Water Softeners: Fact vs. Fiction

What does Softened Water really mean?

WQA* defines soft water as any water which has been processed in some manner (like a Conditioner) BUT must be able to reduce the total hardness to 1 grain per gallon or less, expressed as calcium carbonate equivalent. The water softener system also needs to be certified S100 by the WQA in order to be a softener. If you are buying a softener, make sure it is WQA-certified S100 or similar standard.

In other words, unless a Water Conditioner actually reduces the total hardness to 1 grain per gallon or less, it cannot be called a Water Softener.

So Conditioned Water can be Soft Water, but not ALL Conditioners are able to Soften Water.

  Water Conditioner? But is it a
Water Softener?
Water Softener Yes Yes
Reverse Osmosis Yes Yes
Carbon Filtration Yes No
Magnets Yes No
Electronic wave
technology
Yes No
Ceramic media Yes No
And a host of others Yes No

Consumers are advised to be certain that they understand exactly what benefits are claimed before they purchase any water conditioner device.

Only a Water Softener or a Reverse Osmosis System can get your water below 1 grain of hardness. Only these two products actually soften hard water. Period.

Automatic System Exchange Tank
Water Softeners Water Softeners
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Water Softeners (Automatic or Portable Exchange)

Reverse Osmosis

* The International Water Quality Association (WQA), the trade association that represents the water treatment industry, has developed standards and definitions for the water produced by the variety of water treatment devices. These definitions are intended to assist consumers in understanding what each system can do so they purchase the device that will provide the quality of water they desire for the use they intend. Consumers are advised to be certain that they understand exactly what benefits are claimed before they purchase any water conditioner device.