Nature intended us to have high quality water. This is why we have the continuous water cycle, whereby water from our oceans, rivers, lakes, and streams falls to the ground as rain or snow and becomes filtered as it seeps through the earth’s surface.
As the water works its way through the ground, however, it picks up minerals by dissolving limestone, other non-consumable minerals and ground contaminants, causing water hardness.
Do not drink tap water! The water comes through the street pipes that are disgusting. Besides, limestone, lead, chlorine, and fluoride (just to name a few common ingredients) are harmful to your health if consumed or absorbed.
Water may also come into contact with Iron, Manganese, Arsenic, Cyanide, Lead, Dioxins, Cadmium and other contaminants, which cause additional water treatment and/or health problems.
A quality water softener can remove mineral deposits on dishes and glassware; restore stiff and dingy laundry, reduce the need for high soap usage and need for fabric softener — just a little soap goes a long way with a water softener; dry itchy skin and scalp; scale build-up in pipes and on appliances.
Industry measures water hardness in terms of grains per gallon (GPG).
A grain is defined as 64.8 milligrams of calcium carbonate. If your water tests at 1 GPG or less, then you have soft water. Water around 1-3.5 GPG occupies a gray zone between soft and slightly-hard water and 3.5-7 GPG is considered moderately hard water. Hard water is 7-10.5 GPG, and very hard water is above that.
Small Household Use: 5+ Persons
Requires Professional Installation