|Earlier in the year, I wrote about the ban (which has now taken place), of salt-based water softeners in the USA. The problem is simply this what do you do with all the salt being flushed down the drain? Most people don’t realize that a salt based softener will use in excess of 6,000 litres of water year, simply because this is normally done at night. This can cause levels of salt in rivers to get too high.
So what could be done?
They could hit all residents with a four fold tax hike to build a $5,000,0000 facility to remove the salt, or simply ban the wasteful salt-based water softeners. Surprisingly some residents didn’t mind“…when a local water agency offered Dennis Levens a rebate to get rid of his salt-based water softener, Levens of Rancho Cucamonga didn’t think twice. “It was seven years old, and I was about to replace it anyway and get something more efficient,””
So is this ban a trend?
I think it will defiantly catch on in all areas where salt in the water systems causes problems. There just simply isn’t an alternative.
“(They) pose a major threat to our water supplies because of the huge amounts of salt they discharge into the sewage treatment system,” IEUA’s board member John Anderson said… “