The easiest way to maintain a water softener's performance and comply with any current or future environmental regulations may be through off-site regeneration services. Not only do you get to pass on frequently lugging heavy bags of salt around, you also may be able to avoid the potential that a newly purchased water softening machine will become outlawed.
Water softener restrictions
Many states and communities in the United States have either restricted or banned practices relating to water softeners due to the high content of sodium chloride being sent into sewers as waste. Especially in areas where water is recycled, water softener chemicals are causing significant problems and have been identified as environmental concerns.
Santa Clarita, a city in California , is one of the leaders in the push to ban on-site water softeners. Some areas have simply put restrictions on efficiency ratings, while others don't allow discharge of brine into sewers or are trying to get rid of on-site-regenerated softeners altogether. Residents in these communities have to find alternative methods, such as questionably adequate magnetic water softeners or chemical softeners for specific uses. Others move towards a portable exchange unit, which may add more to the price of softening. In areas with very hard water, portable exchange water softeners may be the only method that is powerful enough to make a noticeable difference.
Companies like Culligan and many independent dealers will regularly deliver tanks that are full of replacement salt ions and ready to soften water. When the tank has reached its capacity, an employee comes back and replaces it with a new one. A benefit of some of these services is that maintenance of the water softener is included, so homeowners can be worry free about the status of their machine. This method is generally thought to allay environmental concerns associated with water softeners.
If you already have a delivery service for drinking-water jugs, a portable exchange softener shouldn't add too much extra planning. Many of the companies offering drinking water are also in the softening business, so drop-offs should only include a few extra minutes for swapping out the tanks.