Two water treatment professionals, Jerry and Allan Horner of Impact Water Products (IWP), who have a combined total of more than 60 years experience in the industry, recently offered their expert opinions on water softening and conditioning technologies.
When you think of water conditioning or customers ask you for water conditioning, does that term usually refer to point-of-entry (POE) systems or can it include point-of-use (POU) systems?
Jerry and Allan Horner of Impact Water Products offer their advice on choosing the right technology for the application
Water conditioning has become a nebulous term over the years. To customers, it may mean softening, filtration, scale prevention, contaminant removal or all of the above. In modern water treatment, though, it is the term used when there is a need for scale control and prevention. With the complexities of water quality, increasing contaminant issues and differing opinions on technologies, it has become harder to define what types of systems are included under the umbrella of water conditioning.
Water Conditioning for Scale Control
Traditional & non-traditional technologies provide variety of choices for water conditioning
Whole house systems remove contaminants at continuous rate
At Aquatech China, Sweden’s Bluewater water purification brand showcased new water purification systems designed to deliver home users purified water for drinking, washing dishes and clothes, and taking a bath or shower. Bluewater’s whole house filtration systems help households across China use cleaner water with reduced particles and contaminants from every faucet.
The iGen Series softener and conditioner incorporates modern design for use in residences. It notifies the user when to clean the bacteriostatic filter. That notification can be programmed to occur based on gallons used or duration of time. In addition, the system adapts to household water usage, which determines backwashing and regeneration intervals.
The ProMate EcoMax is Hellenbrand’s highest-efficiency model yet. Available as a single unit or as a twin-alternating unit to maximize efficiency, it is constructed to ensure your customer will never wait for soft water.
Treating Wisconsin’s hard water can be hard on the environment.
The salt used in water softeners ends up in water bodies, threatening fish and other wildlife. The salt concentration at the bottom of Lake Wingra in Madison, Wis., is nearly that of low-sodium soup.
Wisconsin wastewater treatment plant works to reduce salt at the source
ReSTore softener treatment is a specially formulated solution intended to clean fouled resin to restore performance and efficiency. It “supercharges” the salt regeneration process, removing iron and other contaminants that can build up over time and reduce overall resin performance. Regular usage of this product during regeneration can help prevent future fouling, increase performance and extend resin life.
Smart ‘N Soft high-efficiency water conditioners use a metered control valve and “smart brining” technique to conserve salt and water. Resin tanks employ the dual-chamber Vortech distribution system to conserve water by reducing backwash duration; the system also keeps media separated. These water conditioners use a two-step process: The first reduces chlorine, tastes, odors and organics; the second removes calcium, magnesium and iron. The systems come with digital controls. The full product line offers a wide range of flow rates and requirements.
The benefits water softeners provide in terms of preventing limescale buildup in piping and extending the life of appliances like water heaters and dishwashers are well established. However, in response to water shortages in some parts of the country, municipalities are considering restrictions or bans on water softeners, which add salt to water in the process of removing calcium and magnesium to soften it. The water softener industry has self-regulated by producing systems that use water and salt more efficiently.
Standard takes softener salt & water efficiency into account