Softeners and In-Home Treatment
The District has hard water due to the groundwater source of our supply. Personal preferences for water hardness vary greatly. If lowering hardness is desired, it can be managed by installing a residential water softening system. There are various types of residential softening systems including whole house, and under sink varieties. Softening of water used for outdoor irrigation is not efficient or recommended. Different types of softening systems include salt-based ion exchange systems or reverse osmosis (RO) systems. Due to the sodium or potassium addition that occurs when using a salt-based system, individuals on a sodium-restricted diet may want to seek the advice of their physician prior to using this type of system.
The water sent to your home or business meets all EPA water quality requirements. If you choose to install a softening system or other point of use treatment in your home, please follow the recommendations below.
- Make sure you do your research or talk to a knowledgeable and reputable dealer. Different devices include softeners, carbon absorption systems, particulate filters, and reverse osmosis systems. These technologies are designed to treat for different things so make sure you get the right system for the concerns you have. While there are companies out there offering magnetic, sonic, or catalytic softening devices their claims have not been verified by reliable scientific study.
- Know what you are doing or hire a qualified professional to do the work. Softener and treatment systems installed by a plumber will need to have a permit issued by the Commerce City Building department. Proper installation will ensure the system is safe and any hazards such as contamination due to drain-line backflow or cross-connections are avoided.
- Follow all manufacturer’s instructions for proper maintenance and use. Filters become depleted, cartridges need changing, and resins need regenerated. Proper maintenance will ensure your system is doing what it is intended to do.
- Make sure the unit you purchase is tested and validated against accepted standards such as those of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Water Quality Association, or Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
For more information on home water treatment systems please see the EPA Water Health Series Filtration Facts document.
South Adams County Water and Sanitation District does not recommend, endorse, or favor any specific company, product, or softening device. The following link to a video from the This Old House television program may be useful if you are interested in purchasing or installing a softening device for your home. The video is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as a recommendation, guidance, or advice from the District. Use of information obtained from the web site is voluntary, and reliance on that information should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy. If you are considering purchasing a water softener, we recommend you research the issues and shop around. Please contact a qualified plumber if you have questions on softener installation in your home. If you are having a system installed by a plumber or softener distributor, make sure they obtain a permit from Commerce City before beginning work.
South Adams County Water and Sanitation District does not recommend, endorse, or favor any specific store, company, product, or softening device. The following links may provide some background questions about water softeners. Use of information obtained from the web site is voluntary, and reliance on that information should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy. If you are considering purchasing a water softener, we recommend you research the issues and shop around.