Last month, Water Quality Products (WQP) reported on the debate surrounding the effects of water softeners in onsite septic systems. This month, Stephanie Harris, managing editor of WQP, gained insight to the recent North Carolina water softener study from Nancy Deal, extension associate with the North Carolina State University’s Department of Soil Science, who assisted with administering the study in conjunction with David Lindbo, associate professor, NC State, and Tom Konsler, environmental health supervisor, Orange County, N.C.
A brief synopsis of the year in the water quality industry
Water Quality Products recently spoke with Mark Gross, Ph.D., training manager for Orenco Systems, Inc., Sutherlin, Ore., and asked him to address issues regarding the effects of water softener discharges on onsite wastewater systems. Orenco designs and manufactures advanced onsite(decentralized) wastewater technologies for individual properties and small communities.
Water Quality Products invited Joseph F. Harrison, P.E., CWS-VI, technical director of the Water Quality Association (WQA), to give an overview of current industry issues and what to expect at the upcoming Mid-Year Leadership Conference, to be held Sept. 5-7 in Nashville, Tenn.
Consumers continue to demand soft water as water softeners face opposition from municipalities
The test capabilities and staff in the WQA laboratory are growing by leaps and bounds
In the May 2007 issue, we primarily examined how automatic water softeners operate and discussed many of the potential solutions to operational challenges. Observation, documentation and testing were noted as the most important starting points.
In this issue, we will further discuss specific problem areas and how to overcome them systematically.
We will continue where we left off, with brine concentration and contact issues.
Overview of problem areas and how to overcome them systematically
Residential softeners and filters may work wonders when conditioning water, but they will eventually need service. Diagnosing and repairing residential point-of-entry water conditioning systems need not be a profitless, multiple trip ordeal that results in an exasperated service technician and a befuddled customer.
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