6 Environmental Benefits of Using Water Softener Alternatives

| 3/24/2014 2:42:00 PM

Miles YoungIf you live in an area with hard water, it seems logical to have a water-softening system installed. After all, no one wants bathtub rings, spotty dishes, or dull-looking hair. However, these systems use salt for the water softening process and can create challenges for the environment, water conservation, and water management. Today, water softener alternatives that use no sodium or potassium in the process represent the latest water technology and don't present environmental problems.

Healthy Plants and Landscaping

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If you use softened water on landscaping or plants, the salt from these systems causes a build-up of salt in the soil over time. This high concentration of salt causes a decrease in the oxygen levels in the soil, especially if you live in an area that doesn’t get much rainfall. The soil begins to swell and plants are unable to receive the necessary nutrients to their roots.

As a result, plants eventually die of thirst. Salt rings and yellow tips on grass, trees, and plants are an indication of salt stress. Since water softener alternatives don't use salt, plants and trees can thrive and be healthy.

Non-Poisoned Soil for City Water Sources

Unlike traditional water softening systems, water softener alternatives don't poison the soil. When water softening systems are used, salt is deposited in the city’s wastewater from everyday activities like showering, operating the washer machine, and using the toilet. The water that you use is likely the city’s water source for community agriculture and also used to irrigate parks.