Aug 12, 2014

Pelican Water Supports California Water Shortage Efforts

Pelican Water informs consumers of the need to conserve water

Pelican Water California Water Shortage Legislation Water Softener Salt

Pelican Water supports legislative efforts in California to relieve the state’s chronic drought problem through new water conservation strategies. As part of its mission to create environmentally friendly products, the company is dedicated to curtailing the use of wasteful salt-based water softening systems.

Concerned about the destructive drought currently plaguing California, many communities are trying to reduce water usage. Some towns have initiated major public relations campaigns to boost awareness about the water shortage, yet statistics show that residential water use actually has risen in the last five years.

The drought is so dire that the State Water Resources Control Board recently took the measure of declaring the most egregious acts of water waste to be criminal offenses. Fines will be levied against citizens who engage in wasteful outdoor watering. This move is a step forward, Pelican believes, but there is still a silent water waster in California’s midst: the salt-based water softener.

Salt-based softeners have long been the go-to answer to fight hard water, but the issue with these systems, according to Pelican, is that they routinely waste water. On average, a salt-based system wastes 150 gal each week. That amounts to 7,800 gal per year, per system. That equals about five 10-minute showers per day. In an area with particularly hard water, a salt-based system can waste an up to 23,400 gal per year.

This puts a real strain on the public water supply, causing water costs to soar. The water system already is stretched dangerously thin in California, the most populous state in the U.S.

Salt-based systems have other negative environmental costs as well, the company noted. The discharged wastewater leaches into streams, lakes and soil, and the salt content can damage plants and wildlife. This is why many communities have passed ordinances to ban these systems while offering rebates to encourage citizens to switch to salt-free water softeners.

A salt-free system can neutralize the calcium and magnesium minerals in hard water without creating waste or dumping salt brine into the freshwater supply. Also, these new softeners do not require electricity or weekly salt replacements.

Pelican Water applauds state efforts to conserve water in California. Switching to salt-free water softeners is one step Californians can take to protect the present and future water supply.