Chasing Illegal Water Softeners in California
We thought this article (see link below) was interesting and a foreshadowing of more bans to come. Santa Clara Valley California banned water softeners in 2008 because the chloride being discharged into the watershed was damaging the environment. The chloride was traced back to the water softeners and the people of the county voted to ban the softeners. The County has been encouraging people to find alternatives and to pick up rebates.
However, according to the article it looks like not everyone is complying with the law. Now violators are facing a stiff $1,000 fine if they are caught with the illegal water softeners. There might be about 2,000 violators risking the hefty fine in these already uncertain economic times. We are not sure if the inspectors can legally inspect people’s homes for banned softeners systems. Yet is it worth the trouble to hide from the inspectors? Seems like a lot of drama just for salty water to us.
Being a company that is not in favor of water softeners unless they are absolutely needed because of specific skin conditions, we feel people do need to take notice of what Santa Clara Valley is doing. There is an excellent chance this will spread to other counties in California as well as in other states. It may take 5 to 10 years but it has some momentum. Environmentally aware folk want to help preserve our wetlands and watershed to ensure the quality of life for their children. Young people that are embracing new “green” technology will not be wasting money on outdated technology sold by selfish corporations.
This is why we offer saltless water conditioning systems. These are environmentally friendly that need much less maintenance. Often, maintenance may not be needed for just less than 10 years. That exact maintenance period is dependent on how much water your family uses over the years.
We are proud to say that our HealthyHome Solution water filtering system will never become illegal. It does not have internal ingredients that are not “green” in design.
Moreover, we want to clear up some confusing talk about water softeners and water conditioners. We need to state that our conditioners do not “soften” water. They are not water softeners because the only way to soften water is by using bags of salt. Our whole house water system uses a newer technology where you get the benefits of “soft water” without the detriments. We believe our conditioners work better than softeners on a number of levels. If you want the scientific run down on how the conditioners work, call or email us. We will be happy to run you through the scientific process because it is quite interesting.
We would also like to note that while we do not sell water softeners… most our competitors sure do. You need to be aware of that. In fact, some will sell you anything they think they can. They will sell you a water softener because it is an easy sell if they think they cannot get you to buy a whole house water filter. Softeners are simple to sell because a customer can feel the physical difference in the water. Softeners give tap water that “slimy” feel so people in their minds think there is a big difference in the water. Well there is… It is now loaded with salt! Therefore, be aware and get educated on what you want out of a water filter. (By the way, water softeners are not water filters. They can be put in line with a water filter but softeners only function to soften water, nothing else.)
Our mission is to educate people about the water they drink and bathe in. Not everything is as rosy as some would have you believe. That concerns us and we think it should concern you. If you want to embrace those concepts and learn more about how we can help you achieve the benefits of crystal clear water, talk to us.