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Update on the water softeners

2009/06/29
Hard Water distribution in the U.S. (Image credit:Wilkes University, WaterResearch.net)

Hard Water distribution in the U.S. (Image credit:Wilkes University, WaterResearch.net)

So I mentioned earlier (over here) about the conflict, albeit not very widespread yet, facing consumers concerning effective detergents and hard water. Water softeners increase the salinity of the waste water which could lead to needing more water downstream to counteract the effects of the salts or other water quality issues. It’s also a question of money—treating that water becomes more expensive. We should all know by now that California is in a pretty serious drought and one of their solutions for protecting the water supplies that they have is to ban certain types of water softeners. So the water softener companies are up in arms. No surprise there. But Californians are going to have to make tough choices about their future; fresh water is a finite resource and that isn’t going to change regardless of how awesome Californians think they are. (Side note: I’ve lived a few places were the bad driving was always blamed on those damned Californians but I have never really been so afraid for my life on a 10 minute commute than I have been here in the midwest and surrounded by good ‘ol local boys. So at least there’s that.)

Something to remember:

Technically speaking, there is no reason why water softening can not be done by a central water distribution entity instead of at point of use. (treehugger)

and

US coastal populations largely don’t “need” softeners. They might want them as a convenience or maintain them as a habit, but in general it is a luxury. (treehugger)

Being a small fish in the grand scheme of things, I tend to be very annoyed with lobbyists that show such blatant disregard for reality. Maintaining the status quo at all costs surely can’t be the best long term strategy. If they spent even a fraction of the money the spend on lobbying on research for better products, the world would be a better place.

via treehugger.

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