides their feeling on water softeners.
Water Conditioners, such as no-salt water conditioning systems physically change the minerals in water to prevent them from forming scale. Some of the No-salt Water Conditioning Systems claim they will actually remove existing scale buildup. They do not use salt nor do they require maintenance. They do not waste water because it does not discharge water because it doesn’t discharge salt or chemicals during a salt regeneration cycle into the water system. These system also claim not have a “slippery” or “slimy” feel to the water although some say it feels “different”.
Water filters strain the water for debris, taste, odor. Harmful contaminants in water are not removed. Water filters can be used to treat an entire home/business or be point of use, ie: on a faucet, setting on a counter top or under a sink.
Reverse osmosis systems, are generally used as a point of use system in homes. Primarily for water dispensers located at kitchen sinks, water dispensers on ice-makers, and ice-makers. Reverse osmosis systems remove most of the harmful contaminants from the water system. They are used commercially for car washes, hospitals, and anywhere one of the purest forms of water is needed.
There are different applications for different units and entirely too many situations to list on one page so we encourage you to review the rest of the pages in this section.
For the most comprehensive and unbiased reviews of the different Water Softeners, Water Conditioners, Water Filters and Reverse Osmosis Systems you can have installed for your Menifee CA home or business we recommend All Water Purification’s website.
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