Monday, May 25, 2015

Can I Use a Water Softener to Remove Both Iron and Hardness?

Dear CWS Support,

Here is my water sample for our well water, please let me know what I need to stop the hard water spotting and white build-up on tiles and glasses.  We also get a little iron staining as well, although it is not as bad as our neighbors. Someone suggested a water softener.  Would this work for both iron and hardness?

Joan C.

Hello Joan,

Your water test results have been completed, please see attached for your records.  Essentially this water has a high level of hardness as well as low levels of iron. The iron is easily taken care of by a heavy-duty Water Softener.  
If the iron levels are over 1.0 PPM we typically recommend a separate iron filter, before the softener.  However, for the level of iron in your water, a good quality properly sized water softener will work fine by itself.

The water is also high in Total Dissolved Solids or “TDS”.  TDS is the inorganic minerals such as sodium and chlorides in the water.

For drinking water at one tap, we recommend a Reverse Osmosis system.  This will provide bottled water quality available right at your fingertips by removing the salts and TDS.

A Water Softener will help in treating the water and removing Calcium/Magnesium which in turn will stop in water spotting, scale buildup, etc.  Clothing also lasts longer when washed in softened water, less overall soap usage is dramatically decreased as well. 

The unit we recommend is reliable and keeps track of how much water is used, and only regenerates when needed, saving salt and water.  This particular softener is quite user-friendly as well.  This size is also good for a home with up to 3 bathrooms however we do offer smaller and larger sizes as well.

Here are some products that we can recommend to address your concern:

Softener 5700e Series- 48K Size, 1.5 cu. Ft.                                      
It includes 1 inch or 3/4 inch pipe connectors; by-pass valve; 1.5 cubic feet of heavy-duty Softener resin; heavy-duty brine tank; and 5900e Series NSF Certified digital metered-regeneration control valve.  Ease of service along with a simple user interface are a big plus with this valve.
Excellent quality and should last for years to come, typically 10+ as long as it is backwashing normally and is using the proper amount of salts.  These are quite efficient with usage, thus would use approximately 12 lbs of salt per 4,000 Gallons used.
Dimensions:  10”x 54” Tank, with the valve is approximately 61” tall.  All instructions on assembly are included as is tech-support as well.  Brine Tank is 18” D x 33” Tall, other sizes available.
Excellent Warranty:  7 years on the control valve; 10 years on the media and salt container tanks

For more information about this product, click here.

USA High-Flow 4-Stage 60 GPD RO System
  • 60 Gallons Per Day (GPD) Thin Film Composite Membrane
  • Includes faucet, tank, and tubing
  • NSF Certified Quick-Connect Fittings
  • NSF Certified Metal Bladder Tank
  • NSF Certified 10 Micron Carbon Block
This product comes complete with easy-to-follow installation instructions as well.
You can click here for more details about this product.
Please let us know if you have any questions.  We would be happy to discuss this over the phone, anytime Monday through Friday, 8 to 5 Pacific Standard Time.